Saturday, January 28, 2012

From the "if you have to say, it's probably not true" file

If someone tells you they want to be a millionaire but the only thing they do is buy lottery tickets how serious are they?

"On Tuesday at the State of the Union, I laid out my vision for how we move forward," President Obama said at a campaign event in Las Vegas, Nevada. "I laid out a blueprint for an economy that's built to last, that has a firm foundation. Where we're making stuff and selling stuff and moving it around and UPS drivers are dropping things off everywhere."

"That's the economy we want. An economy built on American manufacturing, with more good jobs and more products made here in the United States of America," he also said.

Clue phone to the Obamunists, incorporating job killing regulation is like making the lottery your retirement plan.

Global Warming...............not

16 actual scientists have joined 1973 Nobel-winning physicist Ivar Giaever in calling global warming concerns overblown. In a letter published in the Wall Street Journal today, the scientists called for everyone to remain calm — and mocked the alarmism by UN bureaucrats over global warming and carbon dioxide.

They recommended that the world do nothing about global warming for the next 50 years.

“The fact is that CO2 is not a pollutant,” the scientists wrote in their letter, which the Wall Street Journal headlined: “No Need to Panic About Global Warming. There’s no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to ‘decarbonize’ the world’s economy.”

The letter went on to explain that warming may actually benefit life on Earth: “CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key component of the biosphere’s life cycle. Plants do so much better with more CO2 that greenhouse operators often increase the CO2 concentrations by factors of three or four to get better growth. This is no surprise since plants and animals evolved when CO2 concentrations were about 10 times larger than they are today. Better plant varieties, chemical fertilizers and agricultural management contributed to the great increase in agricultural yields of the past century, but part of the increase almost certainly came from additional CO2 in the atmosphere.”


Life in "Progress" Country - Spain edition

Your average liberal will spend their entire life, dreaming about the transformation of the US into the "progressive" utopia.............. Europe.

Well how are things in Spain?

Let's go to the board.............

The number of jobless people in Spain increased by 295,300 to 5.27 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, surpassing the 5 million mark for the first time in history, the statistics body INE said Friday.

The INE put the unemployment rate at 22.85 per cent, up from 21.5 per cent in October.

About 1.6 million households in Spain now have all their active members out of work.

Unemployment increased most among people aged 25 and 54 years - by 286,000 - in the fourth quarter. However, it went down among people aged less than 25 years.

Spain's unemployment rate is the highest in the European Union and about twice the EU average. Eurostat data put the youth jobless rate at nearly 50 per cent.

Keep rockin' Obama, you'll get us there soon enough.


What about Reverend Wright/

Do you think the press spent as much time on Obama's church affiliations...............

After wondering aloud yesterday whether the Romneys converted Mitt's dead father-in-law to Mormonism, Gawker's John Cook has confirmed it: Yes. They did.

Edward Davies, Ann Romney's father, was an atheist who was also strongly anti-religion. By the time he died, he was the only member of Ann Romney's immediate family to not convert to Mormonism.

Fourteen months later, in 1993, he was baptized in a special ceremony at a Salt Lake City church. This practice requires a living person who has already been baptized to undergo the immersion in water again on behalf of the dead. No word on who this person might have been in Davies' case.

Bad Timing

1/28/12 - Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) Delivers Weekly GOP Address On The Pro...

Thank you BOA

Friday, January 27, 2012

Biden Employs Indian Accent During NH Speech

liberal thought processes

Let's see, I can choose to approve a shovel ready pipeline that involves lots of jobs and no taxpayer subsidy or I can drop billions into "green" companies that generates no jobs..........

The parent company of an electric car battery maker that received more than $100 million in government funding from the Obama administration has filed for bankruptcy protection, the company announced Thursday.

Alex Sorokin, the CEO for lithium-ion battery manufacturer Ener1, said the company suffered when demand for the batteries dropped as fewer Americans than expected opted for electric cars.

"This was a difficult, but necessary, decision for our company," Sorokin said in a statement on its website. "We moved aggressively to reduce costs and shift focus when the marketplace did not evolve as quickly as anticipated. Our business plan was impacted when demand for lithium-ion batteries slowed due to lower-than-expected adoption for electric passenger vehicles."

EnerDel, a subsidiary of Ener1 dedicated to making batteries for electric cars, was awarded a $118 million grant from the Energy Department in 2009 as part of President Obama's economic stimulus package and green energy push. Ener1 said that the bankruptcy filing and newly announced company restructuring would allow its subsidiaries, including EnerDel, to "continue normal operation."

I think we get the picture.........again.


President Obama leaves event promoting clean energy in a motorcade of 22...

Would I go to the White House?

In light of the Tim Thomas boycott of the White House celebration of the Bruins Stanley Cup, reader Tim asked me if I would go to the White House with my team during my track and field days.

My answer is hell yeah.

1) When I was in college, I was a hard core liberal..... I voted for Jesse Jackson in a primary for cryin' out loud. I would have loved Obama.

2) With my background, a roadie to the White House would have been a pretty big deal.

3) being liberal and all, I would have spent my time at the White House looking for something to steal.

In all seriousness, I would have gone because it would have been with my team. For me, my relationships with my teammates is closer than any group of people in my life, outside of family. I wouldn't have done anything to cause stir.

Now, let's say I won the US Open. I would have gone just so I could give the president the Jan Brewer treatment.

Subsidizing the rich/enabling dysfunction

Yesterday, I met with a client who was telling me about some of the shaking things her employers want her to do (ie making out paychecks to girlfiends, etc.) in the midst of our conversation she was telling me that her daughter recently had a child out of wedlock.

Now she was all prepared to provide her daughter with an apartment (they own a bunch of rental property) until she got on her feet. While her daughter was in the hospital, she was informed that qualified for the WIC (women infant and children) program.

So she went to the county and the social worker down there signed her up for all kinds of freebies, food stamps, ADC, subsidized housing, a regular welfare box of chocolates. She even advised the daughter not to get a job because it would mean that she would lose some of these benefits.

Since she's getting all the freebies, she decided that she didn't need the parent's help after all.

What's the significance of all this?

My client has a suspicion that her daughter's baby daddy is a drug user/dealer and doesn't want the grandchild expose to the dirt bag. Obviously, without the daughter living in their property they have less control over the situation.

Now ask yourself the following questions,

1) Do you think baby daddy is going to get his act together and start providing for his progeny?

2) Do you think that the daughter is going to get the smelling salts and kick this dirt bag out of her life?

3) Do you think that without welfare, her family would be able to financially pick up the slack for the daughter's and grand daughter's care?

4) Give me the odds that the grand child of my client will grow up to be taxpaying/productive citizen?

Monday, I had a client who cancelled an appointment so she could attend the funeral of her ex-husband, a forty year old who died of a heroin overdose. He was living with a woman who had kids through multiple baby daddy's. She could fund their drug habit with money from the taxpayer.

Did it ever occur to any of these liberal do-gooders that all of the "help" they like to dole out does nothing but keep people mired in misery?

Here's the difference between conservatives and liberals. When conservatives see this shit and it pisses them off. When liberals see it..... actually I don't know what they're thinking. Maybe they're not thinking at all.

maddow clue

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

There goes John Galt

Rather than deal with the complexities of U.S. tax law, Americans living overseas are increasingly renouncing their citizenship in order to avoid paying their income taxes.
According to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, approximately 4,000 people gave up their citizenship from fiscal year 2005 to FY 2010. Renunciations increased sharply within the past three years, from 146 in FY 2008 to 1,534 in FY 2010. And during the first two quarters of FY 2011 alone, 1,024 Americans ditched their citizenship.

We don't need no stinkin' rich people.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Forgetting that the term illegal means something

Let's say you're one of these people who believe that every illegal immigrant is simply an "undocumented" citizen here to better their life.

Do we deport convicted felons?

Apparently, the answer for the Obamunists is no...........

When burglar Kesler Dufrene became a twice-convicted felon in 2006, a Bradenton judge shipped him to prison for five years. And because of his convictions, an immigration judge ordered Dufrene deported to his native Haiti.

That never happened.

Instead, when Dufrene’s state prison term was up, Miami immigration authorities in October 2010 released him from custody. Two months later, North Miami police say, he slaughtered three people, including a 15-year-old girl in a murder case that remains as baffling today as it did the afternoon the bodies were discovered.

DNA on a rifle found inside the house and cellphone tracking technology later linked Dufrene to the Jan. 2, 2011, slayings.

But North Miami detectives never got to interrogate him. Just 18 days after the murders, Dufrene shot and killed himself when he was cornered by Manatee County sheriff’s deputies in Bradenton after an unrelated break-in and shooting there.

The episode is a black eye for U.S. authorities, who by law could not detain Dufrene indefinitely after the Obama administration ordered a temporary halt of deportations to the island nation.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Life in "Progress" City - NY edition

That was the worst National Anthem in history

Was it just me or was Steven Tyler's rendition of the National Anthem the worst vocal performance you ever heard?

He made Bob Dylan sound like Pavarotti.

But other than that it's a great idea

Someone should tell the Obamunists that the Keystone pipeline is hauling oil from Canada to the gulf, not beer..............

President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico is an act of national insanity. It isn't often that a president makes a decision that has no redeeming virtues and -- beyond the symbolism -- won't even advance the goals of the groups that demanded it. All it tells us is that Obama is so obsessed with his re-election that, through some sort of political calculus, he believes that placating his environmental supporters will improve his chances.

Aside from the political and public relations victory, environmentalists won't get much. Stopping the pipeline won't halt the development of tar sands, to which the Canadian government is committed; therefore, there will be little effect on global warming emissions. Indeed, Obama's decision might add to them. If Canada builds a pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific for export to Asia, moving all that oil across the ocean by tanker will create extra emissions. There will also be the risk of added spills.

Now consider how Obama's decision hurts the United States. For starters, it insults and antagonizes a strong ally; getting future Canadian cooperation on other issues will be harder. Next, it threatens a large source of relatively secure oil that, combined with new discoveries in the United States, could reduce (though not eliminate) our dependence on insecure foreign oil.

Finally, Obama's decision forgoes all the project's jobs. There's some dispute over the magnitude. Project sponsor TransCanada claims 20,000, split between construction (13,000) and manufacturing (7,000) of everything from pumps to control equipment. Apparently, this refers to "job years," meaning one job for one year. If so, the actual number of jobs would be about half that spread over two years. Whatever the figure, it's in the thousands and important in a country hungering for work. And Keystone XL is precisely the sort of infrastructure project that Obama claims to favor.

The big winners are the Chinese. They must be celebrating their good fortune and wondering how the crazy Americans could repudiate such a huge supply of nearby energy. There's no guarantee that tar-sands oil will go to China; pipelines to the Pacific would have to be built. But it creates the possibility when the oil's natural market is the United States.


Stuff Baristas Say

Vincent Browne v The ECB

Life in "Progress" State - Minnesota edition

From the land of 10,000 lakes, where the Little Brown Jug has made more appearances in the state than a conservative politician..............

If you are a current or former state employee in the state of Minnesota, watch out. Your pension depends on hot air, sketchy arithmetic, and the willingness of future taxpayers to make huge sacrifices to cover the deceit, wishful thinking and sketchy math at the heart of your pension system.

According to a recent analysis in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune by Mark Haveman (Executive Director of the Minnesota Taxpayers’ Association), Minnesota’s pension plans, even after recent mandatory increases in employee contributions, are essentially hollow. Even using the state’s extremely aggressive ‘assumed’ rate of 8.5 percent annual return on its investments, the pension fund is about $10.5 billion short of being able to pay off its future obligations. For every $1 the state has promised to pay retired civil service workers and teachers, it expects to have about 79¢. The good fairies and the wood elves are responsible for coming up with the rest of the money.

You know what I looking for in our current slate of republican candidates? Someone who will challenge the media to expose the total lack of fiduciary responsibility by all things liberal. Are these guys afraid offending a liberal voter who wouldn't vote for a republican if you promised free green energy for a lifetime?


More liberal dirty tricks

When you can't win the argument.... pretend to be your opponent.

A Des Moines man has been arrested after police say he used, or tried to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz in a scheme to falsely implicate Schultz in perceived unethical behavior in office.

Zachary Edwards was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety issued a news release saying Schultz’s office discovered the scheme on June 24, 2011 and notified authorities.

So who is Edwards?

Edwards is a former Obama staffer who directed “new media operations” for Obama in five states during the 2008 primaries. Thereafter, he was Obama’s Director of New Media for the State of Iowa. In the Democratic Party’s lexicon, “new media” apparently includes identity theft.

Edwards now works for LINK Strategies, a Democratic consulting firm with extraordinarily close ties to Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin. Its principal, Jeff Link, has served as Harkin’s campaign manager and chief of staff. Link, too, is a former Obama staffer. The LINK Strategies web site says that Jeff Link “served as a media consultant to the Obama for President Campaign, coordinating branding, all paid media and polling in 25 states, including seven battleground states (VA, NC, FL, CO, NM, NV, MT)….”

But hey, can we get some more dirt from one of Gingrich's ex's.

Thanks reader Tim for the link.


Life in "Progress" State - Illinois edition

From the state of Illinois, where it's easier to find gold than a conservative in state government..............

Though too few noticed, this month Moody's downgraded Illinois state debt to A2 from A1, the lowest among the 50 states. That's worse even than California. The state's cost of borrowing for $800 million of new 10-year general obligation bonds rose to 3.1%-which is 110 basis points higher than the 2% on top-rated 10-year bonds of more financially secure states.

This wasn't supposed to happen. Only a year ago, Governor Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats raised individual income taxes by 67% and the corporate tax rate by 46%. They did it to raise $7 billion in revenue, as the Governor put it, to "get Illinois back on fiscal sound footing" and improve the state's credit rating.

So much for that. In its downgrade statement, Moody's panned Illinois lawmakers for "a legislative session in which the state took no steps to implement lasting solutions to its severe pension underfunding or to its chronic bill payment delays." An analysis by Bloomberg finds that the assets in the pension fund will only cover "45% of projected liabilities, the least of any state." And-no surprise-in part because the tax increases have caused companies to leave Illinois, the state budget office confesses that as of this month the state still has $6.8 billion in unpaid bills and unaddressed obligations.

It's worth contrasting this grim picture with that of Wisconsin north of the border. Last winter Madison was occupied by thousands of union protesters trying to bully legislators to defeat Republican Governor Scott Walker's plan to require government workers to pay a larger share of their health-plan costs, and to shore up the pension system by trimming future retirement liabilities. The reforms passed anyway.

In contrast to the Illinois downgrade, Moody's has praised Mr. Walker's budget as "credit positive for Wisconsin," adding that the money-saving reforms bring "the state's finances closer to a structural budgetary balance." As a result, Wisconsin jumped in Chief Executive magazine's 2011 ranking of each state's business climate-moving to 17th from 41st. Illinois dropped to 48th from 45th as ranked by the nation's top CEOs.

How conservatives are screwed

I was listening to a talk show the other day and the host was asking the question, are these last four guys remaining the best we can do?

The answer is yes.

If you are a conservative, you are bound to be disappointed.

Let's face it. If you are a true conservative, you don't believe that government works. So why would anyone pursue a job in an institution they don't believe in?

Conservatives are drawn to careers that matter (which by the way tends to make the most money). In a parallel to the old adage ............"Those who can do. Those who can't run a government".

So we're left with a group who have significant flaws.

If you've been wondering why I haven't posted in a few days it's because the coalition of Romney, Gingrich, Paul and Santorum = four more years of Obama. To say I've been depressed about the our future government would be an understatement.

So I'll try and get back in the fight and advancing the cause of conservatism even though we don't have the candidate who can do it.

The Blue-Green assault on workers

I've said it a hundred times. I'm not a conservative for me. Our family is well positioned to weather any liberal assault on our economy.

I'm a conservative for the working stiff.

Since Obama has decided to kill the Keystone pipeline, aLinksk yourself the question.

Who gets hurt more?

Is it the ExxonMobil, Shell or BP executives who will simply retrieve the oil we want from other sources or will it be the guys who could have worked on that pipeline.

Some labor leaders are finally getting the smelling salts............

The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) left the BlueGreen Alliance on Friday, citing a disagreement with the group’s members over the Keystone XL pipeline.

LIUNA, a vocal Keystone supporter, took aim at other unions for opposing the project.

“We’re repulsed by some of our supposed brothers and sisters lining up with job killers like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to destroy the lives of working men and women,” LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan said in a statement.

The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of environmental groups and labor unions, confirmed LIUNA’s exit Friday afternoon.

“The BlueGreen Alliance regrets the decision of the Laborers' International Union of North America to leave our strategic partnership of labor and environmental organizations,” the group’s executive director, David Foster, said in a statement.

The move underscores the intense political divide among unions over the pipeline, which would carry oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Gulf Coast.

So let me ask the Obamunists who so oppose this pipeline.

Is it more environmentally friendly for the Canadians to sell and ship their oil to China while we buy and ship oil from the middle east to here?

Here's a dirty little secret the left doesn't want you to know. There's only one union that matters and that's the teachers union. All you others can go to hell.