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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Morning Quotes

"The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind." -- environmentalist Nigel Calder, at the first Earth Day celebration, 1969.

"If Democrats oppose drilling today because it will take 10 years for our new oil to hit the market, doesn’t that mean their opposition to drilling 10 years ago was a mistake?" -- Michael Graham

"The poor have been voting democrat for 50 years and they’re still poor” -- Charles Barkley

"If the account of him being caught in a hotel rendezvous with Rielle Hunter was false, Edwards wouldn’t be changing the subject, he’d be suing." -- John Tabin

"Right-thinking people are not supposed to discuss any meteorological or geophysical event -- a hurricane, a wildfire, a heat wave, a drought, a flood, a blizzard, a tornado, a lightning strike, an unfamiliar breeze, a strange tingling on the neck -- without immediately invoking the climate crisis. It causes earthquakes, plagues and backyard gardening disappointments. Weird fungus on your tomato plants? Classic sign of global warming." -- Joel Achenbach

"You must understand printing lies about Republican candidates is OK. It’s called “vetting.” Printing the truth about liberals - that’s called 'swift-boating'." -- Howie Carr

"Think about it. In 24 hours, we’ve learned more unflattering details about a guy who asked Obama a question and walked away unpersuaded than almost any of his campaign staff or associates." -- Jim Geraghty

"Most people who read 'The Communist Manifesto' probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of 'the workers'." -- Thomas Sowell

"Socialism is an attack on the right to breathe freely. No socialist system can be established without a political police." -- Winston Churchill

"By my reckoning, I only need about 200 more takeout coffee cups to complete my bitterly ironic mosaic of Al Gore." -- Merlin Mann

…at least the Bush staffers will leave the “O” on the keyboards of the computers.

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money." -- Margaret Thatcher

"Easy money, sudden fortunes, increasingly powerful political machines and blatant corruption transformed much of the nation; and the Senate, as befits a democratic legislative body, accurately represented the nation." -- J.F. Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"

"America wasn't founded so that we could all be better. America was founded so we could all be anything we damn well please." -- P.J. O'Rourke

The goal seems to be "rested and ready"

My spin is a bit less harsh than the Brits who state that BHO is golfing while Gaza burns.

He's not the President yet. He's got a few more weeks before the buck stops with him...unless its a problem "above his pay grade."

Monday, December 29, 2008

About the blog roll...

I'll be glad when blogrolling.com is back up and running. My blog roll really needs pruning.

When did the Bitch Girls blog become a food blog?

Monday's Book Pick

Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko

The autobiography of the founder of SEAL Team Six, the Navy's anti-terrorist unit.
Written in prison to pay off his legal fees. Considering one of his jobs in the Navy was to piss off Admirals, hardly surprising.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

An American Carol is coming out on DVD

I saw An American Carol in the theater (along with WTTK's Michael Graham), a very funny movie.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Cleaning up the audio

Darleen at Protein Wisdom points out the careful editing done to protect Princess Caroline.

Here is the actual transcript of Princess Caroline's statement:

“And so, I, I’m an unconventional choice, I, er, understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that, um, in our public life today, we, you know, are starting to see there are many ways into, to, public life and public service and it’s, uh, not as, um, all our institutions are … less, um, hierarchal then they used to be, and so, you know, I think that, you know, I bring, you know, my life experience to this and, you know, that includes, you know, um, being a mother, um I understand sort of those choices that women make that includes, uh, being a lawyer …”

Here is what the AP compressed that down to:
“I am an unconventional choice. I understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that in our public life today, we’re starting to see there are many ways into public life and public service,”


Darleen points out:
In the 2 minute 16 second snippet of the grilled-cheese sandwich interview AP released, I counted 26 “you knows”.
...
However, the AP article gives long, coherent quotes to Caroline that are not supported by the audio segment. And certainly AP and others never “cleaned up” any of Governor Palin’s off-the-cuff remarks.


I agree with Darleen, before expecting to be anointed to the US Senate, Princess Caroline should try running for some elected office first. Such as her local PTA board, and actually show up to the meetings.

Infrastrucure we should be building.

Our Dear Leader should listen to Dr. Pournelle on what kind of infrastructure the United States of America should be building.

I have to say it again: cheap energy will cause a boom. The only cheap energy I know of is nuclear. Three Hundred Billion bucks in nuclear power will do wonders for the economy. We build 100 1000 MegaWatt nuclear power plants — they will cost no more than 2 billion each and my guess is that the average cost will be closer to 1 billion each (that is the first one costs about 20 billion and the 100th costs about 800 million). The rest of the money goes to prizes and X projects to convert electricity into mobility.

Of course we won’t do that.

Just think of all the plug in hybrid cars that could be on the road with all that cheap, carbon free, clean electricity.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The top selling office product at Amazon...

The 2009 Sarah Palin Calendar. Her popularity with everyone to the right of Ted "Don't let him drive your daughter home" Kennedy is a mystery to the far left extremists who can't see past the op-ed page of the failing NY Times.

Governor Sarah Palin is just the most popular governor in the country who has an actual track record of accomplishment. The far left democrats would rather believe their own propaganda than the truth on the matter.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Friday's B-Movie Pick

Excalibur

From 1981, this retelling of the Authurian ledgend isn't afraid to show the dark side of Camelot.

Friday B-Move Pick Archive.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Peace on Earth and all that. Enjoy the day.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Population shift may affect 2012 election

It looks like the 2010 Census will cause a reallocation of Congressional House seats, and a corresponding shift in Electoral College votes.

The big winner is Texas, which is likely to gain three new seats in the House of Representatives. Other states would gain single seats. Those being Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Utah.

The losers are Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. All are on track to loose a single seat.

Except for Iowa, all of the states loosing a seat have majority democrat congressional delegations. In the case of Massachusetts, the entire delegation consists of far left extremist liberal democrats.

The states gaining seats all went Republican in 2000 and 2004.

This trend in population shift is continuing. It is possible for more House seats to shift by the time the 2010 Census is counted.

Update: Welcome Instapundit readers (and thanks for the grammar tip ;->)
Could this be why our Dear Leader wants to bring control of the upcoming 2010 Census directly into the White House and out of the non-partisan control of the Commerce department?

Samizdata.net blog asks a very good question.

Is a White House take over of the census constitutional?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Baby, it's cold out there...

Beijing, China has had its coldest December day in 57 years.

Monday's Book Pick

Old Man's War by John Scalzi.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

VP Cheney tells it like it is.

Balls as big as church bells. One of VP Cheney's strengths. Something lacking in the incoming administration. Except for Hillary Rodham Clinton of course.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace asked VP Cheney if he really told that weasel democrat senator Leahy to "Go fuck yourself."

Ok, Chris Wallace didn't call Leahy a weasel, but the sake of accurate reporting, I inserted the descriptive term.

Vice-President Cheney not only admitted to it, he smiled while doing so.
"I thought he merited it at the time".

Slide over to AoSHQ for some video.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Friday B-Movie Pick

To celebrate Christmas, today's pick is Lethal Weapon. The first in the series from way back in 1987.

The movie does start off with "Jingle Bell Rock"...

The Friday B-Movie Archive

Climate Change

First off, Climate Change is a hard scientific fact. The Earth's climate has change drastically over time and odds are that it still will. Keep in mind that most of that extreme fluctuation has happened before Homo sapiens arrived on the planet and there has been recorded climate change before the Industrial Revolution.

So when "supposedly" smart people like soon to be VP Joe Bieden says that he thinks that climate change is 100% due to the effects of man, you have to wonder about just how long he's been on crack.

With actual real science, if the facts don't fit your theory, you change your theory. With the Cult of Algore "Global Warming" conspiracy types, there is a solid history of changing the facts to fit their so-called "theory".

One of the early and most blatant ones was the "Hockey Stick" graph used in the infamous Al Gore propaganda film. In order to get that "Hockey Stick" graph, which they needed to "prove" their so-called "theory", it was necessary to both edit out relevant data and hack the algorithms to edit out both the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warm Period.

Continuing that policy of editing the facts to fit their so-called "theory", is Seth Borenstein's propaganda piece disguised as a "science" article. Note his very carefully selection of dates. Yup, there was a brief warm period during the Clinton years, but it has been cooling since then. A fact Borenstein is very careful not to note, except for the rather bizzare statement that a global cooling trend "actually illustrates how fast the world is warming." No facts or cites to back that up, just an unsupported "proof by assertion." The article also has the typical watermelon America bashing, leaving out the fact that the US has slowed it's rate of carbon emissions more than the Western European countries that signed the Kyoto Treaty. He also engages the typical "Bush Bashing" by leaving out the fact that it was President Bill Clinton who killed the Kyoto Treaty by not sending to the Senate for ratification. President Clinton could read the writing on the wall, and the unanimous Senate vote stating that they opposed the treaty. Yup, every single democrat present (98 Senators voted) voted against the Kyoto Accords before they were presented to the Senate.

How have actual Scientists responded to Borenstein's article? Noel Sheppard has compiled a short list:

In his latest screed, he screams: "global warming is accelerating"

How then does he explain the fact that the mean global temperature (as measured by satellite) is the same as it was in 1980?

How can global warming be "accelerating" when the last two years have seen dramatic cooling? Is this guy totally removed from all reality?????

He completely ignores any evidence contrary to his personal beliefs, and twists everything to meet his preconceived notions. -- David Deming, University of Oklahoma
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Global warming is not “accelerating”: global warming has stopped. There has been no statistically significant rise in (mean global temperature: MGT) since 1995 and MGT has fallen since 1998.

The Earth has been warming from the Little Ice Age (LIA) for 300 years so, of course, the warmest years happened recently. But that warming from the LIA peaked in the El Nino year of 1998. MGT has been near but below that peak for the last 10 years.

Arctic ice advances and recedes over decades. 2007 saw a minimum in Arctic ice cover in the short period that it has been monitored using satellites. But 2008 saw the most rapid growth in Arctic ice cover in that same period and Arctic ice cover is now back to the average it has had in the period. Also, 95% of polar ice is in the Antarctic and Antarctic ice is increasing.

Nobody can know if the recent halt to global warming is temporary, permanent or the start of a new warming or cooling phase. But it is certain that anybody who proclaims that “Global warming is accelerating” is a liar, a fool, or both. -- Richard S. Courtney, a UN IPCC expert reviewer and a UK-based climate and atmospheric science consultant.

There is a lot more. Go read it all.

There is more at Hot Air as well.

Cutting back on pollution is a "Good Thing." Promoting Junk Science to line Al Gore's pockets and support Socialists put out of a job by the fall of Communism is a "Bad Thing."

CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers chimes in with some actual rational thought on the subject.

Media Double Standard?

Caroline Kennedy vs. Sarah Palin, Media Double Standard? Make your vote heard.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Congress shows that it is out of touch with Main Street America

While most of America is tightening its belts in a declining economy, Congress is voting itself a raise.

That's right, a $4,700 raise, on top of the $165,000 a year Senators already make. A tax payer funded salary they collect if they are doing their job or sending all their time campaigning for another tax payer funded job.

Kudos to first term democrat Rep. Harry Mitchell of Arizona. He sponsored legislation to not have the automatic pay raise take effect. The Bill never made it out of the committee controlled by his own party.

Note to Republicans, democrat Harry Mitchell is getting votes you used to get for a damn good reason.

HT to Fausta.

Don't they know she's a Kennedy!

Marcia Kramer is reporting on the less than glowing reception Caroline Kennedy, who wants to be appointed to Hillary Rodham Clinton's senate seat, is getting from upstate New York reporters.

Update: If Caroline Kennedy were to call for a special election and get the NY Gov. to approve it, she would probably win on name recognition alone. Her big name opponent would be Andrew Cuomo and Up Staters would probably vote for her in opposition to him.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A quick review of Digital picture frames.

One of the hot items this Christmas is digital picture frames. I’ve been looking at various models, bought several and returned a couple.

First, what not to buy. Omnitech digital picture frames. Omnitech is a Staples brand name. Don’t let the low price suck you in like it did me. The quality is absolute dreck! Very low resolution pictures. Here is a tip, if the resolution of the screen isn’t printed on the box somewhere, it’s probably safe to assume that it sucks.

I found two models that I’m happy with. The first is an HP 10.4″ model. The resolution is 800×600, it has a remote, support for music files, movies, CF/SD cards…all the usual stuff. A bit pricy, Amazon has it for $165, but then you are paying for the brand name and the perceived level of quality. It will show your digital photographs off quite nicely though. It also has different colored mats that can be swapped out to match your room’s color scheme.

The other model I like is the Smartparts OptiPix Pro 10.4″ digital picture frame, which Amazon has for $99.99. According to data on the box, the resolution is 640×480. I’ve got it set next to the 800×600 HP, loaded with same pictures, and I can’t see $65 worth of difference between them.

Bottom line, if you want a decent digital picture frame, be prepared to spend at least $100, and while it’s probably safe going with a well know brand name like HP, it may not be the best buy available.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Now that is just wrong.

The folks at National Lampoon, yup, that National Lampoon, instead of working on the next Van Wilder straight to video release, have gotten into a spot of trouble.

According to the AP:

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have filed charges against the CEO and other executives at National Lampoon Inc., accusing the executives of trying to artificially inflate the company's stock price.
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Prosecutors on Monday filed three indictments and an information charging seven people with conspiracy and securities fraud.


This wouldn't have happened if P.J. O'Rourke was still there.

OK, it would have happened, but he would have made sure they weren't so sloppy.

Wow...

This is post 6001 to this blog. That's a lot of ranting.

Another democrat "pay-for-play scandal" is brewing.

In addition to democrat Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his arrest by federal officers, another democrat governor is in a spot of trouble.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (democrat), who has also been selected to be the Secretary of Commerce when our Dear Leader takes office, has federal agents investigating possible connections between Gov. Bill and a consultancy already linked to a pay-for-play scandal in Alabama.

It looks like its just business as usual for the democrat party.

HT to Jane Q. Republican.

Looking like arson

The ATF reports that "an accelerant was poured around the exterior of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's church, including by entrances at the 2 1/2-year-old building, which was partly gutted by a costly fire Friday night."

There were people inside, including several children. So in addition to arson, and a likely "Hate Crime", we can add attempted murder to the charges.

Monday Book Pick

The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith.

This classic of Libertarian Science Fiction is also available as a graphic novel.

Monday Book Pick Archive.

Bad Barney!

Massachusetts democrat congresscritter Barney Frank is once again pointing out why he should be removed from public office.

One of the key players being the housing/credit meltdown is now planning on telling the car companies how to run their business.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's a damn good example.

John C. Lovelace writes the following in a letter to the Las Vegas Sun:

Is this what you call chutzpah? Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut has demanded that the chief executive officer of General Motors resign because of the management of GM during his tenure.

Isn’t this the same Sen. Dodd who along with his House counterpart Rep. Barney Frank continued over the years to tell the public that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were fine upstanding organizations with no financial problems while they were in fact in the process of collapsing?

Additionally, wasn’t Sen. Dodd the one who took sweetheart loan deals from Countrywide Financial? Why are there no demands for Sen. Dodd to resign from the U.S. Senate?

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Jonah Goldberg sums it up well:

I mean, for Christ's sake, it's Christmas. Can't we call a thing by its name? Hannukah is a minor holiday of a minority religion. New Year's Day is merely a day on the calendar. It's a holiday season because it's Christmas. I love Christmas. I don't celebrate it, but I love it; I love the season, the lights, the chestnuts, the message of peace. I love the way our most Jewish city, New York, looks on Christmas. "Holiday" isn't a holiday. It's a way of avoiding offense. But who, exactly, is offended? This is what I don't understand.


Go read the whole thing.
HT to Cold Fury.

Welcome to Obamamerica

Our future Dear Leader, the President Elect, Barack Hussein Obama, is a product of the Chicago democrat Political Machine. Remember that once he became leader of the democrat party, he moved DNC headquarters to Chicago, where members of the Chicago democrat party machine could more easily assert power.

Given that, let's look into Chicago democrat politics in action. The AP reports:

CHICAGO – Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field, according to a federal criminal complaint. In return for state assistance, Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired.


Wait! It gets better!
The affidavit said Blagojevich also discussed getting a substantial salary for himself at a nonprofit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions.

It said Blagojevich also talked about getting his wife placed on corporate boards where she might get $150,000 a year in director's fees.

He also allegedly discussed getting campaign funds for himself or possibly a post in the president's cabinet or an ambassadorship once he left the governor's office. He noted becoming a U.S. senator might remake his image for a possible presidential run in 2016, according to the affidavit. And he allegedly said a Senate seat would also provide him with corporate contacts if he needed a job and present an opportunity for his wife to work as a lobbyist.


Keep in mind, this is not an isolated incident of democrat corruption in Chicago.
Political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko who raised money for the campaigns of both Blagojevich and Obama is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of fraud and other charges. Blagojevich's chief fundraiser, Christopher G. Kelly, is due to stand trial early next year on charges of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service.


HT to Living in the Surreal World.

A Blog for All points out that MSNBC has carefully left Blagojevich's political party (he's a democrat) out of their reporting.

It's not surprising that democrat Gov. Blagojevich is the most unpopular governor in America.

Rep. Rangel's ethics

It seems that democrat Rep. Charles Rangel not only has problems obeying the tax laws he helps write, but his ethics are a bit shaky too.

Between 2004 and 2007, Rep. Charles Rangel steered nearly $80,000 in campaign cash to an Internet company run by his son — paying lavishly for a pair of political websites so poorly designed an expert estimated one should have cost no more than $100 to create.

The payments are apparently legal under federal law, but their disclosure raises new questions about the Ways and Means Committee chairman as he faces House ethics committee probes into his failure to pay taxes on rental income and his alleged use of House stationery to solicit contributions for a public policy center that bears his name.

About that Global Warming Thing..

It looks like its going to get very cold in Southern California.

"We know we are due for a winter storm sometime this year. The type we may be dealing with will be ranked up there with the known years before 1950, which set record low daytime temperatures into the forecast region. With this, may come low elevation snow."

Normally, I'd blame Canada for this type of weather, but this time it looks like the Russians.

Monday, December 08, 2008

In the good news department...

The good people of Louisiana have done what Nancy Pelosi didn't have the guts to do.
They threw democrat William "Cold Cash" Jefferson out of office.

Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao defeated democrat Jefferson in a recent election.

Remember that the FBI found $90,000, in cash, in Jefferson's freezer. This is after a an informant told the FBI that he had given Jefferson $100,000, in cash, as a bribe.

Cao, who emigrated to the United States in 1975 from Saigon, is the first Vietnamese-American to win a seat in Congress.

Louisiana is becoming a hotbed of diversity. Their Governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, is the only American of Indian (not American Indian) decent to hold a governor's seat.

Toys For Troops party

Fightin' Mad Mary has a post about a party to support Toys for Troops.

Monday's Book Pick

Caliphate by Tom Kratman

A good adventure story and a cautionary tale as well. The basis for this alterante future history story is current birth rate trend in Europe and the current political policies of many European countries.

The Monday Book Pick archive.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Anniversary




On this day in 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy did something that was really stupid.

The Imperial government apparently failed their premise check before embarking on a war with the United States.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

Silly quiz results




There Are 0 Gaps in Your Knowledge



Where you have gaps in your knowledge:<

No Gaps!

Where you don't have gaps in your knowledge:

Philosophy
Religion
Economics
Literature
History
Science
Art




Ahhh..the results of a state college education and being well read.

More Campaign promises falling by the wayside

Or to use the phrase from the campaign, "being thrown under the bus."

Jeff Dufour and Patrick Gavin write in the DC Examiner about the latest.

A group of former White House communications aides agreed on Monday that when the Obama administration is ushered in next month, it can't possibly live up to the standards of transparency and openness that the president-elect and his advisers have promised.

The article also notes that there is a dark side to not being able to live up to what everyone expects of you.
Nessen also identified a potential flip side for the incoming administration of what's widely regarded as the press's light treatment of Obama during the campaign. "There's going to be some self-examination among reporters about why they went so easy on him, and some will come out of the box wanting to prove their manhood – or womanhood."

Elsewhere...

New posts over at UrbinTechnology.com, Slices of Life Photo Blog and No Moss Here.

Plus, new photos posted at Urbin Photography.

Plus a 2009 Yosemite Calendar.

Friday's B-Movie Pick

Predator, the 1987 classic that started the franchise.

My friend Doug Berry pointed out an interesting political link to this action/SciFi flick, there are two future state governors in staring roles.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, current governor of California and former US Navy SEAL (and professional wrestler) Jesse Ventura, a former governor of Minnesota.

Friday B-Movie Archives

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

AP Rewriting History

AP is spinning like a top, and predictably to the left.
Slublog at AoSHQ points out that the AP is trying to rewrite history to make the Mortgage meltdown solely the fault of President G.W. Bush.
Slublog writes:

The article doesn't mention Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or the Community Reinvestment Act. It blames the crisis on lack of government regulation and too much trust in "market forces." As Investor's Business Daily points out, it wasn't the Bush administration who opposed such regulation.
In 2003, Bush's Treasury secretary, John Snow, proposed what the New York Times called "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago." Did Democrats in Congress welcome it? Hardly.
"I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis," declared Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., in a response typical of those who viewed Fannie and Freddie as a party patronage machine that the GOP was trying to dismantle. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," added Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Del.

It seems the media is not content to simply cover for the Democrats for their role in causing this crisis - they've got to find a way to completely blame George W. Bush even if that means rewriting history.

In honor of the upcoming reign of Our Dear Leader, AP is giving up completely on Reality.

Monday, December 01, 2008

It's official...

...the staff at MSNBC are not living in the shared reality of rational, thinking adults. Newbusters has the latest bit of proof.

File this one under “Deluded Expectations.” During MSNBC’s coverage of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, daytime anchor Alex Witt seemed frustrated that the election of Barack Obama 23 days earlier — and the accompanying “global outpouring of affection, respect, hope” — had not caused an end to terrorist violence.

HT to Hot Air.

Welcome to Reality Obamabots.

Another case of name that party.

AP reports that the mayor of Birmingham, AL was arrested on federal criminal charges.

He was accused in a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit of taking more than $156,000 from a friend whose firm made millions on risky bond transactions with the county for a new sewer system.
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The SEC accused Langford of taking the undisclosed payments and benefits from Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount, whose firm collected more than $6.7 million in fees on county bond transactions. The money was allegedly routed through Al LaPierre, a lobbyist who is a friend of Langford.

What AP will not report is Langford's political affiliation.

He is, of course, a democrat.

Monday's Book Pick

The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

It takes skill, talent and touch of madness to mix Lovecraftian horror, light comedy and the soul sucking job of IT support. Charles Stross must have all three, since he pulls it off.

Monday Book Pick Archive.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A plan to survive the Obama years

By way of Marathon Pundit, is Z. Dwight Billingsly's plan to survive the Barack H. Obama years.

I'm going to approach the Obama years the same way liberals handled the Iraq war. Just as they claimed to support our troops while opposing the war, I'm going to support my country while opposing Obama and what he stands for in every way that I can. It's only four years and with the astute Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as Senate minority leader, Republicans can stop the Obama extremists for two years until mid-term elections in 2010 give Republicans the boost in Congress that inevitably will come.


Sounds like a good plan to me.

Sunday morning quotes

"You socialists only have one rebuttal to the argument that socialism has been tried and failed miserably; it's the same one an abused wife might hear from the drunken monster that blackened her eye: 'It'll be different this time, I swear!'"

"Any measure that establishes legal charity on a permanent basis and gives it an administrative form thereby creates an idle and lazy class, living at the expense of the industrial and working class." -- Alexis de Tocqueville

"I am deeply convinced that any permanent, regular administrative system whose aim is to provide for the needs of the poor will breed more miseries than it can cure, will deprave the population that it wants to help and comfort, will dry up the sources of savings, will stop the accumulation of capital, will retard the development of trade, and will benumb human industry." -- Alexis de Tocqueville

"And quit bringing up our forefathers and saying they were Civil Libertarians . . . they were blowing people's heads off because they put a tax on their breakfast beverage -- and it wasn't even coffee." -- Dennis Miller

"With Albright at the helm of the State Department, Osama bin Laden ran wild throughout the Middle East, the North Koreans began feverishly building nukes under her nose, and we staged a pre-emptive attack solely for purposes of regime change based on false information presented to the American people by Albright about a world leader who was not an imminent threat to the United States. Slobodan Milosevic wasn't even a latent, long-term, hypothetical threat. " -- Ann Coulter

Expecting the mainstream media to exercise responsibility and integrity is like expecting a trout to perform calculus

democrats: The party of Spin, Posturing, Demonization, Fear Mongering, Racial Division & Class Warfare

"Washington is the only place in the world where a gaffe is when a politician accidently speaks the truth." -- Charles Krauthammer

"A liberal is a person who sees a fourteen-year-old girl performing sex acts onstage and wonders if she's being paid minimum wage." -- Irving Kristol

"If we have to use force, it is because we are American. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future." -- Madeleine Albright in 1998, when she was Bill Clinton's Secretary of State.

The Return of the Sore Loser strategy

Al Franken, Sore Loser.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Today's Quote

"And I repeat: if there is anything that can divert the land of my birth from its current stampede into the Stone Age, it is the widespread dissemination of the thoughts and perceptions that Robert Heinlein has been selling as entertainment since 1939." -- Spider Robinson

Friday, November 28, 2008

Foxes guarding the henhouse

Robert Scheer correctly points out that is exactly what is happening with Obama's picks.

...Obama had put his seal of approval on the
Citigroup bailout, which his new economic team, led by proteges of Citigroup Executive Committee Chairman Robert Rubin, enthusiastically endorsed. A bailout that brings to $45 billion the taxpayer money thrown at Citigroup and the guarantee of $306 billion for the bank's "toxic securities" that would have been illegal if not for changes in the law that Citigroup secured with the decisive help of Rubin and Lawrence Summers, the man who replaced him as treasury secretary in the Clinton administration.

As Summers stayed on to ensure passage of deregulatory laws that enabled enormous banking greed, Rubin was rewarded with a $15-million-a-year executive position at Citigroup, a job that only got more lucrative as the bank went from one disaster, beginning with its involvement with Enron in which Rubin played an active role, to its huge role in the mortgage debacle.
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As opposed to the far tougher deal negotiated on the bailout of AIG, the arrangement with Citigroup leaves the executives, including Rubin, who brought Citigroup to the brink of ruin, still in charge. Nor is there any guarantee of the value of the mortgage bundles that taxpayers will be guaranteeing. That is because, as candidate Obama clearly stated in his major economics address back in March, the deregulation pushed though during the Clinton years ended transparency in banking.

Why then has he appointed the very people responsible for this disaster to now make it all better?


HT to Daryl Cagle.

Friday B-Movie Pick

Big Trouble in Little China

A first class Action/Martial Arts/Comedy flick. Kurt Russell plays the comic tough guy persevering in a situation way over his head. Plus a young Kim Cattrall as the crusading lawyer Gracie Law.

Friday B-Movie Pick Archive.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

About that Global Warming thing...

As I've said before, I'm a big fan of Global Warming.
Weather Channel co-founder Joseph D’Aleo and other scientists are not.

Armed with statistics from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climate Data Center, D’Aleo reported in the 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac that the U.S. annual mean temperature has fluctuated for decades and has only risen 0.21 degrees since 1930 — which he says is caused by fluctuating solar activity levels and ocean temperatures, not carbon emissions.

Data from the same source shows that during five of the past seven decades, including this one, average U.S. temperatures have gone down. And the almanac predicted that the next year will see a period of cooling.


HT to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, who notes:
The global-warming movement exists to provide cover for statists who demand central control over energy production. That’s an inconvenient truth that has begun to emerge as global temperatures fail to meet expectations of increase. Rather than admit that more research is needed, global-warming activists have increased the hysterical tone of their efforts, demanding immediate action and giving dire predictions of catastrophe without it.
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Over 31,000 scientists have now signed onto the Global Warming Petition Project, demanding more skepticism and a return to scientific inquiry into climate change rather than political propaganda. They face an uphill battle in convincing the beneficiaries of research dollars from Washington to risk their funding by acting like scientists.


Update: More on Global Cooling over at Gateway Pundit.

Pretty in Mink

The Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute is doing something really cool. A calendar of conservative women in glamor shots wearing mink coats.

The line up includes Mary Katharine Ham, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter.

More on Rangel's tax scandel

New York democrat Charles Rangel is still in trouble with his tax crimes.

Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel took a "homestead" tax break on a Washington, DC, house for years while simultaneously occupying multiple rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, possibly violating laws and regulations in both cases.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Book Pick

Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett

A delightful alternate history set of murder mysteries. Lord Darcy is an investigator in the 1960 for a Plantagenet Empire that never fell. His is joined by Master Sean O'Lochlainn, a Forensic Sorcerer.

The Monday book pick archive.

Friday, November 21, 2008

I didn't think the questions where that hard.

...but again, I didn't vote for our Dear Leader.




You Should Be Allowed to Vote



You got 15/15 questions correct.

Generally speaking, you're very well informed.



If you vote this election, you'll know exactly who (and what) you'll be voting for.

You're likely to have strong opinions, and you have the facts to back them up.



HT to Ala

Friday B-Movie Pick

Crunchy Pulp Goodness with The Rocketeer!

Based on the comic book, with Howard Hughes standing in for Doc Savage, and Jennifer Connelly playing the girlfriend (drawn with a huge tip of the hat to Bettie Page in the comic).

Fire up the popcorn for this one. A fun film with a great cast.

The Friday B-Movie List

Obama already disappointing his supporters

According to the Washington Times, one of first group of his supporters he intends to turn his back is the homosexual community.

President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military's decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks, two people who have advised the Obama transition team on this issue say.

Repealing the ban was an Obama campaign promise.


Sorry guys and gals, you won't be able to serve your country as other patriotic Americans, who just happen to be hetrosexual, openly just yet. Our Dear Leader has other plans.

Just to keep things straight, there have always been homosexuals in the American military. There were probably fellows at Valley Forge who were doing more than just "sharing body warmth" over that cold winter. That our Dear Leader won't address this right off if a kick in the teeth to one of his core groups of supporters.

As that Icon of Conservatism Senator Barry Goldwater said, "You don't have to be straight to shoot straight."

Global Warming Cultists: A reality free zone

You see quotes like this, "especially with the world finally seeing the effects of global warming", in regards to "carbon emissions" and you have to wonder what reality these people are tuning into?

Earth to cultist! It hasn't been getting any warmer on a global scale for the past decade!

We haven't even seen swings in climate lately that we have in fairly recent (on a global scale) history. Such as wheat grown on Greenland or the Thames freezing solid for months.

Climate change happens. It's a naturally occurring process. Given that one of the most common weather patterns for a good chunk of North America is to be under hundreds, or even thousands, of meters of glacial ice, I say bring on the "Global Warming!" Those who pay attention to such matters prefer that to "Global Cooling."

The seas rise a few meters and the Kennedy Compound submerges, along with Streisand's mansion. Big Whoop. Temps drop a handful or two of degrees Celsius and we loose a lot of farmland.

Update: A video list of the "Evils" cause by Global Warming.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Speaking of Kyoto

It seems that the reality of the Kyoto Protocols being a socialist Ponzi scheme is hitting home in Europe.

Italy and Germany agree that measures to cut greenhouse gases shouldn't weigh on the economy, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference Tuesday, indicating government support for tough new measures in Europe is waning.
Any new European Union decisions on climate change and energy "must be taken in such a way as to not weigh on industry"


HT to Mr. Reynolds

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How Barack Hussein Obama got elected



More details over at Hot Air:



  • 57.4 could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)
  • 81.8 could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)
  • 82.6 could NOT correctly say that Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)
  • 88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)
  • 56.1 % could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).And yet…..
  • Only 13.7% failed to identify Palin as the person their party spent $150,000 in clothes on
  • Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter
  • And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her “house,” even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!


So, as I pointed out before, the democrats were able to get a message of hate and fear out, but not their agenda. My theory is that liberal democrats really don't want people to really think about their agenda before they vote.

The utter cluelessness of these Obama supporters is rather scary. It also could spell trouble for Obama. When he starts doing what he said he would do, his supporters will be upset that he isn't doing what they thought he would do.

Keep in mind that these are not just carefully selected clips to make Obama supporters look foolish, they are accurate representative samples as shown by polling.

Update: by way of Instapundit, "It’s worth noting that the Obama voters in Zogby’s sample were 97 percent high school graduates and–rather shockingly–55 percent college graduates. It’s almost enough to make you wonder about the future of democracy."

Good News from Minnesota

The Minnesota Canvassing Board has certified the election results and declared Norm Coleman the winner.

Al Franken refuses to live in the reality of rational, thinking adults, and is trying to hold up the democratic process so a few hundred more votes can be generated out of thin air.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday's book pick

Sideways In Crime

A nice collection of alternate history murder mysteries.

The Monday Book Pick List.

Doc Travis interviews

BlackFive's interview series with Military SciFi authors continues with Travis Taylor.

The warmest October on Record

...really wasn't. The books were cooked with September data.

A good question

From a cartoon seen recently.

Two scruffy looking fellows wearing animal skins are sitting in a cave, and one says to the other:

"Something's just not right -- our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, and everything we eat is a organic and free range, and yet nobody lives past thirty."

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday's B-Movie Pick

A martial arts film this time, Circle of Iron

The original story came from Bruce Lee, was to star him and one of his students, James Coburn. Another student of Lee's, Sterling Silliphant finally got it film.
Although with David Carridine in the role Lee was to play. This martial arts film actually has plot, and a message. Just remember that Bruce Lee majored in philosophy in college.

The Friday B-Movie List.

Some open scientific debate on climate change

I expect calls for the heretics to be burned at the stake.

So far, the debate is civil, but then actual scientists are the only ones involved.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Flaming Rocket Balls!

A new, way cool, weapon for taking out hardened WMD bunkers.

The Pentagon has a new secret weapon to neutralize sites containing chemical or biological weapons: rocket balls. These are hollow spheres, made of rubberized rocket fuel; when ignited, they propel themselves around at random at high speed, bouncing off the walls and breaking through doors, turning the entire building into an inferno. The makers call them "kinetic fireball incendiaries." The Pentagon doesn't want to talk about them, but published documents show that the fireballs have undergone tests on underground bunkers.
...Smaller fireball payloads have been suggested for shoulder-fired rockets and grenades for tactical use. The DTRA is known to be interested in a payload for the 84mm SMAW rocket launcher for agent defeat; at present, ground forces have no tactical options for dealing with a suspected chemical/biological lab operated by terrorists or others.

HT to AoSHQ

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

An honest democrat

Jersey City Councilman Steven Lipski, a democrat, was arrested for urinating on a crowd of revelers at a Washington D.C. nightclub.

As Mike at Cold Fury points out, this is nothing new. The democrats have been pissing on the public for years. Lipski, a known alcoholic, refuses to admit he was drinking at the time.

Hell, I'm willing to spot him that he was cold stone sober, and was having an actual moment of clear thinking clarity and decide to demonstrate the reality of his policies.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Let us Review...

Obama has a long list of promises. It will be interesting to check back 100 days after January 20, 2009.


Taxes

• Give a tax break to 95% of Americans.

• Restore Clinton-era tax rates on top income earners.

• "If you make under $250,000, you will not see your taxes increase by a single dime. Not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes. Nothing."

• Dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes.

• Give American businesses a $3,000 tax credit for every job they create in the U.S.

• Eliminate capital gains taxes for small business and startup companies.

• Eliminate income taxes for seniors making under $50,000.

• Expand the child and dependent care tax credit.

• Expand the earned income tax credit.

• Create a universal mortgage credit.

• Create a small business health tax credit.

• Provide a $500 "make work pay" tax credit to small businesses.

• Provide a $1,000 emergency energy rebate to families.

Energy

• Spend $15 billion a year on renewable sources of energy.

• Eliminate oil imports from the Middle East in 10 years.

• Increase fuel economy standards by 4% a year.

• Weatherize 1 million homes annually.

• Ensure that 10% of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012.

Environment

• Create 5 million green jobs.

• Implement a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

• Get 1 million plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015.

Labor

• Sign a fair pay restoration act, which would overturn the Supreme Court's pay discrimination ruling.

• Sign into law an employee free choice act — aka card check — to make it easier for unions to organize.

• Make employers offer seven paid sick days per year.

• Increase the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2009.

National security

• Remove troops from Iraq by the summer of 2010.

• Cut spending on unproven missile defense systems.

• No more homeless veterans.

• Stop spending $10 billion a month in Iraq.

• Finish the fight against Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaida terrorists.

Social Security

• Work in a "bipartisan way to preserve Social Security for future generations."

• Impose a Social Security payroll tax on incomes above $250,000.

• Match 50% of retirement savings up to $1,000 for families earning less than $75,000.

Education

• Demand higher standards and more accountability from our teachers.

Spending

• Go through the budget, line by line, ending programs we don't need and making the ones we do need work better and cost less.

• Slash earmarks.

Health care

• Lower health care costs for the typical family by $2,500 a year.

• Let the uninsured get the same kind of health insurance that members of Congress get.

• Stop insurance companies from discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

• Spend $10 billion over five years on health care information technology.

HT to but, that's just my opinion.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Monday's Book Pick

Space Viking by H. Beam Piper.

One of my favorite books of all time. A story of love lost, revenge, the rise and fall of civilizations and love found.

Piper had a clear view of the "big picture" and told it through the personal experiences of people on the ground at the time.

The Monday Book Pick List.

Meanwhile, in California

While there is some whining from the Right over the election of the "Dear Leader", most have managed to man up over it and admit they got their ass kicked deservedly and are trying to figure out a way to come back.

Such dignity appears to be lacking among a certain liberal democrat constituency out in California.

The homosexual community is outraged over the failure of Prop 8 at the ballot box. As a libertarian, the idea of a civil contract regulated by the State (which is what "marriage" is in this country) being restricted by gender or number of participants is unconstitutional. It's also stealing the food off divorce lawyer's tables. Personally, I'm more worked up over the failure of our constitutional republic (i.e. electing a Socialist to the highest executive office) than California divorce lawyers being forced to hang on to last year's BMW instead of getting a new one. That's just me though.

Some members of the homosexual community in California apparently views not being able to register for wedding gifts on par with the KKK lynching blacks for wanting firearms to shoot back when "invited to a necktie party."

AoSHQ discusses their upcoming agenda:

(1) Push for churches to lose their tax-exempt status.
(2) Call blacks the n-word.
(3) Harass Mormons.
(4) Equate opposition to gay marriage with bigotry.

Ok, so we have direct assault on the Constitution, plus racial and religious bigotry. Way to stay classy!

I think its probably pretty safe to say the Muslim population in California voted the same way most of the Mormons did. So when are the protests at radical Mosques going to start?

If Obama shows up, are you going to scream "N*gger!" at him also?

Look at the numbers folks, Prop 8 lost because a lot of Californians who voted for "The Lightgiver" also voted against homosexual marriage. The idea doesn't poll well with blacks, hispanics or Roman Catholics (and many other Christian churches). How about mending fences in your own house before attacking the Mormon church? Instead of blind rage and violence, how about regrouping and planning, getting out and educating instead of spewing hate?

Just remember the words of Scarlet O'Hara folks, and as much as it may pain you to do so, take a look at what the Republican party is doing, and try to follow their example.

Update: Ann Althouse correctly identifies this "terrible idea" as fighting "hate with hate."

Update: Andrew Breitbart catches up with me and Challenges Radical Gays to Protest a Mosque

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Friday's B-Movie Pick, a couple of days late

Kill Bill, Volume 1.

A wild ride of roaring rampage revenge with a really cool soundtrack.

The Friday B-Movie List.

On the election

The Republicans got their ass kicked, and they deserved it.
The Republican party spent the last eight years kicking their conservative base, and any Libertarians who were leaning toward them, in the teeth.
You can say a lot of things about GW Bush, calling him a fiscal Conservative isn't one of them.

Given that, John McCain got 48% of the popular vote. Remember kids, Bill Clinton at his best, never got more than 48%.

One of the key reason the Republicans got that much is Gov. Sarah Palin.
She appealed to the Conservative base in a way that Senator McCain could not.

One of the best indicators of how popular Gov. Palin (the most popular governor in America) is with the conservative base, is how much effort the DNC/MSM spent on trying to discredit her.

Personally, I think Sen. Stevens should resign, and Gov. Palin should take his seat.

The 2012 race has already started for Republicans. Before we close the book on the 2008 election, let us remember that Barak Obama barely got over 50% of the vote. That is no mandate. The US electorate is still deeply divided. Despite this, the Reid, Obama & Pelosi triumvirate will try to ram an extreme far left political agenda down the throats of a divided American people. It is the duty of the Republican minority to oppose that agenda with every means possible. In other words, they should give Obama all the support the democrats gave President George W. Bush.

Obama Cabinet picks

I'll throw a few out.

John Kerry as Sec. State. He's too hawkish for Sec. of Defense in an Obama administration.

Bill Ayers as either Sec. of Education or Attorney General.

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and Peoples Republic of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will probably end up in his administration somewhere.

Meanwhile, let us not forget Chris Dodd

The democrat Senator still hasn't answered questions about his sweetheart deals from the subprime mortgage giant Countrywide.

As the Democrats moved toward victory at the end of October, a story by NBC's Lisa Myers set Dodd apart from his triumphant fellow Democrats. Myers reported that federal agents are investigating the notorious "Friends of Angelo" list maintained by subprime mortgage giant Countrywide Financial's co-founder Angelo Mozilo. Dodd was the most prominent member of that exclusive club.

Since the Dodd story broke in June, the five-term senator has offered contradictory fragments of explanations and intentions. Scheherazade after a six-pack of Red Bull would not have told more desperate tales. Dodd gallops the gamut from calling the allegations of special treatment "outrageous" to pledging repeatedly and specifically to release documents related to the $800,000 in sweetheart deals he got from Countrywide.

Still claiming "there's nothing there," Dodd refuses to say whether his Senate campaign committee's payments of $60,000 last summer to a Washington law firm, which has a history of representing Democratic senators in trouble, were for his defense in the Senate ethics investigation of his dealings with Countrywide.


HT to Mr. Reynolds

Obama's bar is set really high

The latest installment in just what Obama supporters (in some cases, actual worshipers) expect from him.

He can try to spin expectations down, but these folks are expecting their mana from Heaven in a lot sooner than one hundred days.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Cheating In Minnesota

According to Powerline there are irregularities in the vote count in St. Louis County in Northern Minnesota. This is part of the Iron Range area and has a major infestation of Marxists.

Gosh. What a surprise.
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New posts

There are new posts at Urbin Technology and the Slices of Life Photo Blog.

Book Pick

Monday was kinda hectic, so I missed the Monday Book Pick.

This week's pick is "The Sky People" by S.M. Stirling.

He had a lot of fun with this one. What if the Golden Age SF writers were right, and not only were Venus and Mars inhabitable, they had native, mostly human, populations?

The Cold War between the America and its allies against the Soviet Union & Communist China was a Space Race.

Welcome to Venus, with dinosaurs, pebble bed nuclear reactors and a blond native princess in a fur bikini. Woof!

The Monday Book Pick List

Fairness My Ass!

Since when did censorship become fair?

Schumer has gone from being a mere enemy of gun owners to a being a nightmare character from Atlas Shrugged.
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Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Honeymoon is over

The supporters of the "Lightgiver" wants their "Hope and Change" and they want it now.

Peggy wants Barack to make her mortgage go away and pay for her gas.

The Watermelons want Barak to make the evil coal and nuclear plants go away.

Barack's "volunteer" get out the vote workers want their money, and they want it now!.

The 95% of American workers you promised a tax cut to want their money too. Especially the 40% who don't pay any federal income tax! (...and some of them are in for a surprise when Barak and the democrats in control of congress kill the GW Bush across the board tax cuts and they find themselves paying federal income tax again.)

Reality check. How are you going to pay for this? Congressman Barney Frank (democrat) and his buddies "rolled the dice" on the US economy and rolled snake eyes.

Let's take a look at that first step toward "Hope and Change", the selection of Clintonite Rahm Emanuel as your chief of staff. Another former Clintonite Paul Begala, a smart guy, and utter and complete lying weasel, but a smart guy, calls Enamuel's style a "cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache."

Barak is already trying to lower expectations, but somehow I don't see the far left, some of which view him as an "enlightened being" (I shit you not), being very "tolerant" when he doesn't deliver up to their expectations.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It's getting ugly in Philadelphia early

Republican election Board members are being kicked out of polling stations in violation of the law.



HT to Election Journal.

Election Day repost: Choose Wisely

The words of Bandit Six:

So every four years we elect a king. Since people like consistency, we tend to elect the same king as many times as we can get away with. (See previous paragraph.) And the king, especially in any sort of emergency, has a lot of power. They don’t always, or even most of the time, have enough to fix things right away. But they’ve got a lot of power.
Including the power to totally screw things up.

For the kids reading this, this is a very important point. When you choose your king, forget most of the reasons you think you should vote for the king. Mostly, the king can’t do much about the economy but ruin it. They can’t make you richer or smarter (although they can manage the reverse). If you want one suggestion, think about all the contingencies under which that king (or queen in this case) may hold your lives in his or her hands. And choose wisely.


Originally posted on 8/1/08.

What Obama voters expect

This is truly frighting.



She expects Barack H. Obama to literally pay her mortgage and for the gas that goes in her car. Ok, so she doesn't expect him to pay personally. She expects him to take the money from other people at the gun point and give it to her.

Monday, November 03, 2008

How ACORN fake registrations turn into illegal votes

John Fund at Politico explains.

Anita MonCrief, an ACORN whistle-blower who worked for both it and its Project Vote registration affiliate from 2005 until early this year, agrees. "It's ludicrous to say that fake registrations can't become fraudulent votes," she told me. "I assure you that if you can get them on the rolls you can get them to vote, especially using absentee ballots." MonCrief, a 29-year old University of Alabama graduate who wanted to become part of the civil rights movement, worked as a strategic consultant for ACORN as well as a development associate with Project Vote and sat in on meetings with the national staffs of both groups. She has given me documents that back up many of her statements, including one that indicates that the goal of ACORN's New Mexico affiliate was that only 40 percent of its submitted registrations had to be valid.

MonCrief also told me that some ACORN affiliates had a conscious strategy of flooding voter registration offices with suspect last-minute forms in part to create confusion and chaos that would make it more likely suspect voters would be allowed to cast ballots by overworked officials.
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There are already documented examples of fraudulent registrations being converted into fraudulent votes in Ohio, where ACORN and other groups were active. Darrell Nash, an ACORN registration worker, submitted an illegal form for himself and then cast a paper ballot during the state's "early voting" period.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien also cracked down in the case of 13 out-of-state registrants who came to Ohio to register voters in Columbus for the group Vote From Home. The group all lived out of the same rented 1,175-square-foot house in Ohio, registered to vote and then most of them either cast early voting ballots or submitted applications for absentee ballots before leaving the state. They have agreed to have all of their ballots canceled in exchange for the prosecutor's decision not to file charges.


There is no question to where these illegal votes are going. The ties between ACORN and Barak Obama are strong and go back to his days as a "community organizer." Remember that Barack Obama himself has given instruction to ACORN on "get out the vote" techniques. His campaign has also given ACORN $800,000 in this election cycle for "get out the vote" work.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Barak Obama is willing to kill a major source of domestic energy

Scary, but true. NewBusters has the audio.
In Barack Obama's own words:

Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.


So Barack Obama plans to bankrupt a major US industry, and deliver a deadly blow to American energy independence. That is what you can expect from an Obama administration.

Update: The San Francisco Chronicle has had this story since January of this year! That they sat one this for this long is just another nail in the coffin of the MSM/DNC being completely and utterly in the tank for Barak Obama.

Gov. Sarah Palin, who has a very impressive resume on energy issues is correctly taking Barak Obama to task on this.

A successful campaign of fear

The democrats have done something they are very good at. Vicious attack smear campaigns. In this case, they have managed to successfully smear the most popular governor in America, with a strong history of executive experience, fighting corruption and implementing actual real change, as a scary, inexperienced and unintelligent danger.

When you compare resumes, the bottom of the Republican ticket, Gov. Sarah Palin beats the top of the democrat ticket across the board.

Gov. Palin has a strong history of success in government, while Barak Hussein Obama has a history of voting present while representing a district with out of control crime and corruption.

Good job with spreading fear and hate democrats. Thanks for giving us a preview of the strong points of an Obama administration.

Why is this race so close?

The national polls are swinging back and forth and both traditional Republican and democrat states are in play.

Let's review a few facts.

We are finishing up the second term of an unpopular Republican president.
Barack Obama, by breaking his written word on taking public financing and accepting obvious credit card fraud, has managed to massively overspend his Republican opponent, John McCain.
The vast majority of the MSM is clearly and deeply in the tank for Barak Obama.
Polls have historically favored the democrat by at least 5 to 10%.

Given all that, why isn't Barack Obama leading in the polls by at least 20%?

Could it be that he really is an unexperienced empty suit straight out of the massively corrupt Chicago democrat political machine?
Could it be that people are noticing his economic policies are the same that deepened and lengthened the Great Depression?
People are starting to notice that the Truth just isn't in Barak Obama?
Could it be that people are starting to question Barack Obama's judgement in his selection of associates?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Massachusetts Ballot Question 1

A yes vote will repeal the income tax here in the Peoples Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

I recommend not just voting yes, but HELL YES!

Our state government is corrupt and has been proven time and time again that they can't be trusted with the citizen's money.

Question 1 won't stop them from raising other taxes. Already done that to the tune of some $200 million already this year.

Of course, our tax payer paid for Cadillac driving democrat governor will paint a story of doom and gloom and how orphans and the elderly will be the hardest hit. How does he know that, because that is what he is going to do instead of giving up his ride and cutting back on the wide spread waste and corruption in our state government.

How about getting read of the Mass Turnpike Authority with its six figure income board and handing control of the Pike over to the state highway department?
Here is another one, the state Liquor License Board, who get paid $85K ($100K for the chairman) for a part time job that could be handled by half of the six person staff who works for the board members.

Sadly the poster person for our state government is democrat state senator Diane Wilkerson, who is running for reelection, despite being arrested for accepting $23,500 in an FBI undercover operation. Given that Wilkerson has been reelected six times already, even after convictions for non-payment of taxes, I'd give her pretty good odds of winning.
Remember that Sen. Wilkerson had the support of our own democrat Gov. Deval Patrick. Gov. Patrick also is a strong supporter of Barak Obama. I do have some questions about his judgement in such matters.

Bottom line, the government in Massachusetts has shown itself unfit to be trusted with the money of citizens of the Commonwealth. It is time to deny them access to some of those funds.

Friday's Movie Picks

In honor of Halloween, here are today's movie picks.

Young Frankenstein, a comedic tip of the hat to the classics.

Innocent Blood, vampires, mobsters, cops, comedy and casual nudity from Anne Parillaud. There is a lot to like in this film.

Near Dark, a darker look at the modern vampire. Great cast of bloodsuckers roaming the American southwest.

An American Werewolf in London, a lighthearted look of what can go wrong when you don't stay on the road and don't "ware the moon." Just remember Jack, he didn't mean to call you meatloaf.

The Friday B-Movie List

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama fails math

Even the "in the tank" AP is pointing out the obvious, Obama's numbers don't add up.

Obama's assertion that "I've offered spending cuts above and beyond" the expense of his promises is accepted only by his partisans. His vow to save money by "eliminating programs that don't work" masks his failure throughout the campaign to specify what those programs are—beyond the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
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THE FACTS: His plan does not lower premiums by $2,500, or any set amount. Obama hopes that by spending $50 billion over five years on electronic medical records and by improving access to proven disease management programs, among other steps, consumers will end up saving money. He uses an optimistic analysis to suggest cost reductions in national health care spending could amount to the equivalent of $2,500 for a family of four. Many economists are skeptical those savings can be achieved, but even if they are, it's not a certainty that every dollar would be passed on to consumers in the form of lower premiums.
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THE FACTS: His proposals—the tax cuts, the low-cost loans, the $15 billion a year he promises for alternative energy, and more—cost money, and the country could be facing a record $1 trillion deficit next year. Indeed, Obama recently acknowledged—although not in his commercial—that: "The next president will have to scale back his agenda and some of his proposals."


HT to Cold Fury

More democrat vote fraud in Ohio

Here is another case of a democrat illegally registering to vote in Ohio.

Amy Little, 49, has been a registered Democrat in New York since 1991, and Ulster County election officials said she voted in the party primary here in February.

But in October, Little registered to vote in Ohio.

Her boss, democrat Congressman John Hall fired her. She had the bad luck to get caught and actually have her crime published in the local media.

HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

democrats attack GOP office in Virginia

WXII reports that "Two people were arrested and charged Monday afternoon with assaulting several GOP campaign workers at the campaign headquarters in Galax, Va."

One of the democrats "sprayed Mace on five of the [GOP campaign] workers" while the other physically assaulted another campaign worker.

Both democrats were arrested by the local police and charged with assault.