You’re all Flocked!

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

“You know, the one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble. You’d think maybe you wouldn’t but actually you become more humble–you realize what you don’t know,” Obama said. 

“You realize all the mistakes you made. But you also realize you can’t do things by yourself.

Says President Fiat, and President Regulations-Will-still-get-me-what-I-want.

I guess he didn’t build that! 🙂

That’s not how our system works. You’ve got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress, and what that means is you’ve got to make sure that constituents of members of Congress are putting some pressure on them, making sure they’re doing the right thing.”

Translation: Pressure the Republicans into caving in yet again to my will and what I want.

This President never actually says what he really means. Don’t Do as I do, Do as I say…Just Translated.

Thomas Sowell: John Stuart Mill’s classic essay “On Liberty” gives reasons why some people should not be taking over other people’s decisions about their own lives. But Professor Cass Sunstein of Harvard has given reasons to the contrary. He cites research showing “that people make a lot of mistakes, and that those mistakes can prove extremely damaging.”

Professor Sunstein is undoubtedly correct that “people make a lot of mistakes.” Most of us can look back over our own lives and see many mistakes, including some that were very damaging.

What Cass Sunstein does not tell us is what sort of creatures, other than people, are going to override our mistaken decisions for us. That is the key flaw in the theory and agenda of the left.

Implicit in the wide range of efforts on the left to get government to take over more of our decisions for us is the assumption that there is some superior class of people who are either wiser or nobler than the rest of us.

And they, the Left, are the superior class, they just don’t want to tell you to your face that they think you’re a moron for not trusting that they know better than you on everything.  Because, it’s simple: Vote For me, The Other Guy’s an Asshole!
Yes, we all make mistakes. But do governments not make bigger and more catastrophic mistakes?

ObamaCare anyone? Community Re-Investment Act Anyone??

Think about the First World War, from which nations on both sides ended up worse off than before, after an unprecedented carnage that killed substantial fractions of whole younger generations and left millions starving amid the rubble of war.

Think about the Holocaust, and about other government slaughters of even more millions of innocent men, women and children under Communist governments in the Soviet Union and China.

Even in the United States, government policies in the 1930s led to crops being plowed under, thousands of little pigs being slaughtered and buried, and milk being poured down sewers, at a time when many Americans were suffering from hunger and diseases caused by malnutrition.

The Great Depression of the 1930s, in which millions of people were plunged into poverty in even the most prosperous nations, was needlessly prolonged by government policies now recognized in retrospect as foolish and irresponsible.

One of the key differences between mistakes that we make in our own lives and mistakes made by governments is that bad consequences force us to correct our own mistakes. But government officials cannot admit to making a mistake without jeopardizing their whole careers.

Can you imagine a President of the United States saying to the mothers of America, “I am sorry your sons were killed in a war I never should have gotten us into”?

No, But the Left constantly raves about Bush and Iraq to the point of foaming at the mouth and veins popping…

What is even more relevant to Professor Sunstein’s desire to have our betters tell us how to live our lives, is that so many oppressive and even catastrophic government policies were cheered on by the intelligentsia.
Back in the 1930s, for example, totalitarianism was considered to be “the wave of the future” by much of the intelligentsia, not only in the totalitarian countries themselves but in democratic nations as well.

The Soviet Union was being praised to the skies by such literary luminaries as George Bernard Shaw in Britain and Edmund Wilson in America, while literally millions of people were being systematically starved to death by Stalin and masses of others were being shipped off to slave labor camps.

Even Hitler and Mussolini had their supporters or apologists among intellectuals in the Western democracies, including at one time Lincoln Steffens and W.E.B. Du Bois.

An even larger array of the intellectual elite in the 1930s opposed the efforts of Western democracies to respond to Hitler’s massive military buildup with offsetting military defense buildups to deter Hitler or to defend themselves if deterrence failed.

“Disarmament” was the mantra of the day among the intelligentsia, often garnished with the suggestion that the Western democracies should “set an example” for other nations — as if Nazi Germany or imperial Japan was likely to follow their example.

Too many among today’s intellectual elite see themselves as our shepherds and us as their sheep. Tragically, too many of us are apparently willing to be sheep, in exchange for being taken care of, being relieved of the burdens of adult responsibility and being supplied with “free” stuff paid for by others.

free stuff

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

 You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

 

Addressing His Ego

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

America is on “a never-ending journey,” President Obama declared, using a metaphor that makes sense for the biggest-spending chief executive in the history of mankind; never-ending journeys never run into a Day of Reckoning.

According to this president, “being true to our founding documents … does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way.” Liberty, we are to believe, is an eye-of-the-beholder proposition.

This is what we are to have in mind as we swallow the “ask not what your country” line of Obama’s address: “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”

In other words, there is no real liberty without big government. Or perhaps we should turn to Orwell’s 1984 to break the code: “Freedom Is Slavery.” (IBD)

Fear is Hope.
Ignorance is Strength.
Reagan once said that Government WAS the problem.
Obama says Government IS the Solution.
Obama: “we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”Translation: We can have our fiscal cake and eat it too. Forget $16.5 trillion in national debt. Forget trillion-dollar deficits. Forget government hyper-spending’s toll on the private sector.

The executive branch has no intention over the next four years of reforming — or, more correctly, saving from bankruptcy — our wasteful entitlement programs. Indeed, ObamaCare is a huge new entitlement heaved on to the taxpayers’ backs.

Lady Thatcher warned that socialists “always run out of other people’s money.” The president has made it clear he is nowhere near to being finished pursuing collectivism in the name of individual freedom. (IBD)

You know the saying that if you us “But” that negates everything you said prior and tells us what you really thought:
“But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”
No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.

YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT 🙂 And only we, the Government can collectively and only we in the government c an protect you from it.

Ah, now talk about codewords. Collective. Collectivism. Bye-bye individual initiative. Hello, collective action, collective groups, collective farms, collective benefits. Wealth redistribution. Confiscating firearms for the group’s own safety. Whatever your most-feared collective demon, you can read that into Obama’s “collective action.” 

Those two words — “collective action” — did not appear there by accident. These speeches are written over many weeks and re-shaped countless times by way too many cooks.

But before any minutemen reach for their trusty musket, we should all remember Obama’s record on doing what he says he’s going to do. It’s beneath pathetic.

Go through the budget cutting line-by-line. Close Guantanamo. Try terrorists in New York. Lower healthcare costs through ObamaCare. Ban lobbyists from his White House. Run the most open government ever. Hold healthcare hearings in public. Really get down to work this time building new jobs. Protect the middle-class from tax hikes that hit their paychecks this month. Create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in a few months with “shovel-ready” projects. Yada-yada.

Speaking of collective, did anyone else notice that Obama, who usually loves the word “I,” instead used the royal word “We” 85 times?

He mentioned “God” five times, “journey” and “war” six times each and “equal” seven times. “Change,” “values” and “jobs” each got three mentions, “deficit” and “middle class” once apiece. “Gay” got a nod, as in: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”

The returned president did not once say the words: “taxes,” “balance,” “budget,” “Afghanistan,” “victory,” “guns,” “violence,” “Hollywood,” “family,” “church” or “big !#%+=&* deal.”

But Obama did indulge himself in the time-dishonored political gimmick of holding out the impossible prospect of guaranteed social safety for all, as if even his bloated, deficit-addicted federal government could produce such an idyllic place free of tragedy.

“Our journey is not complete,” Obama declared, “until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished and always safe from harm.”

Life is fair and equal and safe.

And it’s the Republicans/Rich/Capitalists fault if it’s not.

And the Republicans are too weak to stand up for Reagan and Conservatives.

So, Comrade, enjoy your Collective “fairness”.

But the guy’s got 1,458 days left in office. As he told the Russians last spring, he need never face voters again. But Obama just cannot ever extricate himself from campaign mode.

“For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.  (the problem is that his policies are sinking the middle class as we speak but he can’t see the truth through the lofty rhetoric because it sounds better- The road to hell and all that…)We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work (but your boss is an evil capitalist pig out to destroy you!); when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship (“fairness”!). We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free (as long as you do what I say), and she is equal (as I define it) , not just in the eyes of God but also in our own. “
“We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.  We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative, they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great. “
He obvious has no clue how anything works in reality. But in his head it works just fine.

And Only a Big Government bureaucracy can insure all this. Individual grit and determination just can’t. Life must be made “fair” and only government can do that.
A Big Bloated, over spending behemoth that will crush your children after I am gone!
That will be Someone Elses Problem. 🙂
It won’t be his fault because he had the most noble of intentions. It was dirty rotten bastards who opposed him that screw it up.
Meanwhile, the addicts get more addiction not intervention.
We are all one big happy dysfunctional family and you can’t pick your family so we just have to all get along.
OR ELSE BIG BROTHER will settle it for you.
Because that’s what a Big Brother is for…
And Big Sis is also back for another go at it.
So you better behave or Santa Claus will be very cross with you and put you on his Naughty List and you don’t want to be on his Naughty List…
Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Failure is Success

President Obama:  speaking in Virginia, said, “We don’t believe anybody is entitled to success in this country.”

YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT!

VP Biden: “This is deadly earnest. How they can justify, how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that has been buried the last four years? How in the Lord’s name can they justify raising their taxes? We’ve seen this movie before …”

For everyone who claims the Obama administration wants a $1 trillion tax hike, Joe Biden has a message: Yes, we do.

Biden said Romney and other Republicans often say “‘Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars.’ Guess what? Yes, we do in one regard: We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn’t have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super-wealthy. That’s not a tax raise. That’s called fairness where I come from.”

Ah, the new  old code word for Redistribution is “fairness”.

Of course, what he doesn’t say is that 90% of American will see thousand of dollars in tax increases next year under Taxmageddon. But you aren’t supposed to care about that. It hasn’t happened yet, so it’s not the Republican’s fault yet. 🙂
A new estimate puts the deficit for the just-completed 2012 budget year at $1.1 trillion, the fourth straight year of trillion dollar deficits on President Barack Obama’s watch.
CBO estimate, which showed that the government borrowed 31 cents for every dollar it spent.
Obama inherited an economy in recession and a deficit in excess of $1 trillion. He promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, but deficits have instead remained at eye-popping levels, including a record $1.4 trillion deficit in 2009 and deficits of $1.3 trillion in each of the past two years. The 2012 deficit was 7 percent of the size of the economy, an unsustainably high level. (CNBC)
Using constant 2012 dollars (to adjust for inflation), the median annual income of American households was $53,718 as of June 2009, the last month of the recession.  Now, after 38 months of this “recovery,” it has fallen to $50,678 — a drop of $3,040 per household. 

 

Yet it gets worse.  Amazingly, incomes have dropped even more during the “recovery” than they did during the recession.  In fact, they’ve dropped more than twice as much as they did during the recession.  From the start to the end of the recession, the real median income of American households fell $1,413, or 2.6 percent.  From the end of the recession to the present day, it has dropped $3,040, or 5.7 percent.  This begs the question:  What kind of “recovery” compares unfavorably with the recession from which it’s ostensibly recovering? (WS)

And we can’t change now, Obama says. “We’ve come too far to turn back now. And we’ve made too much progress to return to the policies that got us into this mess in the first place,” he said.

The “I did that” dipping in the Unemployment rate (which is the trends for the last 4 years continues will be revised upwards next week) what it means is that the unemployment rate is now at the same level it was when Obama took office “in one of the worse economic crisis since the great depression”.
Meaning he has made ZERO progress in 4 years.
ZERO.
$6 Trillion Dollars and 4 Trillion Budget Deficits later, absolutely squat!
ZIP, ZERO, NOTHING!
So why are the Democrats celebrating and crowing?
And there are still 8 million people who left the labor force all together , hence why it’s this low to begin with. If they were still had skin in the game unemployment would be over 11%.
Record Millions of people more are on Food Stamps.
So why are Democrats Celebrating?
Because they are fundamentally dishonest.
But don’t worry, it’s  all Bush’s/Rich people/Republicans Fault. 🙂
And the only solution is “fairness”!!!  🙂
Oh, and Government Public Sector Jobs, the Unemployment rate is 4.3%.
No real shortage there. 🙂
At least two economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have contributed to President Barack Obama’s campaign. Harley Frazis of Bethesda, MD, has contributed at least $2,000 to Obama and $9,000 to the Democratic National Committee over the last three election cycles. During his time at BLS, Harley has published a number of papers including his most recent, “How to Think About Time-Use Data: What Inferences Can We Make About Long- and Short-Run Time Use from Time Diaries?”

Stephen Phillips of Washington, D.C., has contributed at least $270 to Obama during the 2012 cycle. According to his LinkedIn profile, Phillips served as an economist at BLS between June 2009 and July 2012. Phillips was responsible for examining the impact of Obamacare on Healthcare North American Industry Classification System indices.  (freebeacon)

LIBYA UPDATE

U.S. diplomats in Libya repeatedly asked the Obama administration for more security in Benghazi in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate but were “denied these resources,” two congressional lawmakers said.

House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, pressed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for more information on those requests and other concerns in a letter Tuesday.

They detailed a string of attacks and other security incidents in Benghazi starting in April, and asked the State Department what measures it took to address the threat. They claimed officials have told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee of “repeated requests” for additional security.

“Based on information provided to the committee by individuals with direct knowledge of events in Libya, the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life was the latest in a long line of attacks on Western diplomats and officials in Libya in the months leading up to September 11, 2012,” they wrote. “In addition, multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”

Spontaneous Demonstration about Film my ass!

Our 4 murdered Americans in Benghazi. Stevens, Doherty, Woods, and SmithPolitical Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Slobber Uber Alles

The Social Security Administration has released new data revealing that 8,786,049 American workers are collecting federal disability insurance payments in September. That sets yet another record for the number of Americans on disability.

Over the past 45 years, the number of American workers taking federal disability payments has increased four-fold relative to the number actually working.

It means there were only 16.2 people working for each person collecting disability. (KFYI)

But what is the Liberal media in a frenzied, zombie like slobber craze over: the Latest “Oh no! did you hear what he said” Romney/Ryan “gaffe” of the minute that is supposed horrify you and make you vote for Obama.
It’s Depressing.
Real actual news is inconsequential, even ridiculous to them. The slobbering will drown this nation.
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”. George Orwell
Was I supposed to be horrified that he said it?
Or was I supposed to be horrified that it’s more likely true than not?
We know which the Liberal Media and the Left thinks. That’s very obvious.
Gallup: About four in 10 Americans (39%) say the government should do more to solve the nation’s problems.

Trend: Some people think the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses. Others think that government should do more to solve our country's problems. Which comes closer to your own view? By party ID

Seeing the correlation? 🙂

“Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they’re used.”
― Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War

This had me ROTFL:

Since Obama has taken office ….
[through Q2 2012 for comparative purposes]

–> For every $1 added to the economy, we’ve added more than $3 in debt

–> added $5.23 trillion in debt vs. $1.68 trillion to the economy
–> 50% increase in debt vs. 12% increase in economic output

Total Public Debt:

$10,626T [Jan 20, 2009]
$15,856T [Jun 30, 2012]

–> $5.23 trillion increase in debt

GDP

$13,923T [Q1 2009]
$15,606T [Q2 2012]

–> $1.68 trillion increase in GDP

(Fox)

But you’re supposed to be horrified by Romney’s comments about YOU, you greedy pig. Not the Greedy Pigs in Washington. Or the professionally and morally bankrupt Liberal Media (Ministry of Truth).
It’s more manipulative than the “Islam is burning because of an internet movie.” line.

Leadership: The Mideast is in turmoil, the economy is faltering and the president opts to spend precious time with David Letterman, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Are we the only ones to wonder if Obama’s suited to be president?

Last week, Michelle Bachmann had it partly right when she said that “President Obama needs to get his priorities straight.”

There’s no question that Obama should, as Bachmann recommended, cancel his appearance on the Letterman show and agree to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But the idea that Obama’s problem is a mixed-up priority list is giving the president more credit than he deserves. Time and again, Obama has proved that he is simply incapable of taking the job of president seriously. And the repercussions of this grow by the day.

Let’s review last week’s evidence. Netanyahu asked for a meeting with Obama to talk about the rapid approach of a nuclear-armed Iran. Obama said no. Even the liberal press admitted this was a “highly unusual rebuff to a close ally.”

The White House excuse for skipping Netanyahu? “The president’s schedule will not permit that.” But that same day, Obama announced that he will be on the David Letterman show — his second guest appearance as president — to talk about what?

Ah, but who wants to deal with those dreary Middle East problems when you can be scoring likability points with undecided late-night-watching voters.

This is par for the course for our current president. With global unrest on the rise, we learn that Obama has skipped more than half of his intelligence briefings.

With unemployment stuck at about 8% for more than 40 months, we learn that Obama has spent more time golfing than in economic meetings of any kind, according to the Government Accountability Institute.

With the nation’s debt crisis spiraling out of control, Obama’s only solution was to offer a set of talking points he called a “balanced approach,” while labeling a detailed, serious GOP plan un-American.

Then, earlier this year, Obama produced a budget that would add more than $6 trillion to the nation’s debt pile over the next decade.

With gas prices soaring, Obama decided to cancel the Keystone oil pipeline to appease his environmentalist base, and then gave a speech to some college kids wherein he promised that the nation’s energy problems could be solved by tapping into our abundant supply of pond scum.

We could go on. And on. And on.

If all Obama wants to do in life is golf, take fancy vacations, crack jokes on late-night TV and offer meaningless policy proposals, he should go run a nonprofit and leave running the country to someone who’ll take the job seriously. (IBD)

But don’t pay attention to this, focus on what Liberal Media’s “Shock” of the Minute is and be appalled by it.

Be a zombie. Be Mindless. Be Happy. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Defining a Moment

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Recovery Summer III:

David Axelrod 2010: David Axelrod, a senior adviser to the president, said: “This summer will be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of highly-visible road, bridge, water and other infrastructure projects breaking ground across the country, giving the American people a first-hand look at the RecoveryAct in their own backyards and making it crystal clear what the cost would have been of doing nothing.”

“In the face of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, Republicans in Congress chose to play politics with economic recovery and declared the Recovery Act a failure before it even began. They made a cynical bet that if the President fails, they win. Democrats chose to act by tackling the crisis head-on. Just over a year later, the Recovery Act is putting millions of Americans to work and helping the economy grow again. But our work is far from over:”

David Axelrod 2012 with Chris Wallace: Wallace: Didn’t this White House badly misjudge this recovery? I remember in 2010, two summers ago, you and Vice President Biden were running around talking about ‘Recovery Summer.’ That was the summer of 2010 and the fact is the White House said if you got the stimulus, the $800 billion that unemployment would stay under 8%. In fact, with the stimulus, unemployment has stayed over 8% for the last 42 months. That’s three and a half years.

Axelrod: Chris, first of all, I wasn’t running around saying anything other than that we were going to have to be persistent. That it took years to get in this mess, it was going to take years to get out —

Wallace: You talking about ‘Recovery Summer’ in 2010, sir.

Axelrod: Well you should show me the tape of me saying that. I’ve been very consistent about the fact that we need to be very persistent in our efforts here.

See Above. 🙂

Now doesn’t that just a lot about Obama and his cronies lies, distortions and need to constant revise history to make it look like they are better and Bush was worse than is actually true?

Tell a Lie often enough and it becomes the Truth.

In other words, let’s talk about what the definition of is, is.(Katie Pavlich)

🙂

After all, Obama has been decrying Super PACs, while using them. Liberals decry the Citizens United decision, then use corporations as people donors for cash.

Want to know if a Liberal is a two-faced bold-face lying hypocrite?

Are they breathing?

Then then they are.

“It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the — if he — if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not — that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement. … Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”–President Clinton 1998.

“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”–President Obama

If you thought our president was saying that if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that, then you heard wrong. All he was saying was that somebody else made that happen — that you, Mr. Businessman, or Ms. Businesswoman, owe your success not to your own hard work or talent, or just plain luck and God’s help, but to somebody else — the rest of us, the Great Collective, or just those roads and bridges government built. Which is what the president meant by “that.”

Oh.

But who in real life talks like that, referring to roads and bridges not as those but that? The president of the United States, apparently.

It’s enough to make us miss plain English. And not for the first time. What ever happened to the plain meaning of words, to the way people, not politicians, talk?

Remember the days when you didn’t need an interpreter to understand what a president of the United States was saying? But that was ages ago, that is, before this year’s endless presidential campaign began.

Now the country has a president who has to keep explaining, or rather not explaining, what he said about American businessmen not creating their own businesses. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it, despite the plain meaning of words.

. .

Let’s not even go into this president’s highly debatable version of who created the Internet and why, namely: Government invented it so American companies could make money off it.

Who knew?

Yes, there was a forerunner of the Internet designed largely for military purposes called ARPAnet, and it originated with the government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, but it was developed by a private company, BBN Technologies, its hardware was designed by Honeywell, and AT&T set up the phone lines. And a number of think tanks and universities played supporting roles in that cast of thousands. If all the credits were rolled, there would be enough of them for a Hollywood blockbuster.

All in all, Mr. President, it wasn’t quite as simple as “Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet.”

Indeed, far from being designed for commercial purposes, ARPAnet was declared off-limits for private use. As late as 1982, a handbook on computing put out by MIT warned students:

“It is considered illegal to use the ARPAnet for anything which is not in direct support of government business. . . . Sending electronic mail over the ARPAnet for commercial profit or political purposes is both anti-social and illegal. By sending such messages, you can offend many people, and it is possible to get MIT in serious trouble with the government agencies which manage the ARPAnet.”

So much for government’s having invented the Internet to help American businesses make money off it.

Not that the private sector couldn’t be just as blind to the Internet’s potential. Xerox was so obsessed with making copiers in the 1970s, it couldn’t be bothered with developing the Internet — or inventing the personal computer, for that matter. All that would be left to Steve Jobs at Apple. Are we supposed to believe he didn’t build that company, that somebody else did? That it was built by all those roads and bridges?

Who knew?

This president needs a fact-checker, or at least a good copyeditor, hard as both are to come by.

. .

A wise president, or just a wise man, having been caught in so gross a misstatement, would simply say he was sorry, or maybe “No excuse,” as we were taught to say in the service after we’d screwed up royally. Then the air would be cleared, and the whole mess put behind us. Confession is good not just for the soul, but for peace of mind. What would it cost, a little false pride? And it would be more than compensated for by a healthy measure of self-respect.

Here’s a tip from an old editor: Run a correction and be done with it!

Instead, by trying to “explain” what he said, or didn’t say, our president has only prolonged this controversy and his own verbal ordeal. And he’s also entrenched the phrase, “You didn’t build that,” in American memories. Much like “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” (Paul Greenberg)

I guess was all THAT. 🙂

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Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

 

Playing Chicken with The Left

Chick-fil-A is a family owned and operated company. It has 1,615 stores in 39 states, and 2011 sales were $4.1 billion.

But don’t worry, according to Obama they didn’t build it, so is the government to blame in the end? 🙂

The backlash across the country against Chick-fil-A has been ferocious. After the mayors of Chicago and Boston heaped scorn upon the company, the mayor of Washington, DC, suggested it was peddling “hate chicken.”

Those comments drew a sharp response from Rev. William Owens of the Coalition of African American Pastors. “Some people are saying that because of the position that Chick-fil-A is taking, they don’t want them in their cities. It is a disgrace. It is the same thing that happened when I was marching for civil rights, when they didn’t want a black to come into their restaurant,” he told a press conference in Washington, DC.

The Chick-fil-A firestorm has taken on different meanings for different people. For some, it harks to the days of intolerance and segregation. For others, it is about religious views of marriage. But for most people who Fox News spoke to today, it is about free speech.

“I think it comes down to a First Amendment issue. I mean, I do believe in the traditional values of marriage between a man and a woman,” youth pastor Stephen Lenahan told Fox News after a leisurely breakfast with three members of his ministry. He is also puzzled as to why Dan Cathy is such a target, when other corporate CEOs who openly support same-sex marriage are not similarly criticized by conservatives.

Lenahan says he sees a bigger issue at work here. “There is kind of a culture war going on and people aren’t really respecting each other and difference of opinion.  There’s no dialogue taking place to get to the heart of what we really believe as a nation and what is truth.”

It is about Freedom of Speech. The Politically Correct who have been steadily growing for more than 30 years have reached their apex of intolerance.
You’re either with them 100% or you’re a Bigot/Racist/Discriminatory Hater.
Period.
No middle ground. No negotiation. NO agree to disagree.
It there way or else.
They are the morally superior and you’re a moron and bigot for daring ton disagree with them and they’ll prove it by being intolerant bullies.
The Thought Police are fully realized in their heads.
“Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime is death.”
– George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 2
It is the job of the Thought Police to uncover and punish thoughtcrime and thought-criminals. They use psychology and omnipresent surveillance (such as telescreens) to monitor, search, find and arrest members of society who could potentially challenge authority and status quo, even only by thought, hence the name Thought Police.
They use terror to achieve their ends.
The government (controlled entirely by the Inner Party) attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects, labeling unapproved thoughts with the term thoughtcrime, or “hate”, “racism”,”bigotry”.
“There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”
Remember the Drones. 🙂
Meanwhile, they take a holier-than-thou morally superior self-aggrandizing view of themselves.
So there is a protest.
Gee, it’s almost as if, once again, employing heavy-handed intimidation tactics against people who are exercising their right to free speech isn’t going so well for our friends on the liberal left. It’s almost as if the bullying isn’t working, even though it’s being done by people who perpetually paint themselves as victims. It’s almost as if Americans just want to enjoy a damn chicken sandwich for lunch without being scolded for it. (DC)
A bomb threat closed a Chick-fil-A franchise in West Virginia for several hours on Wednesday as supporters across the country participated in an organized “appreciation day” of the fast-food chain. (DC)

So let’s see if the Tea Party gets the blame for that one. 🙂
“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'”– George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3
FaceCrime
“It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself–anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face…; was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime…”- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5
Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, anyone? 🙂
FAST is designed to track and monitor, among other inputs, body movements, voice pitch changes, prosody changes (alterations in the rhythm and intonation of speech), eye movements, body heat changes, and breathing patterns. Occupation and age are also considered. A government source told CNET that blink rate and pupil variation are measured too.

Here is a quiz for you. Is predicting crime before it happens: (a) something out of Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report; (b) the subject of of a Department of Homeland Security research project that has recently entered testing; (c) a terrible and dangerous idea which will inevitably be counter-productive and which will levy a high price in terms of civil liberties while providing little to no marginal security; or (d) all of the above.

If you picked (d) you are a winner! (Atlantic)

VOTER ID IS RACIST
Here is another of the Left’s new canards and a new study shows it.

Criminal justice data shows that blacks and poor people are the most common victims of voter fraud and are the greatest beneficiaries of voter identification rules, according to a new study.

The courtroom evidence “completely contradicts the [progressive claim] that blacks, seniors, college students and other disadvantages groups are being victimized,” said Horace Cooper, an adjunct fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

“The truth is … [that] the criminals — more often than not — are Democrats violating the rights of people who tend to be black or senior,” he told The Daily Caller.

A large investigation in Virginia, for example, showed that 30 percent of fraud allegations were centered in Richmond, which has the highest percentage of African-Americans in the state. In the state a wide investigation of voter fraud produced criminal charges against 38 people.

Good voter identification procedures would reduce that fraudulent voting, and aid minorities most, Cooper said.

The new study damages progressives’ claims that the popular demand for voter identification laws mask a GOP effort to suppress the vote of racial and ethnic minorities who support Democratic candidates.

That claim has been central to a variety of Democratic efforts to block voter ID laws in critical swing-states, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

For example, the New York-based Brennan Center claims that “as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not have government-issued photo,” and that people should be allowed to use other form of identification when voting.

President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice has also sued to block voter ID laws. Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly suggested these laws are racist and intended to suppress African-American voting.

But GOP politicians and activists say voter ID laws are needed to suppress a significant level of fraudulent voting in general elections and in primaries.

The campaign for better voter-identification laws has public support — polls show overwhelming support for new laws — as well as support from the Supreme Court.

The court has already approved voter ID laws in various states, including Georgia, despite furious opposition among progressives and Democratic activists.

Cooper’s study highlighted cases where inadequate voter ID rules allowed political operatives to submit fraudulent votes under the names of local minorities.

Three times as many Democrats as Republicans have been charged with voter fraud, he said.

In Troy, New York, four Democratic officials have pled guilty to forging mail-in ballots. The fake ballots were submitted under the names of people who “live in low-income housing [because] there is a sense that they are a lot less likely to ask any questions. … What appears as a huge conspiracy to nonpolitical persons is really a normal political tactic,” Democratic Committeeman Anthony DeFiglio told the police as he plead guilty.

A particular problem is fraudulent voting during low-turnout primary elections, which allows corrupt Democratic party bosses to keep control over elected representatives, former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis told TheDC.

“The people who engage in the in-person fraud, or the theft and interception of ballots, or the people who try to [arrange votes by] illegal felons and aliens … are doing so at the expense of minorities that they fear won’t show up” during the election, Cooper said.

Often, “it is their view that minorities aren’t reliable voters and that they need to manipulate the outcome on their behalf,” he said.

“If that’s not bigoted and racist, I don’t know what it,” he added. (DC)

But the Politically correct will call you a bigot for even daring to disagree with them. You know it, they know it.
So you just have to embraced it and stand up to the Thought Police Police Bully.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS POLITICALLY INCORRECT
FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A THOUGHTCRIME
SO EMBRACE YOUR INNER BIGOT AND SPEAK YOUR MIND AND YOUR OWN THOUGHTS! 🙂

NOVEMBER IS COMING

 

Giveaway

Still smarting from his “you didn’t build that” comment, President Obama opened another window into his far-left thinking. According to his world view, Americans keeping more of what’s theirs is a “giveaway.”

Speaking last Wednesday in New Orleans at a campaign event, Obama talked about “another trillion-dollar giveaway for millionaires” in reference to an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.

A day later, White House spokesman Jay Carney did the same thing. He called the extension “another $1 trillion giveaway to the wealthiest Americans.”

What they are talking about is the House Republicans’ opposition to legislation approved in the Senate that would raise taxes on those earning more than $250,000 a year, a sum less than the president makes yet is somehow considered to be the mark of wealth.

As a president who has done a good job of insulating himself from anyone who would challenge him, Obama wasn’t asked to explain his statement.

But Carney was.

ABC’s Jake Tapper wanted to know what he would “say to a small-business owner who says that’s not a giveaway, that’s my money, and by the way, I’m going to need some of that money in order to help pay the health care of individuals that I’m now mandated to do?”

Tapper further said, “It’s not giving anything away; it’s allowing me to keep my money.”

It’s a straightforward question that deserves a straightforward answer.

But it didn’t get one. Carney prattled on in response, but he would not address the point, which is:

How can government officials make a moral claim on money earned by others?

Jake Tapper:

TAPPER: You used the word “giveaway,” and President Obama, in his statement yesterday, used the word “giveaway,” referring to the extension of the Bush — lower — the lower Bush tax cut rates for the — I guess, the top 1 or 2 percent of the country, people making over $200,000 a year or couples making 250. What do you say to a small-business owner who says, that’s not a giveaway; that’s my money, and by the way, I’m going to need some of that money in order to help pay for health care of individuals that I’m now mandated to do; it’s not giving anything away; it’s allowing me to keep my money?

CARNEY: Well, the phrasing of the question leaves out a few things, which is, one, this tax cut that the Senate passed and that the president supports would go to 97 percent of small businesses in America, 97 percent. Further, this president has cut the taxes of small businesses in America 18 times, independent of this. So he’s — his focus on assisting small businesses, which he considers the engine of economic growth in this country, the engine of job creation in this country, has been intense and will continue to be.

The Earth’s rotation just stopped because of the Spin… But hey, if you tell a lie often enough it become the Truth. 🙂

TAPPER: Yes, I left out people I wasn’t talking about.

CARNEY: Well, no, but I mean, your — but your question framed it around the — so you’re talking about the 3 percent here. And as we’ve noted, under the definition of small businesses that Republicans trot out when they’re insisting on these tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires means that –

TAPPER: I wasn’t talking about millionaires and billionaires.

CARNEY: No, but it means –

TAPPER: I was talking about somebody making over $200,000 a year.

CARNEY: Sure. But I mean, again, that’s 97 percent of people who file — small businesses that file taxes under the individual tax code will receive this tax cut. Many of the remaining, you know, self-described small businesses that we’re talking about, we’re talking about hedge fund managers often, and law firm partners.

And addressing those small businesses that fall in the remaining category — this tax cut goes to everybody. This is an often- misunderstood fact in reporting and, I think, just in general that giving this tax cut — extending this tax cut to 98 percent of Americans, those who make up to $250,000, means that everyone gets it, even those who make millions and billions, up to the first $250,000 of income, so that for a family — that includes everyone, OK, and including small businesses that file in this manner.

Secondly, the president — the president believes that small businesses are so important that he has dedicated a lot of energy and focus on providing tax credits and tax incentives and tax cuts to small businesses throughout his three and a half years in office.

Beyond that, he believes that extending the high-end Bush tax cuts again is something we simply cannot afford. We — you know, we’re talking about a trillion dollars over a decade. We’ve seen what happened when these tax cuts, which you may recall — you and I were covering it — were sold initially as a payback from the budget surpluses that were achieved under the Clinton administration. And then when the economy ran into trouble and those surpluses were beginning to erode, it was sold as an economic stimulus measure. And what we got was middle-class income stagnating, the slowest expansion in 50 years and an economic crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen in more than 70 years. So –

TAPPER: I’m not — the question is this: Why is it a “giveaway”? Why are you guys using — you and President Obama — using the term “giveaway” when even if you support the Senate Democrats’ bill, it’s not technically a giveaway; it is allowing people to keep the tax cut that they got in 2001 and 2002?

CARNEY: Right, but these are tax cuts that we cannot afford, that do not, by — as — by the estimates of credible, independent economists do not measurably help the economy and do not — in the way that tax cuts to working and middle-class Americans help the economy.

And you know, we have to make choices. And it is a — it is a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans that we simply can’t afford.

And the — and those who say that, oh, well, it — you know, that it’s terrible for the economy — remember, again, you and I were there and covered it. There were proclamations of gloom and doom, of economic crisis and stagnation and recession that were promised by Republicans when President Clinton instituted the tax rates that existed throughout the ’90s. And instead of everything that Republicans predicted, we got the longest peacetime expansion — economic expansion in our history. We got 24 million jobs created, so — and plenty — as the president says, plenty of millionaires and billionaires created as well.

So it’s a matter –

TAPPER: You can feel free to run on President Clinton’s record, but that’s –

CARNEY: — it’s a matter of choices. I mean, that’s what the — I think the president makes clear. We can’t afford this tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. It is a giveaway that we cannot afford. Middle-class Americans need that tax cut. Our economy needs it for 98 percent of the country.

TAPPER: Okay, I’m going to change the subject. Vice President Biden issued a rather strong statement yesterday about an unattributed quote or unattributed quotes from unnamed Romney advisers in a British newspaper. The Romney campaign’s response was that unattributed quotes should not merit a response from the vice president of the United States. And I wondered if you had any response to that.

CARNEY: Well, I’ll leave specific campaign questions to the — for the campaign to answer. I find it a little ironic, given some of the attention paid to quotes from unnamed — alleged unnamed Obama campaign advisers that have been the focus of attention on the — of the Romney campaign.

What I can say is that the record here is what matters. When this president came into office, our alliances were under strain and frayed; our standing in the world had been diminished. In the three and a half years that President Obama has been in office, he has strengthened our alliances around the world, including and in particular with NATO countries and including and in particular with the United Kingdom, with whom we have a remarkably strong bond, a special relationship that has never been stronger. And you know, I’ll leave the back-and-forth to the campaign.

But let’s talk about policy and fact here. And I would note that in that article in question, again, as a matter of policy, the only difference that I could tell, aside from the quote that’s gotten a lot of attention that was focused on, was the need to — you know, that the only difference in policy proposals that seemed apparent were that we should move a bust from one room to another in the White House. And that was a principal policy difference, which is pretty preposterous.

This president has strengthened our alliances; he has built up American credibility around the globe; he has kept his commitments to end the war in Iraq, to take the fight to al-Qaida, to wind down our war in Afghanistan, to rebalance our focus towards Asia, which was neglected in the eight years prior to President Obama coming into office. And he is meeting all those commitments.

BS OVERLOAD!

The public needs to be clear about how this administration and many Democrats think. It’s more than a big-government mindset. It’s a government-is-god mentality.

The idea that government owns all and has the authority to manage everyone’s life is corrosive. The president doesn’t think that individuals should be recognized and compensated for their business success.

He wants to take them down a few notches and diminish and socialize their achievements. That’s neither a plan for prosperity nor an advancement of human dignity.

The language is as disturbing as it sounds. It is not consistent with deeply cherished ideals of American freedom. It is not democratic. It is not republican. It is primitive, tribal, backward, regressive. It hearkens back to an earlier age in which monarchs ruled absolutely and, as well, a more recent era of totalitarian governments.

The language itself is also dangerous. What kind of society would we have if the government indeed owned everything? What sort of economy would that produce? Imagine the quality of life under such an arrangement.

Actually, we don’t have to use our imaginations. All we have to do is look at Cuba. North Korea. The Soviet Union. East Germany. Maoist China. Murderous failures all.

No, we’re not saying that the administration wants to use those nations as models for a transformed U.S. We’re merely pointing out that, taken to its logical conclusion, the idea that government owns all will produce a totalitarian system.

It can’t be any other way.

Americans should be deeply offended that anyone would categorize the act of keeping one’s own money as a giveaway. And they should be profoundly alarmed when policymakers and their aides hold that view because they can turn their beliefs into oppressive law.

Remember, government creates neither wealth nor jobs. It has to take everything that it owns, and that requires force — real or implied.

Obama was elected in 2008 on a platform of hope and change. The promises sounded good to many even if they were not defined.

Now those terms have taken shape — unmistakably and unsettlingly so.

If a government that owns all is the change Obama promised in 2008, and it becomes the dominant governing philosophy of this country, then there’s not much hope left. (IBD)

Giveaway. That’s your Money. And you need to give it away to the government. After all, they are so vastly better and morally righteous in spending it than you are. 🙂

So give it up!