Saturday, October 31, 2009
2 - Fight a fear with more government bureaucracy? Permanent board, no accountability and more government is a really bad idea. Vote NO.
3 - Casino gambling in Ohio is a bad idea. Corruption, crime, family breakup, etc are all indicators that it should fail, but casino gambling won't help Ohio in the long run and 34,000 thousand added jobs won't make a dent in the Strickland (with Bob Taft's help) job exodus program currently in place. Vote NO.
Medicare: Largest Denier Of Health Care Claims
Also, the monstrous insurance company CEOs, they're the ones that deny cute kids while sipping Martinis, and their companies really aren't as rich as their detractors make them out to be.
Now, mix in all the waste, fraud and abuse with the outright corruption and a government run health care system is a nightmare, especially since this fight isn't about helping sick people, it's about government power placed in the hands of a few.
Friday, October 30, 2009
"Maybe I should roast you over a fire and eat you," mused Brer Fox. "No, that's too much trouble. Maybe I'll hang you instead."
"Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please," said Brer Rabbit. "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch."
"If I'm going to hang you, I'll need some string," said Brer Fox. "And I don't have any string handy. But the stream's not far away, so maybe I'll drown you instead."
"Drown me! Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please," said Brer Rabbit. "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch."
"The briar patch, eh?" said Brer Fox. "What a wonderful idea! You'll be torn into little pieces!"
From Rich Galen's Mullings:
According to Janet Adamy's coverage in the Wall Street Journal,
The bill requires most Americans to have health insurance by 2013, with fines as much as 2.5% of income if they don't. It would leave 96% of legal U.S. residents with health insurance by 2019, up from 83% today.
Employers that don't offer health insurance face fines equal to 2% of their payroll in companies with minimum annual payrolls of $500,000 a year. The fines increase to 8% of payroll for employers whose annual payroll exceeds $750,000.
Firms with a payroll of less than $500,000 would be exempt.
I'm not certain, but let me work though this. If I had a firm with 20 employees making an average of $50,000 per year each, my payroll would be $1 million per year. If I were offering health insurance, my premiums would be, what about $400-500 per month per employee?
If I stopped offering health insurance, my one million dollar payroll would be subject to a tax of $80,000 per year - or $333.33 per month per employee which is probably less than what I'm paying now.
I might well be ahead of the game to turn the process over to the Feds, pay the tax, and get out of the health insurance business.
So, Mr Obama has promised that companies and individuals can keep the health insurance coverage they like. And, as people and employers heat up and say if this crap passes we'll throw you out of office, Obama and gang protests that they won't raise taxes nor force anyone to do that which they do not wish to do!
And when the people say that the Constitution doesn't give them the right or the power to do this?
The socialized medical gang pleads back that this isn't socialized medicine because we're not going to do any such thing as have a government takeover on medicine AND if it happens because private carriers can't compete with the government and everyone has to go with government socialized medical care, the whole gang will cry;
"Drown me! Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please," said Brer Rabbit. "Only please, Brer Fox, please don't throw me into the briar patch."
Right now, we appear dumber than Brer Fox as the caring little bunnies on the left smile like the Chesire Cat.
But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."
Thursday, October 29, 2009
According to the Organizing for American Web site, the 20 finalists in the “Health Reform Video Challenge” were chosen by a panel of “qualified” Democratic National Committee “employee judges.”
This should win over some people, but the question is, which people and why would any group want them?
'McChrystal Light': Obama considering scaled-down war plan...
In the military it is not just dollars and cents (have we started using the Yen yet?), it is about success and lives. By going light, Obama is sending a clear message to our enemy and that enemy knows that now is the time to step up their attacks and cowardly terror acts used purposely to kill civilians. 'McChrystal Light' will kill more of our troops and fewer of the terrorists. It will win over fewer tribal leaders. They understand the basics of war which each day shows Obama and team have not a clue about. A potential tribal leader ally doesn't read polls. Obama and team do.
Obama should have asked General McChrytal about sending 60,000 troops. He should have asked if 20,000 troops over McChrystals request would make a major difference in terms of success of the over all mission.
McChrystal Light is a sissy's way out which will embolden our enemy in Afghanistan to be bigger neighborhood bullies to terrorize the tribes into believing that America is, once again, a sissy. No, not our troops, not our military leaders, but those in the White House sipping their cocktails, playing generals, politicos and poll parsing sissies.
I'd send a message to our troops, our citizens and our enemy with 60,000 soldiers. That would support the former two and crush the latter in deed and in spirit.
Newt Gingrich has become embroiled in the hopes of retaining a unified Republican showing at the polls, which is laudable, but is also interference in local politics, which is not laudable.
Instapundit has some excellent advice which to me cuts the Gordian knot of this conundrum:
To my mind, it’s more important — that people not divide into permanently warring camps than that anything in particular happen in this election. The nice thing about NY-23 is that it’s an opportunity to send a message at low cost, but the cost won’t be low if it produces long-running enmity. Instead, it should be a spur for people to get involved in politics at the state and local level now, rather than complaining about the nominees later.
A Republican Party filled with activists that work together and ignore the petty politics of "my way is the only true way" will lead us back out of the nightmare that is Washington, DC today.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Obama has only been in office for just over nine months, but he’s already hit the links as much as President Bush did in over two years.
28th October, 2001 : Islamic extremist gunmen burst into a church in eastern Pakistan killing 18 people including children who were at prayer.
If only those pesky
Democratic donors rewarded with W.H. perks
"The argument is not that I'm pristine, because I'm swimming in the same muddy water," Mr. Obama said during a campaign appearance. "The argument is that I know it's muddy, and I want to clean it up."
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Square by square, the quilt is looked at by this group through a lens that views those who have built America as unAmerican. A view that America has basic faults that once exposed will be corrected by government intervention, guiding America back to what made it great, which to them is government control from cradle to grave. Never mind that this is the precise formula that our founding fathers abhorred and put their lives and fortunes on the block to fight and defeat to form a new country where king and government were cast aside for the creative force of economic and personal freedom.
Cap and Trade and health care reform have become the vanguard of this effort to fundamentally dumb down America.
Cap and Trade represents a huge tax on an elusive target that is much debated and rejected by the same taxpayers who don't want to pay for it. Health care is being reformed for a public that doesn't want the reform, especially in the way that the unquilting party is promising.
Cap and Trade and health care reform are just the tip of what Obama has not already done and what he wants to do, thus speed becomes Paramount. Paramont because his view is losing support quickly and each day brings more questions such as, has anyone even read what is in these plans and how will these things be paid for. That debt and dominance will be our future is becoming a very real fear to voters and that could be what brings down the Obama Administration. The administrations' fear of the voters is driving the frenetic pace with which the administration whips its people to offer more proof of the need for government intervention into the everyday lives of Americans.
That government intervention is a necessity can be witnessed by the faits accomplis, global warming, bank takeovers, driving insurance companies out of business, the taking of auto corporations and stimulus packages that stimulate nothing. The ying and yang of the need for a national police force and the wonder of a national youth service are extensions of the policies already enacted.
Now, in a classic yet never ending Obama campaign ploy to rejump start health care reform, we are bombarded with stories of flu epidemics, how women pay 50% more for health care, that 1/3 of those afflicted with AIDS are not even aware they have the disease, that Democrats have just realized that Medicare/Medicaid is in a state of crisis and that (insert this weeks' number) of Americans are without any health care. This is just at the national level and is classic divide and conquer by scaring the bejeebus out different groups. At the state and local level, that media, almost daily, there are stories of a 'crisis' that cries out for government help.
The forces aligned to further health care reform as 'good' for America now feel that finally they are now realizing what they have been promised for decades. Unions that have existed as well as newer unions that have serpentined into our schools and universities, government and even our security functions, leftists that feel disaffected by the necessities of living, leftist media and political functionaries, even artists, are demanding the due promised them by liberal/progressive/socialists in the Democratic Party. Again, it is classic Obama campaigning to gather those promised handouts as a 'right' with those who feel disaffected with leftists in the Democrat Party to organize. This is a coalition of the takers, fakers and breakers of the American Quilt that symbolizes the American Dream.
To this coalition, what is not to love about benevolent overlords helping citizens who are incapable of understanding a government that is a perpetual motion machine funded by an unending pool of money and is a modern model of governance far too complex for any one citizen to truly understand?
This American dream envisioned by Obama and his hard core leftist followers is a new quilt made of swaths of promises of a bigger pieces of the pie, more pay, less work and no responsibility. It is a quilt that will leave us unwarm on the cold night before reality brings a colder morning of poverty, no opportunity and no security on any front.
Congress will bring some form of the public option, ie government control, to health care reform because that is what they want. They will rename it a "consumer option", maybe a "competitive option" or they will say states will be able to "opt in" or "opt out" in hopes that people will think they will still control their own destiny, but however they try to fool the people, they will bring the take over of health care in America.
As Obama said, it may take 10 years, maybe 15 years, but the end of private health care and total government control of health care is the holy grail of these secular crusaders. It is because if they fail in the here and now, the rest of their goals will fail as well.
Health care reform is simply the mechanism on which they have hung their hat to complete their take over of the government which will control us. The constant campaign never seems to stop.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Fifty Chechen rebels storm a Moscow Theatre taking 7,000 hostages. The rebels had explosives strapped to their bodies and were demanding the withdrawal of Soviet Forces from Chechnya. Three days later after the death of two of the hostages Russian Special Forces stormed the building and during the raid most of the terrorists and 120 hostages were killed during the raid.
23rd October, 1983 :
A suicide bomber drives a truck packed with explosives into the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, killing 241 military personnel.
War on coal
While campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama said his cap-and-trade tax plans would "bankrupt" anyone building a coal-fired power plant. Although those taxes haven't materialized, the Environmental Protection Agency has put the brakes on 79 surface mining permits in four states since he was elected.
The EPA says these permits could violate the Clean Water Act and warrant "enhanced" review. But the agency went even further last week, announcing plans to revoke a permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia - a move that has caused anxiety among coal-state Democrats about the future of the industry under the Obama administration.
Mr. Obama's opposition to coal has been apparent since January 2008 when he told the San Francisco Chronicle he would clamp down on miners by enacting a cap-and-trade system that would make it too expensive to stay in business. "So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can," he said at the time. "It's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."
Although his favored cap-and-trade bill hasn't yet been passed, West Virginia's Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin III, who supported Mr. Obama's candidacy, called the EPA moves part of a stealth campaign to stifle the industry.
"Right now, my belief is that they're trying to kill off surface mining through regulation what they cannot get done through legislation," Mr. Manchin told MetroNews Talkline, a West Virginia call-in radio program, earlier this month. In West Virginia, 23 permits are being held up, with other affected states being Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.
Friday, October 23, 2009
CNSNews.com asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday where the Constitution authorized Congress to order Americans to buy health insurance–a mandate included in both the House and Senate versions of the health care bill–Pelosi dismissed the question by saying: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
Pelosi’s press secretary later responded to written follow-up questions from CNSNews.com by emailing CNSNews.com a press release on the “Constitutionality of Health Insurance Reform,” that argues that Congress derives the authority to mandate that people purchase health insurance from its constitutional power to regulate interstate commerce.
The exchange with Speaker Pelosi on Thursday occurred as follows:
CNSNews.com: “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”
Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
CNSNews.com: “Yes, yes I am.”
Pelosi then shook her head before taking a question from another reporter.
The forced health care is in an amendment right after the abortion rights amendment and just before the so-called 'Wall' amendment which erects a wall between citizens and their rights to fire arms, religion and freedom of speech not designated in the Constitution of Pelosi (COP).
Nanna needs some more of her "mother's little helpers" and soon.
UPDATE: A great idea from a Hot Air commentor:
I just sent the following message to http://www.speaker.gov/contact/
Where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?
Maybe if enough people ask, she’ll realize it’s a serious question.
malclave on October 23, 2009 at 3:28 PM
Chad Hills (Originally written by Ron Reno)
Data from gambling communities across the country indicates that gambling does indeed foster a significant increase in crime.
Polls show that most Americans assume an association between gambling and increased criminal activity. The gambling industry offers hearty denials and various statistical manipulations attempting to counter this perception. Data from gambling communities across the country, however, indicates that gambling does indeed foster a significant increase in crime.
"In the most desperate phase of compulsive gambling, they will do anything to gamble," Schaff said. "They start stealing money from their spouses, family . . . they'll get money anyhow, anywhere. They'll do forgeries, embezzlements, thefts. It's mostly white-collar crime." -Counselor for the Dept. of Corrections in Wisconsin1
"We have studies that show for every dollar you bring in gambling revenue, you'll lose $1.90 in costs to the taxpayer," he said. It's as simple as ABC, "the addiction, the bankruptcy, the crime and corruption that you already have will just multiply with this expansion." … "If you're not fighting it, it's like cancer and will metastasize and take you over," said Tom Grey, President of National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling. 2
"We arrest 450 to 500 people a year for various types of embezzlement crimes. About 40 percent are employees," Keith Copher, chief of enforcement for the Gaming Control Board in Nevada, validates.3
Tony Washington's addiction to gambling was so strong that he robbed to gamble. What began as a flirtation with gambling on weekends, soon suffocated him in unpaid bills. For Washington, a 40-year-old Wisconsin man, the compulsion to gamble led to life in prison. Washington is one of 250,000 compulsive gamblers in Wisconsin and about 8 million nationwide who claim gambling either led them into debt or trouble with their families or the law. Schaff counsels inmates on gambling for the Department of Corrections in Wisconsin.4
The number of purse snatchings, assaults, rapes, robberies and murders skyrocketed after the casinos opened. FBI statistics show the crime rate per 1,000 residents went from 134.3 in 1978 to a peak of 450.3 in 1988.5
In the first six years of casinos in Minnesota, the crime rate in counties with casinos increased more than twice as fast as in non-casino counties. According to an analysis by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the median crime rate in casino counties rose 39 percent during that period as compared to an 18 percent increase in non-casino counties.6
The total number of crimes within a 30-mile radius of Atlantic City increased by 107 percent in the nine years following the introduction of casinos to Atlantic City. 7
The Mississippi Gulf Coast experienced a 43 percent increase in crime in the four years after casinos arrived. Harrison County, where most of the Gulf Coast casinos are located, witnessed a 58 percent increase in total crimes between 1993 and 1996. 8
A U.S. News & World Report analysis found crime rates in casino communities to be 84 percent higher than the national average. Further, while crime rates nationally dropped by 2 percent in 1994, the 31 localities that introduced casinos in 1993 saw an increase in crime of 7.7 percent the following year.9
The number of court cases filed in Tunica County, Mississippi, went from 689 in 1991, the year before casinos began operating there, to 11,100 in 1996. 10
The annual number of calls to the Ledyard, Connecticut, police department jumped from 4,000 to 16,700 within five years after the opening of the nearby Foxwoods Casino. 11
University of Nevada-Las Vegas researchers concluded that the state of Wisconsin experiences an average of 5,300 additional major crimes a year due to the presence of casinos in that state. They also attributed an additional 17,100 arrests for less-serious crimes each year to the existence of casino gambling. 12
Nevada ranked first in crime rates among the fifty states in both 1995 and 1996, based on an analysis of FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. Further, the violent crime rate in Nevada increased by close to 40 percent from 1991 to 1996, a period in which the national violent crime rate dropped by approximately 10 percent. 13
The San Jose, California, police department reported significant increases in crime in the vicinity of a new cardroom in the year after its opening. Narcotics offenses increased by 200 percent, property crimes by 83 percent, petty thefts by 56 percent, auto thefts by 21 percent, and traffic accidents by 55 percent in a single year. 14
The number of police calls in Black Hawk, Colorado, increased from 25 a year before casinos to 15,000 annually after their introduction. In neighboring Central City, the number of arrests increased by 275 percent the year after casinos arrived. In Cripple Creek, Colorado, serious crime increased by 287 percent in the first three years after casinos. 15
The annual number of felony cases filed in Lawrence County, South Dakota, has increased by approximately 69 percent since the introduction of casinos to Deadwood.16
Half of Louisiana District Attorneys surveyed in 1995 noted gambling as a factor in rising crime rates in their jurisdictions.17
1. Zahida Hafeez, "Compulsion to gamble led to bank robbery Robber's sister on a mission," Journal Sentinel (WI), 19 October 1998, News, p. 1.
2. Gordon Govier, "Doyle's gaming stance dismays clerics," Capital Times (Madison, WI), 3 March 2003.
3. Thomas J. Walsh and Sheila Gardner, "Harveys Tahoe pit boss, accomplice nabbed in embezzlement scheme," Reno Gazette-Journal, 10 July 2003, http://www.rgj.com/news/stories/html/2003/07/10/46650.php?sp1=rgj&sp2=Umbrella&sp3=Umbrella (8 December 2003).
4. Zahida Hafeez, Journal Sentinel (WI), Ibid.
5. John Curran, "Mixed blessings in Atlantic City, N.J., a quarter-century after first casino opens it doors," The Associated Press, Domestic News, 13 May 2003.
6. Dennis J. McGrath and Chris Ison, “Gambling Spawns a New Breed of Criminal,” [Minneapolis] Star Tribune, December 4, 1995, p. A6.
7. Andrew J. Buck, Simon Hakim, and Uriel Spiegel, “Casinos, Crime and Real Estate Values: Do They Relate?,” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, August 1991, p. 295.
8. Robert Waterbury, “1996 Mississippi Coast Crime Statistics,” Mississippi Coast Crime Commission, May 1997.
9. Joseph P. Shapiro, “America’s Gambling Fever,” U.S. News & World Report, January 15, 1996, pp. 58, 60.
10. Bartholomew Sullivan, “Once-Sleepy Tunica Awakens to Gambling-Inspired Crime,” [Memphis] Commercial Appeal, October 20, 1997, p. A5.
11. Mayor Wesley J. Johnson, Sr., “Fiscal Impacts of Foxwoods Casino on the Town of Ledyard, Connecticut,” April 1997.
12. William N. Thompson, Ricardo Gazel, Dan Rickman, “Casinos and Crime in Wisconsin: What’s the Connection?”, Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Report, November 1996.
13. Ed Koch, “Nevada: Most Dangerous?” Las Vegas Sun, July 16, 1997, p. 1A.
14. Louis A. Cobarruviaz, City of San Jose Memorandum from the Chief of Police to the Mayor and City Council, October 27, 1995.
15. Colorado Division of Gaming, Criminal Activity, 24 February 2003, http://www.gaming.state.co.us/enforce.htm (24 February 2003); Ann Herda-Rapp, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology UW-Marathon County, A Review of the Sociological Literature on Gambling's Social Impacts, http://www.uwmc.uwc.edu/news_and_events/casino_files/herda-rapp.pdf (22 February 2003); J. Joseph Curran, Jr., “The House Never Loses and Maryland Cannot Win: Why Casino Gaming Is a Bad Idea,” Report of Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., on the Impact of Casino Gaming on Crime, October 16, 1995, pp. 9, 12, 27 December 1999, (20 February 2003).
16. Information provided by the Eighth Circuit Court of South Dakota, November 12, 1997.
17. Greg Garland, “Crime Rising with Gambling: Bad Checks, Theft Show Biggest Gain,” [Baton Rouge, La.] Advocate, July 30, 1995, p. 1A.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Obama finally got around to referring to a socialist mop, no doubt to really show his opponents how silly it is to refer to his controlling of large swaths of American business as a socialist idea, and so I decided to see what a Socialist mop might look like.
This example may explain why Obama's stimulus package isn't quite working out and how the whole GM/Chrysler buyout is tanking worse than the Cash for Clunkers fiasco.
I'd leave the mop imagery alone if I were Obama because the floor is dirtier now than before.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Reid: AMA Promised Me GOP Healthcare Votes
The AMA allegedly promised Reid that it could deliver 27 Republican votes for the legislation, according to two Senate Democratic lawmakers, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Reid needs those GOP votes because at least five members of his party have vowed to vote against the doctors' fix.
Good for the 27 Republicans. I hope they stay with their Party against this medical atrocity. Their political life will be on life support if they vote with the Demos on this.
How about more governance and less government.
Mixed in with being mired down in a war they can't win, the admin has generated these headlines on the Drudge Report.
After Stimulus: 49 of 50 States Have Fewer Jobs!
*6 Million Jobs Shy of Administrations' Projections...
Obama trying to boost party money, morale...
RNC Beats DNC in Money Race...
Dems lock Republicans out of committee room: 'They don't know how to behave'...
HealthCare Propaganda On Govt. Website?
House Dems Want Medicare for Everyone...
Administration plans big pay cuts at bailout firms...
Salaries of top executives by 90%...
RASMUSSEN: Obama Ratings Sinking Again; Approval Index Nears All-Time Low...
Oprah goes rogue, invites Palin on show...
Bailout watchdog expects much to remain unrefunded...
SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER ACCUSES WHITE HOUSE OF 'ENEMIES LIST'...
Euro breaches $1.50...
Okay, maybe hope is down the crapper as well.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Reid Leads Democrats In Carving Out Favors for States on Health
Nevada would get help with its Medicaid bills. The elderly in Florida and New York would receive additional Medicare benefits. And workers in so-called high-risk professions such as firefighting and construction would get a break on a new insurance tax.
Those are provisions that Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, put in an $829 billion health-care bill to shield constituents from measures intended to pay for the biggest overhaul of the medical system in four decades.
The Mr. Rogers of politics is in trouble at home, but can he be stopped before he destroys again?
UPDATE: It's penny ante compared to Reid, but Obama is doing some bribing of his own and Collecting My Thoughts has some thoughts on that.
Monday, October 19, 2009
This discussion came round to the disagreements I had had when Republicans last held Congress (that they acted like drunk Democrats in a Tijuana whorehouse with our checkbook) and suggested that I look into the Libertarian Party.
3rd Partys are a nuisance, a distraction and will be the death of true Republican conservatism. They are monstrous cranks who want to eat their cake and have it too. The Libertarian Party is like a church without faith. That Libertarians share some values with conservatism is true, but libertarians don't have the faith or the backbone to complete or maintain a free republic.
So, I went digging, heavy work that it is, with a mouse:
Ayn Rand’s Q & A on Libertarianism
Q: What do you think of the Libertarian movement? [FHF: “The Moratorium on Brains,” 1971]
AR: All kinds of people today call themselves “libertarians,” especially something calling itself the New Right, which consists of hippies, except that they’re anarchists instead of collectivists. But of course, anarchists are collectivists. Capitalism is the one system that requires absolute objective law, yet they want to combine capitalism and anarchism. That is worse than anything the New Left has proposed. It’s a mockery of philosophy and ideology. They sling slogans and try to ride on two bandwagons. They want to be hippies, but don’t want to preach collectivism, because those jobs are already taken. But anarchism is a logical outgrowth of the anti-intellectual side of collectivism. I could deal with a Marxist with a greater chance of reaching some kind of understanding, and with much greater respect. The anarchist is the scum of the intellectual world of the left, which has given them up. So the right picks up another leftist discard. That’s the Libertarian movement.
Q: What do you think of the Libertarian Party? [FHF: “A Nation’s Unity,” 1972]
AR: I’d rather vote for Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers, or Jerry Lewis. I don’t think they’re as funny as Professor Hospers and the Libertarian Party. If, at a time like this, John Hospers takes ten votes away from Nixon (which I doubt he’ll do), it would be a moral crime. I don’t care about Nixon, and I care even less about Hospers. But this is no time to engage in publicity seeking, which all these crank political parties are doing. If you want to spread your ideas, do it through education. But don’t run for President—or even dogcatcher—if you’re going to help McGovern.
Q: What is your position on the Libertarian Party? [FHF: “Censorship: Local and Express,” 1973]
AR: I don’t want to waste too much time on it. It’s a cheap attempt at publicity, which Libertarians won’t get. Today’s events, particularly Watergate, should teach anyone with amateur political notions that they cannot rush into politics in order to get publicity. The issue is so serious today, that to form a new party based in part on half-baked ideas, and in part on borrowed ideas—I won’t say from whom—is irresponsible, and in today’s context, nearly immoral.
Q: Libertarians advocate the politics you advocate. So why are you opposed to the Libertarian Party? [FHF: “Egalitarianism and Inflation,” 1974]
AR:They are not defenders of capitalism. They’re a group of publicity seekers who rush into politics prematurely, because they allegedly want to educate people through a political campaign, which can’t be done. Further, their leadership consists of men of every of persuasion, from religious conservatives to anarchists. Moreover, most of them are my enemies: they spend their time denouncing me, while plagiarizing my ideas. Now, I think it’s a bad beginning for an allegedly pro-capitalist party to start by stealing ideas.
Q: Have you ever heard of [Libertarian presidential candidate] Roger MacBride? [FHF: “?” 1976]
AR: My answer should be, “I haven’t.” There’s nothing to hear. I have been maintaining in everything I have said and written, that the trouble in the world today is philosophical; that only the right philosophy can save us. Now here is a party that plagiarizes some of my ideas, mixes it with the exact opposite—with religionists, anarchists, and just about every intellectual misfit and scum they can find—and they call themselves Libertarians, and run for office. I dislike Reagan and Carter; I’m not too enthusiastic about the other candidates. But the worst of them are giants compared to anybody who would attempt something as un-philosophical, low, and pragmatic as the Libertarian Party. It is the last insult to ideas and philosophical consistency.
Q: Do you think Libertarians communicate the ideas of freedom and capitalism effectively? [Q&A following LP’s “Objective Communication,” Lecture 1, 1980]
AR: I don’t think plagiarists are effective. I’ve read nothing by a Libertarian (when I read them, in the early years) that wasn’t my ideas badly mishandled—i.e., had the teeth pulled out of them—with no credit given. I didn’t know whether I should be glad that no credit was given, or disgusted. I felt both. They are perhaps the worst political group today, because they can do the most harm to capitalism, by making it disreputable.
Q: Why don’t you approve of the Libertarians, thousands of whom are loyal readers of your works? [FHF: “The Age of Mediocrity,” 1981]
AR: Because Libertarians are a monstrous, disgusting bunch of people: they plagiarize my ideas when that fits their purpose, and they denounce me in a more vicious manner than any communist publication, when that fits their purpose. They are lower than any pragmatists, and what they hold against Objectivism is morality. They’d like to have an amoral political program.
Q: The Libertarians are providing intermediate steps toward your goals. Why don’t you support them? [Ibid., 1981]
AR: Please don’t tell me they’re pursuing my goals. I have not asked for, nor do I accept, the help of intellectual cranks. I want philosophically educated people: those who understand ideas, care about ideas, and spread the right ideas. That’s how my philosophy will spread, just as philosophy has throughout all history: by means of people who understand and teach it to others. Further, it should be clear that I do not endorse the filthy slogan, “The end justifies the means.” That was originated by the Jesuits, and accepted enthusiastically by Communists and Nazis. The end does not justify the means; you cannot achieve anything good by evil means. Finally, the Libertarians aren’t worthy of being the means to any end, let alone the end of spreading Objectivism.
3rd Party conscripts either want to be a big shot in a little pool, make some cash and dash or they find the work necessary to maintain a conservative Republican Party onerous.
Whichever they are, they are not followers of Ayn Rand and should do a little studying before they speak of that they do not know or understand.
Could you guys advise Obama to slip a line into a speech saying just how horrible this blog is. If so, I hoping to double my readers to 4. Just a little phrase like, "the blog Invincible Armor is uglier than my wife's wardrobe."
That would be a huge boost because I would then publicly denounce you as blegging for support and your numbers would rise dramatically as you call me a Nazi or a racist for my comments and I retort that Emanuel stinks like the fish he sends people, you call me misinformed and I call you a typical liberal and on and on.
Who knows, you could get your numbers back up to 46% or 47% and I could hit the blogosphere's mother load and get better numbers than 'Quilting in Siberia."
Hey Axlerod, you bald tubby momma's boy, Rahm's bad mouthing you to Obama behind your back saying you're just *&#$!%^ things up with FOX.
There, I started it. Come on guys, just go for it.
When pressing the 'info' button to get more information about a particular movie, I could see a 'star' rating for each movie.
The more 'stars' a movie had, I found, the more the movie sucked. I am talking so much suction that a 4 'star' movie sucked life right out of the room.
Upon investigation I found my best cinematic option was some Woody Allen movie. I would pluck my eyes and ears out before that option would be employed, so I decided to paint the ceiling trim again.
There was some good news. The Yankees won in the 13th (at 1:07 AM) and Kasey Kahn came in second and I finished the trim.
Friday, October 16, 2009
A Hands on Education
An innovative college in Charleston, S.C., teaches the forgotten arts of preservation
John Paul Huguley won't be happy that this article begins with him.
He'll tell you that it's the students at the American College of the Building Arts who are the real story. But he was the one who started the Charleston, S.C., school 12 years ago—the first in the country with a four-year program teaching trades that seem to have vanished from the modern world. Timber framing. Stone carving. Ironworking. An entire curriculum aimed at equipping a generation of students with the skills needed to preserve America's historic heritage.
Huguley, 39, is as much an entrepreneur as he is a preservationist. In 2000, he purchased Charleston's 1802 jail—a 22,000-square-foot facility that sat vacant for more than half a century and was threatened with demolition—and turned it into the centerpiece of a fledgling school. Not only do students today attend classes in the jail, where Union troops were held during the Civil War, they are also using what they learn to help restore this neglected vestige of Charleston's history.
ACBA wants to build a new campus on McLeod Plantation, a 38-acre site on St. James Island in Charleston, and a team of 17 students from the Preservation Studio at the University of Miami School of Architecture has proposed how the college could occupy the site. In the New Urbanist tradition of their school (led by dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk), the students' plan marries adaptive reuse with historically sensitive new construction and a mixed-use urban village.
I'd like to go back to school. If they'd let me in.
If it increases government power, vote against it.
What part of this do Republicans in Congress not understand?
Less spending. More freedom.
This isn't just about TARP, Stimulus or socialized medicine and scads of fascist programs like National Service and the arts.
It includes pork.
Most Republicans support our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most Democrats do not. To Democrats, these missions which defend the United States by eradicating terrorists and free 50 plus million people, take away money for their 50 plus years power surge. Money for troops means less money for power. Power, in Democrat terms, means higher taxes for even more money, more government control couched in do-goodedness and control of the message that points out the wrongness of not infiltrating every aspect of our lives, if only to help us, by righting a perceived socialital slight.
If the Kennedy family (and their servant, Kennedy-lite Kerry) wants a quasi presidential museum for Ted, let them go ask the Kopechne's for the money. If Vitter and Landrieu want money for a Louisianna World War II Museum that duplicates efforts across the nation, let them ask the alumni of the University of New Orleans, where they want to build, to pony up the cash.
If most Republicans support our mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, why are they stuffing the funding for our troops there with pork for Republican pet projects. Correct me if I'm wrong, but acting like big spending, corrupt and amoral Democrats got the Republican Party right where it belongs as back benchers whose opinions aren't asked for nor wanted by Democrats and voters alike. The latter because they feel that if Republicans are going to act like Democrats, why not vote for Democrats who are at least honest about their dishonesty. The former because Democrats don't like competition, there is only so much self righteousness and graft to go around.
Republicans, such as Snowe and Collins of Maine want $20 million in Humvee money for workers in Maine, Republican Cochran of Mississippi inserted 35 earmarks for $206 million in a Murthaean effort to "not cede the power of the purse to any administration." Hey, Thad, why not cede the power of the purse to the taxpayer?
Over all, $2.6 billion in pork was inserted via 778 pet projects. Many of these pet projects were inserted by Republicans and these projects take away from military operations and maintenance. That's guns and ammunition and things like training. Granted, many in Congress don't think these things are important, but that any Republican shares this view makes them hypocritical disgraces.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Republicans fail to stop Gitmo transfers into US
Democratic leaders had to push hard to win the vote because many Democrats two weeks ago had cast a nonbinding but politically safe vote against any Guantanamo detainee transfers. But several Democrats from swing districts said they saw little political risk on Thursday's vote.
"It's a nonissue. Inside the (Washington) Beltway stuff," said first-term Rep. Dan Maffei, D-N.Y. "People care about jobs, the economy, health care."
"I haven't had one person ask me about Guantanamo," said Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind. He added that he does "not in the least" fear it as an issue in next year's elections.
I don't believe that closing Gitmo and bringing prisoners here is a "non issue". They are not just enemy combatants, they are terrorists and are dangerous as well as not entitled to constitutional rights here in America.
This will be an issue in the next election.
I have perused the tax form designations and failed to find 'race hustler' listed.
"White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it." -- Rev. Al Sharpton in a 1994 speech at Kean College, NJ, cited in "Democrats Do the Dumbest Things
Rev. Al, the compassionate street urchin who preached his first sermon at age four, has a history of confrontation. He has been called a racial arsonist for his efforts at "racial equality." He has now decided to go after Rush Limbaugh for being part of a group of investors trying to buy a professional foot ball team.
Enter Jesse "I love me some nuts" Jackson.
Jesse Jackson admitted in a November, 1969 “Life” magazine interview that when he worked as a waiter in a Greenville, South Carolina hotel he spat into the food of White customers. “Spitting into their food gave me a psychological gratification,” Jackson said.
In the July 1972 issue of Time magazine he said that, “He would spit into their soup or salad before he brought it to the table, and watch with enjoyment as Whites ate gobs of saliva as though it were, say, oil and vinegar dressing.”
Besides both of these men are living in a plate glass house, it appears to me that they have caused more racial disharmony than they have ever cured. We can talk about Twana Brawley and we can talk about corporate extortion, but the subject here is racism and both of these men are race hustlers. They make their living off of racial tension.
The fact that they lie or repeat lies about or attributed to Rush Limbaugh only makes their race hustling worse, but who is going to fire them?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Freedom of religion is no more, not even on public property, which if the constitution is to be believed, makes public property the safest place where there will be no restrictions on the expression of religion.
Children are subjected to zero tolerence rules by schools that ban aspirin and cub scout knives and, oh, there it is again, if a child or a teacher prays or expresses religion. Granted, it seems to be only Christianity that is subjected to these rules.
Now communities have become so PC, scared or just stupid. Case in point.
Apartment residents told to take down U.S. flags
...Oaks Apartment management, Clausen said, the American flag symbolizes problems.
He was told to remove the red, white and blue from both of his rides, or face eviction.
I'd tell them to take a flying leap.
So, what is Obama going to do in Afghanistan and the region?
Well, he quietly added 13,000 support troops to the 21,000 he approved in March for service in Afghanistan. His generals want an additional 40,000, but Obama is fiddling for his "base" and for the morons that make up the leadership in congress. Add into the mix a bureaucracy that permeates everything from food servers, elevator operators that operate computerized elevators and all the way up to analyzers and the leadership of our covert operations. One is left with a president worse off than Bush because the bureaucracy openly hated of Bush, but cannot do so with Obama. That bureaucracy has become the true decision maker in our government, not the elected officials that we vote for and who doesn't listen to us anyway, but in a different way that the bureaucracy doesn't have to listen.
Obama needs to show he has some vision, any vision beyond community organizing, concerning Afghanistan and terrorism or he will fall to more ridicule than the ghost of Alphie "TNT" Nobel.
I have a nominal idea of what has to occur in Afghanistan, in fact I believe I'm right, but my phone ain't ringin' so I'm assuming it ain't him. So, from afar and in fly-over country I will offer this.
Why not win?
The United States helped the Mujaheddin to win over the Russians, but squandered that victory by no follow through allowing crude forces to tame the vacuum left over and then pacify the citizens of Afghanistan by allowing simple goods to be delivered and sold so people could feed their families. Napoleon. Food. A chance of victory.
Now, the U.S. military appears to be going through phase II of the late Mr. Johnson's war which allows bureaucrats and Obama to direct the effort in Afghanistan from thousands of miles away through the prism of political needs, not military necessities.
If the military asks for 40,000 more troops, why doesn't Obama ask back, why not 60,000? If 40,000 is good, why isn't 60,000 better? What will it take to militarily defeat the Taliban and to bring the Afghani citizens into the effort of helping us bring stability to the country and to some degree, the region.
Most Americans don't know, and don't know whether to care, that Afghanistan and Iraq are just the advertised disaster specials for upcoming stories that are are designed to drive fairly inconsequential political desires here in the United States. Inconsequential when compared to having limbs cut off, wives and daughters raped or killed and villages enslaved to ideologies they don't want or understand. I'm not sure if a cash for clunkers program was considered a necessity in Afghanistan, but I do know feeding a still alive family is a necessity for what's left of the adults in Afghanistan. New cars, not so much.
How inconsequential is Iran or the Chinese military buildup on a nuclear India's northern border? What could be the consequences of a blundering bully from Russia trying to resurrect its once not so-greatness in the region by clumsily stomping throughout? Is it consequential that SoS Clinton appeared to recap the nuclear genie in Pakistan or has she really put those weapons out of the reach of terrorists? How resolved are we to following and resolving these threads that do not fit the narrative that this president got elected on?
Does Obama understand that resolve is a value that transcends language?
One can say what they will of Israel, but Israel's resolve has impressed even their enemies. The United States enjoys no such respect. Once again, looking back to the late Mr. Johnson's war in Vietnam, the United States offered no and gave no follow through to the Republic of Vietnam's government. We left them holding the ball, hence, all of Vietnam is now communist and a model used to ridicule and defeat the United States in other theaters. Mr. Nixon's pinpointing of priorities in southeast Asia was a poor as Mr. Johnson's bombing target lists were in Vietnam. No resolve.
Our current lack of resolve in eastern Europe is squandering historic gains for freedom in the region made by past presidents, ergo the world. Poland wouldn't believe Obama if he said 'good morning' and they'd be right to believe as such. I'm hoping Obama understands the difference between resolve and back stabbing, but I wouldn't believe him if he said he did. Maybe Obama would get a better feel for the political reality outside the United States if Axlerod or someone would inform him that eating a Chicago Polish sausage is not an education in the needs and trust of the Polish nation. And sauerkraut on the wiener is not evidence of advanced thinking on such a situation.
We're in Afghanistan and Iraq for a long time.
The need to win militarily so we can win, thus stabilize, the hearts of Afghanistan to a truly safe and free Afghanistan is a long term necessity. It is a necessity to the emergence of freedom across the world, thus the spreading of peace, and it is a necessity to prove to potential allies that the United States can be trusted in the short and long term. Resolve in Afghanistan means not just winning militarily and then building roads, schools and hospitals, but resolve also means protecting Afghanis from a re-emergence of a Taliban by any other name and by bringing as many Afghans, as possible, into our current century of knowledge and the free flow of information.
What Obama is going to do in Afghanistan is unknown and that scares the hell of of me. It should scare you too. I know it scares the people of Afghanistan.
Monday, October 12, 2009
U.S. to house detained migrants in converted hotels
Obama could put Bertha Lewis in charge of this program. That way she could register them when they sign in. Kills two birds with one stone. Then she could find them a nice cozy home at a really good interest rate so they can start getting their government benfits checks sent right to them.
Issue 2 adds another layer of government at a time when we should all be striping away layers of government and throwing them in the waste bin of failed modern history. The fact that the board is unnecessary and has little or no oversight makes it a no brainer.
Issue 3 is about gambling. 28 states have casino gambling within their borders. Casinos bring a lot of baggage, including corruption, prostitution, general crime and filth, which we don't need here in Ohio. If I want to gamble there are plenty of places to do so, elsewhere. Just because I go to WalMart once or twice a year doesn't mean I want to live next to one. If you're thinking NIMBY, you'd be right. I lived just outside Reno, have visited Las Vegas many times and watched the transformation of the strip and its effects on Atlantic City and it is ugly just outside the bright lights.
Both Issue 2 and 3 are unnecessary and are to the detriment of Ohio. Of course there are those who see no problem with more government, jobs at any price and crime. They'll vote yes on both.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Soros is poison. He is a hateful creep that lurks around the dark corners of the world's economic systems so he can suck them dry.
Soros says aims to invest $1 Billion in green tech...
If Soros has decided that 'green' is the way to go, I will run the other way. Soros cries "power to the people"while he destroys governments, that he has made vulnerable so as to manipulate their currencies, just to make money, so he can then cry "those capitalists" hate the little people, to further enrich himself by emplacing a socialist government, which is more easy to manipulate economically and financially.
How much longer will "progressives", and "socialists" enrich this manipulator in the hopes he will continue to fund their agenda before they realize he is a radical only as long as he enriches himself, ultimately at their expense. Up close and speaking economically, Soros is as warm and fuzzy as a herpes sore that is offering an engagement ring to a weeping finger. Marry him and you are as diseased as him. That is pretty diseased. Pretty diseased for a long time. Time-wise, diseased until one dies a horrible death. His money is tainted.
If Soros has a soul, it is with a little "s".
It's must be pretty hard not having the money and support for one's stupid ideas, infact, so much so that one feels they have to kneel before such a fascist money maker. A money maker who infects those that accept his money.
You want to make money in the green game? Go for it. You're funding, not a cleaner and more beautiful future, but your own financial dependency. It may feel good when you think it is a done deal, but you will still be filling Soros' pocket with money while he laughs all the way to the elitist socialist bank. A bank he owns.
Soros can paint the smokestack green, but it will still be a smoke stack.
The Obama administration has decided that the wrascally world needs to have the chance to change, channel and use the Internet for their purposes, because the mean old United States wasn't sharing it enough.
If the Obama administration wants a profile on all those who disagree with their policies, I want a profile on all the morons that voted for this loser from Peoria and that profile has to include a section on whether they were stupid, ignorant, willfully unable to make a credible decision or if they were paid to vote for Obama. The voting dead need to have permission from their mortician or political leader, which may be the same person, before they personally fill out this section. I can't stand smelly forms laying about.
Ceding the Internet
Under the previous arrangement, the U.S. government retained veto power over ICANN’s decisions. Although the U.S. took a hands-off approach, the relationship helped insulate the Internet from political meddling by states that were threatened or frustrated by its freedom …. the United Nations has sought for some time to acquire authority over ICANN, at the behest of a number of countries who wish to tax or regulate it.
Quite simply, the decision of the Obama administration increases the vulnerability of the Internet to political pressure, censorship, and strangling regulation and taxation.
Political pressure - check
censorship - check
strangling regulation - check
taxation - check
What is there in this decision that the Obama administration can't love other than that we have any say left with the Internet.
I'm sure that our economic overlords in China will work tirelessly to ensure the Internet is free and open. Count Putin in. Ditto, Obama friends Chavez and Castro. Our new friends the Taliban are already working on the Internet Reformed Qumran. Al Qaeda will soon unveil their swimsuit calendar to show just how free the Internet can be and to overcome the bad press those pesky cartoons brought down on their loving hearts and heads.
We might as well admit that Obama just shrunk the Internet to irrelevance so that we can get an underground net going. Maybe we can indulge in some wistful thinking and call it 'The Sons of Liberty' Net.
Nah, that's just make our new Internet overlords fidgety. And I wouldn't want to upset a bunch of overlords that would still be feeding their people to each other if they thought the world wasn't watching.
Putz and Putzer have joined hands to tax us even more to protect that which doesn't need protection for the good of all people that don't want the bad Cap and Trade bill.
Is a circus missing two clowns? If so, they've been found.
Sen. Lindsey Graham working with Sen. John Kerry on climate bill
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina publicly announced his support for climate legislation on Sunday in an op-ed column with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.
"Our partnership represents a fresh attempt to find consensus that adheres to our core principles and leads to both a climate change solution and energy independence," the two senators wrote in The New York Times. "It begins now, not months from now — with a road to 60 votes in the Senate."
I'm not sure how liberals in Massachusetts feel about their John F'ing Kerry hanging out with a South Carolina cracker, even though that cracker has more natural blue blood than Kerry can marry or rent, but I am pretty sure that South Carolinians don't like their boy buddying up with a faux snob married to a faux snob.
I knew that Kerry has never had any 'core values', but I thought Graham might have a few rattling around in the dusty background.
Though neither represent me, the fact that Graham, as a members of the 'club', can so easily sell us out with Kerry makes me want to take a shower. Besides, clowns always scared me.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
As a Christmas present in a nonreligious world view:
Israel will 'attack Iran if sanctions not in place by Christmas'...
For peace in Afghanistan:
US forces leave isolated Afghan base after ambush...
Apache Pilots Shocked by Size of Attack on Outpost...
For peace in Europe:
Nuclear researcher from top European lab arrested for al-Qaeda links...
RUSSIA: New US missile plan raises 'questions'...
For peaceful feelings throughout the world:
Castro calls Obama's Nobel Prize 'positive measure'...
Chinese dissidents let down...
For harmony here in America:
Barney Frank says DC gay rights march misses mark...
Read the health bill! Not as easy as you think...
For the entire planet:
BBC: What happened to global warming?
For creating economic comfort zones:
Kudlow: Save the Greenback, Mr. President...
For cover to ensure the continued belief that the Nobel Committee is serious:
GAME TIME: Obama Takes to Basketball Court With Cabinet Members, Lawmakers...
It should be an honor for the whole country for our president to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. For accomplishing peace.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Didn't Support Socialized Medicine, Olympic Bid, Nobel Prize? You're A Traitor You Terrorist UnAmerican Nazi
Far be it from me to question the sanity of the DNC as I used to tipple more than a few drinks with a few of them in various temples of propriety on the Hill. We had great debates, many laughs and a few agreements over the years. I've not only kept in contact with some, I've also done some corporate and charitable work with them and I've had the fortune to attend some weddings and baptisms and the misfortune to attend some untimely funerals.
We were opponents, not enemies. We were friends, not allies.
It was such a friend that called this morning to chortle that Obama had a brand new Nobel to add to his grand list of accomplishments. I was such an opponent to chuckle that Obama had no accomplishments even with a Nobel, but we both stopped the funnin' when Brad Woodhouse's name was uttered by me.
Something along the lines of, "Oh Lord. What has he stepped in this time." came across my phone line.
"I'm a terrorist which is something to add to being called a Nazi, unAmerican and racist, but now it's official as it came from Woodhouse as a spokesman for the DNC," I replied.
I continued, "This clown could write for a tabloid and have more credibility, but a lot of people not part of this fight are going to be pretty p*ssed off when they hear they are Hamas and Taliban."
Having a brand new telephone I knew the line had'nt gone dead, so I closed with an offer to send him the link. We closed. I sent. Haven't heard a word since.
Pelosi weeps when she brings up Democrats murduring each other in California to point out how unjust political rhetoric has become when people standing up for what they think is right only to be called unAmerican. Reid gets all pugnacious when people mention he's being a jerk and Howie Dean gets all puppy eyed right after he states he hates Republicans and all they stand for.
This isn't governance, this is a bully convention in a school play yard filled with 10 year old children playing the part of politicians. I apologize to all 10 year old children except the one down the street.
Well, Mr. Woodhouse, I am not Hamas nor am I Taliban. No, I am not a Nazi or a racist. I detest all of them and want to see them wiped off the face of the earth. You, sir, engender them. You lift them up. You give them all existence.
Mr. Woodhouse, you are a moron and the new leadership in your Party do us all disservice. You all do not just disservice to America, but also the ideal of America.
If you ever call me Hamas or Taliban to my face Mr. Woodhouse, I will knock you stone cold out onto the floor and spit on you before I walk away.
I hope there are enough good people left at the DNC that will lock you out and throw your office contents in the trash.
World leaders urged Barack Obama to seize on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to intensify his diplomatic efforts to forge peace in the globe's trouble spots.
The 1983 Laureate, Poland's Lech Walesa, was more blunt.