Saturday, May 16, 2009

Death of Drama

Over at BigHollywood.com, S.T. Karnick discusses the decline of drama movies in America due to their politicization by Hollywood leftists.

I'd say he's right but that this isn't a new trend. The Drama Movies of the 60s and 70s were arguably left-leaning because playwrights have been producing progressive plays for decades and its easier for Hollywood to adapt than create.

But this is nitpicking. Mr. Karnick points out that genres such as Comedy and Action have been successful because they offer the escapism folks want. While there is a chicken and the egg element to this argument, the deep basic fact about comedies, westerns, sci-fi and action movies is the heart of their genres revolve around basic human conditions. Around the overwhelming question of "How do you behave as a human being after being kicked in the groin (comedy), facing a gunfight (western), in outer space or dangling from suspension bridge while fighting spies?"

Fight or flight, love or hate, laugh or cry, those are the deep core reactions to human situations found in well crafted films of all genres. However, writers of comedy and action movies must inevitably go to the right in certain genres like the individualism inherent in the "we must do something" of most action movies.

Now like comedies, sci-fi and action films, Ancient Greek dramas struggled with the concept of the "tragic flaw" as a deep core value that must be maintained or violated in the face of an extraordinary situation. The truth that makes you laugh or the struggle for right that drives action, these are the great-great-great-great grandchildren of Ancient Greek Dramas.

These deep cores are tossed down the drains of the kitchen sink in modern dramatic plays and films. Modern Drama politicized and devolved into political propaganda for the leftwing progressive movement decades ago. And every few years, they get bolder and bolder, until we are "stuck" with the repugnant dross on film screens today.

Or not.

What leftwing Hollywood does not understand is that they are the ones out-of-touch. They are the ones with the poor values and bad taste, not the American consumer. These modern drama films fail to make box office because Hollywood no longer asks "how will this play in Peoria?" but "how will this play in Manhattan's West Village Angelika theater?"

In short, Hollywood no longer values mainstream America. Filmmakers no longer wonder if their parents or grandparents or children can watch the film they are making. They are only interested in performing an intellectual/creative circle jerk with their like-minded friends.

Then they wonder why their modern dramas do not make money and blame the consumer for not swallowing their money shots.

This intellectual/creative self-pleasuring is rampant throughout all creative industries. I stopped being an advertising copywriter because I was nauseated by the complete lack of interest in actually selling product. You see it every day on TV and in print.

Seriously, who wants to eat a sandwich that came out of an oven that implies it gets sexual gratification from toasting said sandwich? Eeeew!

Journalists have decided their opinion is more important than the facts. Advertising is failing to do its job and sell product. Fiction no longer sells in bookstores compared to cookbooks, self-help, and non-fiction because fiction is as out of touch as the Modern Dramatic movie is.

Theater, film, journalism and schools are the major tools of propaganda in any socialist state and we've let them creep into our own great America without a fight.

Yet we can fight back.

When we take no place no value on this leftwing-propaganda-disguised-as-entertainment, when we do not buy movie tickets to such weak fare, then we are taking positive steps towards free thinking liberty where choices and values are more diverse than Hollywood can possibly imagine.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Video Proof Pelosi Knew About Torture

Brietbarttv.com delivers a B-Side that shows Pelosi knew.

Long but good.

Solar House Failure

Ha Ha!

Yes, I know its mean to gloat but the more people know the truth about how inefficient and expensive these alternative energy power sources are, the better.

Sun Shot

Super hot pictures of the shuttle flying across the face of the sun.

Cool!

Carless = Clueless

I never owned a car when I lived in Manhattan. Now, I could never concieve of doing without.

HalfSigma makes some excellent points here. If you are for a car-less society then you are either a very wealthy Manhattanite or completely clueless.

Democrat Fundraising is Corrupt?!? Yes.

Norman Hsu could really do some damage to Democrats, including Obama if he wants to.

Fun.
Watch Sonja Schmidt's tear Elizabeth Edwards and the mainstream media two big new ones.

Fabulous!

Poor Judgement in Jokes as Well

Who made this threat?
And your university President and Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.
That's right, Obama. In his ASU commencement speech - full transcript here.

Certainly it was a lame joke revealing poor judgement and bad taste but as TaxProf.com points out in his post on the matter, that statement of Obama's would have gotten him fired if he worked for the IRS.

It was a joke. In the great scheme of things, no big deal. But what it reveals about Obama's seriousness and callousness is quite another thing.

More Chicago Corruption

This time in the "affordable" housing market. Why isn't the FBI investigating every single Chicago politician and official just as a point of honor?

Food Snobbery in Homeless Shelters

This piece here makes a strong point that homeless shelters funded with TARP/Taxpayer dollars should not throw out perfectly good food just because its not trendy. The example being a Washington DC shelter that tosses fresh donuts because they aren't "healthy" enough for the drug addicts and homeless folk how come to their institution.

Now I think that is a correct view. While the homeless absolutely should be fed wholesome and healthy food with dignity, arugula salad and steak on the taxpayer's dime is a bit beyond the pale.

That said, my daughter and I recently volunteered at a local shelter via her Girl Scout Troop. Because our troop is almost entirely Muslim, the mothers prepared a chicken and rice dish with their traditional seasonings. I sat down and ate with some of the folks in the shelter once and chatted with them. And they told me the meal was a big hit. So often they get the same bland food over and over again. The flavor and spice of their Muslim meal was a welcome break. One lady pointed out a man whom she said went up for three servings of the meal and she's never seen him do that.

Perhaps, the chefs at these homeless shelters are less concerned with feeding the people who come in and more concerned about exercising their culinary prowess. Quite frankly, if you are too much of a food snob to make something palatable and inviting out of canned veggies and Velveeta, then you have no business calling yourself a chef. And instead of imposing your own view of "good" onto others, perhaps feeding them simple but flavorful food options would provide more dignity than any geoduck and frisee salad.

Best Explanation of Debt EVER!

Just watch this!!



Visit PoliticalMath here.

Now All We Need Is A Yard.



I want. I want. I need. I need.

But I'll also take this.

Obamacare is Fiscal Suicide

David Brooks in an op-ed from The New York Times (!) points out the many flaws in Obama's financial policies, in particular Obama's "attempts" at healthcare "reform".

Sky's The Limit Tax Rates

Bruce Bartlett over at Forbes.com has an article up with the chilling title, "The 81% Tax Increase" about funding Social Security and Medicaid via payroll tax increases.

Kinda makes going John Galt look real good right now.

Don't Let Congress Turn 2009 into 1984

(Originially posted by my husband on NRO - The Corner)

CEI and the National Taxpayers Union have teamed up again to produce a video drawing attention to (or should I say "raising awareness of"?) the Orwellian nature of global warming policies. And guess who plays the role of Big Brother? Click here to see the video and tell your Congressmen that you're not happy. Following the YouTube link will enable you to send the video on to others.
Why go anywhere?

Here is the video my husband is talking about and the accompanying fact v. fiction. But you should go to the site to make a donation.

This is an important fight, unless you want your heating and cooling bills to be as much as your rent or mortgage. Because if we let Congress pass this "cap and trade" bill or any other energy-restriction bill, it's YOU who will pay!



Fiction: Global warming is a threat that is rapidly getting worse each year.
Fact: There has been no global warming over the last decade. In fact, global average temperature was lower in 2008 than in 1998! [1]

Fiction: Sea levels could go up 20 feet, according to Al Gore.
Fact: Sea levels rose about 8 inches in the 20th century, and the rate has not increased in the 21st century! [2]

Fiction: We can cheaply reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Fact: As President Obama said in the campaign, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” [3]

Fiction: Cap-and-trade will help the economy by creating lots of new green jobs.
Fact: A recent economic analysis estimates that 2 million jobs would be lost if Congress enacted President Barack Obama’s cap-and-trade bill! [4]

Fiction: We can easily replace coal, oil, and natural gas with wind and solar power and ethanol.
Fact: 85% [5] of our energy comes from coal, oil, and natural gas. The alternatives are much more expensive [6] and less reliable! [7]

Make Your Voice Heard in Washington!
Stop the $2 Trillion Hidden Tax on Energy!
And in case you think I'm biased because it's my husband and all, here is a Wall Street Journal piece by Mitch Daniels discussing exactly how bad it could get.
The Waxman-Markey legislation would more than double electricity bills in Indiana. Years of reform in taxation, regulation and infrastructure-building would be largely erased at a stroke. In recent years, Indiana has led the nation in capturing international investment, repatriating dollars spent on foreign goods or oil and employing Americans with them. Waxman-Markey seems designed to reverse that flow. "Closed: Gone to China" signs would cover Indiana's stores and factories.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"indefinite detention"

So Hope & Change has become "Bush's third term".

According to The Wall Street Journal article, here, Obama is finding some way to detain the Gitmo terrorists "indefinately" - but he's closing Gitmo.

Wow. What a difference.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Contentions.com is right - When Jon Stewart turns on a liberal, said liberal is in trouble.

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What a (scary) moron!

The Peek-A-Boo Problem

(As posted by my husband at NRO - The Corner)

Ken Starr and Viet Dinh have an important article in the WSJ today about the constitutional affront that is the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB, otherwise known as Peek-A-Boo). The nub of the matter:

In writing the 2002 law, Congress created a striking Constitutional anomaly – a powerful executive branch agency with a structure that gives the President almost no say over its policies. With minimal oversight and no real supervision, the PCAOB decides which accounting firms to inspect and how to conduct an investigation. It interprets sections of Sarbanes-Oxley, deciding, for instance, what is an "internal control" under the act's Section 404. It was also given the power to levy an "accounting support fee," essentially a tax on all public companies, to fund its operations.

Yet, under the law, the five members who run the PCAOB are appointed not by the President – but by the five commissioners of the SEC. We hold that this violates the Constitution's Appointments Clause, which states clearly that principal "officers of the United States" shall be appointed only by the President "with the advice of and consent of the Senate."

The "constitutional flaws in the PCAOB statute are not matters of mere etiquette or protocol," Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the federal appeals court of the District of Columbia wrote last summer. "By restricting the President's authority over the board, the act renders this Executive Branch agency unaccountable and divorced from Presidential control to a degree not previously not previously countenanced in our constitutional structure."

That's why, in his strongly worded dissenting opinion, Judge Kavanaugh called our challenge to the PCAOB "the most important separation-of-powers case regarding the president's appointment and removal powers to reach the courts in the last 20 years."
Indeed. Sarbanes-Oxley and the PCAOB together have cost the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion, according to a joint study by Brookings and AEI. Yet the board appears to be proud of having no oversight. That must change.

Held To A Higher Standard

I usually like the Camille Paglia column over at salon.com but today's kinda irked me.

In essence, she is holding all conservatives in general and conservative talk radio in particular to a higher standard of decorum than her fellow liberals.

Technically, that's hypocrisy. But Camille tries to be fair for the most part so I'll try to be nice.

It just doesn't seem legit that conservatives are criticized for slipping up occasionally and saying something unkind or unfair and liberals get to screech and scream vile, vicious and intellectually vapid crap all the time.

It's as if you aren't taken as "serious" by liberals unless you are foaming at the mouth claiming some kind of victim status. Otherwise, in Ms. Paglia's books you are Seven Days In May "paranoid".

I Got New Windows

And I am sooo happy!!

Window World - man. Very happy gal!

The Devolution of Media

Forbes.com callin' like it is. Newspapers are dying.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Something Awful Is Being Done To You"

Read all about it here via TigerHawk (note - this article is heavily linked for references, you could spend the day).

Basically Obama's attempts at corporate taxation are ham-fisted and dangerous and YOU will be the one who pays.

For those of you who know a little about federal personal income or corporate tax, or who just want to get a sense for the scope of the tax increase, I commend to you the more extensive write-up produced by Deloitte Tax. I've clipped some inflammatory excerpts for your morning indigestion, but it is worth scrolling through to get a sense for the breadth and nature of the proposal. The short version is that President Obama is pushing absolutely staggering increases through the corporate and business tax systems. Direct taxes on business are, in general, inefficient and economically disruptive, but they are also peerless in their complexity, which means that few voters and essentially no reporters will make the effort to understand what is being done to them.

"Five Dead-Weight Democrats"

Because turnabout is so much fun.

Good luck getting these jokers re-elected DNC.

It's Okay But Only For The One

Apparently, bank executives can't go off to conventions in Las Vegas but Obama can hold a mega-fundraiser for Reid there without a single concern about ethics whatsoever.

No hypocrisy here, folks. Just move along. Nothing to see.

Pay All Our Lives - For NOTHING

(Copied in full from NRO The Corner)

Social Security is a bad deal. If you're under 40, it's a really bad deal. [David Freddoso]

This afternoon's big news on Capitol Hill is the release of the annual report of the trustees of Social Security. The news is as grim as one might suspect:

The projected point at which tax revenues will fall below program costs comes in 2016 — one year sooner than the estimate in last year’s report.

The projected point at which the Trust Funds will be exhausted comes in 2037 — four years sooner than the estimate in last year’s report...

Over the 75-year period, the Trust Funds would require additional revenue equivalent to $5.3 trillion in today’s dollars to pay all scheduled benefits.
I notice that the trust fund is exhausted in 2037 — just in time for me to retire. But that makes little difference, because there's no money in the trust fund anyway. Every dime has been spent once. The pain begins in 2016, when the revenues are exceeded by the payouts.

A few lawmakers' statements roll in, among them that of Rep. Mike Pence (R, Ind.):
Our nation’s entitlement programs are quickly going bankrupt and yet President Obama has not offered a plan to preserve Medicare and Social Security for our children and grandchildren. Instead the Administration and Democrats in Congress would rather pass a government-controlled health care plan that will deprive roughly 120 million Americans of their current health care coverage and lead to federal bureaucrats denying critical care for patients.
So assuming that the retirement age is pushed back say five to 10 years, right about when we can retire, Social Security will completely collapse. Thanks a freakin' lot you hippie-scumbag-baby-boomers and FDR. Nice ponzi scam you set up for us.

Your Tax Dollars Paying for Drunken Whores

Thanks to Jonah, this article can now come to our attention.

Apparently, you and me and thee - aka American Taxpayers - will be spending $2.6 million for a Dr. Li to study the drinking habits of Chinese prostitutes.

Now how can I get some of that action?

The Five Ds

William Kristol in The Washington Post presents the Five Ds in his opinion piece about how and where the GOP needs to focus in order to win the fight against Obama's socialization of America.

Government Healthcare = Bad Medicine

Two articles for your purusal.

First, how ObamaCare will hurt you and your doctor - here - from the Wall Street Journal.

And second, how it can also kill you - here - from the UnionLeader.com

Proof Journalists No Longer Try

An Irish student hoaxes lazy journalists around the world and proves what conservatives have been saying for years...
A full month went by and nobody noticed the editorial fraud. So Fitzgerald told several media outlets in an e-mail and the corrections began.

"I was really shocked at the results from the experiment," Fitzgerald, 22, said Monday in an interview a week after one newspaper at fault, The Guardian of Britain, became the first to admit its obituarist lifted material straight from Wikipedia.

"I am 100 percent convinced that if I hadn't come forward, that quote would have gone down in history as something Maurice Jarre said, instead of something I made up," he said. "It would have become another example where, once anything is printed enough times in the media without challenge, it becomes fact."

So far, The Guardian is the only publication to make a public mea culpa, while others have eliminated or amended their online obituaries without any reference to the original version — or in a few cases, still are citing Fitzgerald's florid prose weeks after he pointed out its true origin.
I'm actually shocked that The Guardian is the only one to step up to the Honesty Plate since some years ago they bought faked and stolen documents from Greenpeace that one of my husband's co-workers had planted in his trash to prove Greenpeace wasn't behaving so nice.

But hey, if even one newpaper has learned its lesson, that's a good thing, right?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Joan Rivers is a "Monster"

'Celebrity Apprentice' party planner David Tutera tells Barbara Walters that Joan Rivers is 'a monster'
May 11, 2009, 07:33 PM | by Adam B. Vary

Categories: Radio, Television

Party planner David Tutera, who memorably clashed with eventual Celebrity Apprentice winner Joan Rivers on Sunday's finale, told Barbara Walters on her Sirius XM Radio show Monday that Rivers is "a monster." Tutera was tasked to work with Rivers to plan a charity auction, but he told Walters he quit in part because "Joan and Melissa [Rivers] were completely incapable of giving me their insight on how the party should look. They had zero direction.... In 23 years of being in business, I have never left anyone, no matter how difficult they are to work with. Her behavior towards any human being was so unacceptable to me. [She's] such a monster I cannot begin to even explain."

Tutera, who also hosts the WE-TV show My Fair Wedding, says Celebrity Apprentice producers "manipulated" the situation by telling him ahead of time that he was not to give Rivers any ideas of his own. "When I got into the room and [Joan's team] gave me no ideas," he said, "I was left to sort of stand there and defend myself." When Walters asked Tutera whether he would work for Rivers again, Tutera replied, "Absolutely over my dead body."

Pope Walks Out on Hate Speech

I have to admit, I didn't think he had it in him but bravo Pope Benedict.

Bravo!

Great Speech About The Awful Boomers

Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana, delivering the commencement address at Butler U. on Saturday:

We Boomers were the children that the Second World War was fought for. Parents who had endured both war and the Great Depression devoted themselves sacrificially to ensuring us a better life than they had. We were pampered in ways no children in human history would recognize. With minor exceptions, we have lived in blissfully fortunate times. The numbers of us who perished in plagues, in famine, or in combat were tiny in comparison to previous generations of Americans, to say nothing of humanity elsewhere.

All our lives, it's been all about us. We were the "Me Generation." We wore t-shirts that said "If it feels good, do it." The year of my high school commencement, a hit song featured the immortal lyric "Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today." As a group, we have been self-centered, self-absorbed, self-indulgent, and all too often just plain selfish. Our current Baby Boomer President has written two eloquent, erudite books, both about..himself.

As a generation, we did tend to live for today. We have spent more and saved less than any previous Americans. Year after year, regardless which party we picked to lead the country, we ran up deficits that have multiplied the debt you and your children will be paying off your entire working lives. Far more burdensome to you mathematically, we voted ourselves increasing levels of Social Security pensions and Medicare health care benefits, but never summoned the political maturity to put those programs on anything resembling a sound actuarial footing.

In sum, our parents scrimped and saved to provide us a better living standard than theirs; we borrowed and splurged and will leave you a staggering pile of bills to pay. It's been a blast; good luck cleaning up after us.

In Christopher Buckley's recent satiric novel Boomsday, the young heroine launches a national grassroots movement around the proposal that Boomers should be paid to "transition", a euphemism for suicide, at age 75, to alleviate this burden. That struck me as a little extreme; surely 85 would do the trick. Buckley meant his book for laughs, of course, but you'll find nothing funny about the tab when it comes due.

Our irresponsibility went well beyond the financial realm. Our parents formed families and kept them intact even through difficulty "for the sake of the kids." To us, parental happiness came first; we often divorced at the first unpleasantness, and increasingly just gave birth to children without the nuisance of marriage. "Commitment" cramps one's style, don't you know. Total bummer.

A defining book of our generation was Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which chronicled the exploits of Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, practitioners of the drug-taking '60s counterculture in its purest form. On the last page of the book, in a pseudo-intellectual, LSD-induced haze, Kesey chants over and over the phrase "We blew it."

Total Thanks to NRO!

Crime in Britian

As always, City Journal has an excellent article up on the state of affairs in Great Britain - a topic near and dear to our hearts - this time on crime. It is a terrifying situation.

The situation in Britain, then, resembles that of 1980s New York, whose crime problems were routinely called insoluble. What the British government fails to understand is that the majority of serious crimes are committed by a small cadre of criminals, who are also, disproportionately, the authors of minor crimes. If you lock these criminals up—reliably, and for a long time—crime will drop precipitously. The reason Broken Windows policing works is not that it is inherently important to jail every petty thug who breaks a window; it is that the window-breakers tend to be muggers, rapists, burglars, and murderers as well. If you get them off the streets, the rate of serious crime will fall. To dismiss as “true but trivial” the finding that “an astronomical amount of crime is committed” in Britain is only half right. The British people know this full well, even if their government does not.

Some "Leaders" Have No Followers

On Gun Control and Global Warming, liberal elites are hemmaroaging followers.

Mostly because what the elites say and what they do are not the same coupled with the reality experienced by the rest of us proles.

RealClearPolitics explains it best, here.

Lots of Questions, No Answers

Ann Althouse askes some interesting questions about the NYC flyover disaster.

In particular, how stupid does the Obama administration think we are that we would accept that photo as being the reason why the flyover happened in the first place?

Another question would be, how much longer do the American people need to be insulted before they start demanding answers?

Older Female Bosses Suck

I once worked for a man who was so difficult, one of his assistance placed her head on her desk and froze in place. The ad agency had to call an ambulance to come and give her a muscle relaxer injection just so she could be moved. I worked just fine with that guy.

But every older woman boss I ever had was terrible.

I worked with one woman who was so stressful, I ended up on prescription drugs to control the panic attacks before I could leave for another job. She was a lying sack of ....

The problem with older women is that they stupidly bought into the whole feminist movement lie that they could have it all.

You can't. No one can, male or female.

So these broads worked their asses off only to see younger women opt out. Choose different paths. And we all know what happens to people who don't goosestep to the liberal agenda (be it feminist or otherwise). Fail to follow the pied piper of liberal feminism and you will be destroyed.

That's why it was so easy for me to leave advertising. From the idiocy the industry in New York City was heading to the craptacular treatment I experienced from female bosses who couldn't believe I had the temerity to put my marriage before my job, it was stupid to remain employed.

So this New York Times article about the backlash against female bullies comes as no surprise to me or probably any other woman who has been unfortunate enough to work for an older female babyboomer.

When, oh when, will those god-awful babyboomers just retire and go away. As a group, I've yet to find a redeeming feature among them other than being the standard against which all selfish and self-absorbed behavior can be measured.

Trump's Bad Deal

One of the reasons why I tolerated having to listen to Donald Trump on The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice TV shows was that it was a real meritocracy reality TV show.

You had to accomplish tasks in real and tangible ways.

Sadly Donald has tossed the one real reason to appreciate the show into the trash when he chose Joan Rivers over Annie Duke.

Merit was squashed by spoiled, trash-talking celebrity. I came into the show with nothing but admiration for Joan Rivers but now she DISGUSTS me.

And so does Donald Trump.

He tolerated from Joan some of the most actionable language in a board room ever. Joan's lying, whining accusations and bullying behavior would have gotten her fired on the spot from any reputable firm. That Trump facilitated it was vile and weak-willed on his part.

Trump knew the truth behind Annie's statement that Joan lost the party planners for both teams. It was on camera. The event planning company would have to have informed the Celebrity Apprentice show that it was not going to fulfill its contract. Annie was thrilled with the service she got from the event planners, Joan clearly was not.

The show's producers clearly realized that Trump was not going to "embarrass" Rivers by exposing what a fraud she was so the producers edited the show to reveal the truth without explicitly coming down one side or the other. They let Annie speak rather than truly defend her but at least Annie was allowed to speak at some point. That Joan Rivers was allowed to lie, lie, slander, and lie again only exposes her and Trump's low hypocrisy.

There is a point that Joan won three of the five tasks but who cares? River's overall performance was but a dim echo of Annie's and Annie crushed her on the crucial money-raising aspect. This three out of five win smells freshly manufactured to me - guest satisfaction seems to be the weakest point. Annie had all her friends there and I can't imagine they bad mouthed Annie's party after dropping nearly half a million dollars on her charity in order to help her beat Rivers.

Basically, Donald Trump chose gay New Yorkers over his customers. And he will suffer for it.

Trump allowed Joan to bad mouth Annie's profession and insinuate all sorts of evil such as Annie has "mafia" money. What does that say of Joan's opinion of Trump? He owns casinos for Christ's sake! Donald's appalling short-sightedness explains why he has to use the Bankruptcy courts as a business tool regularly.

What top-level poker player will visit a Trump casino now? None should after this.

Joan behaved beastly. Annie was professional and raised more money for charity than all the other players combined. Donald chose wrong and hopefully will lose his customer base at his casinos because of it.

He's also lost a viewer.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Dragging down economic recovery

The Heritage Foundation covers the "terrible" treasury sale this past Thursday, here.

The quote in question...
There are two critical consequences to the economy stabilizing. The first is that the massive liquidity injected into credit markets by the Federal Reserve and central banks around the world transforms from economic medicine to inflationary heroin. Central banks are going to face a difficult task of extracting the excess liquidity before inflation soars and without causing another recession. Doubt about the fight against soaring inflation means higher inflation premiums in interest rates.

The second dangerous consequence is that President Obama is on course to double the national debt in just four years. After years of complaining about annual deficits of $300 billion or $400 billion and their effects on interest rates, liberal commentators are suddenly silent now that the deficit is heading toward $2 trillion under a liberal administration. But now the vaunted “crowding out” effect from government borrowing is almost a certainty, as are the resulting higher interest rates.

A Dream Came True (unfortunately)

The British newspaper The Telegraph has a lightly critical piece on Obama discussing how "Barack Obama's rich supporters fear his tax plans show he's a class warrior".

Duh, how can you become rich and be stupid enough to vote for a man who says outright he's going to put you in a 40 - 50% tax bracket if you make over $200,000 a year. Probably the same idiot on Wall Street who told The Telegraph, "We badly need some European style social democracy, and Obama might as well start with health care reform."

No, the LAST thing we need is European-style social democracy, jackass.

That Mr Obama should have radical views on the shortcomings of the US economy is hardly surprising. As a young man he turned down a high paying career in the corporate sector to work as a community organiser in Chicago.

"I would imagine myself as a captain of industry, barking out orders, closing the deal, before I remembered who it was that I had told myself that I want to be," he wrote in his memoir Dreams from My Father.
Isn't that what Obama is doing now, captaining industries by pirating them away from the private sector into the public sector? Isn't that what Obama is doing now barking out orders and treats to those who question The One? Isn't that what Obama is trying to do now, close the deal on the destruction of all American Exceptionalism?

Looks to me like Obama's dream cam true - unfortunately for the rest of us.

Even Warren Buffet "is among high profile Obama supporters worried that he is attempting too much by pressing ahead with other controversial reforms such as healthcare."

"Job one is to win the war, the economic war, job two is to win the economic war, and job three," he said recently. "You can't expect people to unite behind you if you're trying to jam a whole bunch of things down their throat."
Obama's too excited about his power rush to listen to Buffet's advice. Cramdown seems to be the focus of this administration.

Happy Mother's Day (Official)

I am enacting my right as a mother on Mother's Day to do as little as possible.

I consider this day, my one and only official Day Off. (Father's Day is similarly treated.)

So if you don't hear from me today, I'll blog tomorrow.