All posts by Ghost of Abe

Oh yeah and on the China-Japan issue…

China doesn’t think we’ll do anything.  That is the primary reason for their aggressive behavior.  Just one more place where things are spiraling out of control as a result of this administration’s abdication of responsibilities.

Did you know the Fed is the largest hedge fund in the world?

It holds more than $3 trillion in debt.  Run by academics and bureaucrats who have never actually taken real risk with real dollars before.  Ever thought what would happen if they lose control of the long end of the yield curve?

Hint:  bad stuff


Okay, wait a second, does he actually believe this?

The more realistic and cynical mercenaries in Obama’s camp no doubt understand that Ambassador Susan Rice’s continued insistence that the rampaging violence and murder by the Libyan Muslim group was purely a spontaneous act brought about by hurt feelings at the YouTube trailer on Mohammed is, as the Libyan President calls it, preposterous.

Then something perhaps even scarier dawned on me.  Maybe Obama actually believes his own propaganda.  I wonder if he is constitutionally incapable of recognizing that his sophomoric thesis that his election would bring about a new age of warmth and conciliation between the United States and the Muslim world was, well, preposterous.


This is INSANITY folks–

My grandfathers who fought in WWII would be rolling in their graves if they could see the pathetic vile embarrassingly obsequious nation of wimps we have become.  We have an ambassador murdered and the obsessing over…ROMNEY?  Even libs know it’s insanity:

This goes way beyond Obama and the November election.  Now our universities and schools are closing because Muslims are threatening violence?

Hello?  Hello?


It’s 68 degrees and raining.  I cannot bear any more climate change!  We’re all going to die.

The “mainstream” media

Henry Luce created Time Magazine and the Time Life empire.  That would include Life Magazine and Sports Illustrated.  He penned the term the American Century.  In case you were wondering, that was last century.  This is a different century.  And this is Time Magazine:

But I suspect Romney won’t do so well in the debates for the same reason that he didn’t do so well on Meet the Press. It’s hard to be effective when you’re biting your tongue and swallowing your pride at the same time. Romney has dumbed himself down to fit a Republican Party that has become anachronistic, hateful and foolish.

Is the reporting ironic?  Yes but not intentionally.  It’s also anachronistic, hateful and foolish.  But I digress.  Think there’s a battle going on?

Ryan a panic pick? Hardly

Here’s a great piece from PowerLine.  The left is trying to cast the Ryan VP pick as a “panic” pick.  But for those of us who pay attention we all know this is no hail Mary.  Instead, Romney is saying bring it on.

Getting ready for post-Labor Day election season

I’ll be back right after Labor Day (maybe with some exceptions prior to), when this election will kick into high gear.  And I am hopeful that I’ll be able to take this site down that first Wednesday in November.

In the meantime, as a friend of mine texted me this morning, I agree that while the selection of Paul Ryan may make it harder for Romney to win the election, it’ll make it a lot more worthwhile if he does.


Maybe Romney is the one speaking truth to power?


The fillet-ing of liberty

Much has been written on the Chick-fil-A controversy and I don’t think I have too much to add at this point.  For a couple must read pieces I offer this one by Steyn and this one by Morrissey.  For those of you who don’t care or don’t see the relevance of this issue to your life, please, stop reading this post immediately and click on one or both of the above referenced articles.  In my opinion, this episode has been one of the most offensive assaults on our understanding of liberty I’ve ever witnessed.  Worse still, it shows an ignorance of and utter disregard for basic freedoms on the part of men who hold positions of high authority in this land.  Remember Rahm was only a step away from the President until a year ago.  In short, the sneering contempt that the mayors of great cities like Boston and Chicago (San Francisco has become too farcical to even complain) and the senior government official in New York City can openly exhibit towards a man whose crime seems to be that he’s a hard working decent charitable man who dared to run his company as he saw fit–and always in accordance with applicable laws–and who answered a politically charged question honestly based on his own personal belief and moral conviction (an answer which happens to coincide with the President’s views on the topic up until a couple months ago).

Of course the issue is gay marriage, but I can only imagine the ridicule Mr. Cathy (Chick-fil-A’s owner) receives behind the closed doors of Chicago’s city hall for his gall in keeping his stores closed on Sunday.  How quaint.  What’s remarkable to me is that a mere 20 years ago not only would the term gay marriage have been oxymoronic but for most Americans (I’m thinking of my grandparents) it would have been an undefinable and nonsensical term.  For that matter, 20 years ago shopping centers were usually closed on Sunday and you couldn’t buy liquor either.

Now you have Sheriff Rahm and the town elders warning Mr. Cathy he’d better not even think of stepping foot in their town.  You see, they don’t like his kind ’round these parts.  The speaker of New York City’s city council took it one step farther and wrote to the President of private New York University and advised him that he should kick to the curb New York City’s lone Chick-fil-A, which happens to be a tenant of the university (and I imagine a very popular one among cash strapped and its hungry students).  Of course it’s simply coincidence I’m sure that the speaker is a recent beneficiary of the gay marriage wave herself.  And oh yeah, isn’t there probably some kind of contractual arrangement between the University and Chick-fil-A the terms of which a city official shouldn’t be encouraging one of the parties to break?

So many issues are raised by this lightly seasoned thought tyranny but I’d like to raise a couple: consider Steyn’s mention of the radical Muslims who openly advocate death to homosexuals yet have no problem getting city permits to do business in Boston and New York; or what about the baba ghanoush street vendors across the city–did you hear what they said at the dinner table last night?  And then there’s Rahm and his recent cozy relationship with Louis Farrakhan, who not only openly opposes gay marriage but also advocates (loudly) against Jews for…well, for being born Jews.

So in one fell swoop you have the mob-like trampling on basic first amendment rights, the malevolent sneering at by all accounts a good man and law-abiding citizen and a heavy dose of puke-inducing hypocrisy.  To call it outrageous is an understatement.

But it’s even worse than that.

We have a friend who is an institutional money manager for a large firm in a big city.  He has an undergraduate degree from an Ivy League school and an MBA from a top 5 business school (also Ivy League).  He is married (to a woman) and has a child.  As I understand it, he works hard evaluating companies and buying and selling shares in large blocks for his firm’s customers.  Knowing what I know about his business he is narrowly focused on companies’ prospects and earnings and the viability of the companies he covers going forward.  Somehow the Chick-fil-A topic came up in conversation and without hesitation he called Mr. Cathy a “bigot,” he liked and supported that Rahm & Co stuck it to him and he declared that he didn’t want his money to go to bigoted fools like that and he wouldn’t be eating at Chick-fil-A.  When confronted with the idea that Mr. Cathy had every right under the 1st Amendment to express his views on the subject of gay marriage and that mayors, while also entitled to their own 1st Amendment rights, should not be using the levers of the state to intimidate a private citizen and his or her right to conduct business as long as that person is doing so within the laws of the relevant jurisdiction.  Our friend conceded partially but then he bowed up again and blindly said these mayors were speaking purely as private individuals expressing their opinions (not true) and then he reiterated that Mr. Cathy is a “bigot” and that if he’s done one thing to violate any kind of equal opportunity law they should crush him.


And by the way, in the next breath he talked about how excited he was to go see a well known (and old) heavy metal band.  I’m not sure if he’s aware that the stars of this band include one who’s been in and out of trouble for illegal drug use and another who went to prison for assaulting a woman.  Guess he’s got no trouble giving his money to them.

This is America in 2012.

PS.  I received a text from a friend this morning encouraging me to go eat at Chick-fil-A today to show my support.  Here’s my deal on that.  I eat a lot of Chick-fil-A and I will continue to do so.  But I don’t want to go eat a chicken sandwich as a political statement.  I simply want to eat it because it’s good.  While I fully support those who want to eat Chick-fil-A today, I think in some ways supporters of Mr. Cathy are doing a disservice to him, and our country’s principles of liberty, by being drawn in to this battle on Rahm’s terms.  The tragedy is that the left has so politicized a chicken joint that it makes it hard to “eat mor chikin” without thinking of the shrill voices denouncing it.  It is insanity pure and simple.

By the same token, I still love The Bourne Identity.

Neither Al Gore, nor the government, invented the internet?

Check out this story from the WSJ:

A telling moment in the presidential race came recently when Barack Obama said: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” He justified elevating bureaucrats over entrepreneurs by referring to bridges and roads, adding: “The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all companies could make money off the Internet.”

It’s an urban legend that the government launched the Internet. The myth is that the Pentagon created the Internet to keep its communications lines up even in a nuclear strike. The truth is a more interesting story about how innovation happens—and about how hard it is to build successful technology companies even once the government gets out of the way.

Rest of the story here.

Bloomberg is just another vapid talking head

Michael is in charge of one of the largest military units in the world–the New York Police Department.  He says cops should go on strike if civilians don’t hand over their guns.  Is he suggesting that his police officers go on strike without gun control?  I don’t think so.  It’s really unbelievable.

Read this from Reason:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CNN’s Piers Morgan last night that he doesn’t “understand why police officers across this country don’t stand up collectively and say we’re going to go on strike, we’re not going to protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.”

We’ve been hearing a lot of that recently. Earlier this year, The New York Times reprinted a Department of Justice press release and slapped this lede on top of it: “As violent crime has decreased across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged: Rising numbers of police officers are being killed.”

Bloomberg and The New York Times are both wrong:

Here’s the rest of the story.