Archive for March, 2010

Yes.

15 March 2010

Another mystery billboard (H/T: Hot Air).

Don’t Know About Him, But I’m Cross

15 March 2010

For those few of you who were living in a cave, among the many things the virulently pro-Obama media did during the 2008 election was to take every possible opportunity to run photographs of Obama with some sort of “halo” behind his head – be it his personal trademark symbol, a spotlight (cameramen were seen moving around trying to get just the right angle to frame these shots), and so forth. A search for Obama halo on Google Images returns “about 635,000” results – almost five times as many results as you get with the Obama unicorn painting search (so you know this is serious). Well, just as Obama and the Democrats in Congress are doubling down yet again on getting their health rationing plan passed, the MSM (led by The New York Times) is doubling down on their Obama-as-Messiah imagery with this gorge-rising photoshopped picture:

The article spends more time (all of it, really) worrying about what impact the passage or rejection of the bill will have on Democrats in Congress and the Messiah in the White House and none on the actual merits of the bill (or lack thereof). The shell game continues, as they first tried to use Obama’s popularity to sell America a bill of goods, and have now switched to a “save Obama” (His ego’s too big to fail!) strategy to push the bill through. Of course, the funniest part of the article comes right at the beginning…

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, had a little political advice last week for President Obama and the Democrats: Don’t pass the president’s health care legislation because you would risk losing in the midterm elections. Mr. Obama laughed about it afterward. “I generally wouldn’t take advice about what’s good for Democrats” from Mr. McConnell, he told an audience in Pennsylvania.

Ah, if only Democrats (including The New York Times) weren’t constantly offering “advice” to the Republicans; and if only there were a shortage of Republicans like John McCain who eagerly lapped up said “advice”.

Slaughtering the Constitution

15 March 2010

Washington – The Democrat’s chief vote counter in the House says that right now there aren’t enough votes to pass President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

They probably avoided using the term “Democratic Whip” to describe him, to avoid any confusion with Eric Massa. Of course, having insufficient votes is only a problem if the “Democratic” House leadership actually plans to hold a vote.

Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina says he’s confident that the legislation will pass. He says the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress have gotten to a point where there’s a way to send the measure to the president’s desk for his signature.

Why bother with a vote, and complying with that whole pesky Constitution thing, when you can use “The Slaughter Solution” to simply “deem” that the House has passed the Senate bill, without the House ever actually passing the Senate bill, and get the whole healthcare hijacking onto the President’s desk (and/or teleprompter) as soon as possible? Can the Democrats convince lawyers, judges, and the public, that the phrase “the end justifies the means” is somehow to be found within the umbras and penumbras of our “living” Constitution? Or will they even bother trying to justify it, once they’ve finally come out and admitted that they’re a junta that will do whatever the hell they please?

One can only hope that this latest outrage fails, and that the attempted perpetrators receive all of the scorn and derision they deserve – as well as the “opportunity to seek new employment” come November.

It’s Your Money They’re Holding

13 March 2010

According to USA Today, some “states may hold onto tax refunds for months.”

Residents eager to get their state tax refunds may have a long wait this year: The recession has tied up cash and caused officials in half a dozen states to consider freezing refunds, in one case for as long as five months. … Delaying refund checks isn’t unprecedented, [executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers Scott] Pattison said, but it is something virtually no politician wants to do, because taxpayers are owed the money and in most cases want it fast. Delays in paying refunds and other state bills can trigger interest on those overdue payments, depending on state laws, he said. California’s massive budget shortfall of more than $20 billion last year prompted it not only to delay tax refunds but to issue billions of dollars in IOUs to vendors and others who were owed money. …

I remembered this happening last year and figured that this year would probably be worse – So I’ve already long since filed my returns and gotten both my state and federal refunds this year, while the getting was good. If you haven’t filed yours yet, do it now. (The IRS has a web page where you can track the status of your refund; some or all states do as well.)

There’s a Communist in the White House

9 March 2010

I know that video’s already made the rounds and you’ve all (both of you) probably already seen it; but I want to save it here for future reference – I’ve showed it to lots of people, and I can think of more who need to see it. And just to include some original (yet related) content in this post, and serve as a warning to Scott Brown, here’s a new motivational poster:

Hand Me the Dice, I’m Attacking Irkutsk

9 March 2010

According to FOX (H/T Nevergiveup), Vice President Joe Biden (in Jerusalem) just told Israel that the US is willing to stand by those who will “take risks for peace.” First of all, this comment denies the reality that Israel has always been the one to make concessions, and has always been the one strong-armed into making more. It also rests upon the completely unsubstantiated assumption that these concessions will, in any way, shape, or form; lead to “peace” – an assumption which is disproved by even the most casual glance at history. Finally, I take great umbrage at the use of the word “risk” in this context.

Risk noun – exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance.

That doesn’t even remotely describe what Biden is asking of Israel. To “take a risk” is to gamble, to take a chance, to face the possibility of failure. It also implies that success is an option. It’s not a “risk” when you know for sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that any overture you make to the Palestinians will (literally) blow up in your face. That’s not a “risk”. That’s an absolute certainty.

Government-Run Medicine at its Finest

7 March 2010

The world continues to be full of stories about the horrors of government-run health care that the US media can’t be bothered to report on. Brock Lesnar, Ultimate Fighting Heavyweight Champion of the World, would be out of a job if he’d stayed in the Canada hospital where he first ended up. The doctors lacked the equipment they needed to diagnose his problems, and were planning on performing surgery which would have ended his career – or life.

Their CT machine was broken, and they were waiting for a replacement. They could not take a picture of my stomach. If they would have had the ability to take the picture, they would have seen I had holes inside me. If I stayed at that Canadian hospital, at best I would have been retired and would have to wear a colostomy bag. At worst, I could have died.

Instead, he fled the hospital and had his wife drive 100MPH to get him over the border and into an American hospital as quickly as possible. He was lucky. Not everyone has the ability to run to America for the best health care in the world – as even some Canadian government officials do. Kane Gorny, a twenty-two year old man in England, “died in agony of dehydration after three days in a leading teaching hospital.”

Kane Gorny was so desperate for a drink that he rang police to beg for their help. They arrived on the ward only to be told by doctors that everything was under control. The next day his mother Rita Cronin found him delirious and he died within hours. She said nurses had failed to give him vital drugs which controlled fluid levels in his body. ‘He was totally dependent on the nurses to help him and they totally betrayed him.’

Naturally, there is an investigation underway, for all the good that will do Kane. He is just another of thousands of recent deaths-by-doctor in England that we – who are not dependent upon the MSM for our “news” – have read about. They all died because they were reliant upon an inefficient, bureaucratic, unaccountable farce of a health care system – which is exactly what we do not have here in America today (just ask Brock Lesnar, who’s telling anyone who will listen), but is exactly what the Democrats are trying to give us.

It Didn’t Even Have To Be Gift-Wrapped

5 March 2010

My birthday: I only asked for one thing and I didn’t get it.

Face the Music

3 March 2010

Where I work, we’ve already been lectured about various “security issues” involved with social networking sites – threats involving viruses, espionage, risks to one’s security clearance, so forth – before the IT folks simply blocked some or all of those sites altogether. Apparently, the IDF has not been as pro-active, according to Haaretz.com:

The Israel Defense Forces called off a raid in Palestinian territory after a soldier posted details, including the time and place, on the social networking website Facebook, Army Radio reported on Wednesday. The soldier – since relieved of combat duty – described in a status update how his unit planned a “clean-up” arrest raid in a West Bank area, Army Radio said. … The Israeli military spokesman’s office had no immediate comment. …

We need a modern-day equivalent of the old “loose lips sink ships” warning – “Loose bytes end fights”? “Post your status and the enemy is at us”? In any event, I’m not even on Facebook anyway; and every story I read about them makes me less likely to ever join up.

Obama: Shaken and Stirred

2 March 2010

Something which has gotten very little comment (that I’ve seen, at least) is the result of his most recent physical. Most reports claim that he is in excellent health (probably true) and that he ought to give up smoking (also true; in fact, he’d sworn to his wife that he was quit when he got elected… yet another of the countless broken promises). However, buried at the very end of this Guardian article is the sentence

The doctors also recommended “moderation of alcohol intake”.

I can’t imagine doctors telling someone to moderate – not quit, mind you, but moderate – their alcohol intake unless there was a serious quantity issue involved, no doubt with some effects on his health already evident. I mean, surely it’s not his fault if all of the water that he touches turns into wine on the way to his lips (ah, the hardships of messiahhood) but surely this is yet another sign that he is not coping well with his Imperial will being questioned and thwarted by the peasants and rabble who clearly don’t understand that he knows what is best for them. It’s also a sign that as things get worse for him in 2010 – as they almost inevitably will – that he may get even less stable and less connected to reality… and this is absolutely no laughing matter.

Regardless, for now at least, I plan to laugh at it anyway. “If I wanted a drunk in the White House I’d have voted for myself,” quoth I at C2; “I know I would rather have a drunken monkey up there than what we have,” replied Spenser. How hard do you think it would be to get that question added to the next Rasmussen poll? Can you imagine the media reporting – or, more likely, going out of their way not to report – results like these: “63% of likely voters said today that they would rather have a drunken monkey in the White House than Barack Obama. Only 15% were strongly against simians serving in the Executive Branch, and they were all branded speeeeeciesists by PETA.”

“Spending like a drunken sailor.” This isn’t actually fair, since drunken sailors only waste their own money.

Gun Control at SCOTUS, Redux

1 March 2010

Tomorrow, McDonald v. Chicago goes before the Supreme Court. As Iron Fist put it:

This is a big case any way you look at it. It is to decide whether the Second Amendment, which was found to safeguard an individual right in the 2008 Heller case, applies to States and Local governments. This would seem obvious, but in the twists and turns of the law, it actually isn’t… (more here)

It’s worth pointing out that “the usual suspects” on the left predicted gloom, doom, cats and dogs living together, and mass hysteria after the Heller ruling struck down DC’s gun ban. But, just as the wave of increased fatalities on the highways never actually arrived when the 55 mph federal speed limit was overturned, neither was a there a drastic increase in murders, crime, littering and massacrees in DC after Heller. Just the opposite, as a matter of fact.

…murders in Washington plummeted by an astounding 25 percent in 2009, dropping from 186 murders in 2008 to 140. That translates to a murder rate that is now down to 23.5 per 100,000 people, Washington’s lowest since 1967. While other cities have also fared well over the last year, D.C.’s drop was several times greater than that for other similar sized cities. According to preliminary estimates by the FBI, nationwide murders fell by a relatively more modest 10 percent last year and by about 8 percent in other similarly sized cities of half a million to one million people (D.C.’s population count is at about 590,000). This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who has followed how crime rates change after gun bans have been imposed. Around the world, whenever guns are banned, murder rates rise. Washington’s murder rate soared after its handgun ban went into effect in early 1977… (FOX News)

One can only hope people keep this is mind when McDonald v. Chicago is debated and determined starting tomorrow. After all, gun control has never been about guns or crime – but about control. The only people impacted by gun control are “law abiding citizens”, also known (after gun bans are passed) as “victims”. Criminals are never disarmed by anti-gun laws; by definition, they are lawbreakers. Disarming one side but not the other leads to purely predictable results, which only the ignorant or insane are unable to see … or object to.

Believe Five Impossible Things Before Breakfast

1 March 2010

Nancy Pelosi (D-Twilight Zone): “A Bill can be Bipartisan Without Bipartisan Votes.”

  • Islam can be a religion of peace without any peaceful proclivities.
  • Tea Party rallies can be racially discriminatory without discriminating by race (unlike, say, the MSNBC lineup).
  • Global warming can be true without any actual warming of the globe.
  • Rises in unemployment can be surprising even though they happen with regularity and with people predicting them beforehand.

And so on… Oh, and here’s a bonus picture, from Desert Sage:

Popularity: doesn’t last long once people find out you’re a fake!