Saturday, October 01, 2011

Four more years of Bush

Those damn Bushies. Can you believe the audacity. First, he takes enemy combatants and ships them to Gitmo.

Not satisfied, he's now assassinating American citizens in foreign countries we're not at war with. All without an arrest warrant or any due process........

Glenn Greenwald calling out Bush, er, wait it's Obama?

It was first reported in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one of those Americans was Anwar al-Awlaki. No effort was made to indict him for any crimes (despite a report last October that the Obama administration was “considering” indicting him). Despite substantial doubt among Yemen experts about whether he even had any operational role in Al Qaeda, no evidence (as opposed to unverified government accusations) was presented of his guilt. When Awlaki’s father sought a court order barring Obama from killing his son, the DOJ argued, among other things, that such decisions were “state secrets” and thus beyond the scrutiny of the courts. He was simply ordered killed by the President: his judge, jury and executioner. When Awlaki’s inclusion on President Obama’s hit list was confirmed, The New York Times noted that “it is extremely rare, if not unprecedented, for an American to be approved for targeted killing.”

After several unsuccessful efforts to assassinate its own citizen, the U.S. succeeded today (and it was the U.S.). It almost certainly was able to find and kill Awlaki with the help of its long-time close friend President Saleh, who took a little time off from murdering his own citizens to help the U.S. murder its. The U.S. thus transformed someone who was, at best, a marginal figure into a martyr, and again showed its true face to the world. The government and media search for The Next bin Laden has undoubtedly already commenced.

So let me make sure I have this right. Shipping enemy combatants captured on the battle field to Guantanamo is worse than assassinating someone.

The lack of outrage from libs is deafening.


How to make friends and influence people...... the liberal way

Back in the day, when I was a young, handsome undergrad, I was minding my own business having a gyro for lunch when these two PETA yahoos came up to me with a photo of a dog on fire.

The chick then decided to lecture me on how I should be ashamed of eating a poor lamb. After I swallowed, I looked at her and said "Baaaaaaah. I don't care what cause you two idiots are promoting but your tactics have me opposing everything you stand for".

And it looks like liberals still haven't learned their lessons.............

Police have arrested over 100 protesters after the Occupy Wall Street movement shut down the Brooklyn Bridge for two hours, stranding motorists as thousands of marchers, who have been camping out in the Financial District for weeks, made their way through Lower Manhattan.

The bridge has since been cleared of protesters.

About 100 cars were left stuck as the loud, angry crowd covered the span from end to end in yet another day of demonstrations against high unemployment, bank bailouts and economic uncertainty for the masses.

One irate driver, a Ground Zero construction worker, blasted the pedestrians.

"I work my ass off all day, and these goddamned hippies close down the Brooklyn Bridge so I can't get home?" he said. "This ain't right!"

I'm guessing this guy won't be supporting Obama next year.


More from the business friendly Obamunists

Years ago, I had a client who had a business where he would buy a fleet of rental cars from one of the rental car companies and sell them to used car dealers.

Those fleets might be in San Bernadino California, and he might some of the cars to a used car lot in Dallas, Kansas City, etc.

Because of his car dealership license, he was required to personally inspect any car he would take title to. Obviously, personally inspecting autos in California is price prohibitive so this guy would hire a "bird dog" to inspect the cars for him.

I once asked him if he was worried about being busted for this practice and he told me "Gordon, there isn't one dealer in the state that isn't in violation of at least three laws related to their license, the key is not to piss off anyone connected to the state because they will drop the hammer on you in a heart beat because they already know that no one is in 100% compliance".

If you don't believe me, read this and tell me this isn't true for just about every business in this country.............

Prosecutors who are looking for an easy “win” know that businesses roll over. A public raid on its offices, or an indictment of its officers, can destroy a business’s reputation and viability. That makes the owners easy to intimidate into a plea bargain.

If they choose to fight, they face the full wrath and fury of the feds. In the Gibson raids, the SWAT teams were deployed even though Gibson had offered its full cooperation to investigators. Such raids are increasingly used to intimidate citizens under suspicion. The orchid importer, a 65-year-old with Parkinson’s, was shoved against a wall by armed officers in flak jackets, frisked, and forced into a chair without explanation while his home was searched.

The government also attempts to get low-level employees to “finger” their bosses. For example, the feds threatened Gibson employees with long prison sentences. This is not a search for truth, but an immoral attempt at extortion to win convictions. Investigators examine the lives of “little fish” and use minor, unrelated violations (smoking a joint, or exaggerating income on a loan application) to pressure them to back the government’s case against their employers. Mobsters have experience with threats like this, but a secretary or an accountant is scared to death by the threat of prosecution.

A favorite ploy of prosecutors in these cases is to charge defendants with false statements based on their answers to the investigators. The sentence for this can be five years in prison. No recording is made of the interviews — in fact, the feds prohibit taping the interviews — and the agents are not stenographers. They cannot possibly recall the exact wording of the questions and the answers. Yet after the interview, they will produce a “transcript” replete with quotes throughout. And if a witness says he did not actually say what the agent put in quotes, it is the witness’s word against a fine, upstanding federal agent’s. Staring at a five-year sentence will get most people to say whatever the government wants them to.

Now tell me again how easy it is to run a business in the US?


Life in "Obamaland"

In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls.

It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps. Just a few months ago the federal agency that administers the program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), launched a multi-million-dollar initiative to recruit more food-stamp participants even though the number of recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years.


Life in "Progress" City - LA edition

District Attorney Steve Cooley says with thousands of new, convicted felons coming into the jail system and 8,000 or more nonviolent felons being released early on parole; it’s a prescription for disaster.

“I’m also predicting in connection with that population, we’re going to experience the greatest spike in crime of the last several decades,” Cooley said.


And they still think they're still smarter

Have you ever wondered how it is that people generally get more conservative as they get older?

Maybe experience in the real world has something to do with it.

You see, with age and observation, you learn that some things just don't work.

For instance, when I was about 10, it took me probably about a dozen attempts to realize that trying to take my pants off with my shoes on wasn't as fast as taking the shoes off first.

When I was eighteen, I learned that if you drink 20 beers, roughly 20 and a half will be coming back.

When I was 23, I learned that six speeding tickets in six months means that you need to slow down.

And when I was about 28, I realized that liberal politics kills every quality of life you can measure.

Seriously, take any city, county, state, or country dominated by liberals and I'll show you an area with higher unemployment, higher crime, shitty schools, higher taxes, etc. as compared with our areas of "Redville."

And what makes this even more hilarious is that liberals still believe they're smarter than your average conservative when all the evidence shows the opposite.

Here's a video of some people who probably still take their pants off with their shoes still on.......

Friday, September 30, 2011

As if you needed another reason to move your business (jobs) overseas

Last fall, amid growing signs of Republican gains in Congress, cement-industry lobbyists began meeting with GOP lawmakers to share their complaints about new Environmental Protection Agency rules that would sharply reduce mercury and other pollution from their plants.

A year later, the industry's efforts may be gaining traction.

This month, a Birmingham, Ala., cement manufacturer who says the new environmental rules have delayed his planned $350 million plant expansion, was House Speaker John Boehner's guest at President Obama's jobs speech to Congress. Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would require the administration to evaluate the economic toll of new EPA rules on cement and other industries.


Life in "Progress" State - California edition

Why is California such a basket case?

Read this lengthy piece at Vanity Fair and you understand why?

One anecdote.......

Over the past dec­ade the city of San Jose had repeatedly caved to the demands of its public-safety unions. In practice this meant that when the police or fire department of any neighboring city struck a better deal for itself, it became a fresh argument for improving the pay of San Jose police and fire. The effect was to make the sweetest deal cut by public-safety workers with any city in Northern California the starting point for the next round of negotiations for every other city. The departments also used each other to score debating points. For instance, back in 2002, the San Jose police union cut a three-year deal that raised police officers’ pay by 18 percent over the contract. Soon afterward, the San Jose firefighters cut a better deal for themselves, including a pay raise of more than 23 percent. The police felt robbed and complained mightily until the city council crafted a deal that handed them 5 percent more premium pay in exchange for training to fight terrorists. “We got famous for our anti-terrorist-training pay,” explains one city official. Eventually the anti-terrorist-training premium pay stopped; the police just kept the extra pay, with benefits. “Our police and firefighters will earn more in retirement than they did when they were working,” says Reed. “There used to be an argument that you have to give us money or we can’t afford to live in the city. Now the more you pay them the less likely they are to live in the city, because they can afford to leave. It’s staggering. When did we go from giving people sick leave to letting them accumulate it and cash it in for hundreds of thousands of dollars when they are done working? There’s a corruption here. It’s not just a financial corruption. It’s a corruption of the attitude of public service.”


President Obama: America Has Gone "Soft"

Pretty evident from the president we elected

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Janeane Garofalo discusses the racism behind the GOP fondness for Herman...

So if you disagree with a black president's policies, you're a racist. If you agree with a black candidate positions on the issues, you're still a racist.

9-9-9 baby

Bernie Madoff had it all wrong

Old Bernie is in jail for defrauding people who voluntarily gave him money in the hopes of lofty returns he couldn't keep up.

What an idiot!

First, he probably had enough connections to get himself appointed to run the Social Security administration when they force people to invest money into a system that only holds US treasuries for it's investments!

Or second, you create a faux calamity called Global Warming, come up with a bogus solution to the problem, grease the palms of the high and mighty in federal office and bingo you cash in big, big, big, time......

Despite the growing Solyndra scandal, yesterday the Department of Energy approved $1 billion in new loans to green energy companies -- including a $737 million loan guarantee to a company known as SolarReserve:

SolarReserve LLC, a closely held renewable energy developer, received a $737 million U.S. Energy Department loan guarantee to build a solar-thermal project in Nevada.

The 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes project, near Tonopah, Nevada, will use the sun’s heat to create steam that drives a turbine, the agency said today in a e-mailed statement. SolarReserve is based in Santa Monica, California.

On SolarReserve's website is a list of "investment partners," including the "PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund (East) LLC." As blogger American Glob quickly discovered, PCG's number two is none other than "Ronald Pelosi, a San Francisco political insider and financial industry polymath who happens to be the brother-in-law of Nancy Pelosi, the Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives."

But wait... there's more! One of SolarReserve's other investment partners is Argonaut Private Equity:

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

More from the business friendly administration

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has submitted Freedom of Information requests to the White House, the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service following an announcement that the administration is investigating homebuilders in an attempt to bolster union membership at the expense of housing sector jobs.

“In a letter [from the Labor Department] cited by The [Wall Street] Journal,” wrote Crain’s Detroit earlier this month “homebuilders were asked to immediately turn over the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, pay rates and hours worked for all employees over the past two years. The letter from the Labor Department asked for the names of all contractors hired in the past year. The letter didn't allege any specific violations of law.

No. It’s just the usual harassment that the Obama administration gives industry when they have a disagreement with a key Obama constituency such as unions that are all mobbed up. Re-write the rules, send investigators in, bury them in document discovery and government lawyers until they cave.

In the meantime, since January 2008 new housing starts have remained at their lowest sustained level from any similar time period since 1959, the last year records are available.


More tea party violence

Sorry. I'm so used to the media portraying tea partiers as violent, racist homophonbes I actually overlooked the fact that these are union members.

Life in "Progress" City - San Francisco edition

From the Golden Gate city..........
“If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.” So goes the hit song from 1967 that painted the city as a mecca of openness and freedom. Today, however, the lyrics might go something like this: “If you are going to San Francisco, be sure to have lots of coins in your pocket and don’t violate any traffic rules, or else: fines, fines, fines.”

Not so poetic, admittedly, nor pretty. But neither are the heavy fines and ticketing efforts that are being waged here due to the budget crisis in a drawn-out recession.

Take parking violations. Already among the highest in the nation, proposals are in the works for a $3 increase on parking violations, making a parking ticket a whopping $68. Street cleaning parking violations could soon put you back $58. But if you parked at a handicap zone without a permit or at a bus loading area, you might as well give up your car. It will set you back $976.

Moving violation fines are also quite steep. Run a red light and it will cost you $436, up from $381 in 2008. If you didn’t come to a full stop at a stop sign? That’ll be $214.

What's that saying..... "a government so big that it can give you anything is big enough to take it away....."


Life in "Progress" city - the unemployment edition

Here's a list of the cities with the highest unemployment rates in the country.

363 Palm Coast, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area 14.9
364 Hanford-Corcoran, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 15.3
365 Visalia-Porterville, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 15.7
366 Fresno, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 15.8
367 Modesto, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 16.0
368 Stockton, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 16.1
369 Yuba City, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 17.0
370 Merced, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 17.5
371 Yuma, AZ Metropolitan Statistical Area 29.4
372 El Centro, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area 32.4

Here's a list of the cities with the lowest.............

1 Bismarck, ND Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.0
2 Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.6
3 Fargo, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area 3.9
4 Portsmouth, NH-ME Metropolitan NECTA 4.4
5 Rapid City, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.5
5 Sioux Falls, SD Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.5
7 Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 4.6
7 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.6
9 Midland, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.8
10 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area 4.9

Anyone want to make a wager as to which party dominates the city government of the former and/or the latter?


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Life in "Progress" City - Philadelphia edition

From the city of brotherly love, where they haven't voted for a republican in office since Zeus won the last Greek God election.........

Thousands of Philadelphia residents gathered in long lines, citywide, waiting hours outside of 12 County Assistance Offices, hoping to apply for relief following Hurricane Irene.

The residents, many confused and lacking official information, hoped to receive a month of food stamps for food ruined by floods and power problems caused by the hurricane.

The program, called Disaster SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), was created by the federal government and is administered by the State Department of Public Welfare.

Because of unexpectedly large turnouts, the application process was moved from Disaster Recovery Centers in Philadelphia to the 12 state offices in neighborhoods citywide.


The party of democracy

Just the ranting of a stray lunatic? Well, it might be except that one of the Obamunists noted the same thing.........

So what to do? To solve the serious problems facing our country, we need to minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.


P1 Gov Chris Christie Gives Keynote Address at Reagan Library

I heard a conservative commentator complain about the conservative love for Chris Christie when he's far from a "pure" conservative.

Let me offer this. Conservatives are longing for someone who is unapologetic for advocating common sense. He provides a loud voice for people who have done well for simply doing what they were told to do from birth.

Is Mitt Romney offering this?

How about Rick Perry? Who believes that your family should be rewarded for breaking immigration laws and condemns those who think otherwise as "not having a heart".

This is why the Tea Parties have ascended, this is why Michelle Bachmann and Herman Cain resonate among these people (BTW how are all those conservative, knuckle dragging tea party types are more apt to follow a black man and a woman over Polly Purebred white guy?)

So you can cast Christie as not so conservative but give me the chubby guy over the rest of these people any time.

P2 Governor Chris Christie gives Keynote Address at The Ronald Reagan Li...

More on Gibson

Here's another article on the Gibson Guitar wood seizure from a writer who seems intent on backing the government's ability to just seize someone's property without cause.

This is the piece most people miss in this story............

This was the second raid on Gibson for the same suspected offense. In late 2009, federal agents raided workshops searching for imported Madagascan ebony. No charges have been filed in connection with that raid either. But this time a frustrated Juszkiewicz came out swinging in his company's defense.

The same "suspected offense"? After two years, this company has had millions of dollars of inventory confiscated by the government yet no charges, not even a statement from the government as to what crime the company is being investigated for. So a writer is now in the business of speculating that Gibson is out there cutting down trees in the Brazilian rain forest.

Now if I were the skeptical type, I would guess that Gibson was singled out because they're not democratic donors like his Taylor and Fender counter parts.

But since the government only does good, I guess I should adopt this writer's slant that Gibson is a lawless guitar operation.


Ford Owner "Chris": It Doesn't Surprise Me That This Government Pulled t...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wallace Calls Out Plouffe Over "Budget Gimmicks"

The job killing president continues his mission

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized stronger regulations for Wisconsin and 26 other states aimed at curbing air pollution from long-distance sources.

The rules will help those states fight ozone and particle pollution caused by power plants in Illinois, Indiana and other states.

But Wisconsin utilities - whose pollution can contribute to air-quality problems elsewhere - will also need to find ways to reduce their own emissions.

The likely result: Higher electric bills in the coming years.

These articles always point out the direct impact to consumers but they always fail the mention the ripple throughout the economy.

For instance, utilities are part of the cost of production. If the US unilaterally increases the cost of production that makes it more attractive to move your production (READ>>>>>> JOBS!) to other parts of the world.

With that said, let's ask this question to the people

Who is impacted most by higher utility costs.

1) Michael Moore

2) George Clooney

3) An investment banker

4) a forklift operator


Monday, September 26, 2011

Obama's greatest hits

Barack Obama is a Genius

Maxine Waters to Obama: I'm Not Sure Who the President Was Talking To

Regulation run amok

Sen. Susan Collins, not exactly a red meat conservative, on the paralyzing effect of regulation on businesses........
Last year, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to a company that sells packaged walnuts. Believe it or not, the federal government claimed the walnuts were being marketed as a drug. So Washington ordered the company to stop telling consumers about the health benefits of walnuts.

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule on fossil-fuel emissions from boilers that—by the EPA's own admission—would cost the private sector billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The owner of a small business in Maine told me the proposed rule would require him to scrap a new, $300,000 wood waste boiler he recently installed.

No wonder America's employers dread what is coming next out of Washington. Our country cannot afford regulations run amok at a time when no net new jobs are created and unemployment remains above 9%. But at least we're safe from health claims about walnuts.

America's overregulation problem is only getting worse. Right now, federal agencies are at work on more than 4,200 rules, 845 of which affect small businesses, the engine of job creation in our country. More than 100 are major rules, with an economic impact of more than $100 million each.

No business owner I know questions the legitimate role of limited government in protecting our health and safety. Too often, however, our small businesses are buried under a mountain of paperwork that drives up costs, prevents the hiring of workers, and impedes economic growth.

Business owners are reluctant to create jobs today when they're going to need to pay more tomorrow to comply with onerous new regulations. That's what employers mean when they say that uncertainty generated by Washington is a big wet blanket on our economy.