Saturday, October 24, 2009

Random Round-Up 10-24

If you strike her down, she will only return even more powerful than before. Sarah Palin Strikes Back.

CNBC silencing criticism of Obama? Quite frankly, CNBC can "silence" criticism of Obama as much as they want, who is watching anyways? FOX News can show kittens and still draw higher numbers than CNBC. Wring your hands over something else, let CNBC implode in peace.

Maybe We Can’t! (or shouldn't) More links here.

'House health care bill exceeds $1 trillion'

First thing we do, let's kill all the old people. Obama to tax ICDs, pacemakers. Smooth move, Obama.

My Letter to the Editorial Page Editor of the L.A. Times Regarding That Fact-Challenged Pro-ACORN Op-Ed Written by the ACORN Consultant

Did Democrats put ACORN in charge of regulation for financial institutions?

Biofuel Crops Seen Contributing To Global Warming

President Obama won’t talk climate change in Copenhagen. Apparently, he's "too busy" to go but he may talk about global warming in his Nobel acceptance speech. Which demonstrates that Obama has both two tin ears AND a humongous ego. Let's face it, the "Peace Prize" has been so utterly devalued by its being gifted to Obama that anything he says when accepting it will be treated as meaningless by just about everyone.

Power Plants Face Potentially Costly New Air-Pollution Rules. Because during a massive recession it's smart to make energy more expensive.

ALL ABOARD! Tea Party Express II Leaves the Station Sunday: Will You Be On It? Choo-Choo.

Reminder To Congress

Dear Members of The United States Congress,

A reminder:
You do not work for the President of the United States.
You do not work for various lobbying groups.
You do not work for any corporations whatsoever.

You work for your constituents under the guidelines of the United States Constitution.

You do not care what the President says. You do not care what lobbyists say. You do not care what corporations say.

The only thing you care about, the only reason why you exist in your position is to help your constituents. The People of America who voted you into office.

And if you don't listen to them, the People of America will vote you right out.

So if you think your constituents are going to howl in pain if you vote for Obamacare, remember they will blame YOU for voting that way not matter what anyone else told you.

You have been "reminded".

Friday, October 23, 2009

Last Little Bits

A Name Americans Should Know – Jodie Evans and the Obama- Hollywood-Terrorist Connection.

Lest We Forget: SEIU, ACORN Behind Ongoing Push For Socialized Medicine

Oh Goody. HHS Chief Actuary on ObamaCare: Total Health Care Spending Will Go Up, Not Down

There Should Be More Out-Of-Work Professors

This article titled, Tracking Your Taxes: Millions Spent to Send Professors on Vacation, is "eye-popping" to say the least. Why are we sending presumably tenured college professors on "free vacations" on the taxpayer dime?

The National Endowment for the Humanities is spending our money on very "questionable" items such as "$167,000 for a four-week seminar for 16 teachers on 'how British and American poetry ... reflects the patterns of life'". That's $10,437.50 per teacher for a four week trip to England (presumably) for them to study what can easily be gleaned from a couple of history books in the library.

What a waste.

Islamist Extremism and the Murder of Daniel Pearl

Read this speech by Sen. Joe Lieberman and remember Daniel Pearl.
At the heart of the ideology that motivated Danny Pearl’s killers is not religion but the same totalitarian impulse that we have seen appear and reappear, like a pestilence, across numerous countries and cultures and eras, intensely so during the past hundred years.
It's Nazism with religious cover.

I should add that my husband was a staunch opponent of the death penalty (Hitler would have been given a "chance at redemption") until my husband was struck by a one-two punch. One night we watched a horrific documentary detailing an Australian serial killer who would paralyze his victims and then practice different execution methods. Shaken to his core at this display of actual evil, we went to bed. That morning, we learned that Daniel Pearl had been brutally beheaded. My husband is still opposed to the death penalty in most cases but he now acknowledges that there is some evil in the world that must be destroyed for the preservation of good.

What Women Want

We want promises kept. Big and small, it doesn't matter. Just do what you said you would.

Sure flowers and romance are great but in a real working marriage, promises have to be kept.

If you say you're going to be home at 8pm, then be home at 8pm. (And if you're late, call as soon as you realize you're late.)

If you say you'll take out the trash, then take out the trash.

If you vowed fidelity, then keep it in your pants.

No matter what promise you made, keeping it shows your wife that you love and respect her. It may be a stupid housekeeping promise that you think you can blow off, but to a wife it's a request she made and you accepted. By not doing what you said you would, you've told your wife that she are low on your priorities. Not the task, the person.

I know, I know, women are pains in the butts. We take things far too personally. Now that you know this, get over it. Because here is a simple solution which avoids a lot of trouble and tears. Keep your promises. Do what you said you would when you said you would do it.


(Oh and by the way, the above is excellent friendship advice, professional advice, and parenting advice.)

Cause It's Funny

I look at this picture and I just laugh and laugh.

Although on a serious note, what female politician in her right mind would wear a pink jacket at a political event and run the risk of appearing to be attempting to evoke Jackie Kennedy? YIKES!

Honey, you are no Jackie Kennedy.

Random Round-Up 10-23

This is the stuff I missed earlier.

A Victory for Rent Control in New York....
...and a defeat for many people who are going to want to be able to find an affordable apartment in New York in the future.

Deadly anniversary. Remembering '83 Beirut attack. One of the survivors was on my dorm floor during my freshman year of college. He could never bring himself to speak of this event. He lost a lot of friends. I pray for him and the loved ones of those who died.

Television, Processed Foods Couldn't Be More Proud Of Child They Raised

Obama vs. The President He Said He'd Be

White House Reveals Obama Is Bipolar, Has Entered Depressive Phase

U.K. Economy Shrinks, Dealing Blow to Brown

The rich alone can't pay for Obamacare. They'll be coming for you next. Mark Falcoff: Comeuppance of the rich?

Life under ObamaCare?

Report Sheds Light on Why Homeowners Walk Away

Holding the President and the Reformers Accountable

Gaffe-Prone Biden Embarrasses Nation Yet Again By Sneezing During Meeting

The Barefoot-in-Mouth Contessa

Low black-voter turnout threatens Dems in Va., N.J. races.

Obama Wrestling With Jobs Outlook. He's not winning this wrestling match.

Go Get 'im Guys. Michael Moore: A Love Story? Not So Much. Cottage Industry of Filmmakers Targets The Combative Director; a Hometown Heckler

Nobel Lessons

Written by my husband and a colleague, this article below is running in The Washington Examiner.
Conservative critics who disparaged the Nobel Prizes following the awarding of the Peace Prize to President Obama should think again. On November 12, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the economics Nobel jointly to Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson for their advancement of the field of “economic governance.” The governance they analyze is actually governance without government, which could also be described as “voluntary self-regulation”—something American conservatives should celebrate.

Here's why. In traditional economic theory, the market allows resources to be allocated optimally by coordinating the actions of self-interested individuals through the power of price signals. However, there are circumstances in which some other mechanism or institution is needed, either because the transaction costs of determining a price are too high, or because the good in question is freely available—insofar as it is not owned by anyone—but nevertheless finite—as in, for example, fishing stocks. For many politicians, especially left-leaning ones, the solution is government regulation or ownership. Ostrom and Williamson, however, have explained how other forms of non-market governance have worked so well for centuries.

Oliver Williamson argues that when a transaction is very complicated and difficult to pin down in a contract, a company may be better off undertaking it internally. This is why companies often expand through mergers and acquisitions rather than outsource particular tasks. Williamson’s work has contributed to the recent welcome decline in antitrust intervention in the case of vertical mergers. Large companies, frequently maligned as rapacious by the left, expand to cut costs, not to impose monopoly prices on hapless consumers. Top-down government mandates that get in the way of such expansions make things worse for companies, their customers, and their employees.

Elinor Ostrom also has analyzed resources not regulated by market-transactions: those that are “unowned” or held in common, such as pastures, drinking wells, lumber, wild game, and fishing stocks. According to the theory known as the “tragedy of the commons,” the absence of property rights over such finite resources results in depletion or environmental degradation. The traditional solution has been to confer private property rights on individuals—such as in the English Enclosure Movement—or to impose government regulations.

But Ostrom argues that this is not necessarily the case. In situations in which the people who use a resource interact on a regular basis, credible retaliation makes cooperation possible. Ostrom cites numerous instances in which such “self-regulation,” via formal or informal agreements among private parties, has prevented the depletion of a resource held in common. She argues that government intervention often disrupts these institutions without providing an adequate or beneficial alternative, to the detriment of the stakeholders who are affected.

A similar logic helps explain how institutions ranging from voluntary associations to the family operate without price signals or top-down state control: If the agents in question regularly interact with each other, and the transactions cost for setting a price is high, then other forms of governance will naturally arise. Hayek’s concept of “spontaneous order” comes to mind.

Politicians’ pretense of knowledge and failure to understand the ability and willingness of stakeholders to cooperate help to account for the proliferation of damaging regulations across the economy. For example, logging restrictions are unnecessary, because loggers have an inherent incentive to avoid depleting their resources. In fact, the total forest area in temperate countries actually increased between 1980 and 1990, thanks to the use of efficient forest planting methods and improved agricultural productivity.

Yet even so, as The Economist reports, “an entire industry seems to have sprung up to identify ‘new commons’ or to claim as commons things not always seen that way.” For instance, recent and ongoing attempts by governments to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten to increase energy prices without any palpable benefit for consumers. Under the current European emissions trading regime, designed to cut emissions, total GHGs produced within Europe have actually risen even as energy costs have skyrocketed. The cap-and-trade bill now under consideration in the Senate would have a similar effect for American consumers.

With the economic crisis pressing heavily on voters’ minds, conservative politicians need to highlight the significant economic costs of state regulations and the additional costs that would be imposed by new environment and health care initiatives. And they might even find a good word to say for the Nobel prizes in the process.

In Economic Woes 10-23 Updated

The Government Is Spending Money Faster and Faster. Oh goody.

Cap & Tax, And The Loss Of U.S. Sovereignty. A perfect triumvate, Cap & Tax will raise taxes, kill poor people by freezing them to death, and destroy our economy.

U.S. House may soon get estate tax bill: Rep Hoyer

I'm "underserved". May I have an iPhone please? Stimulus Spending for Laptops and iPods?

ANYONE except Obama and his clownish co-horts could have predicted this result. Top employees leave financial firms ahead of pay cuts.

The Chicago Way. The Chamber of Commerce is only the latest target of the Chicago Gang in the White House. Basically Obama is seeking to neuter or destroy anything that challenges his attempt to hijack the US economy. AND Obama's Uncompromising Inner Man

FDIC Failed to Limit Commercial Real-Estate Loans, Reports Show

Treasury: Bailed-out firms to slash pay in Nov. They will come for you next.

As usual, the Obama administration over-steps its bounds. The government has majority ownership in AIG and GM, so I guess they can call the shots there.
Approximate government ownership percentages:

AIG: 80
BoA: 40
Citi: 34
GM: 60
GMAC: 35
Chrysler: 10
Chrysler Finance: I couldn't find quickly

But isn't it the role of the Board of Directors to set executive compensation? Why would they not call a Board of Directors meeting and put the compensation packages to a vote of the shareholders (Hint: they may lose the vote)….

Politics of Envy.
"No doubt many will cheer executive pay cuts ordered by the Obama administration at companies that received U.S. bailouts last fall, but the celebration will prove short-lived. Obama pay czar Kenneth Feinberg, who has unprecedented authority to dictate pay in the private sector, has told executives at seven companies that their paychecks will be cut by 90 percent this year. In lieu of cash, the top 25 executives at American International Group (AIG), Bank of America, Citigroup, Chrysler, General Motors, and the financing arms of the two car companies will receive restricted stock in their companies, most of which they can't touch for years. On average, their total compensation will drop by 50 percent."

'Fierce urgency' for jobs, not health care Duh.

Should we accept this level of "Permanent Job Loss"?
Parsing Unemployment

When Work Doesn't Pay For The Middle Class

Pork Report October 22, 2009: Vegas Neon Museum

Dillard Says No to Income Tax Increase

Why Is Unemployment Rising Faster In the U.S. Than Other Countries? Because other countries don't have Obama and this clown Congress running their economies?

Going Galt. Which explains this... Tax Collapse

The Fed at The Crossroads

The Rise of the Mob Economy

Nice map. Where Foreclosures Cluster

Romer: Impact of stimulus will level off. The stimulus had an impact?

Obamacare Daily Round-Up 10-23 Updated

When Government Gets Science Wrong

Will Obama Again Deny Healthcare Excise Tax is a Tax? Let me answer your questions with this questions, does a bear....?

Too Much of a Good Thing? Public Health Plan Could Have Huge Advantage in Market.Under the plan being pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a government-run health insurance plan would provide nearly the same benefits as the other private plans in a new insurance exchange, at a fraction of the cost. I believe Congress is accurately reporting the costs of Obamacare as much as I believe my sticky fingered son didn't eat candy before dinner.

Congressman Says He Now Has ‘About 40 Likeminded Democrats’ Who Will Vote to Kill Health Bill if He Doesn’t Get Floor Vote on Pro-Life Amendment. Then kill the damn thing already.

Pelosi Reportedly Lacks Votes for 'Robust Public Option'. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly lacks the votes to pass a "robust public option," the most far-reaching of three forms of a public option House Democrats are mulling to overhaul the nation's health care system. Kill This Bill. Call your Senator AND your Representative today!

Pelosi calls an emergency meeting on push for ‘robust’ public option

A bad idea is a bad idea is a bad idea. 'Public' Plan With State Option to Opt Out Mulled. Senate health bill provision would permit individual states to drop out of the system, a design that could make it more palatable to moderates, but some Democrats are already balking at the idea. The only healthcare reform I want to see is tort reform and competition across state borders. And fixing the messes of the EXISTING government-run programs in ascending order - Tricare, VA healthcare, Medicaid, Medicare.

VOTERS will also prove to be a problem for Reid. Senate Moderates Could Pose Problems for Reid on Health Care. Several Senate moderates have expressed concern with the possibility that a government-run insurance plan could emerge from closed-door talks in the majority leader's office.

'Fierce urgency' for jobs, not health care Duh.

PJTV VIDEO: Second Opinion: Let Doctors Be Doctors

Pelosi Reportedly Lacks Votes for 'Robust Public Option' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly lacks the votes to pass a "robust public option," the most far-reaching of three forms of a public option House Democrats are mulling to overhaul the nation's health care system. Good.

Senate bill may have public insurance plan.

'Public' Plan With State Option to Opt Out Mulled. Senate health bill provision would permit individual states to drop out of the system, a design that could make it more palatable to moderates, but some Democrats are already balking at the idea. Here's an idea to "mull", stop Obamacare and just reform the ALREADY EXISTING government-run healthcare programs (Tricare, VA Health, Medicaid, and Medicare). Plus throw in some real toothy tort reform and allow competition by removing the state border restrictions. How about that for an idea.

Lame. Obama, Pelosi Agree on One Government-Run Option -- Lunch

Glimpse of our Future? Parents Lose Custody of 7 Kids Because They're Too Fat? In the UK, the healthcare nannies are empowered to remove your children from your custody because you and your kids are overweight.

The Future is Nigh! F.D.A. Crack Down On Food Induced Obesity Paves Way for Bloated Government & Endless Litigation.

The Bogus Death Statistic That Won't Die. Does using fake statistics really help your cause, ever?

VIDEO: Tevi Troy on Canada's Single Payer System

I wonder if scientific breakthroughs like this will even be possible under Obamacare. The US leads in healthcare research because of its private funding through corporate competition. 'Holy Grail' Of Cancer Therapy: Researchers Find Way To Protect Healthy Cells From Radiation Damage. Instapundit points out this could be a helpful development for space travel as well - another human endeavor threatened by Obama.

Abortion divides House Dems in health care debate

Government Health Care Adds Insult to Injury. Paying through the nose for less always leads to nose bleeds.

ObamaCare: C-SPAN Out, Closed Doors In

Do doctors back health revamp?

ObamaCare Box Score — Conservatives 1 – Liberals 0. I won't be counting any chickens until Obamacare is dead, burned, and buried.

Corruption Daily Round-Up 10-23 Updated

Alaska Republican Congressman Tied to Senator Stevens' Corruption Case. Documents have been filed in federal court linking Rep. Don Young to the corruption case involving Sen. Ted Stevens.

But don't call it corrupt. Anita Dunn's Husband Emerging as Top Contender to Replace White House Counsel. Bob Bauer, the top lawyer for the Democratic National Committee and husband of White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, is under serious consideration to replace Greg Craig.

Fed Hits Banks With Sweeping Pay Limits. If Obama achieves his apparent ends of socializing the US economy, your paycheck could become government-controlled as well. Once politicians get a taste, they can't help themselves from gobbling up everything.

That can't be good. Barack Obama sees worst poll rating drop in 50 years.

Big Ouch: Bay State liberals shun Barack Obama’s visit That's akin to saying low turnout at church for Pope's visit

Treasury: Bailed-out firms to slash pay in Nov.

Congress extends hate crime protections to gays. Perhaps, it should just be a crime. I really dislike this trend of breaking the unity of Americans by hyphen. And seriously, you are a human being regardless of your sexuality. By letting that define you (or any other ethnic/cultural pigeon hole define you), you open yourself up to stereotyping. Why would you do that. You are a unique and whole person, not a stereotype. If your sexual preference, skin color, religion defines you so completely, then that's all you are. How boring. And how despicable of Congress to give one group of people extra protection under the law over others. The law should apply equally to all, not just select, self-identifying groups.

Barack’s Socialist Mop

Sssh. Don't tell Obama, he might get mad. The Limits of Presidential Power

Charming. Obama: Republicans "Do What They're Told" VIDEO. My husband offers up this video to rebut Obama.

Obama Cabinet members often stop in Reid country. I wonder if this helps or hurts Reid.

Related to the Above. 73% of GOP Voters Say Congressional Republicans Have Lost Touch With Their Base.

The Hexagon Of Progress: Barack Obama – Working Families Party – Democratic Socialists Of America – New Party – ACORN – SEIU. ACORN and Political corruption - a two-fer!

FCC votes to begin crafting `net neutrality' rules. This is politically desperate attempt to attack dissent (isn't dissent supposed to be patriotic?) by controlling the Internet.

Blackburn: Net neutrality is 'Fairness Doctrine for the Internet' AND Google chief favors net neutrality but is wary of regulation

It's His Rubble Now. And the American people want him to fix it.

UPDATE - Hoax. - Apparently, the link below has been proven to be a hoax. What's interesting to me is that its plausibility. A good hoax has to have a kernal of truth behind it if it is to have any legs. That Obama has not officially released his college transcripts tells me that more of these "hoax" postings are bound to occur. The question I ponder is when the truth is finally revealed will we be disappointed or vindicated? Obama and the Constitution; He Has His Doubts Apparently the first 10 pages of Obama's Columbia University thesis indicate he wasn't too fond of the US Constitution. Let's think about that. The man who promised "transparency" won't release any of his personal records from birth certificate to graduate thesis AND when a glimpse of is provided, it indicates that same man - the elected leader of the United States of America - thinks the US Constitution "instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy." Hope for change, ya'll.

U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd on Countrywide Financial VIP Loan: "I Feel The Matter's Behind Us. We Ought To Move On.'' Of course he does.

Jonah's right, politics are never civil, but one should always try to be polite about it. What Civility is Lost if It Was Never Found?

Will the Rule of Law Survive Obama? Gosh I hope so.

Deeds ignored advice, White House says. Top Democrats seek to shield Obama in case of election loss.

White House attacks worry moderate Democrats


Florida Journalist Speaks His Own “Truth” to Those Out of Power. With Documents.

VIDEO Andrew Breitbart: The C-Span Interview

That the mainstream media isn't fighting this betrays their fear of the internet. FCC votes to begin crafting `net neutrality' rules. This is politically desperate attempt to attack dissent (isn't dissent supposed to be patriotic?) by controlling the internet. AND Blackburn: Net neutrality is 'Fairness Doctrine for the Internet'

Who Else Has Obama Endorsed? This is a list of Obama-endorsed journalists.

Bullies’ Overreach

Why Can't MSNBC Say 'Sorry' to Limbaugh? MSNBC launches a campaign to discredit Rush Limbaugh but when the network screws up after running a fake quote it can only "clarify" its mistake. Any news organization that presents Olbermann and Maddox as "real" news anchors with a straight face is clearly an ass-clown news organization. Just ignore it and it'll go away.

Fading Print. How we will survive without newspapers. Fairly easily, I imagine.

Goodness! Anderson Cooper Compares Obama to Nixon, Spotlights Declining Approval Ratings

Still slipping ACORN cash. HUD Counseling Funds Tripled Despite Criticism

Philadelphia Story. The Acorn story isn't going away.

Maryland Shouldn’t Prosecute ACORN Filmmakers

VIDEO and DOCUMENT PROOF Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Thanks Iran For Its Financial Support Why are we tolerating this?

Major ACORN Victory In New York Thanks In Part To Van Jones. Why is Van Jones even employable in politics anymore?

Just in Case: Items Suggesting the Direction of Things Ah, that unlovely marriage of ACORN and Unions, it's thugs and thuggery.

ACORN Filmmakers Batting 1.000 But Media Matters Says It’s “Statistically Insignificant”

The Hexagon Of Progress: Barack Obama – Working Families Party – Democratic Socialists Of America – New Party – ACORN – SEIU. ACORN and Political corruption - a two-fer!

I don't agree with everything Bjorn Lomborg says, but I agree with him frequently enough to say he deserves to be heard A LOT. The View from Vanuatu on Climate Change. Torethy Frank had never heard of global warming. She is worried about power and running water.

Cap & Tax, And The Loss Of U.S. Sovereignty. A perfect triumvate, Cap & Tax will raise taxes, kill poor people by freezing them to death, and destroy our economy.

More Stupidity. Obama pushes for passage of climate bill

NBC Anchor: Drop in Warming Credence Because People Are "Less Sensitive to Environment"
Still, this might be a fair assumption to make--obviously the economy is #1 in peoples' minds these days, and understandably so. But isn't it slightly possible that there are other factors at work here that have people doubting Al Gore's hysteria?

As NewsBusters rightly points out, couldn't the fact the BBC recently reported that "for the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures" have an impact on peoples' perception of "global warming"?

Climate Change Shenanigans & Why You May Have To Send A Check To A Family In Paraguay Every Month

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Feds designate polar bear habitat in Alaska. This is such a stupid, ignorant attack on Alaska and Americans' need for energy, it defies belief. The Polar Bears ARE NOT THREATENED. Dumb Asses. (I don't like to curse but this makes me see red.)

Global Warming Silence: Wellesley Walkout

Politics at play as Obama talks energy at MIT.

Related to the above, we are finding more and more energy deposits but not the "right" green sort. Natural Gas Changes the Energy Map

Senator Zeus: Kay Bailey Hutchison Earmarking Your Taxes For Her Odd Fixation on Controlling Hurricanes. Isn't it a cliche that wanting to "control the weather" the responsibility of villains in James Bond movies?

Another dumb idea from EU on global warming. To Cut Global Warming, Swedes Study Their Plates.

There May Be No Coping with Copenhagen. Just because Obama signs a treaty doesn't mean Congress will ratify it. Clinton signed Kyoto and while this current Congress is basically a corrupt cesspool, I'd like to think they want to be re-elected and agreeing to give up US sovereignty is not the way to win elections.

Glimpse of Our Future? (I hope not) "Green Jobs" in Germany

An Inconvenient Rebuttal
"Not Evil Just Wrong," the feature-length film she made with her husband Phelim McAleer, coolly reveals how Al's disguise of hot fanaticism as cold fact arrives as the Senate begins to gear up for debate on "climate change" legislation.
Watch the documentary, then buy my husband's book - Really Inconvenient Truths - and make a weekend out of it.

How To Have Sex

Russia violating treaty, developing missile. How's that Obama diplomacy workin' for ya?

The White City

Pelosi on Elm Street I wish Crowder would stop this style of video clip and go back to more straightforward commentary. He's not as good at it as he thinks.

Gay, Transgender People Could Be in Future Census. Wouldn't they be in the census anyways because at the end of the day, they are STILL HUMAN BEINGS living in America?

Gay Reversal Advocates Say School Libraries Banning Their 'Ex-Gay' Books. I disagree with these advocates but burning and banning books is generally a sign of weakness and corrupt thinking.

Nixon and Obama -- Soul Brothers? OUCH.


McCain Puts Hold on Senate Confirmation of Obama's Labor Board Nominee. Arizona Sen. John McCain is blocking Senate consideration of the nomination of Chris Becker to join the National Labor Relations Board -- a five-member independent government agency that supervises union organization campaigns and investigates and remedies unfair labor practices.

GOP's new lightning rod

As much as I am angry at the way most media outlets have treated the TEA Party protesters and their clearly liberal-but-unacknowledged-biased reporting, I'm putting this article by Charles Krauthammer under "Fighting Corruption" because the MSM fought the White House by defending Fox News. Fox Wars. Perhaps they are finally catching on.....

House Republicans Defend Conservative Commentators, Decry White House Feud. House Republican leaders on Thursday rushed to the defense of conservative commentators after President Obama dismissed Fox News as "talk radio."

Yeah, that's a smart move. WH drops Fox thing, goes after Cheney

Judith Miller's Message to Obama: Gitmo Is No Stain on America

Tea Party to GOP: “Dump Dede” and the RINOs. AND Palin Supports Hoffman

Time to Stand Up for America's Values. If the United States government does not stand for free elections, advocate for free elections, and commit itself to free elections, what then are we fighting for in Afghanistan? If America doesn't stand for freedom, she stands for nothing.

Dillard Says No to Income Tax Increase

Should I Tell My Daughter About Somer Thompson's Murder? If every there was an instance where the death penalty should be universally applied, it is for the murder of children and pregnant women. Period. No allowances made.

VIDEO Suicide Attack Turns the Tables on Iranian Regime. I can't support terrorism but I do support the Iranian people fighting back against their corrupt regime. My head isn't exploding but I do hear some popping sounds.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

In Economic Woes 10-22

Bleak: Our Long Term Financial Outlook

Waxman-Markey: A $3.6 trillion gas tax

Leading Economic Indicators Rise Again in September However, New Unemployment Claims Rise More Than Expected to 531,000. Hope and change, ya'll.

Mortgage Meltdown Was Caused by Government Mandates

7 Months After Stimulus 49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs

Pork Report October 20, 2009: Are Political Scientists Relevant?

Leading indicators signal growth, but jobs scarce

The Expanding Net of Online Regulations

Centrists vs. Pelosi: Blue Dog Democrats beginning to show spending fatigue

Obama, Have You Forgotten About Free Trade? Umm, yes. yes he has.

The Myth of the Multiplier. Why the stimulus package hasn't reduced unemployment.

What You've Seen Is What You Get

White House Official: Impact of Stimulus Will Level Off

The Shadow Government - How Obama is over-reaching with backdoor czar appointments and governing not by laws but by destructive regulations.

Obamacare Daily Round-Up 10-22

Wake Up America, YOU Can Still Stop Obamacare Call your Senators. Call your House Representatives. But do call.

Yet Another Reason Gov't Should Keep Its Hands Off Health Care

A Cure Worse than the Disease

God Willing - Key senators may rebuff Obama on health care

The Public Option Deception

Deal on Medicare payments boosts House health bill

US health care tab would grow under overhaul

What Canadians Want You to Know About Government Care

“Gifted Hands” Surgeon Rips into Obamacare

Another Entitlement for Seniors

A Whole New Health Care Ball Game

The Doc-Fix Vote. Anything that makes Reid look bad has got to be good.

Corruption Daily Round-Up 10-22 ACORN/Media updated

Part 1 - Prostitution Scandal in Philadelphia, PA
Part 2 - Filmmakers Show Video of ACORN ‘Sting’ in Philadelphia
Part 3 - Filmmakers Show Video of ACORN ‘Sting’ in Philadelphia
Part 4 - Filmmakers Show Video of ACORN ‘Sting’ in Philadelphia
Part 5 - Filmmakers Show Video of ACORN ‘Sting’ in Philadelphia

AP Reports - Video makers release tape of Philly ACORN visit

Fox Reports - Filmmakers Show Video of ACORN 'Sting' in Philadelphia

Washington Post Reports - Duo release another video of their meeting with ACORN worker

Full News Conference: Producers Show Video of ACORN ‘Sting’ in Philadelphia

Unsolved Mysteries and Irreconcilable Differences for Mr. Scott Harshbarger

The Media’s Complicity: Analysis of ACORN Coverage

ACORN Layoffs are Taxpayer Rip-offs

Barack Obama’s Working Families Party – “Tax The Rich And Give It Back To The Poor”

ACORN Empire Strikes Back

House Moves to Ban ACORN from Fire Grants

House Committee Passes Bachmann Amendment to Prohibit ACORN Involvement in Consumer Advisory Board

Axelrod and Emanuel Help Shape ACORN Coverage?

'The Nation’ Editors to Release Look-a-Like ‘Going Rogue’ Hit-Piece On Same Day as Palin’s Book Launch. This stunt by The Nation reveals the sophomoric pettiness and intellectual masturbation endemic amongst Liberals.
Make sure you buy the right book, the titles are so similar and The Nation does NOT deserve the money. Entertainment Weekly (which has a very sound editorial on Polanski) reports here.

Media Matters: Never Mind About All Those Facts… We Have a Police Report!

NOW They Tell Us: Media Matters Comes Clean Over Rush Smears

Liberal Smear Merchants ‘Media Matters for America’ Will Slime Anyone Who Takes on ACORN

Obama Meets With Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. This reveals Obama's hilariously sad media strategy of sucking up to the biggest losers on cable TV.

Pence Defends Conservative Media

Obama Compares Fox News to Talk Radio, Says He's Not 'Losing Sleep' Over Controversy. Then shut up about it.

Corruption Daily Round-Up 10-22 (General)

Overall, 47% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President's performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove.

Gallup too. First-year quarterly drop in Obama’s approval rating one of the biggest in decades.

Kevin Jennings was member of ACT UP - Disturbing Video. You know who Jennings is right? The guy Obama wants to be the "safe schools czar".

Obama's EEOC Nominee: “Gay Sex Is Morally Good”; Sexual Liberty Trumps Religious Liberty; Not Sure Marriage Is Good

Obama's "Card Check" Nominee Hits Road Block

And apparently no control over the existing czars either. Pay czar decided on his own AND Pay Czar Feinberg, Not Obama, Behind Decision to Slash Executive Pay

Who are these buffoons Obama keeps picking? Obama Science Czar Quotes Mao — On Population Control?

The Shadow Government - How Obama is over-reaching with backdoor czar appointments and governing not by laws but by destructive regulations.

Another Holder Injustice. Big Voting Rights Drama in Small Town

Government by the Courts, Not the People: Federal Court Thwarts State Budget Cuts

High Noon in New York 23rd: A Ref Would Have Called It By Now. Time to Dump Dede. Gotta love those signs!
Read here all about it and watch the actual presser here.

Scozzafava Candidacy: Not the Fault of DC GOP. Hmmmm.

Department of Propaganda? Update: AOL Hot Seat poll added

Only ACLU-ers Need Apply

The Grating Communicator

Mortgage Meltdown Was Caused by Government Mandates

Centrists vs. Pelosi: Blue Dog Democrats beginning to show spending fatigue

Obama Hits Opponents With Chicago Brass Knuckles

Waxman-Markey: A $3.6 trillion gas tax

Americans' belief in global warming cools

It's Raining, You're Snoring

National Sovereignty, Climate Mysticism, and You

A Century Behind: Our Electricity Regulations Are Stuck in Progressive Era

Rush or Reverend Al?… Will the Real Racist Please Stand Up?

Dana Loesch & Bill Whittle: Can Independents & Conservatives Save the Republican Party? Instapundit & Bill Whittle & Dana Loesch dish it out.

Why Islam: Reaching Out and Preaching Hate

Understanding Black Political Apathy

Are the Obamanoids as dumb as they seem? Clearly yes.

What Is ‘Social Justice’ Anyway? Like "moral relevancy" it is a way to destroy any honest ethics a person might have.

A failing grade for N.J. schools


PalinTracker: Oprah Chat, A Cover Shoot, Huckabee(?), ‘Drill Baby, Drill’ (Updated)

May it continue to drop. Hugo Chavez's Support Declines in Venezuela

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How the Left-Wing Blogosphere Works

Originally posted by my husband on NRO-The Corner.
Many readers will have come across Roger Pielke Jr, a professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Roger is a political liberal and a firm believer in the theory of anthropogenic global warming. However, because he has had the temerity to suggest that certain parts of the received wisdom of climate alarmists have little substance (such as the idea that there have been massive increases in weather-related damages caused by global warming), he is no longer welcome on the Left. What is most interesting is the way his detractors have gone about his ostracism. Roger describes how the leftist wing of the blogosphere works in some detail here. It is worth everyone's time to read. Some further details on the behavior of two of the principal actors against him, Clinton-era officials Joe Romm and Brad DeLong, are here and here.

Lies, Lies Lies

I love how Andrew Breitbart and his crew can keep bashing ACORN with their own lies.

LOVE that and the Video.

ACORN Video: Prostitution Scandal in Philadelphia, PA Part I

‘ACORN Lied’: Makers of Undercover ACORN Videos Hold News Conference

Is ACORN’s Bertha Lewis Even Capable Of Telling The Truth?

The Media’s Complicity: Analysis of ACORN Coverage

Filmmakers Show Video of ACORN 'Sting' in Philadelphia

ACORN's Current Woes Years In The Making

Democratic election fraud in Troy, NY: a follow-up.

Sick Child - Mom Down

Blogging will be difficult for me today as my youngest is ill.

I hate it when children are sick. You feel so helpless. You'd do anything to take that illness into yourself to spare them. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it.

Sorry about the spazz out. He's only got a fever and a bit of a cough. Granted those are two symptoms I hate, I don't mind vomiting but a fever makes me so anxious.

I can't imagine what parents of truly ill children go through. My prayers go out to all of them and their kids.

Anyways, I'm going to be watching over my kid, steam baths and honey, fever-reducing medicine and thermometers are my future for the next few days.

At least, I was woken by him early enough to see the meteor shower (pretty but dim from light pollution) and then some deer go through our backyard. Both felt like glorious natural miracles. Let's hope there's a third event and my son's fever goes down.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WARNING: Onion Videos

Stalker Financial Expert Offers Recession Tips Just For Woman He Follows

In The Know: Has Halloween Become Overcommercialized?

Random Round-Up 10-20

A Merry Prankster Declares War on the Democrat-Media Complex

Why We Need 72 Hours to Read Legislation, and How You Can Help.

The IRS vs. Balloon Boy, & A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Sin Tax Go Down.

White House Cites Opinion Shows as Basis for Fox News Complaints. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs refers to "Beck" and "Hannity" as the reasons why the Obama administration is criticizing Fox News. Sooo, you're attacking Fox News for their opinions? Want my opinion on that?

Cool. Astronomers Find a Whopping 32 New Planets. Maybe there is intelligent life out there because....

Oh my husband's gonna be mad at me for this....
Redskins Hold Press Conference To Announce They Are Still Sort Of A Football Team.

Staying On Message

Back during World War II, Great Britain knew it was fighting socialism in the form of Nazi Germany (aka National Socialists - a leftwing ideology by the way). After the war was over, Great Britain, and the rest of Europe, lost their by allowing socialism to creep back in.

How did socialism slither into Great Britian? When the NHS was born.

Below are some excellent posters from the period.

My Favorite Quotes

I have these hanging on the wall next to my desk along with the Preambles to the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution as well as the best bits of The Gettysburg Address.

“A loosening of Morals leads to a hardening of hearts.”
Edmund Burke

“Turning the other cheek does not mean letting yourself get slapped around. Forgive but don’t let it happen again.” Me - if you knew my history, this is something I need reminding of.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” Dr. Martin Luther King

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, popular, or political; but because it is right.” Dr. Martin Luther King

“God is not merely interested in the freedom of brown men, yellow men, red men and black men. He is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.” Dr. Martin Luther King

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Dr. Martin Luther King

If you have any suggestions along similar lines, feel free to post them in the (moderated) comments.

In Economic Woes 10-20 Updated.

In an exclusive excerpt of The Sellout, Charlie Gasparino reveals the inside story of how Paulson and Bernanke forced BofA to buy Merrill Lynch and prevented another meltdown

'The Way It Is'

The jobs battle Now why would there have to be a "jobs battle"?
Oh, right.

Treasury Inc.: The Shadow National Debt

Every Time Congress Promises Future Savings, Its Nose Grows a Little Longer

USA Bails Out The World. Charity begins at home, you know.

Seeing Red (Ink)

Is this The Domino Effect?
Daley: City Managers To Take Nearly Five Weeks Off
In Hawaii, school's out for recession.
More Pa. State Government Layoffs Expected Soon.

Oh Joy. Higher jobless rates could be new normal

An Excise Tax On Health Insurance Benefits Is Middle Class Regressive

Uncle Sam's gift to the prudent saver: Less money

We are 'worried' about weak dollar: Eurogroup chief.

Whistling Past the Graveyard.

Obamacare Daily Round-Up 10-20 Updated

The Largest Denier of Health Care Claims Is Medicare

Galen Institute Releases Poll Showing Overwhelming Opposition to the Individual Mandate and Other Key Components of Congressional Health Reform Proposal

That's not stopping Pelosi. Pelosi Pushes Ahead With Calls for Government-Run Health Plan. The House Speaker is standing her ground on demands for a government-run plan, even as President Obama's advisers signaled over the weekend that the "public option" is just that -- desirable, but not mandatory in the massive health care overhaul being debated in Congress.

Pelosi's demands ain't helping her either. Only 34 percent of Californians approve of Pelosi's performance. Isn't that the same approval rating Hoover had when he left office?

Labor vs. ObamaCare
Now, when a union complains about taxes, you just know they must be over the top. Indeed, they are.

An Excise Tax On Health Insurance Benefits Is Middle Class Regressive

The Democrat-Only 'Bipartisan' Health Care Bill. It's going to be tough stopping the ObamaCare express. Please for the love of America, stop it!

When you make a (health care) deal with the devil, you're the junior partner

Good for me but not for thee. 3,000 NHS staff get private care. Also known as A Glimpse of Our Future. To be fair, there are over 1,000,000 NHS workers in Great Britain - a country of 60 million people.

Oh look, here's that future now. Obamacare Is For the Peons… Congress to Keep Their Gold-Plated Health Care Plans.

Congress and Obama Show Contempt for Americans

Analysis: Courting doctors in special interest war

What Singapore Can Teach the White House. Its health care is first class, cheap and market-driven.

About that health-reform cost study

Hair of the Dog: Cadillac Health Care Blues and War on Fox News

Buying the Votes of Senior Citizens

Medicare Confusion

Cognitive Dissonance on Health Care Reform

If the government can't do this, why on earth would anyone believe it can provide decent healthcare to 300,000,000 Americans? Study: H1N1 vaccine too late to help most. Look at the failure of government-run healthcare in small countries like Britain and Canada. AND The Week in Blogs: Rush Haters Exposed! And an H1N1 Inoculation Fail

What's In and What's Out of Health Care Legislation

Smells like Congressional desperation. Reid Leads Democrats In Carving Out Favors for States on Health.