Friday, May 15, 2009

How does your state rank for freedom?

(Via Karen DeCoster)

The ratings are in--see how your state does. North Carolina ranks #23 overall--that means we're barely on the right side of the less freedom-more freedom midpoint. I'm surprised we weren't on the other side.

You must click on the link below

You must. The Obama demands it.

The Link.

How about some good news for a change?

(Via Wired)

How about a plane full of passengers who were likely saved from a mid-ocean water landing by an observant USAF noncom in transit to his duty station.

Staff Sgt. Bartek Bachleda, you are indeed Da Man!

So does this mean that the march toward neo-socialism is going to stop?

(Via the Drudge Report)

President Barack Obama, calling current deficit spending “unsustainable,” warned of skyrocketing interest rates for consumers if the U.S. continues to finance government by borrowing from other countries.

“We can’t keep on just borrowing from China,” Obama said at a town-hall meeting in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, outside Albuquerque. “We have to pay interest on that debt, and that means we are mortgaging our children’s future with more and more debt.”

Holders of U.S. debt will eventually “get tired” of buying it, causing interest rates on everything from auto loans to home mortgages to increase, Obama said. “It will have a dampening effect on our economy.”


I sincerely doubt it. Not when he continues to push ahead with credit card "reform", health care "reform", rainbows, unicorns and puppies for everyone.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Well, that didn't take long

It seems that yesterday's idea of the government setting pay for executives in the finance sector needed improvement, and the bloviating Bwarney Fwrank obliges. Oh, he's not for limiting their pay, you understand, just how they are paid.

I'm sure that those effected will appreciate this subtle difference.

Just for the record

The notion that banks were forced to take TARP money and cough up preferred shares to our benighted government is now confirmed as fact.

Please note that it started under the leadership of that noted ""compassionate conservative" George W. Bush, who may have been the former but hardly the latter.

The Obama has only taken advantage of what his predecessor started.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

And those green sprouts just keep coming up

Our Lord and Master, The Obama, along with his dedicated cheerleaders in the legacy media and his tame bureaucrat lapdogs such as Timothy Geithner, is telling us that things are getting better. Well, maybe so, but I still see a lot of troubling things out there.

Chrysler's dire condition explains why vice-chairman Tom LaSorda has been so busy trying to sell the company - and why he has been so unsuccessful. LaSorda revealed in his affidavit that he had spent two-and-a-half years trying to find a partner for Chrysler.

I would seem that Chrysler is in such poor condition that no buyer could be found, until Fiat decided to partner with the company (after a large injection of taxpayer money). Suicidal, perhaps? Or betting that The Obama will do whatever it takes to keep those good union workers (who tend to vote Democrat) with their feet in the trough gainfully employed.

The Obama administration wants government to have a say in how financial institutions pay their employees and is working to change Wall Street practices so that compensation is more closely tied to performance over time.

From each according to abilities, to each according to his needs. Supply and demand in the talent market be damned, it's about fairness. *gag*

Not content with getting his claws deeply into the big banks, Geithner and his master also want to get a piece of the small banks as well.


Credit unions, you're next.

Speaking of Geithner...

"I feel strongly that we need to make significant amendments to the Commodity Exchange Act, the securities laws and other relevant laws to enable the government to comprehensively regulate the OTC derivatives market for the first time."

Busy boy today, aren't you Timmy? I hope you get a good night's sleep tonight. You have to be tired from a long day of destroying our free(ish) markets.

Weak retail sales and sinking banks stocks (thanks, Tim) sent the markets into a bit of a tailspin today.

Cheer up traders. Maybe Tim will wake up tomorrow with laryngitis.

Monday, May 11, 2009

And the sheep went willingly to the slaughter

Leaders of the health care industry have offered $2 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years. The goal is to make insurance more affordable so the government does not create a system to enroll middle-class workers and their families that directly competes with the health care industry.

As screwed up as our health care system can be, it's still better than any other out there as far as I'm concerned. But instead of fighting Obama's creeping socialism, the health care industry has chosen to embrace the suck and start down the path--only at a stately walk rather than dead run.

It seems that Bill Ruger is whispering from beyond the grave, and these idiots are listening. I just hope that they are subject to the same rationing of care that us little people will be.

But trust me, I won't be holding my breath,

Dick Cheney, Snarkmeister

Asked about recent verbal broadsides between Limbaugh and Powell, Cheney said, “If I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I'd go with Rush Limbaugh,” Cheney said. “My take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn't know he was still a Republican.”

I have to agree. Rush Limbaugh may not always be my cup of tea, but if I had to make a choice of what I'd like the Republicans to act like, I'd take him over Powell any day.

Of course, to act like that, the Republican Party would have to have balls, and I just don't see any in evidence right now.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Trapped

For Mother's Day, we left Mom alone for a change (which suited her just fine). Daughter is working at her summer job, and Son and I decided a little trap shooting, kinda-sorta, was a good way to get out of Mom's hair for 2-3 hours. We didn't practice any of the multiple disciples of the sport; we just shot from a single station at relatively straight-away targets. Son is just getting into shotguns and I am a confirmed long gun guy, so this is enough challenge, thanks.

Our best strings were 5 straight for Son and 7 straight for me. We are both insufferably pleased with ourselves.

Star Trek

If you haven't went to see the new Star Trek movie...

GO NOW.

I watched the original series during it's first run on TV. (Yes, I am that old, unfortunately.) I was prepared to dislike the movie if they screwed around with canon. Don't mess with my childhood memories, pal.

It's hard to say a lot about the movie without giving it away the coolest plot twist. Hard core fans are going start out with a big WTF?, but trust me, hang in there--all will be explained around 2/3 through. Canon is not only preserved, but I think it's honored. We're set for a whole new series of great stories in the tradition of TOS. (We can finally wash the taste of Capt. Lameway and the USS Lost In Space out of our minds.)

I can also say Thank God that we're back to an Enterprise that doesn't loose it's warp drive, shields, weapons or some other important system at the first weapons impact. (Star Fleet Engineering must be back in business.)

And damn, for prurient bonus points, there's one of those green-skinned girls. Woo-hoo!