Urbin Report

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Blast From The Past

From Living In The Surreal World on May 11, 2007:

What the Republican Party needs to get through their collective skulls right now is the fact that the age of politics as usual is over.

No more compromise. No more deals. No more bipartisanship.

There must be a radical clean up of the mess that the Left has created. The partisans of socialism must be systematically removed from our public institutions. And if we are to have a future as the core nation of our civilization we must make a special effort to clean out the Augean Stables that our educational establishment has become under the tutelage of the Left.

And we must with volume and clarity tell the spoiled brats who imagine themselves to be the heirs of Marx and Lenin to grow up or get out.

Of course, if those idiots would just die, it would be nice too.


What are your questions on this block of instruction?
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Quote of the Day

You ever come across raccoons in the outdoor trash can at 11:30 or so at night? As soon as they’re exposed by the beam of the flashlight (by the way, how much CO2 does the beam of a flashlight put into the atmosphere?), they turn on you with fangs and paws and let you know what follows will be a short conversation with very little talking involved.
Currently, climate scientists are raccoons hip-deep in statistical garbage and you should approach them with caution because they are unarmed (with facts) and dangerous.

-- Dennis Miller

Monday, December 07, 2009

Gripe of the Day

It's snowing in Texas and the Transnational Socialist elites are getting together in Copenhagen to whine about Capitalism Anthropogenic Global Warming.

Private jets and limos. Nothing is too good for the self appointed saviors of Mother Gaia.

Of course Mother Gaia can't tell them to shove off.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Facts don't matter to Palin haters

Ask most people on the right on why they don’t like our Dear Leader and most will be able to articulate specific policy issues they disagree with. OK, often they sum it up with “He’s a Socialist,” but when pressed, they can cite actual policies and give details.

Ask a typical hater of Gov. Sarah Palin why they don’t like her, and most can, at best, deliver quotes made by Tina Fey, and try to attribute them to Gov. Palin. If you press them for details, they tend to get angry and often blame you for attempting to insert reality into their irrational hatred that makes them feel all warm and fuzzy.

Proud ignorance is sadly a common feature of Obama supporters.

Originally published at the Urbin Report

Monday, November 09, 2009

A few simple questions

I found this list of questions on flickr.


If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent over a million dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the non-existent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

If George W Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 8 months -- so you'll have three years and one month to come up with an answer (November 2012)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Taxs found so far in the 1900+ page democrat "heath care" bill

If you thought Health Care was expensive now, just wait until it is "free."
Here is a list of the new taxes you will be paying found so far:


Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages. Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).

Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of 2.5 percent of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324): Non-prescription medications would no longer be able to be purchased from health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Insulin excepted.

Cap on FSAs (Page 325): FSAs would face an annual cap of $2500 (currently uncapped).

Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326): Non-qualified distributions from HSAs would face an additional tax of 20 percent (current law is 10 percent). This disadvantages HSAs relative to other tax-free accounts (e.g. IRAs, 401(k)s, 529 plans, etc.)

Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327): This would further erode private sector participation in delivery of Medicare services.

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336): Imposes an income surtax of 5.4 percent on MAGI over $500,000 ($1 million married filing jointly). MAGI adds back in the itemized deduction for margin loan interest. This would raise the top marginal tax rate in 2011 from 39.6 percent under current law to 45 percent—a new effective top rate.

Excise Tax on Medical Devices (Page 339): Imposes a new excise tax on medical device manufacturers equal to 2.5 percent of the wholesale price. It excludes retail sales and unspecified medical devices sold to the general public.

Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344): Requires that 1099-MISC forms be issued to corporations as well as persons for trade or business payments. Current law limits to just persons for small business compliance complexity reasons. Also expands reporting to exchanges of property.

Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345): Delays for nine years the worldwide allocation of interest, a corporate tax relief provision from the American Jobs Creation Act

Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346): Increases taxes on U.S. employers with overseas operations looking to avoid double taxation of earnings.

Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349): Empowers the IRS to disallow a perfectly legal tax deduction or other tax relief merely because the IRS deems that the motive of the taxpayer was not primarily business-related.

Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357): Publicly-traded partnerships and corporations with annual gross receipts in excess of $100 million have raised standards on penalties. If there is a tax underpayment by these taxpayers, they must be able to prove that the estimated tax paid would have more likely than not been sufficient to cover final tax liability.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Morning Quote

From the comments in a Daily Telegraph article:

“How is it that when Righties quote Lefties, they have video, audio, and notarized confirmation from the Pope, but when Lefties ‘quote’ Righties, they have Wiki entries contributed by ‘Cobra’?”

Friday, October 02, 2009

Damn You John Ringo! Damn You!

First off, ya…I’m a big fan of John Ringo’s books, and he’s written a lot of them. I’ve been reading the Sluggy Freelance comic, which gets a lot of references in his books, even longer and I’m a long time Schlock Mercenary fan too.

I took a peek at the leaked advanced chapters for his next book, Live Free or Die, over at Buckley’s site (ya, that Buckley) and Ringo explains in the forward that this book is “sort of playing about” in the Schlock Mercenary universe, but back when the galactic civilization first made contact with Earth.

Now to highlight what an evil being John Ringo is (something he freely and perhaps just a bit too gleefully admits), this book won’t be released until February 2010. Oh…Baen will have an e-ARC version available earlier, which could be mind for about the cost of the hardcover that won’t be out for another four months.

Ok, so both John Ringo and Baen Books are EVIL! I say that with the highest level of respect for their grasp of the capitalistic system.

While I’m here, I’ll put in a good word for Baen’s ebook sales. No DRM (i.e. the copy ‘protection’ crap that assumes that their paying customers are thieves), available in multiple formats, and when new books are released in hardcover, you can pick up the e-book version, direct from Baen, for usually $6. If that is still too much for you, check out what they have on the net for free! If you haven’t read of any of John Ringo’s books, you can read seven of his book for free.

Originally posted at the Urbin Report.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Down The Memory Hole?

Yesterday I posted a link to news story to the RWING mailing list and the first paragraph of the story about a detail of Die Grosse Null's plan for destroying the health of Americans.

"Americans would be fined up to $3,800 for failing to buy health insurance under a plan that circulated in Congress on Tuesday as divisions among Democrats undercut President Barack Obama's effort to regain traction on his health care overhaul."


Are we now on a plantation? Or is the Chicago Democrat setting up a protection racket?

This morning when I clicked on the link I found that the story had been changed. The subject of the original first paragraph had been moved down the page and rewritten.

"One provision would fine families up to $3,800 for failing to buy health insurance, essentially requiring that everyone have medical coverage, much like the case with car insurance. Obama rejected a mandate, and fines, during his presidential campaign."


Oh, they were only thinking about it, but they decided not to do it. (Or have they?)

They should not have been thinking about it at all.

What do they, both in our so-called government and in the mainstream media, think we are? A bunch of mindless animals?

I'll update this story as circumstances require.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Apparently, this should required viewing by the facility of Harvard University

This is an Educational Video by Chris Rock that should be required viewing by Harvard University Professors.



While the white, middle class, cop is getting pronounced guilty of racism by our Dear Leader on national TV, the rich Harvard University professor is relaxing at his other home on Martha's Vineyard.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Where is Code Pink?

Our Dear Leader's administration has announced that it plans on increasing the size of the US Army by "22,000 soldiers to help meet the needs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan..."

Where is Code Pink? Why are they not protesting this? Could it be that they really aren't a non-partisan group only interest in "world peace?"

Code Pink's silence in this matter speaks volumes about their actual, extremist far left, agenda.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday B-Movie Pick: The Running Man

The Running Man

An Arnold Schwarzenegger classic from 1997. California in 2017 has become a police state in the wake of the world's economy's total collapse. The hero is wrong accused and tossed in a brutal prison along with Yaphet Kotto's character, who is there for teaching kids about the Constitution of the United States of America. Ya, I know, it sounds like where America is heading under the reign of our Dear Leader. Besides that, it's a fun film with added bonuses like Jesse Ventura, Professor Toru Tanaka, Mick Fleetwood, and great performance by Richard Dawson. It was directed by Paul Michael Glaser, From the Starsky and Hutch TV show, and choreography by Paula Abdul.

Friday B-Movie Archive.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Obama’s Dismal Failure

The democrat's "stimulus" bill has been proven to be what it was labeled when it was rammed through congress and down the throats of the American people, a "porkulus" bill. It was supposed to boost the economy, but has had the predictable, opposite effect.

House Republicans, attempting to regain the mantel of fiscal responsibility after screwing that pooch, point out the failure of the democrats porkulus sceme

“The report we got from the Department of Transportation is dated July 3rd,” said Mica at the Capitol Hill press conference. “It indicates how much money of the $48 billion [allocated to the Transportation Department] they have control over has gone out -- that’s $523 million – 1 percent, approximately 1 percent. And the top 10 states of unemployment, our leading states, including the District of Columbia, only $83 million has gone out to those states.”

“This stimulus package was sold to the country as being an infrastructure bill,” said Rep. John ‘Jimmy’ Duncan (R-Tenn.), “and yet only somewhere between 7 and 8 percent of it was aimed at or provided for infrastructure in the first place.”
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“Remember, the stimulus promised 3.5 million jobs was being created, and yet 2 million jobs – additional lost jobs – have been lost. Dismal failure.”

“The stimulus promised,” said Diaz-Balart, “and we were told that in the budget committee and we were told that publicly by the administration, that unemployment would not go above 8 percent if that stimulus passed. Look at the numbers now.”


Of course the democrat's porkulus bill isn't helping the economy. That isn't what it was intended to do. The goal of the Obama administration is not to fix the economy, but to fundamentally change the role of government in the United States of America.

Originally posted at the Urbin Report

Sunday, July 12, 2009

US President Praised for saving lives in Africa

Our Dear Leader visited Africa and had to deal with the locals praising former US President George W. Bush for his work in helping the people of Africa. Not the governments, mostly corrupt, but the people.

Our Dear Leader's legacy so far is screwing the pooch on what should have been an economic recovery and nominating a woman to the Supreme Court who makes racist statements that would have made George Wallace blush.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Ace correctly calls the difference between the Right & Left

Here is the money quote from really good rant.

...let us not forget an important factor: Conservativism was the no-bullshit party. If you were a liberal, there’s a whole list of pieties you were required to loudly proclaim your belief in, even if you didn’t believe them at all.

Red meat bad, green power good, everyone on welfare is a deserving soul who is out of work through no fault whatsoever of his own, and, in fact, it’s really the productive members of society who are to blame for their ills, when you think of it.

You know the litany.

Conservatives, on the other hand, had — for a while — a fairly open and dynamic and vigorous exchange of ideas, in which some ideas might be wrong, some ideas might be crazy, but few ideas were actually forbidden.

Go read the whole thing.

John Bergstrom Doesn't Play Well With Others


There are days that I think that we need a new party.

Which is how I got involved with the Libertarians two decades ago.
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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Quote of the Day

One must admit, though, that socialist dogma is even more effective than ale in causing one “to see the world as the world’s not.” After all, no matter how much alcohol one consumes, one will eventually sober up…

Yup, true words from AuricTech. Suggested by Leslie Bates, who has an interesting, and frighteningly sobering, prediction concerning our Dear Leader and his distaste for actual democracy.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Suggestion For Democrats

Normally I'm not in the habit of making suggestions to Democrats (apart from "drop dead" and "go to Hell"), but I think I will today.

If you're going to point a finger at a bad guy and accuse him of doing bad things it really, really, really helps if you don't have the blood of innocents on your own hands.

According to Michael Ledeen, the supreme witch doctor of the theocratic stockyard of Iran has made this very point:

Even inside the U.S., one is amazed, during the time of the administration of these very Democrats, the Democratic Party in America, the time of the presidency of the husband of this so-called “lady” who expresses her opinions, 80, 80 something people who were a part of the Davudi sect, were burnt alive; there’s no room for denying this. These “excellencies” did this deed; it was these very Democrats…the Davudi sect which they themselves call BRANCH DAVIDIANS. For some unknown reason, these people incurred the wrath of American and inside a house…they went over there and besieged the place and whatever they did, they didn’t come out and so they ended up setting the house on fire and 80 something men, women and children burned alive! You think you know something about human rights?!

We have to remember that authority is based on knowledge. Moral authority is founded on the knowledge of moral law, something that Democrats have daily demonstrated their ignorance of.

What are your questions on this block of instruction?
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Monday, June 15, 2009

The Doctor's Daughter really is the Doctor's Daughter

Odd bit of SciFi trivia I hadn't picked up on. Georgia Moffett, who played Jenny, the cloned daughter of the 10th Doctor, David Tenant, is the daughter of Peter Davison, who played the 5th Doctor. Keeping in the trend, Moffett's best friend in school was the daughter of Colin Baker, the 6th Doctor.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Recently updated

I've updated a few of my sig quote pages recently.

Page 5 of RKBA quotes


Page 16 of political quotes

Page 9 of general quotes

The Barack Hussein Obama quote page

Share and enjoy.

Dont' forget to check out the the Urbin Report for updates as well.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Quote of the Day

Barack Obama’s ability to spin words and seem to be everything to everyone is running smack into an unprecedented role for him: executive responsibility.

-- Thomas Lifson

So anyway...

I went out on a short drive in the country this morning. Saw all sorts of cows in the pastures with their newborn calves. And of course the aroma of freshly dropped Marxist doctrine was in the air. Drove through a college town too.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blast From The Past



"Let it be asked how any person wholly devoid of talent, skill, accomplishment, wit, beauty, charm, or even the practical ability to earn a living by routine labor, can conceivably become an object of flattering, greeted with applause and given a hearing for the feeblest inanities -- obviously nothing will serve except political position."

-- Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine (1943)

We should consider ourselves fortunate that The Big Zero is actually a mere mortal who is only deified by the press and some of his supporters. The alternative is much worse.
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Archie finally chooses

Here is the news straight from Archie Comics.

Starting with issue #600, there will be a six part story titled "Archie marries Veronica."
Issue #600 is part one, "The Proposal."

The cover art shows Betty standing outside the jewelry store, where Archie is on one knee and Veronica is saying "Yes!". Betty is clearly crying and yes, you Hooper X fans out there, Jughead is outside too and he looks a little broken up.

Originally posted at the Urbin Report.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

"When the word leader, or leadership, returns to current use, it connotes a relapse into barbarism. For a civilized people, it is the most ominous word in any language."

-- Isabel Paterson, The God of the Machine. (1943)

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Monday Book Pick: Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose

A Memorial Day special Monday Book Pick. If you have seen the series and haven’t read the book, do so. There is a lot of detail that didn’t make it to the screen. This book follows Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from their initial training to the unit’s deactivation in November 1945. The Normande landings on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and more.

Monday Book Pick Archive

Originally posted at the Urbin Report

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What is it with Obama and Hookers?

First it was $2.6 Million US tax dollars to Train Chinese Prostitutes.
Now it’s $178,000 US Tax Dollars to study prostitutes in Thailand.

David Williams, vice president for policy at Citizens Against Government Waste is correct in his assessment of this latest study, “This really is a complete waste of money and should not be funded by the taxpayer.”

On the other hand, Barry could just be doing some research on places he plans on visiting in his role as our Dear Leader. According the comedian Jay Mohr, we shouldn’t blame him for looking for something on the side.

Originally posted at the Urbin Report.

Monday, May 04, 2009

The political theater of the absurd

How else do you describe our Dear Leader going on TV with the Tax Cheat he put in charge of the US Treasury Department, so they could describe how they are going after offshore tax havens?

I don't give this good odds of getting through Congress. It's a fairly safe bet that a majority of the Senate and good chunk of the House have some of their own money sheltered from US taxes in those offshore tax havens. I'm pretty sure both of my Senators, the convicted felon and the admitted war criminal, are avoiding their fair share of taxes that way.

The Secret of Building Twitter Followers

If you are on twitter, odds are that you have had multiple people follow you who claim to be able to grow your follower list.

Here is the key secret to growing followers that they won't tell you.

Post tweets that people want to read.

Start there. The rest will follow.

Oh, ya. Making your icon a picture of a hot woman helps too. :-) It works even better if it an actual picture of you.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Filming in the Arctic

I watched Stargate:Continuum last night. The coolest part was the extra feature about filming on the Arctic ice pack in Northern Alaska.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Where the new posts have been.

Most of my new posts have been over at the Urbin Report.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday Book Pick: Princess of Wands

Princess of Wands by John Ringo

A slightly different hero than the genre usally sees in this modern day horror/adventure tale by NY Times best selling author John Ringo.

Barbara Everett is a Christian soccer mom from the southeastern United States. Who just happens to an expert in martial arts and combat shooting. Which comes in handy when Lovecraftian evil comes a calling on her quiet vacation spot. This book is actually a collection of several stories, including one that takes place mostly at a SciFi/Fantasy con. A lot of industry inside baseball in that one, which makes it way cool.

Monday Book Pick Archive

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Quote of the Day

"...status is not the American Conservative position. Rather, conservatives believe that change for change's sake is folly. What kind of change? At what cost? For the liberals and progressives, everything was expendable, from tradition to individualism to "outdated" conceptions of freedom. These were all tired dogmas to be burned on the alters of the news age."

Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.

More at the Urbin Report

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Anniversary

Today is the sixteenth anniversary of the Waco Massacre.

This is a reason why no one could in good conscience vote for any active member of the Democratic Party.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday B-Movie Pick: L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

Keeping on the film noir trend, comes this classic from 1997. A great cast, a gripping story and look into the dark steamy side of beautiful, sunny, southern California. Kim Basinger won an Oscar for her role in this film. Other cast members includes: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, and James Cromwell. Cromwell shows his range in this role. His other work has included Star Trek films and the “Revenge of the Nerds” films. Part the films depth is watching the growth of the characters played by Crowe, Pearce and Spacey. In all, it’s a dark, well made film that tells its story through complex characters.

The Friday B-Movie Archive.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The left’s “Deity”

I kid you not. I received the following tweet from a leftist troll today.

I’m a supporter of change the change our great and divine leader president Obama has brought to america

Let’s take a look at that statement through the eyes of a rational adult in a free society.
First off, “great and divine leader”? This leftist troll should move to North Korea, he would fit right in.
Second, note that the troll capitalized the name of his “great and divine leader”, but couldn’t be bothered to capitalize the name of the nation he lives in and provides him the freedoms to decent.

This leftist troll was complaining about American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.
He claimed that this exercise of the basic Human Right of Free Speech was “treason” against his “great and divine leader.” This leftist troll sets his cult of personality beliefs above that of the Constitution of the United States of America. I would not be surprised if this leftist troll demonstrated the left’s typical lack of basic history by calling those who are exercising their Civil Rights “fascists.”

Originally posted at the Urbin Report

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Someone Else's Thought For The Day

From John Cox of Cox and Forkum:



In the comments GarandFan said:

Guess that explains why Obama removed the bust of Churchill from the oval office. No need to be reminded daily that you're an idiot.


We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

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Late Edition: Friday B-Movie Pick

I posted this last Friday over at the Urbin Report.

Friday B-Movie Pick Pick: Cat People

The 1982 film noir classic, complete with David Bowie doing the title song. A great cast including Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, and Annette O’Toole (That’s Superboy’s mom for you Smallville fans). This is a remake of the 1942 original (which I admit to not having seen yet), with plenty of casual nudity by Kinski & O’Toole and more than its fair share of gore. That includes a scene involving Ed Begley Jr.. Don’t worry, it’s one of the gore scenes, not one of the casual nudity scenes.

The Friday B-Movie Archive.

“Hope & Change” does not include tolerance.

It seems that tolerance, as well as diversity, is not included in the set of “Hope & Change.”

Since Arizona State University made the rational and well thought out decision not grant our Dear Leader an honorary degree because of his overall lack of experience in just about anything, the radical extremist far left that makes up the most rabid of Team Lightbringer’s supporters have reacted true to form.

ASU dared to defy their leftist deity, so they want the heretics burned. I’m not kidding. There have been actual death threats from the “open minded and tolerant” left.

Laurie Chassin co-chairs the ASU Honorary Degree Committee along with Christine Wilkinson, but she is on sabbatical this year and is not involved in this year’s evaluations. According to a source within the administration, she reportedly received death threats after this story hit national news on Thursday. An ASU spokesperson said they started receiving hate-email within minutes after the story was published on Huffington Post.


The President’s friend and advisor, the terrorist William Ayers should be proud.

Originally posted at the Urbin Report.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Some Random Thoughts From Thomas Sowell

I am so old that I can remember when music was musical.

Barack Obama seems determined to repeat every disastrous mistake of the 1930s, at home and abroad. He has already repeated Herbert Hoover's policy of raising taxes on high income earners, FDR's policy of trying to micro-manage the economy and Neville Chamberlain's policy of seeking dialogues with hostile nations while downplaying the dangers they represent.

Perhaps the scariest aspect of our times is how many people think in talking points, rather than in terms of real world consequences.

How a man who holds the entire population of a country as his prisoners, and punishes the families of those who escape, can be admired by people who call themselves liberals is one of the many wonders of the human mind's ability to rationalize. Yet such is the case with Fidel Castro.

What does "economic justice" mean, except that you want something that someone else produced, without having to produce anything yourself in return?

Socialists believe in government ownership of the means of production. Fascists believed in government control of privately owned businesses, which is much more the style of this government. That way, politicians can intervene whenever they feel like it and then, when their interventions turn out badly, summon executives from the private sector before Congress and denounce them on nationwide television.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Morning Quotes

Isn’t the border fence shovel-ready?

Obama and his minions will be blaming President Bush for EVERYTHING 'till their dying breath.

"Under my plan of a cap and trade system electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket" -- Barack H. Obama

During the campaign, a fellow journalist confided that "I know Obama is a Manchurian candidate, I just can't figure out what for." -- Michael Goodwin

"You'll note that politicians no longer spend money, they invest it. Don't worry about paying more to the [IRS]. You aren't being taxed; you're taking a plunge on a fly-by-night stock issue." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'll do good with his own money -- if a gun is held to his head." -- P.J. O'Rourke

"There's nothing like a dead body found in a pool of someone else's blood." -- Leslie Bates

"Wearing a Che shirt in a free nation is as disgusting as wearing a Heinrich Himmler shirt in Tel Aviv." -- Leslie Bates

"In other words, under Attorney General John Ashcroft, the FBI, the INS and the Department of Justice are so out of control that they have actually begun to enforce U.S. immigration laws." -- Ann Coulter

"The exact same people who are now demanding prison for Libby for not remembering who told him about Plame are the ones who told us it was perfectly plausible for Bill Clinton to forget that Monica Lewinsky repeatedly performed oral sex on him in the Oval Office. Even if chubby Jewish brunettes aren't your type, be honest: Which of the two events would stand out more in your memory?" -- Ann Coulter

"Because of the industrialization of agriculture -- using massive amounts of fossil fuel -- only 2 percent of Americans work in farming. And yet they produce enough food to feed all 300 million Americans, with plenty left over for export. When are liberals going to break the news to their friends in Darfur that they all have to starve to death to save the planet?" -- Ann Coulter

"Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them." -- Walter Mondale, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 4/20/94

"If cowardly and dishonorable men sometimes shoot unarmed men with army pistols or guns, the evil must be prevented by the penitentiary and gallows, and not by a general deprivation of a constitutional privilege." -- Arkansas Supreme Court, 1878

"Communism and socialism is seductive. It promises us that people will contribute according to ability and receive according to needs. Everybody is equal. Everybody has a right to decent housing, decent food and affordable medical care. History should have taught us that when we hear people talk this stuff -- watch out!" -- Walter Williams

"The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal." -- Peter Brimelow, [and others] National Review 02/01/93

"The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people." -- William O. Douglas

"You can count on a few things in this world. The swallows will return to Capistrano. Salmon will spawn. Canada's geese will fly south for the winter. And tax cuts will create growth" -- Investor's Business Daily

"Saddam Hussein's continued life is more of a problem than Osama bin Laden's," -- former Clinton Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Christian Science Monitor, November 2003

Annoy a Leftist: Think!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party Signs

Two sources of images for Tax Day Tea Party signs, MarshBaby & Simon Jester.

For those of you who are not SciFi fans, Simon Jester is reference to Robert Heinlein's classic The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, which was the Monday Book pick on January 26, 2009.

Also published at the Urbin Report.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Team BHO isn't letting any crisis go to waste.

Kenn Jacobine notes that our Dear Leader's team isn't letting the crisis in Mexico go to waste either.

It's a chance for them to attack your basic human right of self-defense and the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. A document that is clearly in the way of Team Lightbringer's goals.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

The Corruption keeps rolling along

Corrupt democrat Congressman John Murtha is continuing his pattern of pork barrel spending.

Four of the earmark requests from Murtha’s office are for current or former clients of a lobbying firm, the PMA Group, that is currently under federal investigation for connection to possible "straw" donations to Murtha and other Democratic members of the House.


Murtha also has not yet apologized to the cleared US Marines he insulted.

Originally posted at the Urbin Report

Friday, April 03, 2009

Friday B-Movie Pick

A good cold war thriller, The Killer Elite stars James Caan and Robert Duvall in this Sam Peckinpah flick. Excellent martial arts scenes as well. Good supporting roles from Mako, Bo Hopkins and Burt Young.

The Friday B-Movie Archive.







Politics As Usual

Meanwhile, inside the Beltway...

The president's e-mail list of 13-million resulted in just 114,000 individual pledges — a response rate of less than 1 percent. Party workers secured another 100,000 signatures by hitting the streets. The DNC arrived at its 642,000 figure by making three photocopies of each petition so that every signer's senators and representative could get one.

DNC spokesperson Natalie Wyeth responded: "This effort was designed to give our supporters the tools to influence their elected officials. Of course we delivered a pledge to each of their members of Congress — 642,000 pledges. That's what we said we were delivering and that's what we did."

When asked about the impression in the DNC press release that there were 642,000 unique pledges, she offered no response.


Gosh, what a surprise.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Netcast of the Week.

If you listen to one pod/netcast this week, make it episode 43 of Brassballs Radio.

Wendy “RightGirl” Sullivan interviews Ezra Levant about his 900 day ordeal with the Canadian so-called “Human Rights” Commission, which is actually a rigged “kangaroo court.”

Here is the first in a series of videos of one of Levant’s interrogations by the “Human Rights” commission.



Mr. Levant went on to write a book about his ordeal and how these so-called “courts” in Canada operate. Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights is selling out all over Canada. It’s a wake up call for what can happen in America if the left continues to push its agenda of “political correctness.”

Originally posted at The Urbin Report.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day:

"Remember: The guy who's trying to nationalize industry and start his own youth corps isn't the fascist. That was the previous occupant." -- Jim Treacher

Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Book Pick

The New Thought Police: Inside the Left’s Assault on Free Speech and Free Minds by Tammy Bruce and Laura C. Schlessinger

Tammy Bruce is a classic Liberal, not a leftist. A very important distinction these days. Unlike the far left extremists that have hijacked the democrat party, Classic Liberals are defenders of Free Speech.

The Monday Book Pick Archive

First published at the Urbin Report.

AIG execs pressured to donate to democrat Senator Dodd

The Washington Times has the story on how the Senate Banking Committee Chair, democrat Chris Dodd, collected large donations from AIG employees.

Mr. Dodd's campaign quickly hit pay dirt, collecting more than $160,000 from employees and their spouses at the AIG Financial Products division (AIG-FP) in Wilton, Conn., in the days before he took over as the committee chairman in January 2007. Months later, the senator transferred the donations to jump-start his 2008 presidential bid, which later failed.

Now, two years later, Mr. Dodd has emerged as a central figure in the government's decision to let executives at the now-failing AIG collect more than $218 million in bonuses, according to the Connecticut attorney general - even as the company was receiving billions of dollars in assistance from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). He acknowledged that he slipped a provision into legislation in February that authorized the bonuses, but said the Treasury Department asked him to do it.
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The employees were told, "If you agree," to write checks for $2,100 from themselves and their spouses and to send them to Mr. Dodd's campaign within four days. They also were to ask the senior members of their management teams to do the same and send copies of their checks to the company.

The Dodd campaign collected $162,100 from AIG-FP employees and their spouses within six weeks of the e-mail, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics and the Federal Election Commission.


Note that the employees were told to send copies of their checks to the company. That may be legal, but it clearly crosses an ethical line.

Originally published at the Urbin Report.

Cap and Tax

Our Dear Leader's so-called "Cap and Trade" program is really a "Cap and Tax" program that is going to suck more money from the paychecks of every American.

This energy tax is going to hit the poorest the hardest, since they pay the largest percentage of their income on energy costs (electricity, heating and transportation).

White House sources have admitted that this will be an average increase of $1,800 per family!

President Obama’s energy tax plan -- a version of the failed European “cap and trade” global warming fiasco -- may cost families $1,800 yearly in higher utility bills, far exceeding his promised $800 a year tax cut for 95% of Americans.

While campaigning, Obama admitted that his energy plan would cause electric bills to “skyrocket.” President Obama’s energy tax plan -- a version of the failed European “cap and trade” global warming fiasco -- may cost families $1,800 yearly in higher utility bills, far exceeding his promised $800 a year tax cut for 95% of Americans.

While campaigning, Obama admitted that his energy plan would cause electric bills to “skyrocket.”


So when Candidate Obama said that Americans making less than $250,000 a year would not see any new taxes, he was lying! Get used to it folks. It's a long way until January 20, 2013.

Also published at the Urbin Report.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday B Movie Pick

A Force of One

A Chuck Norris classic from 1979. Bill “Superfoot” Wallace also has a big presence in this film. For the star power, Jennifer O’Neill does quite nicely. Eric Laneuville plays Norris’ adopted son, in his second martial arts film (the first was 1974’s Black Belt Jones), and later appeared in “St. Elsewhere.”

The Friday B-Movie Archive.

Originally posted at the Urbin Report.

Marion Barry, tax cheat

Former democrat D.C. Mayor, and former crackhead, Marion Barry has joined the ranks of many prominent democrats.

He is, like our Dear Leader's Secretary of the Treasury, a tax cheat.

According to the Washington Post, Barry "owes the federal government more than $277,000 in back taxes and skipped at least six months of recent payments on taxes owed to the D.C. government, according to federal authorities.”

HT to Mr. Reynolds

First Posted at the Urbin Report.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Another One Bites the Dust!

Yet another one of BHO's selections, this one for Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has removed his name from the running. It was disclosed that Jon Cannon was on the board of a nonprofit group faulted for mishandling federal grant money.

A 2007 EPA inspector general's report on the foundation alleged a variety of irregularities involving $25 million in federal grants to assess water quality problems, including those at farms and pork processing facilities. The problems with accounting, improper cash advances and similar violations stretched from 1998 to 2005, according to the report.


Also posted at The Urbin Report.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

BHO Teleprompter upgrade

If you look at the carefully edited photographs of our Dear Leader last night posted by CNN and MSNBC, you'll quickly notice what's missing.

His teleprompter screens.

BHO addiction to his teleprompter, and his gaffe filled stuttering speaking style, without it have been noted by those who pay even the slightest bit of attention.

Red State points out the truth. Our Dear Leader didn't go teleprompter cold turkey. His teleprompter was "upgraded to a full-size plasma screen at the back of the room from which to read his remarks."



Jeff Emanuel nails it:

Look, you can give him (or his handlers) credit for realizing what a story the glass plates the supposedly-articulate president had become utterly dependent on to make anything remotely resembling a coherent public address. However, you can’t give them credit, as so many are trying to do this morning, for ditching the scripting altogether, any more than you can give a kid credit for no longer cheating on a test because he scrubbed the answers off of his forearm and instead brought them to class on a piece of poster board.


The illusion that Obama is a skilled speaker is rapidly fading.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

#1 at Amazon

The #1 seller for all books at Amazon today is Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

Barely two months into the administration of the most far left extremist President in over 30 years, and a book called a "manifesto for the conservative movement for the 21st century", and explains how conservative principles are "always an enhancement to individual freedom" is flying off the shelves and into the minds of Americans.

Could it be the centrists who voted for "Change" without looking too closely at just what that change was are having a bit of buyers remorse? It's a safe bet that Conservatives and right of center centrists who stayed home on election day because they just weren't that thrilled with John McCain are figuring out that the lesser of two evils wasn't such a bad idea after all?

It does appear that the left's crowing about the "death of Conservatism" after our Dear Leader's election, was a bit premature.

Also available on the Kindle, and an audio book on CD.





Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday Book Pick - On Basilisk Station

On Basilisk Station by David Weber

The first book in David Weber's best selling Honor Harrington series. Often, and accurately called "Horatio Hornblower in Space," this series tells the tale of an Officer in Royal Manticorian Navy. In this book, she is a Commander and has just received her second "Hyper" command. Set in the far future, the series has a definate "Age of Sail" feel, with missle broadsides instead cannon broadsides.

The Monday Book Pick Archive





Sunday, March 22, 2009

Insight into BHO

Some our Dear Leader's recent actions give some valuable insight into his policies and priorities. Here are three examples.

Wanting disabled vets to pick up their own tab at VA hospitals. That Jon Stewart jumped on him over this, is a clear sign that this was an incredible stupid idea. It also gives an insight into BHO’s priorities. Money for Disabled military veterans is OK to cut from the budget. $900 million for the terrorist group Hamas and billions for the vote fraud specialists at ACORN is a good place to spend US tax payer dollars.

His “gift” for the British Prime Minister. The British PM gives a thoughtful and historically significant gift designed to honor the new President. BHO gives the Prime Minister, who is blind in one eye and in danger of losing sight in his other eye, a set of DVDs. To further demonstrate the lack of thought in this gift, the DVDs are not encoded in the regional format for the UK, i.e. they won’t play in most UK DVD players. The only thing more insulting would to have included Netflicks return envelopes.

Picking Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State. From a political standpoint, it was smart move. It got her out of the Senate, where she was seen as a strong party leader. From a governing the country standpoint, it doesn’t seem that smart. How many fluent Russian speakers are there in the State Department? Enough to get the word “reset” translated properly is a pretty safe bet. HRC couldn’t find one though. The Russians have to be questioning her basic competence now. HRC is infamous for selecting staff for their personal loyalty to her above all else. Is she letting that go down to the level of picking a translator on that basis rather than competence in the Russian language? It appears so. HRC is certainly smart, and politically savvy, but foreign policy was never her strong point. BHO it seems, was more concerned about removing a political rival from a position that threatened him, than selecting a qualified individual for an important foreign policy position.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saturday Edition of the Friday B-Movie Pick

Sunset
On this Saturday edition of of the Friday B-Movie Pick, Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp meet in 1929 Hollywood. Bruce Willis and James Garner star in this Blake Edwards film with the score by Henry Mancini. Gardner's portrail of Wyatt Earp reminds me (favorably) of Kurt Russell's Wyatt Earp in Tombstone.

Friday B-Movie Archive

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

About those AIG Bonus

Those $150 million in bonus are perfectly legal and are protected by our Dear Leader's bailout bill pushed through by the democrat controlled congress.
If you want to be angry at somebody, direct your ire at Senator Chris Dodd, the democrat who received the largest amount of campaign donations from AIG out of the entire congress.
Let's go the the wording in the bill:

`SEC. 111. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.

[. . .]

`(iii) The prohibition required under clause (i) shall not be construed to prohibit any bonus payment required to be paid pursuant to a written employment contract executed on or before February 11, 2009, as such valid employment contracts are determined by the Secretary or the designee of the Secretary.


As the nice folks at Redstate point out, let's look at the bonus our Dear Leader got from AIG.
Senator Barack Obama received a $101,332 bonus from American International Group in the form of political contributions according to Opensecrets.org. The two biggest Congressional recipients of bonuses from the A.I.G. are - Senators Chris Dodd and Senator Barack Obama.

Any laws to "tax away" the AIG bonuses should also target the money AIG gave to Dodd and BHO.

Update: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are planning on handing out millions in bonuses. These Government Sponsored companies are at the root of the current finanical crisis, with their democrat driven reckless policy of pushing loans for those who clearly cannot afford them. Where is the outrage?
The two companies, which together own or back more than half of the home mortgages in the country, have been hobbled by skyrocketing loan defaults. Fannie recently requested $15 billion in federal aid, while Freddie has sought a total of almost $45 billion.
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Michael Williams, Washington-based Fannie Mae's executive vice president and chief operating officer, is due to receive a $611,000 retention award this year on top of his $676,000 base salary.

Williams received a $260,000 retention bonus last year and is in line for another $429,000 next February, for an expected total of $1.3 million, according to the SEC filing.

David Hisey, the company's deputy chief financial offer, is expected to receive a $517,000 retention award this year in addition to his $385,000 salary and $160,000 cash bonus. He received a $220,000 retention award last year and is due to receive $363,000 next February, for a total of $1.1 million

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Russia plans "Large Scale Rearming"

According to the New York Times, not only does Russian plan on "bolstering" their armed and nuclear forces, Russia as started "an effort to overhaul the operations of the armed forces, which are still run largely according to Soviet-style dictates."

Welcome to the Age of Obama. As our gaffe prone VP got right, our enemies abroad see this inexperienced President, who would prefer to ignore non-domestic issues, as an opportunity to expand their power at the expense of the United States and the rest of the Free World.

UPDATE: As Russian works to upgrade their military capabilities, Team Lightbringer is cutting major US military weapons programs.

Two defense officials who were not authorized to speak publicly said Gates will announce up to a half-dozen major weapons cancellations later this month. Candidates include a new Navy destroyer, the Air Force's F-22 fighter jet, and Army ground-combat vehicles, the offi cials said.


Let's see, cutting Naval ships while the Communist Chinese Navy is getting more aggressive, cutting the F-22 while the Russians are upgrading their anti-aircraft systems to take out everything but the F-22, and the Army ground-combat vehicles that give the US Infantry a good chunk of it's advantage on the ground.

I'm starting to get a nasty feeling that Billy Jeff Clinton cared for the members of the United States military more than our Dear Leader does.

Additional Update: Our Dear Leader sends a clear message to US military veterans and it isn't pretty. According to the Washington Times, BHO plan to generate extra budget money by forcing veterans to pay for some medical treatments through their private insurance.

Let me get this straight, our Dear Leader is OK with sending $900 million of the US Tax Payer's earnings to the Islamofascists in Hamas, but covering the medical bills wounded US military veterans is something he feels can be cut from the budget?
That is just plain wacked wrong.

Ayn Rand more popular than Obama

Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged outsold our Dear Leader's bio book in 2008.

A question of competence Part II

From the New York Daily News,

Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, “Do you think they know what they’re doing?”

The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter. As we talked, I quickly realized his asking suggested his own considerable doubts.

Yes, it’s early, but an eerily familiar feeling is spreading across party lines and seeping into the national conversation. It’s a nagging doubt about the competency of the White House.


Ed Morrissey comments:
Well, what did people expect? For the first time in decades and perhaps ever, America chose a President without executive experience in the public or private sectors, and without military command experience. If people expected smooth performance and cool competence from that kind of resume, then the best that can be said about them is that they indulged in self-delusion on a massive scale.

For the rest of us, this comes as no surprise at all.
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Obama is in over his head, and so are his closest aides, such as Geithner, Hillary, and the entire team.


Other than his campaign for President, which was actually run by a seasoned team of long term campaign professionals, our Dear Leader has absolutely zero experience in running anything. He has never worked in the private sector, or ever held an executive position in any government. He's not even served on a School Board or run a Girl Scout troop. The closest he's come to any kind of leadership experience was as a Cub Scout in Indonesia.

So what we have is a Community Organizer of the United States (CCOTS) trying to learn how to be the Leader of the Free World by on the job training. OtJT that seems to be coming in a distant second to a busy party schedule.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Monday Book Pick

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson.

In a departure from his classic Cyberpunk works, Pattern Recognition is a modern day story that involves the dark corners of the Internet and modern Guerrilla Marketing. Protagonist Cayce Pollard is an expert on spotting market trends and is hired to track down one of the latest bits of Internet culture.

Also available for the Kindle

The Monday Book Pick Archive

Obama's massive middle class tax hike

Our Dear Leader is planning “the largest middle-class tax increase in history.”
This is a plan to tax medical benefits. As part of our Dear Leader's plan to socialize the medical industry here in the United States. Step one: fleece those with medical insurance to raise money to screw them.

The hypocrisy is pretty thick:

In television advertisements last fall, Mr. Obama criticized his Republican rival for the presidency, Senator John McCain of Arizona, for proposing to tax all employer-provided health benefits. The benefits have long been tax-free, regardless of how generous they are or how much an employee earns. The advertisements did not point out that Mr. McCain, in exchange, wanted to give all families a tax credit to subsidize the purchase of coverage.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday B-Movie Pick

Shaun of the Dead

Special Friday the 13th edition of B-Movie picks brings you a comedy about zombies and English pubs.

Friday B-Movie Pick Archive

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A question of competence.

Pejman Yousefzadeh writes about what he calls "The Great Vetting Disaster" that has been the Obama administration.

2009 is the anti-2008 for Team Obama. Whereas, last year, the Obama campaign was able to demonstrate its supreme competence at running a campaign, raising money, and using technology to further Barack Obama’s political goals and personal ambitions, once Team Obama moved into the White House, it seemed that its hold on managerial competence disappeared. Thus, we have a Treasury Secretary whose tax delinquencies were not discovered by the Obama vetting system, and who is Home Alone at the Treasury Department because the White House can’t get its nominees confirmed quickly enough to provide the Treasury Secretary the personnel support he needs to deal with the greatest economic crisis since the recession of the early 1980s.

Add to the list the numerous Team BHO picks who have had to drop out over non-payment of taxes.
And in the latest personnel snafu, the selection of Charles Freeman as the Chairman of the National Intelligence Counsel has been withdrawn.

Ahhh...Freeman, a bought and paid for asset of the House of Saud who said the Communist Chinese government was too soft on the students protesting for democracy at Tiananmen Square. Personally, I think he was a perfect pick for the Obama administration.
There is more detail on this insightful selection of our Dear Leader.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

50 Days That Changed the World

Gateway Pundit has correctly identified those fifty days as the "Obama Disaster."
Here are some of the highlights.

** Obama is on track to spend more money than any person in the history of the planet.
** Obama and Pelosi's stimulus bill was the largest spending bill in the history of the planet.
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** He's lost at least 3 administration nominees due to tax fraud.
** He's promoted a tax cheat to run the IRS and Treasury.
** He's insulted America's greatest ally, Great Britain.
** He's reneged on missile agreements with allies Poland and the Czech Republic.
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** The Obama stock market had its worst January in 113 years.
** The stock market had its worst February since 1933.
** The Dow has dropped faster under Obama than any other new president in 90 years.
** Obama's budget more than doubles the national debt held by the public, and adds more to the debt than all previous presidents -- from George Washington to George W. Bush -- combined.

There is more, much more.
Barak Obama, Worst President Ever." Yup, he's working to steal the crown from fellow democrat Jimmy Carter.

Monday, March 09, 2009

One thing Biden got right

Remember when Joe Biden said there would be countries challenging the new President, within six months of his taking office? That was one thing Joe was spot on correct about.

Latest in the parade of enemies of Freedom is Communist China. The AP reports:

The Pentagon charged Monday that five Chinese ships shadowed and maneuvered dangerously close to a U.S. Navy vessel in an apparent attempt to harass the American crew.

Defense officials in the Obama administration said the incident Sunday followed several days of "increasingly aggressive" acts by Chinese ships in the region. The incident took place in international waters in the South China Sea, about 75 miles south of Hainan Island.


Let's see, the Iranians are building nuclear bombs, the North Koreans are launching missiles, and the Russians are taking over military bases we need to supply our troops in Afghanistan.

In case you are grasping how big a problem this is, let's review our Dear Leader's recent gaffe filled visit with the Prime Minister of Great Britain. That was explained, by the President's own staff, as BHO and his team being "overwhelmed." Wait! It gets worse!
A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to “even fake an interest in foreign policy”. …


As I said before the election, "President Obama" is Putin’s wet dream. BHO's own choice for VP, agreed with me, although he put a bit more politely.

Monday Book Pick

To Your Scattered Bodies Go, the first book in the RiverWorld series by the late Philip Jose Farmer

PJF passed away recently, so this week's pick is his Hugo award winning classic, To Your Scattered Bodies Go. The book features literally everyone who lived and died from early Man's first appearance on Earth to 1985.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

Goals & Priorities

I wrote before that I think that our Dear Leader and his team are in over their heads in regards to the economy. They aren't sure of what to do and the market is responding to that lack of confidence.

Here is another theory, Team BO just really doesn't care about the economy. It will recover on its on over time and they have other priorities. That is what Kevin McCullough is claiming and he makes sense.

President Obama knows the history of recessions and how Americans get out of them. He knows, for example, that if he gave back to the American family in just pure cash handouts what he is instead planning on taxing them (with interest) in the days to come, that the number would loom between $25,000-$65,000 per family, for every family in America.

But pretending to be doing something about the problem is only half the strategy for Obama. He truly intends to see socialized health care, and European styled labor agreements become reality in America. He knows the consequences of doing such things, he’s seen all the projections and what the outcomes would be, but he’s doing it anyway.

This actually fits in with his Chief of Staff's often quoted mantra: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." The economic crisis is being used by the far left extremists to create an atmosphere of fear and shove through socialist policies under the guise of "helping the economy."

If our Dear Leader and the democrats where interested in helping the economy, they would focus on job creation by small businesses. Most jobs in this country are in small businesses and unlike "shovel ready" construction projects, those jobs will still be there when the taxpayer funding runs out. Instead, the policies of our Dear Leader and the democrats are designed to hurt small businesses.

Ed Morrissey has his own thoughts on Kevin McCullough's theory:
Obama is a typical liberal ideologue who thinks that America has failed in the sense of equality of result. He sees inequities and thinks that government exists to eliminate all of them. My guess is that he’s aiming much more for France than Venezuela, but neither are particularly palatable destinations for a national economy. Obama seems to see our entire 230-year history as a long crisis that his statist policies will end.

What we’re seeing is the policy playbook of the Left. We predicted this all along, while the media hailed Obama as some sort of centrist without a shred of evidence for that. He has a long history, though, of alliances with the Left, and it comes as no shock that Obama has shown his true colors in the first days of his presidency. Massive government spending, reductions in defense, and preparation for nationalization of health care, banks, and other private industries fit well as a pattern with those policy goals.


Bottom line. Obama's goal is not to fix the economy, but to fundamentally change the role of government in the United States of America.

UPDATE: BusinessWeek asks: Did Obama cause the stock slide?

Sunday, March 08, 2009

A good example of leftist hate speach

Dehumanize your opponents and then rationalize violence against them. As this leftist demonstrates:

Q. How many dittoheads does it take to roof a house?
A. Depends on how thin you slice them


I'm sure you can find some historical examples of political movements considering humans as materials for construction, or lamp shades, or socks.

Yup, this is the mindset of the "compassionate liberal."

I question his priorities

Attorney General Holder must be proud.

Our democrat Dear Leader's Attorney General Eric Holder must be so very proud of the Detroit City Council. They had an open discussion on race.

Speakers advocating for the deal were taunted by the crowd and cut short by Council President Monica Conyers [the wife of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers], who presided over the hearing like an angry bulldog; whites were advised by the citizens to, “Go home.”

Opponents were allowed to rant and ramble on uninterrupted about “those people” who want to steal Detroit’s assets and profit from the city’s labors.

A pitiful Teamster official who practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the council.

When he dared suggest that an improved Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers reminded him, “Those workers look like you; they don’t look like me.”

Desperate, he invoked President Barack Obama’s message of unity and was angrily warned, “Don’t you say his name here.”

This gentle readers, is how "open discussions of race" go in the Age of Obama.

Dangerously incompetent

Our Dear Leader claims that the stock market is merely a "tracking poll."

People don't invest their retirement in a "tracking poll."

Perhaps we have a "Community Organizer of the United States" who is so out of touch with the actual reality of how actual real Americans live because he has never held a real job in his life.

He was a Senator for less than one term, and spent most of that not doing his job. His record as a state legislature consists of mostly voting "present." He never had a job in the private sector. BHO never served in an executive position in government before becoming the leader of the free world. He hasn't even spent time on a school board.

A quick review of history



See democrats Maxine Waters, Gregory Meeks, Lacy Clay, Artur Davis and Barney Frank defend Freddie/Frannie and attack calls for regulations. Maxine Waters goes as far to defend the policy of giving government insured loans to people who can't pay for them. See one of our Dear Leader's financial advisers claim that houses are "risk free."

See Republicans Ed Royce, Christopher Shays, Don Manzullo call for regulation and point out that Freddie/Fannie are not covered by Sarbanes-Oxley.

There are some Republican congresscritters who should be testifying in orange prison jumpsuits along with Waters, Frank, Dowd and the other democrats who engineered the housing market meltdown for political gain. The CRA, however is at the root of the housing market meltdown and is a creation of the democrat party and was designed to buy votes using federal taxpayer money.

Anyone who tries to tell you that the current financial meltdown is purely the fault of President G.W. Bush (although he does share some of the blame), is either ignorant of the basic facts or is lying in order to promote a hyper-partisan far left agenda.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

The shifting perception of Obama

Tapscott nails it in his DC Examiner column:

Now, though, the mask is off and the disconnect between rhetoric and reality is emerging as the dominant driver of the Obama narrative. The contrast is no longer between the young, personable, historic candidate Obama and a creaky, cranky old Republican White Guy, it's between what America thought it was getting in a President Obama (cool, reasonable and beyond partisanship) and what it now sees as the reality of a President Obama (government spending out of control, an uncertain hand on foreign policy, broken promises, more bureaucrats, etc. etc.).

Put another way - what we see now is neither what we were promised, nor what we expected.

That's the money quote. There is a lot of detail to back it up.

Perhaps more people should have listened to our Dear Leader's former Spiritual Adviser when he pointed out, "Barack's name ain't Jesus. Barack ain't gonna improve your child's reading score. There are things we've got to do on our own."

Friday, March 06, 2009

Friday B-Movie Pick

So Close

Two sisters used their murdered parents technology to first avenge their deaths and then become high prices assassins. You know, that old chestnut. Through various plot twists, another attractive young asian female, this time a police detective, becomes involved (and I use the term involved on multiple levels) with the sisters and ends up teaming up with one to take down the real bad guys, and yes, once again revenge is involved. The movie has beautiful cinematography and the fight sequences are a joy to watch.

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