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An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Obama’s Budget is Pimp-mobile

February 14th, 2011


It is hard to visualize President Obama’s 2012 budget in any sensible way. This $3.75 Trillion proposal resembles nothing more than a pimp-mobile, decked out with every irresponsible proposal he and his socialist cohorts could concoct. One has to be careful about interpreting the logic and intent of its various provisions because this could only make sense to its creator.

Only one thing is for sure. This isn’t America’s image of responsible budgeting, sound economic policy or sane government. Let’s hope the congress takes a good look at it and sends it to the wrecking yard, forthwith.

Oh, I almost forgot, here’s last year’s Harry & Nancy version.

White House Propaganda Department At Work

January 25th, 2011

It has gotten slicker and slicker. The Obama White House has a very impressive and undoubtedly very expensive web site to promote the President’s agenda and image. See: Here.

Now they even have their own I-Phone “App” so you can get a call whenever the Prez. decides you need more info. I wonder what that one cost?

I’m all for government activities being illuminated by the light of day and honest reporting from within and without. This, however, goes beyond merely reporting activities toward glorifying them. This is campaigning with taxpayer money. First we get an unsolicited email (spam) from, in this case David Plouff announcing, among other things, a “how the state of the union message was made” TA-TA! movie, question and answer sessions on-line after the speech by his-highness, his-assistant-highness, and a panel of experts to “answer your questions”, and of course a sign-up form so you can get these messages too. I didn’t sign up for mine. They just spam me, having harvested my email address from some earlier correspondence.

It’s all very fancy, very slick, and very expensive. It’s probably technically illegal to spend tax funds on campaign-style propaganda, but what-the-hey, these guys don’t pay any attention to the law anyway.

Stimulus Then and Now

January 24th, 2011

What Debt Ceiling?

January 21st, 2011

It puzzles me mightily how a debt “ceiling” authorizing ever more government borrowing can be called a ceiling if it is automatically raised every time borrowing gets near to it.

Help!!! I need someone in Congress or at least Washington, D.C. to explain this to me.

A Little Medicine, A Lot of Bureaucracy

January 17th, 2011

Here’s a little personal story that shows why medicine is in such a mess.

Last week my elderly mother was startled while sleeping on a couch. She bumped her head on the coffee table leaving a small bruise, a little swelling and some soreness. It was obviously not a serious injury. She lives in an assisted living facility where the staff doctor wanted her to have an x-ray. She and I decided that we’d prefer to consult her own doctor and take the opportunity to ask him some other questions as well.

Mother’s own doctor seemed quite unimpressed by her injury, but in an obviously defensive move suggested an x-ray of her face and jaw. I was not alert enough at the time to ask him what kind of treatment could possibly be rendered even if the x-ray showed some kind of fracture. My suspicion is that nothing could have been done anyway, so the x-ray was a useless exercise to put Mother through.

The doctor’s office had an x-ray facility, but they said they couldn’t do that kind of x-ray. We’d have to go to a radiology lab. Here it got even weirder. Upon arriving at the radiology lab I asked whether they could do the x-ray, since the doctor’s lab said they didn’t have the equipment. The desk clerk couldn’t answer the question and wouldn’t disturb the technical staff, which was apparently at lunch.

I then tried to contact Mother’s doctor to get a clarification as to what “difficult” x-ray technique or equipment was needed and had prevented his office from doing the job. Contacting a physician by telephone, email or smoke signals is impossible these days — misunderstood instructions might result in a law suit, you know.

After an hour’s wait and no clarifying return call from the physician’s office we were escorted into the x-ray lab. The staff seemed confused about what had to be done. They were consulting manuals, discussing the case and buzzing around the equipment. After a while they told Mother to paste her face against the flat surface of the instrument. Some pictures were taken from the back of her head, some discussions ensued over the x-ray viewing screen. Then a couple of side angles were taken, more discussion. Another person was called in and I was excused on the basis that I took up too much room.

Shortly thereafter the x-ray tech came to get me and said that Mother had refused to continue with the procedures. I realized that I should have been a lot more assertive from the beginning and asked why they were taking all of those shots when we’d come in for a simple image of one side of the face. I challenged the man who had come into the room belatedly and now had his back turned to me, asking who he was. He said he was the supervisor. I asked him what the hell they were doing. Why not get the single x-ray we’d come for and be done with it. The supervisor responded that they had a “protocol” that they had to follow.

Well now, I suspect that the “protocol” had a medical procedure number assigned to it and that they’d charge Medicare for a whole series of x-rays that were useless to us. We needed just one.

I’m waiting for a statement or a bill and will vigorously challenge it if Medicare or anyone is charged for more than one x-ray. I doubt that Mother’s doctor will ever see the x-rays they took.

From the very first of this story a little good judgment would have saved a lot of discomfort and expense. The medical system has become so bureaucratized and so legalized that no medical professional can be counted on to exercise good judgment or initiative, or to communicate with the patients. The result is bad treatment and out-of-control expense.

As for Mother, she’s fine. The swelling, bruise and discomfort are gone, but she worries about how much radiation she may have absorbed unnecessarily.

Political Bunker Mentality

January 12th, 2011

Gradually, one violent event at a time, the bureaucracy and the politicians adopt a bunker mentality to protect themselves from the citizens, some of whom are violent and crazy. See below the design of a new government office building.

In the wake of the murders in Tucson we have congressmen (Peter King R-NY) calling for a ban on guns within 1,000 feet of any politician, and (Dan Burton, D-Indiana) proposing to wall off the visitors gallery of the House of Representatives with a bullet-proof/explosion proof transparent plastic barrier, among others.

Hey, guys and gals, we already have to go through metal detectors and surrender our pocket knives if we want to enter any government building. If the danger is so pervasive, then why isn’t the whole private sector similarly bunkered? A lot more civilians than politicians are murdered by crazy people every year. Next you’ll be proposing visiting facilities for citizens to communicate with politicians modeled after those in prisons? Why not?
The only thing they haven’t yet determined is which side of the glass the citizens should occupy.

DHS: Big Sis Now on The Global Warming Beat!

December 20th, 2010

credit Another Black Conservative

The U.S. Department of Homeland Insanity announces that it wants in on the Global Warming scam. See below:(via Climate Depot.com)

Global Warming Battle Joined by DHS

This is so self-ridiculing I can’t add anything useful to it.

New Defense Budget Item

December 18th, 2010

Now that the Reid/Pelosi led lame duck congress has passed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, with the object of stuffing the military forces with homosexuals, congress will have to add a new line item to the defense budget: Cost of Aids Treatments for military personnel. It should be quite a lollapaloosa.

As earlier posted, I don’t think that a gay army is a better army, combat being a very supercharged male, macho enterprise which depends as much on intimidating the enemy as it does on killing him. The Defense Department survey has been widely misinterpreted in that combat elements, the point of the spear, overwhelmingly reported against the inclusion of gays in their ranks. The views of combat soldiers should carry much more weight than those of uniformed bureaucrats. (Sorry guys, no offense intended.)

Gay soldiers, personified by Bradley Manning, the PFC behind the WickiLeaks document thefts are not the kind of soldier we need more of. There is a good reason that homosexuals are excluded from sensitive national security posts, and there is a good reason to exclude them from military duty.

If the liberal members of congress, most of whom have no personal military experience, believe it is their duty to expand career opportunities for gays or to proselytize the professional gay agenda, then they should do so within organizations and activities that they personally engage in. I’m sure these creative people can find somewhere better than the military services to engage their progressive fantasies, such as day-care providers for their children or sports coaches for their young sons.

So if the new Congress fails to reconsider this folly, we’ll just have to pay for it in military AIDS treatment costs and a less capable military. Neither of these is good for the country.

Folly of the Whole Earth Simulation Model

December 6th, 2010

After the blowout of the Global Warming Scare some in the science establishment are scratching around for their next big project. A few European scientists envision a giant simulation model encompassing everything knowable about the earth and man’s activities thereupon.
(See my prior article on this subject.

Contributory to this vision is a recent article entitled: The 70 Online Databases that Define Our Planet The databases are most interesting but, to the extent that popular culture and internet clutter define our “planet” we have a long way to go before such a model could even be prototyped. But that doesn’t mean the notion is without menace. The article states:

The vision is that a system like this can help to understand and predict crises before they occur so that governments can take appropriate measures in advance.

There are numerous challenges here. Nobody yet has the computing power necessary for such a task, neither are there models that will can accurately model even much smaller systems. But before any of that is possible, researchers must gather the economic, social and technological data needed to feed this machine.

Today, we get a grand tour of this challenge from Dirk Helbing and Stefano Balietti at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Helbing is the driving force behind this project and the man who will lead it if he gets the EUR 1 billion he needs from the European Commission.

It’s indicative that these scientists envision governments benign interventions as a solution to crises “before they occur.” But at least this author acknowledges the current limitations in modeling technology and information that make this project impossible at present. Yet, just as in global warming, the author says “researchers must gather the economic, social and technological data needed to feed this machine.” In other words, whether or not it makes any sense it deserves massive support. With a proposed budget of EUR 1 billion a lot of scientists could get enthused, and maybe the U.N. will become involved with the support of the U.S. Government — why not?

There is something about statistical collections, the composition of aggregates that is irresistible. In economics this is called macro-economics. The illusion is that if you can measure something, then you can control it. If you can measure GNP, then you should be able to manipulate it. It doesn’t work that way because aggregates are abstractions, they aren’t things. For example, government wants to regulate average fuel efficiency of automobiles, which is an aggregate of the efficiency and usage of multitudes of automobiles. There is no lever that can directly affect the aggregate. The only way to change it is to motivate the purchasers and drivers of automobiles to change their preferences and habits. Of course, government can force changes by regulation of individual conduct, but it can’t directly manipulate the aggregate, itself. Ditto the GNP, or unemployment, or other popular economic aggregates. You can’t push here and get a direct result there. Without influencing the micro part the macro part just measures but does not define nor truly embody the aggregate.

The idea that a model built from aggregating a vast multitude of data would be a suitable mechanism for scientifically fixing what ails the world is pure folly and foolishness. Perhaps the proper way to treat this is with the ridicule that it deserves, but that didn’t work with the global warming scam, and it probably won’t with this. Too many careers, too much political power and too much money is potentially involved.

Given that this global model idea endangers our liberties and exposes our resources to plunder, we should kill it now before it grows and consumes us.

Too Bad Good Not to Post

November 30th, 2010

Here’s a story everyone should read about the total idiocy of our Federal Government, particularly but not limited to the TSA. (from http://RedState.com )

TSA search of soldiers returning from war.

A bureaucracy is an organization specifically designed to relieve anyone participating in it from taking responsibility for anything it does or making any judgment or decision at all. It is for this reason that bureaucracy is the most evil of all human inventions and the main tool of tyrants and the most prolific source of oppression and misery.

Read this story and remember it when you vote and pay your taxes.

Government Rules & Terrorist Targets

November 24th, 2010

The current bruhaha over TSA’s naked body/grope screening is symptomatic of Federal attitudes towards everyone. In the “mind” of the bureaucracy, we’re all potential criminals and miscreants.

Just take note of the signage at any Federal facility, post office, park, government office building, etc. The first thing you’ll notice is a series of stern warnings not to cheat, steal, befoul or otherwise act unrespectfully or irresponsibly. See an example from one national park below: (Also, a previous article: Signs of Government Arrogance)

Then, in case you needed to have it, rules of conduct:

And of course, a warning to “Use the Toilet:”

And of course, fire safety and motor vehicle restrictions:

So in the context of normal federal government practice of treating all citizens as potential criminals, we have TSA saving us from terrorists. Let’s examine the procedure:

1) If you get through the metal detector without an alarm, you can go on the airplane. No box-cutters, no sir! You’re safe.

2) But if you have an artificial knee or hip, or a pacemaker, then you set off the buzzer. You need a body scan or a pat-down to search for what? For the metallic object that set off the metal detector? No, not that. They’re searching for plastic explosives hidden in your underwear.

3) If you’re a person with metal parts in your body, then you’re a potential terrorist bomber.

4) If you’re a bomber equipped with plastic explosives just be sure not to set off the metal detector.

Let’s see. The logic is that people with artificial joints or pacemakers, or who forget to take off their belt with a metal buckle, are the most likely to be terrorists. No, that would be profiling, so they have to randomly pat-down old ladies, children, and airline crew members. Makes perfect sense if you are a government bureaucrat.

The truth of this logic simply isn’t. Box cutters, double edge razor blades and nail clippers won’t work to take control of an airplane when the cockpit door is reinforced and locked, and the pilot is armed. Guns can’t be concealed in properly x-rayed luggage. My suggestion is to offer free air-fares to any properly credentialed law enforcement officer who is willing to carry his loaded weapon on-board. This would greatly reduce the potential for a terrorist to use hostages as leverage to take over an airplane.

The bombers have to be dealt with long before they get to the airport. For this we need to infiltrate intelligence agents into Muslim society here and abroad. The only proper way to deal with terrorists is to arrest or kill them before they can do harm. If one of them gets to the airport then some careful profiling and screening is definitely in order. The insanity of screening every passenger as if he is a potential terrorist is obvious.

It is shortsighted to believe that terrorists will forever concentrate on passenger air as a target. We’ve already seen air cargo, commuter trains (Spain & Germany), sporting events (Olympics), Hotels (Mumbai) and other targets attacked. The fact is that shopping malls, NASCAR races, political rallies, cruise ships, and other mass participation targets, some of them with huge built-in publicity potential, cannot have escaped the interest of terrorists. To believe that TSA type screening would even be possible to guard against attacks on these kinds of targets is foolish.

Now some might say that giving government agents the power to spy on and arrest or kill terrorists sets a precedent that could be used to suppress any non-government-approved group or activity. But isn’t that what is being done with organized crime? Yes, the killing part isn’t done domestically, but it is done abroad. One could argue that foreign terrorists on American soil should be handled the same way as al-Qaeda terrorists in the cross-hairs of a Predator drone are handled. Tight laws and procedures governing the anti-terrorist effort, combined with zealous oversight of the personnel involved would be vital. And this approach would relieve innocent American citizens from being treated a criminals when we travel, gather for events, and go about our private and public activities.

It’s time to reform government security attitudes and practices, starting with TSA and extending to all other government facilities and activities.

$1.15 Billion – Holder & Pelosi Dems. Pander to Crooks

November 23rd, 2010

$1.15 Billion for what? The lame-duck Senate, by voice vote (what else?), has voted to give 70 to 80 thousand black farmers $1.15 Billion to compensate them for claimed discriminatory treatment by the U.S. Department of agriculture.

There is something wrong with this. Namely:

Much of the cause for concern is the fact that there have been vastly more claims of discrimination than there are even black farmers in America. Sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by the president of the National Black Farmers Association, John Boyd, put the number of black farmers in America at 18,000.

To date, more than 94,000 individuals have filed discrimination claims.

This is the second payoff from a 1999 class action settlement, known as Pigford vs. Glickman, in which the original plaintiff Timothy Pigford, along with 400 others, sued USDA for discrimination in its allocation of loans. The plaintiffs won, but since then, the number of claimants have vastly ballooned to unanticipated levels.

Over $1 billion has already been paid out to over 16,000 people, and this second round is expected to pay off an additional estimated 70,000 – 80,000 who missed the deadline to file their initial claims.

The report states that the whole thing, after the Pigford settlement, has been concocted by Eric Holder, a few of his cronies, and the Pelosi House Democrats.

Now it’s up to the Republicans to take it apart in the new session of Congress.

What a way to run a government!

Is a Gay Military a Better Military?

November 18th, 2010

OK, I give up. I don’t really want to write about the subject, but it just won’t go away. Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

The real question we should ask is, do we really need or want homosexuals in the military? Why the pressure to have openly “gay” men as soldiers? Or even “closeted” homosexuals as soldiers?

Well, here are some possibilities:

1) We can’t find enough heterosexual males capable of carrying out military duties.

2) The military combat is such a wonderful experience that it is unfair to limit this opportunity to hetrosexual males alone.

3) Our armed forces will be strengthened and our enemies intimidated by introduction of nurturing, sensitive, artistic and fashion conscious soldiers into its ranks.

4) Society demands that our heterosexual soldiers must be cured of any residual homophobia that they may secretly harbor.

5) Encouraging gays to enter the armed forces will sweep them out of the ranks of civilized civilian society.

6) Along with increased female participation, this is a way of feminizing the armed forces — so as to make them more effective warriors.

7) The “queering” of the armed forces gives the politicians and pundits another reason for excusing the non-participation of their own sons.

8)  If the armed forces become sufficiently sensitive, caring, kind, and perverted, perhaps it will reduce the likelihood of war — after all, who’d deploy the Dutch army to do anything serious?

9) The Catholic clergy is cracking down, so this gives child molesters another place to find a career.

10) The U.S. doesn’t need a military anyway.

If you can’t find facts to refute all of these on their face, then you obviously don’t understand the first thing about the military or about war.

If you agree with these arguments, then I guess there’s no hope for you, so don’t ask, don’t tell.

Summing Up Idiocy Before Voting

October 23rd, 2010

Read this, then go and vote: Three Charts that Will Infuriate Taxpayers

(again, courtesy of a link on Maggie’s Farm blog.)

Class Warfare Justified on NPR

October 19th, 2010

Our tax-supported National Public Radio today published “Partner content from THE NEW REPUBLIC” entitled The New Republic: The Morality Of Taxing The Rich, by Johathan Cohn. If you’re still mystified about the mindset of leftists this is an excellent tutorial.

Among Mr.Cohen’s rationales for taxing the “rich” are that a) the rich got their wealth mainly by luck, b) the rich derived their wealth from public activities such as the national science foundation and public schooling. So morality dictates that they deserve to be taxed heavily. Cohn argues that “…nobody is suggesting the rich to give up all the extra money they make. All anybody is asking is that the rich pay more in taxes — in effect, that they reinvest in society by a little more than they do now.”

And what about success due to hard work, education and dedication? Cohn says:

Yes, a good work ethic will take you far. And I know many well-educated professionals convinced that nobody works as hard as they do. (I’ve been known to indulge the thought myself.) But I’ve met many people at the bottom of the income ladder who work just as hard, for far less reward. Between 1980 and 2005, the richest one percent of Americans got more than four-fifths of the country’s income gains. Does anybody seriously believe that the other 99 percent didn’t deserve to take home a much larger share?

So, without saying so, Cohn maintains that the “other 99 percent” deserve a larger share of new wealth — through increased taxation of the legendary one-percent. And the government, which collects the taxes, is going to distribute this boodle to the 99%? Or is he really saying that morality or “fairness” dictates that the 1% be punished for their success? Would this really make the 99% more wealthy?

To sum it up, Cohn says that success depends on luck, public goods, and the achievements of prior generations. Therefore, it is the moral imperative of the government to take the “extra money” from the wealthy by taxing them. Does this argument make sense? Does it even have a single strand of logic from one end to the other? No, but our NPR spends public funds to preach it.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi says “it’s about fairness” of “ownership and equity” — the government’s job is to level the “disparities” between rich and the “middle class”.

The leftists in and out of government preach class envy and use that to justify higher taxes, more government, less freedom. And in the case of NPR, they’re doing it with our money.

Small Minds and Small Cranes

September 15th, 2010

Currently we’re seeing small-employment exemptions being introduced into various pieces of regulatory legislation. For example, the Democrats propose exempting employers with 25 or fewer employees from 1099 reporting provisions of the Obamacare legislation. This brought to mind a consulting job I did years ago. My client was contemplating the importation for resale of Italian made mini-cranes, somewhat similar to (but not) the one illustrated below.
(Click image for link to manufacturer’s web page)
So I went around interviewing potential buyers. Their reactions were universally negative, summarized as “We do that kind of work with fork lifts” or more succinctly “Why would we need that pussy crane?”. What mystified me was that the crane was actually quite popular in Italy. Aside from the macho aspects, why would the market for it be so limited in the U.S.?

What I discovered is that in Italy there were a lot of regulations that exempted employers of fewer than 25 or fewer than 50 employees. So it was customary for Italian business owners to limit their work forces to these maximums. And given the small workforces and the small facilities to house their operations, it made sense to use smaller tools like the mini-cranes.

The lesson here has little to do with the size of cranes and everything to do with the perverse, growth-choking effects of regulations proposed by small minds. What the under-25 employee exemption is intended to do is relieve the burden on small employers. What it actually does is to choke off growth at the 25 employee level.

If a regulation is so onerous that a size exemption is thought to be needed, then the regulation itself is poisonous and should not be enacted for anyone.

More Stealth Regulation

August 29th, 2010

Deep within the Health Care legislation was buried a provision to expand 1099 reporting to cover nearly all business transactions — a stealth move by congress. More stealth consisted of a government takeover of the student loan program — within the Health legislation. Within the Financial Reform bill are hidden regulations regarding racial diversity. The EPA has been used to implement back-door CO2 regulations far beyond the authority of the original legislation. And now, the Sun God’s minions want to use the EPA to clamp down on gun ownership by implementing an EPA ban on the use of lead in ammunition. This would make gun use much more expensive and would obviously make the EPA a mechanism for regulation of private weapons ownership. What about an EPA regulation concerning the fumes expelled from firearms, or some Consumer Protection laws regulating firearm design? It boggles my mind to imagine the design that the Consumer Protection Agency would come up with for a regulatory compliant revolver.

Once you start down this road of unlimited extensions to regulatory authorities, the possibilities are unlimited. There are a lot of things I don’t like that the regulators could put right with some new regulations, including chewing gum smacking (sprays spittle – a health hazard), farting in elevators (air pollution, EPA take note), loud music, especially rap from auto boom boxes (we might need a new agency for that), political robo-calls (attn. FCC), tatoos, especially on women, and piercings, especially on men (National Endowment of the Arts Alert!), most government regulations … oops, we’re getting carried away because I don’t know how to suppress them.

One of the problems with run-away government regulations is that they inevitably produce one or more unintended consequences. A prominent consequence is the development of a black market for regulated or banned products or services. There are instances where entire economies resort to a black market in order to survive in an over-regulated economic environment. The second unintended consequence is that the inevitable government attempts to suppress the black market result in crime. Criminals supply the goods or services that are in demand — torpedoes, laws,and police be damned.

Out of Control Government Spending Destroying America

August 23rd, 2010

Brian Riedl published a report for the Heritage Foundation entitled: New CBO Budget Baseline Shows that Soaring Spending—Not Falling Revenues—Risks Drowning America in Debt. The title might just as well have been “The President and Congress are Killing America.” See an abstract from the report below and click the link to read the rest.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has updated its 10-year budget baseline, and America’s fiscal outlook continues to worsen. The CBO projects $6.2 trillion in additional deficits over the next decade. This darkening budget forecast would have been even worse, were it not for the unrealistic assumptions that Congress requires the CBO to employ to make future budget deficits appear smaller.

With more realistic assumptions, the budget baseline shows that:
Even as war spending phases out and the economy recovers, the projected budget deficit never drops below $1 trillion, and reaches nearly $2 trillion by 2020;
The national debt held by the public is set to surpass 100 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020;[1]
By 2020, half of all income tax revenues will go toward paying interest on a $23 trillion national debt;
Federal spending per household, which has risen from $25,000 to nearly $30,000 over the past three years, would top $38,000 by 2020. The national debt per household, which was $52,000 before the recession, would approach $150,000 by 2020;[2]
and
Even if all tax cuts are extended, revenues will still surpass the historical average—18 percent of GDP—by 2020. The reason the deficit will surge 6 percent of GDP above its average is because spending will surge to 6 percent of GDP above its average.

These spending and deficit trends are completely unsustainable. Yet President Obama and Congress continue to push spending and budget deficits even higher with endless failed “stimulus” spending that is now expected to continue into the middle of this decade. They have also enacted a massive new health care law that—far from reining in spiraling health care costs—increases spending (and likely deficits) even further. In short, Washington is digging this budget hole deeper.

The article clearly defines how the congress has instructed the Congressional Budget Office to use unrealistic assumptions to minimize the apparent scope of their folly. Read the article.

How anyone could simply wave off this ugly situation saying it doesn’t matter is beyond me. And how anyone can conclude that the behavior of the President and the Congress (both parties) is anything less than criminal baffles me.

Land Grabs & Toxic Bureaucracies

August 21st, 2010

Behind the scenes of the Jihaddi-Mosque controversy, hidden from view by pictures of the Sun God bathing in the Gulf of Mexico, and the catastrophe in Pakistan, behind all of this is the ongoing frenetic activity of the Sun God’s leftist wrecking crew as they take crow bars and hammers to America’s natural resource industries. Thanks to the ever vigilant Michelle Malkin, we learn about Obama’s War on the West and now the Stealth Ocean Grab. These activities are designed to destroy oil & gas extraction on-shore and off-shore, killing thousands of jobs and raising the price of fossil fuel energy. These are goals of the so-called “environmental” or “green” lobbies for the expressed purpose of “ending America’s addiction to oil and reducing CO2” plus the unstated but overriding purpose of destroying free market capitalism in the United States.

I highly recommend your exploration of the link, above. The subject is exhaustively covered and documented on Ms. Malkin’s site. Then join me in thinking about how in the world we can dismantle this web of toxic bureaucracies that is being assembled by the Obama Socialists. It won’t be easy.

Hillary’s Puppy in Pakistan, a Climate Expert

August 20th, 2010

Once again, the Obama political regime spares no opportunity to use a crisis for its political mileage.

In an interview with PBS’s Jim Lehrer yesterday, which focused mainly on the humanitarian and political dimensions of the Pakistan floods, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke made the spontaneous claim that Pakistan’s floods and Russia’s fires were caused by global warming. Here’s a quote from the transcript:

So, I need to underscore that, today, we’re doing what we’re doing for Pakistan out of pure humanitarian need. There’s one other point I would like to make which is extremely important, and it was made today by both the foreign minister, Qureshi, and Dr. Rajiv Shah, the head of AID, USAID, at the Asia Society Conference this morning of NGOs.

They both said that this was a manifestation of global warming, that the melt off the Himalayan glaciers they both thought it was possibly linked to the fires outside Moscow. And Dr. Shah said very clearly that he thinks the world should expect more of this kind of event.

I know that sounds almost like a science fiction movie, but I think it’s worth your viewers recognizing that we’re at the we’re we may be in the process of seeing a dangerous new trend. I’m not sure about that. Our focus tonight is emergency rescue and relief, but I thought that’s important to mention.

So what’s wrong with that? Why does he consider it “important to mention”?

First, these claims are made without any scientific backing whatsoever. Secondly, the IPCC claim that the Himalayan glaciers are rapidly melting has been proved to be absolutely fraudulent bunk. The IPCC admitted that error and apologized for including it in its reports. Holbrooke repeats the fallacy with a straight face. As to the Russian fires, that’s just plain fear mongering. Either he’s ignorant of the facts or he believes that those listening to the interview are ignorant fools. More charitably, he’s probably just saturated with the inane chatter of the Washington crowd to which he belongs.

More important is the fact that he volunteers a “global warming” cause for these catastrophes. This is proof of the Obama administration’s fixation on passing climate legislation such as Cap and Trade and defending the EPA’s new “carbon dioxide as a pollutant” regulations regardless of the truth, regardless of the science, regardless of devastating economic consequences. What’s the benefit then? It’s obvious that this gives government direct control over major sectors of the U.S. economy. Now who could be against that?

U.S. State Department Sponsoring Fund Raising for Ground Zero Mosque?

August 16th, 2010

In an article describing the terror group Hamas’ endorsement for the ground zero mosque, the author goes on to report that:

Abdul Rauf raised eyebrows last week when he departed on a State Department-sponsored goodwill mission to the Middle East, despite concerns that the trip may be helping him with the mosque’s $100 million fund-raising goal.

The Obama administration insisted the trip, reportedly with stops in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Qatar, was strictly to improve understanding about Muslim communities in the United States.

But a London-based Arabic-language newspaper that interviewed Abdul Rauf reported that he said he would also collect money from Muslim and Arab nations around the world — raising the possibility that the American government is helping him build contacts in oil-rich states.

Could this be true? Is the U.S. State Department sponsoring this radical Muslim imam’s fund raising efforts?

Please tell me it’s just a false rumor.

OOPS! Mexican Border Too Dangerous for Border Patrol

August 14th, 2010

WeaselZippers.com published this piece in which Sheriff Dever of Cochise County Arizona describes how the U.S. Border Patrol is pulling back their efforts from proximity to the Mexican border on orders from their higher-ups. See:

Arizona Sheriff: Border Patrol Forced to Retreat From Parts of Border Because it’s “Too Dangerous,” Upper Management Afraid of “International Incident” if Shooting Breaks out…

What kind of unconditional surrender is this? What kind of cowards are we?

What do we have here? Have we ceded border territory to become a Cambodian sanctuary for the Viet Cong? Are we becoming a Waziristan sanctuary for the Taliban? No, we’re becoming a border sanctuary for the Mexican drug cartels! THAT’S COMPLETELY INSANE!

Diversity By Stealth, Or Else!

July 29th, 2010

Yet more stealth legislation from the Sun God regime: (from Politico)

Deep inside the massive overhaul bill, Congress gives the federal government authority to terminate contracts with any financial firm that fails to ensure the “fair inclusion” of women and minorities, forcing every kind of company from a Wall Street giant to a mom-and-pop law office to account for the composition of its work force.

There are reported to be 20 new boards and commissions provided for in the so called “Finance Reform” legislation tasked to promoting or forcing racial and sex diversity. “The 1,261-word section authored by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) barely registered during the legislative debate.”

Presidential candidate Obama convinced a lot of people that he would be a “post-racial” president. The truth is that this administration and this congress have become a racially inflammatory force. Those who paid attention to Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a guide to Mr. Obama’s future attitude had it right.

Let’s face the fact that forcing “diversity” does not necessarily promote tolerance nor understanding. Instead, it promotes resentment and victimology. If I don’t like dogs, you can’t force me to like or even respect them by locking me up in a cage with a mutt.

The federal bureaucracy now has in place the mechanism for enforcing wage controls, hiring and firing, lending, health care, banking, mortgages, student loans, and the monitoring of all financial transactions large and small, all in the first year of the Sun God’s reign. The Obama regime deigns to enforce whatever laws it chooses and to ignore those it doesn’t like, see the New Black Panther voter intimidation case. An attempt to crush free political speech failed, but don’t hold your breath. The courts can be used to do that (reference Arizona court intervention) when legislation fails.

A country doesn’t necessarily get tyranny all at once. It can creep up through the weakening of the institutions the country relies on for justice and stability. In the present tense we’re seeing too many huge new laws salted with repressive and tyrannical measures.

That doesn’t add up to a good future outcome. And it’s clearly not Bushes fault!

The Noose Tightens on Business

July 22nd, 2010

“(CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration is backing legislation that includes regulations requiring U.S. businesses to provide to the government data about employee pay as it relates to the sex, race and national origin of employees.” They call it the “Paycheck Fairness Act.”

Along with their other oppressive new regulations on bank transactions, 1099’s for all commercial transactions over $600, monitoring of health records (the fat patrol), now the Obama maniacs want to collect information on paychecks by sex, race and national origin. (Guess they forgot about their usual fixation on homosexual, transgender and trans-sexual categories.) Of course, this is packaged as a “fairness” issue. But it really is just another tightening of the government noose around the necks of business people. How many new IRS agents, in addition to the 11,000 new gestapo authorized to enforce the health care mandate, will be needed to enforce wage regulations nationwide? How many lawyers will be able to their living mugging businesses over their wage decisions? Why don’t they just admit that they’re a bunch of communists and nationalize the whole damn U.S. economy?

Brick by brick the Obama team is building a jail cell for the country to live in, with a death row especially reserved for businesses, especially the smaller ones that don’t make big political contributions to their masters.

Preservation of our liberty requires stopping them right now.

Health Care “Requires Redistribution of Wealth”

July 7th, 2010

No surprise here. The Sun God, without needing congressional confirmation, has used a recess appointment to name Donald Berwick, by all evidence a socialist who believes in bureaucratic rationing and redistribution of wealth, as the administrator for his new “Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services” bureaucracy.

(thanks to EyeBlast.tv)

What do you think about this guy having authority over $800 Billion of national government resources and the health care of all Americans?

It’s no surprise if you’ve been paying attention.

REPEAL the Health Care Law!

NASA’s Fuzzy Feelings For Muslims

July 7th, 2010

The Sun God has decreed that NASA’s primary mission should be to make Muslims feel good about their contributions (900 or so years ago) to science and engineering. See below an interview with Charles Bolden, recently appointed to head up NASA.

Routinely ridiculing President Obama and his administration has become so easy that it’s boring. But the bottom line is that NASA has outlived its usefulness. It was created as a propaganda play during the cold war. It has spent billions of dollars performing space stunts and bragging about its contributions to science and technology. It has spent more billions being involved in projects from automotive engineering to agriculture, none of it non-space related , cost effective, useful or even original. And now, spending billions more to enhance Muslim self-esteem is the ultimate absurdity.

It’s past time to pull the plug on NASA.

Mozilla Smarter Than Obama

June 29th, 2010

Yet another spam email arrived today from the white house, this time from Carol Browner, the Sun God’s Energy Czarina. And right away, Mozilla tagged it as a SCAM, which of course it is.

This is another of those “campaign promise” style missives that this regime regularly uses to try and take credit for something, or to change public opinion about something else. In this case, after mouthing off nonsense about her heroic efforts in the gulf oil spill drama, Madam Czarina goes on to preach: “The disaster in the Gulf is a wake-up call that we need a new strategy for a clean energy future, including passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation.”

Translation: Let’s let the Federal Government take over electrical generation and transportation and run it like Amtrak. And by the way, let’s take the “Crazed sex poodle’s” advice and wreck the rest of the economy for the benefit of “the planet.”

If it were not so serious it would be funny!

Big Brother Bites Finance & Lots More

June 25th, 2010

No amount of indignation or ridicule is sufficient to describe the 2,000 page monster of a finance regulatiory bill, now called Dodd-Frank. Like the health care monster, this Demoncrat written and sponsored beast injects the government into every nook and cranney.

But why object?

    * It doesn’t address the problem that is supposedly its justification, “too big to fail,” real estate bubble, unwise leverage and derivative practices.
    * It was written by the same guys whose prior congressional activities were responsible for causing the crisis in the first place.
    * It leaves the two entities most responsible for the “crisis” (Fannie and Freddie) untouched and still toxic.
    * It seeks to micro-manage and regulate financial transactions that have heretofore been privately negotiated without serious problems.
    * It creates expensive new bureaucracies that will be no more competent or responsible than the ones we’re already suffering under. The SEC for example failed to notice Bernie Madoff’s shenanigans even when repeatedly notified.
    * Like all government reactions to perceived “crises” before it, witness Sarbanes-Oxley, this regulatory beast will have many unanticipated negative consequences, which will be very difficult to correct.
    * It branches out into regulating consumer finance, which has nothing to do with the main subject but is a pet project of the MLB (meddlesome-liberal-busybodies).

Dodd-Frank gives the government oversight of almost all financial transactions, large and small. Its supporters claim that the regulation of consumer finance is necessary to “protect consumers.” Provisions of the bill set up a spy network to monitor every detail of finance (“to prevent systemic failures”) and threaten individuals with fines and jail if they try to hide their transactions or refuse to provide government thugs with whatever financial details they request. See my previous article: Liberty & Democrats And while they’re at it, they want to regulate the internet. See: FTC Regulation of Internet

Isn’t it amazing what can be hidden in 2,000 pages of legalistic mumbo jumbo? And to do all this without addressing the real cause of the financial panic takes real talent. Fannie and Freddie are free to go their merry way sucking up government bail-out funds by the gazilions. Of course Goldman Sachs gains some assurances that rivals will suffer more than they do, and Obama’s “fat cat bankers” can count on future government fail-outs indefinitely.

So thanks to, Barney, among the most corrupt in the House of Representatives and Chris, among the most corrupt in the Senate, the country’s financial system will be in competent government hands and we’ll all be protected from the predators out there. But aren’t these the same guys whose previous policies and regulations were the root cause of the real-estate bubble and financial crisis in the first place?

Yah, sure!

2011: The Disaster Year

June 22nd, 2010

All of a sudden the Sun God’s chariot is losing its wheels. The gulf is a mess, and the president’s proclamation to “Stop the damn leak” is ridiculed. His decree to “Suspend offshore drilling for six months,” thus throwing thousands out of work has been challenged by a federal judge, who says it’s “capricious.”

The president’s own general in Afghanistan has been called back to Washington for a lecture on etiquette — or perhaps firing. If the latter, Obama faces the likelihood of losing the entire war as the result of his inexperience and thin skin. Now that would be the single most harmful and inexcusable outcome in American military history — letting the president’s personal vanity cause us to lose a war!

Don’t compare this to the Truman, MacArthur situation, either. Truman fired MacArthur for publicly wanting to use nukes and invade China. And I’m sure MacArthur had a lot more pointed things to say about Truman, than McCrystal said about Obama. So the acolytes can’t say this elevates His Assness to the (low) status of a Truman.

The Sun God’s advisors apparently think that the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is a good omen for the introduction of $7 to $10 per gallon gasoline, skyrocketing utility bills, and massive new taxes — to finance subsidies for wind mills and solar panels. All this because of what? Global warming? American guilt for being successful?

The U.S. dollar is on the brink of massive inflation. Governments at all levels (federal, state and local) are committed to more obligations than they can ever hope to pay back ($130 Trillion, anyone?), and an otherwise weak economy, the Sun God seems to think he can recklessly spend us out of the mess with one more dose of stimulus and ass kicking.

As if this all was not enough, he decides to sue Arizona for enforcing a federal immigration law while drug gangs sweep into Southern Arizona’s border regions.

The guy is either certifiably crazy, stupid, or completely immature and out of his depth. I’d vote for the latter diagnosis with a dose of the former for spice.

2011 is going to be the year of comeuppance for the Sun God and his minions, and a year of disaster for the U.S.A. Although Republicans will probably gain control of at least one house of congress, taxes will be drastically raised, causing the economy to dramatically tank. The U.S. Treasury will see its bonds downgraded and will be unable to continue financing the deficit, much less the national debt. The printing presses will be cranked up and hyper-inflation will ensue. The Chinese will be pissed, but we’ve got them over a barrel if they don’t provoke a war. In either case, pissed or at war, it will be obvious how dumb it has been to move our manufacturing to China. If we’re lucky we won’t see a tyrannical government taking the crash and crisis as an excuse to impose a dictatorship. I said lucky, not smart.

What to do about it? As for me, I’m working feverishly to assemble an inflation survival kit by investing everything I can into assets that have intrinsic value, such as precious metals, mineral mining, oil, natural gas, forest products, etc. When the economy really tanks, the stock market will do the same, but in a hyper-inflation scenario ownership of interest in actual physical assets is expected to be a good hedge. Unless, of course, the government suspends all property rights, which it could and might do.

The financial sector, and anything dependent upon China will be demolished. They’ll all lose their proverbial shirts because their notes and bonds will be worthless. But they can start again from scratch, because it’s all paper and confidence that makes it work. No heavy lifting required. Geithner, Bernanke, Paulson and their ilk will con their way back into finance like cockroaches returning after a nuclear blast.

Then, in 10 to 20 years, the American spirit will kick back in and the U.S.A. will revive itself.

And the Sun God will be remembered as the miserable mistake he is.

Criminal Incompetence or Good Enough for Govt. Work?

June 17th, 2010

How much more clear can one be about the incompetence in government? I can’t add a thing to this:
More stuck on stupid: EPA vs. the Dutch
By Michelle Malkin • June 16, 2010 04:15 PM

It’s not just Obama, it’s intrinsic to Big Government. BACK IT DOWN!

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