Archive for October, 2009

Updated Blog Roll

Posted: 31 Oct 2009 in Politics

I updated my blog roll on the left there.
Should be more clear to you.

And in case all the rest that I posted today wasn’t enough, here’s a little light reading for your weekend.

Weekend Reading:

Charles Krauthammer considers President Obama’s blame game in Afghanistan.

Larry Kudlow demands we fight back against tax hiking Democrats.
Megan McArdle wonders if GDP growth means we’re okay.

Thomas Sowell wants our President to earn our respect.

Victor Davis Hanson sees President Obama’s pattern of “voting present” continue with immigration reform.

Keith Hennessey updates his projections on a health care bill passing this year.

Peggy Noonan doesn’t think our leaders notice how real Americans are feeling.

Representative Paul Ryan delivers a powerful statement on health care reform.

Charles Krauthammer calls President Obama “average.”

*** Morris details Senator Harry Reid’s bait and switch tactics to advance the public option.

The Editors of the National Review continue to oppose cap and trade — this time in the form of the Senate’s bill.

The Employee Free Choice Act Rap explains how the policy is misnamed.
Dan Senor and Saul Singer answer how Israel’s military has helped its economy.

Jonah Goldberg covers the latest in climate control alarmism.
Great Moments in Conservatism: Ronald Reagan’s A Time for Choosing.

You really didn’t think that I’d let this one go, did you?

Obama just used this as a photo-op. It had absolutely nothing to do with sympathy for the lost soldiers to these families. He disgusts me and so do the idiots on the left that think this is some sort of compassion. It’s a political stunt played out on the backs of our dead soldiers and is as pathetic as it can get.

Propping Up The Dead
By Confederate Yankee

In a more barbaric portion of our nation’s past, it was not uncommon to prop up the bodies of the newsworthy dead to take pictures with them. It is a vile act still practiced by some crude thugs in one particularly callous and self-serving sect. You know them as the Democrats.

Whether tripping over each other to use caskets as a lectern at the funerals of a Wellstone or a Kennedy, there is never a moment too solemn for liberals to soil if the slightest political opportunity presents itself.

FireDogLake Buttheads clueless about Bush and our war dead
By Blackfive

UPDATE: A Gold Star mom shares her thoughts on this.

I never cease to be amazed by the sorry haters on the left and their inability to understand the military, respect, dignity and the difference between a gesture and a heartfelt gesture. They are busy hating on George W because he failed to go to Dover and get photo-opped like our current Commander in Chief. Now first of all I will give Obama credit for gong to Dover, but as soon as it became a photo op it was cheapened as Matt noted. Anyone smell the stench of Axelrod and Emanuel? Well the brain-addled, land apes at FireDogLake are calling out the former CinC for not being so blatant. Admire their bile.

He’s indecisive and it shows. The troops are those that get affected the most by this. Grab your sac Mr. President. Choosing not to decide is still a choice.

On the difficulties of command…
By The Armorer

One reason I don’t like pure legislators as President is that they’ve never really *run* anything – certainly not in the sense where they were directly accountable for results.  Legislators get to hide behind the collective (and thus diluted) responsibility the legislative herd provides – a useful cover.

It doesn’t mean they won’t be able to become good executives – but oft times…

Every President, no matter what their experience, goes through an OJT process.  How long and how well it takes is the test of both their metal and their mettle.


On the health care issue. A few different folks to take a look at.

Here’s the House’s boondoggle for your perusal. Yep. 1990 pages of bullshit that nobody in their right mind would want.

Democrats’ Healthcare Scheme Is Pure Insanity
By Kyle-Anne Shiver

Whole industries and banks are biting the dust; unemployment lingers close to double-digits; government deficits rise like a mountain of nuclear waste; the communist Chinese are buying up our debt in anticipation of God knows what kind of future demands; and more soldiers die needlessly while the President dithers with his golf game. Purely mad social engineers — Obama, Pelosi, & Reid — are on a determined march toward nationalizing one sixth of the entire American economy. Their scheme will have far-reaching effects on one hundred percent of the men, women and children in this country. The whole idea is patently ridiculous, especially in light of the host of other impending disasters.

Rethinking Health Care and History
By Ben T. Briscoe

The congressional vote to “fix” health care is almost upon us. Right now, five bills — two in the Senate and three in the House — have passed their respective committees. Congress will most likely vote on some version of these bills next month. Should the legislation pass — after more massaging and another vote by both House and Senate — it will be forwarded to the President to sign into law.

Putting Private Insurance Out of Business
Michael D. Tanner

Over at Think Progress, Matt Yglesias takes me to task for saying that the so-called public option in the House’s health care bill “would all but eliminate private insurance and force millions of Americans into a government-run system.”

Yglesias apparently still buys into the myth that the public option is, well, an option.


Unprecedented Catholic Bishops Opposition to National Healthcare Bill
By Kyle-Anne Shiver

Writing as a Catholic, who fully understands that the right to life of every conceived child is the very underpinning of all other rights, I am heartened by the announcement today by the US Council of Catholic Bishops.  This weekend, the Bishops have called for every single mass in every single American parish to be alerted to their stalwart opposition to Nancy Pelosi’s healthcare reform bill.

The Model for ObamaCare
John Steele Gordon

Have you ever gotten a call or an e-mail from a credit-card company asking if a recent charge on your account was legitimate? Credit-card companies are on the hook for fraudulent charges for amounts over $50, even if the customer doesn’t report the fraud. So it is in their powerful self-interest to spot phony charges quickly. That’s why they have programmed computers to alert the company to charges that are out of pattern. Say your American Express bill usually runs between $400 and $600 a month, with the usual bump at Christmas time. Suddenly there is a spate of charges for expensive clothes, electronic equipment, airplane trips, etc. You can bet you’ll be getting a jingle from Amex to make sure things are on the up and up.

House ObamaCare bill: Here comes the taxes!
By Ed Morrissey

Americans for Tax Reform has culled the 1990-page Pelosi health-care overhaul bill to find the taxes that will supposedly collect over $540 billion in revenue over 10 years.  It’s quite an impressive list of new burdens on Americans and their health-care providers and producers — but that’s redundant.  After all, who do you think will end up paying for the medical-device taxes?

“So Let It Be Written… So Let It Be Done”

David Harsanyi thinks Americans need a good stiff drink as we survey the sheer size of Nancy Pelosi’s Pharonic pyramid of paper.
The King James version of the Bible runs more than 600 pages and is crammed with celestial regulations. Newton’s Principia Mathematica distilled many of the rules of physics in a mere 974 pages.

Neither have anything on Nancy Pelosi’s new fiendishly entertaining health-care opus, which tops 1,900 pages.

So curl up by a fire with a fifth of whiskey and just dive in.

Transparency? New politics to Washington? My ass.

The Obama White House: Bundlers’ Paradise
By Michelle Malkin

Like Capt. Renault in “Casablanca,” I am shocked, shocked to discover that access peddling is going on in the Obama White House. Perks for deep-pocketed donors? Presidential meetings for sale? The stale Chicago odor of pay-for-play wafting from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Knock me over with a feather.

Despite the president’s claimed distaste for the campaign finance practice known as “bundling” (rounding up aggregate contributions from friends, business associates and employees), the House of Obama has been a campaign finance bundlers’ paradise from Day One. A new report by Matthew Mosk of The Washington Times just confirms the gob-smackingly obvious: It’s business as usual in the era of Hope and Change. O’s wealthiest Democratic donors have received lavish receptions, golf outings, bowling dates and movie nights with Obama.


Lies, more lies, and damned lies.

House Dems Unveil New Health Care Bill
By Michael F. Cannon

House Democrats on Thursday unveiled a new health care reform bill that is a combination of versions passed by three House committees. The bill includes a more “moderate” version of the so-called public option — health care providers would be allowed to negotiate reimbursement rates with the federal government. Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner comments, “Regardless of how much lipstick they put on this pig, it still is a government takeover of the health care system that would all but eliminate private insurance and force millions of Americans into a government-run system. “


There is a referendum. It’s just not the one the Democrats thought it would be.

The American people want less government, lower taxes, liberty, secure borders, a balanced budget, and for the government to stay within the Constitution. In other words, the majority of Americans are conservative.

The liberal buffoons in congress are about to find out just how conservative America is. 2010 is right around the corner. This one term president will be out on his ass in 2012.

Crafting a Conservative, Constitutional Majority: Lessons from BHO
By Blue Collar Muse

Two headlines jumped out at me this morning as I browsed my usual stops on the information superhighway.  The first was the results of the most recent Gallup Poll indicating that more Americans identify themselves as Conservative than identify themselves as Liberal. The second was the results of a WSJ/NBC poll showing, for the first time, a majority of Americans say “the U.S. is headed down the wrong track.”

Even in light of the inherent weaknesses in polling and the legitimate arguments available that a poll is merely a snapshot of the country at the time of the poll and things can and do change, these results seem to say a few things to me and hopefully to the GOP.  These poll results are not merely a picture of what the country is thinking about today.  They are a picture of what the country thinks about what the Obama administration and the Democratic majority has actually done and how that relates to what they believe about the country and themselves.  In short,  it is a mini-referendum on the last 9 months of “Yes, we can!”


…as stupid does.

The idiots in the WH speak and it shows. Their stupidity that is…

Rahm Emanuel: ignorance or malice
By CDR Salamander

You need to remember that this man is the Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief.

OCT 18th on the Sunday shows, he demonstrated one of two things: ignorance on a colosal scale that should call for his resignation – or a deliberate malice towards the American and allied military and civilians who have been working hard on the Afghanistan conflict for most all this decade —- and his willingness to use anything to avoid taking responsibility for national security. If that, then he should receive nothing but our contempt. Personally – I will go for ignorance – as maliciousness on that level is something I just don’t want to believe is there. So, here is President Obama’s Chief of Staff;

The president is asking the questions that have never been asked on the civilian side, the political side, the military side, and the strategic side. What is the impact on the region? What can the Afghan government do or not do? Where are we on the police training? Who would be better doing the police training? Could that be something the Europeans do? Should we take the military side? Those are the questions that have not been asked. And before you commit troops  .  .  .  before you make that decision, there’s a set of questions that have to have answers that have never been asked. And it’s clear after eight years of war, that’s basically starting from the beginning, and those questions never got asked.


Here’s a must read on the subject of global warming.

Global Warming and Climate Change

Congress should

● pass no legislation restricting emissions of carbon dioxide,

● repeal current ethanol mandates, and

● inform the public about how little climate change would be prevented by proposed legislation.

Leading politicians and media figures are insisting that Congress make global warming a very high priority. Global warming is indeed real, and human activity has been a contributor since 1975.

But global warming is also a very complicated and difficult issue that can provoke very unwise policy in response to political pressure. In 2005, for instance, Congress clearly made a very bad decision about climate change when it mandated accelerated production of ethanol. Critics had argued then that corn-based ethanol would actually result in increased carbon dioxide emissions. An increasing body of science has since verified this position. Further, corn-based ethanol is responsible in part for the skyrocketing price of corn, soybeans, rice, and wheat since the mandates began.

Although there are many different legislative proposals for substantial reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, there is no operational or tested suite of technologies that can accomplish the goals of such legislation. Fortunately, and contrary to much of the rhetoric surrounding climate change, there is ample time to develop such technologies, which will require substantial capital investment by individuals.

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