Thursday, December 30, 2010

Global Whating?

'Bout the way we feel down Tennessee way - coldest December in over 100 years.  We're having a brief warm spell right now,but scheduled to drop back into the ice box in a couple of days.  At least we got a white Christmas out of it!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Night Before Christmas (Soldier's Version)

Santa Boot Camp

Hat tip BT:

Merry Christmas, Ya'll!

The good folks at our Nashville International Airport threw down some Christmas cheer yesterday- a little Christmas sing-and-dance-along, Nashville style!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christianity and Democracy

Great analysis from Bill Whittle:

Friday, December 17, 2010

Crowder in Cancun

Funnyman Steven Crowder takes on the Global Conference in Cancun and exposes the hypocrisy:



The latter part of the video is deadly serious.  The actions that the green idiots have taken are hurting the poor in the developing world, not helping.

An Acceptable "Season" Carol

Having just come from my child's Christmas Pageant (they still allow those in parochial schools!), this seemed apropos:

Whose Money Is It?

Paul Ryan is a rising star - he truly understands economics and has a gift of communicating the basic concepts, that are ungraspable by simplibs, to the people. Here's a short riff on taxation:

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Corporate Taxation

Sick and tired of being told how little U.S. companies pay in taxes?  Yeah, me too.  Wonder why they spend millions with accountants and tax attorneys to avoid paying taxes?  Here's a chart from a recent report issued by KPMG that tells that tale (you can access the full report here):


Guess what happens when you have rates this high?  Oh never mind, if you are reading this blog, you already know.  Save this chart to throw in the face of a simplib...they hate "facts," it's like holy water on vampires.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Exactly.

No it's not quite that simple, but when you have a vaunted "Commission" present a report that doesn't touch the single largest expansion of bennies and redistribution from the government (lean in, I'll whisper it to ya - "Obamacare") and we are supposed to take it seriously?  The good news is that they didn't recommend some kind of value-added sales tax to bridge the gap.

We are going to have to behave like adults to tackle this problem.  Obama has begrudgingly admitted that cutting taxes stimulates the economy - duh - let's cut all the taxes we can, especially corporate ones and then zero in on the spending.  We need to develop a priority list that can be submitted to the American people.  Would you rather keep bad guys away from our shores or get free drugs?  If your answer has to do with killing bad guys, we still have to drill down on how we can do that most efficiently.  We are running out of time:


The depressing fact is that the longer we perpetuate the illusion of endless entitlements, the greater the risk we will end up seeing this:


Or this:

...oh wait, that's California - I guess it has already begun.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Still More from the Religion of Peace

This is a little dated, but I just stumbled upon it.  It's a well organized group of fanatics screaming at the Pope in London during Benedict's last visit this past September.  It's very difficult to watch all ten minutes of them spewing their hatred, but the highlight is about 8 or so minutes in when the Popemobile goes by and they scream "Burn, burn, burn in hell."  This is what all of Western Europe is dealing with - a militant, ugly, bigoted lot.  As I have said often on these pages, if we don't wake up in this country, we will be dealing with the same thing.  Watch this and ask yourself if the Ground Zero mosque makes ANY sense.

Ban Di-hydrogen Monoxide!

This nasty stuff is everywhere!



Pretty good assessment of the whole enviro-whacko movement - "they're joiners, not thinkers."

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Somewhere A Father Is Crying

You work hard raising your son...you take him to the football games, you teach him to be a gentleman.  You sit through the hours of wrestling meets watching him get pinned...you work with him on his homework.  You hope he can get into a "good" school and really make something of his life.  The college acceptance letters come and you find out it's going to be Napa Valley College!  Yay!

You fill up the U-Haul trailer and help him move into his dorm room at NVC and after three years of college (with 5 more ahead, no doubt) he sends you a link to his latest video so you can catch up on what he's doing - other than majoring in Feminist Studies:



You cry.

You can't understand why he wants to wear make-up like a panda.  He's forgotten that there is a "Senate" and a "House," not two of each.  Why can't his classmates spell "ILLEGAL?"  Does Napa Valley College's hunger management program teach that three slices of pizza is starving?

You cry.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tax RATES!!

Kudos to Senator Kyl for not allowing the media to manipulate the message:

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Europeans Awakening

Take a look at this speech from an Austrian MP:



The Germans are already awakening to the threat of "multi-kulti."  Meanwhile, we tolerate being strip-searched in this country so we don't offend anyone's sensibilities on diversity.  Pogo was right.

Hat tip BT.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Required Rumbler Reading

From pimply adolescence to Grandma pat-downs, we once again cover the waterfront with this week's installment.

1. The Age of Adolescence - VDH strikes again with his simple, straightforward logic.  Skewered in this episode are "artistic expression,"  aka "cowardice" and "bailouts" aka "overspent."  Even sailors know when to stop.



2. Farewell California, Texas Rising - demographer Joel Kotkin sees the results of the past election as the end of the California era.  While their suicide will continue, the second largest state shows the rest how to grow an economy.



3. And if this doesn't work...then what?  - Bill Bonner over at The Daily Reckoning reflects on the Fed's $9 trillion piggy bank for the world.


4. Herr Spengler just might have been right - Mort Zuckerman...not a regular on these pages...comments on the risk of a double-dip and dusts off one of my college history texts - Spengler's "The Decline of the West."  Was he right after all?



5. It won't make us any safer - John Wohlstetter over at NR Online goes over the facts on x-ray scatters and intimate pat downs.  Enough already!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Common Sense on Its Death Bed

First watch Laura Richardson (D) CA go through a torturous decision process to allow a Republican member to speak on the House floor - who is giving her orders in this?



Now watch more insanity from your Government Goon Agency, err, TSA:



The mainstream press is making a big deal about how "angry" Americans are.  If you aren't angry after watching these, hold a mirror under your nose to see if it fogs.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

What Was The Old Hitler Song?

"Hitler...he's only got one..."

Dear Lord the knives are out for our dear leader:



Off color?  Sure!  But listen to the raucous laughter in the room.  You definitely get the sense that even the left knows they've screwed up with this one.  Maybe the fumes and humors are finally wearing off.  Welcome to the land of reality, where we've been ever since Barry burst on the stage.  Humor, as I have said often before, may be the best way to get rid of him.

United States of Don't Touch My Junk



Hat tip MS

We the sheeple are being beaten steadily into submission.  Will this be the one that finally pushes us over the edge?  How about a little profiling before we all have to submit to this privacy intrusion...speaking of that - where are the Feminists on this?  Isn't this a blatant invasion of our privacy?

Why do the liberals want to fight everyone BUT the bad guys? t

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rumbler Required Reading

Another random tour this week - there's so much to talk about!  Between the TSA gropes and GOP hopes, Pelosi's dopes and Bernanke's  tropes, it's been quite the week.  Let's get started.

1. In the afterglow of November 2, it is important that Republicans understand that they won only because the Democrats lost.  The "Architect," Karl Rove, provides some useful analysis in this piece from this morning's Wall Street Journal.



2. The Gift that keeps on giving!  Pelosi re-elected...'nuff said.  Apparently all was not happy in Donkeyland behind closed doors - read about it here.



3. Here's another angle on the enhanced pat downs for flying the friendly skies - the cost...and whose behind it.




4. Getting back to November 2, there are few voices of reason more succinct than Victor Davis Hanson - the thoughts of the maestro are here.

Democrat house of cards swept away...
5. QEII.  Seems that quite a few people don't subscribe to the "let's get inflation going" model.  Read the short open letter to "the Ben Bernanke" in the WSJ Economics blog.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Taiwanese Take on the TSA

They get it better than we do:



The terrorists have won.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Compare and Contrast


There were a lot of things I disagreed with W on, but one thing he was not short on was (and is) graciousness and an unflinching sense of the dignity of the office.  I haven't gotten to the book yet, but I have watched several interviews of the former President and his humility and love of country are fully on display.  He refuses to take aim at the current administration despite the incessant blame thrown his way by you-know-who.  Class versus class-less.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Required Rumbler Reading

I've been a little busy of late, but thought it was time to get my readers caught up on some fine reading.  These selections, as always, are gleaned from the finest the web has to offer.

1. On to the White House.  I always enjoy our British cousins' perspectives on affairs American...and Lexington is a fine blogger and columnist for the Economist.  This is his perspective on what lies ahead for the GOP.


2. How the Democrats Shellacked Themselves.  Be still my beating heart...I heartily, deeply, profoundly recommend ALL democrats and liberals read this and follow this advice!  Really, all you Progressives, this guy has it right and you MUST follow his prescription.  For the sentient members of my audience, it has been said that to understand liberals you must view them as if they were an alien species.  This article is Exhibit A.  (Hat tip EH)




3. A  Twenty First Century GOP.  I had this in my "Read it Later" stack, so it pre-dates last week's election.  Nevertheless, I think it offers some excellent advice for the GOP.  Please remember, dear reader, I hold no party loyalty.  I continue to be a constitutional conservative, but the Elephants are closer to my leanings and less insane than the loony alien left.



4. Environmentalism as Religion.  We have opined often in these pages how Environmentalists have substituted their environmentalism for a sense of the divine.  They are lost souls in search of something to  believe.  Many of them used to believe in the utopian dream of the Soviet Union till that went kaput...so onto something green!  This is a great column that supports our theory.




5. The Great U-Turn.  James Bennett's pre-election piece gives a lot of context to what just happened.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Yes, Even for the Rich


We have now entered the era of "compromise" if you are a Democrat.  The Bush Tax Cuts are set to expire, so the "compromise" that will no doubt be put forth by Barry O and the gang will be "let's keep the tax cuts for everyone BUT the rich."  Sounds soooo reasonable...come on you mean Republicans, play along!

No, don't.  As this poll illustrates, the American people understand economics a whole lot better than the numbskulls in Washington.  Small business people, you know the folks who create the jobs, are the ones hardest hit by this...let's pray after the explosion of this Tuesday past that we make the tax cuts permanent for EVERYONE.  Alexis de Tocqueville said it best: "Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."  All men are created with equal opportunity, and that opportunity should be protected with our blood and treasure...not all will achieve equal outcome, and that too must be defended.

Monday, November 1, 2010

China as a Regional or World Power

My NROTC Alumni Association hosted their second Security Symposium at our reunion last week - the subject was "China: A Regional or World Power."  This is a fascinating discussion between some of the top experts in the business and well worth a listen.  Click on the video by clicking here.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Final Act


Remember November: The Final Act from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.


Hat tip AW.

Call Me Senator...

I worked so hard to be called "Blogger"...

Call Me Senator from RightChange on Vimeo.

California if you send her back, you are embarrassing yourselves!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Polls

There are more polls being produced daily than the number of new agencies established by Obamacare.  The general sense is that there is a tidal wave of conservatism coming.  Humorist P.J. O'Rourke commented that "it isn't an election, it's a restraining order."  That's my sense of it too...people are just fed up with being told what is good for them by Washington.  The Republicans tried it too and got their desserts in 2006...now the Dems are on the roasting spit

No doubt the left wing consortium that are called the "national media" will opine that the American people are pitching a hissy fit, but interestingly, one poll may have some answers...from none other than the New York Times!

Take a look:
(Hat tip DB)


Across every demographic, the folks have swung right.  This is the Reagan Coalition coalescing to give the Republicans another chance...let's pray they don't blow it again.  The message is simple: stop the spending, stop the expansion of government and put the decision making back in the hands of the American people. We DO know what's good for us.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Econ Lesson

This is a little long, but worth the watch:

Monday, October 25, 2010

China 2030 AD

Here's one cheery outcome of our current problems:



Hat tip MGH.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Military Ballots

There really is no excuse for this...NONE.  Our young men and women are deployed overseas obeying the orders of their Commander-in-Chief and they are not allowed the right to vote?  That's the opinion of Democrats in Illinois...fortunately, the Justice Department (amazingly!) has stepped in and said the date gets extended.  Similar mischief is afoot in New York and Maryland, and it is revolting.
It's bad enough that the Liberals like to use the Armed Forces for their pet sociology experiments, but can't they at least not try to deprive them of their voice?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Delusional

Words fail me...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Fires the Truth

I disagree with a whole lot of what Juan Williams says, but I respect that he stands by his beliefs.  The Nationalist Peoples' Radio network apparently can't handle ANY deviation from the party line, so they will no longer accept Mr. Williams on their precious, totally taxpayer subsidized network.  What?  A liberal not allowed on NPR?   What could he possibly have said that is so damming?

Well it happened on O'Reilly's show on FOX last night.  O'Reilly had a dust up on the Vagina Monologues...err, The View, where he uttered the grossly untrue statement that "Muslims attacked us on 9/11."  This horrendous accusation 
caused Whoopi and Joey to walk off the set in an indignant huff.  

Funny, I thought Muslims DID attack us on 9/11.  No, not every Muslim on the planet, but I'm pretty sure the Amish didn't do it, nor the Zoroastrians...hmmm, the Catholic nuns?  They caused some mild trauma in my childhood education, but they didn't fly planes into buildings.  What was O'Reilly's error?  It wasn't "Muslims" that did it, it was "Extremists."  Of course!  Extremists!  Well, we had better be double-checking all the "extremists" to make sure they don't try to repeat that grisly act.

Coming to an airport near you: 

TSA AGENT: "Are you a Christian 'extremist'?"
PASSENGER: "I believe that Jesus Christ is the risen Lord...
TSA AGENT: "Come with me, you're under arrest."
TSA AGENT 2: "Quick check out those Mennonites over there, they've got some old-fashioned dresses on..."
TSA AGENT: "Will do, as soon as I finish cuffing this Buddhist monk.

Extremists, indeed.  So that's what got Bill in trouble, but Juan?  Well, he said the following:
 "Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
WHOA NELLIE!  OFF WITH HIS HEAD!!

OK, dear reader, who among you after 9/11 does not get a little uneasy when you are boarding a plane and the guy in front of you, obviously from the Middle East, is wearing "Muslim garb" and his wife is in a burka? Let's have a show of hands...OK, you can put them all down now.  I have a Muslim friend who has told me it makes HIM nervous when he sees people in "Muslim garb" in a crowded place.

This is suicide by multiculturalism.  But it isn't even multiculturalism - this is cultural preference and reverse bigotry.  Sorry Juan, the purification of the left is nearing completion and you are no longer allowed on the bus.



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

VDH on the Reemergence of the Evil Empire

The Oracle speaks:

A Sign From Above

This photograph taken a few weeks ago when a tornado swept over Manhattan and touched down in Brooklyn has to be a sign:


Me thinks that Lady Liberty is getting amped up for what is about to happen on November 2! I was listening to the BBC this morning whilst shaving and they had a reporterette up in Wisconsin incredulously questioning voters on why they were even considering getting rid of Russ Feingold (Rasmussen has Johnson, the Republican, up 5%).  Gotta love the Cheesehead response when the Beeb reporter asked why he would be voting for Johnson:  "Lady, have you been living in a cave?  I don't want the government running my life!"

In the words of William Wallace: "Freeeedom!"

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Is it Safe?

Our headline comes from one of the creepiest scenes in moviedom, the dental torture of Dustin Hoffman by Sir Lawrence Olivier in "The Marathon Man:"



One can look at that scene and substitute the American voter for Dustin Hoffman and Obama, Harry and Nancy as the thugs and "White Angel," and that pretty much sums up the feeling of the past two years.  We do now know, however, that perception is catching up to the reality.  In the latest Investor's Business Daily Poll, we see a sharp drop in the perception of safety by the American public:



Sentient voters who follow the news know we are considerably less safe than we were two years ago.  A small sampling of facts would bear this out:


  • Domestic terror attacks under Bush after the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq?  ZERO.  Since Obama took office?  FIVE.
  • NASA was an agency conducting scientific research in space under Bush; it's primary mission under Obama is "Muslim outreach."
  • Under Bush, the military had a clear objective.  Under Obama they have a clear withdrawal date.  If you are the Taliban, what would you do?
  • Remember when Israel was our ally?
  • Under Bush we were trying to build a fence on the border  - they weren't doing a bang up job about it, but at least we weren't suing states that try to protect themselves from the illegal alien invasion!
You get the point and it looks like reality is catching up to Msr. Barry.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Compare and Contrast

Here's some footage from the rally held by left-wingers on October 2. It's primary purpose was to mock the rally held by Glenn Beck and the Tea Party on August 28th:



Here's a of shots of the Capitol Mall after the 10/2 rally:


OK...now, here's what the 8/28 rally looked like:

Here's the Mall after that rally:





Compare and contrast...

Hat tip NZ.


American Physicist: "Global Warming Most Successful Pseudoscientific Fraud"

Hal Lewis, an Emeritus Professor of Physics at UC Santa Barbara has resigned from the American Physical Society with a letter that should be read aloud before every showing of Al Gore's histrionic "Earth in the Balance."  Lewis not only lays bare the scientific quackery of the global warming scam, he points directly to the money involved:

It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford's book organizes the facts very well.) I don't believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.
The scientific method that helped birth the modern world centers on skeptical analysis of a body of information.  Sadly, that process has been reduced to mindlessly repeating mantras so the grant money keeps rolling in.

While the regular media will ignore it, hopefully, somewhere, a man will run into the brainwashing theater and throw the proverbial hammer through the screen.

Dr. Lewis has taken the first steps.  Read the rest of his resignation letter here.

Hat tip EH.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Three Weeks To Go...


Remember!

White House White Board

Awesome repudiation of the White House's class warfare strategy:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

God's Battalions

We swim in a sea of misinformation.  Every now and then, however, a book comes along that grinds misinformation into dust with facts.  "God's Battalions, The Case for the Crusades" by Rodney Stark is one of those books.



My study of the history of the Crusades taught me that the Crusaders went to the Holy Lands in part because of religious zeal, but in large part, for the chance at some wealth and glory.  I was taught that Saladin and the other Muslim defenders were pretty decent guys.  We learned that the Western way of war was inferior and more brutal to the kindly ways of the Mohammedans and of course, we owe all our great scientific and mathematical know-how to the great Islamic minds of the Middle East.

Not so fast, says author Stark.  For each of these commonly held assumptions, Mr. Stark points the reader to the facts.  Primary reason for the Crusades at the outset?  Muslim invaders imposing restrictions and then massacres on Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land  (the Christians were there first and the Jews founded the place).  Western "ignorance" versus Eastern "genius?  Let's start with medicine - "Arab" medicine was in fact Nestorian Christian medicine. The Nestorians, in fact who revived ancient Greek manuscripts of Hipppocrates, Galen, Plato and Aristotle.  Technology?  After the Muslims overran North Africa, the wheel disappeared for hundreds of years.   Why?  Arabs didn't like the wheel, because it required building roads which they were incapable of.

Of their nobility in battle, Stark documents countless times when Crusader defenders would broker surrender terms only to be slaughtered.  Remember, lying to advance the faith is A-OK in the Islamist world.

One final myth busted: that all our trouble today in the Middle East is because the Crusaders were so naughty.  Utter nonsense.  That myth got started in 1899 with the publication of the first Muslim history of the Crusades.  As the Ottoman Empire collapsed as the true sick man of Europe and Muslim nationalism was picking up steam, the bad guy to blame for all their shortcomings became the West.  Now it's accepted dogma that we are to blame and we have Presidents kow-towing in Cairo and apologizing for events that never happened.

Pick up a copy - it's worth the read.

No Pressure: Eco Terrorists Sense of Humor

Ahh, British "humour" strikes again - not that Monty Python's Black Knight scene ("Come back, I'll gnaw you to death") isn't funny in a sick way - but this is not funny.  This is an "advert" produced to encourage people to cut their carbon emissions...no pressure:



Not sure when blowing up school children and co-workers became funny, but only a truly perverted mind could find this ad appropriate for any cause.  The none too subtle undertone - submit to the new religion or die - is uber-creepy.  Funny to have this news breaking in Britain whilst across the North Sea, they are forecasting the coldest winter in 1,000 years and in New Zealand, sheep are dying in droves thanks to the continuing blizzards.  But in the new religion of environazism, facts don't count.  It's all about the image of doing something "good," even if you have to kill some folks along the way.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Obama: The Bad Machine


Barry set a new all time low!  No wonder the Dems are abandoning him in droves...someone needs to tell Barry that he's a bad machine!


For those of you that have never seen "Midnight Express" from which this comes, it is terrifying.  We would show this as the crew movie in the Navy before pulling into ports in the Mediterranean.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Slavery

To compare the attempt to socialize America with the moral and physical force it took to end slavery in this country is despicable...add it to the list:


This clown has become the ultimate limbo artist: how low can you go??

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Drilling Again in the Gulf!

The vast oil reserves hidden under the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico are once again going to get tapped after Obama brought that industry to its knees in the wake of the Great Spill.  Obama has finally seen the light and authorized drilling to resume...oh wait, it's the Cubans that are going to be drilling off our shore!

You know, the same Cubans that are driving '50's vintage cars...but not to worry:

Ocean scientists warn that a well blowout similar to the BP disaster could send oil spewing onto Cuban beaches and then the Florida Keys in as little as three days. If the oil reached the Gulf Stream, a powerful ocean current that passes through the region, oil could flow up the coast to Miami and beyond.
The nascent oil industry in Cuba is far less prepared to handle a major spill than even the American industry was at the time of the BP spill. Cuba has neither the submarine robots needed to fix deepwater rig equipment nor the platforms available to begin drilling relief wells on short notice.


Makes those dolphins and pelicans feel great doesn't it!


Mr. President - would you please allow this nation to get back to work? Look, the Gulf oil spill was awful...but it was also grossly overblown.  Remember the dire warnings about the plume getting in the Gulf Stream and polluting beaches in North Carolina?  Didn't happen.  Remember the shrieks from the greenies about the oil lasting for decades in the Gulf.  Didn't happen - Mother Nature has a damn good habit of making those people look silly.  Unfortunately, Barry O and the Boys don't mind looking silly as real economic damage is inflicted on the Gulf region and on our ability to reduce the dependence on foreign oil.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mourning the Morning

Terrific ads:



and for those of you that don't remember, this was the original:




Sigh...remember when we had a real President?

Hat tip EH.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Required Rumbler Reading

We're taking on Islam again in this edition...it needs to be taken on.


1. Policies of Illusion: The City Journal keeps churning out very high quality material and this analysis by Bruce Thornton is a terrific example. The fundamental argument set forth is that the West is basing their policies for dealing with the Islamic world on a set of dangerously false assumptions, thus creating policies of illusion.  Foreign policy needs to deal with reality, not what we wish it would be.

Lan astaslem!

2. How America Should Deal With the Ground Zero Mosque: While we are on the subject, this is a fine analysis of what we should do about the "Hamosque" at Ground Zero and the growing threat of spreading Islamism.


3. Reading Rauf: The Ground Zero Hamosque imam has gotten quite a bit of press.  Obama and the boys stick to the message that he is a "man of peace" and have funded expeditionary trips abroad for Rauf...this piece takes a look at the man through his own words - it ain't pretty.


4. Islam vs. The West: Picking up on a theme here?  Good!  Yes, this is another fine piece that tries to boil the conflict down to an understandable maxim: "Islamism is not a movement to be engaged, it is an enemy to be defeated."

This is Islamism "engaging" the West.

5. When Jewish Boys Bow to Allah:  A scathing piece from The American Thinker on how attempts to "understand" and "appreciate" Islam have led to a bunch of white kids (some Jewish) bowing to Allah on a frickin' field trip in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  If you haven't seen the video, it's in this piece...grab a barf bag before watching.



That's it for now, dear readers. Enjoy but stay engaged!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Obama versus The West (well, Colonel West)

Which one of these should really be President?

The Republican Pledge - a Good, but Tepid Start

Early drafts are leaking out on the Republican "Pledge to America," and it looks like a good start.  Here's a summary from CBS and Rumblethoughts alongside:


Jobs:
- Stop job-killing tax hikes  Need to go deeper here - we have one of the most non-competitive onerous corporate tax systems in the world.  We need fundamental corporate tax reform.
- Allow small businesses to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income This is a good tactic, a lot of the "rich" the Dems want to tax to death fit here.
- Require congressional approval for any new federal regulation that would add to the deficit 2/3 majority?
- Repeal small business mandates in the new health care law. Kill it, kill it dead.
Cutting Spending:
- Repeal and Replace health care Excellent - espouse free market wisdom here...
- Roll back non-discretionary spending to 2008 levels before TARP and stimulus (will save $100 billion in first year alone)
- Establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending going forward  You are going to have to attack the entrenched bureaucracy - how about shutting down all departments not mandated by the Constitution?
- Cancel all future TARP payments and reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac No - put Fannie and Freddie into receivership and on the glide slope to be totally shut down.
Reforming Congress:
- Will require that every bill have a citation of constitutional authority
- Give members at least 3 days to read bills before a vote 3-days to read 2000 plus page  bills??  
DefenseOK stuff here, but we are going to have to get serious about the cost of our overseas commitments - let's shut down foreign aid immediately to those countries that don't support the United States in our efforts to keep the peace?
- Provide resources to troops
- Fund missile defense
- Enforce sanctions in Iran

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Yes We Can...

"Can" takes on a new meaning:


Hat tip Rush

And yes, the American people get it:


Friday, September 17, 2010

Tea Party Tango


The worst for establishment Republicans is behind them now.  They have suffered the deserved humiliation at the polls that comes from being disconnected from the desires of the people, and in Alaska, New Hampshire, Utah, Nevada and even tiny Delaware, conservatives have chosen who THEY want to send to Washington...not who Washington says is good for them.

The unifying message is, as it has been since the founding of the Tea Party Movement - remember, TEA = "Taxed Enough Already" - that D.C. no longer serves the will of the people and we want the insanity to stop.  Enough spending, enough taxes, let's put the genie back in the bottle and go back to our Constitutional roots.

Kool Aid drinkers across the fruited plain, including those that still believe Obama is the Messiah are quickly resorting to the "nuts" defense...and in the case of female candidates, they are going for the "nuts and sluts" defense.  I watched a libero-babe (oh wait, I can't really use "babe" on that hardened bitter woman)  on Hannity's show last night laughingly deride Christine O'Donnell because she was against "masturbation and the use of condoms..." sniff, sniff, how backward!  Assuming Ms. O'Donnell can pull it out in November - and don't underestimate that - she is not going to Washington to impose her conservative sexual mores on us,  (unlike when statists go to Washington and demand that we accept gay marriage, gays in the military, Federal funding for abortions etc. etc.) she is going to cut spending and reduce the size of government.

Now, I know Ms. O'Donnell is running for the seat once held by the sainted, brilliant orator, Joseph "Bite Me" Biden, so her character must be put under special scrutiny lest she stain that hallowed seat...God forbid there ends up being a website dedicated to her gaffs.  You mean like this one that is dedicated to Joe's:  Bidenisms.  Well, you get my point.  

And how are we conservatives so far out of the beloved "mainstream," as libero-scribes parrot?  Well let's see:

  • We believe the government is on the wrong course.   That puts us in line with 75% of the voting public.
  • We want Obamacare repealed.  That puts us in line with 53% of the voters.
  • We favor deepwater offshore drilling.  That puts us in line with 53% of the voters.
  • We are in favor of smaller government and lower taxes.  That puts us in line with 68% of the voters.
  • We fundamentally believe that America is a society that is fair and decent and that  it doesn't need to be socially engineered to be more "equal."  That puts us in line with 69% of the voters.
  • We believe that if you want to immigrate to America, you should also assimilate.  Gosh, only 74% of the voters agree with us there.

On and on it goes - in issue after issue - WE ARE THE MAINSTREAM!

So, yes, I am sure the Ruling Class Republicans who live in the finger-bowl districts of D.C. and yearn for the day that a WaPo reporter refers to them as a "maverick" who has "grown," are nervous.  They should be.  But, as the cartoon infers - listen up!  The people have no voice with the Democrat party anymore: the Dems are entirely controlled by hard left-wing ideologues, Union thugs (teacher's unions, civil servant unions in particular) and kooks of every stripe...stray from their statist positions and you are out.  So, the people have only one hope right now and that is the Republicans.  They can either hop on their surf boards and ride this wave in November or potentially face a third party in two years.  The madness has to end and the only weapon the people have left is the voting lever.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rumbler Required Reading

On the road a bit this week, so this one is going to be quick:

1. I Thought The First Stimulus Was For Shovel Ready Jobs:  I remember getting in a dust-up with an Obama Kool-aid drinker when Stimulus II went through.  He scorned my ignorance at not understanding the importance of infrastructure spending.  So,  real man of genius, Mr. Stimulus Spending on Infrastructure is Going to Save the Economy - where did the money go??



2. 9/11 and the 9 Year War:  As always, the boys at Stratfor have incisive analysis looking over our shoulders at the long war.



3. Thinking Clearly About Economic Inequality:  Will Wilkinson dares to bring up the moral dimensions of economic policy.  A fine write up, worth the read.



4. Barney to Fannie: Drop Dead!:  They really should put Barney Frank's picture in the dictionary next to the word "hypocrite."  If there was a "Prime Enabler" in the mortgage crisis that lead to our economic downfall, Barney was the big bang.


5. We Are Ruled By Professors:  Victor Davis Hanson is a regular on RRR, but doggone it, he deserves it!


Till next week, stay safe and stay smart...we are going to need it!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Summer of Recovery?



Hat tip Michael Ramirez

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Shape of Things To Come: Afghanistan

The boys at Stratfor have written a thorough and engaging analysis on what lies ahead in Afghanistan - a picture is worth the proverbial thousand words:


Read the whole article here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Freedom Waning

Unless we act decisively in November:


Hat tip BC

Monday, August 30, 2010

Pictures That Say So Much

Gotta love Drudge:


Brings back fond memories of great Liberal leaders like:

John Kerry!


And who could forget...

Michael Dukakis!





Then there was the picture with the hat...




But through it all, ol' goofy Jimmuh kept smiling:




OK...I'm making myself a little nauseous now.