Value Added Tax Next Shoe to Drop

Story in the Washington Post here today pointing to the fact that Washington is now toying with the idea of a national sales tax also known as a value-added-tax or VAT. Apparently lawmakers in Congress have been reading books and studies on the subject. Note the above chart, White House vs. the non-partisan CBO budget deficits. Note as well that these numbers do not include Cap and Trade, the Obamanation’s socialized medicine proposals, up and coming bailouts and ‘stimulus’ and others. The pols know these numbers too. They know that our government is broke and broken. I read in Investor’s Business Daily that April federal tax revenues were some 30% less than last year.

A personal side to this – what are you doing in your household in this recession? Is your income so far this year 30% lower than last year? More? Are you increasing your debt level and consumption to make up for this downfall in your personal economics? Do you think you should? Are you pushing debt to finance your lifestyle onto your children? Or your children’s children? Of course you are not. Why should our government be able to? Since when have we strayed so far from the founding principles of our country?
I digress, Senator Kent Conrad –
“There is a growing awareness of the need for fundamental tax reform, I think a VAT and a high-end income tax have got to be on the table.”

On the table? At what capped rate? At what guarantee that it wouldn’t be raised to infinity on achievers. Or those that wake up early? The effect on the longevity and the competitiveness of our economy? Our prosperity?
For those not familiar with the VAT, basically it is a tax that is levied on on the transfer of goods and services (Conservative Generation could probably provide a better definition). Consumers feel the brunt of a VAT, along with the lower class as well. To justify this perceived injustice, (many liberals don’t like the VAT as they deem it regressive), VAT advocates are pushing that the harm that it may do to the poor is negated by the fact that it may be used to pay for health care for them. You read that correctly.
Listen to this little tidbit from the Post article – “Emanuel, ( VAT proponent), argues in his book that a 10 percent VAT would pay for every American not entitled to Medicare or Medicaid to enroll in a health plan with no deductibles and minimal co payments. In his 2008 book, “100 Million Unnecessary Returns,” Yale law professor Michael J. Graetz estimates that a VAT of 10 to 14 percent would raise enough money to exempt families earning less than $100,000 — about 90 percent of households — from the income tax and would lower rates for everyone else.”
Really folks? A new tax on every good and service would exempt most Americans from income taxes? Could this be the new version of ‘95% of Americans get a tax-cut’ mantra? Absurd.
A deep recession, a free-fall in government revenue, a myriad of new programs and taxes coming out of Washington. The gambit is on whilst the wool is over the American citizen’s eyes….

The Goode Family – Animated Jab at the Liberal Mentality

Does this sound funny? Worthwhile? Offensive? If the trailers above and below are any indication, “The Goode Family” could truly be the best animated series coming to a flatscreen near you. It premieres tonight at 9 pm on ABC.

Listen to this review from the Daily News here “Gerald and Helen Goode drive a hybrid car, eat vegan and fret over what to call their black neighbor. Helen refuses to shop at a supermarket that sells cheap bottled water because “they don’t even have a mission statement.”Helen also has a myopic view of her relationship with her teenage daughter, Bliss, assuming they can be BFF because the Goodes are like, you know, so totally non-judgmental.” Poking fun of the most judgementalist, self-avowedly non-judgemental folks in our society? The same ones that claim to ‘openmindedness’ yet can’t stand for the conservative/libertarian point of view? And from Hollywood you say? How can this be? I have to laugh here folks, I really do. I truly know people here in Southern California that fit this description to a ‘t’. They live in a complete bubble surrounded by people that think identically to them and are never challenged.

The Goode family applies the mantra “What would Al Gore do?” to their everyday lives. They live day to day with a clear focus of reducing their ‘carbon-footprint.’ They feed their lone little doggy veggies only. I assume the he is named after the Left-famed Che Guevera? Mr. Goode even separates two-ply toilet paper that his wife mistakenly bought.

Mike Judge, creator of “Beavis and Butthead” in the 1990’s and the recently cancelled (after 13 seasons), “King of the Hill,” is the director of the show. I love how Mike Judge describes Gerald Goode (he also does his voice on the show) as being “an administrator at a community college, he comes from a long line of over-educated academic liberals”, Co-writer John Altschuler“We always decribe Helen (Goode),as a local activist who someday dreams of being an activist, someone who knows that everyone has a right to their own opinion but she just can’t stand it…”

Watch it tonight.


The Reason the GOP has been DOA – Mercatus GWB Spending Study

Charts Don’t lie. A picture is worth a thousand words. Note the Total spending above and discretionary figures from Clinton (dark blue), and GWB, (light blue). Bush’s spending in total dollars was nearly double that of Clinton’s. Compassionate Conservatism on a chart. Click here for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the “Spending Under President George W. Bush” study.

The chart to the right shows annual congressional pork costs. Remember earmarks are the oft-touted scourge of politics today and both parties are guilty of stuffing bills with goodies that benefit their constituents. Pork came to an all-time high under Republican control of both houses. Compassionate conservatism again, RINOistas, and a party that lost it’s way.

From Newsmax “President George Bush was the largest social spender in history, in his first term Bush increased discretionary spending 19 percent. During Bush’s second term federal spending increased 49%” I may add as well that the last figure also represents the stimulus spending, bailouts, TARP, etc. But as Nick from It’s Just My Opinion points out, Congress at the end of the day holds the key to spending, the President signs spending bills sent from congress. Perhaps the more accurate term in the charts and this summary above as well would be to label the spending as Congressional spending and budgets signed by GWB, Although, I add, spending always stops at the President’s desk and the dust was never brushed off of Bush’s veto pen……

Needless to say this is the essence to me of how the Republican party lost it’s way years ago. Compassionate conservatism heralded in a new era of federal outlays that put even LBJ to shame. An ethos based on watering down Reagan and being ‘realistic’ was doomed to failure on many levels. Thus today you have 22% Republican registered voters in the country. Americans, including Republicans, Libertarians, and Independents know that the party became worse than Democrats on spending historically speaking, only for history to be shattered by the Obamanation. With Democrats you at least get what you see – they make no bones about it, they want to spend, tax everything that moves, and put themselves in bueracratic positions of power over rapidly increasing areas of our lives. Even to the point of today’s spending debt-financed future dollars and druken tax-dollar partying to the point of putting our country’s future at risk. Note chart at top of this column.

The Obamanation is emboldened by the charts at the top of this piece. He knows, along with the Democrat leadership that his only substantial opposition to remaking American society truly has no philosophical standing to support it. In many ways it explains the brevity and shocking speed at which the progressives are pushing through their goals. They believe in the empowerment of big-government to a historically unforeseen level and don’t have a legitimate opposition.

As the Democrat agenda increases daily, the cries from the media-friendly GOP faithful are for the party to moderate itself, that the party is too ‘right-wing’ (Alren Specter), that Reagan is a long-gone fuddyduddy. Let bygones be bygones they say. The Democrats have something in the words of Jeb Bush.

The real solution for the party? To embrace Free – Market Austrian economics, empowerment of individuals. To embrace, as Tom McClintock put forth, 3 simple concepts – Freedom, Abundance, Responsibility.

Sotomayor Supreme Court – Group Identity Takes Center Stage

I’m pouring over the news outlets this morning and the MSM here is teeming with news of the Obamanation’s supreme court choice today. Nearly every source is pointing out her ancillary credentials, those being that:
a). She is hispanic
b). She is a woman

To these two points a little later. From the AP this morning – The White House announcement ceremony was a picture of diversity, the first black president, appointing the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, joined by the Vice President who is white.”

I’ll let that speak for itself.

On May 9 re: Justice Souter’s resignation on White House.gov here the Obamanation- “I will seek someone who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book. It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives — whether they can make a living and care for their families; whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation.
I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving as just decisions and outcomes.”
So clearly we see a theme here.

Today on the same site here, the Obamanation’s overriding credentials for a Supreme nominee – “These two qualities are essential, I believe, for anyone who would sit on our nation’s highest court. And yet, these qualities alone are insufficient. We need something more. For as Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” Experience being tested by obstacles and barriers, by hardship and misfortune; experience insisting, persisting, and ultimately overcoming those barriers. It is experience that can give a person a common touch and a sense of compassion; an understanding of how the world works and how ordinary people live.” Again the theme, albeit the word ’empathy’ not being used.

To a Statist such as the Obamanation, moral relativism through the prism of ‘diversity’, ’empathy’, ‘compassion’, etc are the key philosophical points on choosing a Supreme Court judge. The Constitution of the United States does not budge, does not bend or cater to special interest groups with redress-obsession. It does not show ‘compassion’ or ’empathy.’ It clearly enumerates, as I have said before, those things that our government implicitly cannot do to us. And this is why our founding document is so different than any other country in world history. The activism of today’s socialism and fleet from our founding principles put these restricted powers at risk every day. And thus it does not surprise me one bit to read, in the Obamanation’s own words, that a Justice is to strive for some sort of ambiguous, higher-level subjective reasoning in the Court. This subjective reasoning and ethic changes from bullhorn to demagogue. It simply proves my point, in his own words above from the White House site. Liberals/progressives stand for the collective. Hence the obsession with Sotomayor’s race and sex identity. Her sex and race have absolutely nothing to do with her understanding of the Constitution or philosophy and prove to me that ‘diversity’ is just a code word for collectivism. Our society values a mob-mentality ethic, an ethos that changes with the wind….

Update 1 : The NYT has an article here about a speech on ethnicity and sex that Sotomayer gave in 2001, Sotomayer – ““I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
If you think that this could possibly been taken out of context click
here for the full text of the speech. Confimation of racecentism that I suspected earlier, I’m sure that there will be many more stories to come….

Update 2 : Newsbusters has a great story here highlighting the fact that ABC news is minimizing the ‘Liberal’ label for Sotomayor, yet used ‘Conservative’ for Alito frequently…..

Update 3 : Reason.com has a great article here laying out the framework for Sotomayor’s preference for racial preferences and gun control…..


Memoranda of American National Heroes – 21 Gun Salute

Memorial – the origin of the word dates back to 1350 AD, from the Latin root memorialis meaning “for or containing memoranda. I am pondering our nation’s Memorial dawn-to-dusk salute of our heroes, fallen and survived. Of history back to our founding, of current conflicts. The very essence and nature of our heroes – to protect that which we cherish and value more than anything – our republic, our freedoms and our country.

Reflecting back to memories of my youth vivid stories come to life. A grandfather’s recollection of being trailed by a Japanese submarine while aboard an American destroyer en route to India, 1942. Depth-charge explosions against the underwater foe were no comforting slumber-aid to the man. A man of 17 years of age away from his new bride and family for 4 years. It still seemed to him like yesterday.

Or another grandfather, unable to attend overseas thus recruited to engineer the very warrior-vessels housed of steel and flesh that were sent off thousands of miles to fight. Welding-torch in hand this man, also a ‘kid’ by today’s standards, helped fashion our fleet in Long Beach, California. Years of toil and sweat for the war-effort, it seemed to him like yesterday.

Or of the Twin-Towers falling on that fateful morning of September the 11th, 2001. Of the shocking reminder to a culture that in many ways has forgotten – our freedoms are not to be taken for granted or voted away to the bullhorn-demagogue of the day. For that as soon as we forget, they shall be gone…..


Sitting on Blisters, Living under Carter – Tom McClintock and 3 Pillars

“Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters”– Abraham Lincoln.

As I said yesterday, one of my favorite GOPers is Tom McClintock. He gave this speech here to the Council for National Policy last week – one of the best that I have seen championing liberty and the fight for conservatism. This is a moving, must-read for anyone interested in advancing freedom and the limited government roots of our nation.

Does this sound like a RINO? – “Voters have swept our party from office after a failed Republican administration that abandoned conservative principles. The most left-wing president in our nation’s history has taken office……his agenda includes radical intervention into energy markets highly inflationary monetary policy…..dramatically increasing overall domestic spending with deficits as far as the eye can see….”

McClintock believes we are living directly in parallel to the era of Jimmy Carter – “You remember those years. Jimmy Carter’s policies brought us double digit unemployment AND double digit inflation; interest rates at 21%….just a few years later, it was morning again in America. Four years of Jimmy Carter produced eight years of Ronald Reagan, and looking back on it, that wasn’t such a bad trade, was it?”

On the tide turning in America – ” What we are seeing in the polls is a gradual awakening of the American people….we saw that two summers ago with the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill….we saw that just a month ago when Rick Santelli told a routine cable broadcast that he was sick and tired of being forced to pay for his neighbor’s mortgage…”

On RINOs, Colin Powell, the ‘Listening Tour’, Megan McCain and ‘Moderates’,, Statists in the Republican Party – “a new chorus of hand-wringing that said we had to get over our nostalgia for Reagan…it’s the same kind of hand wringing that Ulysses Grant confronted at the Battle of Wilderness….to those that say we should put the Reagan Era behind us – I have a better idea. Let’s put the Bush era behind us.”

On what the party stands for, of what it used to and what it should – this is my favorite part – “We stand for freedom. We stand for abundance. We stand for individual responsibility. Freedom. Abundance and Responsibility. That is our platform.”

I’m coming away from this speech this Saturday morning, thoughts racing after reading this man’s words again. Brilliant in it’s simplicity, the platform and message that would eradicate the march of socialism, liberalism, statism and fascism today. If I were to run for office,(albeit not standing a chance), these would be my 3 pillars in the words of the Left Coast Rebel –

  1. Freedom – What does this mean to me? To America? The freedom to rise each day, each morning knowing that one will retain the vast sum of one’s earnings. That the central planners of either party won’t confiscate earnings and property for schemes of a ‘greater good’, ‘volunteerism’, ‘fairness’, ‘social equality’, ‘carbon guilt’, ‘redress’, ‘social justice’. To know that the Constitution, which clearly enumerates the many things that our government cannot do to us, won’t be shredded daily and that is not ‘flexible’ or a ‘living-breathing’ document.

  2. Abundance – Flowing from the concept of freedom. The basic notion that an individual is sacred and once set free enables himself and the society at large by pursuing happiness Through this pursuit he creates abundancy through unshackled entrepreneurial pursuits. Individual creativity, shackle-free dreams, liberty-induced limitless potential.

  3. Responsibility – I am not my neighbor’s keeper. And neither is he mine. There is no lease, levy or mortgage on my future, present or past. I am free to do as I choose under the constraints of the rule of law and the Constitution. I know full well that when I fail, I won’t look to the nanny-state do-gooders for a ‘bail out’ or a check. Subsidization of failure creates more failure – on the corporate side, local and national government, and the individual.

Could I win on this simple platform? Or have we lost America so badly that we deserve the Obamanation?


I am Taken With Liam Neeson

Last weekend my wife and I rented the French film Taken with Liam Neeson, a generally enjoyable romp showcasing a main character-hero defying the often typical Pansy portrayal of the Hollywood hero-man.

Why do I say this? Synopsis. I won’t give away too much here, but the film follows Neeson (awesome performance), as Bryan Mills, an ex-CIA member of the Special Activities Division. Familiar with SAD? If not, these guys basically perform the covert activity, paramilitary reconnaissance, intelligence gathering stuff that the CIA doesn’t know about. From what I am reading, if one of the SADs is compromised, the US government denies all knowledge thereof. Cool.

So the movie starts off portraying a fairly suburban Mills running some security details and such. He’s divorced. He’s not particularly charming. He loves his daughter but is distanced due to a difficult ex-wife. His daughter needs permission from him to go on a trip to Europe with her girlfriend, at first he objects but eventually he reluctantly acquiesces. Upon reaching the foreign shores some very unfortunate circumstances befall the Mills daughter and friend, the story then unfolds with Bryan Mills putting all his SAD training to use – putting together the pieces of the puzzle of the kidnapping of his daughter by a Euro sex-trade outfit.

Sound exciting? Believable? Ridiculous? I would say that it is a little of all and that’s a good thing. Heavy on action, turning points in the plot – this movie will have you on the edge of your seat. I won’t give away any more of the story but let’s just say that one of my favorite parts unfolds whilst Mills finding his daughter’s assailant, a Mr Marko. He promptly kills every single one of Marko’s comrades, (awesome gun fight), and then straps Marko in a chair rigged to the light circuit of the room. Mills needs intel on his daughter and Marko is not cooperating. Mills pulls the switch….this ensues several more times until Mills gets the location that he needs. Relevant to our current events in the U.S. Waterboarding is torture?

Teeming with recent enjoyment of this surprisingly good flick, I was curious as to how ‘professional journalists’ viewed it. I wasn’t surprised when I found that most reviews were abysmal, some just average. Average? C –

Kyle Smith of the New York Post – “Taken,” one of those Frenchy efforts to do an American-style chase-’em-down and shoot ’em up, comes from formerly respectful producer Luc Besson…..half a star…”Mistaken.” I’m sure that this guy would have loved the movie sans the action, and replacing Neeson (Mills), with a Che Guevera wannabe type, extolling the evils of capitalism and corporations and the moral equivalence of ‘freedom fighter’ jihadism …. 5 stars! ….. or just imagine that the movie portrayed a young Earth Liberation Front activist kidnapped by Oil executives, daddy being a ‘charming, eloquent’ activist himself then confronting his daughter’s Big Oil assailants and saving the day…..5 stars, spectacular!

Wrap up –
Taken -unusually good action movie portrayal of a man that sucks it up and does what he has to. Go out and rent it.
4 1/2 stars out of five….

Hasta La Vista California Bailout?

Highlight from the Reason video with Nick Gillepsie – “Just as the Terminator was programmed to fight Sarah Connor, Government is programmed to grow and grow and fight every effort to cut it back.” Rep Tom McClintock – “(this is) Because government concentrates it’s benefits and diffuses the costs.” Later in the video McClintock goes on to explain how the Obamanation, (as I have said) is Californiaizing the nation and how disastrous that will potentially be. Heard of Tom McClintock? If you haven’t Mr. McClintock had been a great state senator in CA for years and just last year narrowly defeated his Democrat opponent for a Congressional run. He’s now one of the clarion voices for economic libertarianism in the House in the Republican Party. I support him wholeheartedly. I put him in the band of a few, Ron Paul, Paul Ryan, Michelle Bachmann and a few others. By the way, if you don’t watch the entire video above, at least view the part at 3:10, the Union activist here personifies what CA is up against – millions of folks like this and a Legislature beholden….

Today’s LA Times – “Washington declines to help CA, at least for now

David Axelrod, the senior advisor to the Obamanation at the White House today – ” Look, we’re going to examine what we can do. What we need to do, however, is to treat states fairly and that means uniformly, whatever we do for one state, there will be other states who also will want to do that. And there’s a limit to what the government can do.” Sounds nice, but I am extremely skeptical. The White House pols know that this is not a popular idea in the country, I imagine that they are obfuscating the issue at this point and then they will sneak in something on a late Friday evening, eg. Federally insuring new CA state bonds.

Barney Frank disagreed with the White House talking points, (shocking) – “Their view is they need legislation (translation: bailout), and we’re going to try to give it to them.” This is the same Barney Frank that was a longstanding member of the Progressive Caucus, a congressional group of 77 members that has direct ties to Democratic Socialist of America. Read my writeup on this organization and other direct socialist/communist/Democrat ties here. Barney, do you think that taxpayers in other states think that CA should be bailed out? Readers, what do you think?

Today the LA Times again – “Poor would be hit hard by CA budget cuts” here. Nice propagandizing title? Equivalent concern at this ‘paper’ for families, businesses and entrepreneurs over the years. Of course not. Anyway the story goes on . Apparently now the Governator is planning on slashing welfare programs, state health insurance for poor people and low-income college grants. In particular he is considering dismantling CalWorks, ( a broad-based welfare program ‘aiding’ 500,000 families, many of which are illegal immigrants), and moth-balling Healthy Families, a socialized med system that provides medical coverage to 928,000 children and teens. I have also read that this program is wrought with corruption and serves many illegal immigrants, there are close to a million people on this! Up for grabs too is slashing 750 million from programs designed to rehabilitate inmates. Yes you read that correctly. Almost 1 billion a year for inmate rehabilitation in CA.

Tuesday’s vote has apparently spread the message that the state has to find the money to balance the books, (remember, like I said before, by law CA cannot run a deficit). God forbid that our government here would need to take tough steps, trim the fat, and cut back on bureaucrat-union largess. I’d say that this is the tip of the iceberg if CA is to become functional and competitive again. Time to take the budget to the chopping block just like every family and business has had to. Or does that make too much sense?


Pew Survey on the Surge of Independents

Democrats and Republicans losing support, Independent affiliation rallying, America still a conservative nation for the most part.
At least that’s how I see it according to new info at the Pew Research here.

From the article – “Both political parties have lost adherents since the election and an increasing number of Americans identify as independents. Owing to defections from the Republican Party, independents are more conservative on several key issues than in the past. Independents are more skittish than they were two years ago about expanding the social safety net and are reluctant backers of greater government involvement in the private sector. “

Interesting. The study shows that independents as a whole are far more conservative, especially on economic freedom and taxes than they have been in the past. Defections from the big-government conservatism and betrayal of Reagan ideals for the Republican Party culminating in this? I personally know many friends and family that have changed party affiliation from Repub to either Independent or Libertarian. The Republican Party lost it’s way on the the most party-defining issues, taxes, big government spending, and the fiscal future of the US.

It would seem that the Obamanation agenda of taxing everything that moves, pushing untold trillions in debt onto our children and increasing the scope and oppression of the Federal government is not something that the public favors. Not so fast. As shown to the right, a majority of the public does not favor government helping the needy and going into debt to do so, and a majority thinks the Feds have too much power, although down from 2007. The glaring inconsistency? 86% of the public thinks that the government needs to make health care affordable and accessible. This is why the statist beat the drum incessantly on socialized medicine. Then in a 180 degree turn, respondents worry about the government becoming too involved in health care 46% to 54%.

Bottom line here? I think that independents are gaining ground in the electorate, if they commanded a 3rd party it would have the highest affiliation in the country. It seems that a lot of disaffected Repubs and fiscal conservatives have joined their ranks. It also seems to me that although, (with health care), there are philosophical inconsistencies, A majority of Americans are still center-right and have a negative opinion of socialism. The question is then, when will Americans revolt against the Obamanation as they did against leaders in CA on Tuesday?
Time will tell.

Dick Cheney’s “He Deserves an Answer” National Security Speech – Translation

Vice President Cheney – “a lot rides on our President’s understanding of the security policies that preceded him. And whatever choices he makes concerning the defense of this country, those choices should not be based on slogans and campaign rhetoric, but on a truthful telling of history.”

Translation – “Sir, since you are President Campaigner, Community Organizer, may it be known that talking points to Cindy Sheehan won’t provide defense for our shores….”

Vice President Cheney “For me, one of the defining experiences was the morning of 9/11 itself That was Flight 77, the one that ended up hitting the Pentagon. With the plane still inbound, Secret Service agents came into my office and said we had to leave, now. A few moments later I found myself in a fortified White House command post somewhere down below.”

Translation – “This could happen to you too, albeit the fact that the ‘secret’ command post is not so secret anymore….?”

Vice President Cheney – “Our government prevented attacks and saved lives through the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which let us intercept calls and track contacts between al-Qaeda operatives and persons inside the United States. The program was top secret, and for good reason, until the editors of the New York Times got it and put it on the front page. After 9/11, the Times had spent months publishing the pictures and the stories of everyone killed by al-Qaeda on 9/11. Now here was that same newspaper publishing secrets in a way that could only help al-Qaeda. It impressed the Pulitzer committee, but it damn sure didn’t serve the interests of our country, or the safety of our people.”

Translation – “Fighting terrorism is hard enough, having the Bolshevik press against us; although predictable, is an evil to overcome…”

Vice President Cheney – “Over on the left wing of the president’s party, there appears to be little curiosity in finding out what was learned from the terrorists. It’s hard to imagine a worse precedent, filled with more possibilities for trouble and abuse, than to have an incoming administration criminalize the policy decisions of its predecessors.”

Translation – none needed….

Obamanation Cardigan Sweater National Security Speech

Full text of the speech here.

Obamanation – “But I believe with every fiber of my being that in the long run we also cannot keep this country safe unless we enlist the power of our most fundamental values….” “(the)Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights — these are not simply words written into aging parchment. They are the foundation of liberty and justice in this country, and a light that shines for all who seek freedom, fairness, equality, and dignity around the world.

Translation – “Here is your bone Soros doggy, comrades in Moveon.org, nutroots, Code Pink, I know that you aren’t happy with me as I seem to be retracing on Gitmo and torture but ‘wink’, just keep the faith…” “Remember also, that I am remaking the Constitution to ensure not just freedom, but equlality of outcome….’wink’….”

Obamanation – “My own American journey was paved by generations of citizens who gave meaning to those simple words — “to form a more perfect union.” I’ve studied the Constitution as a student…”

Translation – ” I believe in the equality of outcome with every fiber of my being…..’shhh’…..don’t call it that word, that scares people, stick with ‘progressive’, it has such a nice ring to it…”

Obamanation – “But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.”

Translation – “America is no different than any other country, I apologize fellow citizens of the world, for we have sinned….’what’s that shhhh, don’t let them know L.A. was going to get nuked……”

Obamnation – “Let me repeat: I am not going to release individuals who endanger the American people. “
Translation – ” Due to active polling in the White House and my ass being handed to me by the Senate……’shhh nutroots’ …..’Soros, sit down’…….”


Actor Rick Schroder – Don’t Blindly Follow any Leader

Remember Ricky Schroder from the 1980’s tv show Silver Spoons? Anyway, Mr. Schroder is now 39 years old and has been married to the same woman for 17 years . He’s also the father of 4 children. He has made his way through Hollywood in his adulthood appearing in NYPD Blue, 24, and Scrubs. I will extend him props for being in Hollywood and remaining married to the same lady alone. He’s also a devout Mormon.

Those things known, CNSNews.com caught up with Rick Schroder at the recent White House Correspondents Dinner here. Schroder re: the Obamanation – “I don’t think he’s getting that support he needs from those other folks so I guess time will tell,” said Schroder. “I don’t know if it was the right decision to go into debt as we have so I guess time will tell, but I’m always inclined to not spend more than we bring in – as a household, as a man, and as a country. So, my inclination is it’s risky.”
Hmm, well said, albeit very basic common sense. Isn’t funny how someone in Hollywood says something equatable to 2nd grade math skills and common knowledge, ie that one should live within his means, and it stands out as newsworthy…..

Schroder then said that “he hoped that the Obamanation doesn’t raise taxes higher than Clinton did…” and continued – ““But, you know, when you start talking about 40 percent income tax and 10 percent state tax in California and almost 10 percent sales tax in California, it’s getting a bit ridiculous.” Well said here too, this is a great lesson for limited government proponents – keep it simple. Point out the obvious – that taxation in excess of 50% is ridiculous and scandalous.

Update : This just in, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, Danny Glover and Susan Sarandon held a press conference today criticizing Rick Schroder’s recent comments.

Spike Lee “Rick should know better, we have uniform conformity here in Hollywood, our Leader is not to be criticized in such a way…”

Danny Glover” Rick is clearly a racist, we have to start the effort now to boycott Silver Spoons Nick at Night reruns, this must be stopped!”

Susan Sarandon“I think that the authorities should pursue Nick Schroder based on egregious hate-crimes violations.”

Update : This just in, CNN, upon hearing about Schroder’s racist, anti-Obmanation comments sent in Susan Roesgen to cover it live…..

Roesgen – “Well, you can clearly see here that Ricky Shcroder’s right-wing comments are racist and catering to the right-wing network Fox News. He clearly doesn’t understand that his homestate of CA is getting bailed out and he shouldn’t complain about his taxes, I have to hand it over to you, this is clearly not family-friendly…”

And after a brief moment of sanity in the midst of Hollywood, one lone voice amongst them is silenced…..

Lost and Liberal California – Obamanation Agenda Next to Get Axed?

There you have it folks – yesterday, as predicted, California voters overwhelmingly voted down the propositions that the Governator and legislators had been hawking for months. As in my previous post, I noted that each proposition, with the exception of 1F was tantamount to fiscal child-abuse, increasing the credit-limit on the State’s credit card in the most basic sense. And voters sensed this to be the case, rushing to polls to express outrage. Check out this great map that shows how each prop did in each statewide county here. According to this map, even the Maoist/Leninist Bay are districts voted against these measures.

So I was sitting here at the desk pondering what this means for CA and the country as well. I came across this here from the Marxist-Panderer Rag, the LA Times – “Nearly a century after the Progressive-era birth of the state’s ballot-measure system, it is clear that voters’ fickle commands, one proposition at a time, are a top contributor to paralysis in Sacramento. And that, in turn, has helped cripple the capacity of the governor and Legislature to provide effective leadership to a state of more than 38 million people.Clogged freeways, the decline of public schools, an outdated water system and a battered economy are just a few of the challenges demanding action by state leaders. Instead, they are consumed by yet another budget crisis, one that voters worsened Tuesday.”

I am speechless, the LA Times intelligentsia ruling-class socialist elitists think that the blame of the State’s ills is to be laid at the feet of the ballot-caster. Disgusting how socialist-progressive types don’t favor democracy when it turn against them. Surprising? Not at all.

I see here from a Bloomberg article that Schwarzenegger is promising to release 19,000 illegal immigrant detainees because of the vote. Bring it on as long as I get my Santa Barbara oil rigs! The illegal immigrant convicts will just go home anyway after they find the mess that Sacramento has caused in the economy. I also see that the CA Treasurer is petitioning Geithner to have the Feds buy short-term loans if the State is to default. Prediction? The Obamanation will yet again bail out California, bypassing the voter.

Nick, a fellow Californian and a great capitalist blogger summed it up today over at It’s Just my Opinion, I could Be Wrong.blogspot – “To see why, you have to understand how California’s budget process works. Without getting into specifics, the more money the government takes, the more it spends, in roughly direct proportion with a multiple. That is, the government always spends more than it steals, regardless of how high the tax rates are. So the higher the taxes are, the more waste there is, and the more waste there will continue to be in the future. Raising taxes doesn’t reduce deficits, at least in California, ever; if anyone claims differently, they are lying (and likely knowingly).” Well said Nick, readers need to follow his blog here.

The Left and CA elitist big-government proponents got their scrawny tushes handed to them yesterday, leaving them running like a pack of red-hinded baboons,(Sacramento pictured left). A bigger question may be what this means to the nation as a whole. I mean after all, the Obamanation’s efforts are truly just a federal expansion of the philosophical underpinnings of CA type progressivism. Look at where this has put the state – compare and contrast the economies and bureaucracies of California versus Texas. One is going bust, the other is booming and attracting business, entrepreneurs and young families. Glenn Beck recently said on his tv show that 15,000 millionaires have left the Golden State in recent years. Cause and Effect. Will the nation wake up from our Obamanation and rise from Her slumber? Will US voters revolt at the eventual outcome of the Federalization of Californian politics. If they do in a state as lost and liberal as CA – a virtual banana republic; then there is immense hope.


Credit Card Bill – Deadbeat’s Socialism Cause and Effect

Tonight I’m reading here that pending ‘credit-card legislation’ is poised to reach the Obamanation’s desk soon. The bill would ostensibly “sharply curtail credit card issuers’ ability to raise interest rates and charge fees.” Other details of the bill released point to the fact that it will enact prohibitions of raises in interest rates on card-holder unless 60 days delinquent, and “on cards with more than one interest rate, issuers will have to apply payments first to the debts with the highest rates, which would help borrowers pay off their cards more quickly.” This, also ostensibly enforced by the Feds.

Cause and effect from Congress and the Obamanation manipulating credit markets? Moral hazard?

From the above article, “Card executives said the changes will force them to charge higher rates and annual fees to delinquent customers and those in good standing.”

And therein lies the dirty little detail here folks, the dirty little detail of all socialistic government intrusion. Those in good standing will foot the bill for this. In layman’s terms folks – just as in bailing out homeowners, corporations, bankers, et al. that made irresponsible decisions, the Omnipotent Federal government is swooping in like an unstoppable giant vulture and ‘saving the day.’ The citizen that pays taxes and manages credit wisely, working 9-5, honestly staying within his means – he gets the shaft.

Golf Carts, Smart Cars, and Go-Bots – Free-Market Pileup

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that the US car industry is in dire straits and in major need of a complete business-plan overhaul, restructuring, and jettisoning of strangling union burdens and legacy costs. The One wants to save the car industry as well, right? Well, I had CNBC on mute this morning while enjoying my coffee (to watch the market sans talking-head chatter), and I saw the Obamanation at a press conference, ( a daily occurrence it seems). “What socialistic nonsense is the One talking about today, what raping and pillaging of the free-market notion, flavor of the day?” Destroying any vestige of what remains of the once proud US car manufacturing sector, of course! How is he doing this? Well in typical liberal mental deformation fashion, He is hawking new overall fleet fuel mileage standards, increasing the mandated MPG rating to 35mpg. Wow, this will save Detroit folks, just in time!

The Bolshevik pols in Washington waxing romantically over European streets, dotted with go-bot sissy cars the size of a golf cart. Note downside of said car at picture to the right and left? Safety risk of small tin-can cars aren’t an issue, consumer-driven free-market choice be damned! The faint whisper of a once-free man heard in the distance – “But I want my wife and future children transported in a large and safe truck or SUV!” The pleas for freedom and sanity are drowned out by the incessant wailing of the Enviro – Left. “We’re saving Mother Earth, find your hemp sandals and sing with me, “Gaia rejoice”!

I awake from a Mother Earthly nightmare (or is that the mother of all earthly nightmares?) and find a pondering thought. “Surely this will not cost the taxpayer, the economy, the consumer anything, right? After all the One is praising this?”

From the AP here – “Administration officials said consumers were going to pay an extra $700, anyway, for mileage standards that had already been approved. The Obama plan adds another $600 to the price of a vehicle, a senior administration official said, bringing the total cost to $1,300 by 2016.” I feel so much better, how kind of them to add only $600 to the Bush-enacted increase,(gotta love the Nixonian Republicans), in mandated MPG law. Money grows on trees, right? Especially with future taxpaying young ‘uns paying the bill for costs like this, who cares! Junior on grandpa’s lap 2016, ” Grandpa, how come when you were my age, everyone could work hard and afford a car?” Grandpa – “Well, son, that was before Uncle Sam owned the car companies and made them so damned expensive that no one can afford a car, but at least the Unions are employed… the Wise One, President Obamanation knows that Americans should take mass-transit and bicycles to work anyway junior, that’s just one of the reasons that He is president for life – remember that we don’t have the right to complain anymore He knows us better than we know ourselves, let us bow our heads in prayer….”

Total cost to America for these new mandates? Again from the AP – “The auto industry will be required to ramp up production of more fuel-efficient vehicles on a much tighter timeline than originally envisioned. It will be costly; the Transportation Department last year estimated that requiring the industry to meet 31.6 mpg by 2015 would cost nearly $47 billion.”

Do numbers even matter any more? $40 billion, $400 billion? $4 trillion? Free cars, Smart Cars, Cash for Clunker Cars, no need to fret, money grows on banana-republic inflation trees…… socialism breeds inequity, America will be brought to her knees…..


Taxpayer Funded Studies of Brazillian Party Drugs, Argentinian Gay Drinking Habits

I found these two different stories over at Cnsnews.com. First off, how about this headline?

U.S. Spending $117,000 to Study ‘Party Drug’ Use in Brazil

Details? It seems that our favorite taxpayer funded organization the National Institute of Health is at it again. Last week it was millions for conducting studies on boozing Chinese prostitutes, this story, albeit less tax money, is equally aburd.

Issues at hand with the study?

According to the Federal $100k + grant abstract “there are few published scientific studies of the health and social consequences of club drug use in general, and none that have been conducted in Brazil. Within this context, the overall goal of the proposed study is to develop the capacity of local investigators to address this emerging health problem through a collaborative research process.” Perhaps, but in Brazil? Really?

The desired end result of the study? ”To monitor 200 drug users aged 18 to 39 and examine their life histories, alcohol and drug abuse, and the progression of those habits. Its immediate goal is to develop Portuguese-language materials for local drug treatment centers.”

Wow, now that is America-leading in the foreign affairs department. Is it worth 6 figures+ to do this? You decide.

Next story from the NIH as well, (this one is from a week and a half ago) –

Feds Will Spend $400,000 to Study Drinking and Sex Habits of Homosexuals in Argentina

Now we’re getting somewhere folks. This sounds like a worthy cause, hence the 4x higher price tag.

Purpose of this study?

“The study will send researchers to six bars in Buenos Aires to interview both patrons and proprietors in an effort to discover what it is about those bars that may encourage the risky behavior.” What it is about those bars? You mean that all bars aren’t meat-markets in the first place? Will the researchers have to go in undercover, hide in the shadows? Or will they participate?

This studies abstract – “Targeting public venues in Buenos Aires where men meet, alcohol is consumed, and sexual behavior occurs, the goal of this two-year exploratory study is to understand the various factors that contribute to the creation of a high-risk sexual space.”

And they couldn’t go to Argentinian soccer stadiums to elicit respondees for this study? I think we see blatant and unfair bar attendee classification status here. Really! Joking aside, more absurd physical abuse of the US taxpayer.


California Propositions Tuesday Vote – The Governator’s Taxpayer Kitty-Toss from a 20 Story Building

Anyone that knows my views on politics in the state that I reside in know that I think that for the most part it is a lost cause. A third-tier nation banana-republic governance – run by powerful lobbyists, unions, socialist-liberal Obamanation types, topped with grovelling illegal immigrants given government goodies from the day they set foot here. The state is bankrupt morally and financially and losing productive taxpayers en masse. The fiscal budget here was bleeding to the tune of 40+ billion recently. In fact, we didn’t even have a budget until our illustrious Governator RHINO Boy got just enough Repubs in the Legislator to push through massive tax-hikes and debt, and other cuts, skirting the tough decisions that needed to be made and pushing future fiscal calamity down the road a bit. Kicking the can down the road as they say – more akin to throwing a cat from a 20 story building and hoping it lands on it’s feet.

Arnold Schwarzenegger symbolizes more things that are wrong with the Republican Party than I can even list here. I remember years ago when he was running to oust the last sham of a governor, Gray “Bengal Tiger” Davis. Arnold showed a lot of potential. He gave a speech to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers group that was incredible. Economic libertarianism, and Republican ideals shone. After his first year in office, he got the best score for a state governor from the Cato Institute. Something was amiss however. Slowly, year after year, Republicans have been shown to have been bamboozled by this man, a transformation of a Republican governor into another liberal Democrat. Demonstrated by Arnoldism such as global-warming alarmism, runaway spending and deficits, mismanagement leading to tax raises and more businesses leaving the state. Need I say more? Why even have the ‘R’ next to his name? Another case for clear party delineation again.

Leading to the main reason for my piece. On Tuesday, CA voters will make a decision on several ballot-measures that curtail the recent fiscal insanity. The Governator on the measures here -“If the propositions do not pass it could mean releasing thousands of prisoners, borrowing billions of dollars from already-strapped local governments and even drilling off the Santa Barbara coast. ” Hmm, I like the last part, I’ll trade prisoners running rampant and borrowing for drilling off of Santa Barbara. I mean, after all they are probably going to do the former anyway, why not drill? Note the pandering scare tactics on display? God forbid that we responsibly use our natural resources in the state, rather than pandering to and being hamstrung by the Enviro-Left. I want to curse here, give me a break.

Joking, scare-tactics, and pandering aside the Props are as listed –

(take note at what liberalism does to the human body conservative/libertarian Arnold @left, liberalized @right)

Proposition 1A – State Budget. Changes California Budget Process. Limits State Spending. Increases “Rainy Day” Budget Stabilization Fund.

Proposition 1B -Education Funding. Payment Plan.

Proposition 1C – Lottery Modernization Act.

Proposition 1D -Protects Children’s Services Funding. Helps Balance State Budget.

Proposition 1E -Mental Health Services Funding. Temporary Reallocation. Helps Balance State Budget.

Proposition 1F – Elected Officials’ Salaries. Prevents Pay Increases During Budget Deficit Years.

My take –
Prop 1A – Vote No, Ensures embedded tax raises, ensures future ones, no accountability on spending

Prop 1B – Vote No, Same as above, costs the state billions more in the future, leading to more tax hikes

Prop 1C – Vote No, Preposterous in detail, ‘borrows’ against future lottery revenues, adding insult to injury for what got the state in this mess in the first place

Prop 1D and 1E – Vote No, redirects revenue from ”millionaire tax” and ”tobacco taxes” to the general fund, both taxes should be repealed in the first place and have no place in a free society

Prop 1F – Vote Yes, reps shouldn’t be paid at all whilst bankrupting a state

Anyone that hasn’t voted absentee and is registered, get out and vote Tuesday!


Memo from Panetta to CIA Officials

Pelosi Lied, we didn’t. Director Panetta highlights from the memo

“Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.” Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.” “My advice — indeed, my direction — to you is straightforward: ignore the noise and stay focused on your mission. We have too much work to do to be distracted from our job of protecting this country.”

What perhaps was said in private – “Mrs Pelosi, we will not let you throw this institution under the bus for your own political chicken-neck. Even though your Maoist constituents will lap up your twisted logic, your assertion of being briefed about tactics not being used is absurd, even for a hack like you. Shut-up. Even though you are a Democrat like me and we are colleagues from way-back-when in California, I have my limits. You are a useful idiot. All useful idiots have their time in the spotlight and their time to go. We may have abduct you in the middle of the night and waterboard you to get to the bottom of this. Does Botox alter the efficacy of waterboarding? If not, it is your time to go.


Taxpayer Dollars for Chinese Hookers, Cash For Clunkers?

Two stories crossing my desk in the last few days that cover the ridiculous, preposterous, fiscal incompetence that our government is heralding through. This fiscal malfeasance seems to be coming to a head, a turning point shall I say, when one sees stories like I am about to show. It’s as if our ‘leaders’ are so brazen at this turn in our history that there isn’t even the slightest semblance of fiscal sanity in the upper echelons of our government. Naked displays of the ”the political allocation of wealth and opportunity” as George Will put it in his recent brilliant column here.

Speaking of naked – I bring your attention to this story here, “NIH Funds $2.6 Million Study to Get Prostitutes in China to Drink Less.”

No, folks this is not a joke, (although laughingly pathetic), our own Federal government is spending $2.6 million of our tax-dollars to make sure that prostitutes in China drink less on the job. Bankrolled by the National Institute of Health, the program is aimed at studying 700 prostitutes, (in China no-less), then using the findings to help prevent HIV. Is Ted Kennedy leading the studies? I’m sure he wishes he was. It doesn’t say here. What it does say however is that the study looks at ‘why prostitutes engage in dangerous sex while drunk.’ Sex is dangerous, or more so for Chinese hookers only when they are tipsy? Is the world upside down?

The next story here is from the ‘green’ section of the lovely MSNBC website. The title of said article? “Congress Considers ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Proposal.” The article I am reading here is saying that the bill would basically give drivers ”vouchers of up to $4,500 when they turn in their old fuel-inefficient vehicles for scrapping and buy vehicles that get good gas mileage.” Also, ” People could also turn in their old cars for vouchers that could be used to ride public buses and trains.” Wow, even on the surface, that must be the most stupid, open-ended to corruption, nonsensical, pie-in-the-sky proposal I have heard of. Even worse than spending tax-dollars on booze-free Chinese hookers.

And why is this worse than paying for keeping the ‘sauce’ out of the hands of Chinese prostitutes? Price tag folks.RINO Olympia Snowe – “The bill envisions the program operating for four years and encouraging the retirement of up to one million vehicles a year.” According to the bill that is being floated around, owners of vehicles with fuel economy ratings of 18 or less would get somewhere between $4500, or $2000, either cash or a credit for a new car. Corruption, abuse, fraud, waste, in a program like this? Nah, not with these guys at the helm with our tax-dollars. To get an idea of the costs here, multiply 1 million vehicles per year by an average of say $3,000, then multiply by 4 years. The total? 12 billion dollars. How much should we multiply this to account for fraud, ineptitude, waste, etc? I’d say 2x would do, which then = 24 billion dollars. All without even batting an eye, out of thin air, printed, inflated and taxed onto future generations…..

Quote of the day from the beloved Senator Chuckie Schumer Democrat of NY and co-sponsor of the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ bill – “This is an even better trade-in offer than they could get from any car dealership.” I am speechless. Atlas Shrugging, check, check, check.

Update 1: I was doing a little searching after I wrote this piece and I found that there are already businesses waiting to stand in line if this law is to pass. I actually found a site Cash for Clunkers set up by online car dealers Dealix and Usedcar.com. These guys are lining up like oinkers at the trough to get their grubby little piggy fingers on these greasy federal dollars. Surprised?

Ron Paul – Morning Joe

God bless Ron Paul for being the clarion voice in Congress – the lone man against the big-government Leviathan. Hat tip to Conservative for Change for finding this video from this morning. What an amazing breath of fresh air to transcribe Dr. Paul’s words for you dear reader in contrast to having to listen to the Obamanation’s ASU collectivist speech yesterday. Being that I can weigh the words of each man against each other, it’s crystal-clear who should be seated in the Oval Office.

Excerpts from the video from Dr. Paul –

On Pelosi taking heat for the ‘torture’ flap – “I think that it’s a benefit because she might slow up on nationalizing health care, we are quickly socializing the country and spending ourselves into oblivion….”

On his prediction in 2003 of the housing collapse – “Washington D.C. is permeated by Keynsian economic thinking (government spending to stimulate the economy reader), very few even know the name Austrian economics ( free markets, free minds, entrepreneurship, sound dollar), and understand the business cycle, I was concerned about the bubble building in 1971 when the gold was de-linked from the dollar…” ” I believe that we are moving to the collapse of the dollar and it will be much worse than what we have witnessed.”

On the fact that the same leaders that created the crisis, now claiming to have the solutions – “Those individuals who did not predict what was to come now are predicting that the down turn has ended….I was on the fringe in 2003, now I have 100 or 200 people who care (referring to the reps on board for the ‘Audit the Fed’ movement), we haven’t had free-market economics, now they are blaming capitalism and not enough regulation for all of these problems, we’ve had crony capitalism, we’ve had inflationism, corporatism, big-government , we’ve not had true free-market capitalism so we have to define it.”

I’m not a fan of talking-head Joe Scaroborough. At least he has the integrity to acknowledge Paul’s accuracy in predicting our current economic problems and his true solution to return to Austrian free-market ideals to save our country and it’s once-stalwart system. Check out the Ludwig Mises Institute here to see what the Austrian school of thought is all about.


Obamanation ASU Commencement Vs. Marxist Leninists

Obamanation, deep in contemplation of the eager collegial masses -“How can I twist my speech to spread a greater good, totalitarian dictate without sounding like a Greater Good Totalitarian Dictator?”

Direct Obamanation quotes from his ASU speech yesterday with corresponding worldwide Marxist/Leninists of past and present –

Obamanation at ASU – “You too cannot rest on your laurels … the old order has been shaken, the old ideas and institutions have crumbled.”

Mirrored by Leon Trotsky -“The fall of the present bureaucratic dictatorship [in the Soviet Union], if it were not replaced by a new socialist power, would thus mean a return to capitalist relations with a catastrophic decline of industry and culture.”

Another quote authored by The One at ASU – “Through a ‘ruthless’ competition pursued only on your own behalf, that’s how you will measure success? Now you can take that road and it may work for some. Let me suggest that such an approach won’t get you where you want to go. It displays a poverty of ambition.”

Mirrored by Fidel Castro – “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”

Obamanation again at ASU – “In recent years we’ve become enamored with our own past success, lulled into complacency by the glitter of our own achievements, forgetting the qualities that got us there.”

Karl Marx ”We develop new principles for the world out of the world’s own principles. We do not say to the world: Cease your struggles, they are foolish; we will give you the true slogan of struggle. We merely show the world what it is really fighting for, and consciousness is something that it has to acquire, even if it does not want to.”

European Socialism – Reaching out to American Shores

Comrades in the Senate are now debating taxing sodas and sugary drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and even iced teas like Snapple. Why? To ‘pay’ for the upcoming health-care overhaul. The tax being debate is an excise tax – the kind that is levied onto goods that manufacturers then pass on to customers. No big deal you say? Sugary drinks cause diabetes, obesity, health problems, etc?

Not so fast comrade. Excise taxes are well loved by pols in many European quasi-socialist states. The most insidious part of this kind of taxation? The fact that many products have skewed pricing that hurts consumers. It is also a hidden tax as well – the consumer doesn’t write a check to the IRS for instance and in most cases doesn’t know that he is funding excessive taxation.

Take the liberal bastion of the Netherlands for instance. A beautiful, clean society that progressives drool over. “America needs to be just like the Netherlands, they have free health-care, low-crime, great schools, ….”

Case in point, the gasoline price in Dutchland? Consider an imported price of $3/gallon. Ok, that sounds close to what our gas prices are here, right? Not so fast. Once it is imported the Dutch government slaps a $3.50/gallon excise tax regardless of price. So consider then that the $3/gallon import price suddenly becomes $6.50/gallon on the street. But that’s not enough. Dutch pols then get another 19% VAT (value added tax) on top of the total price. In this case that would be $1.23. Total street level gas price? $7.73.

The Obamanations, progressives and various Statists in America think that we need to be more like Europe. In truth, we need to be the exact opposite of Europe. Always oppose hidden taxes like the excise tax – these are the tools of Statists that want to pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Remember too that our founders fled Europe because of excessive taxation and Statism. A truth that today’s youth have long forgotten……

Queen Pelosi – My Dog Ate My Homework

Female dog in this case. And I’m not talking about the expert consumer of homework. I know that almost everyone in the blogosphere has talked about this one. I haven’t yet, here’s my take. AP this morning ”Under strong attack from Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA and Bush administration of misleading her about waterboarding detainees…” She continues – “I wasn’t briefed, I was informed that somebody else had been briefed about it.” So my dog ate my homework works for the person 3rd in line to the Presidency? Really? Honestly folks, this woman is such a disgrace. Of course she knew that ‘harsh interrogations’ were being used. Of course she is lying through her teeth. What a piece of work.

It gets better from the mouth of someone fighting for her stranglehold on power (referring to the CIA), – “They mislead us all the time.” On the Bush Admin – “They misrepresented every step of the way, and they don’t want that focus on them, so they try to turn the attention on us.” Blame, point finger, repeat, repeat, repeat.

This smacks to me of desperation – the Queen is grasping for something to pull her career out of this issue. The equivalent in our world when a liberal is caught with his hand in the cookie jar? Catch him red-handed with chocolate crust around his lips and crumbs all over the place? His defense? Racist!

Americans deserve a divorce here. I will do a rain dance in the street if the Queen has to go bye-bye……….


Underground Trolley Collision – Political Correctness Puts Lives at Risk

Almost 50 people were injured on Friday in Boston when an underground trolley rear-ended another trolley. No one was killed however. The Transit Authority at the scene found that the 24 year old conductor had been text messaging from his phone when the accident occurred. Some 9 conductors have been suspended in the past year for either texting or using cell phones while driving. Here in California, a conductor crashed a Metrolink commuter train last year. This incident killed 25 and injured 138. The CA story here.

Updated news on the Boston accident came out yesterday. It seems that the 24 year old conductor, a Mr. Aiden Quinn, had 3 recent speeding tickets on his record when he was hired. This apparently was either –

a). ignored by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, or

b). brushed aside because of his ‘other’ qualifications.

This ‘other’ overriding qualification? Quinn’s status as a ”female-to-male” transgender special-minority member. Although the MBTA denies that his/her special minority status had anything to do with his/her hiring I think that I instinctively know better. In the least, knowing that Quinn was in part hired because of being a transgender casts a pall over this accident. Imagine if you or a loved one were injured from this guy’s negligence? Then to hear that he has speeding tickets on his record and that his credentials/offenses may have been brushed over because he belonged to a politically-correct minority group. Never mind that sex changes are elective. Political correctness contaminates minds and souls and quota-based hiring puts our entire society at great peril.


Ayn Rand, Dystopian Obamanation Shrugging

Years ago I delved into the fictional worlds of Ayn Rand’s works, one book was a notable favorite. Written in 1957 the dystopian Atlas Shrugged paints a vivid picture of self-motivated, individualistic business leaders and industrialists going on strike against a forceful and oppressive US government. The same government that in reacting to financial calamities in the country, go about blaming the very business people that drive the engines of economic success. Sound familiar? The heroes of the story refuse to let the bureaucrats of their day exploit them for the purpose of the ”greater good” thus following one of the main characters, John Galt to a secret location of arbitration. Thus the term ‘going Galt.’

For young minds and perhaps readers and thinkers open to different ideas, Rand’s works offer limitless potential. She propounds many solutions to today’s societal ills, mainly in that our government and culture have rejected the value of reason and the sacredness of the individual soul. Instead we have substituted these things with subjective reasoning, (moral relativism, multiculturalism), and altruism,( collectivism, socialism, statism, stigmatization of financial success).

Amazingly I found here that Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged recently was outselling the Obamanation’s latest book at the beginning of the year. Likewise with Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny here, Americans are searching for solutions and answers – ethos’ and ideas that hearken back to America’s founding and our Great Experiment in governance that stood proudly for individualism – the pursuit of happiness.

I am jolted from a melancholy look-back to my discovery of Rand’s uniquely positive Way things ought to be whilst I sift through several stories of the day. This story here, Obamanation Endorses Health Industry’s Goal to Rein in Cost.” The event was a miraculous meeting where The One, just by his Sheer Messianicness met with medical leaders and vowed to ‘save’ the US health care system from, not for America. 2 trillion bucks in savings over 10 years and all they had to do was shake hands! And the State-Controlled media echoes the talking points verbatim. The ultimate in Federal Government centralization, pols and cronies at the helm of life and death issues of individuals.The best analysis that I saw on the net of this here. The Obamanation yesterday in his own words – “Health care is (on an) unsustainable course that threatens businesses, government and families.” No, sir, you, Washington, and your elitists are the biggest threats to business, government, and families. Atlas Shrugging – Check.

Next stop, the Social Security ‘trust fund’, (never mind there is no such thing, just dusty IOU’s in a drawer), will become insolvent by 2037 here, four years earlier than expected. Likewise, and even more dire is the case for Medicare. The cause? The deep recession, trillions of dollars of deficit spending because of the financial crisis. The cure? More deficit spending, raising taxes for a bankrupt system, and chastising the very ones that pursue a ‘profit’ from the very business endeavours that the Obamanation and various cronies despise. Atlas Shrugging – Check.

Remember all of those poor folks that signed up for mortgages without knowing/reading the contract? Well it seems that credit card holders have done the same thing too. Obamanation on Monday (on credit card holders here) – “But they also have a right to not get ripped off by the sudden rate hikes, unfair penalties and hidden fees that have become all-too common.” Hmm, no they don’t. They have the right to not sign credit card contracts with crappy rate hikes, penalties and ‘hidden’ fees. They have the right to live within their means. They have the right to not have an authoritarian Nanny State looking over their shoulder, even if they do make financial mistakes. People learn from mistakes. Intrusive governments only subsidize financial problems and mistakes. Americans reduced to grovelling serfdom. Atlas Shrugging -Double Check

The Federal Leviathon’s tentacles seemingly encompassing us more each day, “Never let a good crisis go to waste” – Obamanation right-hand man Rahm Emmanuel. Senator Max Baucus letting the cat out of the bag : “Tax Hikes Likely to Pay for Health care.” The Senate’s top tax writer said Tuesday he is considering limits on the tax-free status of job-based health insurance to help pay for President Barack Obama’s plan to cover all Americans. Story here. In layman’s terms folks – all of those corporate workers out there, you teachers and such that are given health care as a ‘benefit’, well this may be taxed to pay for ‘health care for all.’ I wonder what the public will think of this? Atlas Shrugging – Triple Check

Next story here – “Obama Seeks Estate Tax Hike.” The proposals as described “take on what we believe are a series of unjustifiable loopholes, unjustifiable tax breaks that we simply can not afford,” – senior White House official. At stake? Exemptions for estates back down to $1 million and a fat 55% rate on estates above that. Work all of your life to create a business, a family and a legacy? Pay taxes at every point at over 50% of your income? Uncle Sambomination appreciates this upon your passing? Not quite, fork it over serf-boy, we found a way decades ago to double tax you. Constitutional? Funny, that old dusty document is so flexible by the Supreme Court these days that a session looks like a Gumby coming-out party. Atlas Shrugging – Quadruple Check.


Corruption in Washington D.C. – Miniscule Obama Cuts Meet Resistance,Dems Fear Business More Than Government

Remember last week’s entry here on the 17 billion in ‘cuts’ that the Obamanation was hawking to the fawning, adoring press? Well I’m reading a Washington Post article here that is reporting that even the .5% in ‘cuts’ is being met by fierce resistance in Washington. Yes folks it really has gotten that bad, even a head fake ‘cut’ can’t go through the Capital. These guys are so addicted to OPM, (other people’s money) that there truly is no hope for them. Even the Obamanation isn’t the greatest hindrance to our Republic’s future – it’s the entire Establishment. I love the picture above taken from the Post article, this pic was taken at the Office of Management and Budget, the folders being handed out to media people contain the “Terminations, Reductions and Savings.” Take a look at the Washington pols and media types in the pic, is that a Rastafarian guy,(the one with the beard)? Good grief. Caveat – if you read the Post article, beware that the overall tone is that these ‘cuts’ are substantial, essentially towing the White House talking points, (shocker).

Listen to this rat on the sinking SS America from the article -Rep Maurice Hinchey Democrat of NY vowed to force the White House to accept delivery of a new presidential helicopter Obama says he doesn’t need and doesn’t want. The helicopter program, which cost $835 million this year, supports 800 jobs in Hinchey’s district. “I do think there’s a good chance we can save it,” he said.

This is what our Republic has come to, multiply this type of pork-barrel pet project times hundreds of Representatives and you get an idea of why there even is a $3.6 trillion budget, half of which is deficit-financed on my children’s children here.$800 million for a heli that the Obamanation doesn’t even want? Notice that I photoshopped the picture at the beginning of my piece and came up with the one on the left. No kidding here folks, really!

Which brings me to another issue of the day. Do you think that most Americans think that Big Government is intrusive and dangerous to our freedoms, economy, and future? Or do you think that Big Business is all that is evil and antithetical to America? It turns out that the answer to these two questions is split across party lines. The Club For Growth had the Gallup Poll graph at the right up today. 80% of Republicans and 59% of Independents think that Big Government is the biggest threat to America. Only 32% of Democrats believe this. Wow. A majority of Democrats, 52% believe that Big Business is the greatest threat. From the corresponding Gallup article hereWhatever the cause, Republicans have grown somewhat more concerned about the threat of big government and Democrats have grown more concerned about the threat of big business, but Americans as a whole still rate big government as the greater threat.

At least the Daily Nightmare that occupies the Oval Office is consistent with his party……


Weekend Obamanations – Barrage Agenda, Socialized Med True Cost, Criminal Illegals Pandering, Wealthy 2nd Thoughts

I sound like I’m beating the same drum over and over here folks but I must say that our beloved Obamanation is the gift that keeps giving this prolific,(well not quite prolific, yet), blogger. I am slowly drifting out of a restful Saturday night sleep with a large cup of coffee here at the desk thinking to myself “I wonder what I could blog about today.” In this spirit I pull up a dozen sites that I visit daily, the Washington Times, Telegraph.co.uk, Newsmax, and several others. I find that as is true nearly day, our Beloved One jumps out of every page. I hate to sound absurd here but it’s almost as if every day I could just title an entry, “Obamanation and Socialism Insert Day of the Week Here___”

Via Newsmax, Brent Brozell of Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group says it well – “The m.o. of this administration, flooding the public with so many initiatives, that they won’t have the time to explore them….the spending programs of Barack Obamanation are clearly the most radical in history of the United States of America”

I peruse around the Newsmax site and find this story – “Upfront Costs Complicate Obama’s Health Care Plan”
The article goes on to explain that the 10 year total tab for the One’s health care program could exceed 1.5 trillion dollars. $634 billion has been set aside. Listen to this – “Obama is hoping the Senate comes up with a bipartisan compromise that would give him political cover for disagreeable decisions to raise more money, such as taxing some health insurance benefits.” No kidding, new taxes for socialized health care? Say it isn’t so.
And more – ”Obama wants to build on the current system in which employers, government and individuals share responsibility for health care. He says his plan would make health insurance more affordable.” And American think that the Federal government can accomplish this? The same government that runs the DMV, and can’t even coordinate a fly-over of Air Force One in Manhattan?

Next story here, this one involving illegal immigration. Remember this week’s wonderful story on how the Obamanation ‘found’ 17 billion dollars to ‘cut’ from the federal budget? Such an incredible feat from our Leader, laying to rest American’s fear of rising taxes and debt? Be careful what you ask for, apparently part of the ‘cuts’ is ending the SCAAP program, under which states received $400 million in the current fiscal year to cover the cost of incarcerating convicts and pre-trial detainees who are illegally in the U.S. Think these illegal aliens will be released onto the streets in places like CA because of this? Nah, no way. Our Fearless Obamanation won’t let that happen. A small step for the cause of tapping millions of welfare-state voter constituents, changing the landscape of our country forever. Do you think that we will ever have a conservative majority ever again in congress if million of illegal aliens are given amnesty? Follow the money trail on this one.

Our wise British friends at the Telegraph have this story here“Barack Obama’s rich supporters fear his tax plans show he’s a class warrior”
Now this one is interesting to me dear reader. Apparently wealthy wall-streeters are having second thoughts about their candidate and didn’t quite read between the lines. In the article from a top Obama fundraiser and hedge-fundie “I’m appalled at the anti-Wall Street rhetoric. It was OK on the campaign but now it’s the real world. I’m surprised that Obama is turning out to be so left-wing. He’s a real class warrior.” No kidding, and you never heard of Saul Alinsky? Obamanation’s own words in his books like this from the article in Dreams of My Father -“I would imagine myself as a captain of industry, barking out orders, closing the deal, before I remembered who it was that I had told myself that I want to be.” You got it, capitalists appeal to the most base of instinct – to make a profit and ‘bark orders.’ Committed liberal and famous investor Warren Buffet – “Job one is to win the war, the economic war, job two is to win the economic war, and job three,” he said recently. “You can’t expect people to unite behind you if you’re trying to jam a whole bunch of things down their throat.” Some Democrats are expressing concern, will more follow?
Continuing on in the article – ”It has also dawned on wealthy Americans who flocked to the Obama campaign of “Hope” and “Change” that the president opposes the “trickle down” theories that have guided US economics since President Ronald Reagan was elected with a mandate to slash taxes” This one is a shocker, really? The Obamanation’s #1 goal from day one, is to repeal everything from the Reagan Legacy and return American to a more ‘fair’ society, albeit much less wealthy, overtaxed, indebted to future generations, and more ‘equal’ on a lower scale. But at least that is more ‘fair.’


Nanny Tax Rap

Hat tip to Eric Dondero over at Libertarian Republican for finding this video from the Tax Foundation…..brillliant.


Flyover Picture Released – Obamanation has his Fall Guy

The above is the infamous ‘fly-over’ picture, is it worth over $300k to you dear taxpayer? Today the seven page review of the fly-over incident was released here, and Director of the White House Military Office resigned. I noticed several things in the report:

  • DoD is conducting its own internal reviews into the April 27 flyover. For example, SecretaryGates has directed the Joint Staff to conduct a review of the approval process for such flights,particularly with regard to the use ofF-16 fighter aircraft.” (Interesting that the Pentagon is on this)
  • “On Friday, April 3, 2009, representatives of the PAG, the FAA, and several local authorities held a teleconference to discuss “operational issues and public affairs / outreach issues.”The participants recognized “the sensitivity ofthe aircraft involved,”
    and concluded that “public affairs and outreach efforts must be carefully coordinated and timed.”
    (Somehow this didn’t quite work out)
  • “On Thursday, April 9, the commander ofthe PAG, Colonel Scott Turner, sent an email to the Deputy Director addressing a number of issues, including a plan to conduct “a photo shoot over the Statute of Liberty on the 27th ofthis month.”Several days later, Colonel Turner informed the Deputy Director that he still was working on the plan and coordinating with federal, state, and local authorities.”
  • “Deputy Director believed that Mr. Messina would want notice because the plan involved the use of the Presidential aircraft and because it was unusual-i. e., it was a photo shoot near New York City and it required a high degree of coordination. The Director does not recall the conversation. He does not deny that it took place, but rather characterizes it as one of multiple things that were happening at the time-shortly after his return from Mexico.” (Director doesn’t remember the conversation? And this flies, no pun intended?)
  • “The Deputy Director then forwarded this information to the Director in an email
    time-stamped 11 :21 AM:”
    “Sir: per our conversation about Scott Turner’s plans to fly over the Statue of
    Liberty – it’s scheduled for this Monday, April 27th. All has been coordinated.
    AF PA plan/statement is below and will be released only if asked. Will probably
    receive some local press, but WH shouldn’t catch any questions about it.
    Provided in case you want to pass to Jim Messina or Robert Gibbs for awareness.
    This is an AF operation, in close coordination with FAA. Happy to discuss with
    you as necessary. v/r,-gm”
    (This is the whole enchilada that our fall guy claims he didn’t get)
  • “According to the Director, he did not read the email until the afternoon of Monday, April 27,after the flyover had concluded. He explained to us that he did not see the email because it was sent to his WHMO email account-the Director has two email accounts and he checks his White House Office account more frequently. During our interview, the Director also offered another explanation for his failure to read the email. When he returned from Mexico, he was suffering from severe muscle spasms in his back. Doctors prescribed pain medications, he had difficulty walking around the office, and he went home early a couple days.” (My dog ate my homework, I feel enlightened to have people of such high intelligence in charge of high echelons of our government, a true genius once in the position of Secratary of the Army under Clinton, good God)

And there you have it folks. Shouldn’t we thank our lucky stars that we have such bureaucratic geniuses in charge of our beloved Federal government. Such incredible people of high intellectual fortitude and moral stature. And that is assuming that you even believe what you read in the memo. Imagine that bureaucrats like this are in charge of our nuclear missile silos. Imagine that they hold the keys to our very existence. Imagine that our Obamanation wants the same government that cannot even coordinate a flight of Air Force One over Manhattan to control ever more facets of American life. To control matters of life and death with our Health Care system, our once proud Free Market system. Twilight Zone or a nightmare?

Acorn on Glenn Beck, Voter Fraud, and a Mobster Spokesman

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, was brought up a lot last election. They are a network of community organizers that advocate issues for poor people, most notably voter registration. Recently several states have brought lawsuits claiming fraud. They played an instrumental role in the election of the Obamanation, the campaign paid ACORN $800,000 to register voters and do other work. He served on their board in the past as well. Founded by a union-organizer named Wade Rathke in 1970, looking up information on Rathke, I found that the NYT here reported on July 9th, 2008, “that Dale Rathke, the brother of ACORN’s founder Wade Rathke, was found to have embezzled $948,607.50 from the group and affiliated charitable organizations in 1999 and 2000. ACORN executives, including Rathke, did not inform the whole board, nor law enforcement, but signed an enforceable restitution agreement with the Rathke family to repay the amount of the embezzlement” Both Rathke brothers left the organization before the Chosen One was elected.

Over the years Acorn has rallied around ‘social justice’ and other liberal redress causes. We all know what that means. Something I found interesting in a WSJ article, “In 1995 Acorn unsuccessfully sued California to be exempt from the minimum wage, claiming that “the more that Acorn must pay each individual outreach worker . . . the fewer outreach workers it will be able to hire.” Mr. Rathke acknowledges higher wages can cost some jobs but that the raises for other workers are worth it.” Really? Liberalism knows no intellectually preposterous bounds.

Last year, voter-fraud investigations against Acorn covered 12 states. On Monday Nevada filed voter fraud charges against the group as well. Apparently before the last election, Acorn reps were requiring canvassers to submit 20 applications each day or face termination. The Nevada complaint alleges 26 counts of “Compensation for Registration of Voters,” which is a a felony under state law. From the AP story where I am reading this -“There was no firm quota,” -spokesman Scott Levenson. Other states are bringing up similar lawsuits.

The name above here brings me to last night’s Glenn Beck show. On the table was a discussion about Acorn and voter fraud with none other than the lead spokesman for Acorn, Scott Levenson. It’s interesting to me that my initial reaction to watching this guy was that he was a mafioso type. Reader, I watched this before writing the above so that was my gut feeling. It turns out that after Beck questioned him about his livelihood before he worked with Acorn, he admitted that he had been a ‘union organizer.’ Shocker.

Amazing that this cosa nostra tries to justify his company record by saying that the voter fraud commited was just ’employees.’ Patently absurd, a free press wouldn’t let guys like this get away with stuff like this. Beck rightly points out the equivalent Burger King mohawk worker boy bathing in a dish vat at Burger King and how the entire company was responsible for this.

Coming to my conclusion is the most important point here. ACORN has been tapped by the Obamanation Administration in a partnership to draw up the Census this year along with 281 non-profit groups and 111 corporations. I scanned the list here and it is a ‘Who’s Who’ in the liberal-redress crowd. Look for yourself, I sure didn’t see any Constitutionally-minded conservative groups on here. Reading a report at CNS News as well, I see that the Census Bureau is determined to count illegal alien residents in the Census, and enlist community organizers like ACORN to help with this. Read this report as well here. So to sum it up, with the election of the Wondrous One, our Nation gets to witness the Census being drawn up by nefarious activists, a hodgepodge of liberal groups, and the crowning achievement of counting illegal immigrant so that they can be fairly accounted for re: Congress redistricting. Am I missing something? I have never seen a Western government move so fast to turn a nation into 3rd tier status.


Fatigue From Bald-Faced Lies – Obamanation Touts 17 Billion in “Cuts”

Dear reader, I’ve seen numerous fallacies with our Obamanation, the 100 days chronology was basically 100 days of unconstitutional extracurricular activities possibly climaxing with Air Force One circling Lower Manhattan, frightening thousands of Manhattanites. We know too that this man wants to remake America in His image. A clear vision of ‘fairness’, ‘volunteerism’, ‘redistribution’ of America’s wealth – to it’s rightful owners. As it were, Rome burns, and the Administration spends mountains of debt-financed dollars, foisted upon future unfortunate generations. The debt-financed dollars and their arrogance, stupidity, and duplicity know no bounds.

So today in form our beloved Obamanation comes out with a brilliant plan to actually cut Federal spending by 17 billion dollars! Wow, I channel-surfed through the MSM networks – the talking heads thought that this was such a great idea. “It really shows that He is hearkening” they say. “What we’re trying to do is reorient government activity toward things that work,” said White House Budget Director Peter Orszag. Warm and fuzzy all over! I can’t believe that we have such brilliant folks at the helm today!

And then I read the following – “Even as Obama spoke, a key House panel was adding about $12 billion to his war-spending request.” Uh oh, really? I’m having second thoughts.

And what about this number? This little number that shows that the 17 billion in ‘cuts’ is .5% of the Federal budget? What’s that (blah-blah-blah, Obamanation in the background on the boob-tube), what’s that? Oh I see, it’s not that the .5% reduction is going to affect the deficit, it’s that it shows the peasants that you care. In a flash all comprehension comes to me….

Tea Party Confidential

Reason TV ( a great offshoot of Reason.com), recently interviewed Matt Kibbe from the Freedomworks organization. Freedomworks is a great grassroots organization that stands for limited government basics, founded by Rep Dick Armey in 2002 after he resigned his position as majority leader in the house. He’s a great man, how times have changed for the worse in our nation’s political structure. To imagine that Mr Armey was in a leadership spot just a few years ago is shocking. He represents a 100% difference in philosophy for what we have today, Pelosi, Barney, Waxman, and the other members of the Motley Donkey Crue.

Presiden of Freedomworks Kibbe was asked some questions about their group and also the Tea Parties as well.

On the Tea Parties -“I saw an estimate that there were 550, 000 people, I actually think that there was more than that….this was truly a spontaneous grassroots uprising, we were heavily involved in getting it started and getting activists engages but this thing took on a life of it’s own.” “I was in Atlanta with Dick Armey, there was 15 to 20,000 people there, it was amazing I’ve never seen a constituency turn out for freedom like this. ” I think that the (MSM) are genuinely flummoxed that people are showing up so early in the Obamanation administration, saying that we don’t want any more spending. We have suggested that a national march on Washington happen on September 12, there’s a website call 9-12 dc.org, there’s an event on July 4.”

You heard it here, anyone that has a pulse needs to make it to Washington DC to march against socialism. I found the website here. National co-sponsors for this event include the Club for Growth, National Taxpayers Union, Young Americans for Liberty, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights, and Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty. Quite a lineup indeed.


Life is Irony – Eco-Sailors and the Overseas Yellowstone

April 20 2009, Carbon Neutral Expeditions sets sail out of Plymouth, Devon. A coastal English city 190 miles south west of London, Devon is a beautiful and picturesque (pictured to the right), bay city. Rife with history circa the Bronze Age., remains of Homo Sapiens dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic (late stone age), have been found estimated to have lived over 10,000 years ago. More recently; (AD 1403 to be exact), the town was burned by Breton Raiders, encouraging an ensuing series of fortifications that were built around the city. The remains of these fortifications exist to this day.

But I apologize for my digressiveness dear reader, back to the original intent of the story – the Carbon Neutral Expeditions voyage. Meet cancer survivor and head of the team Raoul Surcouf and teammate Richard Spink. Flanked by skipper Ben Stoddart, the team set out as stated above on April 20. The purpose of their mission? To prove to the world that they could sail from England to Greenland and back – relying on only sail, solar and man power. Carbon neutral, all aboard the Fleur! A 580 mile voyage under such amazing precocious notions is cause for environmentalist celebration. Mr Surcouf – “The expedition will hopefully show how it is possible to explore some of the most beautiful places on Earth without contributing to their destruction.” Indeed.

So the team sets sail off of the dreamy, fog-laden coast of England. Dreams and fog at the front of this expedition. Many days were ahead, but not to be afraid. This flight of fancy would guide them through Mother Nature’s Grand Design.

Days went by, the carbon-liberated band was growing weary. The day was the 27 of April of our Lord. Mother Nature was throwing fits, a mephitic child , could this be? Oceans tossing and turning, undulating like a giant liquid serpent. The team was holding on – their mission was too important to be controlled by mere fate or weather-natural moodiness. Or was it?

The distress call was heard hundreds of miles away. “The Fleur is surely sinking, water is coming aboard – she is heaving to and fro, God please help!”

And God in all of His wisdom listened to the folly of this distress. Looking down at the tomfoolery and self-inflicted bad circumstance He could still see reconciliation. “What a shame that my people have to carry on such notions, where have they been led?”

And as such circumstance would lead, the Overseas Yellowstone, a gentle lumbering iron giant, packed to the gills with hydrocarbons, perchance was nearby our fated crew. Not exactly peas of a pod, politics and credo has no place in nature’s great watery wilderness, ”Come aboard young fellows!”

And the folly of misguided ethos is laid to rest by the power of God and Mother Nature herself. Or is it?

NYC Flyover Pictures Not to be Released, Are to be Released? – White House

From the New York Post. Yesterday White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that there was no need to release the photos from the Air Force One photo-op mishap. At a news conference he glibly replied, “I’ve watched CNN,” “I didn’t notice a lack of archival material from that flight.” So in other words, the White House is saying that even their justification of the public-terrifying ‘flyover’, (pictures of the jet with the Statue of Liberty), is bogus. Other White House aides added that the pictures weren’t classified even though they were giving off the impression that they are. “The photos . . . are classified — that’s ridiculous,” – Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.

The story gets even stranger.

Earlier today here our favorite Press Secretary Gibbs was asked about the photos again and the beans were spilled. He admitted that there is currently an internal probe, (ouch) and that it will be completed this week. “We’ll release its findings and release a photo,” he said. So really folks, what is going on with this story? Why did Gibbs first say that there wouldn’t be a photo and then contradict himself today? What is really behind this incident? Do you think the White House will be held to task for this? I don’t.


Ron Paul Gaining Clout Among GOP Converts? Rep Bachmann a New Star

From the Washington Independent today, a story here showing that Texas Rep. Ron Paul is gaining traction with several enthusiastic converts to his economic theory prowess and defense of Austrian economics. The story points out the interesting fact that Dr. Paul occasionally has lunch with 10 or so members of congress. While dining, the group listens to an author or expert that Paul thinks is notable. These informal and off the record meetings have been host to several speakers on a variety of topics, one of the more interesting is Dr. Thomas Woods, conservative author of the best-selling book “Meltdown,”, a free-market account of what actually led up to the recent economic calamity, pointing out ways in which the New Deal contributed and how the Federal Reserve is responsible for the current economic crisis. Also a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he is an expert on Austrian theory. Definitely a clarion voice in the fight for liberty.

Which leads me to the next person of notable interest, not a speaker or author but Rep Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. A frequent attendee of Ron Paul’s meetings, and an acolyte free market thinkers, she is the same Rep that was made famous in the blogosphere,(see video below), with her tongue lashing toward Ben Bernanke and Treasure Secretary Geithner . A rising star in the conservative/libertarian wing of the Republican Party, Rep Bachmann represents that which Ron Paul has clamoured for year after year – transparency in the Federal Reserve, a sound dollar policy, and a return to Constitutional economic basics. If you haven’t already done so, you need to sign the “Audit the Fed” petition, (HR 1207), over at the Campaign for Liberty here. Amazingly, this bill now has 124 cosponsors, including some Democrats.

As I said, definitely an acolyte of Ron Paul. American need voices like this in Congress. Simple, concise, Constitutional points. Notice how both Geithner and Bernanke drop the ball on basic Constitutional restraint? Where in the Constitution are there powers are listed?

Leading to the Great One himself. At a congressional hearing yesterday Paul questions Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on a variety of topics, notable points –
“We are in the midst of inflation, just because prices haven’t gone up doesn’t mean that we don’t have the distortion, it was that system that gave us the financial bubble, artificially low interest rates….now we are trying to correct all of that by doing the very same thing.”

“I see this as the real problem, we practice economic planning….socialism always fails because they do not have a pricing structure, interventionism and inflationism fails because we don’t have a free market pricing system of money…..it fails, inevitably it leads to a more socialized economy….” Dr. Paul then goes on to give a defense for HR 1207 and the fact that the books for the Fed need to be open to the public so that the Federal Reserve could perhaps be more transparent and accountable.

Shameless Plug I Co-hosted “Libertarian Politics Live” With Eric Dondero the Libertarian Republican

As they say, the pen is mightier than the sword. In my case I would say that the pen is mightier than the voice. I don’t have a voice for radio but yesterday Eric Dondero over at the Libertarian Republican blog had me co-host his radio show with him. I contacted him recently in regards to my piece Communists/Socialists are the Democrat Coalition of Today, he liked the piece and my blog and agreed to have me on his show. He was also kind enough to add me to his blogroll, thanks Eric! Eric’s a good guy and I would recommend visiting his blog daily. We started off the show on the topic of the recently enacted seatbelt law in Florida, a spokesman for the National Motorists Association came on. This is a great organization, dedicated to liberty for motorist enthusiasts. We then chatted about my blog and the piece above in particular, I was given a lot of time starting at around 30 minutes and able to plug my blog. Go to the widget on the sidebar of the blog to hear it.


More Loser Activity, GOP turn to Bush Aides, Dismiss Sarah Palin

From the Politico

”Former White House press secretary Dana Perino, former Bush counselor Ed Gillespie and former White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto are among those set to provide words of wisdom to House Republican press secretaries at their annual workshop this Friday.” ”But Democrats are deriding the move to bring in the Bush veterans, calling it proof that the GOP has failed to recognize that Bush’s policies are at least partly to blame for the party’s minority status.”

The story goes on to say that since the GOP in the House are now in the minority, they are focusing on getting their message out, beefing up their communications departments vs procedural. They are now focusing on the microphones vs lawmaking. This is a good thing. The bad part though is as stated above, ”the GOP has failed to recognize that Bush’s policies are at least partly to blame for the party’s minority status.” This is the big one folks, I think that the powers that be in the GOP don’t get it – they don’t understand that they got throttled in 2008 and 2006 not because they weren’t ‘moderate’ enough but entirely because they had become the ‘me too’ wing of the Democrat party and had been spending our tax dollar like drunken sailors (no offense to sailors). Voters here in San Diego were incredibly angry at the GOP! I could practically smell the disgust in the air. San Diego has particularly strong Midwestern values,(surprisingly), and there was an incredible dissatisfaction with the Republican party. That is why the Obamanation carried the county here, a Democrat hasn’t showed well countywide here ever I believe. And yet he won 60% to 40% and it was precisely because enough conservatives stayed home, enough people were convinced that he was the tax-cutter (an abomination that the GOP lost their voice and credibility, even on taxes!). I don’t want to see the Bush era advisers and pols any more, they gave us ‘Big-government Conservatism’, as if there is even such a thing.

Which leads me to the next story, this one involving Mitt Romney. I personally like Mitt Romney, he has a pleasant personality and look for the GOP, I suspect his true conservatism and belief in limited government though. I would have preferred him to McCain. Water under the bridge. Yesterday Romney was on CNN’s State of the Union, (first mistake), and was asked about Sarah Palin being included in Time’s ”World’s Most Influential People.” To which he quipped, “But was that the issue on the most beautiful people or the most influential people?” “I’m not sure. If it’s the most beautiful, I understand. We’re not real cute.” Nice little jab here against conservatives that Palin represents, (not elitists), and that Palin is superficial and not really a leader of the GOP. Of course, the public grass roots folks would hardly agree here, the pols don’t get it. Governor, you’d be best watching your words when it comes to Palin, she has a grass-roots following that rivals Reagan, and she’s a true conservative. Seems like a somewhat innocent little flap on his part, but it does show a certain attitude common amongst the elites.

On to the next story here, this one involving Jeb Bush and a comment he made yesterday during a ‘listening tour’, flanked by Eric Cantor, and Mitt Romney. This ‘listening tour’, a campaign to get the word out to the public, arguing the case for a GOP comeback. Jeb Bush – “From the conservatives, it’s time for us to listen first, to learn a little bit, to upgrade our message a little bit and to not be nostalgic about the past,” you can’t beat something with nothing, and the other side has something. I don’t like it, but they have it, and we have to be respectful and mindful of that.” OK so let’s get this straight here, conservatives need to listen? Listen to what and whom? Do we need to listen to those that believe in dismantling our economic system and possibly take some of their ideas, water them down and then campaign on them? This is what the RINO’s, and elitists would have us do, what does the other side have? They have broad, lofty programs that empower and enable them! It is patently obvious, simple, and should be common sense to the GOP. Argue and fight for American values of rugged individualism and empowerment, free-markets, low taxes and regulations, and a concise vision of these things for America. Any and every time this is tried, the electorate responds.

Republicans trying to find their voice, leaders blaming conservatives as they always will, a media that is all too willing to declare the GOP DOA, through all of this fog I want to point to a man of deep intellect and commitment to conservative ideals and free-markets. A man that we could all look to as the past greatness of conservatism and what we will be in the future. In his passing, rest in peace, Jack French Kemp. You will be missed by America and those that fight for her.


Communist/Socialists are Democrat Coalition of Today

Years ago I decided to try an experiment on the net. I perused several communist/socialist websites to see how closely they resembled today’s Democrat party and/or the Left that controls academia, and the media. I remember trolling on a political message board, (something I don’t do any more – just bomb-throwers involved), and coming across an article that someone had posted. Upon reading the article, I was shocked at how similar most of the points were to what you hear today from the Obamanations, Reids, Pelosis, Michael Moores, Penns, of the world. The source of said article? Communist Party USA.

So this Sunday morning, armed with ample caffeination , (gloomy coastal weather outside being conducive to some net research), I went to several Communist/Socialist websites to pick up points and themes that to my ears sound verbatim to mainstream liberals and progressives.

First stop, the the official site of the Communist Party USA. This one is easy, I don’t even have to go beyond the home page for fodder. Right off the bat I am greeted with a story (leading), expressing to ‘immigrants’ (in spanish no less), the virtues of the celebration of “workers being united May 1.” I know a little spanish so I was able to decipher points , (correct me if my spanish is wrong), such as standing for ”working families”, the need for ”amnesty for workers” workers in ”green industries”, and ”universal health care.” Any of these themes sound familiar dear reader? The communists know that open borders and years of influx of poor and uneducated workers from Mexico have created a political class that could possibly change the political landscape of the US. Poor immigrant workers, legal or otherwise are ripe for the pickings of Leftist organizations.

I scroll down a bit, still on the home-page, and see a story on a documentary called ”At Home in Utopia.” Apparently it is a part of a PBS series detailing communist coops in the Bronx 80 years ago. Taxpayer funded Leftist apologetic garbage from PBS. The NYT sings the praises of this in a glowing article here. The NYT article sounds no different than it’s sister publication above and their article on the CPUSA.org.

The bottom of the page brings me to a special celebration of Earth Day. Evo Morales the President of Bolivia is pointed out as calling on the UN to make Earth Day an official ”Mother Earth Day.” It seems the same Morales that controls the media and the judiciary in his country, and has targeted former presidents, is a greenie and a Marxist.

Quiz – Who authored the following,
“Right now, we can put millions of unemployed people to work doing the essential work of building a green infrastructure: building public transit systems and components, researching and developing sustainable energy sources, insulating and repairing America’s homes and offices, educating the public about environmental practices, and cleaning up our streams, bays, forests and fields.”
Was it –
a) President Barack Obamanation
b) Al Gore
c) Communist Party USA?
d) Sierra Club

Next stop the People’s Weekly publication, (logo bottom right), and their website PWW.org. This site is also mirrored by a Spanish-only site, recurring recruitve theme? I’m sifting through different articles here and I find one that catches my eye in particular. Obama, Reform and the Role of the Left.” Right at the start the author, a Mr. Sam Webb (who happens to be the national chair of CPUSA), writes on Obama’s 100 days – ”Obama is a reformer and we are entering an era of reforms, possibly radical reforms.” He continues, this time on implementing socialism incrementally – ”We are still in a democratic, increasingly anti-corporate, phase of struggle.” Currently, the level of mobilization of the diverse coalition that elected Obama doesn’t match what is necessary to win his administration’s immediate legislative and political agenda, let alone more far-reaching reforms. Obamanation’s agenda too agressive even for an out and out communist? On activists like the Left Coast Rebel and you dear reader – ”On the one hand, it has to battle stop-at-nothing right-wing extremists and their backers who are intent on defeating Obama and the people’s coalition that supports him.”

Quiz 2 – On Arlen Specter switching to the Democrat Party, which publication said the following –”Specter has evidently decided to cast his lot with the tide of American history rather than with the shriveled puddle of right-wing extremism embodied by the Republican Party.”
Was it –
a) The New York Times
b) Newsweek Magazine
c) People’s Weekly
d) Does it matter? Birds of a feather
Last stop, the Democratic Socialists of America. Does their logo at the right remind you of the Recovery logo of the Obamanation? This member-group has been around since the 1980’s and is a spin-off of the several socialist factions in the US. They have tried to implement socialist policies and ideas in the Democrat Party based on the effective model of the Christian Right in the Republican Party. Affiliated membership today is 10,000, I found that the 77 member Progressive Caucus of Congress is affiliated with this group as they share the same goals. The Progressive Caucus is beholden to the notable likes of Barney Franks, formerly Nancy Pelosi, Dennis Kucinich, Henry ‘nostril’ Waxman, Bob Filner here in San Diego, Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson Jr., Charles Rangel, and Bernie Sanders.

In their Red Letter, a newsletter for the Young Democratic Socialists, I came across parallels to what we hear daily. Here’s one in winter 2009 newsletter – “The main objective of the conference, (young socialist conference in Bolivia of all places), was to write a clear democratic socialist statement on global warming in the Western Hemisphere and explain our role in preventing global warming in the future.” So, reader, global warming has nothing to do with Socialism and politics?
Here is their Four Pillars of Economic Justice Agenda

• Progressive taxation and major cuts in wasteful military spending to provide necessary
public revenue;
• Universal social insurance programs and high-quality public goods;
• Powerful democratic labor and social movements capable of achieving equity in the labor
market; and
• Global institutions that advance labor and human rights and provide for a sustainable

Sound familiar?

Final Quiz – Who said the following -“I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.”

a) George Bush
b) Barack Obamanation
c) Fidel Castro
d) Bill Clinton
I will provide answers to the quiz questions in the comment section.


Souter Leaving Supreme Court – Constitution Vs Collectivism, Group Identity

Supreme Court Justice Souter, elected to the bench on the High Court by George H W Bush in 1990, yesterday announced his upcoming retirement. During his confirmation process in 1990, Souter was thought of as a strict constitutionalist, and a believer in the original intent of the Constitution. Over the years however Souter proved to be a consistent disappointment to Constitutionalists, expressing opinions and rulings that put him squarely in the camp of those the Justices that believe that the Constititution is ‘flexible.’ Take from this what you will, I believe that the Constitution is not open for debate or judicial review, short of the amendment process – much of the loss of freedoms of the past decades can be traced to judicial activism, Supreme Court included. Recall Kelo v City of London in 2005, where the Court ruled that the city of New London could in fact use eminent domain to take private property and use that property for economic development (ie, broader tax base business development). This case was the most recent example of the Court’s activism, eroding individual American property rights for an ambiguous notion of local tax benefit for higher-tax base businesses and a violation of the 5th Amendment. Justice Souter voted in favor of the city of New London in the Kelo case.

With the above in context, I jumped on the computer in the office this morning, looking to peruse the left-of-center blogs (so you don’t have to) to see what they are saying about Obama’s soon-to-be pick for the Supreme Court. One comment took the cake from everything that I saw.

Huffington Post

Oliver Willis“President Obama should appoint an honest-to-goodness liberal to the Supreme Court.” ”Can we get a progressive supreme court justice that will stand up for America’s values on the bench? Yes, we can.”

Mr Willis echoes the sentiments of many in the Left, that Obama will nominate a ‘progressive’ (I’m sure they are right.) What does this mean exactly? What is a ‘progressive’?

From Wikipedia“American progressives tend to support interventionist economics: they advocate income redistribution , and they oppose the growing influence of corporations.” They are more concerned with envrironmentalism than mainstream liberals, and often support creation of a universal health care system” Among other things I may add.

With the above in mind, enter our current president, a self-proclaimed progressive, soon to offer up a Supreme Court nominee. The Media and Liberals are already offering up several possible candidates here are a few and the ethnic/sex component –
1 – Sonia Sotomayor – Hispanic, Appeals Court Judge, considered a legal liberal
2 – Elena Kagan – served as clerk to liberal justice Marshall, woman
3 – Seth Waxman – commited liberal, won Boumediene v. Bush, upholding habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees
4 – Diane Wood – Chicagoan, Appeals Court Judge, made her name by being the liberal voice on a conservative bench
5 – Harold Koh – Asian, known to support ‘international law’ over the US Constitution, Dean of Yale Law School
6 – Black, Deputy Assistant Attorney General under Clinton, on the board of the liberal American Constituion Society

The principal theme in the MSM is that the Obamanation is going to nominate someone that is black, asian, female or other and certainly progressive. Comprehension and defense of the Constitution not being the overriding factor here. Progressives (even more than most liberals), place a paramount value on racial identity and social justice through income redistribution, something that leadership now is not even afraid to admit. Remember my blog on Chairman Waxman? Mob rule, group identity, subjective ‘redistribution’, vs. implicit limited Constitutional restraint.