January 20, 2010

It was a truly magical night

There are times in life that when they happen you know you're going to look back on them and say, "Yeah, that was really cool!"

For conservatives and Republicans in Massachusetts, and in particular this one, last night was one of those nights.


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August 26, 2009

Why I won't mourn

So Massachusetts Senator Edward M Kennedy passed-away last night at the age of 77, losing his long battle with brain cancer, and I gather that the polite thing to feel is grief and the polite thing to do is to mourn.

But I don't, and I won't.

Look, I'm not happy he's dead - so don't get that idea.  I'm sorry for his family's loss, and I hope they will find Peace with it.  I'm sorry when anyone dies; but as a Catholic (like, ahem, the late Senator) I know that death is an inevitable part of life and that it is a Beginning, rather than an End.

But the guy hasn't even been dead 24-hours yet and the cries of "SAINT TEDDY!!!!" are already starting to make me sick.
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August 18, 2009

Here's an entry for "Easiest Job EVAH!"

How about, writing the ad campaigns for the 2010 Republican challenger to US Representative Eric Massa (Commie-NY).

I will vote adamantly against the interests of my district if I actually think what I am doing is going to be helpful.


And it's on video, too!  Sheesh, where do I apply?

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August 14, 2009

Consumer spending is 70-percent of the economy.

And the consumer evidently thinks the economy sucks.

Ticker-Guy sums it up with one appropriate word: Awful.

So how's that "Green Shoots" based recovery working out for 'ya?

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August 13, 2009

More Economy FAIL!

Hey, remember last week?  All those reports about those rosy figures on unemployment and the economy?  And every O-bot, Democrat and member of the MSM (but I repeat myself, of course) screaming to the high heaven how "The Recession is Over" and the Teleprompter Messiah has saved us?

And all the folks at CNBC buying into the "Green Shoots" jive with even more vigor.

Yeah, good times, those.  Good... Times...

The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week and retail sales disappointed in July. The latest government reports reinforced concerns about how quickly consumers will be able to contribute to a broad economic recovery.


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August 10, 2009

Dilemma of the day

Do I believe my own lying eyes and ears?  Or do I believe Boston Globe-Democrat lib-tard columnist Joan Vennochi?

Team Obama can spend August complaining about right-wing distortion of their healthcare agenda. Or, they can figure out how to tell their truth: Revamping healthcare is not an evil socialist plot to take away American rights. It’s a patriotic movement to guarantee them.

Socialism - it's the new Patriotism.

Oh, and their truth?  That's precious, Joan.  Simply precious.

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August 07, 2009

Don't worry, I've already reported myself to ratfink@whorehouse.gov

You know, I consider myself to be just about the farthest thing from a radical that exists.  My former, spectacularly undistinguished career wearing Our Nation's Uniform notwithstanding, I'm really a rather inherently non-violent person; an Opus Dei Catholic and all that, who has been known to almost wreck his car to avoid hitting a chipmunk in the road, and such.

And I'm pretty darn sure everyone who knows me personally would agree.

Yet after reading stuff like this, in the context of this and this, I find myself with visions of sharpening pitchforks, cleaning shotguns and mixing Molotov cocktails constantly dancing through my head lately.  And I'm finding that my long-stored Army field manuals are becoming a pretty good read - for the first time, in many cases.

And if that's the case, I can only wonder what's going through the minds of my fellow morons who may be a bit less - ahem - subtle in their preferred approach to solving political problems.

Methinks none of this will end well.  At all.

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August 06, 2009

So, how does Mr. Post-Partisan handle a little political opposition?

Why, by sending-in those famously restrained practitioners of reasoned debate - the Unions.

Ah, the spontaneity of it all.  Chicago deep-dish style, of course.

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Irony so delicious you can taste it.

The word you're looking for is, projection.

So just to sum up, Obama enlists the aid of a small group of liberal bloggers in the health care fight, and then those same bloggers write posts echoing White House and DNC talking points -- and in the very process of doing that, accuse their political opponents of astroturfing!


It would be hilarious if we weren't talking about the Cubanization of our health care system.

H/T

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August 05, 2009

The file labeled "I guess dissent is no longer patriotic" is getting kinda full

Brilliant strategy, this.

I guess the days of “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” are officially over now that The Won as won.

Hypocrisy - thy name is Democrat.

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August 03, 2009

But I'm sure they'll make it up in volume.

Sure they will.

The recession is starving the government of tax revenue, just as the president and Congress are piling a major expansion of health care and other programs on the nation's plate and struggling to find money to pay the tab.

The numbers could hardly be more stark: Tax receipts are on pace to drop 18 percent this year, the biggest single-year decline since the Great Depression, while the federal deficit balloons to a record $1.8 trillion.

Anyone think the deficit will be only $1.8T?  And do you really think the ChiComs will continue our credit-binge if the deficit breaks, say, the $2T mark?

Because I sure as shit don't.

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July 31, 2009

The Recession Is Over. Right?

Well, not so much.

GDP came out this morning and there's only one word for it: Ugly.
Real gross domestic product -- the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States -- decreased at an annual rate of 1.0 percent in the second quarter of 2009, (that is, from the first quarter to the second), according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 6.4 percent.


And while 1% drop doesn't sound all that bad, the problem is that virtually all of this change came from government spending.  Further, while the feds can continue to just print money and issue debt (as long as the Chinese let us, that is), the states have pretty much crapped-out - meaning there's one less spigot (or 50, actually) to be tapped going forward.

Read Denninger's column for the details - consumer spending in Q2 was down (up in Q1) as were both durable and non-durable goods (both were up in Q1).

Gold and sliver are spiking, the dollar is getting hammered, and yet equities appear to be taking the continued deterioration in the economy in stride.

So, are you willing to bet that the equities markets are right?  Or do you trust your own lying eyes?

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July 30, 2009

Popcorn time

Yum - I just love the smell of blue-on-blue violence in the morning.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent half of Wednesday finalizing a deal with the Blue Dogs — and the other half quelling a brewing rebellion among progressives who think conservatives have hijacked health care reform.

And I wish you JOY! in your attempts at cat-herding, Speaker McBotox.
Two months ago, most of the 80-plus members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus signed a pledge that they would oppose any health care bill that didn’t contain a bona fide public option that would compete with private insurers.

In other words, a substantial plurality of the party that runs Washington these days won't sign-on to any "reform" that doesn't contain the private-health-insurance-killing "public" option.

But this isn't about the government taking-over healthcare, right Obambi?

Riiiiiiiight.

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July 27, 2009

Best... Rant... EVAH!

Moron Pundit is a more-or-less regular poster at doubleplusundead, but was also blogging solo for some time.

This, the last post at MP, is a gem.

A great read.  A great vent.

Bravo.

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July 23, 2009

This is so totally awesome I'm swiping it wholesale

I'd like to clarify something that some people seemed to be confused about.

Health care is not a right. (Neither is education, or food, or housing, or a job.)

How can I be so sure?

Anything that requires the labor of someone else cannot be a universal human right.

It's just so blessedly simple, really.  Please do read the whole thing.

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Way to go, Mr. Post-Racial

So the President of the United States, in his latest televised prime-time intrusion into our lives, was offered the perfect opportunity to show to us what life in a post-racial America would be like.  He was, as we all know by know, offered the opportunity to comment on the case of "Skip" Gates, as he's known by His Teleprompterness.

Now, he could have said something along the lines of "You know, it's unfortunate, but let's wait for all the facts to come out and be calm and keep Hope alive blah blah blah" and, you know, actually shown that he is capable of being the racial-healer and Light-Worker he was sold to us as.

Instead, he took the opportunity to demonstrate his ignorance of the facts of the case and to publicly bitch-slap the Police Department of the City of Cambridge, MA.

Obviously this is evidence of that first-class temperament the idiot-cons were claiming we were going to see on display daily were we smart enough to listen to them and elect this inexperienced Chicago machine-pol to the highest elected office in the Land.

Brilliant, indeed.
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July 22, 2009

The question that is begged

I posed this first in response to Loren's great TMR piece on Euthanasia as a means of Healthcare Cost Reduction - but I believe the question is begged to the point that I ought repeat herein...

Let's propose a hypothetical, assuming that the House and Senate are unsuccessful in their attempts to exempt themselves from this craptacular screw-job...

Under ObamaCare, what do you think are the odds that Teddy Kennedy would actually, legally and above board qualify for the advanced cancer treatments he's getting today?

I'd lay those odds at "slim to none, and slim just left town".

More likely, the representative from ObamaCare, LLC would simply tell him to take a pill.

Pretty much all you need to know about how this pretty much makes everyone miserable except the liberals who demand that everyone be equally miserable.

Ah, it would appear that someone beat me to the begging!

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Bobby Jindal is a really smart guy.

And he shows-off some of that brilliance here.  If I could reprint the whole thing here legally I would.

I quibble with nits in Gov. Jindal's approach, but his is so far superior to that currently, and blessedly, stalled in Congress it would be painfully unfair to compare them.

Memo to the GOP - take this and run with it, as fast as you can, to anyone who will listen.

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July 21, 2009

The lessons of history.

They have a way of - how is it put? - repeating themselves.

Nearing the end of my read of "The Forgotten Man" I can only marvel at the sense of Deja Vu I have these days.

Oh, and President HooBama?  I am so stealing that!

OT: Reading Denninger is, by far, the best economics course you're ever going to get, anywhere, anytime.  And it's free.

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And speaking of Her Smugness...

I have to admit that I very much enjoyed watching her get bitch-slapped here.

You're Peggy Noonan and you're jealous. But it's not the normal kind of jealous, the kind reserved for girlfriends who can squeeze into size 2 jeans. No, it's the kind of jealous that hurts, that grabs your gut and twists, that has you howling with rage into your pillow in the middle of the night, screaming "It's not fair" like a two-year-old denied another piece of cake. It is Sarah Palin jealous...and it is consuming you.

Oh, and it gets better.  So, deliciously better.  Do read the whole thing.

H/T: Top Headlines at AoSHQ.

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