June 27, 2009

Somebody PLEASE wake me up.  Congress is spending money so fast and furiously the ink on the bills is still wet.  We’ve witnessed the massive government takeover of numerous private enterprises subverting two hundred years of bankruptcy law.  Our federal government has grown exponentially over the last six months and now has more “czars” than 18th century Russia.  Numerous campaign promises have been blatantly broken with no excuse or apology.  We just passed the largest tax increase in history with cap & trade.  Our illustrious congress is in the midst of writing a bill that will turn our health care industry on its head and STILL doesn’t know how they’re going to pay for it.  We’re releasing terrorists onto tropical islands without the consent of the governments who have jurisdiction over those islands.  We’ve offered numerous platitudes and praise for middle easterners who want to kill us and strong-armed, snubbed or criticized our allies.  Class envy has exploded into full blown dementia.  Racism was not allowed to continue to die an ignominious death.  It has instead had new life breathed into it which has set us back 50 years.  Empathy, ripping off the blindfold of justice, is now a prime prerequisite for Supreme Court nominees.  We’ve given nice names to evil things; war is now an “overseas contingency operation” and terrorist acts are now “man-made disasters”.

This is all a bad, bad dream.  Isn’t it?


The Crux of the Leftist’s Argument

June 25, 2009

From someone using the moniker “TheProgressiveTruth” in response to a Washington Times article:

in 2001 Iran assisted us with bringing the Taliban down…Then that silly Axix of Evil Bull The Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld way has been rejected. A majority of Americans support this new outreach despite what this Wash Times pols says…We know this outlet is an organ of the R pary and conservative movement. Conservative ideas are discredited and are not taken seriously by serious people…My advice, again Shut up.

All typos are the sole propriety of the author.

Let’s take his first claim:  “Iran assisted us with bringing the Taliban down.” Perhaps Mr. “ProgressiveTruth” should educate himself rather than assert some talking point he heard as fact.

Here are some salient points he should consider before he just throws such a misleading statement out there.  From the article:

Current and former U.S. troops and officials confirm Iranians were present with the Northern Alliance as U.S. forces organized the rebels in 2001. They say U.S. forces had no interaction with the Iranians.

One, an Army Special Forces officer, says Iranians in the Northern Alliance stronghold of Mazar-e-Sharif were sabotaging U.S. efforts by competing for the loyalty of local warlords.

There’s a lot to consider in the article (and many other articles.  It only takes a few moments to get the full picture of Iranian involvement) before anyone with half a brain would just make some simple minded claim.

Let’s move on to his second claim: “Then that silly Axix of Evil Bull The Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld way has been rejected.”

Rejected.   So let me get this straight.  The North Korean government and the Iranian government aren’t “evil”?  How would Mr. “ProgressiveTruth” describe them?  “Axis of Misguided?”  You see, Mr. “ProgressiveTruth” doesn’t like strong language.  Unless, of course, it’s directed toward “conservative knuckleheads” “numbskulls” and “liars”(as he so eloquently describes his opposition).  That’s OK.  Just don’t call evil what it is – evil.  That really gets his dander up.

Moving on to claim three: “A majority of Americans support this new outreach despite what this Wash Times pols says…We know this outlet is an organ of the R pary and conservative movement.”

Read the poll questions you goose.  Almost every time one’s opinion is asked about the “new outreach” it is couched in language about diplomacy AND sanction.  But hey, there are a lot of Americans who think diplomacy will work because they don’t know it’s been tried – over and over.  Sanctions don’t work either.  Guess what?  We tried that too.  But you know this goes with the general belief that the “Axis of Evil” declaration just came out of thin air.  It’s mean to say that.  Gosh darn it.  And the Washington Times is an “organ of the R par[t]y and the conservative movement?”  Yeah man.  You guys have the NY Times, the LA Times, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, MediaMatters, MoveOn, HuffPo, Kos, blah, blah, blah.  I mean, how dare there be any disagreement?

This is tiresome, but let’s go to claim four: “Conservative ideas are discredited and are not taken seriously by serious people”

Really?  Is Victor Davis Hanson not “serious”?  Thomas Sowell?  Was Ronald Reagan not serious?  Even Christopher Hitchens, reknown for being a liberal, is conservative in his beliefs in regard to Middle East relations.  Mr. “ProgressiveTruth” can’t be serious.

But wait, we now finally reach his final conclusion – his solution to his problem with all things conservative:

“My advice, again Shut up.” And again, in further commentary he repeats, “go hide out out in you(sic) bunker and shut the heck up!”

I’m sorry, but that’s not going to happen.  Since when did dissent, the highest form of patriotism, become unpatriotic?  There is little truth and nary a scintilla of progressivism in what you have said, Mr. “ProgressiveTruth”.

All this from the same “progressives” who complain bitterly about any diplomacy with Saudi Arabia.  What?  They’re evil, but Iran isn’t?

I don’t know about you, but progressivism, in my world, indicates newer and better ways to do things.  Not rehashing old failed ideas with some crazy notion that they’ll work this time.

But hey, I must not be one of the “serious” people.

PMA: The Media is Finally “Getting it”

June 13, 2009

Well, they’re sort of ‘getting it”.  Sometimes I think their reporting is just their way of warning that they may have to report more if things continue to develop badly for Democrats.  That’s why we get headlines like “Analysis: Republicans may gain ethics issue”.  Whoops!  Be careful Democrats.  Someone has caught onto your tactics!  My theory that it’s more a warning than a desire to actually, you know, report the news is further bolstered by editorials and lefty blogs asking them to “come clean”.  If they come clean, an ounce of honesty might then be enough to focus on while ignoring what they had to come clean about.  Oh the embarrassment of campaigning for them, donating to their campaigns and arguing with your friends about how they’re so much better than those corrupt Republicans only to find that they really don’t give a crap about you; only insofar as how it might secure your vote in the next election.

(Yeah, something is very, very wrong when a Google news search turns up a total of 413 news articles about PMA (many of them just reprints of other syndications) and 1,613 articles about David Letterman’s Palin insults.)

I’ve been thinking about this situation with the now defunct PMA lobbying group and their ties to Murtha, Visclosky and Moran of Pennsylvania, Indiana and Virginia, respectively.  Murtha has received about $2.37M from PMA clients, Visclosky received $1.36M and Moran received about $1M.  Over the past few years these three have helped steer hundreds of millions of dollars in earmark money to PMA clients.  Murtha has a long and sordid history of corruption.  Moran shot his mouth off on his plans to work the system, “When I become chairman, I’m going to earmark the shit out of it.” And Visclosky is in deep enough that he’s the first one subpoenaed.

But what’s amazing (okay, not “shocking”) is that past House Appropriations staffers, led by Paul Magliochetti, found such a target rich environment through their experiences with these Democrats that they were able to build a multi-million dollar business out of it.  And not only that, but their [PMA’s] income and influence reached a peak during the time that these Democrats, along with a complicit media, were able to focus solely on equally corrupt Republicans, to the exclusion of their fellow Democrats, and turn the tide of the 2006 elections.

Pointing their finger at Republicans while the other hand is out, palm up, behind their backs.

Now is that irony or hypocrisy?  I forget.  The atmosphere is so thick with it.

Seeing is Believing

June 12, 2009

Sometimes an issue is so important you really want to drive a point home.  Sometimes words aren’t enough so you use graphics.  This one has been used so many times you can see it in your mind’s eye and rattle off the numbers in your sleep:


That’s the state of things as they stand and as they will be.

But if you want to see WHY things are they way they are, there isn’t a better graphical way of conveying the message than this. (Internet Explorer may resize the image to fit your monitor screen.  If not, PLEASE scroll to your right to get a real eye opener)

About Doint that Job ….

June 5, 2009

“Do not try to call out this network for doing our job…”

I fell out of my chair.

If you had been doing your job, we might have someone with a clue in the White House.  And it likely would not have been either Obama OR McCain, you vacuous, self-absorbed,  indignant little twit.  To be fair, you are not alone.  You’re in thick company.  None of you had any interest in vetting your candidate.  All you wanted to do is savage the other guy.  Little or no interest was ever paid by you or the hundreds of other primped and preened talking heads going on and on about “a new day”  or “a new world”.

Yes we can?

Yes you did.

Live with it.

I am.

About that Sotomayor comment

June 2, 2009

“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.” ~Sonia Sotomayor at a 2001, speech at UC Berkeley

We “right-wing nutjobs” are having trouble understanding this?  We’re “taking it out of context”?

Well, apparently, so is Barack Obama as he amazingly chose the very person to imply that “empathy” was an important quality for a Supreme Court Justice.  In fact, one so important that it elicits “better conclusions”.

And I quote: “We need somebody who’s got the heart–the empathy–to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old–and that’s the criteria by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”

Double standards – Part I

June 2, 2009

“You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas, or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime.” ~Barack Obama

But you can entertain your political supporters and serve them Kobe beef.

(Yeah, I know, a little late to the game on this one.  But it had to be said.)

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

May 26, 2009

I was going to say something about this guy a week or so ago, but thought maybe my initial impression was to harsh, too hasty.  I should have gone ahead with my first impression.  It was the correct one.

What a jerk.

He complains bitterly about the rudeness of some commenters and all the while he slings invective after vitriol.  Not just in that post, but in most.  I pointed this out to him in my own comment several days ago and my comment is still “awaiting moderation”.  At this point there are sixty two comments that were “approved” beyond mine. (Mine was #50.  There are now 112) I used no vitriol, no cursing, no name calling.

The comments he chose to approve?  Anyone who agreed with him, anyone who proved his point, anyone who engaged in the very language he bemoaned or those in which the commenters simply argued amongst themselves.  He let a few go that briefly disagreed with his premise.

I’ve found this to be the case in so many “liberal” blogs.  The delete button is their friend.  Speak an uncomfortable truth?  Delete.  Point out the author’s fallacies?  Delete.  Enumerate a few objective facts that belie the author’s contention?  Delete.

Or just leave the comment in limbo, never allowing it to see the light of day.

The Ultimate in Entrepreneurialship

May 23, 2009

You have a much coveted product.  The problem is, you only have one.

Read the comments.  They’re hilarious.

Scott Galupo waxes trivial about Atlas Shrugged

May 16, 2009

Am I the only one who thinks it stupid to pretend you know what you’re talking about when you have not even a rudimentary understanding of your subject?  His subject isn’t really Atlas Shrugged.  It’s not even conservatism.  In fact, one is left wondering if he even read the book.  He doesn’t say.  Anything he brings up about Rand’s philosophy could be gleaned from the internet in five minutes.

No, his subject is the conservatives who read it.

So we get ruminations like these:

“There are plenty of sources to turn to in the resistance against a newly ascendant left-liberalism, from Ludwig von Mises to Milton Friedman to Thomas Sowell. But those authors don’t buck up the rightist reader in quite the same way that “Atlas Shrugged” does.”

Actually, these men are lionized for their forthrightness and honesty.  For their deep understanding of human nature and why collectivism and statism have never worked and won’t work. They are heavily quoted and turned to for inspiration.

We don’t relegate those who inspire us to obscurity because there’s a fresh face in the house.  We don’t focus on one individual as our Lord and savior.  We don’t throw ours under the bus if they utter a painful truth.

“Indeed, Miss Rand’s writings are catnip for those who seek to deflect any and all blame for the current economic crisis away from the private sector.”

Indeed, conservatives, individualists, objectivists and independents are rubes for lauding Ayn Rand’s work and pointing to the fact that government was an enabler – proving they have no understanding at all that greed and power practiced by bigwig CEOs went hand-in-hand with greed and power practiced by bigwig lawmakers.  It’s just silly to point to a novel and express any wonder at all at the parallels between 1950’s fiction and the new millennium’s truths.

Neither big business nor government is inherently evil.  People are.  There’s been a long term trend to demonize business in general for the acts of a few whist ignoring their enablers.  Look at the giants of business.  Who are they in bed with?  Who are the biggest recipients of their largess?

One is left wondering if he has any words to spare for liberals and democrats buying Atlas Shrugged in numbers never before known.  Or is it his contention that it’s merely incidental that these people are reading it – “in droves” – for the first time?  I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that they have front row seats to the transformation of what has largely been an economically free country and is now being pulled under the umbrella of one centralized planning commission we call Congress.  They’re getting what they wished for and now they’re wondering if it was the right idea.

Some of them are – dare I say – curious as to how this has all gone so wrong.