Archive for July 2010
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.
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.
Rep. Barney Frank will pitch a fit over his own dollar, while throwing away billions of ours.
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.
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.
“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.
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.