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DUBOB 11- more tales from the Dark UnderBelly Of the Beast...
various links and websites | 01-31-03 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 01/31/2003 5:07:21 PM PST by backhoe

At the request of members, I am restarting those "Tales from the Dark UnderBelly Of the Beast"-- the stories and issues that the press and media either ignore, won't even talk about, or will mention once and forevermore claim "it's old news..."

Naturally, some will be stories which interest me, or things I think we all need to be aware of.

I am experimenting with a minor change in presentation- when I can, I will cut to


with a keyword or two and see what kind of links to "mainstream" stories I can find in contrast to what we see here and on other sites.

May I remind you of a couple of points to bear in mind?
Each link usually has many other links within- follow them all to get "the rest of the story."
Don't forget the "open multiple browsers" trick with control-n -- this allows you to hold your place with one, and use the others to follow links, run searches, etc.

Rather than go back and rehash old links, I'll give you links to the original posts here:

-DUBOB 10- the *best of* the Dark Underbelly Series--

-DUBOB 9-- even *more* tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast..... --

DUBOB 8-- still *more* tales from the Underbelly***

DUBOB 7-- even *more* tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast.....

DUBOB 6-- yet *more* tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast.....

DUBOB 5-- even *more* tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast.....

DUBOB IV- yet more Tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast-

DUBOB III -- "Tales from the Dark Underbelly of the Beast"

DUBOB 2-- more tales from The Dark Underbelly of the Beast-- thread II

-The Dark Underbelly of the Beast- Stories the Media won't Discuss...--

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Timeline shows Bush, McCain warning Dems of financial and housing crisis; meltdown..(Video)

The Delphi Technique, what it is and how to counter it

The 300 Billion Dollar Bailout of Sharia Finance

MacRanger has an interesting article about the WSJ poll.

"Lies, Damn Lies and WSJ/NBC News Polls"

This is so unbelievable, it’s well unbelievable. The lastest WSJ/NBC News Poll finds all kinds of great support for THE ONE. That is until you read the internal sampling.

Strong Democrat ………………………………….. 23
Not very strong Democrat ……………………… 8
Independent/lean Democrat ………………….. 12
Strictly independent………………………………. 20
Independent/lean Republican………………… 10
Not very strong Republican …………………… 7
Strong Republican………………………………… 13
Other (VOL) ……………………………………….. 4
Not sure …………………………………………….. 3

So 23/12/20 on Democrat/Independent vs. 13/7/12 Republican. I knew the media is drinking the Obama Juice, but now they’re getting drunk on it. Little wonder no one trusts them and they are going bankrupt...

Secret Service in Marysville

So we can't post any comments that contain 'key words' or phrases without being bothered by the Secret Service?

Remember this:

July 10, 1996
“You suck, and those boys died!”

Secret Service may let 2 who `insulted’ Clinton off hook.

Speaker Pelosi Backs Senate Amendment to Regulate Talk Radio

U.S. Army To Buy $6 Million Of Riot Equipment (Obama plans to crush citizen protests this summer)

The Groundwork Has Already Been Laid for Martial Law

This is about the PTB wanting an iron fist to implement their plans for a one world gov. "Sec. 1042 of the Act, "Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies," effectively overturns what is known as posse comitatus."

The Possible Mastermind of a Police State in America

Freepers have to plan for the day when the internet is disabled or shut down

A spokesman for General James Cartwright, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that the Obama Administration wants to have soldiers and officers pledge a loyalty oath directly to the office of the President, and no longer to the Constitution.

"Sources at the White House had a different point of view. In a circular distributed by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, the rationale for the change was made more clear."

The President feels that the military has been too indoctrinated by the old harbingers of hate: nationalism, racism, and classism. By removing an oath to the American society, the soldiers are less likely to commit atrocities like those at Abu Ghraib."

The time frame for the changes are unknown. However, it is more likely that the changes will be made around the July 4th holiday, in order to dampen any potential backlash. The difference in the oath will actually only be slight. The main differences will be the new phrasing.
It is expected that the oath to the Constitution will be entirely phased out within two years.

Comin' to Ø-Merica soon:

Waiting Lists For Surgery In Canada

Barack Obama may subject US troops to International Criminal Court

Limbaugh Predicts "Ted Kennedy Memorial Health Care Bill" (Rats in a Rage Alert)

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Obama is in trouble

10,051 posted on 03/06/2009 3:45:17 PM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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HEIGHTENING THE CONTRADICTIONS: “The contrast is no longer between the young, personable, historic candidate Obama and a creaky, cranky old Republican White Guy, it’s between what America thought it was getting in a President Obama (cool, reasonable and beyond partisanship) and what it now sees as the reality of a President Obama (government spending out of control, an uncertain hand on foreign policy, broken promises, more bureaucrats, etc. etc.). Put another way - what we see now is neither what we were promised, nor what we expected.”

UPDATE: Speaking of contradictions: A Reid/Pelosi swearing match.


Plus, a news story on plans for a rally tomorrow in Green Bay. Video at the link.

And, another case of tea party spirit going local: 350 People Attend Anti County Government Tea Party in Yonkers.

And a bumper sticker? Or maybe it should be this one.

UPDATE: A list of protests scheduled for tomorrow, in case one is near you. L.A., Monterey, Kansas City, South Florida, Boise, Harrisburg, and more.


Plus, a roundup of Rand commentary from the blogosphere. And remember, kids — if going “John Galt” doesn’t appeal, you can always go “Tim Geithner.” That way you get to speak about the importance of compassionate government, without having to foot the bill. Win/win! (Warning — the I.R.S. may treat you less sympathetically than a man nominated to be its boss.)

UPDATE: Reader C.J. Burch emails: “Thanks for this…read the comments. Breaks down thus…people who have had jobs and businesses. People who haven’t. By the end of the year the people who haven’t worked a real job (outside of government or academia or the press) or run a business are in for one hell of a surprise.”

MORE: “A time for choosing.”

The “Going Galt” phenom spreads; Whoopi goes on anti-tax rant

March 6, 2009 05:15 PM by Michelle Malkin99 Comments | 10 Trackbacks

"These are truly amazing and very frightening times we are in. Ayn Rand’s book is so accurate that it has me spooked. Thanks for helping to keep me and all the other readers informed Michelle, you are truly the best. Thank you."

Rush played the clip during lunch. Buyers remorse to the max.

The Messiah Obama (otherwise referred to as that Chicago Thug) turns out to be a pig in a poke!

On March 6th, 2009 at 6:49 pm, secondsight said:

Honeymoon over; notice the shifty eyes in this illustration:

That illustration should earn Philip Burke an IRS audit–thou shall not criticize, challenge nor mock He Who’s Middle Name is Hussein.

cowmate Behar! I am still laughing.

WELL, IT WORKED FOR MSNBC UNDER BUSH: Glenn Beck strikes ratings gold by challenging Barack Obama. And it’s working for Rush Limbaugh. The Obama White House’s tendency to lash out at critics by name provides added incentive, of course.

BUSINESS WEEK: Did Obama Cause The Stock Slide? “BusinessWeek interviewed a wide array of investment professionals, and many said the first six weeks of the Obama Administration have soured their outlook on the stock market.”

UPDATE: A reader emails: “From Election Day 2000 to Election Day 2008, the S&P 500 fell 29.8%. From Election Day 2008 til this afternoon, it’s down 33.3%.” Ouch.

ANOTHER UPDATE: More at Betsy’s Page.

IT GETS CHILLY AT NIGHT, if you’re one of the “little people.”

One funny thing about Democrats--the leading ones, anyway--is that they're pretty much all rich. I mean really rich, not "rich" like you and your spouse together make $250,000 a year, so now you have to pay someone else's mortgage.

This makes for a lot of amusing moments; one of them took place today when Nancy Pelosi teamed up with Brad Pitt for a media availability on rebuilding efforts in New Orleans. Pelosi has never earned much money herself, but she is married to a fabulously rich real estate developer who lets her be Speaker of the House to give her something to occupy her time. What Pitt's role in the proceedings was, I'm not sure. Also present was Jim Clyburn, Congressman from South Carolina and the Majority Whip:

PITT: Thank you. Thank you. I just want to say thank you to the speaker for opening up her doors for us to come in and discuss the rebuilding effort, the current rebuilding effort going on in New Orleans and how we can expand this idea of affordability and sustainability because we think we have a model to works.

Thank you.

PELOSI: You might be interested in knowing, Mr. Clyburn and I were just hearing a little bit. We're going to hear more now, but Mr. Clyburn is the head of our Katrina Task Force. So he's led us delegations down to the Gulf Coast area many times.

And we were listening with great satisfaction to the fact that not are [sic] these homes -- wonderful homes for these families -- not are [sic] they built to a green standard, but they have a utility bill of under $10 a month.

PITT: It's possible.

PELOSI: It's possible to have a utility bill under $10 a month.

I suppose it might be, if your house is a ten-foot cube, and you have an outhouse, no heating or air conditioning, and no telephone. Ten dollars could possibly cover your water bill. Do you think that either Brad Pitt or Nancy Pelosi has any idea how much utilities actually cost? I doubt it. This is a photo of one of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's homes, a $70 million estate in France:


What do you suppose those utilities might cost? Ten dollars a minute? Do you think the Pitt/Jolie home--this is one of many, no doubt--is "sustainable," whatever that means?

I couldn't find a photo of the Pelosis' principal residence, probably because security guards keep papparazzi at a safe distance. But this is a nice shot of the Pelosis' California vineyard, which uses non-union labor; click to enlarge:


Do you suppose that growing grapes and making wine consumes some pretty formidable utilities? Yes, I think so too. But that's different, of course; no need to be "sustainable" when you're rich.

I'm not sure how Clyburn got invited to this party, but he was treated as a bit of a poor relation:

PELOSI: Mr. Clyburn, did you want to say anything?

CLYBURN: Thank you, Madam Speaker.

And thank you, Brad.

I did not realize when the speaker asked me to chair the Katrina- Rita Task Force that it would lead to my getting in a position to make my grandchildren so envious of me because this effort brought the two of us, Brad Pitt and myself, together. In a Time-Picayune, in an editorial some time ago, talked about the benevolence of strangers.

PELOSI: The kindness of strangers.

CLYBURN: The kindness of strangers.

I have no idea what phrase the Times-Picayune used in its editorial, and I doubt that Pelosi does either. But she assumed the reference must be to A Streetcar Named Desire and "corrected" Clyburn, which was entirely needless, and rude, even if accurate. But, hey--if you're a Democrat, you never get off the plantation, do you? Clyburn isn't rich.

Meanwhile, those "sustainable" homes in New Orleans with utility bills that total under $10 a month are either a complete fiction, or the recipients of heavy (but unmentioned) taxpayer subsidies.

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NEVER WASTE A GOOD CRISIS: “What if George Bush or Dick Cheney had said something like that openly? It’s the kind of line that people used to imagine Bush people saying in secret.”

BLOOMBERG IS CALLING IT the “Obama Bear Market.”

UPDATE: Key quote: “It speaks to the carnage that’s in the economy and the lack of confidence in the measures that have been announced.”

"Don't blame me."

"I voted for the teleprompter." *

Update - streamlining the technology.

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Priceless photo of the day: Homeless…with a cellphone

March 6, 2009 10:26 AM by Michelle Malkin160 Comments | 9 Trackbacks

Smile, you’re on candid cell phone camera!

Post Office Spends Millions On Houses

March 6th, 2009

Some actual investigative reporting from CNN:

The Postal Service bought this 8,400-square-foot South Carolina home so an employee could relocate.

Postal Service draws criticism for $1.2 million home buy

March 5, 2009

By Abbie Boudreau, Scott Zamost and Jessi Joseph

LAKE WATEREE, South Carolina (CNN) — At a time when the U.S. Postal Service says it is experiencing a financial crisis, it purchased a $1.2 million home from an employee so he could relocate, a CNN investigation has found.

Postal Service spokesman Greg Frey said the home will be resold, as others have been.

"It’s not like we threw away a million dollars," Frey told CNN. "We are hoping it’s going to go for the appraised value."

But a real estate agent in the area said the home could be a tough sell in a depressed housing market — and the USPS said it lost an average of more than $58,000 on the 500-plus homes its relocation program bought and sold in 2008.

The 8,400-square-foot, six-bedroom home on Lake Wateree, about 30 miles north of Columbia, is likely to be the last million-dollar home purchased by the Postal Service. A $1 million cap on homes eligible for the relocation program took effect in February, Frey said.

But the program has raised eyebrows among critics and is under scrutiny by the USPS inspector-general’s office in the wake of a CNN investigation.

The South Carolina home belonged to Ronald Hopson, the former postmaster in Lexington, South Carolina, and his wife, Evelyn. The property includes five acres, four bathrooms, two half-baths and an indoor swimming pool.

Hopson is now the customer service manager for the USPS branch in Carrollton, Texas

Some U.S. government agencies do the same thing, but with limits on how much they will spend. For example, the Food and Drug Administration limits its relocation assistance to homes under $330,000.

Frey said the average cost of the 1,022 homes purchased through the USPS relocation program in 2007 and 2008 was $257,874. Fifteen of those remain on the market, he said.

Of the 1,022, 14 cost between $1 million and $2.8 million. All of those have been sold, Frey said, but typically at a loss once closing costs, attorneys fees and commissions are paid.

In 2007, after the U.S. housing boom peaked, the USPS lost an average of $50,542 on each deal, he said. In 2008, with the market in full retreat, the average loss climbed to $58,397…

No wonder stamps cost so much, what with the Post Office dabbling in the real estate business.

But is it really so hard to recruit people for the cushy jobs at the post office that you have to buy their houses?

No, it’s just another example of what happens when bureaucrats have too much money and too little accountability.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)


Today's Obama Economy May Be Worse Than Great Depression

Several economists are starting to see that Obama inherited a bad situation and made it much, much worse.

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This chart shows that the current economy is tracking right with the Great Depression.

Another disillusioned economist comes down hard on the Socialist in Chief.
Donald Luskin at Smart Money reported, via Free Republic:

Today's stock market isn't just the “worst since the Great Depression,” like they're so fond of saying. No, it's even worse than the Great Depression.

Take a look at the chart, below. It shows the daily progress of the S&P 500 in terms of percentage change from the very top. The brown line is the change from the recent all-time highs on October 9, 2007. The blue line is the change from the all-time highs just before the Great Depression, September 6, 1929.

As of yesterday's close (Thursday, March 5), the S&P 500 has lost 56.4% from its all-time highs 513 days ago. At the same point in the bear market associated with the Great Depression, that is at the 513 day mark, the S&P 500 had only lost -- only! -- 49%.

In other words, to be no worse than the catastrophe that happened to stocks in the Great Depression, the S&P 500 today would have to rally 17%.

Looking forward, if stocks are going to continue along the same bleak path they followed during the Great Depression, then I have good news and bad news. The good news is that we're halfway through it. In the Great Depression, the bear market lasted 997 days. We passed that halfway mark two weeks ago. Maybe that's what Barack Obama meant when he said, as he signed the so-called “stimulus” bill, that this was “the beginning of the end.”

He signed that bill on Friday the 13th, by the way. Which brings me to the bad news. By the time the bear market was over in the Great Depression, on that 997th day, the S&P 500 had lost 86.2% from the top. To match that, we'd have to fall another 68.3% from here. Hmmm…maybe that's what the president meant when he said this was “the beginning of the end.”

We can't blame President Obama for the mess he inherited. But we can definitely blame him for making it worse. Stocks are off 28.4% since his election, 15.2% since his inauguration, and 17.2% since his so-called “stimulus” bill was enacted. To say the very least, whatever he's doing, it ain't working.

I have to say I'm a little surprised. I didn't support Obama in the campaign, but I had expected that the wave of good feelings from the election of such a charismatic man would help lift the economy and the markets out of their doldrums. And while I don't agree at all with his liberal orientation in economic policy, at least I thought he was generally a centrist who wouldn't muck things up too much or too quickly.
Not all of us are so surprised, Donald.
The fact that so many intelligent people believed the most liberal senator would lead as a centrist is what is really shocking.

Related... Doug Ross looks at the causes behind the Meltdown.

It's Friday... Time for the "Abortion President" to Sign Legislation to Use Taxpayer Money to Kill Embryos

It's Friday... Time for President Obama to sign some more abortion legislation.

A year ago Obama told Pastor Rick Warren that he wasn't sure at what point a baby gets human rights.
It was above above his paygrade:
But that was last year.
A funny thing happened after the election.
Obama suddenly figured it out.

And, again for those of you who missed it...
One of the most outrageous and dishonest campaign websites this year was Obama's mock "Pro-Life" website paid for by George Soros that suggested Obama was pro-Life.

In reality Obama was the most radical pro-abortion and infanticide candidate in the last 35 years. Barack Obama even voted 4 times to support infanticide.

Already, Obama has signed several major pieces of abortion legislation in his first 50 days in office.
Today it was announced that he will use taxpayer money to kill embryos.
FOX News reported:

One of the most outspoken abortion opponents in Congress labeled President Obama the "abortion president" on Friday in response to news that Obama intended to sign an executive order Monday lifting restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., accused Obama of launching two attacks on pro-life measures. In addition to lifting President Bush's stem cell restrictions, Obama intends to lift regulations from the Bush administration that allow health care providers and institutions to refuse to participate in abortions on grounds of conscience.

Smith labeled Obama's stem cell policy an expansion of "human embryo experimentation."

"Why does the president persist in the dehumanizing of nascent human life when better alternatives exist? Human embryo-destroying stem cell research is not only unethical, unworkable and unreliable- it is now, demonstrably unnecessary," Smith said.

...Under President Bush, taxpayer money for that research was limited to a small number of stem cell lines that were created before Aug. 9, 2001, lines that in many cases had some drawbacks that limited their potential usability.
** One Day After Roe v Wade Anniversary Obama Signs Legislation to Fund Foreign Abortions
** Despite Economic Crisis Senate Votes to Fund Foreign Abortions
** Because 42 Million Global Abortions Are Not Enough... Obama Will Use Taxpayer $$$ to Pay For More
** Vatican Blasts "Arrogant" Obama For Funding International Abortions
** It's Friday... Time For Obama To Free the Terrorists & Kill The Unborn
** It's Friday... Obama Moves to Strike Down Another Bush Abortion Law

Hugo Chavez Calls On Obama To Follow Path of Socialism

Obviously, Hugo did not have to ask twice.
Obama and the democrats are already 3 steps ahead of him.

In fact, Many Americans including the tea party protesters think it might be too late.
Obama embraced socialism a long time ago.

Drudge reported:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Friday called upon US President Barack Obama to follow the path to socialism, which he termed as the "only" way out of the global recession. "Come with us, align yourself, come with us on the road to socialism. This is the only path. Imagine a socialist revolution in the United States," Chavez told a group of workers in the southern Venezuelan state of Bolivar.

The controversial Venezuelan leader, who taunted the United States as a source of capitalistic evil under former president George W Bush, added that the United States needs a leader who can take it to a "higher" destiny and bring it out of "the sad role that it has been given, as a murderous, attacking power that is hated all around the world."

Chavez said that people are calling Obama a "socialist" for the measures of state intervention he is taking to counter the crisis, so it would not be too far-fetched to suggest that he might join the project of "21st century socialism" that the Venezuelan leader is heading.

"Nothing is impossible. Who would have thought in the 1980s that the Soviet Union would disappear? No one," he said.

"That murderous, genocidal empire has to end, and some day there has to come a leader ... who interprets the best of a people who also include human beings who suffer, endure, weep and laugh," the outspoken Chavez said.
Who knows?
Chavez may have found himself another brother.

Trickle Down Bumbling... Hillary Goofs On Russian Gift Exchange (Video)

Trickle down bumbling...
Hillary Tells Russian Diplomat She Wants to 'Overcharge' Ties.

She thought she was giving him a "restart" button.
Instead it was an "overcharge" button."
Nice work.
This must be what they call "smart power."
Fox News reported:

Note to self: When trying to improve ties with a former Cold War-era foe, check a dictionary.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learned that lesson the hard way Friday when she presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a gift bearing an incorrect translation -- one that implied hostility, rather than peacemaking.

Clinton presented Lavrov with a gift-wrapped red button, which said "Reset" in English and "Peregruzka" in Russian. The problem was, "peregruzka" doesn't mean reset. It means overcharged, or overloaded.

And Lavrov called her out on it.

"We worked hard to get the right Russian word. Do you think we got it?" Clinton asked Lavrov.

"You got it wrong," Lavrov said. "This says 'peregruzka,' which means overcharged."
Ouch. You just know Hillary dropped a few f-bombs she's famous for back stage after that gift bombed.

An assistant shows the mock 'reset' button that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva Friday. (AP Photo)

Goracle Lashes Out at Critics-- Refuses to Debate Junk Science (Video)

Arctic sea ice growth finished the year in 2008 at the same level as 1979.
The oceans have been cooling since 2003.
Sea ice is growing at the fastest pace on record.
Greenland's glaciers are stabilizing.
There are growing fears of a coming freeze worse than the ice age.
Alaskan Sea Glaciers are advancing for the first time in 250 years.
And, for the second straight year the Earth is, in fact, cooling... not warming.

This US Climate Map October 2007-November 2008 showed that temperatures were well below normal throughout the US in 2008.

But, don't dare question the Goracle about his junk science.

Al Gore-- A classic liberal in action.

Al Gore refused to take questions at a climate conference this week and lashed out at non-believers.
KNX reported:

Former Vice President Al Gore repeated his message that climate change is a planetary emergency at the WSJ’s Eco:nomics conference in California. The Nobel-prize winner declined to take any questions from reporters, but he did receive a couple of challenges from attendees, including Bjorn Lomborg. But don’t expect Mr. Gore to debate the merits of how best to tackle climate change anytime soon.

Mr. Gore stuck to his prepared script about the urgency of taking action to curb global greenhouse-gas emissions, down to well-worn phrases he trots out at conferences across the country: America is at "a political tipping point" on climate change, and even if Washington has failed to address the energy challenge in the last 35 years, "political will is a renewable resource."

But he was challenged by Mr. Lomborg, the Danish skeptical environmentalist who thinks the world would be better off spending more money on health and education issues than curbing carbon emissions.

"I don’t mean to corner you, or maybe I do mean to corner you, but would you be willing to have a debate with me on that point?" asked the polo-shirt wearing Dane.

"I want to be polite to you," Mr. Gore responded. But, no. "The scientific community has gone through this chapter and verse. We have long since passed the time when we should pretend this is a ‘on the one hand, on the other hand’ issue," he said. "It’s not a matter of theory or conjecture, for goodness sake," he added.
Get some cajones, Al, and debate someone on your junk science.
For goodness sake.

Another Record!... Obama's Market Decline Worst For New Prez in 90 Years

Obama keeps racking up those records...
** The stock market had its worst January in 113 years.
** This was followed by the worst February for the stock market since 1933.
** Don't forget the record unemployment rate.
** Obama's budget more than doubles the national debt held by the public, and adds more to the debt than all previous presidents -- from George Washington to George W. Bush -- combined.

And, now this...
The Dow has dropped faster under Obama than any other new president in 90 years.

Today the Dow continued its decline.
Fox News reported:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen faster under President Obama than under any new president in at least 90 years, according to a review conducted by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reports that since Inauguration Day, the Dow has fallen 20 percent, leading at least one investor to dub this the "Obama bear market." The Dow has also dropped 31 percent since Election Day.

Despite a string of government bailout offers and Obama's advice earlier this week that Americans should be buying stock while shares are low, the Dow has continued to freefall.

Bloomberg reported that Obama is at risk of breaking a historical trend -- in which the Dow soars an average of close to 10 percent in the first year after a Democrat wins the presidency.
But there's hope!
Today the Obama Administration started taking economic advice from Twitter.

Alinsky Fan Clinton Tells Europeans: "Never Waste a Good Crisis"

Barack Obama is not the only fan of Saul Alinsky in the Administration.

Saul Alinksy's Rules for Radicals is a favorite in leftist circles.

It was no accident that Hillary Clinton chose to write about Saul Alinsky for her senior thesis at Wellesley College. Hillary was a huge fan of the radical socialist. She is well versed on the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" of forcing political change through manufactured crisis.
James Simpson wrote more about this at the American Thinker.

Today, Hillary Clinton reverted back to her Alinsky ways.
She urged her European audience to, "Never waste a good crisis," and force expensive green energy programs on the continent.
Reuters reported, via Drudge:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told an audience on Friday "never waste a good crisis," as she highlighted the opportunity of rebuilding economies in a greener, less energy intensive model.

Highlighting Europe's unease the day after Russia warned that gas exports to the EU via Ukraine might be halted, she also condemned the use of energy as a political lever.

Clinton told young Europeans at the European Parliament global economic turmoil provided a fresh opening: "Never waste a good crisis ... Don't waste it when it can have a very positive impact on climate change and energy security."

Europe sees the United States as a crucial ally in global climate talks in Copenhagen in December, after President Barack Obama signaled a new urgency in tackling climate change, in stark contrast to his predecessor George W. Bush.

Unemployment Rate Reaches Record High Under Obama

The economy continues to shrink with Barack Obama and the anti-business Democrats in charge.
...But Obama did save 25 jobs for one year today.

(Numbers from Misery Index)

The unemployment rate is now the highest its been since 1983 when Ronald Reagan started to turn the economy around after the disaster of the Carter years.
The AP reported:

The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs amid a deepening recession.

Both figures were worse than analysts expected and the Labor Department's report shows America's workers being clobbered by a relentless wave of layoffs unlikely to ease anytime soon.

The net loss of 651,000 jobs in February came after even deeper payroll reductions in the prior two months, according to revised figures released Friday. The economy lost 681,000 jobs in December and another 655,000 in January.
The American Small Business Association already announced that 14% of small businesses may close this year due to the hostile policies of the Obama Administration.
This will add significantly to the unemployment numbers.

It's too bad the democrats wouldn't listen to Goerge Bush or John McCain when they had the chance.

More... It's pretty obvious already-- Obama is No Reagan.

Brrrr... Another Rare Occurence-- Great Lakes Freeze Up Again

Island Turtle reported that 3 of the 5 Great Lakes once again froze solid this year:

The freezing of the Great Lakes happens about once a decade. The last time was in 2003 and before that 1994, according to Ice Service records, and it was 1982 before that.

It looks like we are starting to see a pattern here:
Arctic sea ice growth finished the year in 2008 at the same level as 1979.
The oceans have been cooling since 2003.
Sea ice is growing at the fastest pace on record.
Greenland's glaciers are stabilizing.
There are growing fears of a coming freeze worse than the ice age.
Alaskan Sea Glaciers are advancing for the first time in 250 years.
And, for the second straight year the Earth is, in fact, cooling... not warming.

This US Climate Map October 2007-November 2008 showed that temperatures were well below normal throughout the US in 2008.

But, despite the myriad of evidence against the global warming hoax, the media and politicians continue to cling to their junk science.
Business and Media Institute reported:

Temperatures have plummeted to record or near-record lows in 32 states this winter. On March 2, a global warming protest in Washington, D.C. was buried by nearly a foot of snow. And a new study warns that the Earth could be in for a 30-year cooling trend. Reality is not cooperating with the network news’ global warming theme, yet reporters are unwilling to even discuss the possibility that the Earth is cooling.

Global warming alarmists repeatedly link weather phenomena like tornadoes, hurricanes, ice melt, droughts and wildfires with global warming and the media embrace the stories. Yet, when cities or regions are buried in snow like the city of Chenzhou, China was in February 2008 there wasn’t a word about climate change in the cooling direction.

“It is being called China’s Hurricane Katrina,” NBC anchor Brian Williams said on Feb. 4, 2008. “… the month of blizzards that have brought it [China] to a virtual standstill. Millions have been stranded. Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless.” Williams didn’t chalk up the devastation to global cooling, of course. That doesn’t fit the media’s warming narrative.

James Hansen, a leading global warming alarmist, promoted a “civil disobedience” protest at a Washington, D.C. coal power plant March 2. The protestors claim that coal – and its carbon emissions are a cause of global warming. Hansen and his friends were greeted with 8 inches of snow, “strong” winds and below freezing temperatures.
Brrrr... Antarctica Records Record High Ice Cap Growth
Brrrr... South America Has Coldest Winter in a 90 Years
Brrrr... Iraqis See First Snow in 100 Years As Sign of Peace
Brrrr... Worst Snowstorms in a Decade in China Cause Rioting
Brrrr... Jerusalem Grinds to a Halt As Rare Snowstorm Blasts City
Brrrr... Worst Snowstorms in 50 Years Continue to Cripple China
Brrrr... China Suffers Coldest Winter in 100 Years
Brrrr... Pakistan Suffers Lowest Temps in 70 Years-- 260 Dead
Brrrr... Record Cold Hits Central Asia-- 654 Dead in Afghanistan
Brrrr... Severe Weather Kills Dozens in Kashmir
Brrrr... Tajikistan Crisis!! Coldest Winter in 25 Years!
Brrrr... Record Cold Wave Blasts Mumbai, India
Brrrr... Snow and Ice in San Diego?
Brrrr... Wisconsin Snowfall Record Shattered
Brrrr... The Disappearing Arctic Ice Is Back And It's Thick
Brrrr... Turkey's snowiest winter continues.
Brrrr... Record Cold & Snow Blankets Acropolis in Greece (Video)
Brrrr... Longest Ever Cold Spell Kills Cattle & Rice in Vietnam
Brrrr... Most Snow Cover Over North America Since 1966
Brrrr... Australia Suffers Through Coldest Summer in 50 Years
Brrrr... Record Snowfall Slams Ohio River Valley
Brrrr... New Data Gives Global Warming the Cold Shoulder
Brrrr... Global Cooling Causes Armed Clashes in Canada
Brrrr... Snake Oil Salesman Admits to Ca$hing In on Global Warming Hysteria
Brrrr... New Research Claims Earth Sliding Into an Ice Age
Brrrr... Blizzard Blasts South Dakota-- 4 Feet of Snow Reported
Brrrr... An Inconvenient Debate- Czech Pres. Challenges Gore
Brrrr... Record Snow Blankets Spokane, Washington In June!
Brrrr... Peru Declares Emergency-- Cold Kills 61 Children & 5,000 Alpacas
Brrrr... Arctic Sea Ice Levels Are Up By 1,000,000 Square Kilometers
Brrrr... Denver Breaks 118 Year-Old Cold Record-- Arctic Ice Refuses to Melt
Brrrr... NASA Reports Bogus Global Warming Numbers- Again
Brrrr... Goracle: Mayan Civilization Collapsed Because of Climate Change, Too
Brrrr... Global Warming Predictions Overestimated-- Its a Hoax
Brrrr... It's Snowing in the Desert But Gore Warns the North Pole Is Melting
Brrrr... CNN Meteorologist Says GW Theory 'Arrogant' (Video)
Brrrr... Ice Comes Early to Lake Superior For First Time in 17 Years
Brrrr... Sea Ice Ends Year At Same Level As 1979
Brrrr... Goofy Hillary Says "Global Warming May Incite New Wars"
Brrrr... "Shivering" Al Gore Gets Put on Ice
Brrrr... Snow Falls in UAE For 2nd Time In Recorded History
Brrrr... Al Gore Braves Snow & Ice to Testify to Congress on Global Warming
Brrrr... Record Storm Dumps Foot of Snow on DC Global Warming Protesters

10,052 posted on 03/07/2009 12:56:13 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Cube-steak Americans vs. the Wagyu-beef White House

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 6, 2009 11:44 AM

My syndicated column today spotlights the return of thrift in individual American households — a phenomenon that stands in stark contrast to the unmitigated profligacy embraced by Barack Obama’s White House.

Opposition is growing to the confisctory spending train: Witness the Senate Republican success in delaying the omni-pork, coupled with the aggressive House GOP call this morning for a spending freeze, on top of the growing unease among both liberal and moderate Democrats, on top of the burgeoning Tea Party and Going Galt movements.

Can we hope for change? Yes, we can. In the meantime, feel free to share how you are tightening your belts and practicing the personal responsibility to which our president pays loquacious lip service.


Cube-steak Americans vs. the Wagyu-beef White House
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

Maybe thrift isn’t dead after all. The Year of the Bottomless Bailout has yielded a much-needed correction in the lives of ordinary Americans. While government fiscal restraint is AWOL in Washington, individual frugality has made a cultural comeback. Better late than never.

In large and small ways, we are cutting back. An online Zogby International survey this week reported that 70 percent of households are foregoing movies and restaurants. Forty percent of those polled said they were delaying the purchase of major items such as automobiles, homes entertainment electronics, or a computer; the same percent said they were giving up vacations. Notably, Reuters pointed out, “nearly 80 percent of younger adults, aged 18-29, said they have scaled back on going out, compared to 55 percent of people 65 years and older.”

Pollster John Zogby called the results “depressing.” I beg to differ. Out of necessity, a consumption-based society is learning to live within its means. For decades, government policies fueled that insatiable appetite — and new government programs are desperately trying to preserve it. But the Obama administration’s frantic efforts to encourage more brainless home-buying, car-buying, and consumer borrowing aren’t producing their desired results. Generational theft, it seems, has a silver lining.

The phenomenon is spreading beyond America’s borders. London-based economic journalist Hamish McRae recently observed: “We may be on the cusp of a big socioeconomic shift. We have had half a century when the developed world has gradually moved away from regarding thrift as a virtue. It has moved at different speeds in different countries, faster in the US and UK than in Germany or China…We have created the institutional structure that has supported this shift: from credit cards to collateralised debt obligations (CDOs). The world has clearly reached a point where it can go no further down that road…The pendulum will swing back. How far and how fast we cannot tell, but we can be sure that debt will be regarded differently a generation from now.”

President Obama, celebrated by his liberal media admirers for a miraculous ability to groove with the common man, hasn’t yet caught on to the new age of individual austerity. As always, he talks a good game of “personal responsibility” and “sacrifice.” But while penny-pinching Americans head to Sonic Drive-Ins for $1 everyday value meals or stay at home for cheap cube-steak dinners (sales of the inexpensive meat are up 10 percent), the White House serves up high-grade Wagyu beef to congressional revelers. The luxury item was on the menu for the bipartisan stimulus dinner in January and was also served up at the governors’ dinner hosted at the White House two weeks ago.

Team Obama’s image experts, perhaps hung over from all the Camelot-recreating Wednesday cocktail parties that are now a signature of the new administration, have fallen down on the job. The man who scolded Americans for wasting energy and turning their thermostats too high still hasn’t lowered his own. “He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” senior adviser David Axelrod snickered to the New York Times in January. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

In flyover country, the mood could not be more different. Party time is over. I heard from a reader in northwest Arkansas, now upside down on her house with two college-age kids who is preparing to tighten the family belt. President Obama, meet personal responsibility:

“We are ultimately responsible for the mess we are in. If my husband and I have to live in his pick-up and get ready for work at the community gym, so be it. If we lose our jobs, we will move in with [my husband's] mother, and he will hunt and I will garden. We have never been on unemployment, welfare, nor other assistance. We are Americans. Our ancestors fought in the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and his brother fought in Vietnam. Our family has faced tougher foes than this economy and Barak Obama. We will do as true Americans do; we will not whine, we will persevere.”

Waste not, want not: Outside of Washington, it’s the renewed American way.

10,053 posted on 03/07/2009 2:35:53 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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The GOP's Limbaugh Dilemma

The headline should read

The GOP's Conservative dilemma.

The key statistic that all these blowhards are ignoring is just upstream here. 61% believe that the US gummint CAN go bankrupt. That will soon turn to IS going bankrupt. The conservative values that Rush has uncompromisingly elaborated for decades now will be what we rebuild on, not the "gummint will fix everything AND wipe the baby's ass" when it is clear the gummint can't wipe it's own ass. Just stay healthy and survive the Big Bump and then we reboot to 1776.

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FOX News Poll: A Bankrupt United States (61% think USA could go bankrupt!)


Obama is in trouble

Is Michelle Running The Show?

This free money isn't

Next shoe to drop for U.S. job seekers: lower wages

By the time Mo'bambi is done we will all be on minimum wage, unless you have party connections.

Bill Collectors Now Chasing Dead Debtors

Hostility on college campuses against Second Amendment threatens First

How Much Ammo Do You Need?

Alternate Names for the “Assault Weapons” Ban

We went through this crap during the Klinton years. Many of us decided at that time that the 2nd Amendment is actually a "tripwire" for liberty. "You can't trust a politician with your vote if he doesn't trust you with a gun." Made a lot of sense then and it does now. "If it is time to bury them, it is time to use them."

To change the subject for a moment consider this, the Porkulus Bill we objected to so much recently. Most of the spending is several years from now. The rate that our economy is failing there won't BE a U.S. gummint by then. So what the hell does that bill matter?

Back on subject. What the hell does a gun law matter? Let them pass whatever damn law they want. Anybody with a brain HAS the things they need. All we have to do is survive the chaos that is coming and rebuild from the ground up with the original government the Founders put in place over 200 years ago. Sort of a "system reset". At this point Zero and Pelousy and COmpany can pound sand because nothing they do is gonna matter a bit.

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6 posted on 03/07/2009 2:31:39 AM PST by wastoute

Will on warming: The cold facts

“Remember the “hole in the ozone” craze?”

Yes, and what did we get for all our money?
Crappy refrigerants and a lot of money down the drain.

The morning conference call and Democrat media manipulation

Full disclosure is good, I think.

Every time Begala, Carville, etc. are on the talking head shows, they should be clearly labeled as Clinton Democrat operatives.

Stephanopolous should also be labeled as such, so that people know to devalue what they say because of their bias.

I think Chris Matthews used to work for Tip O’Neill, if I recall correctly?

Health 'Reformers' Ignore Facts - Debunking the Democratic argument for government-run health care.

10,054 posted on 03/07/2009 4:33:12 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Monsanto's Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own

(Obama) Urges Americans not to 'stuff money in mattresses'... Developing...


Cash In A Mattress? No, Gold In The Closet

It Has Begun: Obama Announces He Is Open to Appeasing Taliban


Save Women Now

Rush Limbaugh's Radio Audience Grows to 25 Million Strong - Video 3/6/09

Ted Kennedy's Bill (Rush was right: they ARE naming it after him)

Obama’s Crutch — Why Is He So Afraid of Speaking Without a Teleprompter?

The Teleprompter Jesus...

Is Obama Breaking His Vow Of Transparency?

The White House claims that President Obama's administration will be "the most open and transparent in history,"

He wants to claim transparency... He can start by producing his real birth records. Then, if he is still President, he can turn over transcripts of all emails and messages he has gotten on his blackberry. He uses that while he is on our time, then it becomes official business. Can we make FOIA request for it?

Obama will never, ever do either of these of course. He's breaking his promises to the American people left and right - mostly left.

End the wars: not happening.

Close GITMO: yeah, but keep other similar options open.

Bipartisan: "I won" and crams porkus down our throats.

No lobbyists: Immediately seeks waivers to his own rule.

No earmarks: Sends a budget to congress with over 7000 earmarks in it.

In short, he is a liar and a socialist cannot be trusted at all. I do not think he has America's best interests at heart. I think he has his own best interests as his number one priority, followed closely by his idiotic socialist vision for America.

Elect a crazy council, get crazy results (Detroit/New Zimbabwe council meeting: "Whites Go Home")

It's out in the open now, racism against whites is OK and the derigour (I have no idea how to spell that, but it's a neat word) thing to do these days.

Robert Reich is on You Tube saying that for projects across the country that whites need not apply.

Also that they don't want to give the jobs to "high skilled people that are already professionals or to WHITE MALE construction workers", he wants the jobs to go to the "long term unemployed minorities" not "high skilled professionals", see Video called "Explosive Video Reich, Obamas economic advisor no "White Male Construction Workers"

He states this needs to be done fast, so it looks like there will not be time to train these welfare slackers.

Therefore the schools, bridges etc will be built by those with no knowledge of how to do it.

What Fresh New Horror Comes Our Way?

...One Obama appointee after another hold views that have little relationship to reality despite their academic resumes. Steven Chu, the new Secretary of Energy, is on record saying the coal threatens the environment. Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, in the 1980s was predicting massive famines because of global warming. It’s one thing to be wrong. It’s another to be wrong and to hold a high level government position.

Other advisors, those men and women who help set policy, are a frightening collection of dedicated socialists and totally loony environmentalists. His most recent proposed addition, Charles W. Freeman, as chairman of the National Intelligence Council has long, deep and money connections to the Saudis and openly professes to believe that Jews secretly run the world...

(Excerpt)

Employment Situation...(MORE JOBS LOST Since Hussein's Election than in previous 11 months)

Conference examines "climate change denial" as a mental illness

This is a necessary first step in the evolution that will eventually permit the government to declare all opposition mentally ill, and sequester them all away in Soviet-style asylums for life.

Just lay back and enjoy it, England, it won’t hurt too much.

10,055 posted on 03/07/2009 12:57:54 PM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Disaster Dubya; they miss him already

Bush has made no attempt to defend his record or criticize Obama’s

Obama is doing that for him while W sits back and laughs.

Obamaburgs Grow As Obama Parties At White House
Obama White House Parties on as “Rome” Burns
Why we are going John Galt
Five More States Invoke the 10th

The $700 trillion elephant (Gargantuan derivatives market weighs on all other issues)

Obama will fund more losing embryonic stem cell research (New Yellow Brick Award to the President)

To Obama: Stop "The Bezzle": UPDATED

10,056 posted on 03/07/2009 3:51:31 PM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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The Teleprompter Jesus®.
AT WIRED, worrying about National Security “Storm Troopers.” Hmm. I thought this kind of over-the-top talk would end with the Bush Administration.
THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS. “Obama is overwhelmed.”
THE MODERATE OBAMA ERA: Activists want to redistribute foundation wealth based on racial quotas.

PETER ROBINSON ON the disillusionment of the Obamacons. “The elite journalists, I repeat, got Obama wrong. The troglodytes got him right. As our national drama continues to unfold, bear that in mind.”

UPDATE: George W. Obama?

MORE: A.P.: Obama Recovery Plans Sowing Unease. “Although the administration likes to say it ‘inherited’ the recession and trillion-dollar deficits, the economic wreckage has worsened on Obama’s still-young watch.”

STILL MORE: Obamacons as Otter.

From Acorn To AIG



This is the private switching system, utilized by the Federal Reserve, that performs electronic financial transfers.

This is the vault that holds sixty billion of the taxpayers' dollars, which moved to an account owned by American International Group (AIG).

This is troubled insurance giant AIG, a company whose financial instruments undergird much of the world's financial system.

This is an eight-year stock chart of AIG, laid low by the collapse of housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and which requires tens of billions in taxpayer bailouts.

This is housing giant Fannie Mae, described by pundits as a "job shop for out-of-work Democrats."

This is Fannie Mae's stock price, the collapse of which devastated the capital-to-asset ratios of banks and insurance companies like AIG (which held five billion dollars in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac equities).

These are Democratic operatives Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelick and Jim Johnson, the executive management team of Fannie Mae, all of whom were awarded positions after loyal service in the Clinton administration.

These are the pay packages the Democrats awarded themselves, through undeserved bonuses, immense salaries and incentive payments, all based upon pushing huge numbers of subprime loans through Fannie Mae.

These are the total campaign contributions ("investments") Fannie Mae executives made to Democratic Senators Chris Dodd, Barack Obama and John Kerry in order to "fix" federal regulation.

This is a list of the attempts made by the Bush administration starting in 2001 to rein in the out-of-control spending frenzy by Fannie and Freddie.

This is one such hearing in 2004 (YouTube video available), wherein Republicans demanded additional oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because of the GSEs' rampant accounting scandals, inadequate capital reserves, inappropriate bonuses and hundreds of billions in low-income, no documentation mortgages.

This is Maxine Waters (D-CA), complaining that there is no crisis at Fannie and Freddie; and that attempts to audit the GSEs simply disenfranchise the poor by preventing them from getting subprime mortgages.

This is Barney Frank (D-MA), claiming that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are fine and that oversight is not needed.

These are other Democratic members of Congress.

Each of whom resisted call after call after call to regulate the GSEs, falsely blaming racism, hatred of the poor and redlining -- all on a straight party line.

This is Chris Dodd (D-CT), the powerful member of the Senate Banking Committee, who threatened filibuster after filibuster over additional regulation of the mortgage market (while accepting funds and sweetheart mortgages from the very organizations he was supposed to be regulating).

These are the organizations that profited from subprime mortgages, sold to unqualified individuals -- even those without documentation of citizenship, income or assets -- knowing they could sell the loans to the GSEs. For example, Fannie even accepted a $700,000 mortgage application from a migrant with an annual income of $14,000.

This is President Clinton signing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which forced banks to write low-income, zero documentation loans. These loans would then be purchased by Fannie and Freddie and securitized for sale to other financial institutions.

These are the community agitators -- primarily organized through ACORN -- who falsely accused banks of "redlining" (failing to offer mortgages to the urban poor). These groups would pack bank lobbies and harrass customers and employees in order to intimidate the institutions and force the government to strengthen the CRA.

This is the community agitator and ACORN attorney named Barack Obama, who sued Citibank in 1994; one of hundreds of nuisance lawsuits filed by ACORN and its affiliates to loosen mortgage underwriting standards.

These are the Democrats who profited at every step of the mortgage meltdown while blaming George W. Bush for the crisis, and whose continued oversight of the financial system is a disgrace and a mortal danger.

Update: Barney Frank's preemptive prosecution.

Update II: Unsupervised!?!

Hat tip: Cliff. Linked by: Instapundit, Gateway Pundit, Jules Crittenden, AJ Strata, Say Anything, Gina Cobb and Drunken Elephant. Thanks! 
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Tea Party on: Taxpayer revolts in Green Bay, Lafayette, Olathe, and Harrisburg; Plus: Live from Fullerton CA… “Recall the Taxinator!;” Arnie videotapes/DVDs smashes/shredded

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 7, 2009 06:16 PM

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The tax-paying rebels are not going away.

In Green Bay, Wisconsin, today an estimated 500 protesters gathered for a Tea Party at Titletown Brewing. Reader David has more at Pork Revolution:

Green Bay reader Natalie was also there. She e-mails a few more photos and a note:

Dear Michelle,

There were families there, big tough guys in their local union# jacket, young college age people, grandparents, single people, everyone was represented, everyone was middle-class. It was great to see and also, to KNOW that for every person who showed up at this Tea Party, there were probably 500 that couldn’t make it….kinda like roaches!

The signs were amazing and I am once again, hopeful for my country and for our way of life.

My parents came to this country (legally!) to escape socialism and I refuse to just let the Obamites walk all over us. I was so happy to see that even those who have enjoyed our freedoms for generations are not taking them for granted!

Thank you for everything you do to keep this country free!

Reader Earl sends a report from Olathe, KS, where an estimated 120 taxpayers came to raise their voices. A few pics:

And in Lafayette, LA, from reader Fred:

In Harrisburg, PA, hundreds more turned out today. And protesters underscored a theme hammered here over the past year — blasting Bush for pre-socializing the economy for Obama:

The event, organized by the Commonwealth Foundation, a politically conservative group, and two local radio talk show hosts, was called the “Harrisburg Tea Party.”

“These are people who believe in limited federal and state government, but who think government has overstepped its limited role in our lives,” said foundation President Matthew Brouillette.

Speakers and participants denounced both Republicans, such as former President George Bush and Sen. Arlen Specter, and Democrats, such as President Barack Obama and Gov. Ed Rendell.

They disliked Mr. Bush’s actions last fall to give federal money to banks that had made poisonous home loans, and criticized Mr. Obama for spending additional billions of taxpayer dollars to prop up General Motors and Chrysler, to help over-leveraged homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure and to help deficit-ridden states with his $787 billion economic stimulus program.

Glenn Reynolds has a good crowd pic from Harrisburg.

Reader Bonnie sends her Harrisburg pics:

Party on!



For new readers who are just learning about the protest movement and want to join, the best organizational resources are Tax Day Tea Party (nationwide April 15 events), Twitter #teaparty, PJTV’s list of upcoming protests, Re-TeaParty (send teabags to Washington and find July 4 events), and TCOT Report. And one more good one: New American Tea Party.


Update 6:23pm Eastern. There’s a big tax revolt protest just underway in Fullerton CA, spearheaded by KFI’s John & Ken. Liveblogging here.

Some of the signs in the crowd:

“Governor Schwarzenegger is a girly man!”
“Recall the Taxinator!”
“No on Poop 1A!”
“Been-A-Dick Arnold”
“How do Politicians Spell Pledge? L-I-E.”
“Born Free, Taxed to Death.”

Twitter user Sugar Jones is livetweeting the protest and reports that Schwarzengger’s videotapes and DVDs were sledgehammered and shredded.

California taxpayers are mad.

A commenter below says there’s a huge traffic jam in Fullerton caused by protesters trying to get to the venue. Packed.

Posted in: Tea Party

PRESIDENTIAL POWERS: Obama Channels Cheney. Now there’s a surprise. . . .

UPDATE: HMM: “I think it’s worth noting that Rush Limbaugh, the infamous crazy-person to whom, according to the president, we listen only at our great peril, has been saying for weeks that Obama would adopt Bush’s national-security policies — especially in the area of secrecy — because Obama wants to take advantage of these very policies. Where does Rush come up with this nutty stuff?”

SO WILL THE ECONOMY WIND UP LOOKING LIKE Bretigne Shaffer’s predictions?

My prediction: By the end of Obama’s first four years in office, the US economy will be in much, much worse shape than it is now. Specifically:

1. The US will have massive inflation. The dollar will lose at least 50% of its value against most goods and services, and certainly against the goods and services most people use every day. This is a very conservative estimate. It will probably be much worse.

2. Unemployment in the US will be worse than it is now. It will be at least in the double digits.


It’s a lot...

IN THE KANSAS MEADOWLARK, a report on the third weekly Kansas City tea party protest.

Plus, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Hundreds Protest Bailouts in Harrisburg:


Conjuring the fighting spirit of the country’s founders, a large group of defiant protesters gathered on the west steps of the Capitol rotunda Friday for a “tea party” modeled after the Boston Tea Party of more than 200 years ago. . . . The event was part of what has become known as the Tea Party Movement, a series of rallies and demonstrations taking place in cities around the country to protest increased taxes, budget deficits, the recently passed federal stimulus package and trillion-dollar bailouts of the financial and auto industries. . . . Many in the crowd were there to prompt state lawmakers to pass HJR17, a joint resolution urging Congress to reject any future bailout legislation and stop spending money the federal government does not have.

More Salt Lake City coverage here.

Call to action: Tea Party USA!

Friday Night Fights: Pelosi Pounds Reid... Coulter Hands Olbermann His A$$

After another week of Obama Depression news, the Democratic Congressional Porkfest news, the Obama socialization news, etc. it was nice to find something to chuckle about besides Hillary's embarrassing Russian blooper.

First there was the news that Reid and Pelosi got into a swearing match while fighting for scraps from what once was an economy.
That audience with the Pope last week must have been really impactful... Huh, Nancy?

Then there was Ann Coulter handing Keith Olbermann his a$$ again, and again and again.
At least the entertainment is fun as we watch the Democrats ruin the country, appease the terrorists and flatten the economy.

Gun Registry Bill Draws Massive Resistance (H.R.45)

“Every Congressperson who votes for HR 45 (or any close facsimile thereof) should be forced to give up their Secret Service protection.

If we don’t need guns, neither do they.”

10,057 posted on 03/08/2009 1:41:56 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Michael Goodwin - Obama's search for an enemy: The President keep beating the class warfare drum

Nationalizing Life and Death

Hidden deep in the stimulus bill is a Trojan horse like no other. I am not speaking of pork. A scheme more dastardly would have been hard to concoct. With the passage of this bill, the US government is now empowered to "ration" healthcare.

The Problems with Socialized Health Care (Nightmare headlines from around the globe)

Health care debate to flood airwaves

WOODSON: What kind of race dialogue?

Obama: Bush did it, why can't I?

MO'bama is just a punk and everyone knows it. He thinks he's Teflon because he can pull out the old “It's Bush's Fault” routine. That works for nutcase bloggers living in Mommy's basement...

SoCal Tax Revolt 2009 - Fullerton, CA, 3/7/09

martial law in mexico

Don't worry your pretty little head about the consequences to this--
The Teleprompter Jesus® will just turn on the charm and tlak 'em out of doing anything bad. And the French will love America again, too...

Banks Refusing To Take Back Foreclosed Properties

No copper here. Amazing.

Photographic evidence of the decline of America into a 3rd world Nation.  Mo'bama-nomics is pictures...

Zimbabwe comes to 0-Merica:

Pets Being Abandoned In Foreclosed Homes

Analysis: Obama's economic style is unnerving

I’m beginning to think that the only way for Obama to be relected would be for him to cancel the stimulus fiasco, completely take his hands off the economy, and let the bad banks and incompetent businesses fail. The economy might actually begin to recover within four years if government would stay the hell away.

But he won’t do that, and he will give Pelosi and Reid a free hand to accelerate the collapse and ruin.


Growth of Government

How the Great Depression brought Adolf Hitler to power

“Government needs to stop meddling in affairs that it knows nothing about”
Like when President Osama referred to a P/E ratio as “profit/earnings ratio?”

Obama is a colossal fake. One doesn’t have to be an economics major to have heard of price/earnings ratio. The guy is said to have been in classes at the fanciest private school in Honolulu, to have attended Columbua College for two years and Harvard Laws School and to have served on Law Review. How many worth their salt would not know what “price/earnings radios” are or at least know the phrase? God help this country.

After action Greeley Tea Party


Rich Tucker: Media Out on a Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh: Obama Will Drive Out Our ABBAs (Entrepreneurs, wealthy will flee like Sweden)


Michelle Malkin - ‘Going Galt’: America's Wealth Producers Vs. Wealth Redistributors


VIDEO: THE FLIR PROJECT (Did Eric Holder and John Danforth Lie About Waco?)

Just today I learned that Eric Holder was Acting Attorney General for the Danforth Branch Davidian massacre report.

U.S. attorney general nominee Eric Holder not questioned about Waco Branch Davidian siege

In honor of this information, I dug up my VHS tape of "The FLIR Project," recorded it digitally and uploaded it to YouTube.

The F.L.I.R. Project Part 1

The F.L.I.R. Project Part 2

The F.L.I.R. Project Part 3

The F.L.I.R. Project Part 4

10,058 posted on 03/08/2009 3:56:01 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Idaho stands up/10th Amendment

'Obama is overwhelmed.' (Obama ally says he's "too tired")


He's not up to the job. He can't party with his buds late into the night and deal with the business on his desk; he hasn't got the depth of knowledge needed to do the job, even marginally competently. He's an arrogant punk, and we are so very screwed.

Obama's 'missing' college thesis on Soviet nukes and his current defense policies (missile shield)

Poor Baby Obama: I Have To Make The ‘Really Hard’ Decisions

1. we have a whining, self-pitying president. 2. The Times scrubbed from its article the worst of the president’s comments, the ones that revealed him in that self-pitying light.
Reagan always looked like he never broke a sweat...
Bush did it 24/7 for eight years without a whimper...

27 year-old is Obama's "voice, "mind-reader"

Are there any real adults running the White House?

The Continuing Jihad Against Rush Limbaugh

Iran test-fires new long-range missile - state tv

Mark Steyn: Rive gauche

The people who put The Messiah in the WH do not believe he is the Marxist he said he was.

Obama's British 'Gift Gaffe' Not Reported By U.S. Media

More 'Gift Gaffes'

Border lawmakers fear narco-nuke terrorism link

Pelosi: End raids splitting immigrant families

Is Pelosi evil, mentally ill, or a traitor? She could not possibly be stupid enough not to realize the consequences of her ramblings.

In the DC area we have constantly cases of horrific crimes by illegal aliens and increasingly by legal immigrants many of whom come from enemy nations. Just example a couple of weeks ago: Marcos Reyes Banegas, 25, a Honduran national with no fixed address is charged with rape, sodomy and other offenses against an 8-year-old child. At last report, police were unable to locate him. Apparently he is getting help in eluding the law.

FReeper advice needed (Vanity) Time to go?

So What's in the Stimulus for You? Nothing!


Wall Street Journal lapses into newspeak when it comes to-guns

Grim forecast for U.S. home-buying season

Recession Survival Quiz

Newsweek Cover Targets Rush Limbaugh; Uses David Frum to Do Obama's Dirty Work

Well, gee. Our Objective media.

Forcing Out Obama

You are right about our affirmative action president. This is why I have a sneeking suspicion that the courts are keeping the Obama Birth Certificate issue as their ace in the hole. I believe that important people know the truth about Obama’s birth status. I believe that the courts are being told not to hear the case. The word is “Do nothing ‘til you hear from me.”

I believe that if things get much worse in a few months, someone will be given the word to hear the case and that will be the out. He will be shown to have not been born a natural born citizen and blacks will be told that he wasn’t a real African American. He was a sham. That will prevent the riots. That will remove the imposter. That will remove the stain of America being a racist country. We all win. But then somebody has to fix the problem.

Also, perhaps the truth of the situation is what really keeps Obama up at night.

132 posted on 03/08/2009 2:03:16 PM PDT by johnnycap

Obama Just Doesn't Get It

O only won by about 4%. I think there was a larger percent of conservatives that just stayed home because they had no real choice in the election. If the GOP gets there head out of their a$$ and runs a real conservative in the next election O and the dems will get destroyed. Only a small percent of Americans a really stupid.

Here in Toledo we have about a 15% unemployment rate and it is going to get far worse. One of my friends is a union painter and as of tomorrow his employer has no work even the hospitals do not have work for him at this time. As you can guess they a democrats because of the union. However they do not even want to talk politics because they know how bad they f up.

When unemployment is 20 to 25 percent here in 2 to 3 years, there is no way GWB can get the blame. The congress and O have created a economic mess that will last for years and is not even being fully felt yet. They have created a vicious downward cycle with the spending and the coming tax increases and the more they spend the worse it will get.

Lucky for me I worked very hard when GWB was in office and am now a RN. The economy is so bad here if you do not have a job as a nurse already it is hard to find one. This is not so in other parts of the country that are starving for RNs. I find myself in a position were I am able to stock up on food and water and I am buying one once silver coins just in case ( remember FDR confiscated the gold from the people not the silver). I am not being paranoid just prepared.

The faster the Dems push their socialism on the people the quicker the people will see it does not work, because more businesses will fail. The people will realize that they need business to work so they can eat. It is that simple.

30 posted on 03/08/2009 11:11:05 AM PDT by Total Package

10,059 posted on 03/08/2009 3:53:58 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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THOUGHTS ON OBAMA, THE RIGHT, and being “tired.”

Plus, this:

I have this picture of President Obama sitting in the White House, thinking I hate my job. He was all about running for President. What did he really know about being President?

Less than he knows now, that’s for sure.

Teleprompter Jesus...

LOTS MORE TEA PARTY PROTEST NEWS rounded up here. Meanwhile, Tom Blumer complains of insufficient media coverage.

I suppose he’s got a point, but these protests are being well-covered in local media around the country. In terms of influencing Congress, I’d rather have a few hundred people march in each district than have a hundred thousand march in Washington, DC, even if the latter got a lot of coverage. Believe me, Green Bay congressman Steve Kagen knows there are people in his district who are upset, now. Getting 1,200 people who don’t usually protest to turn out and march on a Congressional office makes a point.

Meanwhile, here’s a blog report from Green Bay. And some more pictures.

UPDATE: Robert McManus emails: “How long . . . before the tea parties become yet another manifestation of America’s indelible racism? they seem to be getting a little traction, so it can’t be long.”

I don’t know. Let’s ask her:

A BLOG REPORT on the Lafayette, Louisiana tea party protest. And here’s a Flickr gallery.

A REPORT on the Monterey, California tea party protest:

A present-day version of the Boston Tea Party revolt took place at Monterey’s Window on the Bay Saturday, taking aim at the massive federal stimulus spending plan.

Demonstators brought American flags, tea bags, and even pig costumes to voice their anger over the stimulus plan, saying it is laden in pork-barrel spending and could trigger inflation. . . .

The watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense released it’s latest review of the spending plan earlier this week. In it, Central Coast congressman Sam Farr is listed as being a part of nearly $24 million dollars worth of earmarks, with more than $8 million credited to Farr alone.

More here. And here’s a blog report, with photos.

Plus, video:

TEA PARTY UPDATE: I’ve already mentioned Harrisburg and Fullerton, but now here’s a news report from Green Bay:

Hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday afternoon outside Titletown Brewing Co., replacing Boston Harbor with the Fox River for a Green Bay tea party to rally against government programs and federal bailouts. . . . Speakers at the rally included Marc Savard, who is running for the 8th Congressional District (to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Appleton) and WTAQ talk show host Jerry Bader.

Though coined as a taxpayer rally, taxes aren’t the only issue at hand, Bader said, it’s also about having a government that allows citizens to be self-reliant.

“Conservatism is based on I’ll take care of me, you take care of you. … This is often translated to mean we’re not compassionate — nothing could be further from the truth,” Bader said.

“Picking my pocket and deciding what’s compassion, is not compassion. When you are forced to be compassionate at the barrel of a gun, we have a word for that, it’s robbery.”

The mass of protesters marched into downtown Green Bay to bring their message to Kagen at his office at 700 E. Walnut St.

Michael Litscher has posted a photo set on Flickr. Here’s one. “Don’t Spread My Wealth: Spread My Work Ethic.”

Plus, video:

Formerly, the “highest form of patriotism,” now the preserve of “domestic terrorist wannabes.” Boy, things sure change with an election!

UPDATE: Plus, if you don’t support Obama’s economic plan, you’re a traitor. Ah, for the good old Bush days, when it was wrong to question people’s patriotism. . .

“This party atmosphere sends the wrong message”

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 7, 2009 11:27 AM

The Obama cocktail party-and-conga line bonanza is coming under scrutiny:

An organization that serves as a watchdog on the U.S. government for American taxpayers has launched a campaign to uncover exactly how much tax money is being spent on parties at the Obama White House.

The president has shown a penchant for lavish galas, such as the huge assembly orchestrated in Denver when he accepted his party’s nomination for president – an outdoor gathering for some 75,000 featuring a stage with Greek columns. He also held a multimillion-dollar victory celebration in Chicago, and his fancy inauguration cost an estimated $170 million, according to ABC News.

Now, Larry Klayman, founder of Freedom Watch, told WND today he’s seeking information about the partying in the White House since the Obamas moved in…

…Klayman said the reports of the partying at the White House, “with the likes of Steve Wonder and other high priced entertainment stars,” will be the focus of document requests being submitted to the General Services Administration. The requests will seek to determine how much taxpayer money is being used.

“Barack and Michelle Obama have been throwing taxpayer funded parties nearly every night with their ‘friends’ and supporters, with Michelle Obama even exhorting them not to ‘break’ White House property,” Klayman’s announcement said.

“This party atmosphere sends the wrong message to the American people. As the Obama-Clinton crowd party on, the American people are suffering greatly,” Klayman said.


10,060 posted on 03/09/2009 1:46:13 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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VIDEO: GOP Teen Whiz Kid Takes on CNN; "I'm A Conservative First, Republican Second"!

US Public Schools Teaching Children Pro-Islamic Propaganda

Mexican cartels infiltrate Houston

A decade after Headwaters deal, truce comes to Northern California redwood country

We taxpayers ended up paying $480 million, almost half a billion, for the Headwaters land. About 1,400 lumber workers lost their jobs. Various environmentalists or their "estates" successfully sued governmental, law enforcement or private corporations for millions of dollars. The end result is we own a chunk of land that we, humans, can not visit because of all of the endangered species living their. With the current economic situation I want our money back.

If you haven’t seen this, you should check it out. Obama’s crew are still following the Alinsky format.

Here’s the relevant quote, but the whole thing is worth reading.

“Try Rule 12 from Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals“:

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.”

“And as for the attacks coming from the White House Press podium? Rule 5 covers that:

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.”


Talking Race: A Missing Black-GOP Exchange

What's Behind Barack's Brit Snit


Obama's Political Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome

Springtime for Hitler: The Nation of Islam Remake (Hitler salutes)

We are all inner-city Blacks now.

Maybe before long he’ll just whip out his Kenyan birth certificate and say “Screw you guys, I’m going home”

Maybe We Should Schedule Nap Time for Obama

Can you survive economic crisis?

I don’t think there will be a total countrywide breakdown, but I do think that many large cities in ‘blue’ states will see times that will make Katrine look like a church social! And I expect to see several of them will require extended martial law to stop carnage. Face it when the ‘OBAMANOS’ welfare checks start bouncing and the Whitehouse fails to pay their mortgages, put gas in their cars, give them a free cell phone service, fail to cover gold teeth in the coming nationalized heath care, triple the tax on malt liquor there will be hell to pay! Seriously I think we are looking at an Argentina style colapse. Thats one reason I have been reading Ferfal’s blog which is full of good tips on surviving such a colapse. One thing that he has seen which I think we will soon see a lot of is thevies killing their victims even when the cooperate, beacause , you fill in the blank or maybe the best answer is 'just because'.
33 posted on 03/08/2009 10:05:55 PM PDT by Kartographer

10,061 posted on 03/09/2009 3:04:09 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Could Americans' Discontent Turn Violent?

"Zimbawe- on Main Street soon?"

Heh Mr. President; How 'Ya Like This? (The Daily Denninger)

Obama the Puppet? Obama's Crutch: the TelePrompter

It's the sun, stupid!
The real 'deniers'
Free Republic on Free Dominion

Elect Obama, Get Embryonic Stem Cells (Obama puts YOUR tax dollars to work)

Obama Aims to Shield Science From Politics

OK, let’s talk science. Embryonic stem cells develop tumors. Adult stem cells do not. Embryonic stem cell research has resulted in zero cures. Adult stem cell research has resulted in 72 cures. Embryonic stem cells will never have the same DNA as the patient. Adult stem cells taken from a patient will always have the DNA match and will never be rejected. How’s that for science?

Children With [Diabetes] Look Forward To Obama's Expected Lifting Of Ban On Stem Cell Research

From my files:

Embryonic stem cells have not cured or successfully treated a single patient. Contrast that with the more than 70 conditions that are treatable using non-embryonic stem cell therapies.

Note: Conditions treatable using non-embryonic stem cells are listed in this article.

Adult Stem Cells: It's Not Pie-in-the-Sky

Though embryonic stem cell research advocates euphemistically refer to the current state of research as an “early stage”, the unfortunate reality is the goal of embryonic stem cell therapies is, at this point, more accurately described as a pipe dream. No researcher is anywhere close to significant progress in developing practical embryonic stem cell therapies.

The only thing certain is that the cost of that research will be high. If embryonic stem cell research had real and imminent possibilities, private investors would be pouring capital into research hoping for real and imminent profits. Instead, venture capital firms are contributing to political efforts to get taxpayers to fund research. What the venture capitalists seem to be hoping for is that taxpayer funding of stem cell research will increase the value of their stakes in biotech companies. The venture capitalists can then cash out at a hefty profit, leaving taxpayers holding the bag of fruitless research.

Ron Reagan Wrong on Stem Cells

"Using embryonic stem cells, researchers at Stanford University who are working on a cure for Type I diabetes are producing new pancreatic islet cells that could be used in human transplants and could herald a cure for this devastating illness."

Actually, the latest research findings regarding embryonic stem cells are that they do not actually produce insulin in response to glucose changes in their environment and are NOT the pancreatic beta cells needed to treat diabetes. When placed in animals, the cells did not reverse diabetes; instead, they formed tumors.

"A Korean research team recently made history by using human embryonic stem cells to cure Parkinson's disease in rats."

That is what they claim, but the research is a long way from producing a safe and effective treatment for humans. On the one known occasion when earlier-stage (before 6 weeks) fetal tissue was used to try to treat a human Parkinson's patient, the tissue killed the patient by forming clumps of bone, skin and hair in the middle of his brain.

Moreover, animal trials with embryonic stem cells repeatedly kill many of the animals because of formation of brain tumors.

Meanwhile, the first clinical trial using a patient's own adult brain stem cells to treat Parkinson's has produced a lasting 80% reversal of symptoms, and wider human trials are being planned.

New Jersey Right to Life

A more recent article…Why Embrionic Stem Cells are Obsolete, shows nothing has changed:

A report from Israel published in PLoS Medicine in late February that shows embryonic stem cells injected into patients can cause disabling if not deadly tumors.

The report describes a young boy with a fatal neuromuscular disease called ataxia telangiectasia, who was treated with embryonic stem cells. Within four years, he developed headaches and was found to have multiple tumors in his brain and spinal cord that genetically matched the female embryos used in his therapy.His experience is neither an anomaly nor a surprise, but one feared by many scientists.

Even as the future of embryonic stem cells has dimmed, adult stem cell research has scored major wins evident just in the past few months. These advances involve human stem cells that are not derived from human embryos. In fact, adult stem cells, which occur in small quantities in organs throughout the body for natural growth and repair, have become stars despite great skepticism early on. Though this is a more difficult task, scientists have learned to coax them to mature into many cell types, like brain and heart cells, in the laboratory.

The more ethically charged decision—less understood by the public and one Congress has avoided—involves the ban on creating human embryos in the laboratory solely for research purposes.

In fact, President Clinton is the one who balked at allowing scientists to use government money for embryo creation and research on stem cells harvested from such embryos; Bush only affirmed the Clinton ban.

41 posted on 03/09/2009 8:13:59 AM PDT by ravingnutter

Parent objects to 'second' national anthem (big education indoctrination alert)


Jack Welch: Obama’s Lack of Focus ‘Crazy’ But Criticism Makes You ‘Pariah’

Well Is He, or Isn’t He? (Obama a natural born citizen?)

Recessions Are Self-Correcting (The government just needs to get out of the way)

HR 875 The food police

CliffsNotes on Atlas Shrugged

Flashback: 2006 Poll Showed Most Democrats Wanted Bush to Fail

Stimulus Bill Abolishes Welfare Reform and Adds New Welfare Spending

Giant Omnibus Bill Includes $7.7 Billion in Earmarks for Bugs, Pigs, Parking and LA RAZA

'Obama is overwhelmed.' (Administration admits he's in over his head)

10,062 posted on 03/09/2009 11:16:07 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Some Americans Can't Pretend

Robert Samuelson is one of the most influential economic columnists in America, and for good reason: he’s informed, intelligent, and measured. That’s why his column today is significant. In Samuelson’s words:

Obama is a great pretender. He repeatedly says he’s doing things that he isn’t, trusting his powerful rhetoric to obscure the difference. He has made “responsibility” a personal theme; the budget’s cover line is “A New Era of Responsibility.” He says the budget begins “making the tough choices necessary to restore fiscal discipline.” It doesn’t.

This column should be read in conjunction with this article on Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner where we learn

Of the 15 key Treasury Department positions that require Senate confirmation, only one has been filled… Geithner, who started work in late January, has no deputy secretary, no under secretaries for international affairs and no deputy under secretaries.

This is stunning, especially when you consider that we are facing one of the two most serious economic crises in our lifetime.

(Excerpt)


President’s “Middle Class Task Force” packed with highly-paid elitists, no middle class


An Economic Primer for Obamabots

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner and the bill for all comes to $100.If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing like they do now with the present income tax structure.

The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59 of the bill.
So that is what the ten men decide to do.

The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you all are such good customers I am going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20”. Dinner for the 10 men now costs just $80...

The group still wanted to pay the bill the same way that they paid their taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six men — the Paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everybody would get his “Fair Share”?

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth and sixth man would each end up being paid to eat their meal…So, the restaurant owner suggested it would be fair to reduce each mans bill roughly the same amount; and proceeded to work out the amounts each man would pay.

The fifth, like the first four now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth man now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings)
The seventh man now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings)
The eight man now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings)
The ninth man now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings)
The tenth man now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings)

Each of the six was better off then before. And the first four continued to eat for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings…

“I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man “but he got $10”…“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. Its unfair that he got ten times more than me!?”“That’s true”, shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploit’s the poor!”The nine men surrounded the tenth man and beat him up…

The next night the Tenth man did not show up for dinner, so the Nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half the bill!

And that Boys & Girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just might not show up anymore. In fact, they might start eating overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier…David R. Kamerschen, PH.DProfessor of EconomicsUniversity of Georgia

Policies of the Crazy Party

THE PLAN (obama propaganda - strong stomach alert)

To sum it up... Electricity prices are going through the roof. Health care will be rationed to kill off the Baby Boomers (thus saving Social Security) and billions more will be spent trying to educate kids like we did in back in the 1800s (with teacher's unions and pensions getting fat while 50% + don;t finish high school). Welcome to HOPE and CHANGE, Democrat style.

The U.S. and Britain—What “Special Relationship”? (Another WH "Amateur Hour")

Firearm Sales Continue Upward in February (Obama inspires an added 1,000,000 gun sales in 3 months!)

10,063 posted on 03/09/2009 4:00:06 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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What's In A Filename?

Is there nothing that Our Hero can't do?

Nice catch by Bob McCarty.

Heroic Name Given to Photo of President Obama

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Soon after President Barack Obama signed an executive order lifting the ban on the use federal funding of embryonic stem cells in medical research, the wizards behind the White House web site posted the photo above.  Though I find it less troubling than the president’s continuing assault on the unborn, the file name (hero_stemcell_main2.jpg) under which someone at the White House saved the photo of the signing ceremony this afternoon is disturbingly creepy.

I discovered the file name when I went to save the photo to my computer.  Click here to see a screen shot which shows the file name for the photo highlighted in blue as I was in the process of saving the photo to my computer.

To imply that President Obama is somehow heroic by signing a measure that lifts a ban on the slaughter of human embryos for scientific purposes goes beyond the pale.  Such an amateurish action should not, however, surprise anyone familiar with Obama’s socialist agenda (a.k.a., “Obamalism”) and his follower’s blind allegiance to “Dear Leader.”

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The Teleprompter Messiah®.

Or. click the picture:

EUROPE’S EXTENSIVE REGULATIONS didn’t prevent financial disaster. (Via NewsAlert).

LIKE THE JOHN EDWARDS SCANDAL ALL OVER AGAIN? Media silence on the Chas Freeman debacle. “This is the John Edwards story on steroids — a virtual conspiracy of silence with little if any journalistic justification. And here the issue is really important — the appointment of a key intelligence official who is alleged to harbor serious conflicts of interest and extreme views.”

Well, HuffPo is noting Freeman’s support for a National ID plan.

MATT WELCH: Obama: I Am Not a Socialist, Because Bush Expanded Medicare! “Obama will get no argument from me when it comes to Bush’s disaster socialism. But this new he-did-it-too argument does run counter to another, Hendrik Hertzberg-applauded narrative that Obama has been running with since before inauguration: That his administration’s economic policies represents a sharp break from the policies of his predecessor. As people like Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson have begun to point out, Obama is running high on the contradiction-meter.”

JIM CRAMER answers his critics. “President Obama’s team, unlike Bush’s team, demonstrates a thinness of skin that shocks me. . . . Are they really that blind to the Great Wealth Destruction they are causing with their decisions to demonize the bankers, raise taxes for the wealthy, advocate draconian cap-and-trade policies and upend the health care system? Do they really believe that only the rich own stocks? What do they think we have our retirement accounts in, CDs? Where did they think that the money saved for college went, our mattresses?”

Gun News Daily - ’The Administration is Not Dealing Straight With Us on Mexico’s Gun Problem ’

“I thought guns were illegal in Mexico.” He chuckled and said, “So you stayed in town last night?” As the conversation progressed, it became clear that guns are as common in Mexico as tamales at Christmas. Everyone he knows, including himself, own at least one gun. And, it matters not whether it’s a semi-auto or fully automatic, they’re all illegal, so why stop with semi-autos?

If you want portable water storage, there is no finer value

American Leningrad - UPDATED

You’ll want to read neo-neocon today.

She’s got quotes by Lenin and thoughts on Dostoevsky and yes, it’s all relevant, relevant, relevant.

The quotes from Lenin are chilling and you will be able to relate all of them to what is happening in America, today, even though President Obama insists it’s not, and that he’s no socialist, nope, not him! Bush was the socialist, yep, yep, yep.

Bush made his mistakes, and the damn bailout in October was a biggie, but he was no deliberate socialist.

A sampling of Neo:

A lie told often enough becomes the truth.

Democracy is indispensable to socialism.

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.

The goal of socialism is communism.

The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.

There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience.

No amount of political freedom will satisfy the hungry masses.

I’ve quoted the following excerpt before on this blog. I’m quoting it again now. And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I have reason to quote it in the future.

In this excerpt Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor is addressing Christ, who has returned to earth but is arrested and imprisoned again:

Oh, never, never can [people] feed themselves without us [the Inquisitors and controllers]! No science will give them bread so long as they remain free. In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet, and say to us, “Make us your slaves, but feed us.” They will understand themselves, at last, that freedom and bread enough for all are inconceivable together, for never, never will they be able to share between them! They will be convinced, too, that they can never be free, for they are weak, vicious, worthless, and rebellious. Thou didst promise them the bread of Heaven, but, I repeat again, can it compare with earthly bread in the eyes of the weak, ever sinful and ignoble race of man?

Read what’s in between.

Btw, socialism does not work, except in monasteries and the reason it works in monasteries is because it is voluntary. When you voted for Obama - if you did - did you think you were voting for socialism? When Obama talked to you about “remaking America” was socialism and “not wasting a good crisis” what you had in mind? Do you really think the US Constitution is fundamentally flawed, and not a bit of genius?

UPDATE: I wrote earlier today:

No wonder [Church] scares off so many. In our age, the self is everything to be celebrated and never to be diminished. Church subsumes; you become not the lone worker bee, but the very buzz of the hive. And what sweetness is found, therein.

But the thing is…being subsumed by something greater than oneself is only glorious when one is at liberty to assent to it, when one volunteers to be absorbed into the collective. That is, in fact, the ultimate expression of liberty. Being compelled into the collective - or herded there - against ones will, against one’s liberty, against one’s declared choice - even against one’s constitution, has nothing to do with glory and everything to do with tyranny. One is an ultimate human freedom and a good. The other is the antithesis of human freedom. And that is evil.

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A WORM RETURNS: “A third version of Downadup has been identified by Symantec, which says the new variant gives infected machines more powerful instructions to disable antivirus software and analysis tools, among other actions.”

ERGONOMIC ERRORS: 5 Design Flaws that Ruined Otherwise Smart Gadgets.

Some related thoughts are here.

CONTROLLING YOUR IPHONE with facial signals. So thanks to bluetooth headsets, you already can’t tell if the person walking down the street talking to him- or herself is crazy nowadays; when this catches on, the fact that they’re twitching their face spasmodically won’t be a clue, either, because they might just be dialing . . .

10,064 posted on 03/10/2009 12:50:14 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Welcome to the Club, Cramer

The 10 Biggest Amateur Mistakes By the Obama Administration So Far

Umm, ahh... conning the sheeple?

Depression? Recession? No, It's the Great Restructuring


Obama's fear-mongering

We have nothing to fear, but Mo'Bots themselves...

Embryonic Stem cell research: emotion over logic

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Does any of this sound familiar? In the 1970’s, the politicians – with the same special interests controlling Sacramento – refused to believe that taxpayers were serious about rising property taxes. Sure, a couple of yahoos named Jarvis and Gann put a strong tax measure on the ballot, Proposition 13, but it went way too far and the voters would surely reject it, wouldn’t they?

Australians refused insurance because of poor genes

Miami Cigar Manufacturers Brace for SCHIP(Time to stock up - just like ammo)

Roll-your-own tobacco: From $1.10 per pound to $24.78.



New Threat: The 'Obama Market' (FLASHBACK June 30, 2008!)

Democrats' Strategy Backfires As Limbaugh's Ratings Double

No Crap! No Bama! Stimulus Loophole Gives 300,000 Jobs to Illegals


No wonder Democrats like to raise Taxes, They don’t pay them!

It ain't right, or American:

Highway Robbery? Texas Police Seize Black Motorists' Cash, Cars

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What If Iran Gets A Working Nuclear Weapon?

Dems face internal revolt over Obama agenda

Michael Ledeen: WE'RE All FASCISTS NOW

The Girlyman Governor

John & Ken's latest ratings scheme (Tea Party/Tax Revolt updates)


Screw us? No, Senators, screw you... (Demand Socialized Law Care)

Cardinal Rigali: Obama stem cell order 'a sad victory of politics over science and ethics’

Mexican drug cartels set up shop in Atlanta

[BATF] Agent details arms cache (machineguns and M203/M79) found in home of doctor.

Anyone who think the BATF is anything other than an out of control government agency is seriously deluded.

This should be required viewing by any gun owner - The Gang

Chuck Norris claims thousands of right wing cell groups exist and will rebel against U.S. government

The Obama Disaster-- 50 Days That Changed the World

...It's hard to imagine we're only 50 days into the Barack Obama Presidency.

** Obama is on track to spend more money than any person in the history of the planet.
** Obama and Pelosi's stimulus bill was the largest spending bill in the history of the planet.
** Obama and democrats have already saddled America's children and grand children with massive debt. Not that this bothers them.

** He's lost at least 3 administration nominees due to tax fraud.
** He's promoted a tax cheat to run the IRS and Treasury.
** He's insulted America's greatest ally, Great Britain.
** He's reneged on missile agreements with allies Poland and the Czech Republic.
** His administration has already met with the murderous Assad Regime from Syria.

Rescue workers and soldiers stand around a huge crater after a bomb attack that tore through the motorcade of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon. Investigators have linked the Assad regime to the attack. (SMH)

** Obama signed legislation to close Gitmo.
** Obama freed a dirty bomber from Gitmo to Great Britain.
** Obama told US soldiers and marines in Afghanistan, "We're losing."

It's a safe to say that Barack Obama could never have led America during WW II without surrendering. (Numbers from Iraq Casualties and GP)

** Obama's VP told US soldiers and marines that US deaths will rise in Afghanistan.
** Obama has already discussed holding peace talks with the Taliban.

** The Obama stock market had its worst January in 113 years.
** The stock market had its worst February since 1933.
** The Dow has dropped faster under Obama than any other new president in 90 years.
** Obama's budget more than doubles the national debt held by the public, and adds more to the debt than all previous presidents -- from George Washington to George W. Bush -- combined.
** Obama managed to spend more than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

** Obama will quadruple the deficit this year.
** Cap & trade was introduced that will cost America 4 million jobs and cost Americans at least $700 per family per year.

** Team Obama announced easing restrictions with communist Cuba.
** Meanwhile, democrats further restricted free trade with ally Colombia.

** Obama passed legislation to fund foreign abortions.
** Obama passed legislation to fund embryonic stem cell research.

** Democrats already banned offshore drilling.
** Democrats scrapped oil and gas leases in Utah for energy development.
** Obama's party permanently banned drilling in ANWR

The "They Did It" Presidency

Omnibus Spending Bill: Huge Spending (double dip with stimulus and omnibus - 80% increase)

10,066 posted on 03/10/2009 11:19:43 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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OBAMA: "You know, I have more than enough to do without having to worry about the financial system."


The Teleprompter Messiah®.

Or. click the picture:

Video: Brit Hume On The Elimination Of The DC School Voucher Program


Silencing Thought - Release

Silencing Thought will expose:

* How the law came about.
* How it is being used and abused.
* How the CHRC has infiltrated the internet and Canadian ISPs.
* Fake Nazis and haters on the Internet in the name of “Human Rights”
* CHRC entrapment of Marc Lemire and websites such as FreeDominion
* The CHRC’s denial of any oversight of their actions
* CHRC and claims of “National Security” to cover-up their misdeeds
* Access Denied: A Police State Culture of Secrecy at the CHRC
* Criminalizing Dissent: Human Rights Fanatics (CHRC) and Enforcers (Police)

Not only will the book cover all of the above information — there will be a fifty-page appendix of original documents which will shake Canadians to their core, when they see how bad the human rights fanatics really are and what they are really up to.

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IN DALLAS, a city hall tea party?
DAN RIEHL: Are Tea Party Protests America’s Last, Best Hope?
IDEAL FOR COVERING TEA PARTY PROTESTS AND MORE: The Flip Ultra Video Camera has been marked down to 69 bucks from $149.
FABIUS MAXIMUS: Our ruling elites scamper and play while our world burns.
POLL: Grade Obama’s performance so far.

MICKEY KAUS: “That’s what I get for believing a HuffPo headline.”

Plus this: “The whole Begala-Carville coordinated campaign against Limbaugh seems misguided when Obama is supposed to be leading the nation out of crisis (see Warren Buffett’s comments, below).

ROGER KIMBALL OFFERS a guide to destroying the economy.

The End Of Dictatorship

"...this week in boardrooms across the industry, media executives are meeting with media experts to hash out yet another strategy, and yet more innovations to address their falling fortunes, every last one of them invested in the unshakable belief that the internet is burying them because it's faster - as though the only difference between shit and sunshine is the speed at which they travel."*

Finally, signs that someone out there gets it.

h/t Damian.

Posted by Kate at 7:08 PM| Comments (26)
"I think Strauss nails it with these two sentences;
"Suddenly reality isn’t what we are told it must be by some expert writer/editor but what we decide for ourselves it is.
Suddenly reading online becomes a democracy."
The leftist MSM has always believed that it knew best and would try to tell us what to think."

Because Experience Only Matters When You're Vice President

"There is nobody there"*

* the British media - doing the job Americans won't do.

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Obama: Not Unfocused Enough

Now is the time at SDA when we juxtapose!

DC Examiner: Obama is in trouble.

Democratic National Committee: Look! A fat guy!


Heh. From reader Dave in Pa.


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And another one bites the dust: Charles Freeman out

March 10, 2009 04:48 PM by Michelle Malkin42 Comments | 15 Trackbacks


Going Galt, continued

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 10, 2009 06:49 PM

For the past two weeks, with a big hat tip to Dr. Helen Smith who diagnosed the phenomenon last fall, we’ve had a fascinating and spirited discussion here about the “Going Galt” movement that’s catching on nationwide.

There’s now even a Twitter hashtag for the phenomenon: #goinggalt.

My email box (especially after publication of my recent syndicated column on the subject) continues to fill up with letters from readers choosing in large and small ways to go Galt.

Reader Ron Ruffer of Pa. e-mails:

Dear Ms. Malkin,

First I would like to say that I very much enjoy your commentary column and typically support your point of view. In your column noted above, I can appreciate and certainly do believe that Enough is Enough.

Self-employed for the last 15 years, I have been one of those persons who, throughout my life, I have always – ALWAYS – worked. From age 14, I have always had a job and have always put forth my best efforts to earn money and support myself. I worked through college, worked while I earned my M.S. in Marketing, and worked very long hours and weekends while pursuing my career. My wife and I always paid off our debts – our college loans (early), our credit cards (RARELY having an unpaid balance, and if so usually through a late payment due to issues of the timing of the receipt of the bill), our car loans and our home loans. We started our life together in a rented apartment, then moved to a duplex (which we bought based on my income, not our combined incomes) when our realtor and many of our friends tried to encourage us to move into a bigger, more expensive single home. We bought what we KNEW we could afford comfortably, not what others thought we should have or could afford.

We saved, and we saved. I took a risk and started my own business when my wife was pregnant with our 3rd child. No one was there to catch me should my efforts have failed. No one was going to pay off my mortgage, no one was there to pick up the tab for our health care. Even my boss at the time thought I was making a foolish move. My feeling was that if I did fall – I would simply pick myself up again and move forward. I would rely upon myself, not others.

I did all of these things while others - who were without my education, income or savings levels - were out spending..spending on big homes, lavish vacations, and high end automobiles. Spending money they did not have. Spending away their future. Spending away MY future.

As my income increased, I paid my ever-increasing tax bills. I paid for my company, and I paid for myself. In reality, I was double taxed – taxed on company income, taxed on private income. I paid regardless. I was and am never late. I knew I would most likely never, ever see anything close to a payback on my tax payments. The money went to pay for a bloated, increasingly non-representative government that was run in the interest of the political party in power, not the individuals they were elected to represent.

As you have so noted, there are many within our economy that can be considered “Wealth Producers” (though I disagree with your notion of a lawyer being a “Wealth Producer” as most (but not all) are a drain on our society and on our ability to conduct business – note as well that most of our representatives in Federal and State legislatures are attorneys). These are people who, like myself and my wife, have worked, taken risks, and contributed far beyond the average person. They are people who have acted responsibly and throughout their lives borne the brunt of the taxes and responsibilities of our society. They are the very backbone of our society – and they are under-appreciated and under-represented in our Democratic society.

It is now fashionable and politically expedient to extend blame for the current financial crisis on greedy businesses and predatory lenders. The reality is that individuals and poorly managed businesses were responsible for the bulk of the problems. Government also played a role – and it was both parties – that encouraged and supported unsound business practices. Now the Government “must” step in to “save” these poor people from losing their homes, and “save” these “too big to fail” financial institutions. What about those of us, and those businesses, that chose to act responsibly? Who chose to live within their means? Who chose sound financial decisions over high risk behavior?

Enough is Enough. Let them all fail. It is not too late. I don’t care about the homeowner that borrowed more than they could afford and now find themselves potentially without a home and bankrupt. I don’t care about the businesses that overlooked sound financial decisions in the name of short term profits. We all make choices in life and it is time to let those that made the bad choices live with their decisions and finally reward those that chose to act responsibly. It has come down to this – either we let those that made the bad decisions fail, or we end up sacrificing our nation, our national identity and our very way of life.

The current administration of course feels that more and bigger government is the way to resolve this “crisis”. This follows on the heels of a Republican administration that was one of the worst disasters this country has ever experienced in political, social, and economic terms. Spend, spend, spend – soon to be followed by tax, tax tax. Fewer producers supporting more and more non-producers. Government, as in “Atlas Shrugged”, seems to feel that it is the solution to the problem, not part of the problem. Government seems to think it is a employer..a creator of wealth. We have a crisis alright – a crisis in leadership, and a crisis in Government. It’s time someone in Government started thinking of ways to “save” the Wealth Producers, because my next step is move to a pond which is not infested with so many leeches.

Long live John Galt.

Blogger Ken Pritchett also weighs in:

If the Left is fighting us, we must be doing something correctly. My wife and I have cut back massively, and are living primarily on her small salary. My Custom A/V business is being scaled back and reworked to survive on under $800,000 in sales per year. Because of this, unfortunately, we are unable to hire the two or three people we originally required within the next twelve months. Those who have small businesses know the absurd levels of taxation we face, from federal, state, and local governments.

Blogger Ross Kaminsky shares his take:

It’s great to see discussions on the web of people “going Galt.” If enough productive members of society decide that it’s simply not worth the risk and effort to strive for the next dollar, it is not primarily they who will suffer economically. It is those who believe in redistribution, who believe that Obama would and should make “government” pay her rent (and we thought she was insane when she said that – turns out she was psychic.) Those so interested in being recipients of government redistribution of wealth, the “looters” and the “moochers” as Ayn Rand calls them in Atlas Shrugged, just let them try to redistribute income from people who simply quit working because we’re not willing to be looted and mooched from. Yes, we are living Atlas Shrugged, and we might as well not quit halfway through the story.

I’ve done this once already…I moved out of the US for nearly 2 years after Bill Clinton raised tax rates, and moved back just in time for the capital gains tax cut. Let me be clear: I gave up two years of at least $200,000 (but probably a fair bit more) per year, just so I didn’t have to pay taxes to Bill Clinton’s government. My money is where my mouth is in a way that few people can claim. And Clinton was a piker and a conservative in comparison to Obama.

So, in case I haven’t been clear enough: As long as we’re already going to have a fairly bad recession, I’m saying let it be worse and longer. Let more people be persistently unemployed, let the economy drag along the sludge-laden bottom of the progressive sewer, let businesses close down or move overseas, let tens or hundreds of thousands of capable people publicly declare how excessive taxation and regulation is causing them to work less, take less risk, and employ fewer Americans, and finally let people recognize that capitalists are not a “necessary evil” but rather that they are a necessary good.

Most people don’t learn truly important lessons unless they are taught in an expensive or painful way. A once-and-for-all repudiation of Keynsianism is a lesson that is too important not to be learned in such a way.

This sentiment is not going away.

Video from the Fullerton CA Tax Revolt:

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Officials: Afghanistan Taliban leader was at Gitmo

“We’ll give him Immigrant rights so he can fight unarmed Civillians in Chicago.”

If it weren’t so possible, it would be really crazy is this going to keep getting?

Has the British worm turned?

Muslim Protesters At Parade Hurl Abuse At British Troops Returning From Iraq (Video)

UPDATE: Here is the video from the disgusting protest today in Luton.
The protesters were shouting, "Anglican soldiers go to hell!" as the British soldiers marched by:

They were shouting "baby killers" as the troops marched through Luton in Bedfordshire.

Ugly scenes: A group of Muslims waved placards today as the soldiers approached Luton town centre after their second tour in Iraq within two years. (Daily Mail)

They abused the British soldiers as they returned home from combat.
The Daily Mail reported:

A homecoming march by British troops returning from Iraq was today marred by ugly scenes as Muslim anti-war protesters hurled abuse at the parading soldiers.

Around 20 men in Islamic dress yelled 'terrorists' and held placards denouncing the soldiers as 'butchers of Basra' and 'baby killers' as they marched through Luton in Bedfordshire.

Other signs described the 200 men and women from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment as 'Criminals, Murderers Terrorists'.
The atmosphere further deteriorated when locals waving St George's flags turned on the protesting group chanting 'Scum' and 'No surrender to the Taliban' .
Sick. After risking their lives they come home to this.

Police closely monitor the anti-Army group as the 200-strong regiment passes through Luton town centre. (Daily Mail)

The Obama media smear machine

It's no secret to anyone that much of the establishment press in the U.S., and even worldwide, is little more than an amen chorus for the man in the White House.

Exclusive: The Obama Birth Certificate Controversy – Not a Political Issue, but a Legal One

"Mr. Obama's lawyers are now threatening my 84-year-old father-in-law, through Judge Robertson, with penalties of legal fees for pursuing the truth about Mr. Obama's birth. This threat of financial sanctions is meant to silence all of us..."

Must watch: 1984 KGB interview that explains what we are seeing now

Queen Nancy: Fly as I Say, Not as I Fly

The New Blacklist: Freedom of speech--unless you annoy the wrong people [Prop. 8 Retribution]

The Giant Ponzi Scheme That is Florida

Four years ago, Lehigh Acres homes were selling as fast as they were built and speculators and developers threw them up cheap and quickly. Back then, anybody who could fog a mirror could get a mortgage. Housing prices swelled every week.

Many of the mortgages were predatory, even fraudulent; buyers were encouraged to lie about their incomes, and many did.

By December 2005, when the housing market began to collapse, the median sales price of a home in the Fort Myers area was $322,000. Today it is $99,000.

In Lehigh Acres, it is more like $50,000. Marc Joseph will gladly sell you one.

We Are Atlas

Economists Warn: One Million Fewer Jobs? (It's Amateur Hour at the Obama White House)

To Each Their Home

Obama grants two more lobbyist waivers (hires a La Raza lobbyist) there a chance that Americans are waking up to the real (empty suit, socialist) B.H.O.??

Many believing this is a political nightmare. Stimulus bill, tarp, abortions, stem cells, tax cheat cabinet members, LaRaza members close in meetings and appointments. It sure as heck is not remotely "unifying" our country or giving taxpayers and investors confidence in any measure. Our leaders are caricatures of what leadership should NOT be doing to stimulate this economy. Cartoonists are having a field day with this administration.

Rush Vs. The Party Of Soros

Report: Most ethical Speaker(Pelosi!!) evah “treats the Air Force like her personal airline”


Trojan Horse Alert

Going Galt, continued

Obama's Stumbling and Bumbling Phone Call to the New York Times

And now a word for our idiots in charge....

Obama is my Shepard, I shall not want.
He leadeth me beside the still factories.
He restoreth my faith in the Republican Party.
He guideth me in the path of unemployment.
Yea, though I walk thru the Valley of the Bread Line,
I shall not go hungry.
Obama has anointed my income with taxes.
My expenses runeth over my income.
Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me
all the days of his term.
From hence forth,
we will live all the days of our lives
In a rented home with an overseas landlord.
But I am glad I am an American, I am glad that I am free.
But I wish I were a dog and Obama was a tree.

Voters' Obama Folly Coming Home to Roost

The New American Class Structure


Mind blowing facts about the growth of technology…set to music...

Floating City to Come to California Shores

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“Obama may be the President but Pelosi is acting like she’s the Prime Minister”.

Pelosi Obama Crush Turns Creepy. (Video)

Why Not Tax 20% of the Illegal Wages Going to Mexico Via Money Orders?

Rochester, NY Tea Party (Wed, 3/11/09)

In fact, the spontaneous outpouring of resistance with tax tea parties, on conservative talk radio and at conservative blogs is the beginning of a populist conservative revolt. The key is to enlist America’s natural conservatives.
Tea Party Update
Meet Felicia Cravens, Tea Party organizer in Texas
Fullerton Tea Party gets 15,000 protestors
Taxpayers expected to ‘revolt’
What if they held a demonstration-and nobody reported it?
The Tax Revolts Have Begun…

And Who is the Real Target?

Hmmmmmmmmm. I wonder what internet sites they will go after? Truth is the new hate speech. It may sound like a good idea but hate speech laws are bad news. Incitement to violence is one thing, 'hate speech' is another.

'End climate of impunity' for online extremists,  report urges

 International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence calls on authorities to go beyond simply shutting down Web sites used to promote violent political extremism 
(National Post Hat tip Jane)

From white supremacist propaganda to radical Islamist recruiting videos, the Internet is awash with extremist content but a report released on Tuesday says it is time to "end the current climate of impunity" enjoyed by those responsible.

The report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence calls on authorities to go beyond simply shutting down Web sites used to promote violent political extremism and to prosecute those behind them.

"We propose the selective use of takedowns in conjunction with prosecutions as a means of signaling that cyberspace is not beyond the law," writes the Centre, a partnership of think tanks in Britain, the United States, Israel and Jordan.

While the report's focus is Britain, the Canadian government was consulted by the study's authors and Canada is experiencing similar problems with extremist groups using the Internet to recruit and radicalize followers.

Racist groups such as the Aryan Guard in Calgary use the Internet to spread their message, while in Quebec, a Moroccan man, Said Namouh, went on trial last month for his alleged role in an al-Qaeda on-line propaganda organization.

In Ontario, a University of Toronto at Mississauga student, Salman Hossain, was widely denounced last year for posting messages online that supported terrorist attacks in Canada. Ontario Provincial Police are now investigating him for comments he allegedly made about Jews.

Prof. Sanjeev Anand of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law said Canadian human rights tribunals have been successfully used to target extremist Internet sites but criminal charges are rare, partly because police lack resources to investigate.

"They don't tend to happen very often for whatever reason," Prof. Anand said. "I don't think it's really a question of ‘do we have the appropriate laws?' We do but they're not being utilized, prosecutions aren't coming."

But attempts to limit expression are also controversial in Canada. The three failed attempts to bring Maclean's magazine before human rights tribunals over a column on Islam stirred debate about free speech. A judge acquitted David Ahenakew of hate crimes charges last month, saying his comments about Jews were "revolting" and "untrue" but not a crime since he did willfully promote hatred.

UPDATE: Check this out. See what I mean?

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is calling for Parliament to force all Canadian magazines, newspapers and "media services" Web sites to join a national press council with the power to adjudicate breaches of professional standards and complaints of discrimination.

The council would have the power to order the publication of its decisions and "would help bring about more consistency across all jurisdictions in Canada," reads an OHRC report to the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The media's freedom of expression comes with a duty to "address issues of hate expression, and [media] should do so either voluntarily through provincial press councils, or through statutory creation of a national press council with compulsory membership," the report reads.

The same folks that went after Marks Steyn, Ezra Levant, Kathy Shaidle etc

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The Looting of America’s Coffers

Trojan Horse Obama is Destroying Our Economy on Purpose

EPA Proposes National CO2 Reporting System (So they can impose carbon taxes and regulations)

A Simple One Word Answer to Global Warming

Planning a Tea Party? We provide free event listings!

A New Strategic Doctrine

Deep Capture: How a cabal of corrupt traders, reporters and lawyers looted freely on Wall Street

Obama to Delay Tanker, Kill Bomber

To steal a line from Warren Zevon

the obamination will not sleep, until the USA is dead.

NEW!! Yuri Bezmenov lecture unearthed from 1983.

Fleisher Calls Out Matthews: ‘Shameful, How Dare You?’

Obama, Geithner Get Low Grades From Economists ["The Obama team has blown it,".......]


End of toy era: After 70 years, View-Master 3-D scenic reels from parks to Elvis discontinued all kinds of great data on cities and small towns all over the US.


10,071 posted on 03/11/2009 4:19:32 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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GOOD THING WE’RE NOT FACING A FINANCIAL CRISIS: “More than one out of every five dollars of the $126 million Massachusetts is receiving in earmarks from a $410 billion federal spending package is going to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys.”
BUSH OBAMA ISSUES SIGNING STATEMENT ON SPENDING BILL. That’s Drudge’s take on the bill-signing.

IF YOU STRIKE ME DOWN, I shall only become more powerful than you can imagine.

UPDATE: Beware the Debt Star.


There is nobody there”

Barack Obama is too busy posing for magazine covers to actually do the job to which he was elected.

There is a price to be paid when a president throws a party every other night, weekends in Chicago or Camp David and poses for magazine cover after magazine cover.

The story the American press is too scared to tell is here.

"Hey, it’s his first real job! "

HERE’S A REPORT ON Rochester, New York’s “Tea Party” protest today.

And here’s a Flickr set by Chuck Simmins.

ASK DR. HELEN: Going John Galt with Megan McArdle and three PJTV viewers who are planning to do just that. Plus, are we seeing a “capital strike?”

A REALLY EXCELLENT VIDEO from the Kansas City “Tea Party” protest.

SO WOULD MORE GUN CONTROL HAVE PREVENTED the Alabama shooting that killed 11?

Well, stricter gun control didn’t prevent today’s German school shooting that killed 15.

TOWNHOUSE REDUX: 20+ lefty groups holding daily calls to coordinate messages.

How many faintly ominous pieces has Politico run this year about people close to Obama colluding to target their political enemies? There was the story about Rahm Emanuel’s friendly daily chats with Begala, Carville, and Stephanopoulos, then there was the expose on the group effort (“explicitly authorized” by David Axelrod) to make Rush Limbaugh the face of the GOP, and now this. No wonder Ben Smith’s using the word “conspiracy.”

Question to our resident Politico-haters: Has any other publication written extensively about this sort of thing? If so, I missed it.

The vast new left-wing conspiracy sets its tone every morning at 8:45 a.m., when officials from more than 20 labor, environmental and other Democratic-leaning groups dial into a private conference call hosted by two left-leaning Washington organizations…

The call has proved particularly effective at coordinating attacks on critics, said Jackie Schechner, the national communications director for Health Care for America Now, a labor-backed alliance of groups that support Democratic efforts to expand health care.

“There’s a coordination in terms of exposing the people who are trying to come out against reform —they’ve all got backgrounds and histories and pasts, and it’s not taking long to unearth that and to unleash that, because we’re all working together,” Schechner said.

When a new group called Conservative for Patients Rights, for instance, launched an ad campaign featuring former health care executive Rick Scott, “There was a discussion about what do we know about this guy and in a very quick period of time we were able to come up with his background,” she said…

Though White House officials do not participate in the calls, Palmieri said, the new infrastructure is closely tied to the White House. Podesta directed Obama’s transition, and Americans United for Change exists largely to run ads promoting the White House agenda. Some on the left, however, remain skeptical of the White House’s embrace.

Yeah, no doubt this’ll come as a bolt from the blue to Axelrod. To be clear, I don’t have any real problem with what they’re doing: It’s smart politics in a media age, no matter how creepy the thought may be of the White House calling plays for sympathetic groups to tackle opponents. Rest assured, the next Republican president will make even better use of the tactic than Bush did, especially as new media proliferates. We’re only six weeks into Obama’s term, though, and already I’ve lost count of the number of “What if Bush or McCain did it?” moments we’ve had, starting with The One’s newfound fondness for rendition, his bizarre rudeness to Gordon Brown, his blase attitude towards the Dow’s death spiral, his sudden tolerance for earmarks by the thousands, and on and on. Consider this the capper, as the thought of dozens of cogs in the “right-wing noise machine” turning daily in unison on a White House axle would warrant a Very Special Episode indeed of “Countdown,” replete with sneering references to “Minitruth” just to remind you that Cornell men have read their Orwell. Exit question: What’ll be the next “What if Bush did it” moment? Hillary sends a letter to Iran written in Arabic instead of Farsi? The One throws up during his meeting with the queen? Guesses welcome.

T’S PROBABLY TIME FOR SOMEONE TO UPDATE THIS FEMA CONCENTRATION CAMPS POST: “Ask yourself if you really want to be on Ashcroft’s list.” For, you know, a whole new flavor of paranoia.

L.A. Times: We don’t cover citizen rallies…unless we agree with them

March 11, 2009 12:13 PM by Michelle Malkin52 Comments


Terrific: Tax-subsidized ACORN mob teams up with L.A. teachers

March 11, 2009 05:24 AM by Michelle Malkin95 Comments | 12 Trackbacks


US Carbon Tax Could Spark ‘Revolution’

March 11th, 2009

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Barack Obama faces ‘revolution’ if he imposes tough carbon targets, warns IPCC

Barack Obama faces a "revolution" if he imposes emission cuts on the US similar to those set in Europe, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has conceded.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent in Copenhagen
11 Mar 2009

But Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nation’s body tasked with leading the fight against climate change, also questioned the value of a new global climate deal without such a US pledge.

He said political constraints such as creating new jobs made it impossible for the new president to announce the measures that scientists believe are necessary…

Obama has said the US will work to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Europe has pledged to cut them by 20-30 per cent on 1990 levels in the same period.

The IPCC said developed nations should aim for 25-40 per cent cuts by then to avoid dangerous climate change.

Speaking on the fringes of a high-level scientific conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Mr Pachauri told the Guardian: "He [Obama] is not going to say by 2020 I’m going to reduce emissions by 30 per cent. He’ll have a revolution on his hands. He has to do it step by step."

Mr Pachauri’s remarks echo those of Todd Stern, the US president’s new chief climate negotiator, who said last week that it was "not possible" for the US to aim for 25-40 per cent cuts by 2020…

For once Mr. Pachauri is right.

The Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshend Acts of 1767 and the Tea Act 1773 were nothing compared to the invasiveness and expense of these proposed carbon taxes.

And look what happened back then.


"It's OK to Hate the White Man" Artwork Creates Uproar

Ya think?
Atlanta City Hall's choice of artwork is creating an uproar.
Especially the piece with the secret message that says, "Politically it's OK to hate the white man."

Except it's not so secret.

The piece called "Formula For Hatred" by Alvaro Allvillar included the Message "It's OK to Hate the White Man." (Vanquishing Georgia)

11Alive reported:

A pair of Atlanta police officers have filed complaints against a piece of artwork that is being displayed at City Hall East.

They are the latest complaints about the controversial display that some say promotes racism. Many of those complaining insist that the art be taken down.

The exhibit is designed to showcase both well-known artists as well as those just starting out. The piece that is garnering all of the attention is called "Formula For Hatred."

"If I had thought it was offensive, I would not have agreed to show it," said curator Freddie Styles.

Of all the pieces in the City Hall East art display, Styles said he expected complaints about the sketches of nudity -- but not the one that is getting all the attention.

"I thought it was an attractive piece visually," Styles said.

The piece has 32 flags, with a hidden message that reads, "Politically It's Okay To Hate The White Man."
Could you even imagine if this artwork would have been against blacks?

Vanquishing Georgia has more:

City officials have refused to remove the anti-White propaganda from the government building. The matter may go as far as the EEOC, as it violates federal law regarding discrimination in the workplace.

James Carville Wanted Bush to Fail on 9-11

This is disturbing.
Isn't James Carville the same Leftist hack who was behind the campaign to bash Rush for saying he wanted Obama's socialist agenda to fail?

(The Politico)
James Carville, Rahm Emanuel, Paul Begala and George Stephanopoulos have been holding daily phone conversations for nearly 17 years and were behind the coordinated media attacks on Rush Limbaugh.

Carville wanted Bush to fail on 9-11.
Bill Sammon and Sweetness and Light reported:

Flashback: Carville Wanted Bush to Fail

The press never reported that Democratic strategist James Carville said he wanted President Bush to fail before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But a feeding frenzy ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail.

By Bill Sammon

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: "I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed."

Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.

"We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I’m wanting them to turn against him," Greenberg admitted.

The pollster added with a chuckle of disbelief: "They don’t want him to fail. I mean, they think it matters if the president of the United States fails."

Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: "Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!"

The press followed Carville’s orders, never reporting his or Greenberg’s desire for Bush to fail. The omission was understandable at first, as reporters were consumed with chronicling the new war on terror. But months and even years later, the mainstream media chose to never resurrect those controversial sentiments, voiced by the Democratic Party’s top strategists, that Bush should fail.

That omission stands in stark contrast to the feeding frenzy that ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail. The press devoted wall-to-wall coverage to the remark, suggesting that Limbaugh and, by extension, conservative Republicans, were unpatriotic.
UPDATE: Liberal commentator Ellen Ratner hoped that Bush would mess up the war and fail in a 2003 interview.
Rush Limbaugh may be against socialism but at least he didn't wish for American soldiers and marines to be killed.


NEWS YOU CAN USE: How to Get Bruce Lee Like Strength Without Ever Going to a Gym.

Jonathan Mead; follow him on twitter.

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” - Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was a paragon of cool and an icon of the ultimate bad-ass. Not only were his martial arts skills incredible, but he had such an impressive physique that even bodybuilders in the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger admired him.

What’s more impressive is that Bruce trained his body without ever stepping into a gym and with very little use of weights or machines.

Here are just a few of Lee’s physical feats:

  • Performed one-hand push-ups using only the thumb and index finger.
  • Could hold an elevated v-sit position for 30 minutes or longer.
  • Could throw grains of rice up into the air and then catch them in mid-flight using chopsticks.
  • Could break wooden boards 6 inches (15 cm) thick.
  • Performed 50 reps of one-arm chin-ups.

While you may not get to Bruce Lee’s level overnight, you can start getting in shape without the use of a lot of fancy (and expensive) equipment. You can do it from the comfort of your own home, in a space as large as a bathroom.

Part of the reason I started training without a gym was because I began training in Jeet Kune Do (Bruce Lee’s method of martial arts). But I also got tired of paying monthly gym dues. At the time, I was looking for things I could cut out of my monthly budget to save a little extra money.

I thought about getting rid of my gym membership altogether, but I didn’t want to sacrifice my health or physical fitness. So I found another way. For months, I haven’t had a gym membership, yet I’m getting stronger and faster than I’ve ever been in my life.

You don’t have to buy lots of weights or machines, either. The most expensive equipment you’ll need (a simple doorway pull-up bar) will cost no more than $35.00.

Bruce Lee was a big proponent of holistic or total fitness. His workouts included strength, speed, endurance, and flexibility training.

Here’s just a few of the ways you can start getting stronger, faster and more toned without ever stepping into a gym:

  1. Calisthenics. There are so many different bodyweight exercises out there, but we’ll start with the basics. For the lower body: lunges and squats are a good start. For upper body: pull-ups, push-ups, and shoulder press ups. For your core: crunches, chops, and reverse crunches will get you going. What’s great about bodyweight exercises is that they build functional strength. They’re natural movements you would use in real life situations like sports, self-defense, gardening, or doing chores. Plus when you do bodyweight exercises, you force your body to use more supporting and balancing muscles than you would on machines. For more bodyweight exercises check out these great resources: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Training: 100 Killer Resources and for an awesome list of bodyweight exercises with illustrations check out Combat Fitness. Bonus: Top 10 Best Bodyweight Exercises for Advanced and Beginners.
  2. Isometric exercises. These are basic bodyweight exercises, but where you hold your body in a static position. Examples of these are the frog sit, v-sit, horse stance, hanging from a pull-up bar, and the plank. Calisthenic exercises will improve muscle strength over a range of motion, but isometric exercises are great for joint and stabilizing strength.
  3. Range of motion and flexibility. The best exercise I’ve found for range of motion and flexibility is yoga. The best thing about yoga is that no equipment is required and you can find tons of free resources online for yoga routines. Check out Anmol Mehta’s Yoga Illustrations to get you started.
  4. Balance. Balance is the ability to keep your equilibrium when your center of gravity is thrown off-balance. There are many ways you can practice balance every day (we won’t get into tight rope walking here). When you’re putting on your shoes or getting dressed, do it on one foot. Walk on the curb and try to walk in a straight line without stumbling. Or if you’re really ambitious, there’s always pogo sticking and unicycling.
  5. Dynamic exercise. Dynamic exercise is anything where you’re not performing routine after routine. Things are in flux and constantly changing. You’re moving in more natural movements, rather than continuous repetition of fixed patterns. I recently started doing Jeet Kune Do in the park every weekend. It’s a great way to get a good work out and learn self defense. Not to mention, practicing martial arts tends to make you inspired to further pursue and achieve higher levels of physical fitness. If you’re not into martial arts, you can always pick up a sport like tennis, handball, basketball, or take dance classes. Do whatever you’re naturally drawn to. Or if you struggle with seeing fitness as an enjoyable activity, you might consider getting a Wii Fit.

There’s a lot of other opportunities for exercise that don’t include a gym that I haven’t listed here. Hiking, jogging, skiing, yardwork… The list could go on. Just use your imagination. Make it fun and change it up. That’s the great thing about exercising without a gym, there’s so much to choose from.

On a side note, I will, however, say that for me, it took a lot more discipline to work out from home. It was easy for me to just go to the gym. Once I’m there, there’s not a lot else I can do other than work out. But at home, there’s always distraction, always other things you can do besides working out (like laying on the couch or surfing the internet). For me, practicing martial arts inspires me to be physically fit. While you might not have this problem, I thought it only fair to be upfront about this issue.

The other motivator for me to work out from home — besides saving money — was the variety of workouts. There’s just so many more options with bodyweight exercises than machines. You can always do something to further challenge yourself. If push-ups are a breeze, you can try doing them on your fingers or in a close grip (with a medicine ball). If pull-ups become too easy, train for a one arm pull-up (insanely difficult).

Attaining Bruce Lee like fitness isn’t just about doing the types workouts he did and eating the same diet. What made Bruce so great was his natural curiosity and drive to constantly explore and learn more about fitness and personal growth. (His personal library contained over 2,000 books!)

Tap into your own curiosity and make fitness enjoyable. Challenge yourself to new levels of fitness. Go beyond what you think you can do.

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” - Bruce Lee

This article was written by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead of Illuminated Mind. To learn more about how to reclaim your life, grab a check out his book - Reclaim Your Dreams.

(Note: If you’re interested in learning more about Bruce Lee’s training methods, check out: The Art of Expressing the Human Body by John Little)

10,072 posted on 03/12/2009 12:34:04 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Somebody had to say the obvious. Barack Obama is tying himself in knots. Andy Grove does in the Washington Post.

We have gone through months of chaos experimenting with ways to introduce stability in our financial system. The goals were to allow the financial institutions to do their jobs and to develop confidence in them. I believe by now, the people are eager for the administration to rein in chaos. But this is not happening.

Until the administration does this, we should not embark on attempting to fix another major part of the economy. Our health-care system may well be ripe for a major overhaul, as are our energy and environmental policies. Widespread recognition that all of these reforms are overdue contributed to Barack Obama’s victory in November. But if the chaos that resulted from initiating such an overhaul were piled on top of the unresolved status of the financial system, society and government would become exhausted. Instead, the administration must adopt a discipline; not initiating a second wave of chaos before we have a chance to rein in the first. …

Leading an organization, let alone a society, out of the chaos phase and into a new order requires explicitly clear and consistent messages from the top. The leader must paint a picture of the new and fill in lots of detail so that all relevant parts of society understand what they need to do to contribute. The answers to the questions “What is wrong?” “What are we going to do?” “How are we going to do it?” and “What should we expect?” should be drummed home relentlessly. This needs to be an ongoing process, where clarity, consistency and repetition are key. It is hard work and requires a laser-like focus on the solution.

First things first. Strive to achieve stability in our financial system. When the momentum is clear enough to allow trust in the system to return, then tackle the next mega-problem. As Machiavelli said, “One change always leaves the way open for the establishment of others.”


2. DocBill:

Obama is a Marxists idealog dressed in a Black Chicago suit. He has not EVER managed anything to a practical end and is in WAY over his head. He doesn’t understand or care about the economy or the consequences from instability. The point is to remake the US into a copy of a Euro-socalist (French) economy as fast as possible.

The faster the black guilt voting liberals realize this and vote their economic (read retirement) interests the faster we can throw him under the bus and return to the right path.

6. Eggplant:

The mark of a good commanding officer is to quickly understand large amounts of conflicting information, make a snap decision and then move onto the next problem (stay inside the OODA loop).

Obama is NOT a good commanding officer (we all knew that months ago at Belmont Club). Talnik is right:

“We’re doomed”.

14. Vinny Vidivici:

But what if creating chaos IS the objective?

Decades of Gramcian damage (hi, blert!) have undermined the institutions of free market democracy. Like a controlled demolition expert, an Alinsky-ite agitator would spot the opportunity to bring down (reshape, as it were) the old order. Add to the confusion (deliberately rudderless economic policy), foster strife (nation of cowards), overwhelm the mechanisms (flood voter registration offices with phonies), etc.

Good, God, I hope I’m wrong.

10,073 posted on 03/12/2009 12:52:46 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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One Phone Number to Ring Them All (from Google)

Strict German gun law framed after 2002 school massacre

What gets me is that the people pushing gun control have got to be technologically ignorant. If you ban guns, people will improvise, and most of the simpler improvisations will do more harm than any gun that any person could reasonably get.

People will start throwing bombs, or rigging cans of kerosene to explode, which in an enclosed space gives you a shake & bake crematorium.

In most places in the world a drive by attack consists of two little creeps on a motor scooter and a bomb. If you’re anywhere near that thing when it goes off, your chances of survival are somewhere between slim and none.

Somalis in U.S. draw FBI attention

Are you smarter than me?

Of course he's a socialist

Current Status report:

New Hampshire Failed, but Arizona's and South Dakota's passed.

Many, many more are still on the way.
That means according to the terms of Arizona's bill she will be sending official notes to leaders in all the other State Governments.

State's foreclosures jump 62% in February (Obama's home state of Illinois!)

10,074 posted on 03/12/2009 2:20:17 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Obama and the Liberal Freeloader Culture

Eligibility--More than Just a Computer Image, Stupid!

Chris Dodd's Irish 'Cottage'

FBI raids office of D.C. CTO, Obama appointee

Hundreds assemble at supervisors meeting (Augusta County, VA tax revolt)

Liberal Hackers at it Again

Durbin: 'Right-Wing' Radio Hosts Wave 'Bloody Shirt' over Broadcast Censorship

If you ask me, that was the whole point of villifying Rush. So the American people wouldn’t pitch a fit over the stupid “Fairness Doctrine” or whatever else they want to call it.

Birthers Launch New Website

Obama: No earmarks, after this

Obamah’s “Read My Lips” moment?

Hillary’s Doublespeak on Palestinian TV--Is coddling delusion and aggression a way to help people?

DHS Foresees Widespread Panic After WMD Attack (From September 08 - Think about it now!)

Crisis, Mr. President, What Crisis?

Londonistan Rising

'Defamation of Islam' Proposal at U.N. to Criminalize ["questioning Islam" a human rights violation]

Report: Police Union Accuses Ayers in Deadly 1970 San Francisco Bombing

Welcome to global governance

Corporations head to low-tax Switzerland; Escape Obama's tax-seeking administration...

Obama Considering Deploying Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border

Political Elite Losing Touch With America on Global Warming

you get the weirdest things on a robot web search...

Erector Spykee Spy Robot

Lowest Price: $299.99
Activates an alarm or sends you a picture by email
"Hey Dad! Here's a pix of Mom & the UPS guy!"

10,075 posted on 03/12/2009 8:04:17 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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"Commando" Rochester NY Tea Party



Obama and the Liberal Freeloader Culture

Eligibility--More than Just a Computer Image, Stupid!

Video - Ever Seen Obama Speak Without His Teleprompter? & People Wonder Why He Takes it Everywhere

Flashback: Minutes before 9/11 attacks, Carville said he hoped Bush wouldn’t succeed

Chris Dodd's Irish 'Cottage'

FBI raids office of D.C. CTO, Obama appointee

Hundreds assemble at supervisors meeting (Augusta County, VA tax revolt)

Liberal Hackers at it Again

Durbin: 'Right-Wing' Radio Hosts Wave 'Bloody Shirt' over Broadcast Censorship

If you ask me, that was the whole point of villifying Rush. So the American people wouldn’t pitch a fit over the stupid “Fairness Doctrine” or whatever else they want to call it.

Birthers Launch New Website

Obama: No earmarks, after this

Obamah’s “Read My Lips” moment?

Hillary’s Doublespeak on Palestinian TV--Is coddling delusion and aggression a way to help people?

DHS Foresees Widespread Panic After WMD Attack (From September 08 - Think about it now!)

Crisis, Mr. President, What Crisis?

Londonistan Rising

'Defamation of Islam' Proposal at U.N. to Criminalize ["questioning Islam" a human rights violation]

Report: Police Union Accuses Ayers in Deadly 1970 San Francisco Bombing

Welcome to global governance

Corporations head to low-tax Switzerland; Escape Obama's tax-seeking administration...

Obama Considering Deploying Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border

Political Elite Losing Touch With America on Global Warming

Listen to the Gitmo Five: Washington Wonks in Denial KSM Telling Us Exactly What He Believes

The White House Misfires on Limbaugh

Boehner and McConnell: call Obama’s bluff on pork, offer him the Line Item Veto

Expert: Drug violence result of lapsed gun control enforcement

So the machine guns, grenades and RPG’s the Mexican drug lords are using come from American gun shows? Not that I have seen. Would somebody please tell me a gun show where I can legally buy an RPG? An RPG would be a real hoot at the gun range. “Hey guys, watch THIS!”

Welcome to the "new America": American Taliban Lawyer gets a role in new Admin's Justice Dep.

Obama goes after Sheriff Joe

For Liberals, The Most Important Thing About Bobby Jindal Is That He's Kinda Like Some TV Character

Atlas is beginning to shrug...

Michigan lottery, gambling and cigs taxes plummet, Gov. Granholm says decline is "breathtaking".

“Well, lets tax em’ more”

Someone Has to Stop Obamanomics Now

“You people” wanted change. Come hell or high water, we were going to try something “new”.

10,076 posted on 03/12/2009 1:01:45 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Obama Admin Wants to Make Wounded Vets Use Private Insurance

Must See!! Lou Dobbs on Obama immigration bill


All illegals will be provided legal access to the US in 24 hrs regardless if the back ground check passes or not and very few can be processed in 24 hrs.

Temporary visas will become permanent because they can be reapplied for indefinitely.

Illegals don't have to pay back taxes.

Free Education, yep! Illegal aliens will get government paid education tuition

Taxpayer pay for immigrants lawyers.

US taxpayers will actually pay Mexicans who don't come to US to stay in Mexico.

Gang members, yep ok to be gang member as long you promise to be good in future.

Border security not mentioned in bill.

Amnesty for illegals who were deported.

But they must learn the English language....after nine years of amnesty.....yea that will change in eight years.

Illegals will get a earned income tax credit.

Another Obama nominee bites the dust, Queen tune nominated as administration theme song

SPEAKER OF WHOSE HOUSE? (Windfall Tax on Retirement Income)

Obama's Relentless War on the American Dream

U.S. Ammo Shortage? Don't Blame Mexican Cartels

Mexico violence prompts new look at US gun laws-(MUST READ)

Beware the sounds of the first notes of the next round of gun banning legislation. Millions of law abiding gun owners in the US have “assault” weapons and are not committing crimes with them. This infuriates the Liberals to no end. So Mexican criminals are illegally buying weapons in the US and illegally sneaking them into Mexico to engage in their drug wars. And notice how they cleverly slipped the reference to the .50 caliber rifles in there as well. As we all know, .50 cal rifles are favorites for the homeboys doin drive-by’s in Tijuana. The liberal answer to Mexican crime is to try to disarm U.S. citizens. All the talk of enforcing existing or previously existing laws only highlights their desire to reimpose gun bans. If the Mexican drug cartels need weapons, I”m sure they have plenty of money to bring them in by the boatloads from any number of third world countries where the citizens don't have shoes but always have an AK47 and plenty of ammo. It never occurs to liberals that closing the border and enforcing existing immigration laws will work.
...even IF these animals were getting guns from the US, why is it the fault or responsibility of the average American? It isn’t, but it is a convenient excuse to ban an entire class of guns.

Use Aborted Children to Make up Shortfall of Transplant Organs: Oxford Stem Cell Expert


Disturbing Visions


Now scientists can virtually read our minds, UCL study shows

20 Years Ago, World Wide Web Was Born

10,077 posted on 03/12/2009 4:00:41 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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BUSTING THE BRADY CAMPAIGN for firearms dishonesty. Of course, the alternative explanation — complete ignorance of what they’ve been banning — is even more damning.
BOB OWENS LOOKS AT why the U.S. is facing an ammunition shortage.
HMM: Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration. Plus, at the end, a hint that Mexico’s troubles may be used as a pretext for gun control in America.
DOES VOTING MATTER ANYMORE? “Our elected leaders act more and more like kings, not representatives of the people.”
The Gitmo Five's Burn Notice

JUDD GREGG: Obama Budget Forecast is a Lie:

It was obvious to most Capitol Hill insiders why President Obama wanted Republican Judd Gregg as a member of his cabinet: He’s one of the sharpest money-minds in Congress.

But instead of getting Gregg’s counsel within the administration, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner found himself today of the receiving end of Gregg’s fiscal conservative wrath.

In a hearing before the Senate Budget Committee Gregg dressed down Geithner with facts, figures, and charts. While always keeping his cool, the exchange was somewhere between a mother’s scolding, a drill sergeant’s questioning and an attorney’s cross examination.

In his opening statement, Gregg politely called the administration’s budget forecast a lie.

“The argument that it cuts the debt in half in four years is, ahh, is truly spurious,” he told Geithner.

Read the whole thing.


...more questions about Dodd’s Irish “cottage:”

EXAMINER: Obama’s strategy requires the perpetual crisis his economic policy produces.

President Chaos Umpire! “Chaos Umpire sits, And by decision more imbroils the fray. By which he Reigns.”

UPDATE: The strategy of perpetual crisis. Plus this: “I bet if the entire Obama Administration and Democratic Congressional Leadership were sentenced to hang on December 1, 2009, if the stock market were not above 9000 and unemployment were not below 7%, they would become raging tax-cutting pro-business libertarians overnight.”

Tea Party update: Revolution is brewing

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 12, 2009 11:39 PM

Eric Odom reports that there are now 115 cities signed up for the April 15 nationwide Tax Day Tea Party protest. Wow. If you haven’t signed up, want to start your own, and are looking to meet up and organize with other tax revolters, go to Tax Day Tea Party’s website here.

Here’s a quick how-to guide.

#dontgo has opened up a Tax Day Tea Party store. Buy some swag, share with friends, spread the word.

Stay tuned to the Fresh Tea blog, where you can meet organizers from across the country. Check in with TCOT Report and Smart Girl Politics for more grass-roots organizing.

(On a parallel track, fellow Fox News colleague Glenn Beck has spearheaded “We Surround Them” parties scheduled across the country today. I’m hearing from lots of first-time activists who have found overlapping networks. The same principles that unite the “We Surround Them” effort also are in sync with the tax revolters. Synergy is good. We need every body and mind in motion we can get.)

In the meantime, other local Tea Party events keep rolling on.

*Reader Stan e-mails photos from Columbia, MO’s protest today:

*A small, but intrepid band of Tea Party attendees in Rochester NY dropped tea in the Gennessee River. Hope the enviros don’t go after them. Local TV report here. Flickr set here. Blog coverage here.

*There’s a Columbus OH Tea Party, Saturday March 14th at 11 AM at the Statehouse. More info here.

*Check it out: Cincinnati Tea Party on March 15 looks like it will be huge.

Date: March 15, 2009
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Fountain Square Cincinnati (corner of 5th and Vine streets)
Committed Attendees: 5166 (as of 3/11/2009 - 9:30pm)

*There’s a Club Cobra 50-state Tea Party Road Rally call for volunteers.

*Reader Chris from Alabama e-mails: “Sat. the 28th of March at the Rhodes Ferry Park (River Park) in downtown Decatur, Al at twelve noon. We are inviting every politician we can to come and the people speak. So far everyone I have had any contact has fast talked there way around the event. They appear not to won’t to hear what the real people have to say about Obama’s Tax & Spend policies.”

*There’s planning underway for a San Francisco Tea Party April 1.

*A reader e-mails that Wilmington NC will be holding a Tea Party protest April 7th at 5:30pm in downtown in front of the Federal building next to the Cape Fear River.

*Jane Q Republican sends her new photoshop poster pounding the generational theft theme:

*Reader Susan from Montana e-mails: “The citizens of the Flathead Valley are going to have a tea party in Kalispell MT on April 4 at Depot Park from Noon to 2 PM.”

*Reader Brenda e-mails: “Orlando FL will hold a Tea Party March 21 12-2 PM at our downtown Lake Eola. With the help of our local talk show host, Bud Hedinger, the response has been overwhelming.
The web site is”

*Robert Mayer e-mails:

WHO: Tucson Taxpayer Tea Party
WHAT: Protest against trillions of dollars in government spending
WHERE: Downtown Tucson, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library on 101 N. Stone Ave.
When: April 15, 2009. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHO: Phoenix Taxpayer Tea Party
WHAT: Protest against trillions of dollars in government spending
WHERE: AZ State Capitol Building
When: April 15, 2009 at 6:00pm

*Tennessee will hold Tea Party events on Tax Day in all 95 counties.

*Annapolis MD Facebook Tea Party page is here. If you want to join the Salisbury MD protest, e-mail

*From SouperMom, make your own Tea Party handouts.

*Reader John L. sends photos from a friend at the Philly Tea Party.

*San Diego: April 11th 11:00 am - Noon Spanish Landing Park.

What kind of conservative are you: Tea Party conservative or Dinner Party conservative?

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TWO OF PRESIDENT TYLERS GRANDSONS are still alive: “Not great-great-grandsons, not great-grandsons, but grandsons. (President Tyler was born in 1790.)” Wow.

HOW TO stop Google from following you.

How Cranberry Products Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

10,078 posted on 03/13/2009 12:47:25 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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10 forbidden questions the GOP dare not ask

1)Does Obama intend to destroy the donor base of the Republican Party, small business, farmers, churches, the military, by draining the swamp and forcing people or organizations into bankruptcy and thus laying the foundation for a one-party state?

2)And linked to the first question does Obama intend to legalize all the illegal immigrants and encourage immigrants from Africa and the Middle East to come to America to bolster the ranks of the Democrats and make it impossible for the GOP ever to win again?

3)Does Obama intend to create a civilian national security force that will act like the Brownshirts and Gestapo of Germany?

4)Would Obama arrest Rush Limbaugh and detain him without warrant and torture him if it were not for the Constitution and does Obama intend to drive right-wing radio off the airwaves and the right-wing bloggers off the Internet?

5)Is Obama using the stimulus package as leverage to control the budget and economic prosperity of each state for the purpose of threatening to withhold funds if the state does not vote for the repeal of the 22nd Amendment (maximum 2 terms as President), when it comes up for a vote to ratify.

6)Does Obama really want to set up a system under universal healthcare that allows a presumptuous bureaucrat to withhold care from an elderly person or terminally ill patient to rationalize health care resources and support the idea of euthanasia?

7)Does Obama intend to confiscate Alaska's pipelines and energy projects or put them under federal control or bureaucratic scrutiny?

8)Will Obama (through the MSM) pay Levi Johnston a million dollars to fabricate a story that completely distorts Sarah Palin's beliefs, personality, mothering skills and political record?

9)Is ACORN capable of rigging elections in perpetutity?

10)Was the financial meltdown quickened and manipulated by sinister economic forces aligned to the Democrats and to Obama to affect the vote in the 2008 campaign?

The O is for Overrated

Confiscatory Tax Rate Dreams from my Father (telling 2008 piece .. past becoming prologue)

The “Rosebud” of Barack Obama’s Memoir — Part 1 of GREG’S GUIDE TO BARACK OBAMA’S DREAMS FROM MY FATHER.

There’s a big mystery at the heart of Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. What was Barack Obama doing seeking out Marxist professors in college? Why did Obama choose a Communist Party USA member as his socio- political counselor in high school? Why was he spending his time studying neocolonialism and the writings of Frantz Fanon, the pro-violence author of “the Communist Manifesto of neocolonialsm”, in college? Why did he take time out from his studies at Columbia to attend socialist conferences at Cooper Union?

And there is more mystery in the book. Why does Obama consider working in a consulting house for international business like being “a spy behind enemy lines?” Why does he repeatedly find it so hard to explain his political views to others? Why was he driven to become a left-aligned political organizer? It’s a question Obama again and again can’t seem to answer to the satisfaction of the interlocutors in his own memoir.

If there is a mystery at the heart of Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father, one thing is not left a mystery, the fact that Barack Obama organized his life on the ideals given to him by his Kenyan father. Obama tells us, “All of my life, I carried a single image of my father, one that I .. tried to take as my own.” (p. 220) And what was that image? It was “the father of my dreams, the man in my mother’s stories, full of high-blown ideals ..” (p. 278) What is more, Obama tells us that, “It was into my father’s image .. that I’d packed all the attributes I
sought in myself.” And also that, “I did feel that there was something to prove .. to my father” in his efforts at political organizing. (p. 230)

So we know that his father’s ideals were a driving force in his life, but the one thing that Obama does not give us are the contents of those ideals. The closest he comes is when he tells us that his father lost his position in the government when he came into conflict with Jomo Kenyatte, the President of Kenya sometime in the mid 1960s; when he tells us that his father was imprisoned for his political views by the government just prior to the end of colonial rule; and when he tells us that the attributes of W. E. B. DuBois, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela were the ones he associated with his father and also the ones that he sought to instill in himself. (p. 220) This last group is a hodge podge, perhaps concealing as much as it reveals, in that it contains a socialist black nationalist, a Muslim black nationalist, a civil rights leader, and (at the time indicated in the memoir) an imprisoned armed revolutionary...

read more:

As Jobs Vanish, Motel Rooms Become Home for Some

I want you to consider this very carefully:

Until Not a Single Jew Remains

Then subscribe to this:
MEMRI ^  Do you believe what their own words are?

Cold case: Will Ayers be brought to justice?

Using Embryos Without Limit Is Line Too Far

Lost and Found: Senate Moves Toward Ratification of U.N.'s 'Law of the Sea Treaty'

Obama’s New ‘Council on Women’ Seen As Vehicle to Promote Feminist Agenda

Alabama shootout: Trigger happy US sells guns like grocery

The Obama administration would love to see dozens of these incidents. As Rambo Emmanuel said never waste a crisis.
Meanwhile- if you really want to kill more people? Use bombs:

Amsterdam police foils terror attack on shopping mall - Linked to 2004 Madrid bombings

And the Next Shortage Is... (Seeds for growing food)

Carbon Credits: Another Corrupt Currency?

Will 'We Surround Them' launch revolution?

Stimulating Illegals

Ten percent of Americans may be jobless by year's end

The irony is soo thick you can cut it with a teleprompter...


Many photos of her....Um....”art”.

It took Stone-Anderson four months of planning and two months of painting to transform the car

With productivity like that, it is no wonder she is unemployed.

Stone-Anderson missed her car payments in December, January and February and has started receiving calls from Chrysler. She has ignored them.

She stopped paying after 0bama was elected. She probably thought 0bama would pay all her bills.

Thousands in town that Obama visited line up to get free supplies

We’re starting to look like Africa.

In Hot Pursuit Of CO2

The Skeptics Handbook

Click at the site to download the PDF booklet. Well worthwhile. Its a clear and simple demonstration of the issues and of the total lack of evidence supporting the AGW mountain.

She has also written a really brilliant paper called Carbon Credits: Another Corrupt Currency? which can be found here:

10,079 posted on 03/13/2009 2:12:04 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Obama cancels economic catastrophe!

Right after Obama got told to get his act together in a crisis:

Did I say “catastrophe”? No, man, it’s not so bad. It’s all good, really! People just overreact all the time!

The economic crisis is downgraded. No longer a catastrophe. Let’s dance!

Drudge says: “Dire Emergency Canceled.” You betcha!

Insty calls it The Emily Letilla Presidency

Just the other day: Don’t go stuffing money in your mattresses. Ummm…well, I wasn’t going to, but since you’re mentioning it…

Just this morning: Perpetual Crisis!

Two weeks ago we were reading that the biggest banks were going to fail! Two days ago, we were reading that Nancy Pelosis needed another stimulus package, and the banks might need more bailing out.

Now…Bank of America expects to post profits for all of 2009!

Citibank doesn’t need more money, afterall!

Those terrible retail numbers that spelled Great Recession and had over 50% of the nation saying we were headed for Depression? Not so bad after all!. Pssssst: Retail sales were up in January, too, but that didn’t get much attention, because the narrative back then was DOOM! DOOOM! DOOOOOOOM!

Now…everything is beautiful!

Or…despite the Pravda Polling Numbers, the inside polls don’t look quite so loving and rosy?

Lorie Byrd is feeling a bit manipulated:

So after declaring a catastrophe that we might never be able to recover from, and driving the market down to basement levels, and scaring the public into swallowing a record spendulus bill that will cost their children and grandchildren dearly and accepting government takeover of additional parts of the private sector he gets all Emily Litella on us. “Never mind.”

Most of us knew exactly what was going on. He talked down the economy and talked up the crisis for several reasons:

– to create an atmosphere that would allow the spendulus bill to be passed

– to build up the crisis to fever pitch so that it could fully be taken advantage of in an effort to pass more big government legislation like healthcare

– to create the impression that the economy is absolutely as bad as it could possibly be so that when any progress was seen it would be viewed as a recovery in comparison and that any recovery would be hailed as nothing short of miraculous, no matter how anemic

This strategy was calculated. It was deceitful. It was manipulative. It was opportunistic. It was un-presidential. And unless tax paying American citizens speak up it will be effective.

Well, really Lorie, you didn’t expect them to “let a good crisis go to waste, did you?”.

After all Rahm Emmanuel said they wouldn’t. So did Mrs. Clinton. And didn’t the president just say it a few days ago in a speech? I’m pretty sure he did.

A little fear mongering- since ummm…before he even got into office, and voila, you got your revolution.

Maxine Waters OWNED a bank? How rich are these people? I guess when you get rich enough, money is not interesting, anymore, and only power will do.

Oh…wait…they’re going to change some accounting rules:

This week’s rally got an extra dose of adrenaline after an accounting board told Congress Thursday it may recommend a let-up in accounting rules for troubled banks in three weeks. Banks have been dogging the market since 2007, so hope that financial institutions might finally get relief in how they value their bad assets spurred a flurry of buying on Wall Street.

“We might find that the banks are not as bad, or not bad at all, if these assets are marked differently,” said Doreen Mogavero, president of the New York floor brokerage Mogavero, Lee & Co.

Look, Obama - the intellectual - was getting hammered, his own party was starting to revolt from his grand spending scheme. His administration is making foreign policy gaffes left and right and he personally insulted our best ally. Some wonder if he is malevolent or simply inept. Some of his nominations are outright appalling or at least eyebrow raising. He cannot seat his cabinet or staff treasury. His priorities seem disordered. He’s been picking fights with private citizens to create his nemesis. His nominations are giving him fits. He’s not getting rid of the pork. Even an (unscientific) MSNBC poll says “yer doin’ it wrong, you’re trying to do too much, too fast.” The Tea Parties are actually starting to organize to a point where the press might actually be forced to cover them. Some members of the press are thisclose to starting to maybe doubt him a little. We’ve got warships heading to China. He wants to raise taxes, but you can’t do that in a “Great Recession.” He wants Universal Health Care; he wants to charge vets for their battle wounds. He needs to change the subject and seem like he’s doing very, very well, because he wants to continue the move toward nationalization, and he can’t do that unless - ta-da! - things aren’t so bad, after all!

He’s um…hitting the reset button. Again (he likes that metaphor). On his whole presidency.

Well, I hate to be cynical. So I guess I’ll just sleep better tonight, knowing it’s all really not that bad, afterall. You’ll sleep better too, won’t you? No point in feeling like a fool, or anything.

Oh, and Obama is going to take a pass on the annual gridiron dinner. I don’t blame him. It will be so boring, with the press just praising him. Endlessly.

Meanwhile, slightly O/T
, the genuine sufferers of BDS seem to be utterly losing their minds. And Up North Mommy says we are all stupider for reading that.

Related: The Obama Rosetta Stone

by TheAnchoress @ 6:50 pm. Filed under Barack Obama, Economic woe

10,080 posted on 03/13/2009 2:30:16 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Waiting for the American Jihad

We must make Obama and congress listen

The New “Fairness” Doctrine: The Durbin Censorship Doctrine

They passed McCain/Fiengold, and the will do whatever it takes to silence our voices.

Soon I fear they will leave us only one way to restore our liberty.

Click on the picture to see a thread devoted to laughing at the Teleprompter King:




Obama: Economic crisis not as dire as it seems (Obama thinks 9% unemployment is better than 5%)

funny pictures 

A change for worse

Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Jim Cramer

Who Pays for Cap and Trade? -- II err, you do, fool...

"Alternatively, they can reduce their emissions by investing in more efficient technologies" or by going out of business.

Shunning free market, Obama’s economic vision ultimately means tepid growth, higher prices

10,081 posted on 03/13/2009 5:04:54 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Massacres restart debate on gun control

The Efficiency of German Gun Control-Can Brady get It Here?

The Obama Deception Full Length Film - Video

It’s no secret any longer. The news media is full of stories about various world leaders’ calls for a one-world currency, a “new world order,” a world bank, an international judiciary. The answer to 1984 is 1776.

President Barack Obama uses the Delphi Technique for consensus at every juncture of his presidency

Chaos, Confusion, and Civil War

Ramirez 031209 Obama teleprompter 

The Schmoo is Alive and Well and Living in the White House

There is No Such Thing as Nuclear Waste

Plan to introduce Biometric IDs stirs privacy debate...

something to listen to...

Radio program by Jan Markell, where she interviews different people on different issues. It’s a Christian radio ministry program and covers contemporary subjects.

A related show, to this subject...

March 7, 2009 - Hour 2

Katherine Albrecht is a noted authority on the push for the RFID chips. The privacy violations of the chipping industry are overwhelming as Albrecht explains. Google is in on the effort to monitor everything we do. Technology today is also set to go and to become “mark of the beast” technology. http://www.antichips.com

Obama's Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth


The Obama Rosetta Stone

Secret elections are just the first choice to go

John Bolton Says--> Team Obama Has Turned Anti-Israel


Stop right there: No red light cameras (NH)

Coating makes scratches on cars disappear

10,082 posted on 03/13/2009 8:57:45 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Gun Rights on The Line

With the recent mass-shootings, the Left will want more gun control. Know your GUN FACTS. ^

Posted on 03/13/2009 10:44:20 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

This is a great resource full of DOCUMENTED, PEER-REVIEWED data, some of straight from the US Department of Justice, with an annotated bibliography.

Be prepared to shove facts down their throats, when they only have "feelings."

Here are few excerpts:

Myth: Private ownership of guns is not effective in preventing crime

Fact: Every year, people in the United States use a gun to defend themselves against criminals an estimated 2,500,000 times – more than 6,500 people a day, or once every 13 seconds.112 Of these instances, 15.6% of the people using a firearm defensively stated that they "almost certainly" saved their lives by doing so.

Fact: Firearms are used 60 times more often to protect lives than to take lives.

Fact: In 83.5% (2,087,500) of these successful gun defenses, the attacker either threatened or used force first, proving that guns are very well suited for self-defense.

Fact: Of the 2,500,000 times citizens use guns to defend themselves, 92% merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers.

Fact: Less than 8% of the time does a citizen wound his or her attacker, and in less than one in a thousand instances is the attacker killed.

Fact: For every accidental death, suicide, or homicide with a firearm, 10 lives are saved through defensive use. 114Fact: When using guns in self-defense:

• 83% of robbery victims were not injured.
• 88% of assault victims were not hurt.
• 76% of all self-defense use of guns never involve firing a single shot.

Fact: After the implementation of Canada's 1977 gun controls prohibiting handgun possession for protection, the “breaking and entering” crime rate rose 25%, surpassing the American rate.

Myth: Only police should have guns

Fact: “...most criminals are more worried about meeting an armed victim than they are about running into the police.

Fact: 11% of police shootingskill an innocent person - about 2% of shootings by citizens kill an innocent person.

Fact: Police have trouble keeping their own guns. Hundreds of firearms are missing from the FBI and 449 of them have been involved in crimes.118

Fact: People who saw the helplessness of the L.A. Police Department during the 1992 King Riots or the looting and violence in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina know that citizens need guns to defend themselves.

Myth: You are more likely to be injured or killed using a gun for self-defense

Fact: You are far more likely to survive a violent assault if you defend yourself with a gun. In episodes where a robbery victim was injured, the injury/defense rates were:119
• Resisting with a gun 6%
• Did nothing at all 25%
• Resisted with a knife 40%
• Non-violent resistance 45%

Gun Facts v5.0!

Click the pic to go to the Gun Facts v5.0 download page!

Overeducated Fools Alert:

Obama Administration Abandons Term 'Enemy Combatant'

Polls Say Democrats Are Gambling By Taking on Limbaugh

Smoke ‘em if you can afford ‘em ($10 per carton tax increase)


I want to see flag of Allah flying over Downing St (all women in burkas, drunks caned)

When I think of England, such stirring battles their valiant predecessors fought come to mind,such as Hastings, Bosworth Field, Trafalgar, Rorke’s Drift and the Battle of Britain come to mind. Now England is dying with a whimper. Even worse, America is dying with a whimper. Dying in a manner unworthy...

The Final Exit Network's Shadowy World of Assisted Suicide and Death

Saving America-Only ONE Peaceful Solution Remains

Mainstream press can't get the economy story right

10,083 posted on 03/13/2009 4:03:06 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Drug cartels' new weaponry means war

Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American countries or by sea, eluding U.S. and Mexican monitors who are focused on the smuggling of semiauto- matic and conventional weapons purchased from dealers in the U.S. border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
wut? LAT/AP says Narcos are getting military hardware smuggled in from Central America  "Grenades and RPGs are mentioned well over a dozen times in that article. Including plenty of statements that the problem is systemic / endemic and been going for a few years. And certainly predating the rash of bullshit press releases and socialist political hacks of the last couple weeks.  The entire rash of ‘US Guns feeding Mexican terror’ drumbeats is a demonstrable fraud. And anyone caught pushing that garbage ought to be denounced on the spot and thrashed for their lies. "
TYPICAL: “A New York Times editorial blames America’s gun lobby for 11 deaths in Alabama — but ignores 16 deaths in ‘gun free’ Germany on the same day.” The honesty we’ve come to expect on these issues.
AN ECONOMIC BRIGHT SPOT: Sales of guns, ammo still high.

Why Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio must go - and soon (illegal alien lover BARF-fest)

A Sellout of Our Unemployed

DOUGLAS SCHOEN AND SCOTT RASMUSSEN: Obama’s Poll Numbers Are Falling to Earth. “Polling data show that Mr. Obama’s approval rating is dropping and is below where George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001.”
DON SURBER: 52 days, 52 mistakes.

Obama's Approval Rating Starting to Slide Down to His Market Rating

** The Obama stock market had its worst January in 113 years.
** The stock market had its worst February since 1933.
** The Dow has dropped faster under Obama than any other new president in 90 years.
** Actually, the stock market has turned in its worst performance ever for a new president under Barack Obama.

And, now Obama's approval rating is starting to follow.
Just like with Jimmy Carter, Obama's approval rating is starting to slide down to his market rating.
Public opinion is starting to catch up to the Obama market numbers.

Rasmussen continues to show the Obama decline.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that Barack Obama's approval rating is dropping below where President Bush was at this time in 2001.

It is simply wrong for commentators to continue to focus on President Barack Obama's high levels of popularity, and to conclude that these are indicative of high levels of public confidence in the work of his administration. Indeed, a detailed look at recent survey data shows that the opposite is most likely true. The American people are coming to express increasingly significant doubts about his initiatives, and most likely support a different agenda and different policies from those that the Obama administration has advanced.

Polling data show that Mr. Obama's approval rating is dropping and is below where George W. Bush was in an analogous period in 2001. Rasmussen Reports data shows that Mr. Obama's net presidential approval rating -- which is calculated by subtracting the number who strongly disapprove from the number who strongly approve -- is just six, his lowest rating to date.
Via Instapundit.

Obama Economic Advisor Says "Excess of Fear" Must Be Broken

Gee. Now why would Americans be fearful?
Could the crisis have anything to do with the current Administration?
Maybe if they kept Mr. Hope and Change away from his TelePrompter for a few days things might turn around.
The AP reported:

President Barack Obama's top economic adviser said Friday the nation's economic crisis has led to an "excess of fear" among Americans that must be broken to reverse the downturn.

"Fear begets fear," Lawrence Summers, the president's director of the National Economic Council, told a forum.

"It is this transition from an excess of greed to an excess of fear that President Roosevelt had in mind when he famously observed that the only thing we had to fear was fear itself," Summers said. "It is this transition that has happened in the United States today."
More change... The economy could use some greed about now.
See the future of Mo'Merica here:

Nothing Better To Do

"Last night I tried to post an image of Detroit, but it didn't work too well, and I deleted it. But, go to Google earth or one of those satellite dealos, and put in Detroit. And then scan in close. Those blocks and blocks of empty space used to be neighborhoods filled with houses. A city that used to have over two million citizens now has eight-hundred thousand and change. The city is broke, and mired in scandals. Yet, the city council feels the need to address Jay Leno's charitable gesture. "

More - Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Decline, a Time photo series.

Posted by Kate at 9:03 PM| Comments (41)
"I've done the Google satellite view of Detroit before. It's is very disturbing to see entire city blocks with only a couple houses on them. I used to walk around these areas a few years back and it's an eye opener believe me to see weeds coming out of cracks the sidewalk that are 3 feet tall. Houses just falling down. You feel the presence of what used to be a busy city. It's like a ghost town feeling. If you ever get to see an interview that makes its rounds on PBS about Lilly Tomlin growing up in Detroit you should watch it. Lots of "then and now" stuff.

Here's a link to some photos of the beauty of the fall of Detroit. It's worth the look.,29307,1882089,00.html  "

Culture of corruption: Banking hypocrite Maxine Waters

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 13, 2009 11:50 AM

My syndicated column today takes on racial demagogue and crony of color Maxine Waters, whose crooked ways I’ve covered since my first days at the L.A. Daily News. It’s about time the rest of the media put her under the microscope. Wait ’til she starts beating them over the head with the race card. It’s worked for decades. Now, she’ll just have to scream louder. I am looking forward to watching the Democrats try to ignore this most beastly example of the culture of corruption in their fold.

(Reminder: Go back and look at my liveblogging of the TARP debate. Note how aggressive Waters was in taking a lead role pushing congressional black caucus members to swallow the crap sandwich. No disclosure of her own self interest in the matter. She’s just a Champion of The People, speaking Truth to Power. And here’s another reminder of minority racketeers pushing for their bailout cut with Waters’ assistance. Business as usual, rainbow coalition shakedown-style.)

I think we should start referring to Waters as “Bank of OneUnited,” the same way she referred to bank execs by their company name.

Maxine Waters: Banking on hypocrisy
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

At a flail-and-wail House hearing last month, California Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters melted down in front of big banking CEOs. “Raise your hand! Raise your hand!” she shrieked as she harangued the executives on their business practices and management of federal bailout money. Sneering at the “captains of the universe” whom she refused to address by name (”You, Bank of America!”), Rep. Waters excoriated the corporate heads for their greed. ” All of my political life,” Waters bragged, “I have been in disagreement with the banking and mostly financial services community because of practices that I have believed to be not in the best interest always of the very people that they claim to serve.”

As you’ll soon see, however, the ethically conflicted Rep. Waters has her own special definition of what’s in “the best interest” of the people she claims to serve. While she crusades against crony pseudo-capitalism, she is one of its most hypocritical beneficiaries and advocates. Cronyism comes in all colors. Waters has once again earned her title as one of the “Most Corrupt” members of Congress from the left-leaning (yes, left-leaning) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

The bank CEOs sat meekly during Waters’ verbal flogging. But as she frothed at the mouth, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Franks covered up the microphone and chastised her briefly. To no avail. Waters’ motor mouth kept on running. Did the banks raise interest rates on credit card customers after they took Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money, she thundered? Thumping her fists on the table, she then railed about their loan modification policies (”How many require that you have to be behind by two months!?”). Blustering about underwriting fees they paid themselves on government-backed bond sales, she yelled: “You made money off the TARP money!” One of her fellow Democrats finally ended the diatribe: “I’m going to have to calm you down because when the Chairman gets back he’s going to have to penalize me.”

Fast-forward a month later. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the high-and-mighty Waters had a personal and financial stake in Boston-based OneUnited, a minority bank that received $12 million in TARP money under smelly circumstances. The banks’ executives donated $12,500 to her congressional campaigns. Her husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor in one of the banks that merged into One United. They’ve profited handsomely from their relationship with the bank:

“Congressional financial-disclosure forms show Ms. Waters acquired OneUnited stock worth between $250,000 and $500,000 in March 2004, as did Mr. Williams. Mr. Williams joined the board of OneUnited that year. Each sold shares in September 2004 — including Ms. Waters’s entire stake — but Mr. Williams continued to hold varying amount of the company’s stock. In the lawmaker’s most recent financial-disclosure form, dated May 2008 and covering the prior year, Ms. Waters reported that her husband held between $250,000 and $500,000 worth of the bank’s stock. Mr. Williams also received interest payments from a separate holding at the bank, also worth between $250,000 and $500,000. The 2008 form doesn’t specify what that is. Mr. Williams stepped down from the bank’s board last spring. It couldn’t be learned whether he still owns stock in the bank. Mr. Williams didn’t return calls seeking comment.”

Waters (along with Rep. Frank) participated directly in pressuring the feds for OneUnited’s piece of the bailout pie. She personally contacted the Treasury Department last December requesting $50 million for the company– and failed to disclose her ties to the bank to them. The government ended up coughing up $12 million in TARP funding for OneUnited — despite another government agency rapping the bank in October 2008 for “operating without effective underwriting standards and practices,” “operating without an effective loan documentation program” and “engaging in speculative investment practices.”

Oh, and get this: The favored bank of Maxine Waters was also penalized for alleged excessive executive compensation. The FDIC ordered the bank to “sell all bank-owned automobiles,” require reimbursement for executives’ car purchases (according to the Boston Business Journal, OneUnited CEO Kevin Cohee was cruising around in a 2008 Porsche SUV), and cease payments on a $6 million Santa Monica beachfront home purchased by Cohee, his wife who served as bank president, and others.

Responding to scrutiny of the bank’s special treatment, Cohee is now accusing critics of — yep, you guessed it — racism.

Now, who is sick of Democrat shakedown artists sanctimoniously lecturing others about the culture of corruption? Raise your hand! Raise your hand!


"I do not see any acceptable reason for Mr. Warman to have participated on the Stormfront or Vanguard sites"

No $7,500 for you...

[58] In regard to the other remedies sought by Mr. Warman, I have decided not to grant any relief under these provisions for the following reasons.

[59] During his cross-examination, Mr. Warman admitted (after initially denying) that he had participated in communicating messages on Internet Websites similar to the Northern Alliance Website utilizing pseudonyms such as "Pogue Mahone" and "Axetogrind".

So.. has anyone got Randy Richmond's phone number?

More: Richard Warman's arse

Intrigue! - a now you see it, now you don't Richard Warman "rebuked" story at the Ottawa Citizen.

Posted by Kate at 2:29 PM| Comments (46)
"I see.

When Warman posts racist filth, it's an accidental slip-up that has no toxic effect.

When someone else does it, it's chi-ching!

BTW, I love the way the Roos try to make themselves all lawyer-like with the legal-ese."

War of the words - Richard Warman vs Doug Christie
Why did the Citizen pull their Warman article?
 Richard Warman SLAMMED by the CHRT!! - Ouwendyk Ruling [ 1, 2 ]

A BUNCH OF LINKS TO resources for self-education.

BOGUS RED-LIGHT CAMERA PICS in Maryland. “Fox 5 photographers stood at one intersection near 85th Avenue and caught the camera popping off like popcorn. Each ticket is a 75 dollar citation. One motorist shared his ticket. He got cited in his white van, but a closer look at the ticket shows the vehicle is at a complete stop. Complaints are pouring in.” Seems like this should be subject to RICO.

The Sound Of Settled Science

Katrina, we hardly knew ye.

Posted by Kate at 12:04 PM| Comments (20)

10,084 posted on 03/14/2009 1:42:14 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Criticism Shows Obama Is Losing (Withdrawal symptoms)

Lawmakers trash the Constitution

Does Obama Know What He Is Doing?

Err, No... but we are the ones who are going to be paying the bills he is racking up.

Obama's New Tack: Blaming Bush

This guy is a broken record.

"By any measure," he said during a March 4 event calling for government-contracting reform, "my administration has inherited a fiscal disaster."

It's inherited from a DEMOCRAT CONGRESS and a homosexual brothel owner Barney Frank who refused to stop the loans that make his buddies billions and him millions in his back pocket and the congress that legislated us into this problem

The truth is that 98 percent of his speeches are about the future, and 2 percent are about inheritance
Good article, shows how Emmanuel tries to Rahm his lie of "inheritance" into the brains of followers of The One when they inherited from themselves.

Kinda like "I am the one we have been waiting for"

18 posted on 03/14/2009 1:20:20 AM PDT by Syncro
Welcome to M0'Merica, Land of the Sorta Free:

10,085 posted on 03/14/2009 2:28:18 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Meet Elaine Barnett, Tea Party organizer in West Virginia

Stem-Cell Strangeness

ON Monday, when President Obama announced the re versal on embryonic-stem- cell research, there was a small parade of celebrities with diseases and families with sick kids on TV rejoicing in the president's move.

At least one CNN stem-cell report, however, featured not a human but a a rat with a bum leg hobbling around his cage like - well, like Ratso Rizzo from Midnight Cowboy.

The CNN newsgal explained helpfully, "Look at this poor little rat, there's clearly something wrong with his legs." Then, to the reporter's "Now, look!" delight, the rat - treated with stem cells derived from human embryos - was running all over the place on strong, healthy rat legs.

So, we were watching a rat whose life had been dramatically improved, thanks to the sacrifice of . . . potential human babies. Wasn't this a Far Side cartoon?

Stem Cells and the Truth About Medical Innovation


Bill Maher: 'The Racism is Coming from Rush Limbaugh'

"Who started this “magic Negro” stuff?"

A black columnist at the LA Times.


President didn't like earmarks, until he did (because he's a lying idiot)


Here's What's Happening to the Economy



Why the D.C. Voting Rights Act Is Wrong

President Obama's Toxic Brew

Channeling the Young Patrick Henry

If this be treason, make the most of it.

No, not treason against this wonderful nation. But this column may sound suspiciously like treason against the cult of Obama, and against his hagiographers in the establishment media, and against the very idea that this president actually loves this nation's liberal, republican, constitutional order. Consider this also to be treason against the myth that our president is a man of deep, or even average, integrity.

Barack Obama is a radical's radical and a man whose ego vastly outstrips his prior accomplishments. He is dangerous, and after just seven weeks he already is leading this country into disaster.

Let's start with his integrity, or lack thereof. It's not just conservatives who are starting to complain about Obama's dishonesty. Already the decidedly centrist Robert Samuelson has called Obama "a great pretender. He repeatedly says he is doing things that he isn't, trusting in his powerful rhetoric to obscure the difference." Or, as National Review's Jim Geraghty has turned into a repeated and accurate refrain, "All statements from Barack Obama come with an expiration date. All of them."

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Who Is Sarah Palin? (Long but worthwile read)

Obama is not stupid, and he is not bungling. He is going about doing exactly what he intended, and what he promised with "fundamental change".

He does not intend to re-invigorate the free market. He is a marxist ideolog who intends to fundamentally change the free market to a command economy much more in line with the ideas of his marxist mentors.

When you understand this...all that he is doing makes perfect sense...and is also obviously geared towards the undoing of this Republic as we have traditionally known it.

That's why I pray we can limit his negative impact starting in 2010, and then turn it around with SARAH PALIN in 2012.

10,086 posted on 03/14/2009 1:15:55 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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WHAT THE HOUSING BUBBLE COLLAPSE has done to Baby Boomer wealth. And boomers will probably vote for a big intergenerational wealth transfer to make up the difference . . . . (Via TigerHawk, where one commenter observes: “Interesting how taxes go up when the Boomers needed them…as they went down when the Boomers were in prime earning years…”).
In the "Well, duh! The enemy is already inside the gates" dept:

TELEGRAPH: Britain is Fighting a War — And We Are Too Soft On Our Enemies.

UH OH: Obama: Have ‘Absolute Confidence’ in T-Bills. Did previous administrations find it necessary to issue such attention-getting assurances?

UPDATE: Reader Bill Keane writes:

It is unsettlingly reminiscent of the comment made by Secretary of Treasury John Carlisle during Grover Cleveland’s second term. Attempting to reassure the public about the federal financial stability, Carlisle said “Treasury would meet demands for payment in gold so long as it has gold lawfully available for that purpose.” That reassurance (as you may well guess) did nothing to calm the public or the markets.

Oh, goody.

Obama’s New Tack: Blaming Bush.

Hope and Change and it’s not my fault! But Bush didn’t make him spend a trillion dollars on partisan pork, or spook the markets with destructive talk and policies.

TODAY KANSAS CITY SAW ITS fourth weekly “tea party” protest. Pictures and video at the link.

And here’s some excellent video from last week. Note that they marched on Claire McCaskill’s office and she wound up voting against the Omnibus bill. As the photo below demonstrates, while these things aren’t getting a lot of national coverage so far, they’re getting plenty of local media, and that’s something that Congressional offices notice. Scroll down or click here for pics and a report from Columbus, Ohio.

UPDATE: More on the Columbus Tea Party here. And I love this picture.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Columbus Tea Party video.

CELLPHONE PICS ARE COMING IN from the Columbus, Ohio Tea Party protest, currently underway. I’ll just note that these don’t look like the “spoiled yuppies” that lefty critics are denouncing. And is that a picture of the Debt Star in the background?

UPDATE: Like I said:

Lots more pics here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Chris Vassaux emails: “Hi Glenn! Yes, the Debt Star (first seen here by me) was on the back of my sign. I guessed at about 200 people in attendance, I didn’t think that was too bad for a cold Saturday morning, and I do feel that the event was not well publicized. We did have a little fun, (my son and I), but it didn’t feel like an angry leftist protest of any kind. I guess conservatives don’t do it that well. Maybe with a little practice, we’ll get better.” I don’t think you need to get better at being angry. But, hey, it’s worked for the Left. . . .

MORE: Much more here, from Justin Higgins. Plus, video.

CAPITALISM MAGAZINE: On The Left-Wing Reaction to John Galt, Ayn Rand, and Tea Parties. “That they protest too much is an indication that they do understand.”

ADVICE TO THE PRESS: Give Us The News, or Go Away.“Society doesn’t need newspapers. What we need is journalism.” Related thoughts from Ed Driscoll.

ASKING QUESTIONS: “The S.C. Republican should ask why Clyburn, a member of the ‘post-racial’ party of Hope and Change out to end ‘cynicism,’ is so invested in finding racism in every debate on policy — and then he should follow up by asking just who conservatives need go to for permission to reference countries populated by blacks, or activities engaged in by blacks, given that clearly Democrats believe they own them.”

"I don’t want anyone to pick fights with the left but when they lie or couch their questions in the “when did you stop beating your wife” manner they should be called on it. Where are the media savvy republicans? Is everyone with an R after their name so emotionally defective and needy that they can’t argue the facts when someone blatantly makes false statements or draws ridiculous conclusions or comparisons?"

Culture of corruption: Banking hypocrite Maxine Waters

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 13, 2009 11:50 AM

My syndicated column today takes on racial demagogue and crony of color Maxine Waters, whose crooked ways I’ve covered since my first days at the L.A. Daily News. It’s about time the rest of the media put her under the microscope. Wait ’til she starts beating them over the head with the race card. It’s worked for decades. Now, she’ll just have to scream louder. I am looking forward to watching the Democrats try to ignore this most beastly example of the culture of corruption in their fold.

(Reminder: Go back and look at my liveblogging of the TARP debate. Note how aggressive Waters was in taking a lead role pushing congressional black caucus members to swallow the crap sandwich. No disclosure of her own self interest in the matter. She’s just a Champion of The People, speaking Truth to Power. And here’s another reminder of minority racketeers pushing for their bailout cut with Waters’ assistance. Business as usual, rainbow coalition shakedown-style.)

I think we should start referring to Waters as “Bank of OneUnited,” the same way she referred to bank execs by their company name.

Maxine Waters: Banking on hypocrisy
by Michelle Malkin

...the ethically conflicted Rep. Waters has her own special definition of what’s in “the best interest” of the people she claims to serve. While she crusades against crony pseudo-capitalism, she is one of its most hypocritical beneficiaries and advocates. Cronyism comes in all colors. Waters has once again earned her title as one of the “Most Corrupt” members of Congress from the left-leaning (yes, left-leaning) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)...The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the high-and-mighty Waters had a personal and financial stake in Boston-based OneUnited, a minority bank that received $12 million in TARP money under smelly circumstances. The banks’ executives donated $12,500 to her congressional campaigns. Her husband, Sidney Williams, was an investor in one of the banks that merged into One United. They’ve profited handsomely from their relationship with the bank:

A CANADIAN KANGAROO COURT UPDATE, from Mark Steyn. “Canada’s biggest disseminator of Internet hate is the Government of Canada.”
YEAH, THAT’LL WORK: South African men are ‘raping women to cure them of being lesbians’.

CLAY SHIRKY ON newspapers and thinking the unthinkable: “That is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. The importance of any given experiment isn’t apparent at the moment it appears; big changes stall, small changes spread. Even the revolutionaries can’t predict what will happen.”

Not Waiting For The Asteroid

The problem with newspapers...

...(and I'm a former newspaper editor and publisher) is that you folks think we can't detect when your news columns are being used to foist your agenda on us.

We're much smarter than you think we are, and that you think we're dumb merely reveals your arrogance. So, while we are not necessarily cheering your demise, we're snickering because you're getting what's coming to you.

We see you bashing conservatives, while liberals committing similar sins go un-commented upon. We're not stupid. We know that you are the "deciders" about what's news and what's swept under the rug. You tell us often enough.

So, we've moved on. Opinions are a dime a dozen. I can find myriad voices online to feed me my opinion back to me. If you think I'm going to pay money for yours, you're sadly mistaken. Your just one voice amongst thousands of them out there. Why should I pay good money for your opinion?

You also forgot that half your advertisers are conservatives who have decided maybe they don't want to fund your little Democrat Party Propoganda sheet any longer, and so they've found other more creative ways to spend their ad budgets.

If you tell people to f*ck off enough times, they eventually will, taking their ad revenue with them.

Good luck in your retirement. I suspect that if it took you this long to finally detect the desire amongst your few remaining subscribers for "just the facts" that it's far too late to save you.

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Million Middle-Aged Men and Women March.

Here's a March on Washington They Wouldn't Expect

For a number of reasons that we've gone over and over, we don't talk about politics at The Speculist. But no politics and no religion is Rule 2. Rule 1 is that we can talk about whatever we want.

So with that in mid, let me make the odd foray into politics and suggest that its time for a march on Washington. We'll call it the MMAMWM: the Million Middle-Aged Men and Women March. Inspired by Glenn Reynolds' recent Forbes essay on longevity, we'll assemble the aforementioned million-or-so 40-and-uppers* to march on Washington and demand that the retirement age be raised.

I'm 46 -- I'd like to see them raise the retirement age to 80 or higher. All things being equal, having people stay in the work force those additional 15-20 years would be a tremendous boon to productivity and would significantly ease the strain (or delay the meltdown, depending on whose rosy scenario you want to follow) of Social Security and Medicaid.

But there's a catch. The plan to delay retirement has to come with a commitment to fund longevity research. Funding would be distributed through a series of push prizes aimed at achieving very aggressive goals related to extending healthy, viable lifespan. As Glenn points out, you can't just have people living longer. For this delayed retirement scheme to work, we need to remain vital and healthy. In fact, each incremental addition to the retirement age would be tied to a specific aging breakthrough. Possible examples

Develop reliable preventative treatments for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, retirement age goes up to 67.

Breakthroughs in preventing heart disease and diabetes**, retirement age goes up to 70.

Breakthroughs in preventing and treating cancer**, retirement age goes up to 72.

Breakthroughs in extending and enhancing cognitive ability, retirement age goes up to 75.

Breakthroughs in restoring and maintaining muscle and bone tissue, retirement age goes up to 80.

Heck, if we did all that we could probably raise the retirement age to 100. But let's not get carried away. With the initial march, we'll only insist that it be raised to 80.

* Is that a valid definition of middle-aged? The term seems so arbitrary.

** We would have to be very specific, as these are occurring all the time anyhow.

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Most of Madoff's victims were also his accomplices

My Socialist Past

Gradually I saw that within the communist state everyone-everyone except the leadership of course-subsists in a cage of gnawing bitterness and permanent defeatism.

This is exactly the mentality Obama is trying to instill here.

The Clear and Cohesive Message of the International Conference on Climate Change

It is damn well past time scientiist are starting to speak out agains the massive amount of propaganda that so-called scientists have been spewing out for decades. I just pray it is not too late, but i think it is. With Democrats firmly in power, we are destined to have some kind of international treaty and ridiculous cap and trade (massive energy tax) imposed on America.

Cap-and-trade: Obama's 'economic dagger'

Comin' to Mo's Merica soon:


In the past 60 years, more than $1 trillion dollars in aid has been funneled to Africa, and the continent has only grown poorer and more corrupt.

Team Obama Attacking Palin Again (TV ad)

Actually the response should be, "Governor Palin is running one of the few solvent states in the US today. She is running it with capitalistic methods and they are working. Maybe Bozo and the demwit congress could try those methods for a while!".

G20's real agenda should be saving Europe from itself

I am anticipating the announcement of a global currency. I am not sure how they will twist this economic mess around to fabricate that we ‘need’ it, but I think it is coming.

The inescapable apocalypse has been seriously underestimated

Even in the face of incontrovertible evidence, the libs simply cannot admit the fallacy of "global warming."

This is a very scary trend among not just liberals today.

There are no "facts" anymore.

As a race, we are ripe for tyranny.

Something Wicked This Way Comes


If the US is bad, its rivals are worse

Socialists bemoan the capitalist emphasis on profit and growth, and focus on distributing wealth instead. This would be fine if money dropped from heaven, and the only task of governments was to distribute it. But if you have to produce the wealth in the first place, markets do it much better.

This is the lesson that EVERY country needs to learn. Those that learn it best will succeed and those (like the US) heading in the opposite direction will see their standard of living drop relative the others.

If there isn't a ballot box revolution here in 2010, and the rest of the world starts to wake up to the fact that we actually ARE heading in the wrong direction, that might be when they start to turn away from the dollar. When/if that happens things are gonna get really ugly for the US.

Sure do miss him.[Reagan Quotes]

Stem Cell Sham - The president as sophist.

FDR's Policies Actually Prolonged Depression

The First President To Fail Within 100 Days

Don’t worry, only 3 years, 10 months to go....

he can’t possibly do any more damage (/sarc)

‘Spare the criminal, punish the gun’

Homeland Security plans for violence on U.S. border

Shoulda built that fence, folks...

Thoughts on Urban Survival (Argentinian's first hand experience-When the SHTF)

There is only one thing in the entire piece with which I disagree, and it is this characterization of part of the US population:

“believing that the government will ‘take care of them because they pay their taxes’”

Nope, these aren’t the real problem. It’s the people who believe the government will take care of them because OTHER people pay their taxes. In other words, the typical urban donk voters who elected zero...

Lead Ammo Ban by National Park Service an Anti-Hunting Move

Thailand: The Jihad you’ve never heard of

Unity '09: Dem groups quietly align

Obama is taking 2nd look at tax on benefits (To Pay for Socialized Medicine)

Government 101: Republic vs. Democracy (The American Form of Government)

Only about 10 minutes or so...

This video explains:

Why what most of us are taught about right and leftist
governments is wrong

Why libs honestly think that to be too conservative is to be leaning towards Nazism and why this is not correct

Why most long lasting government s were Republics

What the Founding Fathers said about Democracies vs. Republics

Why 0Bama is trying to get us in an Oligarchy


Children Are Now Sexually Abusing Children

"from pornography to "sexting"--sending lewd images on cell phones."

And so the geniuses, in order to protect the children from themselves, are prosecuting them for felonies and giving them lifetime sex offender labels, you know, for their own protection.

10,088 posted on 03/15/2009 4:36:28 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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More than a bad day: Worries grow that Barack Obama & Co. have a competence problem


Showing a monkey picture next to an Obama picture is a hate crime

Surprise checks mooted (Germany) for gun owners (Count your Second Amendment blessings, America!)

Tax Me If You Can

Now that Bill20Clinton has released the list of his 205,000 donors who have given close to $500 million to his library and foundation, it's clear why he resisted releasing the list while his wife was running for president. Compelled to make it public as a condition of his wife's appointment as Secretary of State, it becomes clear that the list is a virtual encyclopedia of conflicts of interest for the husband of a senator, to say nothing of the husband of an incoming Secretary of State.

Particularly troubling are the massive donations from Arab governments in the Middle East. How can a Secretary of State possibly be impartial in conflicts involving Israel when her husband has gotten tens of millions of dollars from Arabian governments and high-ranking people?

Specifically, Clinton got:

Between $10 million and $25 million from: —The government of Saudi Arabia

Between $1 million and $5 million from: —Friends of Saudi Arabia
—The Dubai Foundation
—Saudi businessman Nasser Al-Rashid
—Saudi tycoon Sheikh Mohammed H. Al-Amoudi
—Former Lebanon Dep. Prime Minister Issam Fares
—The government of Kuwait
—The government of Qatar
—The government of Oman
—The government of Brunei
—The Zayed Family, rulers of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates

He also received between $500,000 and $1 million from: —Saudi businessman Walid Juffali.

Pardon us for looking such generous gift horses in the mouth, but it is hard to imagine so ma ny governments, monarchs and businessmen in the Middle East giving money unless it was with some hope of a political return on their investment. Will that return now come with the appointment of Mrs. Clinton as Secretary of State? After all, the next Secretary of State will be called upon to mediate and negotiate conflicts in the Middle East as her first assignment.

How can Hillary Clinton undertake to do so impartially when her husband's library and foundation—over which he has total control—have been bankrolled by the very nations with whom she must negotiate? The list reveals another key center of conflicts of interest in Kazakhstan, the former Soviet Republic, now home to some of the world's greatest mineral deposits and ruled by a corrupt dictator, Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, who, according to The New York Times, has all but quashed political dissent."

Clinton visited Kazakhstan and met with its president on Sept. 6, 2005, accompanied by Canadian mining financier Frank Giustra. Soon after, Giustra was awarded a highly lucrative contract to mine uranium there.

Now, lo and behold, Giustra turns up having given the library and foundation $10 million to $25 million and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative—Canada gave $1 million to $5 million more. And Clinton got $1 million to $5 million from Laksmi Mittal, the fourth wealthiest person on the Forbes billionaire list and a member of the Foreign Investment Council in Kazakhstan.

In addition, Clinton further fished in troubled waters by taking $1 million to $5 million from Victor Pinchuk, the son-in-law of the controversial former president of Ukraine.

Given the complexities of U.S. policy toward the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, it is hard to see how this massive and incestuous relationship cannot but complicate Hillary's independence. One of the largest donors to the library and foundation was UNITAID, an international organization largely controlled by France, which donated more than $25 million. And the conflicts of interest are not all just foreign.

Corporate bailout recipients and wanna-be recipients donated to the Clinton fund. —They include: AIG, Lehman, Merrill, the Citi Foundation and General Motors. And, almost as an afterthought, the list reveals a donation of at least $450,000 from Denise Rich, presumably in return for her ex-husband's presidential pardon.

How could a United States Senator possibly serve dispassionately while her husband was collecting money from these donors on this scale? And how could we have elected a president without realizing these conflicts existed? And how can a Secretary of State function with these conflicts hanging over her head? Looks like another sell-out!

P.S. from an old cynic:

It could have only been worse if Hillary had made it to the presidency!!
*Also note that on her first trip as Secretary of State, she stayed an extra day in China .. Was that to sack up her 'kick backs' CASH from her Wal-Mart days in Little Rock?

Burning Down Detroit (Why razing much of Motor City might help Michigan's economic woes)

The housing is worth so little because human animals have trashed them and, even if the housing were brand new, nobody wants to live among animals. .

Voter fraud is out there (Letter to the Editor)

Hilarious Video: Obama's Econ Chief Stammers Her Way Through His Flip-Flop On The Economy!

Kids say the darnedest things.

A Weak President Fails to Respond to National Threats

A Russian air force chief said Saturday that the country could base some strategic bombers in Cuba or on an island offered by Venezuela...

Old age begins at 27: Scientists reveal new research into ageing

We're ALL Gonna Die!!!!

10,089 posted on 03/15/2009 10:40:22 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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The Cincinnati Tea Party is underway (large turnout)

On The Left-Wing Reaction to John Galt, Ayn Rand, and Tea Parties

Limbaugh gets big time support from Dick Cheney

Kauai County Council considers backing Hawaii secession

DOD Ends Sale of Expended Military Brass to Remanufacturers

We all wondered when it was going to start. When the new administration would make their move against us as gun owners. Oh, everyone got upset about HR45--I'll bet I got over 100 e-mails warning me about this draconian gun registration bill that had been introduced in Congress.

I was really glad to see Tom Gresham, host of "Gun Talk Radio," an editor, writer, television host on "Self-Defense TV," and one of the foremost gun spokespersons, come out and tell everyone to stop worrying about legislation so absolutely over-the-top--it would never get out of committee.

Tom said save your energy for when we really need it--don't expend it trying to warn everyone in your e-mail list about legislation that would go nowhere.

Now, Tom just interviewed me, and Larry Haynie, owner of Georgia Arms, on Gun Talk--and Tom agrees, now is the time to "...unleash the hounds..." by which he means start e-mailing and writing your senators and congressmen.

Now it has come we know what they intend to do.

It is an end-run around Congress. They don't need to try to ban guns--they don't need to fight a massive battle to attempt gun registration, or limit "assault" weapon sales.

Nope. All they have to do is limit the amount of ammunition available to the civilian market, and when bullets dry up, guns will be useless.

Think we jest?

Here is a copy of the letter sent to Georgia Arms just Thursday evening--effectively cancelling a contract he had to purchase 30,000 pounds of expended military brass in .223, 7.62mm, and .50 caliber:

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Wait for Bambi to declare primers as explosive devices.

They are damn hard to get NOW

DC City Council afflicted with pistolgriphobia, err, gun bigotry

Video: Liberals Finally Found A Tax Hike They Don't Like

Cruelty, Thy Name is Obama

“But you don’t have to dig very far below the surface to see that liberals, for all of their claims to be the sole arbiters on all matters of compassion in the world are, in fact, extraordinarily cruel. Nary a day goes by when we don’t hear some celebutard like Sean Penn waxing downright lyrical over some murderous thug of a dictator, be it Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro. Our current president staked out the ever popular pro infanticide position, startling even to Barbara Boxer. And in the left’s most recent display of endless love and compassion for the downtrodden, they choked the life out of a creative, effective and uplifting school choice program thus, dooming innocent children to sadder, if not shorter, lives in gang infested hell holes."

(VIDEO) Senate Dems: Don’t You Dare Take Away Our Auto Pay Raise!!!!

Obama administration missteps indicate a disturbing and dangerous trend


Obama budget: restoring income equality in the US?

Flip Flops Pictures, Images and Photos 

Obama Honeymoon Ending as Former Backers and Media Realize WHO He Really Is


Dollars from dirt: Economy spurs home garden boom (It's official: We're now peasants!!)

Red Alert: Obama's "Civilian National Security Force" resurfaces

Hussein knows full well that he can’t depend upon the kids in todays army—many of them patriots and republican voters—to follow orders putting American citizens at risk. He needs his own brownshirt force. There was a news release a few weeks ago indicating illegal aliens could apply for military service. They would be granted US citizenship. Here is a group which would have no problem carrying out the orders of der Fuhrer and firing on Americans.
Anti-hate campaigner’s tactics could have opposite effect

Red-light cameras raise some red flags

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Alarm and Muster


Click the links below to read past Alarm & Muster Weekly Emails & More

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YOU’VE BEEN PUNKED.Change is in the air. Not just that the inside the Beltway pundits are noticing that He is not all that He is cracked up to be. Not just that people are taking to the streets in protest. Not just that our European allies no longer are amused. Not just that the Chinese and Russians are worried that His economic policies may be too socialist.
No, you know that things are changing when the normally compliant cheerleaders at AP take to mocking Him:

The economy is fundamentally sound despite the temporary "mess" it's in, the White House said Sunday in the kind of upbeat assessment that Barack Obama had mocked as a presidential candidate.

Obama's Democratic allies pleaded for patience with an administration hitting the two-month mark this week, while Republicans said the White House's plans ignore small business and the immediate need to fix what ails the economy. After weeks projecting a dismal outlook on the economy, administration officials — led by the president himself in recent days — swung their rhetoric toward optimism in what became Wall Street's best stretch since November.

During the fall campaign, Obama relentlessly criticized his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, for declaring, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong." Obama's team painted the veteran senator as out of touch and failing to grasp the challenges facing the country.

But on Sunday, that optimistic message came from economic adviser Christina Romer. When asked during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" if the fundamentals of the economy were sound, she replied: "Of course they are sound."

Hey America. Remember that election? You've been punked. Remember all the "sky is falling" rhetoric to get the stimulus package passed? You've been punked. Remember "imagine hope"? You've been punked.

Pretty funny. The One who shows the fierce urgency to mock others is being mocked.

Speaking of being mocked take a look at Obama Channels Seinfeld and Next Time Call The Blogospheric Neologian, Not Wikipedia.

And check out some of my other posts on where we are heading: A Cure For Social Security, The Revolt of the Kulaks Has Begun, The Last Bull Capitulates and Not Too Early For "I Told You So". And if you have the time, tell me Has My Blog Strategy Failed?

UPDATE: Hat tip to Texas Eagle at Free Republic for these two video links to McCain's and Obama's comments that the economy is sound.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: More than a bad day: Worries grow that Barack Obama & Co. have a competence problem.


Traffickers have escalated their arms race, acquiring military-grade weapons, including hand grenades, grenade launchers, armor-piercing munitions and antitank rockets with firepower far beyond the assault rifles and pistols that have dominated their arsenals. Most of these weapons are being smuggled from Central American countries or by sea, eluding U.S. and Mexican monitors who are focused on the smuggling of semiauto- matic and conventional weapons purchased from dealers in the U.S. border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

So all this talk about U.S. gun shops arming Mexican gangs with bazookas was just gun-control propaganda, then?

CININNATI ENQUIRER: Thousands Gather for ‘Tea Party.’

UPDATE: Cincinnati Tea Party Demonstrates Downtown.

ANOTHER UPDATE: The Cincinnati Tea Party organizers email:

We can confirm
> 5000 attendees to the event, “a city on the square”
> 1674 people signed a petition to ask local governments to reject stimulus funds

Pretty impressive.


Cincinnati, Nebraska, Tampa, Lexington, Ridgefield, Conn., Raleigh, Orlando, D.C., Staten Island, Pasadena, Boston, Rochester, N.Y., Jacksonville, Minnesota, Cleveland, Columbus, Mo., Little Rock, Ark., Philadelphia, Kansas City, Harrisburg, Green Bay, Salt Lake City, Fullertown, Lafayette, Boise, Monterey, Maui, Yonkers, Utah, Tucson, Phoenix, Hoboken and Chicago, to name a few.

Also, I guess it’s just been a handful of blogs writing about it.

Maybe the writer meant this handful of coverage.

By the way. If you want to follow extensive coverage of the party, one guy sitting in Knoxville, probably from his couch, is doing just that.

Memo to MSM: Google.

Heh. Indeed.

UPDATE: And Denver — don’t forget Denver! And St. Louis! And New York!

Related thoughts from Ed Driscoll.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Cincinnati reader Jeff Riley was at the protest and emails: “I was thrilled at the turnout here in Cincy, however I wasn’t thrilled with the lack of coverage by the local media. Trust me on this, during the Bush Adminstration when they had 4 people show up at the local Federal Building and protest against the war they were all over it. When 3500 (estimated) people show up to protest the bailout they just shrugged. People were pissed and are realizing that the media is doing much more that shilling for Obama, that they are willing participants in the propaganda effort. Every time they do so they lose a bit more credibility and people are turning them out and getting there news elsewhere.”

MORE: Frank Wilson has further thoughts on what we’re not being told.

STILL MORE: More than 150 tea parties scheduled.

Plus, another appearance by the Debt Star. It’s everywhere!

And Secretaries of State Are From Venus, I Guess


More Bad Paintings of Barack Obama

Related - Could he be, in fact, too awesome?

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The Great Energy Company Migration

Is there nothing that Obama can't do?

Over the past six months companies including offshore drilling contractors Noble Corp and Transocean, energy-focused engineering group Foster Wheeler and oilfield services company Weatherfield International have all announced plans to shift domicile to Switzerland.


'One trend that we see is that particularly Bermuda-based companies are now moving to Switzerland,' said Martin Frey, a partner at law company Baker & McKenzie. 'That may only partly be obviously for tax reasons, but also for security reasons and the fact that the Obama administration may go after them.'

Eh, who needs 'em? He has Washington vibrancy will keep him warm!

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Four Bad Bears

Via Calculated Risk

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Huge: Thousands converge for Cincinnati Tea Party; Update: 5k strong

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 15, 2009 06:14 PM

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(Photo credit: J. Binik-Thomas)

The Cincinnati Tea Party organizers told us it was going to be big. And it was. Organizer J. Binik-Thomas e-mails this evening that 5,000 folks turned out for the protest and more than 1,600 people signed a petition to ask local governments to reject porkulus funding.

Check out photos at Instapundit, including this aerial:

What are you doing? Go to Tax Day Tea Party and get moving!

Eric Cranley live-tweeted. A sample:

A friend of mine brought his 5 year old son, holding a sign saying, “Even a 5 year old knows socialism is stealing” #teaparty
about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Good sign: “Tar. Feathers. Washington. Now.” #teaparty
about 3 hours ago from TwitterBerry

“My recommendation is that people look no further than the halls of Congress to find the stench of pork” #teaparty

Unlike the Los Angeles Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer actually covered the tax revolters without trashing them:

Thousands of people filled Fountain Square this afternoon for the Cincinnati Tea Party, a grassroots-effort designed to show their disapproval for bailouts and the massive federal stimulus plan.

People wore Revolution-era costumes and raised anti-bailout signs with messages like “Give us Liberty, not debt” and “No more bailouts.”

Sean Lynch was one of thousands who navigated the crowd.

“I’m frustrated with the way things are going in Congress. They need to remember that they work for us, and right now, we don’t approve,” said Lynch, of Colerain. “This is not a Democrat thing or a Republican thing. It’s a government thing.”

Lynch brought his children to the demonstration and hoped that one day, when they’re older, they’ll understand the importance of taking a stand. His 8-year-old, Isabel, held a “Stop spending my allowance” sign and 5-year-old Kate raised a “Stay out of my piggy bank” one.

“I don’t think anything is going to change overnight,” Lynch said. “But this is a start.”


From reader Shannon:

Hello, Michelle!

Huge fan, and really appreciate the coverage you have given to the Cincinnati Tea Party. My family attended today — me, my husband, and my three children (10 year old boy, 7 year old girl, and 5 year old boy). Thousands were on Fountain Square today — lots of energy, lots of passion…. it was evident that everyone — my husband and I included — are not your “usual suspects” in demonstrations. We are all usually too busy earning our livings…. but we have been angered well beyond words.

Very disappointed that only one of our main news channels is covering the rally…. disappointed, but not surprised! Thank goodness for you, Glenn Beck and Fox News!!!

Just wanted you to hear from another attendee!

From blogger Machiavellian at The Virtuous Republic:


More: You gotta check these out from DADvocate.

Posted in: Tea Party


RON SILVER has died.

UPDATE: A remembrance from his friend Roger Simon.

10,091 posted on 03/16/2009 1:48:35 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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When will Atlas shrug?

EDITORIAL: Obamanomics

STEYN: Sticking it to the young

Formerly Useful Idiots

Tip of the iceberg warning:

Texas teacher pension shortfall is billions worse than expected


Chief Justice Roberts accepts Obama 'eligibility' petition

Does anyone here really have any confidence in this supreme court, the U.S. Senate or the U.S. Congress much less the magic negro?

Video of (Weasley)Clark (on Geraldo) Calls for "New" US Assault Weapons Ban to Stop Mexican Violence

Meet the compulsive service Orwellian "Give Act" - H.R.1388 to be voted on this week

10,092 posted on 03/16/2009 3:32:55 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Chaos, Confusion and Civil War

The people of America will turn against one another.
Will? They already have.

Parks to ban lead bullets, tackle

Another draconian regulation based on "suspected" and "could".
“Lead-Free” applies to all components. Without lead styphenate to stabilize your primers, ammo will have a limited shelf life, and its substitute will cost more as well.

Court Upholds EPA Crackdown on Agriculture

The Precedent is Stalin’s Ukraine Genocide by Starvation-

Obama Administration Stabs Gun Owners in the Back (DoD Surplus Brass No Longer Sold for Reloading)


Trouble in Mexico? Anti-Gunners Say, "Blame America."

Easy fix, very easy. Secure the damn border. There, drugs and gun problem fixed.
The Miracle of Mo'Bama-nomics continues:

CA: Property taxes to increase despite falling home values

As stated, the words “Cut Spending” are not in their vocabulary.

Fed-up Americans mobilize: More than 150 tea parties

Credit Default Swaps – Exercises in Surrealism

Frightening: New website exposes where Prop. 8 donors live!

Obama administration’s proposal to shortchange our nation’s veterans!

Obama’s Fearmongering Has Damaged The Economy (

The Death Cult rides again:

The Fetus As Organ Factor--The Next Moral Frontier?

And, again:

The Danger of President Obama's Insurance for Children (SCHIP)

Shredding the Constitution Under the Guise of Economic Stimulus

The GOP candidates, far too many of them, abandonded their principles and their base and got caught up in the guise of so-called "compassionate conservatism" which was used as an avenue to the same old spend, spend, spend tactics fo the leftists. Different programs perhaps, with what they hoped would be different results.

10,093 posted on 03/16/2009 1:06:54 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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EDITORIAL: Global gun control

Bury a Gun and Ammo For 15 Years

No Longer Just Paranoia ( Gun Grabbers )

27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis

27 Visualizations and Infographics to Understand the Financial Crisis

Like what you see? Subscribe to the FlowingData feed to stay updated on what's new in data visualization, infographics, and other tasty visuals.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. If there's anything good that has come out of the financial crisis it's the slew of high-quality graphics to help us understand what's going on.

Senate moves forward on wilderness bill

your government now own 70% of the land now

apology to woody guthrie

This land ain’t yur land

This land ain’t my land

This land belongs to the feds

It don’t belong to you or me

Sheriff Arpaio Has ‘No Intention’ of Testifying Before Conyers Committee on Alleged Immigration...

Thousands of girls mutilated in Britain


ABC's Tapper Makes White House Look Stupid Again


First North Korean pizzeria opens

Wonder what they are going to do for power?

Communism vs. Capitalism:

America, 2 years in to cap and trade?

More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims (UPDATE)

"The Missiles of October" Redux? It seems to me we've been here before...


Economist Arthur Laffer Tells Cavuto Dems are "Like Kids with Their Hands in the Candy Jar" - Video

Americans have had enough! ('progressive' tea parties)

10,094 posted on 03/16/2009 4:09:12 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THIS WEEKEND if you were out, you know, having a life:

A massive Cincinnati “tea party” protest. (Check out the aerial view of the crowd, below.)

More protests in Columbus, Ohio, Little Rock (more here), Kansas City, and Boise.

Still more on Chris Dodd’s Irish “cottage.” (More here, from the Hartford Courant, and from WTNH.).

The continuing relevance of Ayn Rand.

David Broder on growing Obama criticism. Plus, among Democrats, Worries grow that Barack Obama & Co. have a competence problem.


A REPORT FROM A Tampa Tea Party get-together. 200 showed, which promises success in the future.

CRITICISM OF BIG MEDIA for paying so little attention to the “tea party” protests.

As I’ve said before, local media are doing a better job, and that’s probably more important right now anyway. But they’ll be noticed soon enough, as they keep spreading and growing.

Besides, when you’ve got Power Line, what more do you need?

UPDATE: But it’s certainly fair to bust the L.A. Times for hypocrisy here.

ANOTHER UPDATE: More thoughts here.

Lead Story

No duh! White House “worried about bailout backlash”

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 16, 2009 10:05 AM

With a few notable exceptions, the national media has ignored the tax revolt movement against the porkulus package, omni-pork spending bill, and bottomless bailouts that began in Seattle on President’s Day; continued in Denver on the day of the Generational Theft Act signing; spread to Mesa AZ during President Obama’s massive mortgage entitlement push; spurred protest in Overland Park KS; and evolved into the Tea Party movement across the country.

But local politicians and local newspapers/TV are definitely on notice. Thousands of folks converging in places like St. Louis (1,500), Greenville (2,000), Fullerton (est. 15,000), and Cincinnati (5,000) are getting harder to ignore.

And now, it seems, word is getting around in Washington. The White House, the NYTimes (which has mocked the tax revolters) tells us, is worried about a populist backlash against bailout-mania. Naw. Really? You don’t say:

“Bracing for a Bailout Backlash”

The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about a populist backlash against banks and Wall Street, worried that anger at financial institutions could also end up being directed at Congress and the White House and could complicate President Obama’s agenda.

The administration’s sharp rebuke of the American International Group on Sunday for handing out $165 million in executive bonuses — Lawrence H. Summers, director of the president’s National Economic Council, described it as “outrageous” on “This Week” on ABC — marks the latest effort by the White House to distance itself from abuses that could feed potentially disruptive public anger.

“We’ve got enormous problems that need to be addressed,” David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, said in an interview. “And it’s hard to address because there’s a lot of anger about the irresponsibility that led us to this point.”

“This has been welling up for a long time,” he said.

Starting to get a clue:

For all his political skills and his capturing of the nation’s desire for change in the 2008 election, Mr. Obama, a product of Harvard Law School who calls upscale Hyde Park in Chicago home, has shown little inclination to strike a more populist tone. The danger, aides said, is that if he were to become identified as an advocate for the banks and Wall Street, people could take out their anger on him.

“The change now is you have a free-floating economic anxiety that has expressed itself in a kind of lashing out at those being bailed out and people who are bailing out,” Michael Kazin, a professor at Georgetown University who has written extensively on populism. “There’s not really a sense of what the solution is.”

“I do think there’s a potential for a ‘damn everybody in power’ kind of sentiment,” Mr. Kazin said.


It’s here, baby. Open your eyes. More Cincy Tea Party photos via RWNJ:

Via WCPO, making the message crystal-clear:

Tea party supporters say their reasons for demonstrating on Fountain Square are simple.

“To actually show the state and federal government that we’re displeased with the way that they’re handling our money. That’s our money,” said George Piper.

And: “This is not a Democrat thing. Or a Republican thing. It’s a government thing.”

Wait until April 15…

Diagnosis: Advanced stage of BDS

March 16, 2009 10:50 PM by Michelle Malkin22 Comments | 3 Trackbacks

“Patriot or crackpot?”

Photoshop contest: Obama Fingers; Updated with new entries

March 16, 2009 05:07 PM by Michelle Malkin42 Comments | 6 Trackbacks

Shake and bake.

Obama-bots…activate! Form of…a “Pledge Project Canvass!”

March 16, 2009 04:10 PM by Michelle Malkin

Too funny. The Obama Message Machine doesn’t want the Tea Party movement showing them up. So, they’ve sent out a mass e-mail and YouTube video link urging their cultists to go out and gather pledge signatures to support the president’s economic plan. Yep, a top-down, “grass-roots movement” directed by the DNC/Team Obama “because we can’t leave this important debate up to a Washington establishment that doesn’t welcome change.”85 Comments | 5 Trackbacks

"I am beginning to think that Der Fuhrer will have no trouble at all when the recruitment goes out for his New American Gestapo…"
"BHO makes Jimmy Carter look like a Swiss watch."
"They over-react to EVERYTHING, the surest sign of immaturity."

Click this link and look at the composed picture, made of pictures
GERARD VAN DER LEUN won’t miss the Post-Intelligencer.
"On one hand I hate to see a 146 year old Seattle institution die. I've lived my entire life in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, and the Seattle P.I. was always there as the record keeper. Then again, I do take some grim pleasure in watching them reap the bitter harvest that they have so diligently sowed. I guess the P.I. that I remember actually died a long time ago. In fact, the Seattle itself that I remember has also died."
TWO MORE STATES MOVE to limit red-light cameras. "They just want you to shut up and pay up." 'This was a good idea that was destroyed by the greed of cities. '
Comin' soon, to all the rest of Mo'Merica:
PHOTOS: Detroit’s Beautiful, Horrible, Decline.

No duh! White House “worried about bailout backlash”

By Michelle Malkin  •  March 16, 2009 10:05 AM

With a few notable exceptions, the national media has ignored the tax revolt movement against the porkulus package, omni-pork spending bill, and bottomless bailouts that began in Seattle on President’s Day; continued in Denver on the day of the Generational Theft Act signing; spread to Mesa AZ during President Obama’s massive mortgage entitlement push; spurred protest in Overland Park KS; and evolved into the Tea Party movement across the country.

But local politicians and local newspapers/TV are definitely on notice. Thousands of folks converging in places like St. Louis (1,500), Greenville (2,000), Fullerton (est. 15,000), and Cincinnati (5,000) are getting harder to ignore.

And now, it seems, word is getting around in Washington. The White House, the NYTimes (which has mocked the tax revolters) tells us, is worried about a populist backlash against bailout-mania. Naw. Really? You don’t say:

“Bracing for a Bailout Backlash”

The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about a populist backlash against banks and Wall Street, worried that anger at financial institutions could also end up being directed at Congress and the White House and could complicate President Obama’s agenda.

The administration’s sharp rebuke of the American International Group on Sunday for handing out $165 million in executive bonuses — Lawrence H. Summers, director of the president’s National Economic Council, described it as “outrageous” on “This Week” on ABC — marks the latest effort by the White House to distance itself from abuses that could feed potentially disruptive public anger.

“We’ve got enormous problems that need to be addressed,” David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, said in an interview. “And it’s hard to address because there’s a lot of anger about the irresponsibility that led us to this point.”

“This has been welling up for a long time,” he said.

Starting to get a clue:

For all his political skills and his capturing of the nation’s desire for change in the 2008 election, Mr. Obama, a product of Harvard Law School who calls upscale Hyde Park in Chicago home, has shown little inclination to strike a more populist tone. The danger, aides said, is that if he were to become identified as an advocate for the banks and Wall Street, people could take out their anger on him.

“The change now is you have a free-floating economic anxiety that has expressed itself in a kind of lashing out at those being bailed out and people who are bailing out,” Michael Kazin, a professor at Georgetown University who has written extensively on populism. “There’s not really a sense of what the solution is.”

“I do think there’s a potential for a ‘damn everybody in power’ kind of sentiment,” Mr. Kazin said.


It’s here, baby. Open your eyes. More Cincy Tea Party photos via RWNJ:

Via WCPO, making the message crystal-clear:

Tea party supporters say their reasons for demonstrating on Fountain Square are simple.

“To actually show the state and federal government that we’re displeased with the way that they’re handling our money. That’s our money,” said George Piper.

And: “This is not a Democrat thing. Or a Republican thing. It’s a government thing.”

Wait until April 15…


10,095 posted on 03/17/2009 12:43:35 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Flashback 2004: Obama Condemns ‘Rush’ of ‘Foot High’ Budget Bills (video)

Obama To Make History As 1st President on Leno's Couch

EDITORIAL: Destroying housing market More taxes, fewer deductions are twin killers

Hamptons hit by recession (many repossessions)

...many are predicting that these areas are still going to correct downward 25% or more and these homes look like longterm debt traps that aren't worth the invested capital. Property taxes on Hamptons land is also some of the highest in the country.

Gates readies big cuts in weapons (Thanks to Obama gutting our military)

This is our Commander in Chief (Article from his college days)

Obama Not Making Any Friends With Veterans (The blowback will bring Zero down)

Highways to Nowhere: The 7 Most Ridiculous New Roads Being Built With Stimulus Money

School's Out Forever (Part I)

***Obama Wants YOU to Serve, HR 1388 The Give Act reform National Service Laws-VOTE on

The Volokh Conspiracy’s Jim Lindgren: “it would be the public schools that would impose federal standards of coerced service on each child as part of their requirements for graduation. For students, service would be involuntary. Even for the public schools, their participation would be only nominally voluntary – for how many public schools can survive without federal assistance?”
I feel like I am living in 1933.

Blame sunspots for cool winter, spring weather

Bin Laden in New Audio Message

Youth Corps to help keep California green

How Congress Deprives Us Of Prosperity

Senate Vote on Budget and $1.6 TRILLION CARBON TAX next week (Please attempt to STOP it)

You Wanted 'Change'...?

The Left Pushes Secular Religions: Global Warming, Embryonic Stem Cell Research

It seems to me that many on the cultural left are, while secular when it comes to conventional religion, very much believers in something that might be called secular religions—the religion of global warming, the religion of embryonic stem-cell research.

My Creators Syndicate column discusses the Obama budget and how it caters to the religion of global warming by imposing huge costs on what now is an ailing economy in order to fight disasters which we are told will strike us—we area told that there can be no argument—you must have faith!—40 or 50 years from now.

As for embryonic stem-cell research, Charles Krauthammer with the deftness of one who originally aspired to be a surgeon eviscerates Barack Obama's statement on the topic. Krauthammer notes that George W. Bush sensitively treated, while Obama entirely ignored, the issue of ethical limits on this kind of medical research. The editors of the Washington Post make the same point. There are some things we don't permit researchers to do—Dr. Mengele's experiments, the Tuskegee program—even though they might produce useful knowledge.


Pew poll: Obama's public support is eroding

Between you and your doctor

A Tale of Two Conferences on Global Climate Change

Gun sellers can't keep up with demand for ammo

Gee, I wonder why?

10,096 posted on 03/17/2009 2:49:10 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Electing a Child to be President


The Teleprompter President ...... (who is behind the curtain ?)

Barack Obama’s Newest Spiritual Advisor-Marxist preacher latest mentor on matters of faith

Are you a terrorist suspect?--Did you support Ron Paul ?

Did you support Ron Paul for president last year?

Do you believe there are people actively working to merge the U.S. with Mexico and Canada?

Do you display an American flag?

Did you ever display a Libertarian Party bumper sticker on your car?

Do you buy gold?

Any of these characteristics might lead law enforcement authorities to conclude you represent a danger to the republic. You are more likely to be a militia member or a domestic terrorist, according to a document distributed to Missouri police and, potentially, law enforcement authorities nationwide.

Area’s U.S. legislators talk bailout (BOHICA)

We told you it was facism, didn't we, folks?

Step1—Regulate crop production thereby causing prices to rise considerably.

Step 2—When prices soar put price controls on them.

Step 3—When farmers refuse to grow crops at a loss, confiscate their property.

Step 4—State farms now produce all and everyone lives happily ever after.

Right out of Hugo’s playbook.

Lose your property for growing food?

Some small farms and organic food growers could be placed under direct supervision of the federal government under new legislation making its way through Congress.

Food Safety Modernization Act

House Resolution 875, or the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., in February. DeLauro's husband, Stanley Greenburg, works for Monsanto – the world's leading producer of herbicides and genetically engineered seed.

DeLauro's act has 39 co-sponsors

The bill’s author gets large amounts of PAC money from agribusiness $2k from Cargill, $4k General Mills $4.5k Kraft Foods $5k Land O’Lakes, but most from various sugar producers -$28K

Also from AgriMark $11k but I don’t know what that really is.

You’ll probably read that her husband works for Monsanto - not really - but he has them for a client. Greenberg is a political scientist/pollster. He is in business with James Carville, among others.

Monsanto gives primarily to Republicans.

All 39 co-sponsors are Democrats


10,097 posted on 03/17/2009 6:04:34 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Obama’s Gun Ban List Is Out

Here it is, folks, and it is bad news. The framework for legislation is always laid, and the Democrats have the votes to pass anything they want to impose upon us. They really do not believe you need anything more than a brick to defend your home and family. Look at the list and see how many you own. Remember, it is registration, then confiscation. It has happened in the UK, in Australia, in Europe, in China, and what they have found is that for some reason the criminals do not turn in their weapons, but will know that you did.

Remember, the first step in establishing a dictatorship is to disarm the citizens.

Gun-ban list proposed. Slipping below the radar (or under the short-term memory cap), the Democrats have already leaked a gun-ban list, even under the Bush administration when they knew full well it had no chance of passage (HR 1022, 110th Congress). It serves as a framework for the new list the Brady’s plan to introduce shortly. I have an outline of the Brady’s current plans and targets of opportunity. It’s horrific. They’re going after the courts, regulatory agencies, firearms dealers and statutes in an all out effort to restrict we the people. They’ve made little mention of criminals. Now more than ever, attention to the entire Bill of Rights is critical. Gun bans will impact our freedoms under search and seizure, due process, confiscated property, states’ rights, free speech, right to assemble and more, in addition to the Second Amendment. The Democrats current gun-ban-list proposal (final list will be worse):

Rifles (or copies or duplicates):

M1 Carbine,

Sturm Ruger Mini-14,


Bushmaster XM15,

Armalite M15,


Thompson 1927,

Thompson M1;








NHM 90,

NHM 91,

SA 85,

SA 93,


Olympic Arms PCR;


Calico Liberty ,

Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU,

Fabrique National FN/FAL,







Thompson 1927 Commando,

Kel-Tec Sub Rifle;




SKS with detachable magazine,

SLG 95,

SLR 95 or 96,

Steyr AU,



Galil and Uzi Sporter,

Galil Sporter, or Galil Sniper Rifle ( Galatz ).

Pistols (or copies or duplicates):

Calico M-110,


MAC-11, or MPA3,

Olympic Arms OA,



TEC-22 Scorpion,

or AB-10,


Shotguns (or copies or duplicates):

Armscor 30 BG,

SPAS 12 or LAW 12,

Striker 12,


Catch-all category (for anything missed or new designs):

A semiautomatic rifle that accepts a detachable magazine and has:

(i) a folding or telescoping stock,

(ii) a threaded barrel,

(iii) a pistol grip (which includes ANYTHING that can serve as a grip, see below),

(iv) a forward grip; or a barrel shroud.

Any semiautomatic rifle with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds (except tubular magazine .22 rim fire rifles). A semiautomatic pistol that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine, and has:

(i) a second pistol grip,

(ii) a threaded barrel,

(iii) a barrel shroud or

(iv) can accept a detachable magazine outside of the pistol grip, and

(v) a semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.

A semiautomatic shotgun with:

(i) a folding or telescoping stock,

(ii) a pistol grip (see definition below),

(iii) the ability to accept a detachable magazine or a fixed magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds, and

(iv) a shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

Frames or receivers for the above are included, along with conversion kits.

Attorney General gets carte blanche to ban guns at will...

Obama will seek these 4 elements in a gun bill

1. An expanded HR 45, gun owner licensing. All gun owners will have to have these licenses, even owners of facilimie weapons (AKA Airsoft and BB). Licenses will only be granted if the records of the applicant are clean (This includes misdemeanors from decades ago). Licensees will be required to hold $1 million in liability insurance. Possession of otherwise permitted weapons (See #3) without license is a felony.

2. Ammunition accountability... All ammo will be required to be microstamped and will be taxed $1/round. All non stamped ammo will be required to be turned in or thrown away. Possession of non-marked ammo is a felony. This part of the act also bans “Cop Killer” bullets.

3. Expanded “Assault Weapons” ban— This includes most all semiauto rifles, anything that can be “Bump Fired”, Semiauto handguns, and Semi-auto shotguns. It also includes pump-action shotguns and “Sniper Rifles” AKA your deer rifle. The AWB will also require people with “Prebans” to register their guns as Machine Guns, and that the tax stamp will go up to $10,000 per weapon, or turn it in without compensation...

4. Expansion of the Lautenbach amendment: Removes “Domestic Violence” as disqualifier to gun ownership, inserts any misdemeanor as disqualifer... Anyone with a misdemeanor on their record will be prohibited from owning a firearm. This includes DUI and traffic offenses, and offenses decades ago.

Finally, this bill would rescind all valid CCW permits nationwide.

"And Republicans are the undisputed masters of being suckers."

EDITORIAL: Guns on a plane (Obama secretly ends program....)

The Durbin Doctrine's Assault on Free Speech

Something of Historic Proportion is Happening

Mr. Obama's winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change. Why? I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now.





Folks, looks like it probably will!


Obama Received a $101,332 Bonus from AIG (Not looking good for Obama)


And so it begins

Hamilton reportedly was once a former fund-raiser for the radical activist outfit ACORN, a key Obama ally. He is also a former leader of the Indiana chapter of the ACLU.

Flashback video: Obama on “sacred trust” (video)

Our friend Jim Geraghty reminds us that all of Barack Obama’s pledges come with expiration dates — all of them. Wounded veterans have now discovered this...

We can track your cell phone. We just can’t talk about it.

The $1.4 Trillion Obama Tax Increase


WND: Lose your property for growing food?

H.R.1388- Mandatory Youth Service Bill (Daily Congressional)

Where's The Bailout For The Rest Of Us?

Why the media blackout on Obama's citizenship?

Five Ways that Insanity Has Become the New Normal in America

When sheer insanity becomes the new normal, people who can admit that the emperor has no clothes are left to point out:

  1. The Global Warming Fraud: ...

  2. The Lawsuit Lottery:

  3. Demonizing Success and Rewarding Failure: ...

  4. Spending Money Like We're Never Going To Have To Pay It Back: ...

  5. Our Topsy-Turvy Approach To Illegal Immigration: ...

What you subsidize, you get more of and what you penalize, you decrease. That's one of the oldest and simplest lessons in the book; yet it's one we never seem to learn.

(Excerpt)

The First 100 Days…of parties

They're acting like they got a misprinted welfare check.

In a sense, they did.

10,098 posted on 03/17/2009 1:40:12 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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Obama’s Latest Costly Blunder. “Obama and his team knew about the AIG bonus issue for quite some time. They had already concluded there was nothing to be done without causing greater risk. Now the very people AIG claims it needs to sort out the mess and prevent further economic damage are resigning, or just not showing up due to death threats and whatever else. Two months in and Obama has helped tank the stock market with pessimism only to help him pass a political agenda in the form of a stimulus package. His latest blurt seems to have been counter-productive to his stated economic goals. But hopefully Obama feels better for having gotten his rage on.”

This is the gang that can’t shoot straight. (Bumped).


I CAN’T KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE POLICY SCREWUPS, BUT LUCKILY THE HUFFINGTON POST IS HELPING: Dems Fuming Over White House Plan to Make Vets Pay For Service Injuries. “Democrats in Congress are organizing to squash a White House proposal that would require veterans to use private insurance to pay for treatment of their combat and service-related injuries.” Can anybody play this game?

Planting the seeds of the next shamnesty

March 17, 2009 04:40 PM by Michelle Malkin

The Hill reports that President Obama will “huddle” with Hispanic Democrats tomorrow to talk “immigration reform.”77 Comments | 1 Trackback

Yes, they are.

"Viva La Raza!! better learn spanish..cause the drug war you see in mexico is coming to a town near you…"

"Since he’s done this much damage in the first two months, we’re never going to last until Nov 2010."

As if this isn’t enough, check this out:

Gun Advocates Ready for Battle on Federal Assault Weapons Ban
Attorney General Eric Holder is using the drug violence in Mexico to “confuse and mislead” Americans in an attempt to reinstate the expired federal assault weapons ban, gun advocates say.

Acorn will be helping run the census.


We gave up the Rule Of Law some time ago. We now have the Rule Of Men, or, in other words, mob rule.

Hybrid car sales go from 60 to 0 at breakneck speed
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: Contributions To Obama Campaign Track Bailout Money. “In receiving $43.5 billion for their investment of just over $3.3 million, it looks like the banks that gambled on Wall Street certainly got their money’s worth out of their investment in Barack Obama.” Read the whole thing.
Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute says don’t go John Galt — it’s “time to fight.” Plus, the Internet as a virtual Galt’s Gulch, and the continuing relevance of Atlas Shrugged.
IRAN’S PUSH INTO NICARAGUA: Why is no one concerned?
HMM: Anti-Spending Tide Grows In New Hampshire:

Big Brother - coming soon to a network near you


I've often heard liberals say that when tyranny comes to America, it will come in the disguise of religion. They are wrong of course; when tyranny comes to America, it will be sold to us as fairness and equality. Case in point:

Some critics are seizing on comedian Jon Stewart's attacks of CNBC to launch an online petition drive urging the network to be tougher on Wall Street leaders.

The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America and some economists are behind the effort, launched Monday. They're asking CNBC to hire economic voices with a track record of being right about the current crisis and do more to hold business leaders accountable.

Mmmmkay ... Media Matters wants CNBC to dismiss anyone who has not been "right about the current crisis." Really? As if CNBC doesn't care whether or not its own analysts are dependable? As if CNBC's viewers don't already keep an eye on the accuracy of its content? As if any analyst, financial or otherwise, is always right about everything, all of the time?

This is so simple -- which may be why the propagandists at Media Matters don't understand it. CNBC is the best-known cable TV network whose programming is exclusively dedicated to financial news and analysis. Their main competitor is Bloomberg News, which is widely regarded as the most comprehensive financial news and analysis service in the industry. CNBC knows their competition. Since they are a cable TV network, they are of course somewhat personality driven. But if their information was worthless, they would not be able to compete with Bloomberg. Yet when you walk into the offices of any financial firm, you are always greeted by a sea of small television screens -- even in the elevators -- displaying CNBC.

If Media Matters, which is funded by billionaire George Soros, doesn't like the job CNBC is doing, then no one is stopping them from starting their own financial news network. They could call it Finance Matters. If Media Matters and its founder, David Brock, thinks that they are saving average Americans from corporate greed, then let them put their own neck out on the line. Heck, let them hire Oliver Willis as their chief financial analyst. After all, he's made a career (perhaps the most inexplicable in the entire blogosphere) by continually asserting that all conservatives are stupid. Now that would be entertaining.

And as for accuracy and accountability, why not start with our own government? I'd put Jim Cramer's out-of-context "BUY BEAR STEARNS!!!" remarks up against "We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac and particularly Fannie Mae under the outstanding leadership of Frank Raines" or "I don't think we face a crisis; I don't think that we have an impending disaster" any day. What say you, Mr. Brock?

The Obama White House propaganda machine is in the midst of an unprecedented assault on free speech. They seem to be attempting a piecemeal take-over of broadcast media by creating phony "outrage" aimed at specific broadcasters, and then demanding, in the name of "fairness," that those broadcasters be taken off the air. Funny, I thought that dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Whatever happened to the maverick spirit of Hillary Clinton?

I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you're not patriotic. We should stand up and say, we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.

During the Bush years, conservatives rightly criticized partisan liberals masquerading as "objective" journalists. And we criticized entertainers and others who lashed out at President Bush in some of the most vulgar, hate-filled, unhinged rants ever directed at a President. But despite the hysterical claims of liberals, the Bush White House never attempted to launch coordinated efforts to censor its critics or take broadcasters off the air.

Vulgarity and unhinged hatred aside, dissenting voices are essential to democracy. Unless we stand firm against these blatant attempts at censorship, we are going to end up with a heck of a lot more disturbing "change" in this country than most people ever bargained for.

Congress Alert - VA

You might find yourself in some serious hot water (hellfire!) if you don't bother to contact your Congressional representatives and senators over this proposal to yank VA benefits for service-related injuries. The proposal is to make any private insurance first payer for such medical care. The vet would still receive care at the VA, but the VA would bill the vet's private insurance company (if any).

The result:
  • Some veterans will be priced out of medical insurance,
  • Some veterans won't get jobs (small businesses can't afford high health premiums, so they won't hire vets),
  • Some small group and perhaps family policies may reach caps over the veteran's treatment costs and then the rest of the group won't have coverage.
There is no justification for this at all. Once we send them to be shot at, we have the moral obligation to bury their dead bodies decently or treat the living at least for injuries received in the line of service.

We just extended SCHIP coverage to families with median incomes, and in many cases, adults who were covered under SCHIP as children will be able to continue to get subsidized health care as adults. If it comes down to budget, the veteran gets first claim.

It looks like Congress was not too receptive to the idea, but there is a lot of activity at the moment, and this issue should be kept extremely visible to senators and representatives. If costs must be cut, the Priority B group can be cut down. The one thing we must not do is toss injured vets to the vagaries of the private health insurance system. The proposal is odd - on the one hand, they want to grant more benefits to more vets. On the other hand, they expect private insurance companies to cover a significant chunk of the cost.

This link will allow to find and contact your representatives and senators. It's not a partisan issue - it's one of basic fairness. Any person with a significant medical problem who has ever tried to get individual or small group insurance coverage will realize what a nightmare this could be.

"If you look at this in conjunction with the trial balloon of making employer provided health care taxable, the scheme seems to be to make private plans too expensive for the plebes so that they are forced to go on ObamaCare, whatever that turns out to be."

From A Slightly Different Angle

Amongst the weirdest of weird things in this post-election cycle are the odd positionings of Obama supporters who are unhappy with current events. Many of them share a lot with Camille Paglia's criticism of Obama's STAFF:
Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons -- his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship.

Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama's first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to butt some heads!)
She still supports Obama:
President Obama -- in whom I still have great hope and confidence -- has been ill-served by his advisors and staff. Yes, they have all been blindsided and overwhelmed by the crushing demands of the presidency.
This is a remarkably odd take.
  • How does Camille think the president got his staff? Didn't he pick these smirky smart alecks?
  • Is Michelle, the person whose only substantive experience was the $300,000 hospital job that was so important it isn't being filled, really the person who would know how to pick the right advisors?
  • Can any president-elect truly be "blindsided" by "the crushing demands of the presidency?" If his advisors are, doesn't that indicate that he picked a slate of advisors who exemplify the Dunning effect?
  • Isn't Camille calling Hillary a provincial rube as well as a slow, pompous Clinton? We know that Hillary's Russian-language skills aren't that hot, but isn't this a low blow?
As for why Camille's complaining, IMAO presents a brief, amusing and largely accurate summary of the doings of the Kool Kidz. Yes, this looks foolish and embarrassing unless you are a Kool Kid. But for myself, I would have thought the intellectual branch of Obama supporters would have begun slinking away into their shame-filled shadows when Obama was quoted as complaining that "Everyone's an economist" right after the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis determining that the stimulus bill would reduce GDP within ten years. They are indisputably economists.

There is no more appropriate metaphor for the way the Obama administration has mishandled affairs than the fact that our Secretary of State went over to Russia, a state in crisis, with a cute little gesture like a reset button that said "Overcharge". Not only is this kid stuff, it's just plain wrong.

For something that is emphatically not kid stuff, see James Galbraith's testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on February 26, 2009. I heartily agree with many of the points he makes here.

I have cited and discussed economic analysis from the Levy Institute before, and Galbraith also did so in his testimony. The bottom line is that the US economic difficulties are rooted in fundamentals rather than ephemerals, as explained in the Levy Institute's December 08 Strategic Analysis:
As early as 2004, in a Strategic Analysis subtitled Why Net Exports Must Now Be the Motor for U.S. Growth,2 we argued that continued growth in net lending to the private sector was an impossibility, and that at some stage there would have to be a collapse both in lending and in private expenditure relative to income. We also argued that it would not be possible to save the situation by applying another fiscal stimulus (as in 2001) because that would increase the budget deficit to about 8 percent of GDP, implying that the public debt would then be hurtling toward 100 percent of GDP, with more to come. These processes were allowed to continue nonetheless, and we perforce had to bring the short-term prospect into sharper focus. As the turnaround in net lending eventually became manifest, we predicted in our November 2007 analysis3—without being too precise about the timing— that there would be a recession in 2008.
As illustrated in the extreme right-hand section of Figure 1, the implication of these assumptions, taken together, is that GDP will fall about 12 percent below trend between now and 2010, while unemployment will rise to about 10 percent.
That is the depression-like event I have been writing about. For what it's worth, I use a drastically different methodology than these economists, yet I come up with very similar results.

The only ways out are dollar devaluation (which will happen automatically soon enough), a sharp rise in domestic output for baseline consumption (food, energy), destruction of the private debt overload, and recovery of domestic incomes, because what has changed in the international economic outlook is the ability of the world to hike consumption of US-produced goods. Thus, we cannot hope to adjust our output gap as elucidated by LI through significant growth in US exports. We can only adjust that gap through enhanced production for our own consumption.

The problem with the Obama administration's plans as they now stand is that the energy tax will not reduce petroleum imports significantly. Instead, it will continue to move production offshore, thus making the output gap worse. This in turn will lower US incomes and raise baseline inflation, which will also lower US incomes. That will give unemployment another kick up.

The only way out is to open up domestic and near offshore drilling, build nuclear power plants, and develop the shale oils, which are economically competitive at current price levels with some very small guarantees.

Next up, insurance, which will bring me back to address Carl's arguments about the need for Glass-Steagall.


10,099 posted on 03/17/2009 4:18:55 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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ANOTHER QUESTIONABLE POLICY MOVE: Involving ACORN in the Census. What could go wrong?

Census + left-wing partners = More OBAMACORN!

March 17, 2009 07:07 PM by Michelle Malkin

Fox News reports that ACORN will be one of a plethora of left-wing groups “helping out” with the Census.

But of course.45 Comments | 5 Trackbacks

"I am sure they will fill out census forms like they fill out voter applications."
"Either tear up your census or double/triple the number of people in your household. They’re going to statistically modify the results anyway so what does it matter if its an actual count."
"Maybe the answer to this expected fraud is for the rest of us to inflate the number of people in our homes. Tell the census you have 9 kids. Tell them your grandparents live with you. Just massively inflate the number of people that so the REST of us are overcounted. It might at least counter the fraud the ACORN will attempt."
"I’m betting that La Raza will be involved too. No word yet whether Aryan Nation will be involved. They wouldn’t want to go overboard with these racist groups."
I GUESS IT’S TOO BAD NOBODY READ IT BEFORE IT PASSED, THEN: The Stimulus Bill Explicitly Guarantees Contractual Bonuses Executed Before February 11. Yeah, I know, I already mentioned this. But it’s a point worth making again — they rushed this stinker through, and now it’s biting them on the ass. Good.
NATIONAL DEBT HITS RECORD $11 TRILLION. The upside — that won’t seem like a lot in a couple of years, when it’ll take one of these to buy a gallon of gas!

MO'bama to appear on Leno - will he bring a teleprompter? Is it just me, or are the MSM headlines getting a bit less respectful?

UPDATE: “The President’s watching. Let’s make him cringe and squirm.”

Y2Kyoto: Reality Is Stubborn

"We don't need no stinkin' giant fans..."

Royal Dutch Shell provoked a furious backlash from campaigners yesterday when it announced plans to scale back its renewable energy business and focus purely on oil, gas and biofuels.

Jeroen van der Veer, the chief executive, said that Shell, the world's second-largest non-state-controlled oil company, was planning to drop all new investment in wind, solar and hydrogen energy.

“I don't expect them to grow much at Shell from here, due to portfolio fit and the returns outlook compared to other opportunities,” he said, speaking at the Anglo-Dutch group's annual strategy briefing.

He said that instead Shell would focus its remaining renewable energy investments on biofuels, where it is conducting research into “second generation” fuels, so far with little commercial success.

Linda Cook, who heads Shell's gas and power business, said that wind and solar power “struggle to compete with the other investment opportunities we have in our portfolio”.

Green groups are furious! Furious! How dare Shell place economic viability ahead of the future promise of complete and utter pointlessness? Related - Sales slump for gas-electric hybrids and other unicorns.

More at Legal Insurrection.

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From the Pub: “Congresscritters and AIG” [UPDATED]

It would seem that in addition to now railing against outrageous bonuses guaranteed in a package he supposedly put together (or at least reviewed), our esteemed President was the past recipient of a rather tidy sum from AIG.

But no worries. He’s on the case now, Obama is, having recovered his mojo. Or at least, that’s what the JournoList wants us to think.

Just as Barney Frank is going to fix Fannie and Freddy — even though this is the same guy who assured us it wasn’t broken, and was among those insisting that it’s critics were really just secret racists out to keep a brother down.

Evidently, the irony hasn’t yet gotten thick enough yet to choke the air out of these lying pricks. But there’ always tomorrow, yes?


update: Maybe Leno can work in a few questions about this, y’think?

10,100 posted on 03/18/2009 12:44:25 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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