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The real view…

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Michael Ramirez puts his deliciously  wicked pen to the appearance of His Oneness on The View.    I have watched only snippets of it,   but Obama couldn’t even manage to answer Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s questions.    Not that it mattered,  because the 3 harpies were quick to provide cover for him.   The pathetic thing is that he stammered his way through his non-responses to the harpies’ fluff-ball non-questions.   But The View is definitely where an unserious president belongs.

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July 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm

It’s what free men did, and do…

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That is the last line in Kevin Williamson’s  “Coyotes in the State of Nature“.    The piece is  the finest explanation of why progressives hate guns not in government hands I’ve ever seen.     It is also the simplest answer of why the Second Amendment must be enforced and celebrated.

Government should exist to serve and protect the people,  not the other way around.   This November would be the perfect time to remind those paid to represent us of that fact.

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July 31, 2010 at 7:49 am

Frankly, Frank…

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Rep.  Barney Frank will  pitch a fit over his own dollar,  while throwing away billions of ours.

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July 30, 2010 at 10:45 pm

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The fog of war…

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I seldom have anything good to say about the Old Gray Lady,  but the New York Times has a  first-rate piece on the WikiLeaks document release on Afghanistan.

I haven’t found anything very surprising in what I’ve read about the documents thus far  —  a war looks different from every viewing angle.   It is worth noting that the data dump was all the excuse many Democrats needed to vote against war funding.   One wonders where the hell they’ve been for the past few years to be so unaware that Pakistan is playing a triple game,  that Afghan troops are illiterate.   But it does show that all of them were lying,   His Oneness included,   when they were wailing that Iraq was a bad war and Afghanistan a good one and see,  that proved they aren’t anti-war,  anti-military,  anti-U.S.

By the way,  the WikiLeaks  founder   is not the good government hero he presents himself as.   However,  he did offer the documents to the White House  before releasing them,  but got no response.  Now the names of  hundreds of Afghans who’ve been cooperating with us are out in the open.

Incompetence mixed with indifference is a deadly combination.

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July 30, 2010 at 8:03 am

Latest monstrosity…

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John Berlau has a very  good look at the Dodd/Frank financial reform bill and its bad effects on all of us.   While escaping from the heat,  I watched His Oneness smirk his way through his speech at the bill signing.  99% of what he said was bald-faced lies,  just as it was when he signed the health reform bill.

Christopher Caldwell has an  interesting piece on the financial insights of Raghuram Rajan,  aptly entitled  “Easy Credit, Hard Landing.”    Rest assured no liberal or progressive will read it,  much less learn anything from it.   You should do both.

Stephen Spruiell  highlights a Wall Street Journal piece reporting that the nation’s 3 dominant credit-ratings providers have made an urgent new request of their clients:  Don’t use our credit ratings!  This is merely the first  bad consequence of Dodd/Frank,  and it is already creating havoc in the bond markets,  parts of which are shutting down in response.   The raters will still participate in private transactions,  meaning  that before the ink has dried,  we are getting he exact opposite of the bill’s intended efforts at transparency and openness.

Terrence Jeffrey notes the  discrimination required by the legislation.   Gold coin sellers have discovered how the new law affects them,  and they  don’t like it.   Nobody who deals in raw materials will like the  “conflict minerals” provisions sneaked into the legislation.   Duncan Currie says the sole winners are the regulators.

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July 29, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Kerry pays up…

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“Live-shot”,  aka  Sen.  John Kerry,  got  caught docking his luxury yacht in Rhode Island,  instead of his home state of Massachusetts,  which has an enormous sales tax.   I can tell you that every boat owner on the East Coast avoids the high tax situations by various means,  because they don’t like paying big taxes either.

What got Kerry in trouble was lying about it.   Come to think of it,  that habit has gotten Kerry in trouble for a long time,  hasn’t it?   But fortunately his second wife inherited an awful lot of money from her first hubby,  so Theresa can fork over once again to smooth out John’s problems.

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July 29, 2010 at 11:39 pm

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Scientific silence…

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Having undergone serious whitewashes to be absolved of committing junk science,  climate scientists are now  being warned not to talk to the press.   It’s t0o dangerous for these over-educated crooks to actually face questions from nosy reporters lacking the scientific knowledge to understand their answers.

Considering what we  now know about the IPCC in particular and the UN in general,  this is probably a wise move.    Dr. Ball reveals in simple terms some of the worst scientific frauds this bunch has committed,  so if you read it,  you’ll know far more than your Congress critter does.

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July 29, 2010 at 8:06 am

Another lie…

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When His Oneness first said the campaign-finance ruling would allow foreign corporations to spend unlimited amounts in U.S. campaigns,   most gave him a pass for being uninformed.    But now that he has done it again,  it qualifies as a lie.    What other explanation can there be for such a supposedly brilliant man to make such a claim?

Of course,   this is the same man whose excuse for sending a videotaped message instead of attending the Jamboree celebrating the  100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts,   is Democratic fundraisers.   That’s not far off from what I’ve heard prostitutes say.

Democratic pollsters Pat Caddell and Doug Schoen lay down some absolutely  withering fire at His Oneness on being a divisive president.

That reality might help explain  these poll numbers.

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July 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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DoJ vs Arizona, round 1…

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The judge has issued a ruling,  blocking some parts of the Arizona immigration law,  and allowing others.    Here are  some early  reports on the ruling.   It will be appealed,   of course,   and I expect His Oneness is not pleased that the law wasn’t blocked totally,   but I see nothing of great surprise.

I do note that the ruling says a check of immigration status can not be mandatory,  but that doesn’t prevent Arizona law enforcement personnel from deciding to check it.    That ensures that DoJ will next sue on the basis of racial profiling,   and we will have a lesson on the evil which is  “disparate outcome.”    As a side note,  Democratic pollster Pat Caddell,   one of the few pro-American Democrats left,   is on Cavuto just hammering the Obama Administration for even filing the suit.

I’ll update when there is a more detailed,  but still  comprehensible piece on it.

UPDATE:  Bless Jim Antle  – he has already found a quick  synopsis.  Andy McCarthy points out that  this ruling does nothing less than convince American voters that if they want existing immigration law to be enforced,  they need a new Congress and a new President,  which Sher Zieve is  already debating.    McCarthy also notes several areas where Judge Bolton employed some legal sleight of hand to reach the conclusion she desired.

Heather McDonald is  more interested in what the judge did not say, and astutely notes the ruling maintains the carefully cultivated fiction that His Oneness is concerned with S.B. 1070’s  effect on legal,  rather than illegal,  aliens.

UPDATE II:   Mark Krikorian points out a  major flaw in the decision,  and catches DHS and DoJ  in a lie,  while Peter Kirsanow finds it  a  temporary judicial win and a likely political problem,  and Mark Levin says it’s an  abomination.   IBD can find nothing good in leaving Arizona at the  mercy of derelict feds.

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July 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Expiring tax cuts…

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If you think the expiration of the Bush tax cuts will have no effect on you,  try  this calculator from the National Tax Foundation.    It was mentioned on FOX,  so I tried it.   I didn’t like the results,  and I suspect you won’t either.

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July 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm