Friday, February 13, 2009

Brigid on self defense

I really ought to stop by Brigid's place more often. She's a great writer and a heck of a thinker as well.

As a father who will all too soon send his Daughter off to college, I'm going to make very sure that she reads these words of wisdom several times before she leaves. I may print them out and laminate them to the back of her dorm room door as well.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Woo-hoo! We're gonna get stimulated good and hard!

(Via the Drudge Report)

But we're going to be blindfolded for it.

Kinky.

Like a few ashes with that victory?

On the eve of a hard victory on his "stimulus" package. Mr. Obama has been dealt another setback--Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his nomination for commerce secretary. Sounding a bit like a divorce complaint, Sen. Gregg cited "irresolvable conflicts" over the stimulus bill and the Obama administrations attempt to take over the 2010 census.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs tried to pin the blame on Gibbs, saying that Gibbs had asked to be nominated and that he had said he could support Obama-rama's policies.

I think he looked in the mirror and just couldn't see himself wearing a socialist suit.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not my thing, but

I don't do "This Day in History" type posts, but Tam does on occasion. Today's is particularly good, if you're into planes.

Attention, Republican National Committee...

I'm working on a little list of RINOs to be read out of the party. If anyone at the RNC is listening, here are the first 3 names to make the list:
  • Arlen Specter
  • Olympia Snowe
  • Susan Collins
And while I have your attention, let me clue you in on something else--stop asking me for money until you start being the party of "kick ass and take names". I've even made it easy for you--the first three names are already on the list.

In this time of stimulus

I have something for you to consider:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, followed always by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Alexander Fraser Tytler

Finally, something I can laugh at

(As in, "laugh at because it's funny" rather than "laugh at because it's pitiful". I've had way too much of that with The Bringer of Light lately.)

Step 1: Put down your drink.
Step 2: Swallow any drink in your mouth.
Step 3: Click on this link.
Step 4: If you can't quite make out the picture, click on it to enlarge.

Those of you with any military service will definitely get the humor.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Revenue collections musts have slowed down again

Because North Carolina's "Operation Slowdown" is back on the road. If I were passing through my beloved home state on an Interstate highway, I'd take them seriously. They love you out-of-towners.

I hate it when that happens

So on Monday, the Head Tax Cheat's bank rescue plan is delayed and the market goes down. Tuesday, he reveals the plan, and the market just doesn't go down, it tanks.

Sucks to be him, huh?

Monday, February 09, 2009

Incoming!

Well, whether or not you wish to be stimulated, you are going to be. It may be a procedural vote, but this is what it will look like when the real thing occurs.

Allow me to note the three RINOs who are going to vote for this package of pork and payback:
  • Arlen Specter
  • Olympia Snowe
  • Susan Collins
Good people of Pennsylvania and Maine--WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? You need to be burning up the phones, running the faxes out of paper and crashing their email servers. Even though it won't make one bit of difference in whether or not this legal theft order is passed, you will send a message to your RINO Senators that they need to get back on the reservation, pronto. At least we can remove any pretense by the other side that this monstrosity is in any way "bi-partisan".

Is the Big O a Big Flop?

Honestly, it's too early to answer that question, but the preliminary results are starting to come in, and things aren't looking to promising for The Big O.

First, consider one of his favorite themes on the campaign trail, "post-partisanship". Mr. Obama made a big deal of of his "Hope" and "Change" message, stating that he wanted to lead Washington into an era of "post-partisanship". Unfortunately, the Democrat-controlled Congress apparently didn't get that memo, and has busily been working on a spending package of goodies for all their constituencies, cunningly disguised as an "economic stimulus plan". Support for this plan, once high among voters, is now down to 37%, or perhaps less by now. Except for a few RINOs, the Big O can't get anyone outside his party to support this misbegotten bill, and has had to resort to hitting the stump after only 3 weeks in office to try and gin up support for it. While he probably will eventually get his bill (in some form), I'm unsure that it can be seen as a big win for Team O.

Second, the economy isn't going along with his plans, either. Lack of a stimulus package aside, Secretary of the Treasury and Head Tax Cheat Timothy Geithner has pushed back the announcement of his plan for spending the second installment of the original TARP monies. As usual, the lack of good bailout news is currently driving the stock markets down. One has to wonder how long it will take Joe and Jane Main Street to reach the conclusion that the only thing propping the markets up is government spending. When they do, and they start their stock sales and money market/mutual fund/401(k)/403(b)/other saving vehicle withdrawals, watch the floor fall out. The government can't print enough money fast enough to stop that one. Hello-o-o Dow 4000.

Third, our enemies scent blood in the water. While it deserves more detail, we've seen actions taken that have closed most of our supply routes into Afghanistan, which, if not successfully countered, will force us to pull a Nixon--declare victory and leave. Iran is poking the Big O through the bars of his Presidential cage with sharp sticks, and we've just had our first beheading video of the Big O's "rule". The Big O appears weak on the world stage, and our enemies are lining up to take advantage while they can.

We can add to that a duo of failed cabinet nominations, picking a fight with Rush Limbaugh and a host of other gaffes and miscues just to add some zest to the mix.

All in all, an inauspicious start to the Big O's reign. Of course, it's perfectly possible that he may get his metaphorical feet under him and overcome this, but he's piling up problems faster than Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton combined. One could say that he is ignoring Rule #1--When you find you've dug yourself into a hole, STOP DIGGING!

His numbers in the public opinion polls are falling, down around 16% from the beginning of his term. To be fair, this usually happens in the early days of a Presidency, and given how high the expectations were in this particular case, shouldn't be a big surprise. However, it does give his political foes on both sides of the aisle the beginnings of an opening that could eventually be used to marginalize him, making him yet another one-term president, more caretaker than leader.