Friday, April 30, 2010

Green is for the little guy

If you are an American Lefty, being green is all about you not them..........

When last we saw the World’s Most Beautiful Model (and his wife), they were hectoring us about something called Earth Hour. We were supposed to sit at home in the dark on a Saturday night observing a carbon-free Lenten hour of penance, atoning for our energy-consuming sins.

The Brady-Bundchens, on the other hand, will soon be honoring Earth Hour in their 22,000 square-foot uber-mansion in California. The daunting task of turning out the lights in all eight of their bedrooms - not to mention the workout room, the weight room, the cardio room and, possibly, the covered bridge - will be left to the butler.

Or to the world’s largest Clapper.

There are no published estimates of how much carbon it will take to heat the lagoon-shaped pool or cool the six-car garage at The House Gisele’s Assets Built. However, I’ve made a rough estimate using another leader in the green movement’s mansion in Tennessee. Al Gore’s place is actually about 10 percent smaller than the Bradys’ house. Even so, in 2008 Gore used as much power each month as the average American family uses in a year.

What I admire about Mr. and Mrs. Average is that, even though they have 1/12th Gore’s carbon footprint, they never hassle me about my non-CFL light bulbs on their way to the airport to climb on their private, carbon-spewing jet.

The hallmark of modern American liberalism is that there is no limit to the amount of other people’s money they are willing to spend in the fight to do good; and there is no inconvenience so great that they won’t foist it on everyone else in the cause of social justice.

But when the going actually gets tough, the left gets the hell out.

Read the whole thing........

The Party of Wall Street

I keep holding my breath for the media to chuck the conventional wisdom. I'm now a dark navy blue.......

The Democrats' narrative about the financial crisis of 2008 (and the justification for financial reform) goes like this: Investment bankers, typified by Goldman Sachs, manipulated markets, bamboozled investors, and in their greed, managed to bring the entire economy to its knees. The solution is more strenuous government regulation. Republicans, who are beholden to Wall Street, are blocking reform.

The Democrats excel at presenting legislative tableaux with predigested morals: Stern Democratic lawmaker grills slippery Wall Street executive. Democrats for the people; Republicans for the fat cats.

Do people really buy this anymore? Everyone I know who works on Wall Street is a Democrat. Anecdotes are not evidence, but consider this: According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Democrats received $11.3 million in contributions from hedge funds in 2008. Republicans got $5.9 million. Some critics of the Dodd bill note that it would give broad discretion to the FDIC and a new regulator to decide which firms would be bailed out and which would not. That isn't so much preventing another crisis as institutionalizing "too big to fail." The moral hazard problem -- i.e., encouraging risky practices with the implicit or explicit promise of a bailout -- remains.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Life in "Progress" State - Ohio edition

From Ohio the heart of it all, where there hasn't been a conservative governor in roughly 30 years......
The state watchdog says high-ranking Ohio officials stopped a valid drug sting planned for the governor's residence only to save the governor embarrassment.

The state Inspector General said in a report Thursday that politics drove the decision by Ohio public safety director Cathy Collins-Taylor to stop the sting from happening.

What will happen to this public safety director for her professional negligence?

Hiding crimes to save embarrassment? Now that's "progressive"!

Questions for progressives

So Obama believes "I Do Think At A Certain Point You've Made Enough Money"

Here's my question. What is that point? Seriously. How much is too much and what measuring stick are you using to determine what's too much?

In addition, what moral code are you relying on to take money from one person to give to another?

Surely if you believe there is a point that's "too much" then you need to share what that point is; instead of just arbitrarily sticking it to some super rich straw man.

The fact is, regardless of what you might tell me I can throw that right back on you because there are about 10 people who live in this country who live a poorer standard of living than the rest of the world's inhabitants.

So can me and some of my "Nazi" brethren come over to your house, seize your net worth to give to some poor family in Cambodia or Pakistan or Indonesia? I'm thinking you wouldn't be so generous then.

But consider that a person in Bangladesh would just say "I Do Think At A Certain Point You've Made Enough Money".

So tell me sage one, what is enough money?

Go to school

Thanks reader Bernie

Those violent blue hairs

Read about how the Obamunists were afraid that all these Matlock fans posed a security risk here......

and here......

By the way some of the differences between Tea Party rioters and your average lefty rioter

They pick up their garbage after their "riot"
They say Thank you to the cops
They don't chain themselves to anything for fear it will mess up their Eddie Bauer Khakis.
They use handkerchiefs to sneeze in rather than wrapping it around their face
They don't smash the windows of the local Starbucks, they go in for a Double Latte

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Maybe they'll get battered spouse syndrome

The media continue to bitch and moan about the man they bedded during the campaign....
One of the enduring story lines of Barack Obama’s presidency, dating back to the earliest days of his candidacy, is that the press loves him.

“Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me,” Obama joked last year at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

But even then, only four months into his presidency, the joke fell flat. Now, a year later, with another correspondents’ dinner Saturday night likely to generate the familiar criticism of the press’s cozy relationship with power, the reality is even more at odds with the public perception.

Obama and the media actually have a surprisingly hostile relationship — as contentious on a day-to-day basis as any between press and president in the past decade, reporters who cover the White House say.

Reporters say the White House is thin-skinned, controlling, eager to go over their heads and stingy with even basic information. All White Houses try to control the message. But this White House has pledged to be more open than its predecessors, and reporters feel it doesn’t live up to that pledge in several key areas:

Redefining transparency

Did the Obamunists decide to incorporate Newspeak in their administration?

The Obama administration said Tuesday it would provide more information to Congress about the Fort Hood shootings but continued to defy a subpoena request for witness statements and other documents.

After days of negotiations, the Pentagon and Justice Department informed a Senate committee that they would not comply with congressional subpoenas to share investigative records from the Nov. 5 shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., which killed 13 people. The agencies said that divulging the material could jeopardize their prosecution of Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the accused gunman.

Somehow, I'm thinking the libs would be jaw droppingly pissed if Bush did the same.


Life in "Progress" City - Thomas the Tank Engine edition

From the city of Cincinnati where blowing money on a trolley system in the city takes priority over shoring up the city's pension fund.......

Last year, Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Bortz asked the Ohio Ethics Commission whether his family's property interests on and around the proposed streetcar route posed a conflict of interest that could prevent him from voting on the issue.

The answer that came back was an unequivocal yes, with a state ethics attorney advising Bortz to not vote on the streetcar project or even discuss it with city officials. The Enquirer obtained the letter Tuesday.

Yet last week, when a council committee recommended that $2.6 million be spent on streetcar planning - the biggest commitment of local dollars to date - Bortz sided with the majority in the 6-2 vote.

At Wednesday's council meeting, Bortz intends to not only vote for that $2.58 million allocation, but also to push for Cincinnati to proceed with plans to issue $64 million in bonds for the streetcar, provided the city secures about the same amount in state and federal funds needed to complete the project's $128 million first phase.

In doing so, Bortz is relying on a city solicitor's opinion that finds no conflict and that clears him, at this stage, to participate in streetcar decisions.

By the way, Bortz is a Charterite, basically a "progressive" democrat with a cooler name.

Wow a politician lining his pockets with taxpayer money! Now that's "progressive"!


Frontline on immunizations

Last night, I watched the Frontline piece on immunizations.

They profiled the community of Ashland Oregon (hardly a Montana community of Ted Kaczynski's) where the rate of immunizations has dropped precipitously as people are becoming suspicious of the possible side effects of vaccines.

Of course, the minions from the CDC wanted to blame disinformation on the internet as the main reason people are opting out of vaccinations.

What didn't get any attention in the piece is the Chicken Little attitude of the CDC and WHO. Everyone of these clowns were pushing vaccinations at all costs, regardless of side effects, otherwise we'll end up with a polio, rubella, rotavirus pandemic on our hands.

Here's a clue to public health clowns. Maybe if you would quit claiming all public health issues aren't potential pandemics (see H1N1, SARS, Bird Flu) you might have some credibility on the issue.

I'm glad I don't have to deal with the vaccination issue with small children because I really don't know who to believe. On one side, I understand that children who aren't vaccinated benefit from the herd vaccinations. It feels odd to benefit when others are getting the vaccinations.

On the other hand, I understand that our immune systems are just like a bicep. If you don't allow to work on it's own, it atrophies.

People in my age group had vaccinations for about 20-25 diseases. Now that number is in the fifties. As one parent noted, why does my newborn need a Hepatitus B vaccination when it can only be transmitted via sexual contact or blood transfusions?

I, and all of my classmates, seemed to survive fairly well despite the occasional outbreak of mumps, measles, chicken pox , etc. Now does that mean that someone didn't end up with long term consequences from those illnesses? No. But it does mean that we, as parents, have the right to know the cost/benefits of immunizations.

Something our public health bozos can't seem to get their arms around.

Words from the office

Hey, this isn't some conservative hack. It's one of O's own......

As an aside. How did this guy manage to knock up two different hotties with that coon skin cap on his head?

Happy Birthday to us

April 28 is the birthday Midas and I share.

We're not twins, obvious from the photos to the side, but we both share our love for Barack Obama.

Actually, I'm really not sure what ever happened to Midas. At first, I thought he went on strike after some bloggers demanded to be paid for their opinions. But then I heard that he jumped on the Coldplay tour bus when they passed through the 'nati last year and became one of their groupies.

None the less, Happy Birthday Midas where ever you are.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Greek bond status

Coming to a state near you......

Greece’s credit rating was cut three steps to junk by Standard and Poor’s, the first time a euro member has lost its investment grade since the currency’s 1999 debut. The euro weakened and stock markets throughout the region plunged.

Greece was lowered to BB+ from BBB+ by S&P, which also warned that bondholders could recover as little as 30 percent of their initial investment if the country restructures its debt. The move, which puts Greek debt on a par with bonds issued by Azerbaijan and Egypt, came minutes after the rating company reduced Portugal by two steps to A- from A+.

The turmoil comes as European Union policy makers struggle to agree on measures to ease the panic over swelling budget deficits. Leaders of the 16 euro nations may hold a summit after the Greek government’s decision last week to tap a 45 billion- euro ($60 billion) emergency-aid package failed to reassure investors, a European diplomat and Spanish official said.


Hide the Decline

Who did she vote for? #4199

Meet Angel Yulee Adams. Why is Angel in the news?

A courtroom full of people who paid off Angel Yulee Adams' debts and found a rent-free, six-bedroom home for her and a dozen of her children waited Monday morning for a sign of gratitude, a clue of cooperation. They waited for a thank you.

They didn't get it. Angel Adams, 37, said she was glad to have the home. But she wanted them all out of her life.

"I've been railroaded since day one," she said.

The state says day one was 21 months and 28 hearings ago, when Adams first landed in the courtroom of Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan. Ever since then, Sheehan said, the state has tried to keep Adams and her children together.

But Adams lost her home after failing to pay rent to the Tampa Housing Authority, then recently was evicted from a two-bedroom rental apartment. All her things were dumped on the curb. She and 12 children wound up in a small motel room on E Busch Boulevard.


Adams sat at a table just below the judge's bench, looking away from Sheehan.

"A lot of people have gone way extra miles for you," Sheehan said. "Do you understand that?"

Adams replied quietly, "No comment, your honor."

"Hear what I'm saying," the judge told her. "Reach out your hand to these people instead of looking a gift horse in the mouth and asking for more, more, more."

After the hearing, Adams said she's a proud Florida native, a descendent of David Levy Yulee, a former U.S. senator and plantation owner who built the Yulee Railroad line in North Florida in the mid 1800s and was later imprisoned for aiding the Confederacy. She once worked in a linen factory. She has three other older children, besides the 12 who live with her.

Before I ask the important question I have to ask this one. Out of twelve kids is there not one damn father able to take custody from this pile of excrement?

Regardless, on November, 2008 was Angel pushing the chad out for Obama or McCain?


Liberalism - Back to the future

So the intra racial genocide in Chicago is a result of a lack of gun laws...........
The mayor also sounded his familiar theme of needing more gun control laws and suggested Fritchey and Ford back him in those efforts.

"This is all about guns, and that's why the crusade is on," Daley said. "We hope to get their cooperation in Springfield."

Daley declined to completely dismiss the idea, saying all ideas for quelling violence should be entertained, but he also noted a host of complicated issues that would ensue if the Guard were called in.

So Richard, the last I checked murder was against the law and yet people are still killing each other?

In my little subdivision of Redville, we have fewer gun laws than Chicago, nearly everyone has a loaded gun in their home but somehow we've avoided a nightly gun shot death. Why is that?

One of the reasons I became a born again conservative is because I started to understand that liberalism includes not really identifying the problem correctly because to do so would actually mean that you would be responsible for cleaning up the problem.

So you just keep applying more of those 1970 solutions and never solving the problem.

Where's McFly when you need him?


Another shocker

Life in "Progress" City - Chicago edition

From the windy city, where there hasn't been a conservative in city government since Mrs. O'Leary's cow made a boo boo..............

Bringing in the National Guard because of rampant lawlessness! Now that's "progressive"!

The stimulus didn't work?

In a shocker to no one.......

The recovery is picking up steam as employers boost payrolls, but economists think the government's stimulus package and jobs bill had little to do with the rebound, according to a survey released Monday.

In latest quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics, the index that measures employment showed job growth for the first time in two years -- but a majority of respondents felt the fiscal stimulus had no impact.

Sure it had an impact. Subsidizing unions and government workers is an impact


Monday, April 26, 2010

party of wall street

Not for the weak stomach

If this guy where a baseball player he'd be on the DL for 3 weeks.

Bertha Lewis - An American Robert Mugabee

More "progressive" projection

From Doug Ross.....

Life in "Progress" City

From the "progressive" utopia of San Francisco where you can't find a conservative in city government with a pack of cadaver dogs.........

More than 1 in 3 of San Francisco's nearly 27,000 city workers earned $100,000 or more last year - a number that has been growing steadily for the past decade.

The number of city workers paid at least $100,000 in base salary totaled 6,449 last year. When such extras as overtime are included, the number jumped to 9,487 workers, nearly eight times the number from a decade ago. And that calculation doesn't include the cost of often-generous city benefits such as health care and pensions.


The pay data obtained by The Chronicle show that many of the high earners bolstered their base pay with overtime and "other pay," a category that includes payouts for unused vacation days and extra money for working late-night shifts.

Thanks reader Jeremy for the tip.

Paying city workers more than the people paying the taxes make? Now that's "progressive"!


We need your support for socialism

Don't forget some of the others who supported your "change".

War Protesters

20 year olds

Larry Flynt


Union Heads

Drug Dealers

Alec Baldwin

Welfare Queens

Michael Stipe

Planned Parenthood

Sharon Stone

ACORN workers

Joy Behar




Non repentant terrorists


College professors


Any network news anchor

There goes John Galt

More on expatriates

The Federal Register, the government publication that records such decisions, shows that 502 expatriates gave up their U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status in the last quarter of 2009. That is a tiny portion of the 5.2 million Americans estimated by the State Department to be living abroad.

Still, 502 was the largest quarterly figure in years, more than twice the total for all of 2008, and it looms larger, given how agonizing the decision can be. There were 235 renunciations in 2008 and 743 last year. Waiting periods to meet with consular officers to formalize renunciations have grown.

Anecdotally, frustrations over tax and banking questions, not political considerations, appear to be the main drivers of the surge. Expat advocates say that as it becomes more difficult for Americans to live and work abroad, it will become harder for American companies to compete.

American expats have long complained that the United States is the only industrialized country to tax citizens on income earned abroad, even when they are taxed in their country of residence, though they are allowed to exclude their first $91,400 in foreign-earned income.

One Swiss-based business executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of sensitive family issues, said she weighed the decision for 10 years. She had lived abroad for years but had pleasant memories of service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Yet the notion of double taxation — and of future tax obligations for her children, who will receive few U.S. services — finally pushed her to renounce, she said.

“I loved my time in the Marines, and the U.S. is still a great country,” she said. “But having lived here 20 years and having to pay and file while seeing other countries’ nationals not having to do that, I just think it’s grossly unfair.”

Now ask yourself this question. Are the people expatriating people with money they can spend and/or invest in this country or are they poor people using resources from the system.

But we would want those kinds paying taxes now would we?