Saturday, December 4, 2010

Random Round-Up 12-04

President Obama Job Approval

Senate to Vote on Tax Hikes Today - How do you think that will go for us?

Senate Rejects Obama’s Plan on Extending Tax Cuts

Senate blocks Obama's tax plan

How to Beat Customer Service Phone Support

I might just come around to Wiki-Leaks after all - More on the Wikileaks Climate Cables

Obama pardons 9 convicted of drug, other offenses

Usually retailers hire for the Christmas season - Unemployment rate reaches 9.8 pct. as hiring slows

CNN Reporter Put On Watch List After Criticizing TSA

Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans’ Credit Cards in Real Time

Republicans Now Outnumber Democrats

Obama's stimulus pours millions into faith-based groups

What Happened to U.S. Health Care Costs?

Another reason why trusting the government with our health care is a bad ideal - IRS Paid $130m in Fraudulent Tax
Refunds to 50,000 Prisoners

Helen Thomas Rescinds Her Apology

America Bails Out a Thankless World

Government reports violations of limits on spying aimed at U.S. citizens

Navigating a Global Marketplace -- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Potential Reforms

Fiddling while jobs burn

Cancun talks start with a call to the gods

Ethanol’s Policy Privileges: Heading for History’s Dustbin? Congress has a golden opportunity to put the general welfare of consumers and taxpayers ahead of the corporate welfare of the ethanol lobby.

We're waiting, Mr President

Keynesian Econ Sucks

Tax-Payer Funded Propaganda

The rest of the story on those Andy Griffith Obamacare ads
And here’s another interesting twist in this emerging scandal. The new documents also show that the public relations firm Porter Novelli produced the advertising campaign.

One of these documents lists the Porter Novelli staff involved in producing the advertisements and details that former Obama campaign spokesperson Catherine “Kiki” McLean contributed 21 hours of her time to the project.

Porter Novelli’s website notes McLean served as a “senior adviser to the Hillary Clinton for President campaign and appeared as an on-air surrogate for the Obama for America campaign.”

The campaigns of John Kerry and Al Gore are also listed on her resume. She is currently the senior partner, global head of public affairs, and managing director for Porter Novelli.

In other words, McLean is a long-time Democratic PR spin master and an Obama insider. And it looks like she was intimately involved in the contract for these misleading ads.

At a time when the government desperately needs to tighten its belt, taxpayers and principled members of Congress should be outraged that the Obama administration has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on this propaganda campaign.

Even Barney Fife would see that these Obamacare ads are bogus.

Chuchill Waned Us

Churchill Saw It Coming
When Churchill saw America’s principles of liberty, constitutionalism, and limited government, threatened with the rise of the welfare state, he admonished America to resist this soft despotism. In “Roosevelt from Afar,” Churchill admits that the American economy was suffering when FDR took office, but FDR used this crisis as an opportunity to centralize his political authority rather than to bolster the free market through decentralized alternatives. Churchill commends Roosevelt’s desire to improve the economic well-being for poorer Americans, but he critiques Roosevelt’s policies toward trade unionism and attacks on wealthy Americans as harmful to the free enterprise system. Drawing on Britain’s experience with trade unions, Churchill understood that unions can cripple an economy: “when one sees an attempt made within the space of a few months to lift American trade unionism by great heaves and bounds [to equal that of Great Britain],” one worries that result could be “a general crippling of that enterprise and flexibility upon which not only the wealth, but the happiness of modern communities depends.” Similarly, redistribution of wealth through penalties on the rich harms the economy: “far from depriving ordinary people of their earnings, [the millionaire] launches enterprise and carries it through, raises values, and he expands that credit without which on a vast scale no fuller economic life can be opened to the millions. To hunt wealth is not to capture commonwealth.” Ultimately, attacks on the wealthy only serve as a distraction from other economic issues
. Read it all.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Why Are Atheist's Such Tools?

Atheist ad campaigns stir the pot during holiday season

You know, I'd love to see these tools criticize Islam and not just Christians. They really are such cowardly tools.

The Over 40 Crowd

For those who grew up with minimal technology - this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways. yadda, yadda, yadda
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!

And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

3) Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!

4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

6) We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

7) There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!

12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores! And car seats - oh, please! Mo m threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!

Junk Science 12-02

A new history of the FDA shows how regulators entrenched and extended their own power.

EPA Fraud: Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf Actually Get Only 23, 25 MPG. The MPG figure must be calculated where the energy is produced. Doesn't matter if that happens in the car's engine ... or in the coal plant, as with the Leaf and Volt.

While our leaders discuss the fight against climate change in CancĂșn, hundreds of UK schools are shut down by global warming

Four Ways the EPA Has Gone Astray In Its 40 Years

False prophecies beget faulty policies

Americans for Tax Reform's Statement on Reauthorization of the Volumetric Ethanol Tax Credit

The EPA's And Enron's End-Runs Of Congress

In memoriam: House climate panel

Dead Green Treaty Stinks Up The Room

Can Congress Stand Up to Ethanol?

Fun new climate change solution: Let’s impose rationing on the developed world Whenever any of these jokers suggest we cut back on our energy use, I use my husband's reply - "You First."

Electric Car = Electric Worry?

Senators warn Clinton against helping poor countries fight climate change

Obamacare 12-02

You Don’t Actually Have to Be Engaged In Commerce For Your Choices to Be Regulated Under the Commerce Clause

Health Care: Socialism

Health Care Union Drops Coverage For Children

Health premiums surge 41%; Md., D.C. among costliest areas to insure

The Littlest Victims of Obamacare

How ObamaCare and an Old Red Union Betrayed Its Poorest Workers

Navigating Next Steps on Health Care Reform

Lame Duck Obama Clinging to ObamaCare

FYI - GOP Wasn’t Elected to Give Us ObamaCare-lite

Cure or Care?

Obamacare’s Effect on Innovation

Rep. Ryan says deficit reduction plan would ‘entrench ObamaCare’

New Alien Life?

New Life Form Discovered

This is truly amazing!
Hours before their special news conference today, the cat is out of the bag: NASA has discovered a completely new life form that doesn't share the biological building blocks of anything currently living in planet Earth. This changes everything.

Random Round-Up 12-02

President Obama Job Approval

BWAHAHA - With Kirk's swearing-in, GOP formally claims Obama's old seat

Holder must go - Dems Should Seek Eric Holder’s Resignation

Reality Isn't Negotiable: The Government Can't Raise More than 19% in Taxes for Long

11 Statistics That Reveal Just How Far The U.S. Economy Has Fallen Over The Past Four Years

Pigford and New Black Panthers: Friends at DOJ

Food Safety Measure Would Give Small Farmers Indigestion. The "Food Safety Modernization Act" would not appreciably improve the safety of the food supply in the U.S., but it would create an army of regulators with TSA-like authority over agriculture.

Tea-Party Message in the House

My father was close friends with gay couple who've been together for over 30 years, one of whom was an FBI border patrol agent. DADT is nonsense, shows little understanding about the decency of our military, and this report agrees. “He’s big, he’s mean, and he kills lots of bad guys”: The DADT Report

Why I May Filibuster New START

Can Republicans Talk?: Part II

Obama backtracks on plan to open more Gulf waters to offshore drilling

Tell me something I don't know - Jeb Bush Says Sarah Palin Is 'Fantastic'

Media Matters Lies About Media Coverage of Sarah Palin North Korea Slip
If there’s a lesson to be learned from Media Matters ginning up a political hit only to follow it up later with commentary that Sarah Palin is delusional, it’s this: reporters relying on Media Matters for accuracy are setting themselves up to be played for fools

Is California's Decline Just More Right-Wing Propaganda?

"Leak Czar"? - W.H. creates post to analyze leaks

There's One Housing Market Is Holding Onto Its Bubble Gains Better Than Any Other

Nancy Pelosi's Unwelcome Christmas Gift A couple earning $80,000 could lose hundreds per month if the Bush tax rates aren't extended.

Who Knew the Economy Was So Dependent on Unemployment?

Wikileaks Sheds Light on Government Ineptitude

'This is Why the American People Have Thrown You Out of Power'

‘Chicken Crap’ Or, One More Bit of Procedural Chicanery for Old Time’s Sake

Motion Asking Judge Reinhardt to Recuse Himself from the Prop. 8 Case And his response, here.

Did the TSA Back Down?

Fed ID's companies that used crisis aid programs - Big Foreign Banks

Citizen Journalists Forcibly Removed From Van Jones “Open To The Public” Event

Why the Tea Party resonates with human dignity

California Pension System Hits Local Governments With 55% Rate Increase for Next 19 Years

None Dare Call It Treason

Democrats’ Diversity Problem

As Instapundit puts it - IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED THIS BADLY WOULD BE FIRED, IN JAIL, OR SUED INTO BANKRUPTY. OR ALL THREE. A Month After Elections, 200,000 Votes Found. Shockingly, it appears the found votes will help the ACORN-affiliated “Working Families Party.”

Rahm's Residency

Very brave - Muslim Columnist: U.K. Rape Gang Case Exposes ‘Disgusting Cultural Beliefs’

GOP to upend spending process

Former Trial Lawyer Appointed to Oversee Industry He Sued for a Living

Media Daily Scoreboard

Ted Strickland: Democrats Suffering From 'Intellectual Elitism'

Report: Giant life insurance lobby key force behind estate tax

Read This Before Voting on the DREAM Act AND Reid Angers GOP by Pushing Four Versions of DREAM Act Without Hearing

The Danger of a Global Double Dip Recession Is Real AND CHART OF THE DAY: It's Confirmed, The Housing Double Dip Is Here

Minimum Wage, Maximum Folly

House Democrats Vote To Saddle Small Businesses With A Job-Killing Tax Hike

Lame ducks should stop quacking and go home

"Politics As Warfare"

Are We Entering Another Phase of Financial Crisis?

Law Center Designates Conservative Pro-Family Organizations ‘Hate Groups’

The Nation Posts a Narrow Apology. And Publishes Another Error.

Just noticing now Bloomberg? - NYC mayor: Obama has broken campaign promises

Obama’s Fiscal Commission Misleads with Dishonest Washington Budget Math

You stay classy Keith - Keith Olbermann Mines Ancient History to Name Bristol Palin ‘Worst Person in the World’

OKC Mayor Sacks Lingerie Football!’s Nanny of the Month (Nov 2010)

Obama faces newly elected governors

Swiss voters approve harsher deportation plan

Kinston Voting-Rights Case Heads to Federal Court

Fed aid in financial crisis went beyond U.S. banks to industry, foreign firms

Too Big to Succeed

Foreclosure-gate and the injustice of lawyer regulation

A Lame-Duck Congress Stuck on Stupid

It's Begun - The Christmas Can-Can