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  • Bureaucracy gone wild: the US Senate edition

    07/25/2010 11:40:12 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 25th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    At the beginning there was the desk. Actually 48 desks that New York cabinet maker Thomas Constantine made for the Senate Chamber at newly reconstructed Capitol building in 1819. The US Senators actually did their work on that desk. They were all together in the Senate Chamber...In 100 years the space for books was doubled and ventilation was added to the work space. The things really got out of control at the beginning of the twentieth century. The tiny red mahogany desks were the Senate primary working space until the first Senate office building opened in 1909. 1941...
  • Obama admits the unemployment situation in America is horrific

    07/19/2010 9:36:06 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 35 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | July 19th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Obama described the horror of unemployment in remarks on unemployment benefits: " We need to pass it for men like Jim Chukalas, who’s with me today, and who worked as a parts manager at a Honda dealership until about two years ago. Jim has posted resumes everywhere, and even gone door-to-door looking for jobs, but hasn’t gotten a single interview. He’s trying to be strong for his two young kids, but now that he’s exhausted his unemployment benefits, that’s getting harder to do...We need to pass it for all the Americans who haven’t been able to find work...
  • Obama bows to Stalin and The Great Patriotic War

    06/25/2010 6:38:17 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 22 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 25th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    It is amazing to see how happy and glowing Barack Obama is every time he has talks with Russia. It is nauseating! America just got over the fact that he took his daughters on a trip of all places to Moscow the first time he step foot there. What kind of American father-in-chief takes his kids on vacation to Russia? What do you tell the kids: Here is Kremlin; some of the worst dictators and mass-murderers in the history of the world walked in these hallways? Did Obama explain this to his kids? They looked pretty happy running in...
  • When bureaucrats give advice on fatherhood… and cupcakes

    06/24/2010 6:48:35 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 4 replies
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The new US government is full with helpful tips: Take Time to Be a Dad Today Tips Bake a cake, cupcakes, or cookies with your children. Following directions and measuring ingredients help improve children’s reading and math skills. What a sweet way for children to learn while spending time with you. Let’s see how this would work: OK, honey, go relax; I am planning to have some Dad-time with the boys. We’ll bake some cup-cakes. What is that thing in the jar? Which one is the sugar? It doesn’t say ‘sugar’ on it! Don’t worry, I got that. We...
  • Operation Desert Foxes: the Arabs are counting the hours before the clash with the USA

    06/22/2010 6:25:27 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 21st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    ‘48 hours before the match Algeria – Unites States’ is the title of the Algerian newspaper La Tribune yesterday morning capturing the mood before the final game in group C of the World Cup soccer between the Desert Foxes and the Sons of Sam on Wednesday, June 23, 10 am ET. According to the paper: The two teams have no room for calculations: only a win will lead to the next round. This situation clearly gives advantage to the Americans who are very focused on the offensive. This is clearly not typical for the Algerian eleven who under the...
  • In defense of Alvin Greene

    06/17/2010 8:12:58 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 271+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 17th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    If we are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, we are not free at all. So back off the Greene guy, you Democrats. The man won fair and square the primary in South Carolina. America is a free country. All kinds of people were able to govern through the history. The requirements to be a US Senator are for the person to be mostly human and of certain age – Alvin the Man is totally within the frame. The law does not prohibit us the “small” and “stupid” people to run for office. Even the requirements are not carved...
  • Barbara Boxer: these breasts are not natural

    06/14/2010 9:07:20 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 23 replies · 1,210+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 14th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer is on a quest against misleading labeling. I am not talking about her Republican rival in the California election Carly Fiorina labeling Boxer’s hair “Sooo yesterday” . I am talking about labeling the breasts and other chicken parts by the manufacturers as “Natural”. The truth for the consumers is that those breasts and thighs in the grocery meat fridge might not be all bird. They are plumped! Pumped up! Procedures include injecting the breasts with up to 15 percent water, salt and elements of seaweed. It is all legal and the processors insist that it...
  • Robert Gates: John Wayne – one of my favorite philosophers

    06/13/2010 2:34:14 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 378+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 13th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    T’is the season when bunches of young people here and there sit in fancy graduation robes and hats and listen to the advice some important person is giving them in a commencement address... he Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke at the Kaiserslautern High School in Germany, a school composed mostly of children of US service members and Foreign Service officers. It is a fascinating speech and I recommend to President Obama to spare a minute to read it. The overwhelming theme of the Obama reign has been the ‘Open Gov: Transparency, Participation, Collaboration’. There is a reason why this...
  • USA 1 England 1, Joe Biden distracts the team

    06/12/2010 1:27:46 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 538+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 12th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    4 min Gerrard (ENG) 40 min Dempsey (USA) The USA and England did not hold back and took every opportunity to go after the prey. The Sons of Sam gave their best while dancing with the lions. There was shirt pulling, ribs crashing, lips bleeding and mostly ball kicking. The match was a good excuse to have a beer and perfect way to release some anger over being oiled by British Petroleum. Team USA was armed only with soccer skills, shin guards and cups and President Obama did not drone anybody in the aftermath. At least the Americans were...
  • How Money and Media could help

    06/12/2010 6:47:25 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 3 replies · 85+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 12th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Waiting for BP to stop the oil leak and for somebody to score a goal at the soccer World Cup is very unsatisfying experience. How about trying some problem-solving the American way? Money is one of the best incentives proven to move dead souls in the right direction. It will be easier with the soccer... Put a golden brick inside the net and if you hit it – it is yours. Even the goalies will be in attacking. There will be also more fist fights on the field. After all, the most memorable moment of the last World Cup was...
  • YouCut proposals for the week

    06/10/2010 10:19:50 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies · 45+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 10th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The Republican Whip in the House Eric Cantor posted the proposals for spending cuts for the week on his YouCut web page. The public is encouraged to vote and the winning idea will be voted on the floor - for real. - Sell Excess Federal Property Potential savings of up to $15 billion- Terminate Duplicative Federal Bicycle and Walking Program Saves $183 million a year or $1.8 billion over ten years- Terminate New Federal Truck Parking Facilities Program Saves $6.25 million a year- Terminate Security Funding for Private Bus Companies Saves $12 million a year ($120 million over ten...
  • Obama and Hayward: whose response is it anyway?

    06/08/2010 10:16:43 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 8 replies · 43+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 8th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    BP CEO Tony Hayward and President Obama don’t talk to each other which is strange on many levels. However it looks like their speech writers collaborate because both leaders in the Gulf spill disaster sound like they spend hours together making their story straight. Let’s compare the messages coming from BP and the White house: We’ve helped organize the largest environmental response in this country’s history. More than 2 million feet of boom, 30 planes, and over 1,300 boats are working to protect the shoreline. Where oil reaches the shore, thousands of people are ready to clean it up. -...
  • World Cup? Soccer? Women or Men?

    06/04/2010 10:58:12 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 20 replies · 380+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 4th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The world will be football soon… I mean the World Cup... The rest of the world knows what I mean, but this is not the case in the USA where 1-out-of-3 Americans don’t even know what sport will be played in the World Cup in South Africa next week. A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 66% of adults in the USA correctly identify soccer as the sport played in the World Cup competition. 3% guess it is about baseball and 1% each vote for tennis, hockey or golf. 28% admit honestly that they are not sure what sport will...
  • BP oil spill commission: the oldest Washington stunt in the book

    06/02/2010 7:58:27 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies · 231+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 2nd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Barack Obama promised us leadership not commissions when he was running for President: Just today, Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book – you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem. But here’s the thing – this isn’t 9/11. We know how we got into this mess. What we need now is leadership that gets us out. I’ll provide it, John McCain won’t, and that’s the choice for the American people in this election. America took him for his word. Instead the President keeps pulling commission after commission out of his sleeves.The...
  • How to steal everybody’s money in seven steps

    06/01/2010 7:12:52 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 9 replies · 618+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | June 1st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The United Kingdom is drowning in debt. A radical plan how to get rid of the problem is proposed by the Cobdence Center. If you find a flaw in the plan you will get £1,000 reward. It is not the latest spam coming to your e-mail from the UK. It is a real plan that is endorsed by economists and politicians like the member of the British Parliament Steven Baker. In just seven steps £850 billion magically appear in the system and allow the Great Britain to pay off the debt.. The plan starts with the government printing approx £850...
  • The Junk Shot turns into Top Kill: what took so long?

    05/27/2010 8:48:33 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 23 replies · 796+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 27th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    May 10, Associated Press reports: A junk shot would be followed by cement to seal the leak and the technique is something company officials said they might try next week. The junk shot was not tried the next week, but 16 days later under the name of Top Kill. Right after President Obama allegedly screamed: “Plug the damn hole”. The Coast Guard approved the Junk Shot called Top Kill operation. The question folks will be asking while soaking in oil trying to rescue the US Gulf Coast is: What took you so long? Let’s take a look at the time...
  • “Plug the damn hole” jokes

    05/26/2010 2:59:22 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 15 replies · 594+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 26th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    ‘Plug that damn hole’ is not an advertising for the new iTampons but an alleged quote by President Obama commenting on the BP oil spill. However, the right wing bloggers are probably taking the phrase out of context. May be the President was reading the title of the porn video that the federal oil regulators were watching while vacationing on the dime of the companies that they were supposed to be regulating. May be he was referring to the doughnut hole that the oppressive imperialistic capitalists created so they can make you pay for air. May be he was giving...
  • Obama’s Top Officials Response Team on the BP oil spill is lacking credibility

    05/26/2010 9:13:19 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 14 replies · 491+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 26th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Thousands of good people are working all across the Gulf of Mexico to fight the ecological disaster caused by the BP oil spill. Unfortunately we rarely see those everyday heroes. Instead we watch the waffling of the Obama administration top officials respond team... Lisa Jackson –the Administrator of EPA is one of the most hated officials in America. She showed total disrespect for the people of this country. When the public outrage was building during ClimateGate and the cap-and-trade bill was not able to go through the US Senate Lisa Jackson issued an executive order declaring the carbon dioxide...
  • Giant Ocean Monster caught on the BP oil spill camera

    05/24/2010 5:25:04 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 22 replies · 2,084+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    We continue to hold BP responsible as the responsible party. But we are on them, watching them! This is how Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described the federal involvement in cleaning the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico today. No kidding! The Obama administration is doing exactly this: watching BP from the sidelines. In fact we are all watching. There is a camera next to the crack in the pipe and we all are watching live deadly oil gushing into the ocean. As a teen I used to look for the Loch Ness monster on the live...
  • Weiner Facts about the BP oil spill

    05/24/2010 8:16:05 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies · 387+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 24th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Congressman Antony Weiner has a beef with Glenn Beck and his radio and TV sponsor Goldline... To explain it to Weiner: it is the same like politician’s campaign contributions. If BP gives millions in campaign cash to ‘Barack Obama for America’ so he can become US President it does not mean that Obama is working for them even if they profit from his world view and executive decisions. Even if the President chooses to help BP by not closing their leaking oil well forever we are not allowed to say that he did it because he took campaign money from...
  • Waiting for bailouts and… Godot

    05/20/2010 8:59:42 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 117+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 20th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! It is not a Barack Obama quote – it is a classic in the Theater of the Absurd. It is part of the conversation of the two losers Waiting for Godot in the Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece. The US spent trillions of dollars...
  • The Establishment Snake is Shedding its Skin… S-s-s-s-s…

    05/19/2010 7:42:12 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies · 291+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 19th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    They call it anti-incumbent wave. Make no mistake: the Establishment (both Republican and Democratic) is celebrating. It is like a snake shedding its old skin, because the monster needs more space. It is the same old snake only it looks new. All you need is ton of sleaze to slide out of the old suffocating casing. And the politicians are always well lubricated during election time. Joe Sestak beat the old and confused man Specter with the slogan “Washington is broken”. WTF! Sestak is a Congressman since 2007. He served as Director for Defense Policy on the National Security...
  • Apologizing to China

    05/18/2010 9:41:08 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 11 replies · 296+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 18th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    America was surprised again when the US Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner apologized to China for the Arizona immigration Law. There is no surprise here. The guy belongs to the same government crowd that believes that: Requiring people to follow the law may be oppressive, unless it is the tax-law. Working for Wal-Mart is oppressive, but sweeping the streets for workfare is social justice. Wall Street is oppressive despite the fact that people voluntary invest there, but government taking away your money with taxes is social justice. Paying for college education is oppressive, but paying taxes for somebody’s college...
  • Pierre Calame , the Solidarity Oeconomy and the Global Value Chain

    05/18/2010 7:44:04 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 67+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 18th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Territories: places where people live and work – don’t really know how to function according to Pierre Calame: a high profile player in the Gorbachev/Strong Earth Charters Commission. I have no control over how long these videos will be available; the folks pushing the Solidarity Oeconomy will probably delete them soon. To sum up the content: the current model of the “dominant economy” will be replaced with a new model of “solidarity economy”. According to Calame the multinational corporations and the governments will no longer be the pivotal players in the economy. Instead the territories will interact with the Global...
  • Environmentalist’s toolkit: target religion, public health and children

    05/17/2010 7:22:27 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 75+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 17th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    KNOWING THE TARGET AUDIENCE It is always easier to convince people to act upon something they already believe than to convince them to act on something they do not yet believe… Environmental concerns may not be important to the advocate’s audience, in which case the advocate must determine what is important to this audience and frame the message to tap into it. For example, an advocate may wish to frame the message around such issues as religion (stewardship), public health, people’s livelihoods, children, or cultural and historical preservation. The tip comes from a toolkit distributed by ISAR: Resources for Environmental...
  • Turkey: We can beat them at their own game

    05/14/2010 11:45:55 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies · 227+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 14th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Turkey is joining the Eurovision 2010 contest with an interesting song. That is mildly said. I find it creepy, but I live in America so I am not voting in the Euro contest. “We could be the same” is the title. The official Eurovision website suggests: About the lyrics, the band has stated that they expected the listeners to find out what the song means. However, they revealed that the message of the song is the quest for a peaceful world where people live with love and faith. So let’s find out! Here is a snippet from the lyrics:...
  • Will the loony left boycott New York and Massachusetts?

    05/14/2010 7:31:18 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies · 242+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 14th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Authorities are arresting men on administrative immigration charges for overstaying their visas. No, not in Arizona: in NYC and Boston. Following the money trail in the case of Faisal Shahzad the federal authorities are raiding homes and detaining Pakistani immigrants involved in money transactions with the Times Square bomber. Only they arrest them on immigration charges because the men were in the US illegally. It is perfectly fine. It is the same federal law that Arizona is trying to enforce. If somebody is in lawful mish-mash with the authorities, the latter should be allowed to ask for the immigration...
  • Cameron and Clegg: nauseating new Progressive partnership – a win for the EU and the Cap-and-Trade

    05/12/2010 7:47:06 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 3 replies · 203+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 12th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    There is something rotten in the state of Britain when a conservative Prime Minister gets elected with the help of Mao loving Anita Dunn. David Cameron got her for campaigning help in February which ironically coincided with his ratings going down. The true-conservatives in Britain refused to vote for the progressive Cameron carrying Alinsky in his pocket and the Tory were not able to get majority in a year when all the stars were aligned for them. Instead of Conservative change the UK got a perverse union of a Climate Change/Big Society Cameron and the Pro-EU/Pro-Euro/Pro-Amnesty Clegg. In a...
  • Derivatives – the new dimension of the reality

    05/11/2010 8:24:09 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 2 replies · 184+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 11th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    From Greece to Britain and the USA – trillions in bailouts disappear into the black holes of the overspending government bureaucracies and irresponsible corporations. It is amazing that the stock markets are still functioning. May be it is because the Wall Street stopped reflecting the reality long time ago. Instead the market invented the new dimension of reality – the derivatives of all kind. Wall Street is trading crap – the derivative markets are like trading shares for vacations on asteroids, because Obama said he has a plan to go there, when the economy recovers and he gets revenues from...
  • Saving Greece… by saving the USA first!

    05/10/2010 10:57:05 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 1 replies · 125+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 10th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    We love Greece, but the country’s problems are EU problems and the USA tax-payer should not be on the hook bailing out Greece.... In the USA we have a gigantic debt problem of our own. If we have extra cash we should be reducing our own deficits, not pouring money into Greece though IMF. The best way to help our Hellenic friends is to get the US economy going full force so the most adventurous of us can go on vacation to Greece. If we recover the US economy we are going to consume more products of Greece – like...
  • Top 10: the Dumb and Dumbest events during the Obama administration

    05/08/2010 10:00:56 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 15 replies · 640+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 8th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    It is hard to figure out which is the dumbest one so I will leave the particular order to you. Here is what the mighty Obama administration had to endure so far: - Closing Gitmo without closing it; - Shahzad making a dry run on Times Square practicing bomb planting; - AbdulMutalab lighting a bomb in his underwear on a plane despite the fact that his father spelled his name to the officials weeks before; - Nidal Hasan attending few of the Presidential Transition Task Force of the Homeland Security Policy Institute meetings and making Power Point presentation of...
  • UKIP got million votes and zero seats in Britain: lessons for the Republicans and the Tea Party

    05/07/2010 7:15:56 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 15 replies · 423+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 7th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The UK Independence Party came forth in the overall vote in the 2010 British elections with over 900 000 people putting their trust in the party running on the platform of getting out of the European Union. The British National Party came fifth with over half a million votes. Both UKIP and BNP received zero seats in the British parliament – 0, nada, zilch, none… The hate for the EU is spread all through the Kingdom, but is not concentrated in any particular place so the party can gain a seat in the parliament.... The Out of EU, fiscal...
  • Conservatives kicked some liberal butt in Britain… but not enough

    05/06/2010 8:09:33 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 10 replies · 579+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 6th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The Tory victory in the UK (although without glamorous fireworks at the end) was expected. The conservative wave that started in Germany hit Britain and is now on its way to America. The only surprised faces over the results were those of the Liberal Democrats. They thought that Barbie face Nick Clegg Obama-like rhetoric will carry them long way. The liberal media in the Great Kingdom drooled out so much saliva over St. Nick that Bernie Goldberg may collect enough for a Slobbering Love Affair – British edition... The Tories however did not get the majority. Two things sunk...
  • Press Secretary Gibbs tweets for advice on saddle

    05/06/2010 10:04:15 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies · 230+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 6th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would have been a lot of fun if he was a PR person for Cycling News or Backpacker Magazine. Did you know Gibbs has a new bike? If you follow the Press Secretary on Twitter in hope that some important news may stream from there you probably saw this: Gibbs tweet: Got a sweet new Trek bike yesterday and am about to head off on the maiden voyage – beautiful day in DC… Many folks are happy for Gibbs. Even those who just bought used bike for their kids from Craigslist are...
  • Los Suns: retrospection on the NBA basketball and immigration

    05/05/2010 8:22:56 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 32 replies · 593+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 5th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The NBA basketball used to be the best in the world. It was like Magic. Like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. It was like a dream. Like a Dream Team with Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley, Earvin “Magic” Johnson... It used to be the basketball that was bringing people all over the world in the hall and in front of the TV. The Phoenix Los Suns (formerly known as The Suns) general manager Steve Kerr remembers that time. I remember I was rooting for him and...
  • Obama has Faisal Shahzad but still does not have High Value Detainee Interrogation Group

    05/04/2010 7:40:49 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 14 replies · 289+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 4th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The terrorist is in custody. So what do we do next? Like with the Christmas bomber America got lucky that the device did not work and we are not counting bodies in NYC today. The underwear bomber had his Miranda rights (courtesy of the Attorney General Eric Holder who made the decision) after one hour of chit-chat with the authorities and immediately stopped talking. We learned that the USA has lived for one year without High Value Detainee Interrogation Unit. On his first day in office President Obama took away the interrogation authority from the CIA and gave the power...
  • Kindergarten Wisdom

    05/03/2010 7:07:11 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies · 406+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 3rd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    My five-year-old brought these picture from school today. I’ve seen many like this through the years but for the first time there is a community organizer in the mix with the community helpers. Right there: between the veterinarian taking care of a dog and the trash man picking up a banana peel. Asked to explain how the President helps the community the boy said: “He tells them what to do. Like this (spreading hands): Listen!” He is a smart boy. He told me there is global warming and all the people will turn into chicken nuggets.
  • Obama and Bush: Back to Back – Part 3

    05/02/2010 9:21:39 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 2 replies · 322+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 2nd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    After ten days of peaceful negotiations with BP and occasional threat of serious sanctions, President Obama is left with two options: nuke the oil spot or deem it a right-wing conspiracy. Let’s compare the photos of the Obama and the Bush White House web sites in the first couple of weeks after environmental disaster in Louisiana.
  • NYC is bracing for nuclear Ahmadinejad while Obama is cleaning the oil mess

    05/02/2010 7:12:42 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies · 345+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 2nd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Left wing hysteria over oil drilling is exactly what the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad needs during his visit to UN next week. His talking points include convincing the world that the Iranian nuclear program is green and for peaceful purposes. It is easy to guess that the Iranian dictator will point to the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and accuse the West in wishing ecological disaster to his country instead of clean nuclear energy. Nobody in the room will believe the whole circus. However, it is hard to ask Iran to stick with “drill, baby, drill”...
  • Arizona immigration law will be arbitrated in court, so shut up!

    05/01/2010 6:15:05 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 7 replies · 306+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | May 1st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    President Calderon doesn’t like the new Arizona law. Let me remind him that the USA is not Mexico. Drug cartels are not deciding the court cases and are not running the country. The drug kings are not calling the judges: Ola, take care of the matter. The US legal system will weigh on the legislature fairly and President Calderon should patiently mind his own business while the procedures in the courts take place. May be Calderon thinks he doesn’t have enough problems in his own country so he decided that fixing ours is a Mexican priority. We don’t think...
  • Katrina Jokes – Revisited after the BP oil spill

    04/30/2010 2:56:14 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 20 replies · 2,514+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 30th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The late night jokes about President Bush are part of the history of the nation that was seeking comfort and somebody to blame after Katrina. Let’s take a trip back in time and check if the same jokes can give us comic relief today when Louisiana is facing new environmental disaster. "Finally today convoys of troops and aid started to arrive along the Gulf Coast. Five days after the hurricane hit. Kind of makes you miss the innocent days when Bush only sat on his ass for seven minutes. It only took him four days to make a plan,...
  • Erratic Behavior of the White House may turn the oil disaster into Obama’s Katrina

    04/29/2010 5:26:32 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 17 replies · 805+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 29th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The WH seems to be busy with mostly political campaigning these days. The messages concerning the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico seemed to instill confidence that things are under control. We were led to believe that the oil spill was mostly a problem of the British Petroleum. Really? If a spot can be seen from the space it is likely the spot is important enough for the National Security to be paying significant attention. The erratic info coming from the WH made people confused – as the time progressed we learned the oil spot is five times...
  • Checkbook Tax is bad? The Progressive Consumption Tax (PCT) is even worse for your bank account

    04/29/2010 7:12:25 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 27 replies · 993+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 29th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Checkbook tax is bad, but you’ve heard nothing about the future of your checking account if you haven’t heard about the Progressive Consumption Tax that the Obama Debt Commission is considering.... The PCT is supposed to replace the income tax, but not to be confused with the Fair Tax (which is a sales tax). Here is how PCT works: At tax time you state your income. Then you subtract the amount that you have saved and pay tax on the difference (the consumption). So if you spend all your income – you pay tax on all your income. The more...
  • The suburban voters: portrait of the demographic in crisis

    04/28/2010 9:10:32 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 8 replies · 356+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 28th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The American Suburbia is identified as the main battleground for the 2010 elections. The GOP strategists feel they have a chance to steal the heart of the folks living in metropolitan areas but outside central cities. There are few factors that make the recession hit the suburban voters pretty hard. The census migration analysis shows that the suburban residents are less likely to move comparing to the central city crowd that is generally younger and with lower home ownership rates. So in time of recession when the mobility is often the key to finding a job the suburban voters...
  • Did Obama join the Spending Challenge?

    04/27/2010 9:06:16 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 2 replies · 122+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 27th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The Committee for Responsible Federal Budget team claimed today that President Obama joined the Spending Challenge with the following comment: My first priority is to figure out how can we reduce wasteful spending so that, you know, we have a baseline of the core services that we need and the government should provide, and then we decide how do we pay for that. Let me pop the balloon for the CRFB. The only wasteful spending that Obama cut so far were 100 million dollars in pencils and paperclips savings. I am all for cutting goodies for bureaucrats, however this crusade...
  • Ed Rendell: the Tea Party can get just a thousand people in Washington

    04/26/2010 9:38:10 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 41 replies · 949+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 26th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    “If I can call a rally for stronger laws for puppies I will draw 100 000 people to Washington just like that” Snap! That was the Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell this morning on FOX accusing the tea party of being not able to draw a crowd bigger than a thousand people in Washington DC. Besides the fact that his numbers on tea party attendance are wrong it is amazing to witness Rendell who is usually appealing to the folks of all political backgrounds turn into fierce campaign against a grassroots movement to which about 60% of the Americans sympathize. Seems...
  • Elmo is turning into Robert Gibbs

    04/25/2010 2:22:29 PM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 25th, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    Yes, these are the Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Elmo, Rosita and cousin Jesse at a joint event at the Pentagon. Sesame Street had a great initiative producing materials in support for the veteran’s families with young children coping with the death of a parent. The creative team addressed the issue tastefully and hopefully the children who need support in very difficult times will feel that people around understand them – even Elmo and his friends do. Let me make it clear: I like...
  • You Lie! – British Edition

    04/23/2010 11:57:17 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 6 replies · 192+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 23rd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The Brits had their Joe Wilson moment in the second TV debate before the elections when the Conservative leader David Cameron accused the PM Gordon Brown in weasely tactics: Those leaflets you've been getting from Labour, those letters you've been getting from Labour, are pure and simple lies. Apparently the liberals across the pond are using the same fear mongering propaganda as their American progressive friends: trying to scare the folks that the Conservatives will take away their beloved social perks. This (unfortunately for the UK and the USA) is not true. No leader has emerged yet that is...
  • National Achieves should preserve the Obama Birth Certificate

    04/22/2010 7:27:44 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 40 replies · 912+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 22nd, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The authorities in Hawaii should take extra measures consulting with the national archives to make sure Barack Obama’s birth certificate is preserved in perfect condition for the future generations to see. The Obama’s BC is one of the most expensive pieces of paper in the world today. The value of the document that everybody wants to see is growing every day. The President and his campaign spent millions of dollars for lawyers to prevent the public from laying their eyes on it. Mona Lisa is fading with jealousy over the price tag of the Obama birth certificate. Legislatures all over...
  • Obama is winning the wrong battle… again

    04/21/2010 7:20:24 AM PDT · by Big Bureaucracy · 13 replies · 356+ views
    Big Bureaucracy ^ | April 21st, 2010 | Ellie Velinska
    The unemployed American who is filing his/her 867th on-line job resume is told these days that President Obama is winning on Financial Reform. The mother that is trying to find an answer for her son’s question (Where does Daddy work?) is made to believe that Obama is waging a war against his friends and main contributors on Wall-Street. The teenager who went to a Job Fair just to be told by smiling Human Resources reps to apply for the job on-line is lead to believe the bad guys who caused the unemployment are being punished. In fact President Obama left...