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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?

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.

 

Already an oldie but goodie

What I like about things like John Roberts’ decision and Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remarks is that it crystallizes the choice we have before us.  We will decide in November in a way we haven’t been able to do since possibly 1932 what direction we as a people want America to go.  Obama’s reelection may be mitigated by a Republican-controlled Congress but the vote for president is our ultimate nationwide choice of who we want to speak for us as a country.

With that in mind, I absolutely love Scott Brown’s recent video.  Watch:

Obama’s likeability evaporates

If sunny Dick Morris says so it must be true.  Then again, doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to see…

Leaks are coming from the White House?

No less than Sen. Dianne Feinstein thinks so.

Say it isn’t so, Mrs. Obama

I have not confirmed the veracity of this report (then again ABC News doesn’t bother so why worry), but this is revolting if even partly true. And that doesn’t even get to the irony and hypocrisy in light of her husband’s shameless campaign tactics.

You decide:

Mychal Massie is chairman of the National Leadership Network of Black
Conservatives-Project 21 – a conservative black think tank located in
Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservative Man of the Year
by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County, N.Y. He is a nationally
recognized political activist, pundit and columnist.

Here is his article about our current First Lady.

What on earth can Michelle Obama possibly be tired from? What has she done
since her husband was elected that gives her one reason to be tired? I know
that flying, for the proletariat such as myself, can be tiring and, more
times than not, a genuine pain – but she flies in presidential luxury, sans
the president. And the only checkin’ in and full-body scan she goes through
at an airport is when she looks at herself in a mirror.

We, the taxpayers of this great nation, demand to know just what it is that
has her royalness so worn out and tired, that after just enjoying a lavish
17-day Hawaiian Christmas vacation (that cost taxpayers $4 million), she
needs another vacation at one of the most exclusive (and anti-union) resorts
in the country.

It cannot be that she is overworked because, if the liberal Los Angeles
Times is to be believed, between them, the Obamas have 454 White House aides
at a cost to the taxpayers of more than $37 million annually – and that
doesn’t include recent pay raises. (See: “No Recession For Obama’s 454 White
House aides: They’ll make $37,121,463 this year”; Andrew Malcolm, July 5,
2011.) And before you ask – yes, that is more than President and Mrs. Bush
had, and I was one of the lone voices decrying the small size and cost of
Laura Bush’s staff.

Could Ms. Obama still be suffering fatigue from the weight of having kept
secret, for two years, her extravagant Halloween costume ball? Even though
they used military families as a cover in case it got out, the last thing
she wanted the public to know was that, while Americans were suffering in
the depths of recession, she had the biggest players in Hollywood doing an
exclusive costume party just for herself and her family.

Or perhaps it’s the lingering effects of taking her mother and daughters to
South Africa and Botswana, or the sheer exhaustion of rushing out of
Washington, four hours ahead of her husband, so she wouldn’t have to share
her presidential jet with him on the way to Martha’s Vineyard for their
annual beach break.

Then again, maybe she was exhausted from her personal $50,000 underwear
shopping spree with the queen of Qatar, at Agent Provocateur, the store that
bills itself as selling “the most erotic lingerie in the world. Realizing
that you’re responsible for closing down Madison Avenue can be tiring, and
watching staff carry all those bags back to her limousines … whew! – that
would sure wear me out. And after the tiring experience of picking out all
of those exotic undies, what better place to recover than an uber-posh Vail
resort and the private home owned by Paula and Jim Crown?

Or maybe she’s worn out from rolling around on the floor to the delight of
Ellen Degeneres, or making muscles on a daytime show, or pulling on a rope
on another show, or eating at all of the restaurants where she loves to pig
it up.
Then again, maybe Ms. Obama is just an arrogant, high-minded person who
doesn’t give a rat’s tail about propriety or how her behavior looks to a
suffering public because, after all, her husband claims the economy is
improving, and who are we going to believe – the reality of our financial
situation or her husband?

Michelle Obama can afford to live life large since every dime she’s spending
comes on the backs and sweat of others. Nothing, zip, nada that she spends
did she personally earn. And therein is the disgusting elitism of a woman
who forgets where she came from, and dares you to remind her.

We are responsible for the billionaire life she lives, and it’s time we
started demanding that she be accountable to us. It’s time we started
confronting Obama at every press conference and/or speaking venue about the
behavior of his wife. He is spending hundreds of millions of our money,
flying around the country to raise a billion dollars for his campaign war
chest, and we’re paying $4 per gallon for fuel. We’ve lost our homes, our
mortgages are upside-down, our property taxes aren’t enough to cover the
increasing cost of infrastructure because of the drain of resources by
illegal aliens, and all of this is happening as the price of putting milk
and cereal on our tables is rising dramatically.

But why shouldn’t she be smiling??? For the first time in her adult life,
she is proud of America – and why not? She has tens of millions of peons
paying for her very own private reparations – now that’s enough to put a
smile on any elitist’s face!

The games we play

Obama knowingly lies (or misleads, you pick) about Romney’s Bain record.  Romney demands an apology.  Obama refuses to apologize.  Both sides run ads defending positions and lambasting the other side for his outrageousness.

Romney’s Republican critics criticize his demand for apology as weak.  Romney’s Democratic critics call him a felon and say he deserves it.

Rove weighs in on whether this is the nastiest campaign ever;  a Democratic comedienne offers sex to a Republican donor if he’ll switch sides; and Trump tweets in on what a loser the president is.

Meanwhile, Batman, dressed in black, is about to fight Bane, who is white.  And Spiderman’s sweet and gentle aunt and uncle–the uncle who is shot by a white criminal with a star on his wrist–are union members who no doubt vote Democrat.

CNN’s Erin Burnett, smoking hot but chapped she’ll never replace the Money Honey, darts to CNN, dropkicks the sentiments of CNBC and cloaks herself in the righteous but low rating politics of her new network as she tries to put a journalistic chokehold on Mitt Romney.  Judging from how she used to practically throw herself at private equity titans I’m sure the fact that Mitt is so 1999 (and married) must be somewhat offputting.  He’s got grandkids for crying out loud!

The twitter universe is abuzz that Obama just said you didn’t build what you’ve been getting up at 5:30 am to build since before the president was getting stoned.  And Luke Skywalker (Luke Skywalker!) has now come out to say that Romney isn’t human.  The trouble for Romney of course is that Luke of all people is somewhat of an expert on the matter.  Then again we’ve known for 30 years that he’s got some daddy issues.  Romney could appeal to the princess but after how she bailed on her Scientologist friend Mr. Travolta I can only imagine how she’d feel about Romney the Mormon.

Limbaugh says Obama hates America and Axelrod demands that Romney apologize for that one.  Meanwhile Jeremiah Wright in fact does hate America but John McCain and the New York Times say that’s absolutely off limits.  I want to know what Louis Farrakhan thinks about that.

And by the way, I still want to know what the president’s grades were in college.  Or better yet, can I read his ConLaw exam he wrote as a 1L at Harvard?  Bet he’s still got it in a box somewhere.

A critical election

As Team Obama’s gloves come off we get more and more glimpses of the man he is and the vision for America that he holds. I am convinced that any American who is not already in the liberal tank can only support this man for president if he or she (a) is simply not paying attention and continues to just assume there’s no real difference between the parties and “he’ll do,” and/or (b) has no understanding of the history of our Republic and of the basic premise–liberty of the individual from the tyranny of the state–upon which it was founded.

For Obama, on the other hand, he’s just got a better idea.

Do I think he can implement a socialist state overnight? No. Do I think that is the political system he prefers? Absolutely. And when half of the country is on the government dole and a substantial enough number of the other half simply abdicates responsibility to vigilantly protect and preserve individual liberty, bad things can happen in a hurry. See Obamacare.

The unmasking of Obama is finally underway, but it is useless if the Americans who still have the power to slow down this train don’t act.

Here’s a great piece from Power Line:

THE OBAMAIAN PERSUASION IN AMERICAN POLITICS

One of the essential elements in President Obama’s transformation of the United States is a transformation in the understanding of the American people in the basic principles of political right. Obama is a proponent of the Progressive faith and its assault on the founding principles of the United States.

The Founders of the United States understood the protection of property rights to be bound up with freedom itself. “In a word,” James Madison explained, “as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights….” The Founders thus incorporated numerous provisions in the Constitution and Bill of Rights to protect the property rights of citizens from the power of the government.

Whatever else might be said about him, President Obama operates on a different philosophy of government from that of the Founders. His credo is reflected in the proposition: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

The Founders thought that at some point the government had enough power. Obama, however, is a devout believer in unlimited government. The common denominator among so-called health care reform and financial regulatory reform as well and other elements of Obama’s program is the augmented power they confer on the government in general and the executive branch in particular.

On Friday night at a campaign stop in Roanoke President Obama stated his teaching in a form that echoes Elizabeth Warren. Video of Obama’s speech is accessible here; video of the Elizabeth Warren original is accessible here. It is useful to have it directly from Obama, and here it is:

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

Obama continued:

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

Certain deductions or inferences follow from Obama’s teaching. There is no just limit on the power of the government to take your property. Your property isn’t yours. What the government does not take from you by taxes or regulation remains yours conditionally, on the sufferance of the state.

Obama’s teaching presents us with a crisis in understanding. Responding to a similar crisis in understanding, the greatest Republican responded: “Now I ask you in all soberness, if all these things, if indulged in, if ratified, if confirmed and endorsed, if taught to our children, and repeated to them, do not tend to rub out the sentiment of liberty in the country, and to transform this Government into a government of some other form.” The answer is yes, and it applies every bit as much to Obama’s teaching as it did to Stephen Douglas’s.

Here’s the link.

Liar liar

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Some good points about the risk of Condi as VP

From National Review.

A history lesson on fiscal deleveraging

From Nathan Sheets at Citi, courtesy of Zero Hedge:

In the years after World War II, the United States achieved a dramatic reduction in the level of the federal government’s debt. The costs of financing the military had pushed the debt up sharply, from around 40 percent of GDP before the War to a peak of nearly 110 percent of GDP as the War ended. But a combination of strong economic growth and remarkably disciplined fiscal policies, as well as elements of socalled financial repression, brought the debt below 50 percent of GDP by the late 1950s. This remarkable episode provides some important perspectives for us today as the debt is again on a high and rising trajectory.

The sharp decline in the public debt after World War II was driven by several factors. The first was a highly disciplined fiscal policy. During this period, a strong social and political consensus prevailed in favor of budgetary restraint and debt reduction. The government’s budget registered sizable surpluses in the late 1940s as military efforts were wound down, and then cycled near balance through the following decade. Notably, government outlays moved up some during the years of the Korean War, but this increase was matched by revenue measures, which allowed the military spending to be financed without additional debt issuance. Read more…