Archive for March, 2009

Another look at the rookie. I think we’re paying way too much for this guy, both now and on his future performance, but who am I to judge, eh?

A Rookie President

by Thomas Sowell

Someone once said that, for every rookie you have on your starting team in the National Football League, you will lose a game. Somewhere, at some time during the season, a rookie will make a mistake that will cost you a game.

We now have a rookie President of the United States and, in the dangerous world we live in, with terrorist nations going nuclear, just one rookie mistake can bring disaster down on this generation and generations yet to come.

Barack Obama is a rookie in a sense that few other Presidents in American history have ever been. It is not just that he has never been President before. He has never had any position of major executive responsibility in any kind of organization where he was personally responsible for the outcome.

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No not NASCAR. You know; color of skin = whatever, etc. I’ll continue to treat you by your actions and what you have to say. Skin color means absolutely nothing to me, unless you make it an issue, then I get pissed.

More on that conversation about race from Larrey Anderson:

Immune from Race-baiting?

By Larrey Anderson

A funny thing happened to me a few weeks ago. I discovered that I seem to have at least a limited degree of immunity from the routine charges of racism regularly aimed at conservatives.  It was readers who informed me of this miraculous healing.

Several readers asked me to comment further after the appearance of my article “Racism, Eric Holder, my Son and Me” in the February 23, 2009 edition of American Thinker.

One of these readers is a friend and a well-known screen writer. I asked him why in the world he thought I should write more on the issue and what he thought I had left out of the first piece.  Here was his response:

Keep punching — you can tear down the schlockmeisters; you’re immune from the “Scarlet Letter” — R for racist — if you play it right; meaning, don’t let anger get the better of you; obviously, you are a good and loving person, and to be tarred, even obliquely, must be infuriating.

You ARE “allowed” to speak — you’ve put your blood and soul into this, and how dare any racial prohibitionists say otherwise?

My initial thought when I read his admonition to keep writing on this subject was, “Why am I allowed to speak on race?” I am, after all, just another middle-aged conservative white male who hails from a rural state. Pretty much the textbook definition of a racist by the liberal left in America.

Yet that initial piece received mostly positive responses — even by those on the left who posted in our comments section — and the piece was widely distributed on the Internet.

Were my opinions tolerated simply because I was fortunate and blessed enough to have adopted and raised a black baby? What if my son had been Korean? Or Hispanic? Would the arguments in the article have been treated with the same deference?

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Is it me? Is it we? Has anyone else noticed that Obama never says “I did this, or I did that,” but almost always uses “we” when talking about policy?

There seems to be a lack of responsibility in Teh One. Either he refuses to accept responsibility, or is afraid of it. I haven’t figured that one out yet.

An old Army leadership principle; “Seek responsibility, and take responsibility for your own actions.” I think he could stand to brush up on the leadership manuals a tad.

Example:

From Politico:

“No, I think it’s the right thing to do; where we’ve got to make some difficult choices. Here’s what we did with respect to tax policy. What we said was that over the last decade the average worker the average family have seen their wages and incomes flat; even at times where, supposedly, we were in times of an economic boom.”

The last “we” doesn’t count.

Also from Politico:

“As a practical matter [working families'] incomes didn’t go up. And so what we said let’s give them a tax cut, let’s give them some relief; some help; 95% of American families. Now, for the top 5%, they’re the ones who typically saw huge gains in their income. I fall in that category.”

Here’s some more:

“And what we’ve said is, for those folks (top wage earners) let’s not renew the Bush tax cuts. So let’s go back to the rates that existed back in the Clinton era, where wealthy people were still wealthy, were doing just fine.”

At any rate, here’s the article that piqued my interest and caused me to notice this.

Obama’s Most Telling Answer

By Joseph Ashby

Liberal columnist E.J. Dionne got it right when he recognized that the charitable deduction question was the most significant moment of the recent presidential press conference. (Now no one can say I never agree with a liberal.)

Like so many of President Obama’s off-prompter remarks, his answer on charitable deductions exposes him for what he is: an ideologically driven man whose philosophy is based on falsehoods and whose public persona is merely a marketing scheme to acquire the power he really wants.

In the press conference, The Politico’s Mike Allen asked: “Are you reconsidering your plan to cut the interest rate deduction for mortgages and for charities and do you regret having proposed that in the first place?”

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Ammo Shortages…

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 in Ammo, Guns, Truth
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Someone in the comments ask me for proof on the ammunition situation. I responded with, “I’ve seen it with my own eyes.” Now, here’s some proof on the statistical side.

In case you were wondering, the local Wally World doesn’t have squat for ammo.  They had some .270 rifle ammo and some .17 rimfire. Plenty of shotgun ammo, bird shot mostly, but nothing else.

The ammo boom is no dud

As gun shoppers are discovering, it’s becoming easier to buy a gun than ammunition

As a growing number of gun shoppers are discovering these days, it’s becoming easier to buy a gun than it is to purchase the ammunition for it. Shortages of popular handgun calibers in particular have dealers and customers fuming, and ammo makers have shifted their production lines into overdrive to keep up with the demand. How long will the “bullet bubble” last? That depends in large part on politics in Washington and in statehouses across the land, and the messages that various legislative efforts convey.

courtesy http://www.google.com/trends

A spike in searches for the term ‘ammo’ reflects an increased public interest since late 2008.

Concerns over what the election of Barack Obama portends for gun owners is the main cause for the inflated demand for ammunition. In fact, since last November’s election ammunition has been flying off store shelves faster than you can say “microstamping,” with sales increases topping 100 percent in many areas. Gun sales ramped up by 42 percent last November, but have cooled off slightly since. From Election Day to now, the monthly sales average for firearms has been about 29 percent higher than normal. February sales tailed off a bit, to slightly more than 23 percent over average, according to sales figures compiled by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Ted Novin, the NSSF’s director of public affairs, says that the next report on ammunition sales won’t be in until May, but there’s enough anecdotal evidence to suggest more boom times for the gun crowd – literally and figuratively.

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Just gotta love it when a Conservative writer actually gets to voice his opinion in the LAT. Wow! What a beat down.

Take the Limbaugh Challenge

Liberals who hate Rush Limbaugh — why don’t you actually listen to his show before bashing him?

By Andrew Klavan

March 29, 2009

If you are reading this newspaper, the likelihood is that you agree with the Obama administration’s recent attacks on conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh. That’s the likelihood; here’s the certainty: You’ve never listened to Rush Limbaugh.

Oh no, you haven’t. Whenever I interrupt a liberal’s anti-Limbaugh rant to point out that the ranter has never actually listened to the man, he always says the same thing: “I’ve heard him!”

On further questioning, it always turns out that by “heard him,” he means he’s heard the selected excerpts spoon-fed him by the distortion-mongers of the mainstream media. These excerpts are specifically designed to accomplish one thing: to make sure you never actually listen to Limbaugh’s show, never actually give him a fair chance to speak his piece to you directly.

By lifting some typically Rushian piece of outrageous hilarity completely out of context, the distortion gang knows full well it can get you to widen your eyes and open your mouth in the universal sign of Liberal Outrage. Your scrawny chest swelling with a warm sense of completely unearned righteousness, you will turn to your second spouse and say, “I’m not a liberal, I’m a moderate, and I’m tolerant of a wide range of differing views — but this goes too far!”

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Are You a Sheeple?

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 in Politics
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Very good essay over at Gonzo’s:

Are You a Sheeple?

I’ve spent nearly fifty years on God’s Earth, and in this time I have been a Painter, Writer, Teacher, Engineer, Student, Business Owner, and Gentleman Farmer, not to mention husband (badly) and Father (My kids love me, and are self sufficient, so let them judge.)  I’ve earned degrees, enough to know that once you know how to jump through University hoops, they aren’t impressive.  In that time I have met in my life men and women from all walks of life, from the dregs of humanity to truly noble individuals.

I have developed a preference for associating with what I call “Salt of the Earth” types.  These are people who are stubbornly independent and self-sufficient, who work hard and play hard, and who possess a degree of common sense which is rather uncommon. I have found that most the time such people tend to live apart from most others, and have an attitude for most of “Leave me be.  Do what you want, but don’t drag me into it.”  They may join you on their own, but if you try to include them in on what you are doing without a proper “By Your Leave” they will cross their arms, dig in their heels and refuse.  They are principled people; ones who don’t have an elaborate code of conduct but base their dealings on immutable principles and truths that they have seen bear out as ways to live and deal with others.

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Global warming BS exposed, yet again…

I left my lights, computer, TV and washer and dryer on to show my support of technology and the wonders of the modern world.

Liberal Authoritarianism and Earth Hour

By Rick Moran

Got up this morning and shoveled 4 inches of Global Warming off my driveway.

I updated the old weather joke because it actually did snow 4 inches last night — a “Midwest Express” that roared through the plains bringing a springtime blast of winter’s dying breath. We are likely to have a couple more of these little surprises before we can officially celebrate the advent of the warming season. It better get here quick. Opening Day is a week from Tuesday.

I also altered the cliché above in honor of “Earth Hour” – one of those earnest, silly liberal attempts at “raising the consciousness” of people about one cause or another. Who can forget such planet altering events as “Hands Across America” or “Live Aid” concerts, or the “Let’s Give More Money to Africa so the Kleptocrats can fatten their Swiss Bank Accounts” concert? The total impact on public policy and probably on people’s “consciousness” was about the same as watching an episode of “Dancing with the Stars” — without the advantage of seeing scantily clad women twirling and dipping like Whirling Dervishes.

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The colorful language may be harsh, but I think it’s fitting nonetheless.

The assholes in Oakland that support this murdering pedophile deserve far harsher treatment. In fact, I think all of Oakland sucks donkey dick. You are all tainted because not one of you fuck nozzles countered these morons.

Why the rest of Oakland put up with these racist, murderer/pedophile loving scum, is beyond comprehension.

Oakland; you suck.

Supporters of Cop Killer in Oakland?

March 29th, 2009 . by Robert

Well, I have just about had enough of the dumb shit! These idiots in Oakland have sealed their win for the dumbasses of the century!

Now I can appreciate an opposing view on most things, however; when a bunch of dumb fucking uneducated worthless grown up crack babies support a RAPIST/COP KILLER and call him a hero, that pretty much tells you WHY we have Obama in the WH!

I don’t use this word, very often, but these dumb fucking niggers just set race relations back 50 years. Those AFRICAN-AMERICANS that DO NOT support the Murdering rapist piece of shit should be very outspoken very quick! This is unacceptable IMO. How does the AFRICAN-AMERICAN community allow this to go unchallenged? I’ll tell you why, the same reason Muslim fucks don’t come out in public against terrorism. The are hoping to benefit from it in some way. Yes I am very pissed, and yes I use colorful language to portray that anger but I’ll tell you something, IF I was anywhere near that “Support March” I would be in jail or dead, I would not hold my tongue or my lead!

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Related:

Imagine 200 officers murdered in New York

By Bob Weir

Just over a week ago, Oakland Police Sergeants Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai, and Patrolman John Hege started their day on the job with an expectation that they would be returning home to their families at the end of the tour. These were not rookies; they were aware of the high-crime areas to be patrolled and the violent inhabitants within. Yet, the nature of the job, which is mostly routine, will cause even the most experienced guardian of public safety to approach dangerous situations with a sense of confidence and invulnerability.

When Sgt. Dunakin, 40, and Officer Hege, 41, both on motorcycles, pulled over a 1995 Buick on a routine traffic stop, they had no idea it was to be a fatal encounter. The driver, whose name is not worthy of mention, was wanted for parole violation, a charge which evidently made him desperate enough to go on a killing spree to avoid capture. The officers never had a chance, not even the protection of a full-sized vehicle. When the gunman pulled his car over, he must have viewed the cops as sitting ducks. A sense of rage wells up in me when I think that they were shot dead before they could reach for a weapon or duck for cover when they saw the sudden flash of the gun.

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Conservatism…

Posted: 30 Mar 2009 in Conservatism, Truth
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A look at Conservatism from a Latina’s perspective.

Nice take from Alicia, too bad there aren’t more Hispanics out there that see the light:

Why I am a Latina Conservative

Posted on March 30th, 2009, by Alicia Colon

This is an op-ed I wrote for El Diario, the oldest and largest Spanish language paper in the city. Here is the English translation:

Why I am a Latina Conservative.

An AP journalist once asked me why I was a conservative since I had grown up poor in the barrio. I answered him I had no choice. I wanted to get out.

As a teen, I would spend my summers sitting outside the fire escape daydreaming to escape the vermin infested apartment I shared with my five siblings. But it was the height of the Cold War and my cynicism intruded these thoughts. I told myself not to be surprised if after I had finally succeeded in my life, the communists would win and take everything away from me.

Back then I was very fortunate to have gone to parochial elementary and high school when they were staffed by nuns and were tuition free. The nuns did not care about the color of my skin, my poverty or my dysfunctional home environment. They did not lower their educational standards to salve my self esteem. They expected me to do well. They also taught me how to look deeply into issues and it is for this reason that I am a conservative.

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What shall he do? We seem to be sending mixed signals though. Sec Def says we aren’t capable of shooting down the missile, while the Navy says we are. Which one is it? Since we did shoot down a wayward satellite from orbit, I tend to think we CAN shoot down a missile launched by the idiot over there in North Korea. And don’t think for a second that the two journalists that were kidnapped by the NKPA border guards aren’t an insurance policy for just such an eventuality. Me thinks that Kim Jong Ill is playing Obama for the douche-nozzle he is.

Gates: U.S. Not Prepared to Respond to North Korea Missile Launch

The defense secretary told “FOX News Sunday” that the United States can do nothing to stop North Korea from thumbing its nose at the international community by test-firing a long-range missile.

The United States can do nothing to stop North Korea from breaking international law in the next 10 days by firing a missile that is unlikely to be shot down by the U.S. or its allies, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday.

Appearing on “FOX News Sunday,” Gates said North Korea “probably will” fire the missile, prompting host Chris Wallace to ask: “And there’s nothing we can do about it?”

“No,” Gates answered, adding, “I would say we’re not prepared to do anything about it.”

Last week, Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, said the U.S. is “fully prepared” to shoot down the missile. But Gates said such a response is unlikely.

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North Korean rocket could reach Hawaii: US admiral

America’s top military officer said on Friday that a rocket North Korea plans to launch next month has a range that could possibly reach Hawaii.

Asked if the North Korean rocket could reach the US states of Hawaii or Alaska, Admiral Mike Mullen told CNN: “In some cases, yes, they could probably get down to Hawaii.”

International concern has been mounting about North Korea’s announcement it would launch a communications satellite between April 4 and 8.

The United States, Japan and other allies believe Pyongyang is using the launch to test a ballistic missile that could, in theory, cross the Pacific to reach North America.

The launch, combined with North Korea’s atomic weapons, were cause for serious concern, the admiral said.

Mullen added the regime’s missiles did not yet have a range that could strike the western coast of the US mainland.

Arms experts say North Korea has yet to demonstrate it has the ability to construct and fit a nuclear warhead onto a missile.

The launch, even if it is for a satellite as announced by North Korea, would help the regime in developing a long-range missile threat, said Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“What concerns me is the guidance, the engineering, the engines, those are all identical to the kinds of capabilities you’d put on a ballistic missile,” he said.

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Japan Prepares for North Korea Missile Launch

For First Time, Tokyo Says It Will Deploy Missile Interceptors Against Rocket or Debris From Pyongyang’s Planned Launch

TOKYO — Japan’s move Friday to deploy missile interceptors is the boldest challenge North Korea faces so far to its plan to launch a rocket in the next few days.

Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said he ordered the deployment of missile interceptors to Japan’s northern coast to prepare to shoot down the rocket and any debris that could fall on Japanese territory. It was the first such order Japan had issued, a ministry spokesman said.

North Korea said it will launch a rocket carrying a satellite between April 4 and April 8, and warned that fragments could fall into the Sea of Japan between the two countries as well as southeast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean.

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