Archive for March, 2009

Jimmy Carter supports American Slavery

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

What a friggin disgrace!  Jimmy Carter comments come in a new book, “In Lincoln’s Hand: His Original Manuscripts With Commentary By Distinguished Americans.”

Carter comments on a passage by Lincoln in which Lincoln writes: “I am almost ready to say this is probably true – that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet.”

Carter writes that he finds the Lincoln writing “very troubling.” Continues Carter: “He ignores the fact that the tragic combat might have been avoided altogether, and that the leaders of both sides, overwhelmingly Christian, were violating a basic premise of their belief as followers of the Prince of Peace.” He concludes: “A legitimate question for historians is how soon the blight of slavery would have been terminated peacefully in America, as in Great Britain and other civilized societies.”

so I guess he’s saying over 200 years of enslavement at the time the Civil War started wasn’t TOO MUCH?  So Jimmy, were those slaves so blind to their condition that a few more DECADES wouldn’t have mattered?  You say that Lincoln IGNORES THE FACT?

**deep breath…10….9….8….7….**

I don’t know if it’s age setting in or if he was always this stupid.  Either way, he should just keep building houses and stay away from writing books and anything close to the media.  He’s an embarassment.

Forests and Trees

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

This past week we endured a round of pitchforks and torches in the Congress with some of those people calling for a return of the AIG bonuses and others going further than that by quite openly calling for these executives to kill themselves for taking money that was rightly theirs.  We can argue about the AIG bailout.  We can argue over how AIG should use the bailout money with respect to it being taxpayer money.  We have been arguing over President Obama’s outrageous spending in the Stimulus package and his proposed budget.  We are losing sight of a much larger issue however.

I talked alittle about this here.  I have seen far too few people talking about this oversight and it concerns me.  We have tea parties popping up all over the country with people of all stripes coming out to protest the fleecing of the responsible and the encouragement of the scoundrel.  Throughout the tea parties, the news coverage of the AIG travesty, and the debate over the proposed federal budget there is one thing that no one is really talking about.

When we were in school and someone came up and demanded our lunch money we called that person a bully.  If we are on the street and someone lifts our wallet or steals our purse we call that person a thief.  Both the bully and the thief will have some wild excuse for their need of our money.  Maybe it’s because they can’t find work and have to feed their baby.  Maybe it’s because they need a drug fix.  Maybe it’s because they are just evil b@st@rds.  Whatever the reason reasonable Americans will still call them a bully and a thief.

What makes the Congress any different than the bully and the thief when considering their actions against the AIG bonus executives last week?  These people were being compensated for work they had done.  The money was already in their pockets.  What the House of Representatives have done is reach into the pockets of private citizens to take something from them.  The congressmen and women will say they are defending the American Taxpayer, but they didn’t have any such principles when they passed the stimulus package.  Whatever the reason, reasonable Americans will call them bullies and thieves.

Reasonable Americans will also recognize a very sinister and dangerous precedent being set.  The debate leading up to the vote in the House was chock full of hyperbolic rants about how much certain House members didn’t like these executives.  They moved forward with this bill and passed it out of the House for the sole reason of not liking the people that took the bonuses.  They singled out a select group of American Citizens, reached into their pockets, and are trying to take their money.  Reasonable Americans will call them bullies and thieves.

Obviously, members of the House of Representatives are not ragamuffins on the street trying to pilfer money for booze…well maybe some of them are but that’s for another rant.  They should be honorable members of their communities led by civic duty to stand for election as their community’s representative in our Federal Government.  They should take that responsibility seriously and always remember that it is The People that put them in their office in DC.  They should wake every morning and think, “What can I do today that will be in the best interest of my district and my Country?”  These people take an oath before they take their seats in the House.

“I, (name of Member), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”  (emphasis mine)

Article 1, Section 9 of the United States Constitution:

No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

While we have found ourselves all worked up over whether Secretary Geithner knew about the bonuses, who is to blame for the existence of the bonuses, or the bailout in the first place we have lost sight of a very sinister and dangerous thing.  We are angrily staring and shouting at the trees be they Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, or Liberals.  We concern ourselves with a dollar figure in the millions, billions, and trillions and scream at each other because it’s just too much.  OH how we are mortgaging our children and grandchildren’s futures!  We are staring at some very BIG trees.

The forest is bigger still.  What we witnessed last week was the United States House of Representatives passing in true Bi-partisan style a bill that they had to think was a worthwhile use of American Citizens time.  That bill would take money from specific individuals simply because the United States House of Representatives didn’t like them or what they did.

So…who’s next?  The House is going after those they deem as greedy rich people right now.  What happens when they decide that those who

That’s right Mr. President, what happens when those who get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations?

Don’t miss the forest for the trees people.

Rally Cry

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Oh I’m sorta diggin’ this.  I suspect there will be more like this.  Hopefully something with a bit more teeth…

House passes Bill of Attainder…and then there were 87

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

So, the Constitutionally Challenged House of Representatives have passed their Bill of Attainder 328-93.  Of the 93 nays were 87 Republicans.  Boehner was one of the 87 Republicans .  Eric Cantor, the man being billed as a frontrunner for Conservative Posterboy, was not.  Eric, you got some ‘splainin to do.

Take away the AIG Bailout for a second because said bailout has NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BONUSES.  These were contracts that pre-exist the bailout.  They were KNOWN to these people BEFORE the bailout was handed to AIG.  So, we have COMPENSATION going to some folks and now the House of Representatives are reaching into their pocket and taking it away.  Yeah, that’s right.  The Congress of the United States is CONFISCATING THE WAGES OF PRIVATE CITIZENS with this bill.  Not ALL of us mind you…but with this bill I have to wonder who is next.

What happens when Representative Frank or Senator Dodd decides that the CEO and Officers of Microsoft are making too much money?  Another bill of attainder to take THEIR wages?

MUCH LOVE to the 87 Republicans that stood for decency.  The 85 Republicans that supported this sanctioning of theft should be kicked out of the caucus and forced to explain their vote without resorting to the fear and loathing (mostly loathing) that we saw this week.

(got alittle bold happy…no apologies…just wanted to recognize it before Amir recognized it for me.)

I want to welcome Powerline to the Stop the Bills of Attainder Club!

Barbarians in our midst

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

It seems we MIGHT have some barbarians in our midst.  The FBI had been keeping an eye on some Somali men in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.  They skipped town to join UBL and his crew.  Now some of them are back.

Let’s hope we don’t have any “man-caused Disasters“.

President sees the light on the price of the Purple Heart

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Giving credit where credit is due here, THANK YOU to EVERYONE who had a hand in convincing the President and his co-conspirators that forcing wounded soldiers to pay for their own injuries through their personal insurance providers was a bad idea.

When Jon Stewart ripped the President open this week I knew the tied had indeed turned on this issue.

So now, we have to also give credit to the President for taking his eyes off the blood money and see the inhumane treatment he was about to bestow on our Veterans.

Ed Morrissey at HotAir offers this:

So yes, they’ve pulled the proposal, but it took two meetings at the White House with veterans groups to get the point to sink in.  Either this administration has a problem with its intelligence or with its soul.

Here’s hoping it’s an intelligence problem.

AIG fatigue

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

I knew yesterday this was going to get old pretty fast.  All the congressional outrage manfactured over this “abuse of the tax payer dollar” doesn’t wash with the spending orgy that has went on over the past couple of years.

So you bailout a failed company, slip provisions in the bill that allow for these bonuses under cover of the Conference Committee, and wait for the company to pay those bonuses before you join the side of the taxpayer to show your outrageously outrageous outrage?  Please.  Guys, it’s just too obvious that you take us for fools anyway.  We don’t need anymore proof.

Oh but, WAIT!  There’s MORE!  This morning in WaPo we see this piece attempting to cast some evil light on the President too:

Obama Knew About AIG Bonuses Day Before They Were Paid

By Scott Wilson

President Obama was informed about the $165 million in bonuses due to employees of the American Insurance Group the day before they were paid out last week, the White House disclosed late Tuesday.

Obama has expressed outrage that the company, which has received about $170 billion in government bailout money, proceeded to pay out the bonuses. He said the idea of a company rescued with taxpayer money awarding bonuses runs counter to “our values.”

The timeline released Tuesday marked the first time the White House has acknowledged when the president was told about the bonuses, which have prompted calls from Congress for the administration to recover the money.

Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, has said the president has ordered White House and Treasury Department lawyers to find ways to block the bonuses, which were paid out Friday under contracts signed last year.

The president did not publicly express anger over the bonuses until after they were disclosed Sunday in The Washington Post.

Oh good grief.  So the President knew about it on Saturday, news breaks on Sunday, and he shows is required outrageously outrageous outrage on Monday and you want to cast some passive light on him as a badguy?  That’s my take on your article.

The President has all kinds of things working against him.  There’s no need to make crap up.  The President is a busy man.  Particularly THIS President as he seems to have to consult his focus groups and his teleprompter every so often.  Give him a shot to screw things up before you declare he has screwed them up.

It pains me to come to the defense of this guy who has repeated reached into my pocket after saying he wasn’t going to raise my taxes.  I guess he hasn’t raised my taxes yet…he’s just wasting the money I’ve already sent up there.  When he was inaugurated I said I would give him a fair shot.  Using this piece of drivel from WaPo as ammunition against him isn’t fair and it won’t happen from this quarter.  I STILL wish him all the luck in the world.  I honestly hope these questionable policies succeed although I do not believe they will.  I suppose there should a definition of success forthcoming from me at some point eh?  Can’t have the Dittogang after me.  Geesh…where is my country?

Bills of Attainder ain’t gonna cut it Mr. Durbin

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

So today we get news from HotAir of the “atrocity” that is the contractually mandated “bonuses” to certain AIG executives.  There are all kinds of issues here but I’m going to focus on just a few.

First, if these bonuses are part of a contract with employees of AIG shouldn’t they be called COMPENSATION?  I thought bonuses were based on performance or at the very least based on a percentage of production.  To call them “bonuses” borders on…no…it is stupid.

Second, with all the hoo-haa going on in the Senate you would think these executives are stealing the money right out of the Senator’s pockets.  Senator Grassley and Mr. Durbin didn’t get all worked up when THEY were stealing money out of MY pocket to hand over to AIG.  If you are willing to give them 170 BILLION knowing full well it will do nothing to stabilize a hopelessly bankrupt company, why get so nutty about a pitiful 165 million?

Third, and perhaps my biggest problem with all this, the American Taxpayer now owns 80% of this monstrosity thanks to the first bailout bag of money Congress passed and President Bush signed.  You guys did this to prop up this company because it was “too big to fail” or some such dookie(check out JustBarely for THAT definition).  When we propped this thing up do you think the employees there were supposed to just stop getting paid?  Did you think the contract employees there were going to simply recognize that they were working for free?  Or was it some kind of stipulation in Bailoutpalooza that all contracts with AIG were null and void?  No?  Then what gives you the right to take away the pay of these guys?  What gives you the right to essentially demand their suicide?

Mr. Durbin, you are simply a waste of otherwise good carbon.  Your comments on the floor of the US Senate today adds a bit of evidence to that fact.  You said if AIG or the executives didn’t refuse their bonuses you would write legislation that would get it all back via some tax or another.  Mr. Durbin, that is unconstitutional.  It was unconstitutional when Senator Frist tried it during the Schiavo nightmare and it’s unconstitutional now.  One would think you would know this but I guess you were too busy re-reading your _Killing Fields book.

Senator Grassley,  you disappoint me.  Suggesting that these men commit suicide is beyond the pale.  You should apologize to your constituents, to the AIG employees you spoke about, and your colleagues (and Mr. Durbin and Kerry) in the Senate.  No amount of explaining can fix this.  Just apologize and shut up.

If you guys hadn’t bailed them out the first time you wouldn’t be put in this incredibly assinine position.

President to charge Veterans for their Purple Hearts

Monday, March 16th, 2009

**UPDATE** Administration changes course after everyone from everywhere convinced him and his administration that blood money isn’t something we are interested in.

A while back I said that should Mr. Kerry find his way to the Pentagon as SecDef I would have a hard time supporting this President any longer.  For those who think that means I voted for President Obama, you are wrong.  I just don’t want to be counted in the same column as those who hate an American President for no other reason than he won a close election. Installing someone as SecDef who while serving his country turned his back on his fellow sailors and lied about every American Warrior in harms way, THAT is worth turning actively against a President.  That is an insult to everyone who wears the uniform.

What could be worse than that I wonder.  WAIT!  I know!  For those American Warrior misfortunate enough to be injured in the line of duty, we make the private insurer of that Warrior pay for the care!  Yeah, that’ll do it!  So we have a Warrior with a traumatic brain injury and a couple amputations having to suffer a rate increase on his third party health care, possibly lose coverage altogether, and then suffer the indignity of begging for help when his or her Country should be paying ever last red cent.  President Bush would’ve taken care of these Veterans.

President Obama is considering this plan and spoke to the Commander of the American Legion about it today and Commander David K. Rehbein wasn’t at all impressed.

“It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan,” said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. “He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it.”

The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, “This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ‘ to care for him who shall have borne the battle’ given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm’s way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America’s veterans!”

So President Obama is looking for a way to find a few sacks of cash so he holds the sack under bleeding American Warriors.  Despicable.  Reprehensible.  Conduct unbecoming the Presidency of the the United States.

“I got the distinct impression that the only hope of this plan not being enacted,” said Commander Rehbein, “is for an alternative plan to be developed that would generate the desired $540-million in revenue. The American Legion has long advocated for Medicare reimbursement to VA for the treatment of veterans. This, we believe, would more easily meet the President’s financial goal. We will present that idea in an anticipated conference call with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel in the near future.

“I only hope the administration will really listen to us then. This matter has far more serious ramifications than the President is imagining,” concluded the Commander.

Let’s hope they change course Commander.  It would be sad to see a drop in enlistments and retention because some asshat in the Whitehouse decided he would look at wounded American Warriors as a profit center.

If this policy comes to fruition I will no longer refer to Barack as President.  He will have forfeited the right by turning his back on the Warriors that defend him and his office.

Detroit in decay

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre have on their site a collection of photographs from the decay that is creeping into the Detroit area.  There are all kinds of political rants here but nothing can compare to the despair expressed in these photos.  This one is my favorite, if a favorite you can have in such things.  This dentist office seems almost sinister.


Threats to our Nation

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

With all the talk about the economy it seems that several items from the news have gone unnoticed or at least under reported.

First, it seems that Russia took our “gift” of a reset button and used it…to reset the date to 1962.  They have worked a deal with Cuba and Venezuala to host strategic bombers in both territories.  While Russia isn’t nearly the threat that it once was, I have to wonder why Russia would be interested in placing bomber bases in those countries.  Has the US shown ANY indication at all to be a threat to the Russians lately?  Are we a threat to their Iranian surfs?  Absolutely.  Maybe that’s it.  If When Israel reaches out and touches Iranian nuclear capabilities, is it the plan of the Russians to pre-emptively retaliate again the US?  That would be pretty foolish but the Russians have never been a country to let foolishness get in the way of a good military objective.  Earlier this year, SecDef gates made light of the Russian bomber force:

The secretary said nonchalance was the best response to the Russian ship visits.

“In fact if it hadn’t been for the events in Georgia in August, I probably would’ve tried to persuade the president to invite the Russian ships pay a port call in Miami because I think they would’ve had a lot better time than they did in Caracas,” he said.

“But basically I think at 40-dollar (per barrel) oil, the Russian navy does not bother me very much,” Gates added.

“It’s important for us to keep perspective about their capabilities,” he said.

“When they complained about our escorting their Blackjack bombers to Venezuela, I wanted to say that we just wanted to be along there for search and rescue if they needed it.”

2)  Mexico continues to have trouble with it’s northern territories.  The drug cartels pretty much run the show there and that violence and gangland activity is spilling across the border into American States.  Yesterday, nine bodies were found in a common grave in Ciudad Juarez.  I wonder if there are any bodies in that grave from Phoenix.  I also wonder why CNN didn’t call this a MASS GRAVE.  I guess there’s a threshold to be reached or something.

So we have old enemies reclaiming territory they lost 47 years ago and our border being shared with a region in pretty much open revolt against it’s host government and not nary a word from our Federal Government about it.  That is Change alright…not sure I believe in it.

Whitehouse decides to do it’s job

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

rather than targetting radio entertainer Rush Limbaugh.

Beginning Sunday, the White House will harness every part of the Democratic Party’s machinery to defend President Obama’s budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists.

A participant in the planning meetings described the push as a successor to Democrats’ message that Rush Limbaugh is the Republican Party leader. “We have exhausted the use of Rush as an attention-getter,” the official said.
David Plouffe, manager of Obama’s presidential race, helped design the strategy, which includes the most extensive activation since November of the campaign’s grassroots network. The database—which includes information for at least 10 million donors, supporters and volunteers—will now be used as a unique tool for governing, with former canvassers now being enlisted to mobilize support for the president’s legislative agenda.

Others involved in the planning included White House senior adviser David Axelrod; the DNC chairman,Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine; and DNC Executive Director Jennifer O’Malley Dillon.

The plan follows the private complaints of some Democrats that Obama let the GOP get the better of him during the debate over pork in the budget bill he just signed, and growing concerns among some Democrats that charges of big spending could stick to the president.

Starting this week, President Obama will be “engaging directly with Congress more, and speaking more forcefully on behalf of his budget,” a top adviser said.

How absolutely wonderful.  The President and his staff will only NOW begin to do it’s job rather than trying to demonize, attack, and well…you know…all those things he accused the Republicans of doing through out his campaign.

Does anyone want to work for the President?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

**UPDATE**  Charles Freeman Jr as Chairman of National Intelligence Council?  No.

Bill Richardson for Commerce Secretary?  No.

How about some bipartisan love.  Judd Gregg for Commerce Secretary? No.

Okay then, how about for Surgeon General we try Sonjay Gupta?  No.

Fine.  Let’s try something else altogether.  Health and Human Services goes to Tom Dashcle?  No.

WHAT!??  Fine then, we’ll just make up a Cabinet post!  Chief Performance Officer.  How about Nancy KilleferNo.

So that’s 5 nominees withdrawing for one reason or another.  Well, okay, 4.5 if you don’t want to consider Ms. Killefer as a real nominee.

Then comes tonight that the wunderkind Timmy Geithner can’t find anyone to work for him either!

It must really suck to be the Obama Administration right about now.  The DOW is down over 20% since President Obama took his Oath…despite the Stimulus that was supposed to save us all.

Whitehouse behind Operation Rushbo?

Monday, March 9th, 2009

If this and this are true, then I’m thinking we will see the resignation of David Axlerod any day now.  I mean, this is supposed to be the most transparent administration EVAH right?  Bringing Change© to Washington?  Yeah.  Perhaps not.

I don’t think Mr. Axlerod is acting alone.  I think he’s acting directly under the thumb command of the President.  The President, it would seem, has compiled a list of folks he wants eliminated.  Mr. Limbaugh is at the top.  My question is where will the rest of the political enemies fall?

As I said here, we are the loyal opposition.  I want this President to succeed even while his supporters wanted President Bush and the troops in harm’s way to fail.  Toward the end of success I’m going to help him find me because I am, apparently, a political enemy.

Your continual assaults on a private citizen, your embarassing behavior with Great Britain, your utter lack of engagement within your own government make my support for you all but impossible.  Your pathetic fiscal policy, much like President Bush, disturbs me but I can at least HOPE that everything we know about economic history may just be wrong and the spending orgy will fix us right up.

I have many friends that must consider you their Commander in Chief.  I will not place them into such a position of having to defend you against me.  Regardless of your behavior, you are still my President.  I respect the Office you hold.  Unfortunately for me, since Rush Limbaugh agrees with me on many things I seem to now be a political enemy.

You’ll notice at the top left of my blog an inverted red triangle with a red bar above it.  Hitler used this symbol for his political enemies while they were in the concentration camps.

So there you have it Mr. President.  When my time comes, I’m easilly found.  I must tell you however…bring lunch.  Bring lots of friends.  Make sure your calendar is clear because it will be a long day.