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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