Odd Citizen

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An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Honduras: Does Obama Hate Democracy?

June 30th, 2009

The socialist president of Honduras, Mr. Zelaya, was removed from office by order of the Honduran Supreme Court and the Honduran Congress. The army performed the arrest. Unlike a coup situation, this was completely in keeping with Honduran law. The Honduran congress selected Roberto Micheletti to be president. All of this is according to Honduran law.

The law breaker here was Mr. Zelaya, who tried to implement an illegal referendum so as to change the constitution, presumably so he could remain in office for another term (or two or three). The country’s attorney general obtained a ruling from the supreme court saying this was illegal. Zelaya fired the AG and stated his intention to hold the referendum election anyway. To do so he obtained ballots from his friend Mr. Chavez of Venezuela. The Supreme Court then ruled Zelaya’s actions illegal and (again under law) ordered the army to arrest and deport Mr. Zelaya.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, our Sun God President declares that the ouster of Zelaya is illegal and he should be reinstated. Our Fluff of State Hillary, scolds Honduras for upholding their laws. (I thought that under the Sun God we were supposed to mind our own business.) But, no, Sun God and Hillary join Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and other socialist/communist dictators in condemning Hondurans for protecting their own democracy.

It’s become obvious that to Mr. Obama democracy is an irrelevant and silly concept. After all, why does anyone need democracy when they’re being ruled and cared for by a Sun God.

It makes on wonder just how tight the Sun God is with Mr. Chavez and his fellow dictators, and does the Sun God entertain similar dreams to rule the “evil” country he continually apologizes for?

Beware of this guy Obama and crew. They’re more dangerous than you can imagine. It just gets worse and worse.

Congressman Questions EPA Coverup

June 29th, 2009

Now a Sentor or two are questioning EPA about the coverup and sloppy science surrounding their Global Warming/CO2 is a Pollutant stance.

See: Fox News

It’s late in the game, but let’s hope the Senate kills the House-passed Cap & Tax bill that is aimed at the heart of the nation’s economy.

Now let’s get on to Sun God Obama’s pet health care catastrophe that looms large. It has to be Killed or it will KILL US ALL.

Sun God Obama Revealed

June 29th, 2009

Finally, we have a picture of the Sun God, fresh from Egypt.

RA RA RA, God of Sun, God of Planet, God of Man

Oh Sun God, leader, wise man, advisor on parenting, authority on health care, protector of the planet’s air and water, moral authority on everything, expert on (OUR) health — except (YOUR) smoking. Oh Sun God educate my (OUR?) children, protect my (OUR?) health, defend my (OUR? YOUR? … CONDITIONAL?) constitutional rights to speech, etc. If it’s convenient. FIX our (YOUR?) banks, rescue our (YOUR? The UNION’s?) automobile manufacturers. And while you’re at it make people worldwide LOVE us (YOU) and make our (THE CHINESE CREDITOR’S) U.S. Dollar strong — Too much trouble? Oh Well … You are, after all the Sun God. You’ll do (AND SPEND) whatever you damn well please.

Global Warming “Unanimity” Crumbling

June 27th, 2009

Kimberly Strassel writes in the Wall Street Journal about the worldwide shift in sentiment about climate change (aka Global Warming). See: Climate Change Climate Change

The climate alarmists and greens claims of unanimity and settled science are beginning to be recognized for what they are, a thin disguise for sloppy science. And a growing number of scientists are waking up to this reality as well. So why do global warming alarmists rely on sloppy science and intimidation? Simply because it has never been about science. It has always been about political power. I’d guess that not a single member of the U.S. Congress who voted for the Cap & Trade bill has the scientific moxie to understand the science. But they do surely understand the politics of power, and this is all that matters to them.

So as the mania cools — as it inevitably will — the statists and former communists will find something else to promote their socialist dreams. It may be science, it will be scare mongering, and it will be some big lie to justify more big government control over the lives of individual citizens. Scary germs, epidemics, rampant obesity, genetic mutations, over-population, bad eating habits — whatever it is will be an easy substitute for global warming.

Eric Hoffer, in his masterwork “The True Believer” observed that to the true believer one “cause” is interchangeable with another. Where did all the American reds & pinks go after the Soviet Union Collapsed? They all became environmentalists. We’re sure to see a similar, effortless transition as Global Warming mutates to something equally motivating to the far-left.

The energies of Meddlesome Liberal Busybodies (MLB’s) should never be under-estimated.

Sun-caused Global Warming Crisis Announced

June 27th, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: At today’s Washington Climate Conference (WCC) scientists gathered to testify that the sun is warming up and unless we do something drastic to stop it, humanity will be devastated by the next presidential election cycle in 2012. The alarmed scientists unanimously proclaimed their support for Al Gore as their spokesman.

Said Gore in his acceptance speech, “I’m honored to be the chosen one for this vital task ahead. At this time I’m also able to reveal that during his trip to Egypt, Barak Obama discovered that he is the true Sun God. So, with this brilliant leadership we should be able to bring the sun under control. But it will take the contribution of every person on the planet to see this crisis ended. The sun will not be allowed to brighten. We’ll impose a sunshine tax and regulate sun consumption until it goes out completely.” And with his characteristic clown-face grin Mr. Gore bounded from the podium and began vigorously shaking the eager hands of his many admirers in the audience of distinguished scientists.

The chant of “RA, RA, RA! God of Sun, God of Planet, God of Man” could be heard echoing throughout the chamber and into the streets as I left the hall.

EPA Coverup – Update

June 26th, 2009

Again, thanks to Michelle Malkin (What a Gal!) and Competitive Enterprise Institute we have evidence of government rigging of climate science in order to pass repressive global warming legislation. Here’s the text of the suppressed report.

The Preface to the report states:

Among the interesting findings in this report is the following:
To understand this statement I refer you to Climate Skeptic (see Don’t Panic Video, where feedback effects are discussed in terms easily understood by anyone with a minimal scientific education.

The Waxman-Markey bill, introduced after 3:00 AM and voted the next day is just another little step in the destruction of our democracy and our economy. Listening to Steny Hoyer describe this bill of goods as a way to reduce the cost of foreign supplied gasoline, reduction of global warming, increasing utility company efficiency, etc. etc. and then saying it would be the way to avoid the 70’s gas lines — what complete idiocy is this? Where does this monster bill address foreign oil? This is a demagogic performance of the lowest sort. He talks about the energy “WE produce.” No, the oil companies produce energy — Steny and WE don’t.

1) There is no energy CRISIS.
2) Energy is not scarce.
3) There is no man-caused global warming.
4) Al Gore is a nut case, pure and simple.
5) Congressional Democrats and some Republicans are gullible nut cases too.

Never before in my exprience have I seen such an insane mania obtain such a firm grip on the public mind as has the global warming/energy crisis/green insanity.

But mark my prediction. In a very few years, when the falacy of global warming is finally revealed and accepted, you won’t find anyone who will admit that they once believed in it.

EPA Coverup Before Cap & Tax Vote

June 25th, 2009

Thanks to Michelle Malkin and the Competitive Enterprise Institute we have another example of a government agency coverup — doing harm to the country while protecting the agency’s backside.

In a nutshell, Competitive Enterprise Institute has obtained Environmental Protection Agency emails wherein a scientists attempts to introduce global warming research results contrary to Al Gore/Obama administration orthodoxy. He is silenced by his supervisor. See email below. The reason is that the information might show the agency in a bad light.

See PDF for full report from radioviceonline.com.

The science behind man-caused global warming due to CO2 is bogus. To leap from bogus science to a program that will stab the American economy in the back with vastly increased prices for everything from gasoline to watermellons is insane. The Waxman Markey Cap & Trade (tax) bill is up for a vote this week. It is extremely harmful.

I urge you to visit Freedom Works to lodge a protest with your congressional representatives. It’s easy and takes only a few minutes.

Dear Leader Guru Obama on Health Care

June 24th, 2009

“Oh Master, I am deeply troubled by the U.S. healthcare system.”

“Don’t you fret, grasshopper, I’ll explain it all to you in words you’ll understand.” So said Dear Leader Guru Obama in tonight’s ABC News national healthcare nationalization infomercial.

“You see,” explains Guru Obama, “WE have a system that needs fixing, it is OUR duty to fix it.” WE becomes OUR, and OUR becomes your benevolent leader’s wise guidance.

Amidst references to “The Average Family” and “Ordinary Workers” Guru Obama holds forth on medicine, management, and governance. Thank goodness for his enlightenment!

It was a parody of the King and I. Obama the wise answering questions from physicians and the head of the American Medical Association — from diagnostics to economics to colonoscopy. The leader knows all. Bow ye! Bow ye down to Dear Leader!

“But Dear Leader, what if we like our own insurance.” (Planted qustion) And Dear Leader Guru Obama pauses, “Weeeellll,” thinking deeply … “[there are] some areas where we may want to to regulate insurers a little more.”

“And how about the $2+ trillion it will cost?” Dear leader responds “It won’t cost more because we’ve found a way to pay for it.” (WE?) ………….. I CAN’T CONTINUE. I HAVE TO THROW UP.

Community Organizer Explained

June 23rd, 2009

Well, somebody finally explained to me what “community organizers” do. Click the video.

Email Spam From the Whitehouse

June 23rd, 2009

The whitehouse has me on their mailing list. In the past month I’ve received three slick emails from “Barack Obama,” and “The First Lady” from “whitehouse.gov.” Each email contained some fluff such as a promotion for “United We Serve” and a advice for fathers on Fathers Day. Each had embedded a video — none of which worked — but good enough for government work.

Some questions:

1) Why does the President spam me using my email address which they got from an email protesting the idiocy in Washington.

2) These emails aren’t cheap. How does the Prez justify spending public money to puff up his image? Does the U.S. Government pay for these emails, or does the DNC? And who elected the first lady, anyway?

3) Will my email address find its way into the lists used by the Democratic National Committee? How about the FBI?

4) The volunteer letter said:

Today, for the official kick off of United We Serve, members of my administration have fanned out across America to participate in service events and encourage all Americans to join them.

Who are these “members of my administration”? ACORN perhaps? Must be lots of them if they’re “fann[ing] out across America.” Or maybe it’s just another of the president’s exaggerations/lies.

5) How did we elect a President who treats us all like a bunch of juveniles — fathers day advice, indeed! I should paddle his supercilious butt.

Since my representative would just toss these questions into the round file, perhaps someone reading this has a rep who is willing to investigate. Good luck.

Politics of Hate and Victimhood

June 22nd, 2009

Yesterday evening, in a conversation with a couple near and dear to me, I gained additional insight into what motivates the Obama supporters’ almost religious devotion. My guests maintained that Obama was so wise, so well educated and virtuously motivated that he would “run the country well and achieve new levels of prosperity, peace and justice.”

I thought “Oh, Oh, here we go again,” and asked whether we, as a country are “run” by government, or are we individuals in charge of ourselves. The question seemed so completely foreign to them that they couldn’t respond.

So I tried out a theorem I’d read somewhere on the web, but unfortunately can’t properly attribute to its original author. The theorum states that liberals define three groups of people. The most numerous group are the Victims. According to this most of us are Victims. We Victims are preyed upon by the Exploiters, mostly greedy, unscrupulous business people who lie, cheat and steal from us Victims, making our lives miserable. And the third group are the “Protectors,” a uniquely wise and benevolent class of government bureaucrats, community activists, academics and do-gooders. The noble task of the Protectors is to protect the Victims from the Exploiters. The main tool of the Protectors is government.

To my surprise, my liberal guests agreed completely with this liberal-left characterization of society. In between red-faced denunciations of George Bush, Richard Cheney and John McCain they explained their victimhood — failed business the last couple of years, no health insurance, people overseas don’t like us, a bad situation overall. It was Bush’s fault and Obama (the Protector) was going to restore good business, bring home the troops, and provide free health care. That would solve everything. After all, “He runs the country now.”

What surprised me most was the pure emotionalism of it all, that the democratic propaganda machine had succeeded so completely in its “hate Bush” campaign. It was impossible to discuss specific issues such as the budget and the merits or flaws of government run health care, or least of all, the Iraq war.

I remember thinking that Kennedy was a dangerous amateur and a filanderer, Johnson was a crazy man, Carter was a weak dunce, and Clinton had the morality of a snake, but I didn’t (and don’t) “hate” any of them. In fact I don’t remember hate being a component of Republican propaganda at all. Back in college days I had a friend who would spit on very dime and pledged to one day pee on Franklin Roosevelt’s grave, but he never did it. He’s dead now. Maybe some day I’ll do it for him.

Census Participation Advice

June 22nd, 2009

The Washington Times reports that:

Outspoken Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says she’s so worried that information from next year’s national census will be abused that she will refuse to fill out anything more than the number of people in her household.

We should all follow her lead on this. The government has no legitimate business asking about plumbing, race, and financial affairs in the census. Last census I did the same thing as Ms. Bachmann and refused to answer any but the constitutionally required information, which I took to be number of people, sex and age, since all (except now sex) apply to voting. Note that race does not, and certainly not bathroom fixtures.

Government intrusion into our lives has increased relentlessly and constantly. This is the first step to tyranny. I recommend the movie “The Lives of Others” about the Communist East German secret police. In this depiction of an actual tyranny the head of the secret police says his job is “to know everything about everybody.”

So think about it.

This next 2010 Census it is more important than ever to preserve whatever privacy we have left.

Revised Miranda Warning for Captured Terrorists

June 11th, 2009

This is the Miranda warning that our idiot Obama administration decrees shall henceforth be administered to captured enemy combatants:

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.

A Better rendition would be:

You have NO right to remain silent. If you don’t cooperate and tell us what we need to know, we’ll shoot you in the head. Anything you say can and will be used against you and that won’t prevent you from being hung. You have NO rights to attorney, which is a privilege enjoyed by civilized people. Not by savages such as yourself.

Or to save the headaches, just shoot the son of a bitch Muslim raghead. Or will the Obama idiots decree that weapons must henceforth be loaded with blanks?

If this doesn’t convince you that the Obama gang is completely nuts, nothing else will.

Goldman Sachs & Govt. Collude in Market Manipulation

June 7th, 2009

See this from Zero Hedge: “incredibly Shrinking Market Liquidity”.

A very interesting data point, also provided by the NYSE, implicates none other than administration darling Goldman Sachs in yet another potentially troubling development. The chart below demonstrates the program trading broken down by the top 15 most active NYSE member firms. I bring your attention to the total, principal, customer facilitation and agency columns

Click here to see table from article

Key to note here is that Goldman’s program trading principal to agency+customer facilitation ratio is a staggering 5x, which is multiples higher than both the second most active program trader and the average ratio of the NYSE, both at or below 1x. The implication is that Goldman Sachs, due to its preeminent position not only as one of the world’s largest broker/dealers (pardon, Bank Holding Companies), but also as being on the top of the high-frequency trading/liquidity provision “food chain”, trades much more often for its own (principal) benefit, likely in tandem with the other top dogs on the list: RenTec, Highbridge (JP Morgan), and GETCO. In this light, the program trading spike over the past week could be perceived as much more sinister. For conspiracy lovers, long searching for any circumstantial evidence to catch the mysterious “plunge protection team” in action, you should look no further than this.

This is serious stuff, the U.S. Government secretly colluding with a private bank (or several) to cause stock market moves that injure American traders and investors for what could only be political purposes. I don’t know how such a thing could be uncovered for all to see, but think it should be investigated, revealed and if verified, prosecuted as the crime it is.

Kissing Muslim Ass in Cairo

June 4th, 2009

As is his habit, President Obama droned on endlessly in Cairo, Egypt about America’s shortcomings and the ancient glories of Islam. He set up America’s perceived insults to Islam then insisted that He, Hussein, the quasi-Muslim-Messiah, atoned for them and would set it all to right.

We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.

Violent extremists have exploited these tensions in a small but potent minority of Muslims. The attacks of September 11th, 2001 and the continued efforts of these extremists to engage in violence against civilians has led some in my country to view Islam as inevitably hostile not only to America and Western countries, but also to human rights. This has bred more fear and mistrust.

In so doing, Mr. Obama has framed the war against savage Islamist terrorist organizations as a religious war — Mr. Bin Laden couldn’t have hoped for a better way to promote his hatred among the entire Muslim population of the world.

As usual, Mr. Obama is loose with is facts. Has America ever been a colonial power in the Muslim world? Were the Muslim countries forced to cozy up with the Soviets during the cold war? Is he really saying that the “violent extremists” were inspired by “these tensions” to “attacks of September 11th,” which has “bred more fear and distrust.”

What he’s saying is that misbehavior of the “West” including “conflict and religious wars” is responsible for Muslim terrorism. And further, that “modernity and globalization” are Western sins that justify hostility on the part of Muslims. What garbage! I don’t think any Americans participated in the crusades, do you? What he’s saying is that Bid Laden’s medieval frame of reference is valid.

Let’s face it. Our president is kissing ass. See below.

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.

(Emphasis added) “Punishment” by stoning, I suppose.

And on and on it went.

The speech was 6,000 words of harmful blather. Wake up and stop this idiot from destroying America.

Fair Tax: a Flawed Concept

June 3rd, 2009

The consumption-based “Fair Tax” is now being promoted as a substitute for multiple federal taxes, including income taxes, social security taxes and others. The proponents argue that a consumption based tax system encourages investment and savings, in contrast to the income tax, which punishes both.

One of the most seductive aspects of the Fair Tax proposal is that it would eliminate the IRS and simplify the tax system from its current tens of thousands of pages.

A simplified description of the Fair Tax is that it:
a) Imposes a single fixed rate of about 25% on all retail purchases.
b) Requires the government to issue checks to all families to cover consumption up to poverty level.
c) In so doing, it eliminates embedded, hidden taxes included in the price of all goods and services sold.

So what’s wrong with that?

a) What makes anyone think that the politicians will give up the opportunity to use the rates to punish and reward (and gain re-election!) as they now do with income taxes? Why not tax one product (soft drinks, tobacco, fat food, etc.) at one rate and lower the rate for favored products (ganola, tofu, bottled water, etc.) Why not have exemptions (like current tax deductions) for things like home purchases, political fund raising, and other favored products or services. Won’t the single Fair Tax rate eventually metastisize into something similar to the current federal tax code?

b) The proposal for everyone to register for a monthly check makes everyone constantly dependent upon and trackable by the government. And what makes anyone think that the government agency responsible for dispensing these “prebates” won’t require burdensome paperwork similar to tax returns? This is an abomination!

c) Requiring everyone producing or selling goods at retail to collect and account for taxes requires a system at least as big and intrusive as the IRS. And it now nets in services, unlike most state sales taxes. So the kid who mows my lawn or babysits will now have to collect a tax and apply for a prebate? Really? (I know, kids don’t mow lawns anymore, but you know what I mean.)

I’d love for the income tax to be replaced by something truly simple and fair. But sadly the Fair Tax isn’t it.

Bottom line: Fair Tax Won’t Stay either Fair or Simple once politicians do their usual mischief.

Government Market Manipulation – Another source

June 1st, 2009

Here’s the conclusion of another well researched article charging the PPT (Plunge Protection Team) with criminal intervention in the current stock market.

Treasuries are therefore the engine which drives this fraudulent scheme, a scheme that is completely illegal because the authority granted in Reagan’s Executive Order creating the PPT is exceeded beyond all belief in what one day will be exposed as the greatest abuse of financial power by US government officials in the history of our country. Because of this blatant illegality, Buck-Busting Ben and Hanky Panky Paulson deny that the PPT does anything but meet occasionally to brainstorm pending issues.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. But then, what should one expect from Obama administration’s lawless attitude. See my previous post.