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Do you want to live in Europe?…

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If so, you’re in luck, and you don’t even have to move!

Read Larry Kudlow’s piece on Obama’s war on business.

And His Oneness wants to discourage individual charity by the “rich”.

Psychiatrist  Dr. Lyle Rossiter says Obama is corrupting America with socialism.   Of course, if you live under socialism,  corruption is the only way to get ahead,  so it’s an automatic degradation of any culture it touches.

Welcome to socialism,  welcome to Europe,  and welcome to Hell.

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February 28, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Speaking to the troops…

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I just caught a snippet of Pres. Obama speaking on TGIF at Camp Lejeune.    I would characterize the applause as polite,   and his two sentences were telling the troops they “got the job done” in Iraq.  That seems to be as close as he came to using “victory” or “success”.

The backdrop was the usual military personnel,  but the segment visible in the shot was all female,  except for a Caucasian male directly behind him,  and and had only one other Caucasian.    From what I hear,  the military is less than enamored with its commander-in-chief,  and with good reason.

Perhaps they know this.

Yes,  Attorney General Eric Holder just announced  “…there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make,  and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons.”  Ah,  yes,  the dreaded assault weapon,  an evil so great it can’t be seen!

Actually, there is no such thing as an “assault weapon”  —  that’s just the scary name liberals attach to the next set of guns they want banned.    And we’ve already heard His Oneness say there’s no reason for anyone to carry a concealed weapon,   which prompted a missive asking that he disarm his Secret Service agents.    Along with Sen. Feinstein,  our glorious leader apparently thinks he is worthy of protection,  but we citizens are not.

Remember:   the only difference between “subjects” and “citizens”  is firepower.

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February 28, 2009 at 12:22 am

Ignoring the Constitution…

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If you’re wondering how we got from freedom to socialism,  Walter Williams has a grand column on ignoring the Constitution.

And James Lewis has a brain-rattling piece on the greed of socialism, here.

Meanwhile,  the House is debating a bill giving District of Columbia residents voting representation in Congress, d espite the fact that it isn’t a State,  and the Constitution clearly says “the several States”.   D.C.  residents already get back $5 for every $1 they pay in taxes,  so the Founders were perfectly correct in calculating that a “state” acting as the seat of government would have an inordinate amount of influence.    Which is exactly what Democrats want,  of course,  and a Republican is helping them.    Time to check in with Specter,  Collins and Snowe to see if they’ll continue their traitorous behavior.


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February 26, 2009 at 11:53 pm

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Obama wraps himself in flags…

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His Oneness has gone from refusing to wear a flag lapel pin to literally surrounding himself with American flags.

About all that’s left at this point is for him to drape a couple over his head.    Judging by the stock market’s reaction,  I’d say the theater props aren’t working so well.

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February 26, 2009 at 11:44 pm

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Rainbow’s end….

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After the stimulus bill, the earmark-filled spending bill,  and Obama’s professorial speech,  we need something that doesn’t stink like fish guts rotting on a dock.

I’ve found the end of a rainbow – and it ain’t over Capitol Hill.  Enjoy!

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February 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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Market down some more…

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After His Oneness’s untruthful,  anti-business speech Tuesday night,  is anyone surprised that the stock market is down even more?   The President spent an hour telling us that private business and the free market are not to be tolerated in his socialist workers’ paradise,  and that the federal government will suck up all the equity it can find,  so why wouldn’t the business sector have ZERO confidence that it will be allowed to do anything to make a profit!

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February 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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More reactions to the speech…

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Bill Kristol points out the obvious, that Obama is not a  war president.

On his first outing to a joint session of Congress,  it’s odd Obama barely mentioned foreign policy.    Once again,  I find His Oneness to be a curiously detached President.    When he wants to appear passionate about something,  he simply speaks louder and makes additional gestures.    It’s all theater, isn’t it?

Much to my astonishment, MSNBC did  some fact-checking on The Speech.

I found the text of Gov. Jindal’s response fine,  but the delivery was off.    Granted, it’s hard to follow a presidential speech,  but he’s capable of much,  much better.

I forgot to mention that His Oneness claimed America invented the automobile.    The earliest ancestor was made by the French, the more modern one by the Germans.    We deserve credit for mass production and affordability.

He also said the transcontinental railroad was built during our Civil War,   more properly called the War Between the States.    The Late Unpleasantness ended in 1865,  which is when construction of the railroad began.

I am reminded yet again that this man,  widely claimed to be brilliant and well-educated,  repeatedly displays either an astonishing ignorance of history or a total failure to comprehend it.    I lean towards the latter,  but find it very troubling in any event.

His self-confidence is that of the true believer.    He’s unruffled that none of his high-tech whiz kids did a basic fact check on the Net.    He is deeply anti-business,  holding that government should direct all health care and all education.    How could he presume that the same programs which have failed everywhere else will be made to work by a government  which has long botched Medicaid and Medicare?    This isn’t confidence,  but arrogance,   and it’s typical of the socialist mindset.

And that is another reason why I say that the stimulus bill achieved Obama’s real goal, which was not to rescue the economy.    Nor do I believe the tax troubles of Geithner,  Daschle and others were unknown to him  —  they were simply unimportant.

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February 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm

The speech…

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It didn’t take long for His Oneness to repeat his new mantra of   “save or create”  jobs.    Once again he blames deregulation for irresponsible mortgage lending.   That’s just a flat-out lie.

We are instructed that we can’t afford to  “yield to the politics of the moment”,  but he ‘s using this moment to warn that failing to enact all his plans will result  in a bad economy for decades.    So he is certainly wallowing in the politics of the moment.

“I reject the view that our problems will take care of themselves.”  Straw man alert!!

His medical bankruptcy number is another lie.    In 2007 only 41,000 non-business bankruptcies were caused by medical bills,  not the more than 1 million Obama implied.    And the nasty secret is that seniors who qualify for Medicare are 125% more likely to go bankrupt than people under age 65.

Now   he’s pushing  “preventive health care”  as a cost-saving measure.    Let’s  apply some logic.   If you drop dead from a heart attack at 50, you  cost a whole lot less than someone who totters on until 90.    And how many people have you known who spent the last 6 months or a year of their life in sheer misery because Medicare   insisted on a procedure which was invasive,   only mitigated a problem,  and had a painful recovery which exhausted  the resources of the elderly?    I can think of a half-dozen who’ve told me they wished they’d never had that last operation because it completely destroyed what quality of life they had.    BEING OLD AND ILL IS EXPENSIVE!!

The stimulus bill didn’t have any earmarks?    It was one,  gigantic earmark.    Chalk up another whopper.

Now His Oneness calls for a carbon cap-and-trade bill.    He doesn’t mention this would have the same effect on the economy as a direct carbon tax,  nor does he tell us  he’s relying  on the revenue from emission allowance auctions to fund alternative energy sources and other parts of the budget goodies,  though the Washington Post let that slip.    Is  the smartest  politician in the world unaware that Europe’s carbon schemes have been a total failure?

Now the Teller of Untruths in Chief proclaims  that families who make under  $250,000 annually won’t see their taxes increase by a single dime.    But the de facto carbon tax will affect every single  person in the USA.

And  he says he doesn’t believe in bigger government,  which is the biggest lie of all.    Trying to pass off massive government intervention and interference as mere pragmatism is breathtakingly audacious.    And if people don’t wake up,  he may succeed.

Obama delivers a prepared speech well,  but his ideas weren’t  new when George McGovern had most of them.    This combination practically screams,  “Danger, Will Robinson!”    It has also given me a first-class headache.

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February 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

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Obama and Lincoln…

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Obama wants us to study Lincoln.

Yes, we should,  for an historical example of how to claim one thing, and do quite another.    Lincoln freed the slaves!    The only slaves the Emancipation Proclamation freed were in the states which had seceded from the Union,  over which Lincoln held no authority.

In his speech on Lincoln’s birthday, His Oneness said Lincoln sought no revenge and insisted no Confederate troops be punished.    Do you know who owned the land which is now Arlington National Cemetary?    Gen. Robert E.  Lee,  who didn’t relinquish it voluntarily —  it was seized by the Federal Government.

His Oneness also claimed Lincoln valued national unity above all else.    Actually, Lincoln had a  setup  similar  to that of Great Britain with the colonies.    He much preferred dealing wish a weak,  agrarian South with no choice but to provide cheap raw materials to the industrializing North.   The North could  manufacture finished products to sell back to the South at much higher prices.    For many, many years,  railroad rates were higher South to North than vice versa.

You didn’t learn any of this in your history classes?    Of course not  — history is generally written by the winners.    But some of the losers have very long memories.

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February 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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Household evolution…

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The evolution of the household,  from Woman’s Day.

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February 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm

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