A Pilgrimage

I am taking a break from politics for the first in the 5 months since I started this blog.

I am going on my annual Pilgrimage tomorrow.

So my blog will be inactive until Monday, Mar 1st.

No Politics today (well maybe one shot later…)

I am going to talk about my actual favourite subject. 🙂

DOCTOR WHO.

Gallifrey One #21, The convention, starts tomorrow (see gallifreyone.com)

But it will be a more personal journey in some ways so it’s part gushing fanboy and part me.

Doctor Who is quite simply the best TV show ever.

It is also the Longest Running Science Fiction Show in the history of Television.

The Holder of Two Guinness Book of World Records.

1. The Longest Running Science Fiction show in the World 1963-1989,1996,2005-Present.

Season 31 starts at Easter this year.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpbmMhNe6aA&feature=related

Seen in this country on BBC AMERICA (bbcamerica.com/doctorwho)

It’s British. 🙂

2. “Most Successful” science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic and “illegal downloads.” Presented to the Doctor Who Producers at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con by the Guinness people themselves.

On the program it all started in a junkyard in London where two teachers followed a strange young girl to her “home” a junkyard with a Metropolitan Police Box in it.

This was the TARDIS, Time And Relative Dimension In Space.

A Time machine that can go anywhere and anywhen.

But the beginning of this story starts November 5, 1981. 7:32pm

I remember it that precisely.

It was that significant.

I am a college student at Central Michigan University.

I live in a Dorm with my hand-picked roommate, John Doyle.

He’s a Yupper, Eh. 🙂  (that’s Michigan-speak for a person from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

He’s a great bloke, unlike my first roomates.

I turned on the TV. It happened to be set to the PBS station for whatever reason.

Back in the day, Doctor Who, a British TV institution was relatively new to the shores of America so it was on PBS. It ended up being on 100’s of them for most of the 1980’s then it disappeared.

It disappeared off PBS here in Phoenix in December 1990.

PBS has never gotten a dime from me since.

My roommate and I sat down, turn on the TV and  what I would find out later was called a Wirrn (A large insect creature) fell dead out of a closet on a space station.

My roomate and I both said, “What the hell was that?!”

And 23 Minutes later (because we didn’t know at the time that this was Episode 2 and we’d missed the recap of Episode 1 and the Title sequence) we just had to know what the hell we just watched

Not in Horror, like when I saw the pilot to Lost.

But Fascination.

It was quirky, low budget, but the imagination and creativity was amazing.

It was Doctor Who.

It started in 1963 the day after the Kennedy assassination.

It ran for 26 years before the BBC canceled it.

It had a TV Movie that was partially funded, and most ignored, by FOX in 1996.

Then it was revived as a full TV show in Britain in 2005.

It is now the #1 Drama (not “Sci-Fi” show) in Britain that isn’t a Soap Opera.

It has been for many years.

The Show has won the BAFTA (Think Emmy) for Best Drama 5 years in a row!

The lead actor has won for Best Actor 5 years in a Row! (and there has been 2)

Now try doing that with Star Trek!! 🙂

Or Stargate…

Or any science fiction show in the US.

Science Fiction here gets no respect.

But you have to respect a show that will be entering it’s 31st Season at Easter this year.

It has survived this long on many things. There are many scholarly articles and books on the subject.

But the biggest comes down to Regeneration.

It’s 1966, your lead actor is retiring and the show’s a big hit.

What do you do?

Well, he’s an alien from a race called The Time Lords (though that would not be revealed until 1969) so like the program itself, you come up with a clever solution to a limitation.

He Regenerates. He completely replaces he’s body, due to illness, age, or damage, and he’s reborn as the same character but different.

Different, because a new actor has taken over the role. He plays it differently. But the core of the character, the moral center is still there.

You can see the previous actor.

You can see The Doctor.

He is not “Doctor Who”.

He is The Doctor.

Just The Doctor.

The first actor to play the Doctor after the First Doctor (William Hartnell) was Patrick Troughton.

He was The Second Doctor.

He was a roaring success.

And I maintain that it was his skill as an actor that sold people to this day on the idea that The Doctor changes and he continues.

Patrick Troughton left in 1969.

Jon Pertwee was there from 1970-1975.

Tom Baker from 1975-1981.

Peter Davison 1982-1984.

Colin Baker 1984-1986.

Sylvester McCoy 1987-1989.

Then the BBC canceled it.

They hoped for good.

Even though it was cultural icon, The BBC hated the damn thing.

NBC and Star Trek, anyone? 🙂

And they managed to kill it off.

But the fans would not let it die.

Enter “The Wilderness Years” as we fans call it.

So when I joined the program it was nearing the end of it’s run.

But I had no concept of that.

I lived in a town of 24,000. 18,000 of which were college students.

I was lucky to here about the outside world at all.

Civilization was effectively 66 miles away in Lansing, the capital and home of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

There was Bay City and Midland that were only 30 miles away, but they were small, just not as small.

But it was in Midland in 1984 that I bought my first ever VCR from a JCPenny’s.

The Reason: I wanted to record the Doctor Who’s that I had been watching for nearly 3 years.

They were all Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) episodes, none of the others. But I didn’t care.

I had learned of a Fan Magazine in 1983, Doctor Who Magazine. I have subscribed to that since November 1983.

It just celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary last year.

My first “Doctor Who” convention was in 1983. It was a Star Trek/Doctor Who Convention.

I was then and am now a  Star Trek Fan. I am the current newsletter editor for the United Federation of Phoenix – the oldest continuously running  Star Trek Club. It started in 1975.

I guess I like good old things. 🙂

I don’t dismiss Star Trek by any means, but it’s not Doctor Who. 🙂

This convention was heald in Detroit, a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive.

And it was the wierdest convention experience I have ever had.

You had the Trekkers all wonder who the wierdos in the scarfs were (a trademark of the Fourth Doctor) and the Doctor Who people wondered who let the Trekkies in.

It was a bit like the Republicans and Democrats today.

But I’m not doing Politics today.

Then I attended one in Columbus, Ohio. The first time I had to do the whole hotel thing.

Then there were two massive convention in Chicago where thousands attended.

There were more stars there from episodes I hadn’t even seen, but had read about, than ever before.

I was in heaven.

But these ended after two years due to economic malfeasance by the owners of the convention.

This lead, in 1986, to the longest trip to date to a convention.

A 10 hour drive!

Destination:  Madison, Wisconsin.

One of the starts of the show, Louise Jameson, thought I was “crazy”.

But I got to talk with the then-Producer of the show, John Nathan-Turner.

Try that in this country.

But in 1987 I moved to Arizona.

So all that stopped.

But I kept watching.

I found fans in 1990, oh god that’s 20 years ago! 🙂

The Arizona Regional Doctor Who Interest Society (TARDIS).

I have kept watching and I keep watching, collecting, and obsessing over it to this day.

Why?

Because I am a fan? yes.

But it’s deeper than that.

Doctor Who saved my life.

Really, it did.

In those darker days of the early 1980’s I was different person.

I was very depressed, many including I, would would say chronically so.

And suffered from extreme persecution paranoia.

I was a mess.

I tried to commit suicide on March 22, 1985.

March 22, 2010 will be the 25 year anniversary.

And at the crunch point what was the thought that popped into my head unsolicited?

“If I kill myself I will miss the next episode of Doctor Who”

And my life has never been the same since.

It’s been a slow climb uphill with it getting so much better the last 5 years.

Which, I don’t think was meant to coincide with the return of  Doctor Who in 2005,but  the symmetry is eerie.

The BBC killed it off.

They had hated it for years.

They were embarrassed when the BBC had there 60th anniversary gala and a poll of the best of the BBC for those 60 years and Doctor Who came in 3rd.

They complained of the polls being spiked.

They hated it that much.

But the fans would not let it die.

They became the producers effectively.

Through books, fanzines, fan made videos (see BBV), fan-made spoofs (the most famous being written by the new producer of the show itself- Stephen Moffatt, called The Curse of the Fatal Death starring Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean)),and more.

We took the program over.

The BBC licensed a new book line for original novels and many fans became professional writers because of it.

An original audio book company, Big Finish, started up by fans had official BBC license to use to the show to make new “episodes”.

They are still in business today over 10 years later and even with the show on TV.

One of those people, Gary Russell, was the Editor of  Doctor Who Magazine, and in 2008 was the Script Editor for the show itself.

The fans became the program.

Jan Tranter, a savvy BBC Director had the thought of bringing it back.

She turned to one of the country’s hottest writers, Russell T. Davies (Queer as Folk).

He was a massive Doctor Who fan as well.

As geeky as I am. But he grew up with it.

He brought it back.

The producers were fans. The writers were largely fans. Even some of the fans who started out in the novels became TV Scriptwriters.

Christopher Eccleston (most recently scene in America in GI JOE) was the 9th Doctor.

Yes, the show began anew with it’s history intact.

No Hollywood “re-imagining” where you gut everything but the name.

And even though the show renowned for wobbly sets and wobbly monsters (but the biggest heart and the most creative show out there) had CGI and a much more cinematic look and was very 21st Century, it was still the same show.

It was re-invented for the 21st century audience, but was 1963 reborn in reality.

And that was intentional.

And most uber-fans like me can see it.

And now, in 2010, the show is a national treasure likely to out live even me.

I’m not sure how I feel about that.

But it’s magnificent.

It’s  all about Matt Smith.

The Eleventh Doctor.

He’s 27.

I have an alarm clock that’s older than him!

But he’s The Doctor.

And I can’t wait.

So, I’m off tomorrow and for the weekend, to my own person Hage to Mecca, at the LAX Marriott Hotel.

It’s Gallifrey One.

And there aren’t 3 more joyous days of the year.

So see you on Monday, when I can get back to the depressing Orwellian world of the Obamanation.

Winston Smith is going on holiday. 🙂

Peace.

The 2005 Democrats Vs. The 2010 Democrats

You decide who wins.

The Obama White House has recently announced that they will go forward with a reconciliation process — sometimes called the “nuclear option” — to try and pass their government run healthcare plan in the Senate. This process circumvents a Republican filibuster and only requires a simple majority vote of 51 rather than 60.

What did top Democrats think of this process previously?  See below…

Barack Obama 4/25/05: “The President hasn’t gotten his way. And that is now prompting a change in the Senate rules that really I think would change the character of the Senate forever…what I worry about would be that you essentially still have two chambers the House and the Senate but you have simply majoritarian absolute power on either side, and that’s just not what the founders intended.”


Hillary Clinton 5/23/2005: “So this president has come to the majority here in the Senate and basically said ‘change the rules.’ ‘Do it the way I want it done.’ And I guess there just weren’t very many voices on the other side of the isle that acted the way previous generations of senators have acted and said ‘Mr. President we are with you, we support you, but that’s a bridge too far we can’t go there.’ You have to restrain yourself Mr. President.

Charles Schumer 5/18/2005: “We are on the precipice of a crisis, a constitutional crisis. The checks and balances which have been at the core of this Republic are about to be evaporated by the nuclear option. The checks and balances which say that if you get 51% of the vote you don’t get your way 100% of the time. It is amazing it’s almost a temper tantrum.

Harry Reid 5/18/2005: “Mr. President the right to extended debate is never more important than the one party who controls congress and the white house. In these cases the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government.”

Dianne Feinstein 5/18/2005: The nuclear option if successful will turn the Senate into a body that could have its rules broken at any time by a majority of senators unhappy with any position taken by the minority. It begins with judicial nominations. Next will be executive appointments and then legislation.

Joe Biden 5/23/2005: This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab.

Harry Reid 5/18/2005: “But no we are not going to follow the Senate rules. No, because of the arrogance of power of this Republican administration.”

Chris Dodd 5/18/2005: “I’ve never passed a single bill worth talking about that didn’t have a lead co sponsor that was a Republican. And I don’t know of a single piece of legislation that’s ever been adopted here that didn’t have a Republican and Democrat in the lead. That’s because we need to sit down and work with each other. The rules of this institution have required that. That’s why we exist. Why have a bicameral legislative body? Why have two chambers? What were the framers thinking about 218 years ago? They understood Mr. President that there is a tyranny of the majority.

Dianne Feinstein 5/18/2005: “If the Republican leadership insists on forcing the nuclear option the senate becomes ipso facto the House of Representatives where the majority rules supreme and the party of power can dominate and control the agenda with absolute power.”

Hillary Clinton 5/23/2005: “You’ve got majority rule and then you have the senate over here where people can slow things down where they can debate where they have something called the filibuster. You know it seems like it’s a little less than efficient — well that’s right it is. And deliberately designed to be so.”

Joe Biden 5/23/05: “I say to my friends on the Republican side you may own the field right now buy you won’t own it forever I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.”

Charles Schumer 5/23/2005: “They want their way every single time. And they will change the rules, break the rules, and misread the constitution so that they will get their way.”

Hillary Clinton 5/23/2005: “The Senate is being asked to turn itself inside out, to ignore the precedent to ignore the way our system has work, the delicate balance that we have obtain that has kept this constitution system going, for immediate gratification of the present President.”

Max Baucus 5/19/2005: “This is the way Democracy ends. Not with a bomb but with a gavel.”

My how times have changed.

And the Hypocrisy is on the other foot.

Whining in Good Faith

There is an old axiom, you’re not paranoid if they really are out to get you.

The New Boy Scouts

FYI: This has been going on for a year by the way.

NYTimes 2009:

Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.// The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.

“United States Border Patrol! Put your hands up!” screams one in a voice cracking with adolescent determination as the suspect is subdued.

It is all quite a step up from the square knot.

The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America that began 60 years ago, is training thousands of young people in skills used to confront terrorism, illegal immigration and escalating border violence — an intense ratcheting up of one of the group’s longtime missions to prepare youths for more traditional jobs as police officers and firefighters.

“This is about being a true-blooded American guy and girl,” said A. J. Lowenthal, a sheriff’s deputy here in Imperial County, whose life clock, he says, is set around the Explorers events he helps run. “It fits right in with the honor and bravery of the Boy Scouts.”

The training, which leaders say is not intended to be applied outside the simulated Explorer setting, can involve chasing down illegal border crossers as well as more dangerous situations that include facing down terrorists and taking out “active shooters,” like those who bring gunfire and death to college campuses. In a simulation here of a raid on a marijuana field, several Explorers were instructed on how to quiet an obstreperous lookout.

“Put him on his face and put a knee in his back,” a Border Patrol agent explained. “I guarantee that he’ll shut up.”

What about “Right wing Extremists”?? 🙂

Hitler Youth anyone??

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HARRY REID SAYS STOP WHINING!

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Tuesday that Republicans “should stop crying” about the possible use of the parliamentary procedure known as budget reconciliation to pass a health care reform bill.

Under reconciliation, Democrats would need a simple majority in the Senate to pass legislation, as opposed to the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.
“They should stop crying about reconciliation as if it’s never been done before,” Reid said.

“The question is: Is reconciliation the only way we can do health-care reform?” he said. “The answer to that is no. But I’ve been told that my Republican friends are lamenting reconciliation, but I would recommend for them to go back and look at history.”(CBS)

http://www.brendan-nyhan.com/blog/2009/04/the-legislative-history-of-reconciliation-19802008.html

“It’s done almost every Congress, and they’re the ones that used it more than anyone else,” he added.

But what was it used for:

You’ll find Food stamps,welfare, tax cuts, COBRA, Ordered the sale of Conrail, Made minor changes to Medicare hospital provisions, Other medicare and Medicaid changes, previous paygo provision, Clinton’s welfare reforms, etc.

The Democrats are only obsessed with Bush’s tax cuts. Before that they can’t see anything.

And the context is not important to them.

It’s more Liberal excess dismissed as nothing special.

It has never been used to subvert the process like the Democrats still want to.

And tomorrow Obama is going to have his reportedly 6 hour Infomercial, but he wants to hear the Republicans ideas.

These would be the ideas he’s been ignoring for the last year.

So he’ll have his Liberal Media pundits red meat soundbite conference, then proclaim the Republicans didn’t take it seriously so we’re going ahead with MY plan.

Yes, he is that arrogant.

President Obama presented a new health care plan on Monday that calls for raising the Medicare payroll tax on some households earning less than $250,000, an apparent breach of his campaign pledge not to raise taxes on families earning less than that amount. The president’s plan also calls for increasing taxes on interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rents.(CNS)

In his own press availability Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said “it appears as if the administration has already made up their mind to go forward with a beefed up Senate version and to try to jam it through under a seldom-used process that we commonly refer to around here as reconciliation.”

Republican Whip Sen. Jon Kyl told reporters that “it’s hard for us to quite understand why, with reconciliation being planned, we’re having a meeting [Thursday] which is allegedly designed to engender some bipartisan agreement for a way forward.”

“It seems to me at least that, until the Democratic leaders take reconciliation off the table, it’ll be very hard for Republicans to believe that they intend to engage us in good faith,” Kyl added.

That’s the rub.

There is no “Good Faith”.

But complain too much and you could be labeled a “disgruntled” “Right wing extremist” and they’ll send the Boy scouts to take you down… 🙂

I Come to Bury You Not Praise You

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar …

Or Sen. John McCain, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, The US Congress in general.

I had severe falling out with Arizona’s Senior Senator when he co-authored the Amnesty bill with the now deceased Sen. Kennedy.

I held my nose having to vote in the 2008 Presidential Election between the obvious Socialist, Obama, and the less obvious McCain.

The worst case of The Evil of Two Lessor in my lifetime.

But he tried to do a mea culpa. But I never bought it.

Our then-Governor, Janet Napalitano (now Homeland Security Secretary) had done everything she could to ignore the issue.

The Attorney general, Former Phoenix Mayor, Terry “The Tool” Goddard, did everything he could to ignore it.

She’s got promoted to the Obama Cabinet.

He wants to run for Governor, again!

God Help us all.

So after the outrage that stunned Congress into retreat on Amnesty they promised to built more fence along the Southern border.

I knew they’d never do it.

And reports now surface that, guess what, there has been a delay.

Gee what a shock.

The 2006 Secure Fence Act mandated the “possible” construction of a long wall to protect our frontier. Four years later, no wall, just a new seven-year delay.

Gee, no one saw that coming…

Citizen activists shut down the Capitol Hill switchboard with their calls, formed border watches and marched in the streets. As a result, a shaken Congress scrapped its widely detested McCain-Kennedy comprehensive immigration bill with its amnestylike features in 2005. Instead, it passed Rep. Duncan Hunter’s Secure Fence Act of 2006.

“We hear you, loud and clear,” said reform bill advocate John McCain. Today, it’s a different attitude from Congress and the government that carries out its laws.

Knowing the potency of popular sentiment, the government hasn’t had the nerve to seek to repeal the fence outright. But all signs suggest that it never wanted this built.

It has just quietly faded away.

With bureaucratic delays, cost overruns, general incompetence and a “can’t do” spirit, officials have effectively scuppered the fence without politically costly legislation.

But they kept their jobs.

Oh, and speaking of Jobs, the “bi-partisan” jobs bill that Sen. Harry Reid emasculated passed.

It has no provisions in it for not hot hiring Illegals.

So you hire an Illegal for a year, get the tax break, and then fire them next year.

Way to stimulate Job growth their guys!!

“It was a great idea, but it didn’t work,” Mark Borkowski, chief of the electronic fence program, told the L.A. Times.

Oh, it worked perfectly.

It got the Congress out of tight spot, got the issue “resolved” so that it didn’t hurt them during the 2008 Presidential campaign while they were yelling “racist” at anyone who dared to disagree with Obama and you had the truly cowed McCain unable to strike any kind of spine because of it.

It worked perfectly.

It was never designed to deal with Illegals.

That’s what Amnesty is for.

As I have said repeatedly, the Democrats will want to pass Amnesty for the Illegals because they are predominately, Hispanic, from socilaistic countries, poor, and willing to tow the Democrat party line.

You have La Raza and others “advocacy” groups to intimidate anyone who dares get in their way.

You have ACORN to sign them up and to herd them to voting booths.

Imagine what 12+ Million new Democrats would do for elections in this country.

The Democrats would be in power for generations, possibly forever. By sheer numbers.

Because Amnesty would not stop the illegals, and you’d have more rounds of it, and more and more Democrats.

It would be self-perpetuating.

Sounds like a Democrats heart’s desire.

And it would destroy this country.

And if they have control of your health care, your taxes, your environment (Cap & trade), your energy, your car…

They own your life.

Gee, that sounds like the America we all grew up with, doesn’t it 😦

Big Brother rules.

Big Sis, Janet, is here to protect you.

Don’t you just love America.

It took the U.S. a tad more than eight years from the announcement in 1961 to put a man on the moon. Now we can’t build a fence in seven?

Because there is no political will to do it.

Congress, especially Democrats, but also Republicans, don’t want to touch Illegal Immigration.

They fear the Hispanics.

So they roll over and play dead.

They don’t fear the public on Health care.

So they will cram that down your throat.

They will pass a jobs bill that is weak and puny to make it look they are “doing something”. But that’s just for show.

It’s not what you, the people want.

It’s what they want that matters.

Government for the Government, By the Government, for the Government.

You’re just cattle.

And the Illegals, they are the “future”, because they are poor, undereducated, socialists who will do their bidding.

I should say, given the recent studies of the liberalism in schools that Education is also do the same thing to the next generations of students.

The Frog will not turn into handsome Prince. He’ll just give you warts. Then charge you for their removal.

Sorry for being depressing.

So it is even more imperative that you hold this anger until November and then unleash it.

Then if the Republican do win significantly, hold their feet to the fire.

The only hope we have is in the old saying:

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.-JFK

As much as I detest the Progressives for being Socialists, the real enemy is the whole corrupt political class. For over 150 years, America has been basically stuck in neutral with only Republicans and Democrats to choose from. Both parties cycle through periods of extremism to moderation, depending on how much they think they can get away with.

The political class, the Democrat and Republican Parties, still cling to the concept that they are the only solutions. They change philosophies as easily as changing a tire when it goes flat. Well, we’ve got four flat tires now, and there’s no tow truck in sight. (rightpundits.com)

We The people have to stand for more.

We will be assassinated by The Left, Right and the Media Elites who would be threatened.

But it is a battle worth fighting.

And no one will save us, except us!

The Peasants are Revolting

“yeah, they stink on ice” goes the gag line from Mel Brooks’ “History of the World Part 1”.

But we have Obama, Napalitano, and The Democrats instead of the King in that movie.

DHS:  WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists who are U.S. citizens or live in the country legally and plot against the U.S. are just as big of a concern as international terrorists.She says that when she started as secretary a year ago, the focus was largely on international terrorists who want to harm U.S. interests. But in the past year, more of the violent extremism that has been seen overseas is showing up in the U.S.

She says officials need to drill down and analyze the factors that make a young person, raised in the U.S., migrate to extremist beliefs and actions.

Napolitano was speaking to governors who are in Washington for their annual conference.
Couple that with her statements about “right wing extremists” (aka anyone who’d disagree with the Administration) and  this beauty:

The report, by Inspector General Richard Skinner, said most weapons were never found. They included hand guns, shotguns and military rifles.

He documented 289 missing firearms, though some were lost after Hurricane Katrina and others were stolen from safes.

DHS has disciplined some offenders and beefed up training.
CNN writes that 179 guns — 74% of the total — were lost “because officers did not properly secure them,” the report said.
At least 15 guns ended up in the hands of gang members, criminals, drug users and teenagers.(USAToday)

It was a 27 Page report!

And undoubtedly the “right wing extremists” and the ex-military that have the training to be dangerous to the Administration…

No one was fired. They were just going to be trained better.

Your Government at work.

So obviously we need to ban guns for private owners because they are a threat to Security. 😦

Screw the 2nd Amendment! 😦

Well, the Constitution is more of a hindrance to Liberals anyways. So they need ways around it.

Can’t you see that one coming?

Escpecially, after they reconcile the Health Care bill and you get the “Nuclear Option” in the face!

For your own good, of course.

Mama Government is here to look out for you.

And Big Brother is expected to release HIS plan for you today.

3 Days before the “bi-partisan” meeting.

Yeah, he’s capable of changing his mind.

He’ll  be Campaigning no-stop until then for HIS plan.

And he’s a flexible guy. He’s not a rigid Ideologue! 🙂

Sources say it will include this gem:

Private insurance companies are now regulated by the states, which review proposed rate increases. Under the Obama proposal, the federal Department of Health and Human Services would gain the power to review and block premium increases.

A new seven-member Health Insurance Rate Authority, made up of industry experts, consumer representatives, a physician and others, would issue an annual report laying out what it viewed as reasonable rate increases. Those considered unjustified could be blocked by a federal board. Customers might even qualify for rebates.

Ta da! Government Run Health Care!

Government control of the price.

Government controls Health care.

Isn’t that just wonderful! 😦

So expect the Democrats to do it.

They don’t care.

And the sooner you understand that they don’t actually care, the better.

The Liberal blogs and columnist are screaming for them to do it.

So, you know the “bi-partisan” meeting on Thursday is a sham.

But Big Brother and Big Sis are watching you.

You better tow the line or you’ll be an “extremist”.

The Ministry of Truth said so. 🙂

And they are never wrong….

Welcome to the Obamanation, Citizen. Now do as you’re told or else!

How’s That “New” Image Working

President Obama and the Liberals all said we needed to “improve” our image all over the world and to apologize for the “cowboy” attitudes of George W. Bush. To erase the the “ugly american”.

So he went around the world apologizing to everyone and anyone would would listen.

And proclaimed it a success.

So when I saw this story on FoxNews, I chuckled cynically:

Looking for a job? Well, if you’re an “arrogant American,” you had better search elsewhere.

An information technology staffing firm based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., posted an advertisement for a technical writer that warned that an “arrogant American” would not flourish in the position.

“Exelon is looking to provide these proposals to Chinese businesses, so someone who is respectful and understands Chinese culture is preferred. An arrogant American will not work well in this role,” the listing read.

The ad, posted by Viva USA, an information technology consulting firm, has since been removed. Varuna Singh, the company’s development manager, told FoxNews.com it received the language from its client, Exelon Nuclear Partners, and the wording somehow got past a “junior recruiter” who posted the advertisement on CareerBuilder.com.

“We are taking it down immediately, this was a mistake,” Singh said. “This was not wordage by Viva. This was sent into us by the client, but we, as the staffing company, should have looked into it before posting.

Singh apologized for the error, citing “negligence” on the company’s behalf.

Judith Rader, a spokeswoman for Exelon, said the company apologizes for the “offensive and inappropriate” language contained in the job posting.

“Exelon was surprised and very disappointed to see this job posting including this offensive and inappropriate language,” a statement to FoxNews.com read. “This statement was not approved by Exelon and in no way reflects the company’s policies and values. We regret that this language appeared in recruiting materials that were prepared by a third party and not approved by Exelon. We apologize for this error and the offense it has caused. We are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again. Exelon is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, and we make every effort to attract and retain talent of all backgrounds.”

The “apology” is very Politician-speak isn’t it?

By the way: Exelon is a provider of energy services with an electric and natural gas distribution and is the largest nuclear operator in the United States.

You know the 8.5 billion Obama just promised for building a new plant. Hmmm…

Ferne Wolf, a St. Louis-based employment law attorney, said the posting “sounds like national origin discrimination” and suggested the advertisement be brought to the attention of EEOC officials.

“I think a jury could reasonably conclude that there’s already a predisposition [by the firm] that Americans are arrogant,” she said. “That’s like saying ditzy blondes need not apply.”

Maybe they’ll hire a Muslim. 🙂

From Iran-Daily.com

A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy group today called on Congress to probe allegations of anti-Muslim bias at the taxpayer-funded agency that advises the president and other government officials on issues related to religious freedom worldwide.
Current and former staff and commissioners of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom say the agency discriminates against Muslim staffers, targets Muslim countries for extra scrutiny, focuses disproportionately on the persecution of Christians, and downplays violations of religious rights in places like Israel and Europe, prnewswire.com reported.
A Muslim policy analyst contracted by the commission recently filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that her contract was canceled because of her faith and her past affiliation with an American Muslim organization.
The commission was created by Congress in 1998 as part of the International Religious Freedom Act. It has a $4.3 million budget. Next year, Congress must decide whether to extend the commission’s life beyond its 2011 sunset date.
“The disturbing allegations of anti-Muslim bias at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom must be investigated by Congress prior to instituting any necessary reforms,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Taxpayer dollars should not be used to promote the religious agendas or pet projects of those with an ideological ax to grind.”

Awad noted that the commission devoted extensive resources to examining the textbooks used at an Islamic school in Virginia, despite the fact that the agency was created to monitor religious freedom overseas.
In 2001, a group of American Muslim, Christian and secular organizations criticized the commission’s lack of balance in its reporting on violations of religious freedom.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

CAIR being the basically terrorist advocacy group that will pounce on you if you so much a look cross-wise at any Muslim.

If my house get’s fire bombed, or the IRS suddenly seizes my assets, you’ll know why.

That’s Image Making at it’s finest.

Las Vegas:

President Obama flew into Las Vegas Friday, $1.5 billion in TARP money in hand. It seemed a make-up bouquet for his remarks singling out the city as no place to spend money. But is pork really the answer?

The president had been blamed by Nevada’s governor and Vegas’ mayor for damage to the local economy in the last 12 months after he twice scolded Americans about blowing their cash in the city famed for casinos and entertainment.

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” he told a New Hampshire town hall on Feb. 2. “You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

Vegas officials say his remarks affected more than just spendthrifts. Comments such as those above and in 2009 prompted the cancellation of 340 Las Vegas events last year, according to officials, and were directly linked to the shutdown of the Ritz-Carlton this year, which threw 400 workers out of their jobs.

Now Obama’s back, offering what’s essentially a $1.5 billion welfare handout as a means of making up with the economically battered city. The problem, though, is that he doesn’t address what’s really killing Vegas — a lack of jobs and a struggling economy that’s having a hard time creating them.

For starters, the “bouquet” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

It kind of stinks — of politics. The cash will be funneled through state housing finance agencies “to design programs,” as the White House blog vaguely puts it. The conduit will flow through the door of corrupt community organizers such as Acorn, which get their cash from such agencies to conveniently skirt federal rules that prohibit handing taxpayer money to these groups.

Second, the dollars also will be shared with five states, and not on an equal basis, opening the way to favored political constituencies, while 45 other states get nothing. You can bet electoral politics will figure in that distribution.

Third, the flowers are old and wilted. Friday, the Mortgage Bankers Association announced that the mortgage crisis had turned a decisive corner with a drop-off of foreclosures. To shovel $1.5 billion in subsidies into the market that’s just beginning to correct itself will only distort the market more and delay recovery.

If Obama would focus on policies that benefit the entire country instead of trying to make choices about who’s in favor or who’s not, the jobs problem would solve itself and nobody would get upset if he scolds workers about Vegas. Tax cuts, free trade and an end to using paid-back TARP funds as a political piggy bank would make it up to Vegas. And the rest of us, too. (IBD)

But don’t worry he appointed a commission to look into the problem of the deficit, while he continues to pork people into submission.

How’s that New Image going…Oh, that’s right, it will be on full bore show on Feb 25 for the “summit” on Health Care.

Get your barf bags ready.

Taking The Nuclear Option in The Face!

Here we go again folks.

The Ideologically obsessed are gunning for you again.

Just like last year.

The real issue is Jobs.

So they give it faint attention, propose 1 bill that will create a miracle-that-it-won’t because they aren’t actually interested in it to begin with, then move on to what THEY really want.

To control every aspect of your life by controlling your Health Care.

They don’t care if it’s unpopular.

They don’t just don’t care, period.

The message the people sent with Sen. Scott Brown’s election, according to them, was that they didn’t sell the message correctly. Not that we didn’t want it at all!

They use some unnamed source polls that say 56% of the American public wants a Public Option (see MSNBC).

Well, polling your base is very sleazy manipulation.

But what hasn’t been sleazy and manipulative about this whole thing.

And the kicker…They aren’t even talking about the regular voting process that they failed at so miserably before.

No, this is “reconciliation” a budgetary parliamentary trick where they only need 51 votes to cram it down your throat.

The so-called “Nuclear Option”.

So if the Ben Nelson’s and Mary Landrieu’s don’t wanna play ball, they don’t have to.

And the Republican can go F*ck themselves!!

And so can the American people for that matter.

And all of this just days before Obama’s “bi-Partisan” TV dog-and-pony show.

How Bi-Partisan can it be if reconciliation is the preferred tactic now.

None.

But they want to embarrass the Republicans first.

They want to show them off as the obstruction, not the opposition.

It’s their fault, after all!

Then they will go around them “for the good of the American People”.

So they arrogantly think.

Remember, these are drug addicts.

They crave money and power.

And right now they crave the power to decide who lives and who dies. And they will not be denied!

The legislation the White House will post on its website is expected to reflect common ground negotiated over the past several weeks by House and Senate Democratic leaders.

Those agreements are likely to be combined as a privileged budget reconciliation bill, which only needs a simple 51-vote majority to pass the 100-member Senate instead of the 60-vote supermajority that has become routine in the Senate and gives Republicans power to block the healthcare bill.

“I believe that’s the path we are going to take,” a senior congressional Democratic aide said.

But it is not clear, even to congressional Democrats, what the White House will include in its legislation and whether Obama will try to add proposals aimed at attracting at least some Republican support.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have not signed off on any final agreement, several Democratic aides have said.

“We are still waiting for the president to present to Leader Reid and Speaker Pelosi his plan,” a Democratic leadership aide told Reuters.

In other words, effectively, one man is writing and his team are going to write the revised bill, present it to the Congress, embarass  the Republicans on TV to give his party some cover and media fodder, then cram it down your throat.

But he’s not a dictator!

Then we have Cap & Trade and Amnesty for those 12 million new largely illiterate new Democrats for ACORN to register.

But he’s not a dictator! 😦

Oh, and the deficit, he appointed a commission to look into how to fix that so that when they come back with the Tax hikes he wants it will be their ass, n0t his.

He’ll be too busy campaigning, to lead.

“If the president is sincere about moving forward in a bipartisan fashion, he must take the reconciliation process — which will be used to jam through legislation that a majority of Americans do not want — off the table,” said Representative Eric Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican.

But he’s not sincere. And the “bi-partisan” summit is put-up job. It’s faker than a $3 bill.

It’s there manly for the Ministry of Truth (Mainstream Media) to get soundbites to use to maul the Republicans with.

So the Republican had better be ready for it.

There is nothing “bi-partisan” about it.

“The Republicans say that they’ve got a better way of doing it. So, I want them to put it on the table,” Obama said in Nevada stumping for Sen Majority Leader Reid.

But he”s going to have HIS plan out there for the media whores to devour beforehand.

And does anyone really think he actually wants to hear what the Republican have to say now??

Really??…

NO.

He just want’s it to look like it, so he can go ahead and ram it through because the Republicans are too “obstructionist” and “too partisan” to let it go through otherwise.

That’s the rationale. It’s all their fault! Wahhhhh… 😦

Forgetting why he lost his supermajority-proof  majority in the first place and that he could get it through even then.

So we’ll go around The American people “for their own good” and cram it down your throat!

So what if you gag.

You’ll love us someday. 😦

So they have to do it.

THEY JUST DON’T CARE.

They must possess the Holy Grail.

The Quest is the Quest!

Aides said the total cost would be between $900 billion and $1 trillion over 10 years. It would be paid for with a combination of a tax on high-end health insurance plans—modified to reflect a deal with union leaders—taxes on upper-income Americans and Medicare cuts.(WSJ)

Yeah, we would want to piss off the Unions!

The American people, yes, but the Unions, no. 😦

There’s a reason this is called the “Nuclear Option”

So get to your bomb-shelter, slather on that SPF-40,000 because your about to get a Nuke in the face!

And that folks is the Congress doing the Will of the People.

So be proud. Stand Tall. And Face into the blast!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Stimulus

It’s time to blow out the candle on the One Year Anniversary (Belatedly I know) of the Greatest Economic Recovery Program ever created, The Stimulus Package, Over $800 Billion dollars over pure Liberal love that saved not only the country but the universe itself!

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland: The Recovery Act has already worked to save or create as many as 2.4 million jobs, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.  In one year, the Recovery Act has provided $120 billion in tax cuts for 95% of working families as well as businesses across the country; loaned nearly $20 billion to small businesses to expand and create jobs; funded more than 12,500 transportation projects nationwide; kept teachers, police officers, and firefighters on the job; and accomplished much more. (USAToday)

The Greatest thing since sliced bread!

“So far, the Recovery Act is responsible for the jobs of about 2 million Americans who would otherwise be unemployed.” — President Obama

  • Context:  Both government and private economists have made wide-ranging estimates for jobs created and saved by the stimulus. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), for example, has estimated that the stimulus was responsible for between 800,000 and 2.4 million jobs in 2009. The White House Council of Economic Advisers pegs the range at between 1.5 million and 2 million

What is “saved or created” but Orwellian BS??

“We gave relief to states that were struggling to balance their budgets — relief that has allowed 300,000 teachers and education workers to keep their jobs, as well as tens of thousands of cops and firefighters and first responders and correctional officers.” — Obama

  • Context: About 389,000 jobs were reported saved or created in the last quarter of 2009 by recipients of $25.5 billion in aid from the Education Department. But funding runs out in 2011, leaving some states and school districts worried that they will have to cut programs and lay off teachers. “That’s something that we’re watching and we’re concerned about,” Obama said. For example, Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited a Virginia school Wednesday, touting a stimulus-funded program that provides extra classroom time for students. That program will be eliminated next year, however. “It’s not because we didn’t think this was a good program,” Fairfax County school spokesman Paul Regnier said. “There isn’t enough money.”

So you’re just delaying the  inevitable.

Charles Krauthammer:  This idea of jobs saved or created — the Bureau of Labor Statistics has hundreds of numbers and statistics. It does not have a statistic dealing with, say, jobs. And the reason is that it can’t be measured. It doesn’t exist. It’s a fiction.

The administration repeats it saved a million jobs, a million and a half or two million. All we know for sure is that the huge expenditures that were given to states to bail out the ones that had overspent or were almost bankrupt did for a year or two of the stimulus keep a lot of bureaucrats and state governments employed.

So, perhaps you could say, well, in the midst of a real recession you wanted to bottom out the trough, but $1 trillion dollars is a high price for a very small and temporary effect.

Mort Kondrake: Now, the problem here is that if the Obama administration claims that 2 million jobs have been saved, let’s accept that, that number, although we can’t prove it. You spend $282 billion — if my math is correct, that’s something like $140,000 per job saved, which seems like an awful lot of money.

Brett BAIER: Charles, quickly, the administration and top Democrats on Capitol Hill are not calling it another stimulus, but the jobs bill is shaping up to be much like the first one, isn’t it?

KRAUTHAMMER: It’s exactly the same idea with a new name. They understand that stimulus is not good PR. People hate stimulus. As you said, six percent believe it worked, seven percent of Americans believe Elvis is alive, so it’s, you know, neck and neck in those two beliefs.

They rename it a jobs bill. It’s the same idea. And I think there is a lot of skepticism as to whether you can really have a government create a job that is going to be a real job as opposed to just hanging on to a bureaucratic job for a year or two.(FoxNews)

So here it is by the Numbers (atr.org):

$787 billion      size of the “stimulus” package as signed into law on February 17, 2010
$862 billion     size of the “stimulus” package per CBO’s updated January review
$288 billion     claimed total tax cut amount in “stimulus” package
$214.6 billion     actual total tax cut amount in “stimulus” package (some of the tax cuts were in fact spending)
3.6 million     jobs “stimulus” package was supposed to create per the Administration’s estimations
3.3 million     number of jobs lost since signing of “stimulus” package
67,000          number of federal civilian employees added since “stimulus” package was signed
$270.7          billion cost to taxpayers* for these new government employees
7.6 percent     unemployment rate at signing of “stimulus” package
8 percent     rate under which unemployment was supposed to be held with “stimulus” package in place
10.2 percent     highest unemployment rate since signing of “stimulus” package
9.7 percent     current unemployment rate
440             number of non-existing Congressional districts in which the “stimulus” package was supposed to  have “saved and created” jobs according to Recovery.gov
$224,525.22     cost per job “saved or created” in 440 phantom districts
94,341 (and counting) number of jobs clearly not saved/created by “stimulus” package
6 percent     number of Americans who think the “stimulus” package has actually created jobs
$17 billion     Cost added to “stimulus” package due to Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements

It worked so well, let’s call Stimulus II: the Sequel a “Jobs” bill!

Orwell would be proud.

And aren’t you happy that all that debt was worth it!! 🙂

Putting Your Money Where His Mouth is

“After a decade of profligacy, the American people are tired of politicians who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk when it comes to fiscal responsibility,” he said. “It’s easy to get up in front of the cameras and rant against exploding deficits. What’s hard is actually getting deficits under control. But that’s what we must do. Like families across the country, we have to take responsibility for every dollar we spend.”

To put Obama’s Olympian hypocrisy in perspective, one need only examine the federal budget tables posted on the White House website by Obama’s own Office of Management and Budget.

They reveal these startling facts: When calculated by the average annual percentage of the Gross Domestic Product that he will spend during his presidency, Obama is on track to become the biggest-spending president since 1930, the earliest year reported on the OMB’s historical chart of spending as a percentage of GDP. When calculated by the average annual percentage of GDP he will borrow during his presidency, Obama is on track to become the greatest debter president since Franklin Roosevelt.

Obama will outspend and out-borrow the admittedly profligate George W. Bush, a man Obama and his lieutenants routinely malign for fiscal recklessness and who, when in office, was often hailed even by his allies as a Big Government Republican. Obama will even outspend—but not quite out-borrow—his fellow welfare-state liberal FDR, who had to contend with both the Depression and World War II.

In determining this was the case, I credited the presidents prior to Obama with the federal spending and borrowing that occurred during the fiscal years that started when they were in office. I credited Obama with the spending and borrowing that his own OMB estimates will occur during the fiscal years from 2010 to 2013, which are the four fiscal years starting during Obama’s four-year term. (Before fiscal 1977, fiscal years ran from July 1 to June 30. Since then, they have run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.)

FDR was inaugurated in March 1933 and died in April 1945. He is thus responsible for the 12 fiscal years from 1934 to 1945. During those years of depression and world war, according to OMB, federal spending averaged 19.35 percent of GDP. During Obama’s four fiscal years, OMB estimates spending will average 24.13 percent of GDP. That is about 25 percent more than under FDR.

In the first eight fiscal years of FDR’s presidency, before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, federal spending as a percentage of GDP never exceeded 12 (despite the Depression). During those years, it averaged only 9.85 percent. Under Obama, annual spending as a percentage of GDP will average almost two-and-a-half times that much.

In fiscal 1942, when the U.S. started dramatically ramping up expenditures to fight World War II, federal spending equaled 24.3 percent of GDP. In 2010, the first full fiscal year of the Obama era, spending will reach 25.4 percent of GDP.

Under current estimates, Obama will not beat FDR’s overall record for borrowing, although he will nearly double FDR’s pre-World War II rate of borrowing. From 1934-41, FDR ran annual deficits that averaged 3.56 percent of GDP. Obama, according to OMB, will run average annual deficits of 7.05 percent GDP. When you include the war years of 1942-45, FDR ran average annual deficits of 9.76 percent of GDP. Even without a world war, Obama’s overall prospective borrowing is at least competitive with FDR’s.

And Obama and FDR share one historic debt-accumulating distinction. By OMB’s calculation, they are the only two presidents since 1930 to run up annual deficits that reached double figures as a percentage of GDP. Obama will run up a deficit this year of 10.6 percent of GDP. The last time the deficit hit double digits as a percentage of GDP was 1945 — when Germany and Japan surrendered.

The U.S. won the Cold War without ever running a double-digit deficit. President Reagan’s highest deficit was 6 percent of GDP in 1983 — and he bankrupted the Soviet Union not the United States.

So how does Obama compare with the much-maligned George W. Bush? In Bush’s eight fiscal years, annual federal spending averaged 20.43 percent of GDP, significantly less than Obama’s estimated 24.13 percent of GDP.

Bush ran annual deficits that averaged 3.4 percent of GDP—and that includes fiscal 2009, when the deficit soared to 9.9 percent of GDP and Obama signed a $787 billion stimulus bill (some of which was spent in fiscal 2009) after Bush left office. Obama, according to OMB, will run deficits that average 7.05 percent of GDP—or more than twice the average deficits under Bush.

The bottom line on Obama: He puts our money where his mouth is.(CNSnews)

The Bush Deranged who will blame every ill in the universe on George W. Bush, who admittedly was a fiscal socialist like them in his last years.

The fact that Congress was taken over by The Reid-Pelosi types in 2007 didn’t help any.

Whether that was trying to buy off his legacy from people that had already spent years piling on him or just weakness., it’s hard to say.

Bush in his last couple of years was a train wreck.

But the current administration takes that train wreck and brings in Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Hedorah, and all the other monsters and has a stomping party on it.

Then proclaims not only is it the other guys fault but they have “saved us all”!

How great are we! 😦

BUT He made me do it!!! 😦

Bovine Fecal Matter!!

That’s like saying, after an all-night binge drinking session and getting pulled over for DUI that it was the bar’s fault or your friends who egged you on.

It’s complete crap.

So you have “fiscal responsibility” after the biggest spending binge in American History….then you propose EVEN MORE OR THE SAME  (aka Health Care, Cap & Trade, Amnesty for New Democrats,etc) and that’s supposed to work because you have re-imagined it!

The definition of insanity is doing exactly the same thing every time and expecting a different result.

They are insane.

But this is the wet dream of  several generations of socialist Democrats at precisely the wrong time.

But they can’t understand that.

Like children who have been lusting after a toy for Christmas since the day after Christmas from when they were 2 they think the message is not the problem, but how it’s phrased and delivered.

That somehow the 1000 lb. White Elephant in the room is not the problem, so let’s call in a stylist and call it a The Blanco Pachyderm Supreme, as if that will help sell there socialism.

In true Orwellian fashion, it’s not the ideas that are bad, it’s the presentation.

The almost child-like arrogance and stubbornness is not appealing.

Neither is the finger pointing.

But they can’t see that.

And that’s why they are headed straight for the iceberg aboard the Titanic.

Unfortunately, we are all the Passengers and we will all go down with them.

And it’s all those Damn Republican’s Fault! 😡

Vice President Joe Biden complains that Washington is “broken” and “dysfunctional.” In fact, Republicans blocking Democrats from further wrecking the economy is the American system at its best.

Appearing on the CBS Early Show, the vice president lamented that “Washington, right now, is broken,” adding that “I don’t ever recall a time in my career where to get anything done, you needed a supermajority, 60 out of 100 senators. … I’ve never seen it this dysfunctional.”

The man one heartbeat away from the presidency obviously has a conveniently short memory.

During the Bush administration, when Republicans outnumbered Democrats in the Senate but were lacking a supermajority, Democrats were only too happy to use the filibuster to block judicial appointees like Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown — because they weren’t liberal activists. (The courts are where liberals are able to wield the kind of sweeping powers that the people would never give them through the ballot box.)

Now, with the tables turned, Biden has come to think a lot less of the rules of that “world’s greatest deliberative body” where he spent more than 30 years.

Others on the left agree.

Lawyer Thomas Geoghegan, writing in the New York Times last month, charged that “the Senate, as it now operates, really has become unconstitutional” and argued that the Founding Fathers “were dead set against supermajorities as a general rule, and the ever-present filibuster threat has made the Senate a more extreme check on the popular will than they ever intended.”

But the derailing of the radical health care revolution being pushed by the White House and the Democratic majorities in Congress is a perfect example of how America’s legislative system can rise to greatness — protecting the majority.

Defending the filibuster last month on the Witherspoon Institute’s thepublicdiscourse.com, Radford University political science Professor Matthew J. Franck noted: “The Senate has chosen a set of rules that prize the power of senators as individuals to shape and to slow down debate in the chamber, while the House has chosen rules that streamline debate and advantage the majority party.”

The Senate filibuster is “in purpose and effect, an aid to legislative deliberation” because, according to Franck, “the Senate has always prized the freedom of action of the individual senators, to speak at length during debate and to turn the deliberations on a bill in new directions by way of amendments.”

In the case of health reform, the people, who overwhelmingly oppose the Democrats’ plans, have indeed been deliberating.

Last month they used a special Senate election in one of the most dependably Democratic states in the Union to obstruct the Democratic majority’s locomotive running through Congress.

Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown’s 41st vote means the radical left will have to wait longer to get what they crave: extensive government control over the U.S. medical system.

What Joe Biden calls “dysfunctional” is American government working as it should — thanks to the Republicans doing their job in opposing still more spending and dangerous government intrusion. (IBD)

So let’s stay in Campaign Mode.

Democrats in charge of both the White House and Congress are firing all their guns at once to tout the benefits of the $862 billion stimulus package passed a year ago this week. They’ve even planned a 35-city tour to support it. Their message?

“One year later, it is largely thanks to the recovery act that a second depression is no longer a possibility,” President Obama said Wednesday. The stimulus act has created 2 million jobs, he claimed, predicting 1.5 million more this year from the program.

Is it just a coincidence that the 3.5 million jobs he is claiming is exactly what the White House predicted early last year? We doubt it. But whatever the case, Obama’s claims are false.

Start with this: Stimulus didn’t save us from an economic cataclysm. Obama himself said so back in March, noting that the economy was “not as bad as we think,” and that he was “highly optimistic.” It’s clear he didn’t think we were on the brink of a Depression.

He was right. In an editorial at the time, we pointed to 13 separate economic indicators signaling an imminent economic recovery — with all of them flashing before the stimulus was in place.

We knew at the time that our resilient private economy would climb out of its hole, and that politicians would try to claim credit. That’s why we wrote: “No politician who voted for these job- and growth-killing measures should claim any credit for our eventual rebound.” Following Wednesday’s fact-bending dog-and-pony show, we think that bears repeating.

The claim that stimulus has “created or saved” 2 million jobs is complete fiction. It rests on the obviously false idea that money can be taken from the productive private sector and given to the nonproductive public sector and create a net gain in jobs.

Based on the imaginary existence of a so-called “Keynesian multiplier,” this kind of thinking hypothesizes jobs that don’t really exist. Sadly, when we count actual jobs, the reality is a bit starker: 8.4 million jobs lost since December 2007, the start of the recession. And more than 4 million lost since the start of 2009.

So when Vice President Biden says Americans are “getting their money’s worth” from stimulus, it should be treated as a punch line — not a policy view.

Look Ma, how great I am. 😦

Worse is the administration’s claim that stimulus is responsible for the fourth quarter’s 5.7% spurt in GDP. This, too, is utterly false.

Two-thirds of that number was made up of inventories. Businesses had liquidated so much in inventories as Obama came into office, helping to make GDP declines last year deeper than expected, that when they finally stopped the economy appeared to be growing strongly. It wasn’t.

Real final sales, a measure that excludes short-term inventory swings, rose just 2.2% in the fourth quarter — hardly a boom.

What bothered us most, however, was Obama’s reference to a “lost decade” under President Bush — a now-popular insult Democrats use to imply Obama’s predecessor is to blame for everything.

So, let’s review the Bush record one more time.

As background, Bush’s presidency began after the largest stock market crash in history, which destroyed nearly $8 trillion in national wealth. Business investment had collapsed, in part due to the Y2K debacle. The economy in early 2001 was already in recession. And within nine months we were hit by the 9/11 attacks.

Thanks to Bush’s tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, the U.S. economy came back. From the end of 2000 to Bush’s exit from office, 4.6 million jobs were created, industrial output rose 5%, productivity soared 25%, real after-tax income jumped 21% and net wealth grew by $8.6 trillion. And that includes last year’s financial meltdown.

Calling this a “lost decade” is simply wrong. Curiously, the economy was far healthier before Democrats took over Congress in 2006. Is it just coincidence that the unraveling of our financial system took place just as they regained control?

Today, stimulus, TARP and other programs intended to boost the economy are instead adding trillions of dollars in debt and spending that our kids and grandkids will have to pay off in coming decades. And let the record show: They’re not creating jobs.

Recent polls show Americans overwhelmingly believe the stimulus is a failure. They’re right. And no amount of snake oil sold by slick White House salesmen from the back of a government truck is likely to convince them otherwise. (IBD)

But Don’t tell the Democrats or liberals that, it’s Heresy. 🙂

And they will be signing it’s praises regardless.

So, How do you want your $14 Trillion Dollar Blanco Pachyderm Supreme?

Take out or Delivery? 🙂

New Conditions to Be Sick On

LONDON, ENGLAND – Lost the remote control and can’t be bothered to get up to change the channel on the TV? Don’t worry, you’re not lazy, you simply have sluggish cognitive tempo disorder.

Or maybe you’re prone to a bit of a tantrum when you misplace the car keys? Possibly a sign of intermittent explosive disorder.

These are just two of dozens of extravagantly titled ‘conditions’ under consideration for the latest edition of the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – the psychiatrists’ ‘bible’.
People who are passive, dreamy or sluggish could be suffering from sluggish cognitive tempo disorder

Symptoms of sluggish cognitive tempo disorder include passiveness, dreaminess and sluggishness – traits that could easily be confused with laziness.

And with other potential entries including sex addiction there are concerns the revised manual will trigger a boom for drugs companies.

Richard Bentall, professor of clinical psychology at Bangor University, dismissed the new conditions as having ‘no basis in science’, adding: ‘The more disorders there are, the more private business psychiatrists get.’

But the American Psychological Association, which compiles the manual, says the new disorders simply reflect changes in our society.

Not all the proposals are so frivolous, with plans to include a new category for autism. Dr David Kupfer, of the revision task force, said the book aimed to be ‘based upon the best science available’.

So the next time someone complains that your room or house looks like a bomb went off in it, just tell them you have a sluggish disorder.

I’m sure some Drug company will come up with something so the Health Care industry can be charged for it.

Recommended Treatment : Kick in the Ass!

Then kick the idiots who came up with this in the teeth!

But that’s probably intermittent explosive disorder. 🙂

Some More:

‘Hoarding’ is just one of the new mental conditions being added to the psychiatrists’ bible, or the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (DSM), to give it its proper name.

People who know me are probably smirking.

Well, these people at least have their own TV show. 😦

Then there’s: “Mary Whitehouse syndrome” — the thrill of being appalled by pornography and other obscenities. Absexuality appears to have been inspired by the zeal of Whitehouse, the campaigner who railed against smut on television.

Mary Whitehouse is probably England most famous violence and sex hysterical ever.

She also became famous for going after my favourite show, “Doctor Who”. The longest running science fiction show in the history of Television.

She was famous for taking on the show and is credited by some as one of the reasons Producer Philip Hinchcliffe got dropped by the BBC in the mid-70’s bringing to an end the wildly successful “Gothic” period of the show to an end.

But she continued to go after it even after that.

In a twist of irony she died on November 23,2001. Doctor Who’s 38th Anniversary!

The show continues in case you didn’t know. It’s on BBC America in the US and Season 31 in 46 years is coming around Easter.

More on this next week. 🙂

Back to our regular scheduled outrage…

The disorders, which also include hypersexuality — the desire for multiple partners, perhaps characterised by the golfer Tiger Woods — reflect changing social patterns. Critics believe, however, that their classification as psychiatric problems may lead them to be exploited for profit by drug companies.

Really, do you think so? 🙂

‘Once a condition has got a label you’ve got a better chance of being treated and researchers are more likely to investigate it,’ explains Professor David Cottrell, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Leeds.

Richard Bentall, professor of clinical psychology at Bangor University, in north Wales, said: “Most of these diagnoses are meaningless and have no basis in science. But the more disorders there are, the more private business psychiatrists get.”

So it’s about the  money.

Maybe this is how Global Warming got started.

Someone pass me the Cheetos and the remote I’m going to watch Attack of the Show and charge it all to Aetna. 🙂

Call Indoctrination What it is

“College graduates, whether it be current or graduated in the past, seem to have difficulty knowing basic things about our government and our history,” Mr. Brake said. “Does college share all the blame? Of course not — this is a systemic problem, from K through 12 and all the way up. But universities train our teachers and train our leaders, so they play a role.” (Chronicle of Higher Education)

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) released its fourth annual national Civic Literacy report today called “The Shaping of the American Mind: The Diverging Influences of the College Degree & Civic Learning on American Beliefs.” In past studies, ISI has broken new ground by  demonstrating empirically the failures of colleges and universities to effectively teach their graduates the fundamentals of American history, government, foreign affairs, and economics.

MAJOR FINDINGS

  • While College Fails to Adequately Transmit Civic Knowledge, It Influences Opinion on Polarizing Social Issues
  • Compared to College, Civic Knowledge Exerts a Broader and More Diverse Influence on the American Mind
  • Civic Knowledge Increases a Person’s Regard for America’s Ideals and Free Institutions

Wanna Try, Here is the Test written by this group: http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx

FYI: I got 30/33.

The overall average score was only 49%, with college graduates also failing at 57%.

Here’s a question that less than 25% got right:

7) What was the source of the following phrase: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”?
A. the speech “I Have a Dream”
B. Declaration of Independence
C. U.S. Constitution
D. Gettysburg Address

YIKES!!

On an individual level, less than 60% (sometimes far less) of college graduates can identify on a multiple-choice test the three branches of government; seminal passages from the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg Address; basic events from the Revolutionary, Civil, and Vietnam Wars; and the primary features of our free enterprise system. Several of these questions are actually required knowledge for new American citizens, signifying their relevance to what we as a nation demand for informed citizenship.

On an institutional level, ISI discovered that at many of our most elite schools, like Yale, Princeton, Duke, and my alma mater Georgetown, not only did those surveyed fail to get above a “D,” seniors at these top schools did worse than freshmen on the same test, a phenomenon dubbed “negative learning”!

Conventional wisdom, along with the hard-earned savings of American families, has long supported the notion that “with more college comes more knowledge.” ISI’s research has punctured the validity of such simple claims, drawing back the curtain of academia’s Land of Oz to reveal the smoke and mirrors of a veritable vacuum of civic ignorance.

Still, until this new survey by ISI, it was unclear scientifically whether this clear ideological bias on the part of faculty spilled-out into the classroom. Maybe faculty were liberal, but their professionalism prevented them from injecting their politics into their disciplinary subject-matter?
So what does ISI’s new study reveal? How does college “Shape the American Mind?”

As you might suspect, the Academy’s liberalism has not been value-neutral. On the contrary, when ISI held all other variables constant in a graduate’s background, like their age, race, income, gender, religion, etc., and just looked at the independent impact of college, we discovered a clear leftward lurch. For example, on the issues front, college’s impact was almost exclusively on some of the most polarizing of matters. Not only did college make a graduate more likely to support abortion-on-demand and same-sex marriage, but it made a person less likely to support prayer in schools, and remarkably, the notion that with hard work anyone can succeed in America.

In terms of political self-identification, college made a person much more likely to label him or herself as liberal and a Democrat, ranking only behind race (minority), gender (female), and marital status (single) in its leftward influence.

It is important to note that most college graduates are still skeptical of abortion-on-demand (only 21% approve) and same-sex marriage (only 39% approve), and they land squarely in the moderate/independent range. Clearly, there are other variables besides a college education that influence a person’s overall political worldview. But what ISI’s research proves is that when people do attend college, their political attitudes and opinions begin to shift in an identifiably leftward direction, much more so if they had not decided to go to college in the first place.

Interestingly, when a student scored higher on ISI’s civic literacy test it was found to have a very different impact on that person’s worldview. For instance, the more knowledge a student had about America, it did not seem to have any discernible impact one way or another on hot-button issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Instead, higher civic knowledge led individuals away from contentious social issues and towards more sympathetic perceptions of America in general, its founding documents, and its free market economic institutions. Apparently, greater familiarity with America, instead of breeding contempt, actually fostered more respect for key elements of America’s free society.

In the end, America is a free country, and everyone is entitled to their particular political point-of-view, including college professors and college graduates. And if colleges were adequately teaching their students about America’s history and its institutions, and the same leftward political influences were discovered, then it could be logically concluded that as citizens learned more about their country, this academic enlightenment leads naturally to liberal political enlightenment. But this peculiar combination of collegiate civic ignorance on the one hand, and collegiate liberalism on the other, suggests a wholly different story, one featuring academic neglect at best and political indoctrination at worst.

Clearly, American colleges and universities need to do a better job teaching the story of America’s free and prosperous representative democracy, and ISI’s civic literacy research would suggest two areas where we should start. First we should return to a tried and true core curriculum. Second, we should support the restoration of intellectual pluralism—ideologically, methodologically, as well as demographically. Otherwise, it will be hard for the wizards of academia to escape the growing perception that all they are producing are a cadre of intellectual munchkins who share the wizards’ political views.(FOX)

It gets better:

Previous surveys have found that, in general, college does not bring students up to a high level of civics knowledge. According to the institute’s 2008 report, based on a survey of 2,500, people whose highest level of educational attainment was a bachelor’s degree correctly answered 57 percent of the questions, on average. That is three percentage points lower than a passing grade, according to the survey’s authors.

Even earlier surveys showed that years in college were only slightly correlated to civics expertise. For a 2006 report the institute surveyed 14,000 college freshmen and seniors on basic civics questions. It found seniors answered an average of 53 percent of the questions correctly, just 1.5 percent higher than freshmen.

So what happened to that “diversity” and “college of ideas”

Well, in true Liberal fashion, diversity means only them exclusively. We wouldn’t want to pollute the colleges with “right wing propaganda” now would we. 🙂

Add to that the 2007 Harvard study of the Liberal Media Bias.

The bias of The National Teacher’s Union.

And you get  <<drum roll>> INDOCTRINATION. 🙂

Don’t teach them things you don’t want them to know.

Or as a CNN promo back in the mid 90’s said “All the News you need to know” 🙂

Link to interview on C-Span (41 mins): http://www.cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/02/10/WJE/A/29442/Richard+Brake+Intercollegiate+Studies+Institute+Civic+Literacy+Program+Chairman.aspx

Or as the fire-bearthing Liberal blog Daily Koz put it, “So I guess testing theories, hypothesis and postulates with critical thinking and true analysis makes you a liberal.  Having rules where we actually do critical thinking to prove or disprove an idea is liberal?”

Chew on that one for a moment.

No, I won’t pass you the barf bag.

Similarly, all else being equal, a college graduate will be less likely to:

  • Believe anyone can succeed in America with hard work and perseverance;

Now that’s not Liberal bias at all. 😦

But if you  teach people ignorance you get ignorant people.

And you get people who can manipulated.

The Orwellian Sheep to be sheared.

But don’t worry, ask any liberal, and they are the most diversity minded, open-minded, sensitive person out there unlike the narrow-minded, bigot right-wingers. 🙂

Now don’t you feel smarter.

Tired

I have been digging in a garden fro the last 2 days. I’m not convinced it’s entirely in vain.

But what I am convinced of is that I’m TIRED.

So here is an article by one of my favourite writers, Mark Steyn On the “Greening” of America.

The Eco-Terror coming. Like the EPA and it’s CO2 is “harmful to human life” statist takeover.

A man asks for a plastic bag at the supermarket checkout. Next thing you know, his head’s slammed against the counter, and he’s being cuffed by the Green Police. “You picked the wrong day to mess with the ecosystem, plastic boy,” sneers the enviro-cop, as the perp is led away.

Cut to more Green Police going through your trash, until they find … a battery! “Take the house!” orders the eco-commando. And we switch to a roadblock on a backed-up interstate, with the Green Police prowling the lines of vehicles to check whether they’re in environmental compliance.

If you watched the Super Bowl, you most likely saw this commercial. As my comrade Jonah Goldberg noted, up until this point you might have assumed it was a fun message from a libertarian think-tank warning of the barely veiled totalitarian tendencies of the eco-nanny state.

Any time now, you figure, some splendidly contrarian type — perhaps Clint lui-meme in his famous Gran Torino — will come roaring through flipping the bird at the storm troopers and blowing out their tires for good measure.

Don’t Fight It

But instead the Greenstapo stumble across an Audi A3 TDI. “You’re good to go,” they tell the driver, and, with the approval of the state enforcers, he meekly pulls out of the stalled traffic and moves off. Tag line: “Green has never felt so right.”

So the message from Audi isn’t “You are a free man. Don’t bend to the statist bullies,” but “Resistance is futile. You might as well get with the program.”

Strange. Not so long ago, car ads prioritized liberty. Your vehicle opened up new horizons: Gitcha motor running, head out on the highway, looking for adventure …

To sell dull automobiles to people who lived in suburban cul-de-sacs, manufacturers showed them roaring round hairpin bends, deep into forests, splashing through rivers, across the desert, invariably coming to rest on the edge of a spectacular promontory on the roof of the world offering a dizzying view of half the planet. Freedom!

But now Audi flogs you its vehicles on the basis that it’s the most convenient way to submit to arbitrary state authority. Forty years ago, when they first began selling over here, it’s doubtful the company would have considered this either a helpful image for a German car manufacturer or a viable pitch to the American male.

But times change. As Goldberg pointed out, all the men in the Audi ad are the usual befuddled effete new-male eunuchs that infest all the other commercials. The sort of milksop who’ll buy the TDI and then, when the Green Police change their regulatory requirements six weeks later, obediently take it back to the shop and pay however many thousand bucks to have it brought it into compliance with whatever the whimsical tyrant’s emissions regime requires this month.

9/11 ‘Complicated’

Let’s turn to an item from the Philadelphia Inquirer. A young American with a white-bread name (“Nick George”) and a clean-cut mien returns from Jordan to resume his studies at Pomona College in California, and gets handcuffed and detained for five hours by U.S. Immigration and Philly police. Why?

Well, he had Arabic-language flash cards in his pocket. Also, upon his return to the United States, his hair was shorter than on his Pennsylvania driver’s license.

“That is an indication sometimes,” explained Lt. Louis Liberati, “that somebody may have gone through a radicalization.”

Really? As Nick George’s boomer mom remarked, once upon a time long hair was a sign of radicalization.

But now it’s just a sign that you’re an all-American spaced-out doofus who’ll grow up to congratulate himself for driving an Audi TDI.

At any rate, the coiffure set off a Code Red alert, and Nick George found himself being asked: “How do you feel about 9/11?” According to the Inquirer’s Daniel Rubin, “He said he hemmed and hawed a bit. ‘It’s a complicated question,’ he told me by phone.” However, young Nick ended up telling his captors, “It was bad. I am against it.”

My, that’s big of you.

Take it as read that the bozos at the airport called this one wrong. The problem is not that Nick George, his radical haircut notwithstanding, is a jihadist eager to self-detonate on a trans-Atlantic flight. The problem is that he is an entirely typical American college student — one for whom 9/11 is “a complicated question.”

After all, to those reared in an educational system where the late Howard Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States” (now back on the best-seller lists) is conventional wisdom, such a view is entirely unexceptional. It’s hardly Nick’s fault that the banal groupthink of every American campus gets you pulled over for secondary screening when you’re returning from Amman.

America can survive a few psychotic Islamic terrorists flying planes into skyscrapers. Whether it can survive millions of its own citizens mired in the same insipid conformo-radicalism as Nick George is another matter.

If you think “conformo-radicalism” is a contradiction in terms, well, such is the way of the world. It was reported last week that as many as a dozen men have been killed in disputes arising from karaoke performances of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

Surely, bellowing out “I did it my way” to Frank’s backing track in a karaoke bar is the very definition of not doing it your way, but it’s marginally less pathetic than the song’s emergence in post-Christian Britain as a favorite funeral anthem:

For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself, then he has not? Nothing sums up your iconoclastic individualism than someone else’s signature song, right?

That’s Nick George: “9/11? I do it my way.”

That’s the metrosexual ninny in the Audi ad: “Thinking the way everyone else thinks has never felt so cool.”

The good news is, as in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” there are still a few holdouts.

Out Of Our Lives

The Washington Post ran a remarkable headline this week: “Europe Could Use Its Own Tea Party.” Underneath, David Ignatius went through the obligatory metropolitan condescension toward America’s swamp-dwelling knuckle-draggers before acknowledging that the Continent’s problem was that there was no similar populist movement demanding fiscal sanity from the governing class.

He’s right. I’ve been saying for months that the difference between America and Europe is that, when the global economy nose-dived, everywhere from Iceland to Bulgaria mobs took to the streets and besieged Parliament demanding to know why government didn’t do more for them.

This is the only country in the developed world where a mass movement took to the streets to say we can do just fine if you control-freak statists would just stay the hell out of our lives, and our pockets. You can shove your non-stimulating stimulus, your jobless jobs bill and your multitrillion-dollar porkathons. This isn’t karaoke. These guys are singing “I’ll do it my way” for real.

But it’s awfully late in the day. The end is near, we face the final curtain, and it’s an open question whether the spirit of the Tea Parties can triumph over the soporific, sophomoric, self-flattering conformism of that Audi ad: Groupthink compliance has never felt so right!

I fell better now, don’t you…

Round 3 of The Global Warming Lies Revealed

First We had ClimateGate.

Then We had GlacierGate.

We had Record Snowfalls in places that don’t have record snowfalls.

Now, whoops, they’ve stepped in it again.

And again, it only appears in English Newspapers.

The Mainstream Media largely ignores it.

The Religion of Global Warming moves on.

UK Guardian2/14/2010 : Climate experts have been forced to admit another embarrassing error in their most recent report on the threat of climate change.

In a background note – released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last night – the UN group said its 2007 report wrongly stated that 55% of the Netherlands lies below sea level. In fact, only 26% of the country does. The figure used by the IPCC included all areas in the country that are prone to flooding, including land along rivers above sea level. This accounts for 29% of the Dutch countryside.

“The sea-level statistic was used for background information only, and the updated information remains consistent with the overall conclusions,” the IPCC note states. Nevertheless, the admission is likely to intensify claims by sceptics that the IPCC work is riddled with sloppiness.

The disclosure will intensify divisions between scientists and sceptics over the interpretation of statistics and the use of sources for writing climate change reports, disagreements that have led to apologies being made by both sides of the debate. Last week a key climate-change sceptic apologised for alleging that one of the world’s leading meteorologists had deliberately exaggerated the dangers of global warming.

In an email debate in the Observer, Benny Peiser, head of the UK Global Warming Policy Foundation, quoted Sir John Houghton, the UK scientist who played a key role in establishing the IPCC, as saying that “unless we announce disasters, no one will listen”.

But in a letter to the Observer, Houghton said: “The quote from me is without foundation. I have never said it or written it. Although it has spread on the internet like wild fire, I do not know its origin. In fact, I have frequently argued the opposite, namely that those who make such statements are not only wrong but counterproductive.”

Houghton said he was incensed because he believed the quote attributed to him, and to the IPCC, an attitude of hype and exaggeration and demanded an apology from Peiser.

For his part, Peiser told the Observer that he welcomed the clarification. “For many years, the Houghton ‘quote’ has been published in numerous books and articles. I took Sir John’s failure to challenge it hitherto as a tacit admission that the ‘quote’ was accurate and reflected his view on climate policy. Now that he has publicly disowned the statement, I will certainly refrain from using it.”

Houghton’s “quote” has become one of the most emblematic remarks supposed to have been made by a mainstream scientist about global warming, and appears on almost two million web pages concerned with climate change. The fact that it now turns out to be fabricated has delighted scientists.

“We do not over-egg the pudding when it comes to the evidence about global warming – and I hope people will now appreciate this point,” said Alan Thorpe, head of the Natural Environment Research Council.

And it get’s better!

From Phil J0nes, IPCC science guru:

The academic at the centre of the ‘Climategate’ affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble ‘keeping track’ of the information.

Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.

The data is crucial to the famous ‘hockey stick graph’ used by climate change advocates to support the theory.

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.


BBC Question:

B – Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming

Yes, but only just.

H – If you agree that there were similar periods of warming since 1850 to the current period, and that the MWP is under debate, what factors convince you that recent warming has been largely man-made?

The fact that we can’t explain the warming from the 1950s by solar and volcanic forcing – see my answer to your question D.

I – Would it be reasonable looking at the same scientific evidence to take the view that recent warming is not predominantly manmade?

No – see again my answer to D.

Answer D: This area is slightly outside my area of expertise. When considering changes over this period we need to consider all possible factors (so human and natural influences as well as natural internal variability of the climate system). Natural influences (from volcanoes and the Sun) over this period could have contributed to the change over this period. Volcanic influences from the two large eruptions (El Chichon in 1982 and Pinatubo in 1991) would exert a negative influence. Solar influence was about flat over this period. Combining only these two natural influences, therefore, we might have expected some cooling over this period.

Professor Jones departed from this consensus when he said: There is much debate over whether the Medieval Warm Period was global in extent or not. The MWP is most clearly expressed in parts of North America, the North Atlantic and Europe and parts of Asia.

For it to be global in extent, the MWP would need to be seen clearly in more records from the tropical regions and the Southern hemisphere. There are very few palaeoclimatic records for these latter two regions.

Of course, if the MWP was shown to be global in extent and as warm or warmer than today, then obviously the late 20th Century warmth would not be unprecedented. On the other hand, if the MWP was global, but was less warm than today, then the current warmth would be unprecedented.

Sceptics said this was the first time a senior scientist working with the IPCC had admitted to the possibility that the Medieval Warming Period could have been global, and therefore the world could have been hotter then than now.

Professor Jones criticised those who complained he had not shared his data with them, saying they could always collate their own from publicly available material in the US. And he said the climate had not cooled until recently and then barely at all. The trend is a warming trend.

Mr Harrabin told Radio 4s Today programme that, despite the controversies, there still appeared to be no fundamental flaws in the majority scientific view that climate change was largely man-made.

But Dr Benny Pieser, director of the sceptical Global Warming Policy Foundation, said Professor Joness excuses for his failure to share data were hollow as he had shared it with colleagues and mates.

He said that until all the data was released, sceptics could not test it to see if it supported the conclusions claimed by climate change advocates.

He added that the professors concessions over medieval warming were significant because they were his first public admission that the science was not settled.

So if it’s not settled, then there is no “consensus” and the “errors” just keep coming.

But that will not shake the faith of the Global Warming Religionist.

Just rational people.

V – If you have confidence in your science why didn’t you come out fighting like the UK government’s drugs adviser David Nutt when he was criticised?

I don’t feel this question merits an answer.

‘Nuff Said.

Until the next time gentle reader… 🙂

Wearing that Union Label

You could be in a Union and not even know it.

Michelle Berry runs a day-care business out of her home in Flint, MI. (My hometown). She thought that she owned her own business, but Berry’s been told she is now a government employee and union member. It’s not voluntary. Suddenly, Berry and 40,000 other Michigan private day-care providers have learned that union dues are being taken out of the child-care subsidies the state sends them. The “union” is a creation of AFSCME, the government workers union, and the United Auto Workers.

Auto Workers?

This racket means big money to AFSCME, which runs the union, writes the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free-market think tank.

Today the Department of Human Services siphons about $3.7 million in annual dues to the union….

The money should be going to home-based day-care providers — themselves not on the high end of the income scale. Ms. Berry now sees money once paid to her go to a union that does little for her…

Yep, a Union is stealing money from poor kids! 😦

Patrick Wright, a lawyer for the Mackinac Center, says the union was forced on the women after a certification election conducted by mail in which only 6,000 day-care providers out of 40,000 voted. Wright told me his clients, like Berry, say they were “shocked” to learn they were suddenly in a union.

They want nothing to do with the union. One of my clients has said, “Look, this is my home, I’m both labor and management here.” They’ve wanted nothing to do with this union and don’t think that it has any purpose besides than to siphon money away from them.

Michigan isn’t the only state funding unions this way.

Fourteen states have now enabled home-based day-care providers to be organized into public-employee unions, affecting about 233,000 people.

Mackinac sued Michigan on behalf of the day-care owners, but the case was dismissed. They have appealed. Neither Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, the Department of Human Services, nor the union would talk to me about this. Last month, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash proposed a law that would end “stealth” unionization of private entrepreneurs. (John Stosell)

Loar v. DHS. A Mackinac Center news release explains the Sept. 16 filing:

“…against the Michigan Department of Human Services in a case where a “shell corporation” was established to shanghai more than 40,000 home-based day care business owners into a government employees union. On behalf of two owners, Sherry Loar and Dawn Ives, the MCLF filed an action at the Michigan Court of Appeals seeking to stop the DHS from improperly siphoning ‘union dues’ out of state subsidy checks meant to provide assistance to low-income parents.”

The DHS and its director have since responded, asking that the case be dismissed on procedure, rather than principle. In essence, the DHS “is currently unwilling to defend its practice of collecting ‘union dues’ from home-based day care center owners,” according to Legal Foundation Director Patrick Wright. He said, “The defendants’ response shows that they lack the courage of their convictions.”(Michelle Malkin)

Now that’s how you create a “jobs” bill!!

Siphon money off from a small business helping poor kids to your Democrat Buddies in the Unions, but not tell them!

And undoubtedly claim that you saved or created their jobs!

By giving them even less money!!!

Genius.

There just went money that was supposed to got to small business that went to a Union instead.

Much like the Stimulus Money that went to the fake Congressional Districts.

Because this isn’t an auto union, it’s a GOVERNMENT SERVICES union,

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

No fraud or coercion here. 😦

Wear that Union Label proudly. Even if you did know or didn’t want it!!

And this Government will stick by The Union.

Michigan is a very Union happy state.

When I was growing up there, the State by and large was run by the Auto industry, especially GM.

Everyone kind of knew that. It was implicit.

They are like the mafia.

Growing up I used to say there were only two kinds of people who drove Cadillacs (the fanciest cars I knew):

Pimps and Auto Workers.

The really rich didn’t live in Flint.

That way they could say they were from Grand Blanc, but only worked in Flint.

But now, with Obama, I guess it’s much more explicit, but stealthy, Just like him.

After all, Unions like this one are the guys who went and strong armed the White House last December to get themselves exempted for 5 years from the “Cadillac” health care taxes.

So what’s worse, the mafia in White House or the mafia going to the White House??

Loar is referring to the checks she regularly receives from the State of Michigan’s Department of Human Services on behalf of low-income parents who participate in a subsidy program. It turns out as of January, 2009, Sherry and some 40,000 home day care business owners in Michigan now belong to a public sector union called “Child Care Providers Together Michigan” (CCPTM). According to an announcement about the formation of this union, the CCPTM, formed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) is “an historic public service organizing drive.”

While being touted as “historic”, it’s hardly original. A 2007 report and power point presentation by the National Women’s Law Center describes how AFSCME and the Service Employees International Union began a nationwide effort to organize home day care providers, and struck a deal so as to not step on each other’s toes:

“In the summer of 2006, SEIU and AFSCME announced they had reached agreement on a plan under which one union or the other will take the lead in organizing FCC and FFN providers in sixteen states, and in one state, each union would take the lead in a different part of the state.”

The report explains that many of these unions siphon their dues from government subsidy payments to these day care owners. So as long as child care subsidies remain funded, there is a constant pool of money from which to draw these union dues. In Michigan, this meant $3.7 million in union dues last year, which ostensibly is to help day care ownersth news release, “Together, the child care providers of Michigan and their organization, work to encourage the quality child care options working parents and the businesses which employ them depend on.”  But home day care owner Michelle Berry says she has seen none of these promises fulfilled so far, “We don’t have monthly meetings. We don’t get newsletters. There’s no communication. There’s just-we have a deduction taken from a check and where that goes I have no clue.” get higher pay, health benefits and additional training. CCPTM Director Herb Sanders said in a January 12 news release, “Together, the child care providers of Michigan and their organization, work to encourage the quality child care options working parents and the businesses which employ them depend on.”

So get all that by getting less money from a Union they never knew existed?

The home day care unions in New Jersey, Ohio, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin were formed by executive order. Legislation in Maine and New Mexico allowed the formation of day care unions. A combination of both enabled the formation of unions in Washington, Oregon and Illinois. Michigan was unique in that it did neither. Instead, the Great Lakes State formed an “interlocal agreement” to create an employer with whom to collectively bargain.

All of this underscores the bigger problem facing unions. As representatives of the Mackinac Center wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial:

“It’s telling that in several states that have gone down this road, state and federal subsidies are the source of the union dues. In Michigan, the scheme is essentially throwing a cash lifeline to unions like the UAW, which are hemorrhaging members.”

AFSCME, the Michigan Home-Based Child Care Council, the Michigan Department of Human Services nor Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm replied to requests for comment. (Watchdog.org)

So what you have is scheme to take federal subsidies for poor children and siphon a portion of it off to Unions.

And the only way to stop it is to cut off funds to poor kids!

GENIUS! 😦

From AFSCME’s website:

Members of the new union, Child Care Providers Together Michigan (CCPTM), met yesterday in Detroit to prepare for their first-ever bargaining session with the state to strengthen quality care and service delivery to children and families.

“It’s all about the children,” said Pam Stewart, a child care provider from Benton Harbor, Mich. “The best way to give children in Michigan the best possible care is to make sure providers have a voice, because we work our hearts out for these children every day.”

In November, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission certified that a majority of home-based child care providers chose union representation. Members of CCPTM come from urban, suburban and rural areas and include both English and Spanish-speaking providers.

Stewart is one of 16 members on the CCPTM bargaining committee, whose members were elected by their co-workers in regional meetings around the state. Top priorities for their first contract include enhancing professional development opportunities and stabilizing the provision of child care through better pay and benefits for providers.

“I’m excited that we’re going to have a chance to improve our jobs, for my sake and for the sake of the children who are in my care,” said Arleen Hunter, a child care provider from Detroit. “If we can get better training and raise the pay a little, we can cut down on turnover and take better care of these kids.”

“We believe that improving the situation for providers will improve the quality of care,” said Mark Sullivan, executive director of the Michigan Community Coordinated Child Care Association (4Cs), an advocacy, referral and training organization. “As a child care advocate for more than 30 years, I have seen far too many qualified child care providers leave the field because of low pay.”

Can’t wait until they strike! 😦

I understand only 6,000 voted in this election. What do you want bet it was rigged somehow or manipulated??

The MHBCCC was created in September through an inter-local agreement between the Michigan Department of Human Services, which administers the state child care program, and Mott Community College, which has a long track record in training and developing child care providers. Inter-local agreements between different public entities are frequently used in Michigan to improve the delivery and efficiency of public services.

Well, now you know why DHS is not interested in the lawsuit. They are in on it!

The successful campaign in Michigan is part of a national movement among child care providers, who have recently won representation rights in a number of states, including Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. In Oregon, providers recently negotiated a groundbreaking contract with the state that includes a “Provider Bill of Rights.”

They are coming to a town near you. They want to absorb you!

You will become a part of the government union complex. Like it or not.

AFSCME represents more than 220,000 family child care providers, day care center workers, Head Start teachers and early childhood employees. The UAW represents more than 100,000 workers in government, higher education, automobile design and engineering, health care, child care, early childhood education and other sectors in its Technical, Office and Professional (TOP) Department.

And how many never knew or still don’t know?

And our President is a very Union Guy.

Democrats are VERY pro-Union.

And like the Government, the union is here to help you.

With a small contribution to their cause whether you wanted to contribute or not.

So proudly Wear That Union Label.

And Proudly Steal Taxpayer’s  Money from poor kids and their day car providers!!

OR ELSE we will come for you too!

Maybe some day soon, we will all work FOR the government!

Instead of it working for us.

Rejoice 🙂

Warming My Cynical Old Heart

This story made my cynical old heart just laugh.

Remember all the feigned outrage and day-in-day-out drum beating and chest thumping madness over the Patriot Act.

That Bush was a dictator, a fascist, and he was “spying” on the American People unconstitutionally and he was shredding the Constitution and on and on and on…

It was nearly endless.

The Democratic Congress re-authorized it last year to very little notice from the Media.

Now comes Round Two of  “You too can be a Hypocrite”.

Not that I ever believe anything else, mind you, that’s the advantage of cynicism and pessimism. I am never surprised when politicians lie or “misspoke” or were “misquote” or become massive hypocrites.

But this one made me laugh.

CNET: On Friday, the first federal appeals court to consider the topic will hear oral arguments in a case that could establish new standards for locating wireless devices.

In that case, the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’--whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

Those claims have alarmed the ACLU and other civil liberties groups, which have opposed the Justice Department’s request and plan to tell the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia that Americans’ privacy deserves more protection and judicial oversight than what the administration has proposed.

“This is a critical question for privacy in the 21st century,” says Kevin Bankston, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who will be arguing on Friday. “If the courts do side with the government, that means that everywhere we go, in the real world and online, will be an open book to the government unprotected by the Fourth Amendment.”

The ACLU is going to file an opinion opposing Obama.

Surely, the universe will end because it’s seen everything!! 🙂

NYT 6/19/2009: Since April, when it was disclosed that the intercepts of some private communications of Americans went beyond legal limits in late 2008 and early 2009, several Congressional committees have been investigating. Those inquiries have led to concerns in Congress about the agency’s ability to collect and read domestic e-mail messages of Americans on a widespread basis, officials said. Supporting that conclusion is the account of a former N.S.A. analyst who, in a series of interviews, described being trained in 2005 for a program in which the agency routinely examined large volumes of Americans’ e-mail messages without court warrants. Two intelligence officials confirmed that the program was still in operation.

Liberal Majorie Cohen on Alternet.com 8/11/07: Responding to fear-mongering by the Bush administration, the Democrat-led Congress put its stamp of approval on the unconstitutional wiretapping of Americans. George W. Bush has perfected the art of ramming ill-considered legislation through Congress by hyping emergencies that don’t exist. He did it with the USA Patriot Act, the authorization for the Iraq war, the Military Commissions Act, and now the “Protect America Act of 2007” which amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Hyping emergencies that don’t exist.

Sounds familiar:  “Rule one: Never allow a crisis to go to waste,” (White House Chief of Staff) Mr.Emanuel said in an interview on Sunday. “They are opportunities to do big things.” 🙂

What could be more pressing for a representative sworn to uphold the constitution than defending it?

That was the cry of an unnamed liberal to the above paragraph.

I wonder if they feel the same way about President Obama now?

Will they march in the streets. Will they spew vitriol all over the Media day in, day out.

Demand he be impeached! 🙂

Or will just adjust their Orwellian Thought Police filters and ignore it or being dismissive or it.

I vote for the latter.

If you scan the internet for this story, you’ll not see it on The Mainstream Media anywhere.

David Horowitz:  Imagine the possibilities if a targeted person possesses a cell phone. His movement can be tracked, logged and searched without the commission of a crime, and without knowledge by the courts. The screams of the Left roared for eight years about the Patriot Act violation of citizen privacy and freedom, as they declared President Bush was,

“Seizing dictatorial control”

Why are they silent now when one of their own not only extends the Patriot Act, but directs his Department of Justice to seek legal authority to track citizen activities and their whereabouts through cell phone records?

The ability to observe or trace a citizen’s activities without consent or a court-ordered warrant violates their rights and limits their freedoms. According to Bankston a more ominous threat exists should the court rule in the Obama administration’s favor,

“The government is arguing that based on precedents from the 1970s, any record held by a third party about us, no matter how invasively collected, is not protected by the Fourth Amendment.”

Obama taught constitutional law and is well aware this is a fictitious interpretation of the Constitution.

But they are the power now, and they have the Media to cover it for them.

Isn’t Obama Democracy grand?

And it’s not the only time I found: WSJ 3/7/09

In a federal lawsuit, the Obama legal team is arguing that judges lack the authority to enforce their own rulings in classified matters of national security. The standoff concerns the Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Saudi Arabian charity that was shut down in 2004 on evidence that it was financing al Qaeda. Al-Haramain sued the Bush Administration in 2005, claiming it had been illegally wiretapped.

At the heart of Al-Haramain’s case is a classified document that it says proves that the alleged eavesdropping was not authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. That record was inadvertently disclosed after Al-Haramain was designated as a terrorist organization; the Bush Administration declared such documents state secrets after their existence became known.

So, you scream and yell about how evil it is for years, just to get elected, so you can turn around and do it yourself!

Now that’s “Change you can Believe in!” 🙂

The 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Except when your the party in power that is…

Black Holes and Yellow Lines

Before today’s Topic: Has anyone else notice that this Presidential Year has gotten off to largely the EXACT same as last years (that went so well…)

The President talks about “Hope” and “Change”.

Dabbles in “jobs” creation.

Then the Congress launches right back into Health Care!!

Deju Vu all over again??

The definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over again expecting a different result! 🙂

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Now to the wacky world of  POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

Orwell’s crowning achievement championed and embraced completely by the Liberal Left.

Control Thought. Outlaw debate. Manipulate Language.

Dallas , TX: A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.

County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections “has become a black hole” because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.

Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud “Excuse me!” He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a “white hole.”

That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster’s, is perhaps “the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape.”

Any reading this on a BLACKberry? 🙂

Michelle Malkin:  Next on the p.c. forbidden list: black box, Blackberry, blackjack, and blackout. Oh, and all black Crayola crayons, which shall henceforth be called “African-American.”

The Black Knight will now be called The Opposite-of-White Knight.

More Malkin: Asian-American grievance-mongers and “diversity” bureaucrats in Atlanta need to justify their existence and their salaries.

Asian-American activists offended that MARTA re-named the train line into the heart of Atlanta’s Asian community the “yellow line” will take their objections to the transit agency’s chief on Friday.

“Yellow,” as a term for skin color, carries a generally negative, racist connotation among Asians.

MARTA officials were warned by an employee before the name change last October that Atlanta’s burgeoning Asian community would find the term for the line to Doraville offensive.

“Historically, it has had a derogatory intent,” said John Park, an attorney with the nonprofit Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Doraville, just down the hill from the Marta station. “It physically paints a very unattractive picture. I don’t consider myself ‘yellow.’”

Park and other Asian activists plan to meet Friday with MARTA CEO Beverly Scott. They hope MARTA will change the line’s name from yellow to gold.

The ethnic sensitivity police waited a year to start whining. Now, they’ll spare no expense to disrupt the taxpayer-funded project to assuage hurt feelings and indulge a manufactured outrage:

“Anybody who rides MARTA knows that the line going up through that area is heavily Asian,” said Robert Bullard, director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. “These are always sensitive issues. Anticipation of concern and sensitivity, and the outreach, probably should have been done before.”

MARTA employs 13 people in its diversity office. They focus on equal opportunity in employment and disadvantaged business and perform some community outreach.

Did you catch that? 13 people in its diversity office. Color me exasperated.

I wonder if they will ban Yellow Lights in Doraville, GA also?? After all, it does mean “Caution” and isn’t that a racist implication??  🙂

“It’s not a term, it’s a color,” said Darcy Olsen, president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank based in Phoenix.

“Should we outlaw yellow jackets, yellow traffic lights? How about the white nights of summer solstice? This is manufactured offense when clearly no offense is intended.”

Not all Asian-Americans in the city are offended. Among them is Gary Gung, co-owner of Atlanta’s Amigo Electronics.

“What difference does it make if it’s yellow, gold or black?” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Make the issue about the economy or something else more important.”

But then the  racially hypersensitive who go ballistic to advance their own power and ego would then have nothing to do.

They have to stoke the fires even when there isn’t one, or else they will just fade away.

And just to show how pervasive and perverse it can be:

“Intellectual disability” would replace “mental retardation” and Asperger’s syndrome would be folded into “autism spectrum disorders” under proposed changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders unveiled Wednesday.

The recommendations are among several sweeping changes psychiatric experts are calling for in the forthcoming fifth edition of the manual known as the DSM, which is expected in May 2013. The DSM serves as the bible for mental health professionals, researchers and insurers as it determines what symptoms are worthy of an official diagnosis. (Disability Scoop)

And late last year, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) introduced Rosa’s Law, a bill that would eliminate the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” from some federal laws.

And the new American Classic: Terrorism is  “Man Caused Disasters”.

But the best one I’ve heard lately comes to us from the lovely people at PeTA:

The Target: Punxsutawney Phil.

The Groundhog!

Yes, that Groundhog!

The prognosticator.

The cultural icon.

These folks want Phil, the real deal, to be laid off and replaced by a robot that looks sort of like a groundhog, but isn’t one.
They say it’s inhumane to drag Phil out of hibernation and into the limelight just for the sake of what amounts to a gag.
(Sun Chronicle)

It’s enough make you want to hibernate!!

Maybe he should claim he’s an Imam, then the Liberals will leave him alone.

So remember kids, just don’t use Black, Red, Yellow or Brown anymore because you’re racially insensitive!

Social Insecurity

Entitlements:  Social Security, is running deficits decades earlier than expected. We’ve been kicking the can down the road. We’re out of road.

USAToday: Social Security’s annual surplus “nearly evaporated” for the first time in a quarter-century last year. The program is poised to be in the red for the next two years; between 2008 and 2009, it saw a revenue decline of $60 billion.

Meanwhile, with the retirement of many in the “Baby Boom” generation imminent, regular annual losses are expected beginning in 2016. Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the highest-ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee, says the program’s “moment of truth has arrived.”

IBD: As Bernie Madoff found out, any Ponzi scheme depends on a continuous inflow of new cash and new customers or the ever-expanding pyramid will totter and collapse. Social Security, dependent as it was on new workers paying the expanding benefits of retirees, is about to, much sooner than expected.

As Ed Morrissey over at HotAir.com reminds us, Peter Orszag, now director of the Office of Management and Budget, predicted as director of the Congressional Budget Office in August 2008 that no one needed to worry about Social Security. “CBO projects that outlays will first exceed revenues in 2019 and that the Social Security trust funds will be exhausted in 2049,” we were told.

As the baby boomers have started retiring and the economy has collapsed, that day of reckoning is here. The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Chief Actuary finally got around to posting detailed November numbers, and they aren’t pretty.

The combined OASDI (Old-Age Survivors and Disability Insurance) “Trust” Funds recorded a nearly $6 billion primary deficit for November, the worst monthly performance since records began in 1987. The 12-month OASDI primary surplus was only $9.598 billion, also the worst 12-month performance on record.

Only the fact there will be no cost-of-living increase in 2010 may save OASDI from running a primary deficit this year. But continued economic doldrums coupled with the economy-killing socialization of health care, higher taxes, rising deficits and the still-looming catastrophe known as cap-and-trade may cause our house of Social Security cards to collapse long before sea levels begin to rise.

When you consider just disability income (DI), the picture looks even bleaker. For the 50th straight month, going back to October 2005, the DI Fund ran a yearly deficit, this time a record $21 billion.

At least one part of Orszag’s prophecy is coming true: “Social Security’s revenues each year are greater than its outlays, but as the baby-boom generation (people born between 1946 and 1964) continues to age, growth in the number of Social Security beneficiaries will accelerate, and outlays will grow substantially faster than revenues.”

That trend has accelerated to the point of collapse.

Private, insurance company-run annuity plans are legally required to pay you what was promised, when it was promised, and to maintain assets sufficient to redeem those promises. Social Security is not. Any insurance company CEO that ran a Ponzi scheme like Social Security would soon be incarcerated for fraud.

Opponents of the partial privatization proposed by President George W. Bush cited the variability in the stock market as a looming disaster and probably would say “I told you so” considering the recent market troubles. But at least retirees would still have real money, their money, in real accounts. They wouldn’t be dependent on government IOU’s and the hoped-for contributions of others.

We have a looming disaster on our hands.

Social Security has been called the “third rail” of American politics. Well, this train is running off the rails, and someone better touch it before momma gets thrown from it.

And this from The New York Times: One sound approach would be to link benefit levels to life expectancy, so that as people live longer, future benefits would be modestly reduced while payroll taxes that support Social Security would be modestly increased.

A nice way of saying, less Benefits, more taxes.

I personally have never regarded Social Security as anything other than a Tax.

And when liberals attack me on Social Security for being “socialist” so I’m a hypocrite, I just say back to them: Give me all the money you stole from me and never do it again and I will be happy.

I will succeed or fail on my own merits.

I never get a response to that.

And thus the shouting match continues as the trail derails as to whether it is even derailing to begin with then what to do if it does or how to prevent it if it does, but will it?

:::sigh:::

Meanwhile, The President proposes to increase the money taken from my paycheck.

And I don’t even make over $250,000 a year… 😦

The Extreme Healthcare Makeover

With 2010 being an election year, the political games have begun in earnest.

The Democrats are trying to figure out how to screw the Republicans into a corner so they can embarrass them.

The Republicans are trying to hold on to the anger at Washington, but not at them.

The Tea Party tries to figure out how to get the American People back in the process.

You thought 2008 and 2009 were a nightmare ride. Just wait until this roller coaster really picks up.

The Democrats are currently trying to salvage what they couldn’t do over the last year.

They still want it.

They can taste it.

They are the addict that doesn’t want to give up on their greatest and next hit.

From the bulliest pulpit of all — the Super Bowl pregame show — President Obama told CBS’ Katie Couric on Sunday that he wanted a “large meeting with Republicans and Democrats to go through, systematically, all the best (health care) ideas that are out there and move it forward.”

On Saturday, in what one news agency said was one of his feistiest speeches since the 2008 campaign, the president vowed that he was “not going to walk away from health insurance reform.”

It’s been three weeks since Massachusetts voters elected Scott Brown to the Senate, in large part because of his opposition to the health care confusion Democrats have sown. It’s been even longer since Americans at tea parties and lawmakers’ town hall meetings plainly told Washington they wanted no part of the health care elixir that Congress was peddling.

Still, our political elites, impressed by their own intellects, insist that the public will get the health care system they want the public to have, not the health care the public wants. (IBD)

They just have to package this broken down old horse with a makeover and proclaim it a Kentucky Derby Hopeful.

You’ll love this broken down old thing eventually, we The Democrats guarantee it! 🙂

And to do that, they need to publicly embarrass their opposition.

This is their great plan.

Let’s win by embarrassing the opposition and by branding them in public as the reason this process failed for the last year.

Not the people’s opposition to the takeover, but that’s it was THE REPUBLICAN’S FAULT!.

Those nasty, old partisans with “no ideas”. They just wanna say “no” to everything!

Wah! 😦

So Ignoring them, belittling them and “the teabaggers”, and shutting them out didn’t work, so let’s try painting this horse a different color.

And we can still get what we want.

Let’s invite the Republicans to  “bi-partisan” dog and pony shows so as to paint them as “The Party of No” and show that they are the obstructionist that Liberal believe they are and by doing that they will win.

And the “republicans have no ideas” will be trumped out again.

And even if the Republicans have “ideas” it’s not like the Democrats are actually listening.

This is a show.

Nothing more.

The same magnum opus that the majority of Americans hate is still there. The Democrats won’t give up on it.

So my advice to the Republicans is to know that this is all Style and no Substance. It is the worst kind of dog and pony show.

And it’s even more cynical that I can be.  And that folks, is really bad.

This was confirmed by the president when he told Couric he would not throw out the proposals that are stalled in Congress and start over, even though public opinion strongly indicates that he should.

67% of Americans are tired and fed up with Democrats grand plan. They want it gone.

The Democrats won’t give it up.

So their new strategy is to use the Ministry of Truth (Mainstream Media) to embarrass the Republicans.

Problem is, they have no idea what is REALLY going on.

Because, The Agenda is The Agenda.

Ideology uber alles!

Let’s just put a different lipstick on this pig.

They don’t get it. They don’t wanna get it.

Instead of hitting the reset switch, the starting point for the renewed push will be with the proposals that passed the House and Senate, according to the New York Times.

But poor policy is poor policy, whether bundled or unbundled. Each piece would extend government meddling in health care and take decisions out of the hands of Americans. They are not solutions but seeds that will grow into deeper problems.

Death by a thousand cuts instead of having your head chopped off in one big swing of the scimitar.

I’m game, how about you?  😦

It’s the slow boil of the frog approach  instead of throwing it in the boiling water really fast so it jumps out.

Problem is, it’s still the same water!

Let’s massage it a little.

Make this broken down old horse into that loveable old horse.

And send the American people off to the glue factory in the process.

The loyal opposition has to offer ideas that work, that put the patient in control. These include health savings accounts, fair tax treatment of individual insurance policies, interstate sales of individual policies, legal reform that will cut doctors’ malpractice insurance costs and encourage reductions in over-treatment, and an end to coverage mandates so more people can afford insurance.

If the Democratic majority rejects such ideas that promote better care and lower costs, then it — not minority Republicans — should be labeled “the party of no.”

Mind you virtually everyone of these “ideas” have been proposed repeatedly over the last year and ever single one of them has been shot down by the Democrats.

It’s not what THEY want.

The Democrats are the party “no” to what the American People want.

The Democrats fervently cling to the idea that if they can just cram this monster down your throat that eventually you’ll love it.

You’ll take that broken down old nag to heart and love it like they do.

Or as one Liberal columnist put it after a story about a long, nasty fight with a Kitchen remolding analogy, “that Americans won’t experience any of the benefits of health care reform until Congress actually puts a new system in place.”

Democrats can finish the kitchen. Or they can face the wrath of voters who will wonder why the contractors they sent to Washington left all the wires hanging, and the plumbing disconnected and useless. (IBD)

Or they could fire the incompetent Contractor who didn’t do what the client wanted and get one that will! 🙂

Because  this is the same horse (or kitchen) that has massive taxes up front and doesn’t actually start running or working for you (allegedly) until 3 to 4 years later remember.

This is still the kitchen with the built in Cornhusker Kickback and The Louisiana Purchase.

Same Kitchen. They just want to give it a Makeover.

So going back to our loveable old nag, this horse is so ill euthanasia is the only humane thing to do now.

But the Democrats won’t give it up.

They can’t.

They were soooo close!

So all they have to do is figure out how to get you to love it enough so that you jump in and buy it.

Sounds like a Used Car Salesman, doesn’t it.

And they want you to buy their Total Loss vehicle that they salvaged for the torrent of bad blood.

And they are going to put that on C-Span. 🙂

How could you Resist it then! 🙂

And you might even get a set of Ginzu knifes free if you buy now! 🙂

Just don’t kick the tires or check under the hood.

You won’t like what you see.

Unobtainium

I finally saw “Avatar” last night.

While it has a very slow build, when it goes it really goes.

And I am also aware of the very Liberal leanings of the film.

The Environment. Destruction. Colonization. Raping the planet etc.

After all, the mineral they are after was “unobtainium”.

That is a real word.

Engineers have long (since at least the 1950s) used the term unobtainium when referring to unusual or costly materials, or when theoretically considering a material perfect for their needs in all respects save that it doesn’t exist.

The Miracle cure.

I am also aware now of the “depression” factor being described.

And I think that’s more spiritual than material.

After all, what is one of the things Liberals hate most, Christians.

Who found this country, Christians (Puritan sect to be specific).

If you’re a Christian you’ve got to be some kind of right-wing extremist who wants to cram their religion down everyone’s throat! 🙂

I am not a Christian, per se. That is a topic for another day. But I am spiritual.

Which is usually enough to get branded as a right-wing hatemonger anyhow. 😦

So the Liberal answer is to ban religion as much as they possible can from everything. That way “no one” is “offended”. No one, meaning them.

Their god is government. Their god is power.

And they want to everyone to worship them for it or else.

But like a good piece of art, you can see other things in it.

“I wasn’t depressed myself. In fact the movie made me happy ,” Baghdassarian said. “But I can understand why it made people depressed. The movie was so beautiful and it showed something we don’t have here on Earth. I think people saw we could be living in a completely different world and that caused them to be depressed.” One online form leader wrote.

Some other have seen it as the Ugly American vs. The Noble Savage.

I saw it as The Tea Party Americans Vs. The Washington Machine (both Republican and Democrat)

The biggest differences are that the Machine has the home field advantage, the technology, and the power.

We are the dumb hick savages who want Less Government Control, Spending Restraint, National Security and Pride in America.

For that we are mocked. Degraded. spit upon.

By them.

By their 90% control of the media.

By their minions, the Liberal Left.

And they aren’t even interested in our concerns.

They may play at it, but their not.

So we are out gunned.

We have won battles in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

But the final battle is 9 months away.

That’s a long time.

The Liberal Media spent the better part of a decade, and the Politically Correct the better part of a generation working towards their ultimate goal in 2008.

They aren’t going to give up without a major fight.

We can try and persuade the Republicans to come on board with us, as Sarah Palin said at the Tea Party Convention.

There’s no hope for the Liberal Left. They are definitely the occupying force.

They are the Empire and we are the Ewoks.

And they will not go quietly.

And we both speak the same language and have the same cultural background. So we are aliens on our own soil.

That just makes it even harder.

Eywa, the god of the Nav’i.

The Constitution, the most sacred document in the American experience.

And we the noble savages of the Independents, we The tea Party Nation, want it back.

The Washington Machine is there to self-perpetuate. That’s is all.

Bureaucracy for bureaucracy’s sake.

And we need to hunker down with our Ancestors:

George Washington.

Thomas Jefferson.

James Madison.

Ben Franklin.

Abraham Lincoln.

We need to honor our ancestors. Not spit on them.

That is the harmony we need back.

And it’s going to be a very nasty fight.

And no guarantee of a good Hollywood ending here.

This is reality.

And reality is unfair.

Reality is a bitch.

But we have to fight. For no other reason that the memories we have of when The American Dream meant something. When work hard and you will succeed meant something.

When leaving the next generation the fruits of our labors and freedoms did not mean generational theft on a grand scale for the sake of the here and now.

To once again, let our vision and reach exceed our grasp.

It’s what made us great.

But we have lost our way.

But if we don’t stop this now we will be lost.

And The American Dream, will be just that a dream, with no chance of Reality.

Then we really should be depressed.

Perception in a Liberal Reality

“How’s that hope-y, change-y stuff working out for you?” Former Governor Sarah Palin yesterday the the Tea Party Convention.

She called the Tea Party movement a “ground-up call to action that is forcing both parties to change the way they’re doing business.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7gVp3diPbI&feature=player_embedded

It’s Long, but it good. (59 Minutes).

LA Times:

Two lines that stuck out in particular:

We need a commander-in-chief, not a professor of law standing at a lectern.

Gee, wonder if she had anyone in particular in mind.

In praise of the grassroots Tea Party activists, she said:

You don’t need an office or a title to make a difference.

Gee, wonder if she had anyone specific in mind.

I have no idea. 🙂

Just to show the Liberal Media works: The Huffington Post, a very liberal blog site spent paragraphs talking about “crib notes” allegedly written on her hand!!

That’s the only thing they saw in an hour.

Myopic Liberal vision strikes again.

MSNBC reportedly showed old footage of Gov. Palin watching turkey’s get slaughtered (from 2008) while it ran graphics linking the Tea Party to the so-called “Birthers” (people saying he’s not a legal US Citizen).

Yeah, there’s no bias there.

MSNBC blogger response: Teabaggers in little costumes and Sarah “The Airhead”, what a match!
Sarah, just shut up.

On Tuesday, MSNBC host David Shuster smeared “most Republicans” as birthers. On Monday, Tamron Hall asked if the conspiracy theory is the “definition of a conservative.”

President Obama sends a message to those who question his citizenship, this as the tea party movement gets ready for its first big convention.”

At no point did O’Donnell explain or justify the connection, other than her apparent assumption that tea partiers equal birthers. The MSNBC host interviewed author Rick Scarborough, one of the speakers at the convention in Nashville. During the piece, this MSNBC graphic appeared in large font at the bottom of the screen: “Obama: Okay to Question My Policy, Not My Citizenship.”(MRC)

Doesn’t that say volumes about the way Liberals view people who disagree with their almighty AGENDA.

With that, I reproduce a piece by Charles Krauthammer from a few days ago:

What A Shame Ankle-Dwellers Are So Clueless

‘I am not an ideologue,” protested President Obama at a gathering with Republican House members last week. Perhaps, but he does have a tenacious commitment to a set of political convictions.

Compare his 2010 State of the Union with his first address to Congress a year earlier. The consistency is remarkable.

In 2009, after passing a $787 billion (now $862 billion) stimulus package, the largest spending bill in galactic history, he unveiled a manifesto for fundamentally restructuring the commanding heights of American society — health care, education and energy.

A year later, after stunning Democratic setbacks in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, Obama gave a stay-the-course State of the Union address (a) pledging not to walk away from health care reform, (b) seeking to turn college education increasingly into a federal entitlement, and (c) asking again for cap-and-trade energy legislation. Plus, of course, another stimulus package, this time renamed a “jobs bill.”

This being a democracy, don’t the Democrats see that clinging to this agenda will march them over a cliff? Don’t they understand Massachusetts?

Well, they understand it through a prism of two cherished axioms: (1) The people are stupid and (2) Republicans are bad. Result? The dim, led by the malicious, vote incorrectly.

Liberal expressions of disdain for the intelligence and emotional maturity of the electorate have been, post-Massachusetts, remarkably unguarded.

New York Times columnist Charles Blow chided Obama for not understanding the necessity of speaking “in the plain words of plain folks,” because the people are “suspicious of complexity.” Counseled Blow: “The next time he gives a speech, someone should tap him on the ankle and say, ‘Mr. President, we’re down here.'”

A Time magazine blogger was even more blunt about the ankle-dwelling mob, explaining that we are “a nation of dodos” that is “too dumb to thrive.”

Obama joined the parade in the State of the Union address when, with supercilious modesty, he chided himself “for not explaining it (health care) more clearly to the American people.” The subject, he noted, was “complex.”

The subject, it might also be noted, was one to which the master of complexity had devoted 29 speeches. Perhaps he did not speak slowly enough.

Then there are the emotional deficiencies of the masses. Nearly every Democratic apologist lamented the people’s anger and anxiety, a free-floating agitation that prevented them from appreciating the beneficence of the social agenda the Democrats are so determined to foist upon them.
That brings us to Part 2 of the liberal conceit: Liberals act in the public interest, while conservatives think only of power, elections, self-aggrandizement and self-interest.

It is an old liberal theme that conservative ideas, being red in tooth and claw, cannot possibly emerge from any notion of the public good. A 2002 New York Times obituary for philosopher Robert Nozick explained that the strongly libertarian implications of Nozick’s masterwork, “Anarchy, State, and Utopia,” “proved comforting to the right, which was grateful for what it embraced as philosophical justification.”

The right, you see, is grateful when a bright intellectual can graft some philosophical rationalization onto its thoroughly base and self-regarding politics.

This belief in the moral hollowness of conservatism animates the current liberal mantra that Republican opposition to Obama’s social democratic agenda — which couldn’t get through even a Democratic Congress and powered major Democratic losses in New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts — is nothing but blind and cynical obstructionism.

By contrast, Democratic opposition to George W. Bush — from Iraq to Social Security reform — constituted dissent. And dissent, we were told at the time, including by candidate Obama, is “one of the truest expressions of patriotism.”

No more. Today, dissent from the governing orthodoxy is nihilistic malice. “They made a decision,” explained David Axelrod, “they were going to sit it out and hope that we failed, that the country failed” — a perfect expression of liberals’ conviction that their aspirations are necessarily the country’s, that their idea of the public good is the public’s, that their failure is therefore the nation’s.

Then comes Massachusetts, an election Obama himself helped nationalize, to shatter this most self-congratulatory of illusions.

For liberals, the observation that “the peasants are revolting” is a pun. For conservatives, it is cause for uncharacteristic optimism. No matter how far the ideological pendulum swings in the short term, in the end the bedrock common sense of the American people will prevail.

The ankle-dwelling populace pushes back. It re-centers. It renormalizes. Even in Massachusetts.(IBD)

Ankle-Dwellers Unite! 🙂

Now to end today’s blog with a Test: (I take no credit or blame for it’s origins)

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him and then demands that every else do so. It’s only fair!

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.
(Unless it’s a foreign religion, say Muslim, of  course!)

ed: We wouldn’t want to offend them now would we… 🙂

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a  job that provides it.

ed: or buckles down and deals with it.

A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

ed: And wants to make it Mandatory!

I have one to add:

A Conservative will debate an issue with you.

A Liberal will debase the person or personality talking about it.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a
good laugh.
A liberal will delete it because he’s “offended”.

‘Nuff Said.