Category Archives: Soapbox

Send in the Marines

I have a problem with this.  Using Marines in full dress uniform to hold umbrellas?  WHAT??  Have other presidents done this?  Probably, I don’t know.  But it needs to never happen again.  It is, after all, at the very least, against their protocol to hold umbrellas.  To me it just smells like O acting like a Czar, or an Emporer/Dear Leader, enlisting whatever peasant happened by to do his whim.  No thought to the protocol, or the pride, of these magnificent Marines.

Seriously, what were Obama and Erdoğan doing with their own hands that they couldn’t have hoisted their own umbrellas?  It would have been a really awesome thing if Obama had grabbed an umbrella and held it over Erdoğan, but there’s a part of me that just doesn’t think Obama has a paradigm for servanthood.   He certainly has a strange (and dangerous, as seen in the Benghazi disaster) approach to being a commander-in-chief.

So much ugh-worthiness from this administration this week.  But of all the scandalous things the O-ministration is up to these days, this awkward event spoke the most to me about Obama’s general attitude towards this country.

This country is in big trouble.  You do realize that, don’t you??

All men are created equal, but some men are more equal than others.

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Rich White Men Urinate On Black Women…By Ed Asner

Replace “rich” with “Jew” and it’s a Nazi propaganda video.  Everything that is wrong in America is become of the rich.  Everything that was wrong in Germany was because of the Jews.  The parallels between these two propaganda are myriad.  This is so disturbing.  What on earth is this video even supposed to be used for?  SHAME on everyone involved in it.  Extra shame on Ed Asner.  How can even be involved with a project depicting a rich white man urinating on a middle class black woman.  UNBELIEVABLE.

I think I hear black helicopters.

12/06/12 Update:  The teachers union removed and edited the video to remove the portion where the white rich man urinates on the poor black people.  Good call.  But the rest of the video is just as bad.  They’ve reuploaded the edited version.  Bad call.  They should have quit while they were ahead.


Romney’s “Goose Cooking” Vote Cast By Michael Moore Should Not Be Counted

From twitter earlier today:

Romney – you see this? This is me cooking your goose. In Michigan. Where the trees are used to make ballots to defeat upic.twitter.com/hxmvyUxA.

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This was the picture that was linked.  To make sure we knew just HOW MM was cooking that goose, this image was ALSO provided:

Are you supposed to tweet a picture of your ballot?  Not in Michigan, you’re not.

MICHIGAN ELECTION LAW (EXCERPT)
Act 116 of 1954

168.738 Voting; ballots; folding; deposit in ballot box; rejection for exposure.

Sec. 738.

(1) Before leaving the booth or voting compartment, the elector shall fold his or her ballot or each of the ballots so that no part of the face shall be exposed, and with the detachable corner on the outside. Upon leaving the booth, the elector shall at once deliver in public view the ballot or ballots to the inspector designated to receive the ballot or ballots. Except as provided in subsection (2), the inspector shall tear off the corner of the ballot, where perforated, containing the number and shall then in the presence of the elector and the board of inspectors deposit each ballot in the proper ballot box without opening the ballot.

(2) If an elector shows his or her ballot or any part of the ballot to any person other than a person lawfully assisting him or her in the preparation of the ballot or a minor child accompanying that elector in the booth or voting compartment under section 736a, after the ballot has been marked, to disclose any part of the face of the ballot, the ballot shall not be deposited in the ballot box, but shall be marked “rejected for exposure”, and shall be disposed of as are other rejected ballots. If an elector exposes his or her ballot, a note of the occurrence shall be entered on the poll list opposite his or her name and the elector shall not be allowed to vote at the election.
History: 1954, Act 116, Eff. June 1, 1955 ;– Am. 1996, Act 213, Imd. Eff. May 28, 1996
Popular Name: Election Code

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Apparently his ballot should be “rejected for exposure”.


VOLT (Rhymes With Dolt)

I like to think of the Chevy Volt as one of the clearest examples of what is wrong with the Obama presidency.  In order to pay for this car that very few people want, Obama has put the taxpayer on the hook no less than four times for this unpopular vehicle.  Here’s how:

1)  Obama gave the company LG Chem $150 million of your and my money in the form of a GRANT (read “free to them”) to manufacture the batteries for the Volt.  Seriously, you have to read THIS about what an abject failure the plant is because of lack of demand for the Volt.

2)  It costs, what, a million bucks (hyperbole, folks, hyperbole) to built one of those toaster ovens?  They are being sold and leased tremendously under cost (sold at a little over half the cost of what it costs to manufacture it, leased at outrageously low cost), each one at a huge loss to GM.  The loss (negative profit) created on each of these vehicles is then spread out over the purchase price of the other vehicles that most people actually WANT to buy.  Not only is the cost of their new vehicle now more than it would have been, they have to pay more taxes on the increased cost of the vehicle.  HERE is a nice article dissecting the math for us…

3)  The Pentagon is buying the Volt to prop up the miserable sales.  I’m sure they’re being forced to in an effort to green up the military, as well as to help the Volt not look like the taxpayer funded Obama debacle that it is.  Does it come in camouflage?  Where does the Pentagon’s money come from?  Yes, dear fellow taxpayer…from your wallet.

4)  When purchased, the Volt comes with a $7,500 tax credit!  Money taken right out of the treasury in order to bribe someone to buy a car that is worth twice what they are going to pay for it.  ARGHHHH!!!

And there’s still the matter of the bailout that GM received from We The People.  Technically they have paid back the bailout money, as was outlined in the agreement.  But even though they have met the terms of the agreement, the stock that was used to pay a large amount of the bailout money back isn’t worth enough to equal the money given to them.  So technically, the Volt has cost us FOUR times at least.  You can read about that HERE.

I think that if I thought about it long enough, I could come up with half a dozen less direct ways this car costs us, but I will stop at four/five.

In whose universe is this good policy and a good way to spend our hard earned tax dollars (rhetorical non-question).  For shame.


FACT CHECK SHAME

File this under “why you should do your own fact checking”.

I saw some snarky tweet about Romney’s yacht flying the Cayman Islands flag.  The media (Brian Ross of ABC) jumped right on that Richie-Rich-tax-dodging-off-shore-bank-account-money-hiding-flag-flying yacht in a desperate attempt to make Romney look bad on many fronts.

So, because I rarely believe something I read when I read it somewhere for the first time, and because Brian Ross has proven himself to be a maker-up-of-stuff, I got to fact checking.  It took me about 22 seconds to determine two things…

1)  The flag being flown from the yacht is the Bermuda flag, not the Cayman Islands flag

and

2)  The yacht doesn’t belong to Romney.

What makes the original lie, and the passed on lie as well, all the more terrible, is the kinds of corrections and retractions which have since taken place.  Instead of saying “Good grief, we were so wrong” and apologizing for a lack of journalistic ethics, most put up some sort of “it was fake, but it could easily have been true” apology.  Wow, getting tired of the “fake but true” defense.  I don’t even care all that much for Romney, but c’mon!!!


I’m Not a Heroin Addict (But I Need My Methadone!) ~ A Special Lou Rant

Recently, Dan Akerson, the CEO of General Motors, came up with the brilliant idea to “slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas.”

Seriously, Dan, what PLANET are you from?????

He APPARENTLY believes that doing this will magically lead to people buying more fuel efficient/electric cars.

Quick lesson for ya, DAN….

The people who are already having a hard time (or impossible time) stretching their budgets to absorb the current price of gasoline are NOT going to be able to go out and buy an expensive fuel efficient or electric car simply because the cost of gas goes up even more.

The people who CAN afford to buy a new fuel efficient or electric car probably already have done so and/OR THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE COST OF GASOLINE ANYWAY!  What does it matter if gas goes up a buck a gallon?  They can still pay the bills.

Doing something like this would only hurt those who are already hurting and you’re just, well, stupid, if you think this would actually be a positive move for Americans.  I don’t generally call people stupid, but this qualifies you, DAN, for the title.

Just sayin’.

P.S.  Where I live, electricity doesn’t just come from a nice clean outlet in my house, it comes from COAL, a carbon based energy source.  What’s the difference between burning coal or burning gas?  It’s a shell game, people.  It’s aaaaalll an illusion that some are selling, some are buying, and most are having crammed down their throats.

P.P.S.  The batteries in electric cars are lithium.  Where does lithium come from?  Well, there’s a single mine producing it in the United States, but the lithium extracted there is a small proprietary amount.  The U.S. reserves are small, and in decline.  Most lithium is found in Chile, Bolivia, China, and AFGHANISTAN (these Afghanistan deposits were fairly recently discovered and have not yet started to be mined).  Sooooo, we are being told to give up our addiction to foreign oil.  For what?  We’re gonna trade it for an addiction to foreign lithium (only the part about the foreign lithium is a secret).  It’s like the addict who gets off heroin by taking methadone, but then never gets off the methadone.  Now, since Bush was accused of invading Iraq for its oil, then I am going to feel free to accuse Obama of invading Afghanistan for its lithium, since access to a source for it fits nicely into his energy policy.  This may or may not be true.  But it’s certainly something to think about.  We are on the brink of jumping from the energy frying pan into the fire, and we’re doing it for no good reason at all.  Even if we find a massive new source of lithium in our country, any attempts to mine it would probably be blocked by the EPA, unions, the ACLU, and a thousand environmental groups of one ilk or another.  Come on, you know it’s true.  We’ll be importing all the lithium we use, and we’ll be importing it from some unsavory sources.

Why on EARTH are we not exploiting the rich petroleum reserves we have in our own country instead of playing these games??????  In theory it would be really nice if we could derive all of our energy needs from the sun, and the wind, and the waves.  But that is far in the future.  In the meantime, before America ends up on the trash heap of history, we should use what God and the earth placed under our feet.  At least we have oil here…what we DON’T have is a viable lithium reserve.

END OF RANT

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Huh? Say WHAT???

HJ 5 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session H. J. RES. 5

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 2009

Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

————————- JOINT RESOLUTION————————–

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

‘Article– ‘The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.’.

 

The above is legislation that has been introduced that would, as you can read for yourselves, remove the presidential term limits we currently have in place.  Of course the states would still have to ratify any ammendments to the consititution.  This is not the first time such legislation has been introduced.  It’s never gone anywhere before, and chances are it won’t go anywhere this time.  But just the introduction of such legislation begs the asking of so many questions.  Like WHY for instance would we in the United States NEED a president for life?  Too many “presidents for life” have wreaked untold havoc on their nations.  We got RID of that potential after WWII when we saw the destruction that this much power gives a person.  Why on EARTH would we even have the discussion about turning that kind of power over to an American president?

This little bit of legislation could get interesting…but I hope it dies in committee somewhere.


28.99%

My friend Donna is a small business owner.  She has poured heart and soul into her retail business for the past two years and has been starting to show regular profits. 

If you’ve been paying attention to things in the news lately, you know that Bank of America is one of the banks that should be out of business, but instead was handed over FORTY FIVE BEEEEEEELION dollars of bailout money. 

That’s 45 billion of your dollars, my dollars, and Donna’s dollars.  Now, Donna has been an excellent customer of Bank of America and has tied all of her business accounts to the financial giant (she did this before it became clear that the lunatics were in charge of the asylum).

And in thanks for all the bailout money it got from Donna, and in thanks for Donna’s excellent support of said institution, the interest rate on her small business credit card was jacked up to….yep, you guessed it….a whopping and usurious TWENTY EIGHT POINT NINE NINE PERCENT.

How many small businesses are out there who also got the “Dear Customer” letter?  Donna’s not sure how she’ll get rid of her business’ credit debt before this onerous interest rate suffocates her business.  That interest rate gobbles up the profits she is making.

I reallllly need a very good explanation as to why this country is not letting bad businesses fail.  Failure isn’t a bad thing!  In some circumstances it’s the BEST thing.  B of A should be dead and buried by now and not sticking its bony zombied hands into every single pocket that they can.

I ask you, who in their right mind would seek out B of A in the future with interest rates like that?  Will this cost it customers?  Certainly it must.  If it costs enough customers, will it do well as a business in the future?  Certainly it cannot.  If it continues then to fail as a business, will we again have to bail the Loan Sharks out?  I guess we will.  So, in order to keep from having to let the Loan Shark stick its skeletal hand into our left pocket, we have to let it stick it into our right one by doing business with it???  We can no longer vote with our feet when it comes to Bank of America (GM, Chrysler, ETCETERA).

This is stupid.  This needs to stop.  Bank of America should not get the “good try award”.  It needs to go away and if it figures out a better way to do business, then it should come back, but not until then!

We should look at it like Thomas Edison did when it took 10,000 attempts at making the lightbulb…

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas A. Edison

If Edison were alive today and making the 8,972nd iteration of his light bulb, I’m sure the American government would be forcing us to buy bulbs that lasted 42 seconds even thought they were crap because Edison was “too big to fail”.  We might never gotten our light bulb.

How many bigger and better things are we going to lose out on because we are propping up businesses where being not good enough IS good enough and where there’s no incentive to be the best because you’re going get your money one way or the other?  And how many small businesses who are trying to be good enough, and maybe even trying to be the best, go out of business because these not good enough businesses aren’t allowed to suffer the natural consequences of being bad?


A Bit of Prognostication…

I’m peering into the future.

I’ve been thinking “now, why would Obama REALLY want to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility?”.  I really doubt it has anything to do with some high moral ground upon which he believes he’s standing.  I think he wants to close Gitmo because he wants to eventually close the whole naval base there, pack up, and leave.  Gitmo is just step one.

The United States holds an in perpetuity lease on the property, but I think Obama is planning on vacating the place entirely and tearing up the lease and he’ll probably do it as some big grand gesture while he apologizes for the imperialism and arrogance of his country.  He wants to lift the embargos and reopen all ties with Cuba but Cuba is not just going to say “yeah, sure, come on back and be our friend”.  They’re going to want something, and the base is the something they’ll want.

However, I believe that as part of the “deal”, some of those 30,000 or so acres will be set aside for American “investors” to get first shot at buying.  And those Americans who will be given the first shot will somehow be tied to Obama and the opportunity will be a quid pro quo in some way.

Mark my words.

P.S.  My last bit of prognostication was that Luis Caldera would take the fall for the NYC flyover debacle.  Like I said, no real fallout for the ridiculous stunt except for Luis Caldera being the patsy for it…a puppet on a string…


I Wasn’t Going To Say Anything…

but, okay, I changed my mind…

Obama has given another crappy gift.  This time to the Queen of England.  I was prepared to cut him some slack on the iPod gift.

HOWEVER, I just learned that before giving her the gift, he loaded it up with “footage” of him giving speeches.

This guy is a real narcissist!

And before you start telling me about the gift the queen gave to the Obamas (a picture of her and her husband in a silver frame) and how that must be narcissistic as well, know that this is the gift she gives all visiting dignitaries.  It’s a crappy gift, too, but it’s the same crappy gift for everyone…it’s what she does, and she’s the queen, so whatev.

I almost can’t wait to see what he does next!  When he meets with the “president” of Russia, might I suggest an autographed basketball?  (Yes, Virginia, signed by Obama, not some NBA player.)


I’m Mailing My Tea Bag, Are You??


Prime Minister Brown Gets a Crappy Gift

Recently England’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown made his first state visit to the Obamas.  It is customary for gifts to be exchanged.  I remember the press having a field day over the bomber jacket that G.W. gave the normally very formally dressing head of state.  Not exactly something that he would wear, but come on, who in their heart of hearts doesn’t really want a fur-lined leather bomber jacket, even if it just hangs in the closet unworn?  I’d love it, and wear it.  It’s cool.  Not a gift I’d give a head of state though.  Bad gift number one.

But bad gift number one is probably looking pretty good these days!! 

For his first visit to the first black president of the United States, Prime Minister Brown clearly put a great deal of thought into the gifts he brought for the Obamas, and for their children.  The gift I believe shows the depth of his thought the most was an ornamental pen holder hewn from the timbers of the 19th century Royal Navy anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.  In 1909 the HMS Gannet was renamed HMS President.  A poignant and relevant gift all the way around.  There’s more though.  In the oval office sits a famous desk which was born out of the timbers of another famous ship, HMS Resolute.  The Resolute was a British ship which sank in the Arctic and was retrieved and returned to Queen Victoria by Rutherford Hayes.  The queen had the desk built from its timbers as a thank you.  PM Brown presented Barak Obama with the framed commission for the Resolute.  The Gannet and the Resolute were sister ships.  Man, he really knows how to gift a gift!  Oh, but he wasn’t done YET!  He also gave our newly minted president a first edition set of Sir Martin Gilbert’s biography on Winston Churchill.  Whew.  Those aren’t gifts you can run down to 7-11 and get on your way to the party. 

But he still wasn’t done.  Mr. and Mrs. Brown also brought gifts for the Obama girls. 

Sasha and Malia an outfit each from Topshop and six children’s books by British authors which are shortly to be published in America.

And what did President Obama give as a gift to the leader of the country who stands the strongest next to us?  He gave him bad gift number two.

A set of 25 DVDs.  Yeah.  DVDs.  As if the gift itself lacked thought, as a general rule, DVDs made in America don’t even work in UK DVD players.   I can only hope that at least whoever did the actual gift set purchasing realized this and purchased a set that would play in the players of that region.  Or maybe someone did their homework and found out that the Browns DVD players are all region players, but boy, do I doubt both of those scenarios…

And what did the Obamas get the Brown kids?  Replicas of Marine One helicopters.

Embarrassing at best.  Insulting at worst.  Either the Obamas put a great deal of thought into the gifts and thought they were appropriate….embarrassing.  Or they put a great deal of thought into the gifts and knew they were inappropriate and were intended to send a message…insulting.  I’m not sure there’s an in-between.  Unless they let some intern pick up the gifts which just shows the lack of interest the Obamas have in treating the leader of a country who has been our greatest ally and friend.  To me there’s just no good reason for these pathetic gifts.

The media in the UK is reportedly appalled.  They should be.

No gift at all would have been better than the ones that were presented.


Obama Bought Us A Goat

A man comes to the rabbi and complains about his life:

“I have almost no money, my wife is a shrew, and we live in a small apartment with seven unruly kids. It’s messy, it’s noisy, it’s smelly, and I don’t want to live.”

The rabbi says, “Buy a goat.”

“What? I just told you there’s hardly room for nine people, and it’s messy as it is!”

“Look, you came for advice, so I’m giving you advice. Buy a goat and come back in a month.”

In a month the man comes back and he is even more depressed:

“It’s gotten worse! The filthy goat breaks everything, and it stinks and makes more noise than my wife and seven kids! What should I do?”

The rabbi says, “Sell the goat.”

A few days later the man returns to the rabbi, beaming with happiness:

“Life is wonderful! We enjoy every minute of it now that there’s no goat — only the nine of us. The kids are well-behaved, the wife is agreeable — and we even have some money!”

Let us hope and pray it doesn’t end up being a Judas Goat.


“Back Down the Rabbit-Hole”

Back Down the Rabbit-Hole

By Robert Romano

“Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end!”—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, “Down the Rabbit-Hole,” by Lewis Carroll.

Today, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will once again lead the American people down the ill-fated bailout rabbit-hole, where up is down, left is right, and right is wrong. And just as with Alice, the American economy will continue to fall “down, down, down.”

It is expected that Mr. Geithner will be unveiling the next installment of the so-called Troubled Asset Relief Program, into which the Congress has already misinvested a staggering $700 billion. It’s a program that, ironically, was not used to purchase so-called troubled assets at all—the “toxic” mortgage-backed securities.

Instead, banks were recapitalized, automakers given loans, and insurance companies rescued from suffering their own self-ordained fate. Banks like Bank of America, which according to OpenSecrets.org, received some $45 billion in TARP funds for recapitalization; Citigroup, which received $50 billion; AIG, which received $40 billion; and on down the line—all were put on the taxpayer dole. Interestingly enough—and not so coincidentally—just these three entities alone spent a combined $26.14 million in lobbying efforts and $11.48 in political contributions in 2008.

Overall, OpenSecrets.org calculates that TARP recipients received a whopping 267,208 percent return on their investment in politicians and the electoral system. And the same politicians who received the largesse continue to assure the American people that they will actually make money on this ill-conceived “investment”—since the taxpayers now technically own devalued shares in these troubled banks.

All of which may make sense—in Wonderland. The American taxpayer—already fleeced by the IRS and virtually bankrupted by profligate government spending—has now been forced to invest much-needed funds into insolvent banks. Why, that’s a lot like investing tax dollars in otherwise defunct car companies, or broke state governments, or… well, you get the idea.

Included in the next installment of TARP, according to the New York Times’ David Sanger, are “billions of dollars more to prevent home foreclosures, for fear that displacement and anger created by throwing people out of their homes, and putting more properties onto a glutted market, will create a psychological and financial death spiral.”

So, as a final insult—and in the final payoff—these houses are simply going to be handed over to the delinquent borrowers. They’ll have their principals reduced, their rates cut, and the terms extended. All at taxpayer expense as Congress steals from the people who do pay their bills to give to those who should have never been given the now “troubled” loans in the first place.

In a way, it is fitting that the flim-flam artist touting the next great bailout—which will cost hundreds of billions of dollars—is Mr. Geithner. As noted by Bob Novak last March in his piece, “Fed on a Limb,” it was Mr. Geithner as then-head of the New York Fed who orchestrated the opening of the Fed’s discount window to investment banks that resulted in JP Morgan being loaned $29 billion in taxpayer funds to purchase Bear Stearns. The taxpayers, by the way, did not receive one share of Bear Stearns stock in return. Nor a please or thank you, for that matter.

Ever since then, the nation has fallen ever further down the rabbit-hole of bailouts. As summarized succinctly by ALG Chairman Howie Rich: “$2 trillion in FDIC assurances, $1.75 trillion in Federal Reserve commercial paper purchases, $900 billion in term auction facility lending, $600 billion to insure money market funds, $600 billion to cover Fannie and Freddie’s worthless mortgage-backed securities, $550 billion for discount Federal Reserve loans, $500 billion to insure FDIC deposits, $300 billion for FHA mortgage relief, $250 billion for Citigroup debt, $225 billion for securities loan facility lending, $200 billion for Fannie and Freddie’s debt, $112 billion for A.I.G., and on down the line.” All, of course, on the taxpayer’s tab.

In the process, the economy has tanked along with revenues to state and federal governments. As a result, the federal deficit is projected to be anywhere from $1.2 trillion to $2 trillion for 2009. And the national debt grows exponentially, currently standing at $10.7 trillion. More than one economist has noted that government interventions to date have actually worsened the impact of the financial miasma.

The real trouble with the “clogged” credit markets has been—and still is—the pricing of the mortgage-backed securities. The fact is, if securities purchased come to include a plethora of foreclosed properties, they are naturally worth less than they were bought for. Like most investments that decrease in value, the holders of those investments tend to lose money. And these holders should emphatically not be the taxpayers.

The only legitimate—and in the long run, effective—solution is for those who made poor investments to lose their money. Let the foreclosures happen. Let the loans go into default. Let the holders of the securities pay the price for their own bad investments. That certain favored financial institutions would most certainly fall as a result should not spook lawmakers who are being asked now to just keep handing blank checks over to the Treasury.

Congress should let failed institutions finally fail, and the net benefit will be that poor decision-makers are rooted out of the marketplace. And then, at the end of the day, the financial firms and banks still standing will buy everything up at a big discount—instead of the government at inflated values with the design to cultivate political constituencies.

Property values would fall, yes, but the market would finally hit its bottom, a necessary step that has been forestalled for almost a year now by over-interventionism, central-planning, and a bumbling bureaucracy.

And instead of continuing to fall “down, down, down” the great big rabbit-hole, the American economy can return to the path of fiscal sanity, individual responsibility, and eventually, national prosperity. The alternative is yet another jaunt with the Treasury Secretary as he once again morphs into the late White Rabbit and dashes madly through Alice’s Wonderland—all at taxpayer expense.

LAR CTA: The so-called “stimulus” may be on its way to passage today, but the bailouts of 2009 have only begun.  This next installment of TARP is just one more shackle around your legs as taxpayers chaining you and your children to a mountain of unpayable debt.  Contact your Congressmen and Senators and tell them that enough is enough with the bailouts and that not another cent should go to Wall Street or Washington! The Capitol Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.

Robert Romano is the Editor of ALG News Bureau.

The above article was taken from my latest installment of the Liberty Action Report.  A great online paper I get from the Americans For Limited Government.  To subscribe, go to http://getliberty.org/


You Want The Truth?? Can You Handle The TRUTH??

The truth is, we are in the economic woes that we are in today, NOT because of failed Bush policies, not because of failed Republican policies, but because of THIS:

Now, let’s be intellectually honest, let’s accept the facts.  Bush, McCain, and their “cronies” were telling us that the canaries in the gold mines were DYING and the democrats accused them of being Chicken Littles.

And now, we are poised to light the match that may very well cause the mines to explode because of the bizarre notion that it’s better to do something (ANYTHING), even if it’s the wrong thing, than it is to do nothing.  Or horrors, to do less.

If this country was a patient, brought to the ER because it was dying of a heart attack, it would be MALPRACTICE to treat the patient for multiple gun shot wounds, a head injury, overwhelming sepsis, or worse, all of these things.  It’s NOT right to do just anything.  It’s imperative to do the right thing.  First do no harm.  Too bad politicians aren’t held to a shadow of  the same standards that doctors are.

I need Pepcid.


Just WHO Is a “Flat-Earther”, Mr. Gore?

Al Gore calls me a “Flat-Earther” because I don’t believe him when he speaks of “climate change” and “global warming”.

I have, for the most part, spared my blog and its readership from listening to me try to dispel the myth and the con that is “global warming”.  I just don’t have the time, the energy, or quite frankly the vocabulary for it.  I am all for “reduce, reuse, and recycle” where it’s possible.  No need to be wasteful and a resources glutton.  However I have always believed in my guts (I grew up with lots of greenies around me long before the term ever existed), and later when I was able to learn and comprehend scientific principals more, I believed in my head as well, that “climate change” as it has been sold to and bought by the American public especially,  is bunk and a sham.  With some snake oil (carbon crediting) thrown in, to boot.

Enter Mr. Harld Ambler OF THE HUFFINGTON POST OF ALL PLACES (!!!!!) who has written an article of such clarity that I feel compelled to say that I only WISH I could have written it…

Brought to you by the Huffington Post, a GREAT article on the great con…

Read this incredibly well-crafted article and see what you think about it.

Do I believe that Al Gore, the Goracle, will ever step back from the embarrassing, simplistic, and overreaching stand he has taken on “Global Warming”?  No, I do not.  He is making way to much money on it, and I think in his heart of heart he actually believes that he is 100% correct.  It begs the question….”Just WHO is living on a flat earth?”


Dimming the Light In The Red Light District

For years, for as long as I can remember, Amsterdam has been held up as the bastion of freedom…you can buy drugs and sex at stores there like you can buy purses and DVD’s.  And we’ve been told that it’s good.  We’ve been told we should legalize drugs and prostitution here in America, too.  Afterall, it’s not hurting anyone.

Welllllll, they’re shuttin’ down some of those stores in Amsterdam.  Gee, it seems like the city is being overrun by the criminal element.  So they’re shutting businesses down, and dimming the famous the red light.

Amsterdam announced plans this weekend to close brothels, sex shops and pot cafes (marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands, the sale and use of which just ignored) as part of  “a major effort to drive organized crime out of the tourist haven”.  The city is going to focus its efforts on businesses that “generate criminality” which also include gambling parlors, peep shows, and massage parlors.  (Quotes taken from an AP article, link  to full story HERE).

They aren’t going to shut down these industries entirely.  They will be limiting the prostitution to designated areas.  Marijuana cafes will no longer be allowed near schools.

City officials want to bring hotels, restaurants, art galleries and boutiques to the city center and apparently these other “businesses” and the criminality which comes hand in hand with them don’t exactly create the right environment for these enterprises. 

Perhaps we should take a page from the Netherlands playbook and reconsider what sort of things we in America want to embrace with legality and which things might be best left on the law books as illegal.  Why do even more things which will need to be undone when the experiment fails just as it is failing in the freewheeling city of Amsterdam…


84% of people polled think “I” am honest and ethical! ;-)

I am proud to be a part of the profession that for the 7th year in a row has been ranked “most honest and ethical”.  Nurses ranked #1 out of 21 professions about which Gallup annually polls.  We scored a very respectable 84% “high or very high”.  Nurses have actually topped the list (since it was added to the poll in 1999) in all but the 2001 survey, which ranked firefighters tops in the aftermath of 9/11. 

The next highest ranked profession was pharmacists who came in at 70% high/very high. 

After pharmacists came high school teachers, doctors, and policeman to round out the top five.

Not surprisingly, the bottom ranked profession polled was lobbyists.  They got a dismal 5%, which I’m not sure is dismal enough, but perhaps Gallup polled a bunch of lobbyists and their friends and families.

What did surprise me is that clergy came in 5th with only 56% ranking them high/very high in honesty and ethics.

The nine lowest ranked professions were:

  • Labor Union Leaders – 16% high/very high
  • Lawyers – 18% high/very high
  • Business Executives – 12% high/very high
  • Advertising Practitioners – 10% high/very high
  • Stockbrokers – 12% high/very high
  • Congressman – 12% high/very high
  • Car Salesman – 7% high/very high
  • Telemarketers – 6% high/very high
  • Lobbyists – 5% high/very high

The numbers for those professions at the bottom of the list are largely unchanged from the 2007 poll results.  It fascinates me that these are the people who pretty much run the country and are in the news ad nauseum lately in regards to our economic woes.  Doesn’t it beg the question why we aren’t sending in nurses, pharmacists, high school teachers, doctors, and policemen to run the economy and the country???  We/they may not do better, but we/they certainly couldn’t do worse, and at least you might have some level of trust for us/them to at least be honest and ethical in the process!!!!!!

Just a thought…


$1.93

The last time I filled my car’s gas tank, I was sooo excited because I got 10 cents off per gallon because I had made it to the magic $100 number in purchases at the affiliated grocery store.  I filled up for “only” $2.29 a gallon! 

I still have 1/3 of a tank of gas left and on the way in to work today I passed multiple gas stations selling gas for well under the two dollar mark!

Just how low do you think the prices will go?

My take on this?  I think that maybe the middle eastern oil cartel is nervous.  I think they’re nervous because Americans truly did cut their consumption dramatically this past summer and I think that for the first time we (Americans) are all on the same page of needing to change how much we rely on others for our energy.  Our approaches to how this can be done are vastly varied, but we all agree that the time is now to start seriously affecting change.  They see that this time we’re serious and I think they want to lull us into a place where we stop caring again by slashing the prices.  If not in large part for America and its money for oil, the middle east is just a poor region that sits on top of a big gooey brown reservoir.  They “need” us more than we “need” them, and I think they got a glimpse of that…


You Should Have To Take a Test…

…to be able to prove you know enough to be voting!

I’m not a fan of Howard Stern’s, but this bit is a good bit.  It’s clean, don’t worry!  🙂

While this is just a couple of everyday people on the street who unabashedly claim support of (both) presidential candidates, they clearly are uninformed on the most basic issues.  By extension, one must draw the conclusion that when it comes to the details and nuances of what the candidates believe and plan to do, they are completely ignorant of any facts.  My guess is it didn’t take too long to find enough uninformed voters for this piece.  I believe that uninformed voters will be voting en masse for both candidates in this election.  I can only hope that there is an uninformed voter on each side to cancel each other’s votes out!

I have to tell you that the “get out the vote” movements bother me.  If an American isn’t interested enough in the electoral process and in voting to get themselves registered and get out and vote on their own, I’m not sure I trust that they will then do the work necessary to vote as an informed voter.  If the only information they are basing their vote on is gleaned from TV commercials or MySpace ads, I think they should best stay home.  If you don’t even know who the running mate of your candidate is…well then, that’s just unacceptable.

Voting is a right.  Voting and knowing who and what you are voting for is a responsibility.

And when it comes to voter registration and voter fraud, why can’t we dunk our thumbs in purple ink so that you get one vote, one time?  It’ll be obvious if you’ve already voted.  I’ve seen this work quite well somewhere else….

I close by saying, on Tuesday go and vote, but please do so responsibly.


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