Wednesday, June 30, 2010

In a Sane World, Kagan Would Be DONE

Liberty weeps at this answer...

Connect the dots people!  Of course they want to tell you what you can eat!  They want to tell you what color underwear you should have on - institutional grey preferred.  I used to say these people were "do-gooders," and were a nuisance, but now they are running things.  They have passed this inane bill for healthcare "reform," which is a massive grab of power, and they know that the only way they will be able to save money on it is if they can dictate your lifestyle and then allocate benefits accordingly.  This is downright Orwellian and needs to be stopped.  Question - where are all the crazies that wanted "privacy" for "reproductive rights?"  Remember the "keep government out of our bedroom" crowd?  Well if they can get into your study and your check book via healthcare and financial "reform," then they can sure as hell get into your dining room - and I guess, your bathroom to see if your stool conforms to government approved standards. These people are dangerous to our liberty and need to go!

In Honor of the Second Amendment Surviving in the SCOTUS This Week...

"...shall NOT be infringed upon."

Monday, June 28, 2010

Required Rumbler Reading

We're off to a good start for the week - Obama and his commu-keynesian agenda got whooped at the G-8+20 conference in rioting Toronto; the Supreme Court upheld the 2nd Amendment (although the fact that four of the nine justices voted against the Constitution is pretty disturbing); and 52% of respondents were in favor of repealing the healthcare bill.  To keep you "in the know," here's this week's Required Rumbler Reading:

1. Petraeus and Obama's Uncertain Trumpet: Fouad Ajami has such a clear insight into our affairs in the Middle East.  This is no exception, read this one like you would drink fine wine - think about each paragraph carefully.

2. Amputate or Die.  Excellent column by Dr. Jack Wheeler on the dire state of politics in America right now.  We had better send some serious conservatives up to Washington this November - ones with courage  and conviction.  (Can you figure out who the Dutch super-model is?)

3. The Changing Demographics of America: a great column by Joel Kotkin, author of "The Next 100 Million, America in 2050."  His prognostications have enormous impact on business and real estate decisions - well worth the read.  (The book is worth owning too - it's excellent!)

4. Israeli Policy in The Age of Islamism: Excellent piece by Larry Hall over at Pajamas Media that explores the history of the relationship between Israel and her neighbors and how grim that matrix looks now...thanks, in large part, to the fecklessness of Oh bama!

5. Financial Deform:  I don't know about you, but a grinning Barney Frank and dewy-eyed-Dodd standing next to each other is a very distressing image.  Here, the Investor's Business Daily breaks it down for ya.  (a little Sarah Palin lingo for ya, don't ya know...)

No! No! I don't want to see them kiss...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Scrubbing The Internet

The mind control op folks over at Google and are trying to get rid of this:

Naughty! Naughty! It's not nice to try censorship Comrades!  It's important to remind these simplibtards the damage they have done and continue to do.  This is the guy they have to turn to to bail them out...George Bush's General.  The thickness of the irony is only surpassed by the thickness of the bile in their stomachs at having to approve this nomination.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's The Jobs Stupid!

Take a look at this chart:

Courtesy Investor's Business Daily

The deep red hook is the current jobs recession. Why, after 29 months is it not turning up like times gone by?  It's simple - businesses are scared stiff.  First, being business people, they know that the huge deficits being piled up are going to have to get paid somehow...either massive tax increases or rampant inflation; either way, the already anemic credit market will get further squeezed as interest rates go up.
Second, they are now starting to understand what is inside the abortion of Obama"care:" huge costs on employers (for you folks in Washington, that's who makes the jobs). Third, they know that passage of the cap and trade legislation in Washington will add huge costs to transit and energy.  Fourth, they don't know what's coming with the financial "overhaul" bill, but they suspect...given the track record...that it will only make lending even more expensive and problematic.  Fifth, they look to the end of the year and see the Bush tax cuts expiring and they realize that personal income tax rates are going up significantly.  And finally, they look at the leadership in Washington that everyday demonizes private industry and worry that their industry will be targeted next.

November can't get here soon enough.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Look in the Sky! It's a Bird! No, A Plane! No, It's the "Unblinking Eye"

In the "the more things change, the more they stay the same" department, apparently the military is building three giant robotic blimps, called the "unblinking eye," for use in Afghanistan.  They are going to look like this:

They can stay aloft for up to three weeks - a slight improvement over this old guy, the "observation balloon from our Civil War (aka "the Waaahr" if you're from down here):

Now, if it can only keep it's eye on General McChrystal and his staff...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Required Rumbler Reading

This week's selection takes us from your inner patriot to the Austrian School...enjoy!

1. America's Road to Serfdom: Terry Paulson pens a short piece laying out the path we are on.  Hayek's gem, "The Road to Serfdom," should be required reading at the high school level.  Regardless of what you think of Glenn Beck, his bringing the good Professor's magnum opus back to light is a very good thing.

2. What's A Patriot To Do? - this is one to read to your bairns and pass along on e-mail chains. It's time to get in the fight..."dammit Maverick, engage!"  (Ice Man in Top Gun)

3.  Kagan Flunks Her Own Test - all the focus on the BP oil spill should not divert us from the fact that a completely inexperienced ideologue of a President is trying to install a completely inexperienced ideologue on the Supreme Court.

4. News Flash: Government CANNOT Fix the Economy - another insightful piece by Thomas Sowell that debunks the myth that the government saved the economy...imagine that, in the middle of our "Summer of Recovery."

5. Enough with the Brit bashing, Obama - Joel Kotkin reminds us of the special relationship we have with Britain - something totally lost on The One.  If Europe goes in the tank, we are going to need England, and Kotkin's analysis shows that a number of people have already figured that out.  I know that in the Alinsky methodology, you need a punching bag and the evil Bush is now out of range of Obama's jab so BP is in the ring, but how about governing instead of blaming, O?

Remember when we had real leaders?

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Gap Keeps Growing

Up to 21 points now - way to go!

Jimmy Obama

Hat tip Blogprof.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Brit's Perspective on Islam

I saw this a couple of years ago, but was sent the link in an e-mail this morning and thought it was still worth sharing:

Spot on mate!  Hat tip SP.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tweeting Obama's Speech

Now I am not a Tweeter, but thought it would be fun to fit the Prez's Oval Office address last night into the 140 character maximum:

"I am serious. Pipe with oil gushing, there is no more oil. Nobel prize. Nothing can be done, meetings. Last ten years, Katrina, Bush. Pray! Cap, trade, windmills!"

What's funny, is even the Left is pissed about this speech.  He looked like a little kid behind the big desk...where was our President.  Chris, the "Tingler," Matthews lamented along with Dorris Kearns Goodwin that he "has no executive experience."  WTF, you just figured this out??  The hated Sarah Palin has far more executive experience than this guy.  Even Keith Olberman has lost that luvin' feelin':

Governor Christie on The Day of Reckoning

I sure hope this guy gets a shot on the national stage, we need a common sense person like this!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Steve Wynn Hedging His Bets

Can you blame him?  This is chock full of common sense in under 5 minutes.  He is spot on on the housing market, the increase in regulations, the small business crushing healthcare bill etc:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Required Rumbler Reading

This week's selection takes us from dirty bombs to virtual reality, from Dogpatch to Daytona...enjoy!

1.  From the "pox on both your houses" vault, comes Peggy Noonan's Saturday column titled "We Are Totally Unprepared."  I would just add that not only are we totally unprepared, but if Team Obama's crisis management skills are on display in the BP oil spill disaster, this is going to be VERY ugly if, God forbid, we are attacked.

2. Now, if the bad guys will wait a couple more years, we have some very cool technology under development.  "Military-Grade Augmented Reality Could Redefine Modern Warfare," gives you a peak into this leading edge development.

3. Having grown up with Lil' Abner and Daisie Mae in Dogpatch, this article about the exile of Al Capp is saddening, but illustrative of what happens if you dare to pan the left: "Exile in Dogpatch."

4. The call for more centralized regulation arises more loudly from the throats of our liberwocky...everything from more regs on all financial institutions to imprisoning any form of free enterprise.  Gerald O'Driscoll over at the Cato Institute sets out the careful, reasoned argument that you had better be careful of what you wish for: "The Gulf Spill, The Financial Crisis and Government Failure."

5. Speaking of regulation - would you folks down there in the Gator State wake up!  Amendment 4 is a ticket to the backwaters.  It sounds good now, but remember the law of unintended consequence...when you start losing corporate relocations and jobs, you will regret this nonsense.

Friday, June 11, 2010

You're So Liberal If...

Every year, our local paper, The Nashville Scene runs a fantastically funny spoof on our city where locals send in their recommendations to complete the sentence: "You're so Nashville if..."  Got me to thinking - how would you complete the sentence with a slightly different subject.  Herewith my first installment of "You're so Liberal if..." ;  please post or e-mail me your suggestions:

1. still think George W. Bush is to blame for the BP oil spill.

2. believe that Obama is the second coming of Christ.  (This is particularly difficult, because you don't believe in Christ anyway.)

3. think Sunday-Go-to-Meeting Baptists are a greater threat to the country than radical Muslims.

4. believe that government is the only entity that can create jobs, because businesses are nothing but greedy and evil.

5. know that SUV's kill people, not their drivers.  (guns, shooters - same thing)

6. believe that American automobiles are a greater threat to the environment than erupting volcanoes in Iceland.

7. want the same people that can't spell your name right on your driver's license to be in charge of dispensing your medication.

8. want guns taken away from law abiding Americans but are cool with Iran getting the nuclear bomb.

9. believe that a murder committed as a "hate crime" should  receive a stiffer sentence than the death penalty you oppose for a regular murder.

10. believe that saying "one nation, under God," should be expunged from the public schools but that reading a Koran there is a cultural improvement.

Well, there's a starting ten.

Drunken Sailors


Hat tip RL

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hell Yes, The Lollipop Guild!

Hat Tip MM.

Not Invented Here

Good grief!  Now it's coming to light that the Obama administration rejected Dutch offers of assistance on the BP oil disaster.  Turns out the Dutch offered us oil skimming booms that can process 5 million gallons of water a day, cleaning the oil out.  Those wise solons of oil on Team Obama's response? "No thanks." Now, 50 some odd days later, we are outfitting four American ships with four of these critters...on a daily basis they will be able to remove 20,000 tons of oil and sludge.  And we could have had these operating...when??

All of this is indicative of having a man in office that is not, nor has ever been, a leader.  Take heed, America, this is what you get when you have someone whose political/managerial record was to vote "present."

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Good Riddance Helen Thomas

I know you have all heard the money shot line that earned Helen the heave ho, but listen to the whole exchange...BTW, did you know this took place at a White House celebration of Jewish Heritage?

Disgusting, truly disgusting.  Oh, but not "anti-semitic," or "racist" or any other obligatory leftist name calling.  Another liberal liar done in by simple technology.

Mortgaging our Grandchildren

About says it all...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The American Trinity

This is just under 10 minutes, but it is excellent:

Hat tip BT.

Required Rumbler Reading

Spent some time off the grid last week, so we are just now getting back in the swing of things.  Forthwith, this week's installment of "Required Rumbler Reading:"

1. Remembering D-Day 66 Years Later: a collection of photographs that put a very human face on the incredible invasion of June 6, 1944.  Take a look at one of the photos here - that's Point du Hoc up in smoke down below.

2. The Chasm Between Apollo and The Gulf - an insightful essay Dr. H. Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut that slices and dices the Obamista comparison of their efforts in the BP oil disaster and the Apollo space program.  Keep some ice water nearby to sip on and keep your temperature down...

3. Are You (Economically) Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?: This starts to explain a lot!  Essentially, liberals are pathetically stupid when it comes to matters economic.  This is why they can nod their heads up and down and mutter "yes we can" when Dear Leader tells them he will tax the rich to death!

4. The Smallest President - a short piece by Geoffrey Hunt that is a good summary of the first 18 months of this nightmare.

5. "Housing in America, The Next Ten Years." - Urban Land Institute's Scholar in Residence, John McIlwain's incisive summary of where our housing market is and where it's going.  Well worth the read.

Monday, June 7, 2010

We Con The World

Great video that pretty much sums it up:

Hat tip CA.