Saturday, July 30, 2011

Steve Wynn Was Right!

Latest from Mr. Murray (in American Spectator)
Steve Wynn Is Right An Excerpt below but read the whole thing:
Legendary entrepreneur Steve Wynn (who usually supports Democrats) put it bluntly a few days ago, when he said: "[T]his administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime. And I can prove it and I could spend the next three hours giving you examples of all of us in this marketplace that are frightened to death about all the new regulations, our health care costs escalate, regulations coming from left and right… And it makes you slow down and not invest your money."

Wynn is right. If we want Americans to get back to work, we must tackle overweening government now. A recent survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that 64 percent of small businesses will not hire anyone in the next year. The reasons given all concern government: taxation, regulation, and the threat of new legislation.
Then don't forget to get a copy of his latest book, Stealing You Blind: How Government Fat Cats Are Getting Rich Off of You!

Mini Round-Up 07-30

It's hot and I'm tired:

President Obama Job Approval

Latest Election Polls

President Obama vs. Republican Candidate

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination

Lethal fiasco. A Justice Dept. 'Fast & Furious' coverup?

ATF: The White House Knew
That the "stench of cover-up," as Fox News analyst Brit Hume described the administration's handling of the matter, may reach even into the Oval Office itself was evidenced by Newell's testimony that he communicated with Kevin O'Reilly, a staffer on President Obama's National Security Council, about Operation Fast and Furious in September 2010.

Shame! AFSCME Protesters Target Company that Hires the Developmentally Disabled

They've Lost That Lovin' Feeling Obama still has supporters, but theirs is a grim support.

Obama’s approval numbers hit all-time low

Wisconsin 2011 A Test For Obama 2012

How Los Angeles Lost Its Mojo The city's misguided political leaders could turn this economic dynamo into an Athens by the Pacific.

The Great Debate: Candidate Obama Vs. President Obama

Wrong decision. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. House Committee passes bill requiring your ISP to spy on every click and keystroke you make online and retain for 12 months

Google Continues to Spy on Unsuspecting Citizens

GE Gets X-Rayed

So, Obama lost 10,000 twitter followers today… UPDATE: 36,000+

Obama Sinks to 40% in Gallup Poll

Saturday Open Thread: Plan Edition A screenshot taken yesterday of the White House website. My husband calls this a "cheap shot" but I just call it funny.

Tea Party Should Listen to George Will

The Facts About Spending Cuts, the Debt, and the GDP. Separating economic myths from economic truths from Veronique de Rugy

Yet another reason to get this economy back up and running - African-American Middle Class Eroding As Unemployment Rate Soars

Tea Party Lawmakers Are the Only Honest Brokers in Washington

No Proof Required for Claims, But Darrell Issa Voted To Keep Funding Pigford II Anyway
Oh Issa!

Tester gets testy with conservative female activists

Tea Party, Fix Your Gaze On 2012

Oh those classy Wisconsin Democrats:

Mississippi NAACP leader sent to prison for 10 counts of voter fraud

Lame. ‘Three Little Pigs’ Slaughtered by Leftists

Over $38 Billion in New Major Regulations Since President Obama Took Office

Red States, Including the ‘Newly-Reds,’ Excel at Job Growth. But for them, the U.S. economy might already be in another recession. Fox News’ Juan Williams on School Choice

Single Income Married = Less Taxes

From the inestimable Ann Althouse:
"The entire two-income trap... is actually a two-income tax trap..."

Explains Todd Zywicki, correcting Christopher Caldwell, who was explaining Elizabeth Warren.
The 2-income family gives a shocking amount of the extra money they scramble to earn to the government. I'm no tax expert, but my suspicion is that this happens because liberals like more taxes and conservatives like subsidizing the traditional family with a stay-at-home parent. Put those 2 forces together and we get the (perverse?) burdening of the 2-earner family.

Why don't more couples do the math and figure out that they should not do all that extra work for the government? Life is so much simpler with the 1-earner family, and the spouse who doesn't bring in the dollars can provide great economic benefits by directly performing work that would otherwise have to be paid for, most notably child care. Since this economic benefit isn't taxed, it's a double benefit. Instead of buying inferior childcare (or other services) with after-tax dollars, you perform the work that is worth that much money, and you're not paid, so you don't pay taxes on the value it represents.

When I went to junior high school, we girls were required to take a course called "Home Economics," but it was just learning to cook and sew. I think young people should be taught a course called "Home Economics," which teaches a sophisticated analysis of the economics of living together and sharing money and work. But perhaps the government, through its schools, does not want to reveal the amazing secrets of legal tax avoidance. How much better to indoctrinate kids to seek the highest incomes they possibly can achieve! That is the government's strategy for raking in the most most taxes. And it works so well. The liberal teachers support the ideology of women working and don't want to tip off young people that the traditional 1-earner family is an excellent approach to personal wealth. And the liberal legislatures don't want to alleviate the tax-burden on the 2-income families, because they love raking in the tax money.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Crash 07-29

It's Friday, I'm tired, the children are demanding I entertain them, and I need to get some pictures matted in order to enter them in the Prince William County Fair.

Maybe ya'll can help. I have 10 pictures I like but I can only enter 5 (1 in each category).

The pictures are below, please feel free to tell me which ones you think are strongest. I'm too tired (and hot) right now to decide.

Wildlife Category


County Fair Photo (from 2010 Fair)




Thursday, July 28, 2011

Random Round-Up 07-28

President Obama Job Approval

Latest Election Polls

President Obama vs. Republican Candidate

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination

Why the Debt Crisis Is Even Worse Than You Think. If Washington is deadlocked now, how will it deal with the much bigger debt problems that lurk in the decades to come?

Obama: More than Twice the Debt in Half the Time as Bush

Under Obama, Millennials move into the GOP column

GOP aims to gut Christmas, White House alleges

From Scientific American - Intoxicated on Independence: Is Domestically Produced Ethanol Worth the Cost? The U.S. is drunk on ethanol--but whether it is made from corn or sugarcane, the crop-derived biofuel raises a host of questions Read the whole thing...
As the USDA noted in a report on gasohol in 1986: ethanol "cannot be justified on economic grounds" and "had no long-term prospect for survival without massive new government assistance." More recently, the Congressional Research Service noted in a report last October that if the entire all-time record U.S. corn crop of 2009 was used to make ethanol—it would only replace roughly 18 percent of national gasoline use. "Expanding corn-based ethanol to significantly promote U.S. energy security is likely to be infeasible," the researchers wrote.

New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism

Oh No! Arctic Scientist Under Investigation

Health care lawsuit reaches Supreme Court

Keystone ­versus green Keynesianism

Want Jobs? Cut Local Regulations It takes 700 hours of training to become a licensed manicurist in Alabama.

You think the debt crisis is bad now? Wait until Obamacare takes its toll

Popping the Public-Pension Bubble. Public-employee unions underestimate the magnitude of California’s unfunded retirement liability.

Obama’s Towering Inferno

Obamacare, a death panel for jobs. Government health care takeover imperils economic recovery

Don't Blame the House

Ethical Oil ad campaign I think this is a good point, I don't care if we get foreign oil or domestic so long as the foreign oil comes from a democracy and NOT a dictatorship.

White House Celebrates: Health Care Spending Increases Because of Democrats’ Health Care Law

Dirty Deals in the Department of Ed?

Want 1950's Taxes? Accept 1950's Spending: Analyst

A Shabby White House: The Emperor's Clothes

What both parties must understand about the budget

Reports confirm decelerating economy

Stinger: James O’Keefe’s Greatest Hits It's a surprisingly fair article considering it is from the NYT!

Ice age threat should freeze EPA global warming regs

Scaring Seniors With Social Security

This is a terrible shame - Appeals Court Upholds Army Officer’s Conviction, Ignores Evidence in Death of Al-Qaeda Operative

Pending home sales rise unexpectedly

Judge Clears Way for Sodexo to Present Evidence of Extortion in RICO Suit Against SEIU

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fast & Furious Round-Up 07-27

Is ‘Fast and Furious’ Just the Tip of Obama’s Gun Smuggling Iceberg?

Obama DOJ Gave Cartel Enough Guns to Arm a Marine Regiment

ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious Info with White House

GOP lawmakers say 100 'Fast and Furious' weapons linked to crime scenes

Former ATF Official Admits Bureau Allowed Guns Into Mexico

Gunwalker: Justice Dept. Inspector General Opens Investigation. The IG is looking into charges of illegal retaliation against the ATF whistleblowers.

ATF agent who implemented 'Fast and Furious' says 4 federal agencies were 'full partners'

FBI report at odds with ATF claim on weapons. A copy of the FBI document shows ballistics tests did not rule out the Fast and Furious guns in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry.

Who Ordered Operation Fast and Furious?

AND why can't the MSM report it accurately? Yet Again, MSM Repeats the ’90 Percent Lie’ This time, it's Hearst reporter Dan Freedman not doing his homework before repeating widely debunked statistics.

How Mexican killers got US guns from 'Fast and Furious' operation US officials thought they would catch Mexican criminals in a bold gun-running sting called 'Fast and Furious.' Instead, they inadvertently armed drug cartels as the operation spiraled out of control, a congressional report finds.

Fast & Furious: IRS, DEA, and ICE Involved

Random Round-Up 07-27

On Monday, I went fishing with the kids. Or rather we went to the river and fed the fish one worm at a time. Yesterday was the swimming pool. Today, I am blogging because a bout of insomnia (missing my dad) has exhausted me and I no longer care if the children develop square eyes from staring at the Electronic Babysitter (aka TV).

Below please find all the news I felt like posting.

Legit Farmers Are Ready to Rumble With Pigford Lawyer Al Pires. Will Darrell Issa Let Them Be Heard?

I bet Obama's gonna do jack about this - Classified report: Russia tied to blast at U.S. embassy
Eric Holder Probing State Voter ID Laws

President Obama Job Approval

Latest Election Polls

President Obama vs. Republican Candidate

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination

New polls: Obama’s off base. Support waning, even among liberal backers

President Obama Would Lose if Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani Was the Nominee

The Fundamentals Do Not Currently Favor Obama's Reelection

Obama’s Battleground-State Blues The president’s national poll numbers aren’t good, but they’re worse in battleground states.

New High: 46% Think Most in Congress Are Corrupt Maybe this is why - Congressional members net worth up 3669 percent

More Americans unhappy with Obama on economy, jobs

Proxy Access Rule: Appeals Court Rejects SEC Regulation

The GOP: The True Environmental Stewards. Yes, Seriously.

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC sued for defamation. 'Left-wing television commentators must be made to respect ... the law'

Proposed Legislation Would Rein In a Left-Wing NLRB

America, You’re Being Community Organized

Walnuts Are Drugs, Says FDA

California: The Pickpocket State

California Wages War On Single-Family Homes

Did Obama Give the Nod to the SEIU/ACORN Economic Pressure Campaign Against Wall Street?

Actually, MSM, China’s an Economic Mess. In a repeat of Walter Duranty, tunnel-visioned liberals like Thomas Friedman keep ignoring China's authoritarian-fueled chaos.

Obama Threatens Americans While Reassuring Big Banks

Obama the Immoderate AND Obama the Ineffectual

Global Warming Panel to Earth's Rescue, on Our Dime

The ‘Erase’ to Condemn Israel. The New York Times gets caught editing inconvenient facts out of a "pro-Palestinian" story.

This U.N. Program Should Have Taxpayers Seeing REDD

The Left’s Smear Campaign Against ALEC

FBI Targets 12 In Koch Industries Online Assault. Affidavit details probe of attack on GOP benefactors

Durable goods orders fall 2.1 percent in June. Orders for durable goods drop 2.1 percent in June with weakness led by fall in aircraft demand

HARRY REID: Tea Partiers Are Not Real Americans. Personally, I would argue that Harry Reid is not a real person, just a crapulent shell of a politician filled with sulfurous gas and pretensions.

How Harry Reid caused the debt-ceiling debacle

Dem lawmaker: 'Nobody I know' has seen Reid plan

Surprise: Reid’s Plan Fails on CBO Score Too

Bam, it's time to cut spending - period

Help-Wanted Sign Comes With Frustrating Asterisk

GE moving X-ray business to China

Solving the Long-Term Jobs Problem

Leading From Behind On Debt

US Is at the Start of 500-Day Retail Recession: Analyst

The Road to Serfdom: More Debt, Less Leadership

Rotten advice from Europe

I would remind you that extremism in defense of solvency is no vice

Why Democrats Hate a Balanced Budget Amendment

Gov't Welfare Widens The Wealth Gap

Lies, Damned Lies, and Revenue Enhancements. No time to let up on the pressure by Republicans for spending cuts with no tax increases.

Housing Hell: Revenge Of the Appraisers

Government's Proposed Kid Food Ad Guidelines Is a Job Killer

If a law doesn’t work, waive it away?

The Independent Payment Advisory Board Could Be Obama's Achilles' Heel

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gone Fishin'

For the first time in years and with the kids for their first time with their own rods.

Prayers accepted.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Random Round-Up 07-24

Court Says NAACP, Teachers Union Can’t Trap Kids in Failing Schools

President Obama Job Approval

Latest Election Polls

President Obama vs. Republican Candidate

2012 Republican Presidential Nomination

Health Insurance Exchanges: What If They Issued 347 Pages of Regulations and Nobody Cared?

CNN Poll: Drop in liberal support pushes Obama approval rating down

Either they think we're really, really stupid or ... Geithner: Deal must remove default threat through 2012 election

Federal Spending in Perspective All things by Veronique de Rugy are worth reading.

Ye Gods! 150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years

Vulcan in Chief Live long and prosper? Nah, death panels and 9% unemployment!

My husband has asthma. If he dies because he can not get the necessary medication, the FDA will be sued for his death. Period. Breathless: FDA Bans Asthma Medication

TAX SURPRISE: Connecticut to grab more of your income

Rep. John Boehner: Our economy is not creating enough jobs, and the policies coming out of Washington are a big reason why. (.pdf)

Social Security: Broke at the Beginning

The New York Post, Topless No More

Bernie Sanders: Let’s primary Obama

Ummmm - Troubled David Wu reaches out to Nancy Pelosi

Marine's parents sued over sign of support in their Bossier City front yard

Journey reveals roots of socialism This article seems to imply that Catholicism was responsible for the roots of socialism and yet, socialism's accepted father is Rousseau who was raised a Protestant and dreamed of being a Protestant minister at one time.

Size Matters

GOP readies new debt ceiling plan; bill set for Sunday

MSNBC’s Epic Week of Fail, Generation Complain and Now Is The Time To Enlist In The Marines

We Are Sorry To Inform You That The Big Turnaround Has Been Postponed For Another Year

First of Many Union Pensions Takes Blow

The TRUTH About Who Really Owns All Of America's Debt

Co-Founder of Home Depot Slams Obama

Obama Saving Himself

Bloomberg Blowback Bloomberg is a douche.

The Assault Weapons Ban: How Silly Was It? (Part Two) We know it failed, they know it failed. So what could possibly give the Obama admin and gun-control advocates the confidence to push for it again?

TSA worker stole watches, debit card from LAX bags, officials say

Discovered: Another Rotten Obamacare Easter Egg

Mandate fever

Policology 101: Probing the Propensity of Progressives to Prefer Political Projection by Paterno

Faith Leaders Meet with Obama to Protect Welfare State

The legacy media’s upside-down world

Contrary to Obama’s Scare Tactics, Social Security Checks are Not at Risk

Let There Be Light, Sickly Blue Light. Goodbye, incandescent bulb. Salvation comes from the compact fluorescent lamp

How to Understand Obama’s Chances in 2012

Senator Kent Conrad: Is He a Clown, Hack, or Demagogue?

Dodd-Frank turns one

What's Obama got against the Lone Star State?

Drug and Veterans Treatment Courts: Budget Restraint and More Evaluations of Effectiveness Needed

Not ready for his closeup: MSNBC would be wrong to hire Al Sharpton for a nightly hosting gig

Floods of discontent

He Can’t Help Himself. Obama would rather pander than win.

It's Time to End the War on Salt. The zealous drive by politicians to limit our salt intake has little basis in science

Obama's scare tactics reek of falsiness

Caution: Storm Approaching

Rep. Allen West Says ‘Marxist,’ Now Who Else Will Tell the Truth?

The Problem is Spending

Tom Coburn: Lady Gaga of Fiscal Conservatives

Angry Gays: F-Bombs, Glitterbombs, Phlegm Phones & Death Wishes (Reader warning: rough language ahead!)