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Pravda gives Obama credit…

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For  those too young,  or history-challenged,  to remember,  Pravda is the Russian media outlet which grew out of the original official propaganda organ of the  of the Communist Party’s Central Committee.

For those thinking His Oneness is doing a swell job,  this is Pravda’s comment on the descent of America into radicalism under the Obama administration,  and the death of capitalism.

It has some factual errors,  and I don’t agree with everything,  but  it’s hard to argue that Americans have put up anything approaching a sufficient defense against the Obama team  creating an America Michelle can be  proud of,  but few of us will recognize.

If it doesn’t creep you out,  you’re not paying attention.

But there  is some resistance to government,  albeit a bit bizarre,  in New Hampshire.

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May 31, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Heed Brigitte Gabriel…

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Kathy Shaidle brings us a three-part interview with the incredibly brave and feisty Brigitte Gabriel.   This links to the last part,  which contains links to the first and second.

If you believe Muslim activists aren’t trying the same tactics here  they’ve used successfully in Europe and elsewhere,  read this account of a conference being canceled  because  it would feature  the outspoken Dutch parliamentarian,  Geert Wilders.

I’ve already written to Mr. Negri,  telling him that I will not be staying at Lowe’s on my next visit to his fair city,  because I would not feel safe in an establishment manged by someone comfortable with Somali warloards.    And I hope the conference sues Negri personally, and his employer,  because his last minute cancellation of the contract was only to sabotage the conference,  not to protect anyone other than his extremist Muslim friends.

UPDATE:  The counterterrorism group which got canceled  is suing!

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May 30, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Progressive pain…

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Where is unemployment the worst?    The red states,  surely,  full of those uneducated dullards clinging to their God and guns.    Actually,  in April the unemployment figure remained 20% higher in states won by Obama than in those won by McCain.

And the stimulus doesn’t appear to be stimulating many jobs for anyone but the government.    Remember that a job is permanent, productive employment.    Work isn’t permanent,  and may or may not be productive,   such as all the folks lining up for training in the “green-collar” jobs His Oneness assures us are forthcoming.

A recent Spanish study shows that 2 regular jobs are lost for every green job created,  and with the other damaging policies on his wish list,  what’s left of our economy will be choked to death by the environmentalists intent on killing domestic energy production of carbon forms.    Job seekers shouldn’t look to the stimulus, either — the White House’s own numbers reveal that of the 150,000 jobs it claims to have created,   thousands are  summer jobs for youths.

Obama claimed the stimulus would help build a  “21st Century infrastructure,”  but it has already become evident that,  at best,   it will be only a face-lift.

Never mind that Obama admitted to CNN :   “Well, we are out of money now. We are operating in deep deficits, not caused by any decisions we've made on health care so far. This is a consequence of the crisis that we've seen and in fact our failure to make some good decisions on health care over the last several decades."

So the rapidly increasing deficit,  should be blamed not on his own reckless spending, but on the failure to socialize health care sooner!

According to a recent  study for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC),  from 1998 to 2007,   more than 1,100 people per day — many of them high-income earners — moved from the 9 highest-income-tax states primarily to the 9 no-income-tax states.   For example,  after New Jersey implemented its “half-millionaire” tax hike in 2005,  the state lost 4,000 half-millionaires.   As billionaire Tom Golisano recently wrote in The New York Post,  his move from the Empire State to the Sunshine State will save him over  $5 million annually in state taxes.

When the University of Colorado’s Barry Poulson examined reasons for states’ prosperity or lack thereof from 1964 to 2004,  he found  “a significant negative impact of higher marginal tax rates on state economic growth.”   The ALEC study confirmed this,  finding that from 1998 to 2007,  states with no income tax created 89% more jobs and boasted 32% faster personal income growth than high-tax states.    How, um,  un-progressive…

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May 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Dancing with dealers?

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Is the Obama team closing GOP-supporting car dealers?    There has been some chatter on the net about which ones are being closed,  and how many seem to have been given no specific reason or a formula by which status was determined.

I had assumed that more supporters of Obama opponents would be in the car business,  so more of them would be closed.  Then I read a Reuters report that a lawyer for some dealers said closing 25% of the dealerships wasn’t Chrysler’s idea,  but the government’s  (which the White House is denying in carefully parsed language).

Josh Painter at Redstate  has posted  a corral of pertinent links.

But this Washington Examiner piece suggests I may have to rethink the matter.    And now the Wall Street Journal is wondering if the Obama administration is turning Chrysler into a patronage machine.

With Fiat waffling,  and so many of the GM bondholders still resisting their assigned role as doormats,   this column by Michael Barone on gangster government is a  must-read.

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May 30, 2009 at 2:24 am

Subjected to inventory…

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“Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory … of how we are taking responsibility.”

Those are Speaker Pelosi’s words,  and they ought to scare you spitless,  because she’s talking to the Chinese about combating climate change.    She also declared a healthy environment a human right,  and that governments would have to make decisions and choices based on science,  something neither she nor the Obama administration has any intention of doing.

“They also have to do it with openness,  transparency and accountability to the people,”  she said. ”  Everyone has to have their situation improved by it.”

If you still harbored the faint hope that the eco-Nazis wanted to heal the earth instead of increasing power,  this should disabuse you  of that quaint notion.

If you find the current level of government intrusion into your life a cause for concern,  just wait until liberals legislate themselves the right to tell you what vehicle to drive — oh, wait,  Obama is in the process of doing that.    Mark my words —  it will be less than 2 years before Congress cranks up standards  and regulations to such an extent that only government-owned manufacturers will be able to meet them.   If too many people try to hang on to their non-conforming vehicles,  there will be lawsuits against them for potential vehicular homicide,   since tiny cars invariably lose crash contests.    Democrats in Congress will nobly step forward to “protect” us environmental heathens and legislate the larger vehicles out of existence.  Except for theirs,  of course.

Meanwhile,  if your electricity comes from coal,  as it does in much of the Southeast  and elsewhere,  you will be forced to either pay exorbitant amounts for “cleaner” power,  or go back to candles and fireplaces  — no,  wood-burning fireplaces are already outlawed in California.    Perhaps they’ll let us burn vegetable peelings and rags,   and the upholstery from the cars we once drove.

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May 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Instant justice…

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That’s what Ralph Peters wants for terrorists,  his point being that dead ones end problems,  while live ones always cause them.    He correctly posits that the Gitmo which needed to be closed was a fabrication,  not a reality.

What he doesn’t say,  because it’s understood by anyone with common sense,  is that there will be far fewer captures by American troops.  What is the point of taking captives if all you can do is ask very nicely if they would please tell you everything they know?   I exaggerate,  but not by much,  because the Army Field Manual  is quite restrictive in the methods of interrogation allowed.

Peters offers several amusing suggestions for placement of the detainees which will never occur,  but the Wall Street Journal wonders where they could go.  Obama’s thoughtlessness on the second day of his administration has created  a huge problem for Democrats, and is certainly pushback against  his reputation as a deep thinker.

Democrats beat back in committee a proposal by Rep.  Todd Tiahrt to prohibit the transer of detainees to the U.S,  but the dilema remains.    No one will put Craig Smith’s simple solution into effect,  which would rid us of the detainees and the lefties at the same time,  but it’s an entertaining notion.    Sen.  Dianne Feinstein is  one of the few Democrats promoting bringing  all the detainees to the US,  but there has been remarkably little outcry over Republicans saying Obama might have to wait to close Gitmo.

His Oneness  can’t appreciate having his campaign remarks about how closing Gitmo would be easy surface in editorials,  much less   seeing any vindicating Bush.    And he surely doesn’t like FloppingAces pointing out that his plan to close Gitmo is essentially Bush’s plan from 3 years ago.   Did he put Rep. Alcee Hastings up to his Gitmo 2.0 proposal,  which is the only thing on the horizon which could solve the problem?

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May 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm

First Hispanic? Maybe…

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Much to my surprise,  being of Portuguese ancestry doesn’t qualify one as “Hispanic”,  though back in the dark ages when I first heard the term,   it referred to any Iberian (covering Spain and Portugal)  or Latin heritage.    Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo certainly wouldn’t have used the term for himself,  being interested in ancestry rather than group identity.

There seems to be a fair amount of disagreement about who does qualify ,  so I suppose,  for once,  the Wikipedia definition will do, which would make Sotomayor the first.    I suppose  there weren’t enough aggrieved Portuguese lobbying  for inclusion on the approved list.

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May 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm

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North Korean threats…

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As if an underground nuke test and a slew of missiles wasn’t sufficient, the NoKos have now threatened to sink US and South Korea ships if they carry through with their interdiction operation of ships carrying goods to North Korea.

A lot of  people seem surprised that the NoKos have declared themselves at war with their neighbor,  but remember that it was an armistice which was signed,  not a peace treaty.    This is also the perfect time to point out  that the UNITED NATIONS brokered that deal.    Tell me again why liberals think that cesspool of corruption is a shimmering pearl of competence?

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May 28, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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128 days later…

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Check out this delicious offering from ReasonTV, entitled “128 Days Later:  It Can Always Get Worse.”

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May 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm

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Bondholders balk…

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The GM bondholders have balked,   so it looks like GM is off to bankruptcy court,  where it should have been,  BILLIONS of dollars ago.

Never,  ever underestimate the ability of a Democrat-controlled Congress and an ultra-liberal president to totally screw something up.   Of course, Obama is still  pretending his magical deal will go through and save the labor unions from bankruptcy.    That’s all the auto bailouts have been,  by the way  —  a bailout of the very labor unions who did so much to kill the golden geese.

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May 27, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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