Allen West vs. Soledad O’Brien on Communists in Congress – YouTube


So, Soledad wants to make it sound like Allen West is another McCarthy, huh? Well, the big thing she’s missing is that McCarthy had to go turning over rocks to find wormy Commies squiggling around underneath.

Since then, they’ve come out into the sunshine and renamed themselves every which way from Sunday to signal their battle cry and raise their sinister standard for their minions to gather under, yet avoid conflating their radical, leftist, communist positions with the dreaded (with good reason) label of Communist.

But, we know how to read their web site, folks. It’s chock full of taqiyyan statements about how they’re for “equality” and “civil rights”, which we all know from over a century of history are just code words for redistributing everything via a dictatorial Central Committee.

They are now brazenly stating their statism right on their very own public caucus web site. We don’t need Allen West to “name names”, Soledad. We just need the American people to print this list and take it to the voting booth so they know who NOT to vote for in coming elections for House and Senate.

Oh, and for President.  Even though he’s not exactly named on the list, the shoe certainly fits!

via Allen West vs. Soledad O’Brien on Communists in Congress – YouTube.

Secret Service scandal reveals more about Obama’s character than it does about the Secret Service


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You can learn a lot about the king by watching the king’s guards.

via Secret Service scandal broadens; more military personnel might have been involved in misconduct.

Three comments and then I believe nothing more needs be said by me that would add any substance:

1. Haven’t these Secret Service officers ever seen a James Bond film? The girl is always going to bring you more trouble than you bargained for.

2. Would any of this have happened under GWB’s presidency? I know it didn’t only because the left-stream media would have been all over that.

3. Obama has only himself to blame. The most narcissistic president in United States history has ridden into the White House with the support of acolytes, enablers, and puppetmasters whose political culture requires them to navel-gazingly reject decency and traditional moral values at every turn. I suppose it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to find that this toxic culture has seeped even into the ranks of the President’s closest protectors.

Lip-reading with the Obamas


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“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” — Matthew 6:22-23

“‘Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi’ (The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter)” — Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

A lot is going to be made of the video being talked about today (see below), and about the political interpretation of it, on both sides. As much as I don’t relish the thought of America’s political discourse turning to lip reading analysis, it has to be said that judging by the Obamas’ prior behavior and statements regarding the greatness and exceptional nature of America, this time it warrants a closer look.

I grew up lip reading because my saintly mother has cerebral palsy. To me it looks like Michelle Obama is saying exactly what others think she’s saying…something negative about the flag or the ceremony.

I found a person in the comments section of an AmericanThinker.com post about it who claims to be a lip reader (has two kids who are deaf) and who said that Michelle is saying “What’s that for, that flag?”. But then another person on a separate blog (can’t find it now…sorry), who claims to be a special ed teacher, says it’s “Talk about adding fuel to the fire.” Yet a third person posted that foxnews.com reported her as saying “What a beautiful flag”, but I don’t find any evidence of that on the foxnews.com site.

So, it’s a toss-up, I guess.

Still, the telling eye-roll/blink and the body language of both of them bothers me.  Body language counts for a lot in human communication. I can’t help but consider that the comment was not a benign one.

If nothing can be concluded about what she actually said, and if you’re the sort who still reveres and respects the flag, let us at least agree to the blatant disrespect of making any comments at all during the flag ceremony honoring those slaughtered in the biggest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. She could have…should have, at the very least for the sake of the image of the Office of the President…saved her remarks for later–when the cameras weren’t rolling.

Review & Outlook: The Road to a Downgrade – WSJ.com


Folks, I just can’t say it any better than this.

Review & Outlook: The Road to a Downgrade – WSJ.com.

Then came Mr. Obama, arguably the most spendthrift president in history. He inherited a recession and responded by blowing up the U.S. balance sheet. Spending as a share of GDP in the last three years is higher than at any time since 1946. In three years the debt has increased by more than $4 trillion thanks to stimulus, cash for clunkers, mortgage modification programs, 99 weeks of jobless benefits, record expansions in Medicaid, and more.

The forecast is for $8 trillion to $10 trillion more in red ink through 2021. Mr. Obama hinted in a press conference earlier this month that if it weren’t for Republicans, he’d want another stimulus. Scary thought: None of this includes the ObamaCare entitlement that will place 30 million more Americans on government health rolls.

 

Let’s put it this way. If you have a chunk of money to invest, or at least keep from losing, who are you going to trust? The financial experts with skin in the game at WSJ, or the Obama sycophants at HuffyPost?

John Galt comments on Paul Krugman’s “America Goes Dark”


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America Goes Dark, by every Progressive’s favorite economic demagogue and Obama cheerleader, Paul Krugman, blames America’s economic and infrastructural demise on…you guessed it…the greedy rich people hoarding all that cash.

However, a commenter at the end of the article really brought it home when he completely destroyed Krugman’s soliloquy with this brilliant bit of logical deconstruction, quoted here in full for posterity to review when they’ve run out of other people’s money.

I am a Democrat that voted for President Obama. I do not agree with Mr. Krugman’s government spending philosophy to get us out of the economic morass. Government finance is no different than an individual or a company… if you spend more than you make, you will go bankrupt. Mr. Krugman advocates that the government keep spending while we raise taxes on the rich to compensate.

Well, I guess I fall into his “rich” category. I own a global business. I employ 150 folks full-time in India, 60 folks full-time in the US and 5 in the UK. My company made a before tax profit of $1,800,000 last year. I personally bring home less per year than I pay in taxes. Why? Because as an LLC, every bit of profit I make is taxed on my personal taxes. I bring home around $185k and pay around $600,000 in federal taxes. The rest is plowed back into the company to hire more folks and buy additional infrastructure. Also, I pay employee health and dental care, retirement benefits, 401k matching, long and short term disability and dental. I don’t borrow anything to do this.

That extra 4% of federal taxes (once the Bush tax cuts expire) will cost me an additional $70,000 or so. On top of that, the President advocates increasing the cap on Self Employment tax. The new taxes would add an additional $22,000. I am looking at around $92k in total additional taxes. So, some of you would say deduct from your $185k take home. Others would say, simply don’t hire an additional two employees or cut some of those rich benefits you give to your employees.

Either way I go, you have just taken $92,000 out of the hands of someone who can use that money to increase America’s wealth… either by adding employees or buying additional computers, etc. So, since the government will take it from me… where should that money go? To bailing out banks? How about bailing out someone in foreclosure? Hmmm… maybe you could use it to bail out the states or the local governments. California perhaps? How about Bell, California?

I don’t see how that helps America, Mr. Krugman.

Obama: Gas Prices are High Because Climate Change Deniers Refuse to Tackle Global Warming


Obama: Gas Prices are High Because Climate Change Deniers Refuse to Tackle Global Warming.

Oh, but let us not forget the lessons of the very recent past!

March 2008Soros Invests $811 Million In Brazilian Oil

August 2009Obama Helps Soros Drill For Oil In Brazil

Then this happens:

and, “suddenly”, one year later…

March 2011 – Why is Brazilian Oil Giant Petrobras Pumping Oil Off America’s Gulf Coast?

It’s like Obama and Soros don’t even care that we can read their timeline for the destruction of America’s economic superiority and independence from foreign oil directly in the headlines of the news outlets.

So, what are you going to do about it?

Why Obama supported the Egyptian revolt, but not the Iranian one


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Here’s some food for thought this morning.

They met daily for two weeks in the cramped living room of the mother of Ziad al-Alimi. Mr. Alimi is a leading youth organizer for Mr. ElBaradei‘s campaign group. His mother, a former activist who served six months in prison for her role leading protests during the bread riots in 1977, lives in the middle-class neighborhood of Agouza on the west bank of the Nile.

Those present included representatives from six youth movements connected to opposition political parties, groups advocating labor rights and the Muslim Brotherhood.

via The Secret Rally That Sparked an Uprising – WSJ.com.

Read the whole article. It’s very revealing of Obama’s socialist, Islamist-pandering foreign policy.

Discovery Lands: How Obama has squandered our space leadership


List of human spaceflights to the ISS

Launch: 4:53:24 p.m. EST - Feb. 24, 2011 Landing: 11:57:17 a.m. EST - March 9, 2011 Orbiter: Discovery

In May 2010, I went on a fantastic vacation to the “Space Coast” to see the STS-132 shuttle launch in person. I can’t tell you how thrilling it was to watch the most second-most complex vehicle ever constructed (besides the International Space Station) rocket into the black of space beyond our blue sky at a rate of over 17,000 miles per hour.  To consider that such an event, which almost seemed routine at this point, was part of the culmination of over 40 years of American effort made my heart swell with pride…the good kind…the kind that makes you happy to be an American.

But it was a bittersweet moment. As you probably were not aware at the time (and might not be still, due to the fact that the media barely pays attention anymore to space exploration…because if it doesn’t bleed, it doesn’t lead), the space shuttle program is being shelved. The Atlantis shuttle I observed that day had just begun what was considered to be its last mission.

Discovery, a few moments ago as I write this, just landed at Kennedy Space Center for the last time.

Endeavor has one more mission, STS-134, and then that’s it. NASA was also able to “shuffle money around” to arrange for STS-135, in which Atlantis will make its encore final performance and then be retired from service.

So, being forward-thinking Americans, you would have to believe we have something ready and waiting in the wings to replace the aging shuttle fleet so we can continue to lead the world in manned spaceflight operations. Right?

You would be wrong to believe that.

From here until probably ten years from now (if we’re lucky), we’ll be catching a Russian Soyuz taxi to the International Space Station, the majority of which was designed, funded, built, and launched with American hardware.

How did this happen?

In February 2009, President Obama proposed a budget that effectively scrapped NASA’s Constellation program, which would have returned American astronauts to the moon in five years.  Reporting varies, but between six and one hundred billion dollars of NASA appropriations, precisely what was needed to fund the development of our next vehicle, was going to be funneled to the private space exploration sector.

That’s great news, right?  Especially for someone who, like me, is both a proponent of manned spaceflight programs AND reducing the size of government programs in favor of private enterprise.

Not so fast. Timing is everything and the timing is still just not right for such a drastic move. Through neglectful prior Congressional appropriations and short-sightedness of our country’s leaders in cancelling the moon programs that vaulted America into dominance of space operations, NASA has been perpetually too severely underfunded to begin a reasonable transition from government funded operations to commercial spaceflight ventures. Indeed a NASA chief tech says it will take a ‘decade’ for us to have a shuttle replacement.

Fantastic.

It’s not that NASA hasn’t tried. Sure, there were periods of reluctance and shortsightedness even on the part of NASA bigwigs and scientists who believed, erroneously, that profit motivations would by definition pollute the scientific and exploratory objectives of their endeavors.  But plenty of for-profit companies operate in other scientific fields and the outcomes of their work have proven that this is not the case. In fact, science-for-profit has been the engine behind the world’s greatest advances of the last 150 years.

What happened was that by the time NASA had figured out that private ventures were valuable, even vital, to the continuation and expansion of manned spaceflight, the Columbia accident had already occurred. Safety became a higher priority than ever, funneling towards self preservation the resources that might have been spent helping commercial ventures build a manned flight safety record and get certified to launch people into space.

By 2008, NASA had begun to regain traction and had set an ambitious protocol to finish the ISS by 2010 and begin developing the shuttle program’s replacement.  President Bush had set forth a vision of going to the Moon, Mars, and beyond with both robotic and manned missions. Things looked challenging, but do-able if leadership continued to have vision and see value in the prospect.

Then Obama, the Blind One when it comes to American exceptionalism, took upon himself to erase that next critical step by defunding Constellation, Orion, and Ares and simply handing money off to the private sector (to which companies and in what manner still isn’t exactly clear, which to me is highly suspicious). That money will not be well spent if the private sector beneficiaries are essentially starting from scratch when they could have been brought on as transition partners for Constellation/Orion/Ares instead.

Insanely, Obama also started a new NASA “Muslim outreach” program. It was promoted in an interview with Al Jazeera, even before it was mentioned to Congress by Administrator (and former astronaut) Charlie Bolden. He said in the interview:

“When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science … and math and engineering.”

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The White House backed his statements up, until the fit hit the shan, at which point, in typical Obama fashion, Bolden was promptly thrown under the bus.

I seriously wonder, though, with all this cultural outreach going on, what will be NASA’s priority when really interesting discoveries happen? ;) As Dennis Miller quipped, “Muslims will want to go to the moon when the Jews set up Israel there.”

Enter China, stage left. And they’re doing it with the money we owe them as the new majority owners of America’s national debt.

As C.S. Lewis wrote in “The Abolition of Man”, the first chapter entitled “Men Without Chests”,

And all the time−such is the tragi-comedy of our situation−we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

The hearings on the future of human space flight, which I saw a replay of while in Florida after having watched the Atlantis launch, had several poignant and revealing moments, especially with the gravitas of participants such as Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan. See also, House Science and Technology Committee Hearing, May 26th, 2010

Ultimately, though, how are we honoring the legacy of the Challenger and Columbia astronauts by abdicating our newest manifest destiny and handing our superiority in human space flight endeavors over to nations who openly seek our destruction?

I’ll leave you with that thought, and with President Ronald Reagan’s moving speech following the Challenger disaster.

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The Effect of Obama’s Energy Policies on Gas Prices | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.


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Some on the right have criticized Obama for having no energy policy. This is wrong. Obama’s energy policy is working exactly the way it is designed. This administration knows that unless the price of fossil fuels skyrocket, expensive alternative energy sources, no matter how heavily subsidized, will continue to be unattractive to American consumers.

Obviously, this risky desire to have high gas prices is a punitive policy that foolishly ignores how Americans use petroleum. While oil is largely a transportation fuel, solar and wind can only contribute to our electricity demands. Oil accounts for less than 1% of our electricity demand.

The liberal fascination with developing expensive vehicles that run on electricity doesn’t change that: 1) Solar or wind powered vehicles don’t commercially exist; 2) The cars that do run on electricity, or even battery-powered hybrids still require gas; and 3) the high cost of the alternatively fueled vehicles makes them largely insignificant in the auto market and cost-prohibitive to the average consumer.

Sure, it would be ideal to have a national fleet of cars that are inexpensive and run on cheap and widely available alternative sources of energy. But the markets have demonstrated this reality is nowhere close to fruition. And when you try to hasten that reality by artificially jacking up the price of gas, the economic effects are felt largely by the poorest among us and disincentives business owners from hiring as their fixed operating costs increase.

Think about it, who feels the pain of an extra $1 at the gas pump? The rich guys that the left demonizes or the middle-to-low income wage earners who balance their budgets by the penny, not the dollar? If the only cars available on the market were $40,000 Chevy Volts, would a Lexus or BMW consumer be hit hard, or would the family looking for a barely affordable mode of shuttling their family be affected? Consumer Reports said Obama’s heralded Volt “is an expensive way to be green.”

via The Effect of Obama’s Energy Policies on Gas Prices | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News..

America after two years of #Obama


Two years ago, Barack Obama was inaugurated as president of the United States . Are you better off today than you were two years ago? Numbers don’t lie, and here is the data on the impact he has had on the lives of Americans:

January 2009

TODAY

% chg Source

Avg. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S.

$1.83

$3.104

69.6%

1

Crude oil, European Brent (barrel)

$43.48

$99.02

127.7%

2

Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel)

$38.74

$91.38

135.9%

2

Gold: London (per troy oz.)

$853.25

$1,369.50

60.5%

2

Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL

$3.56

$6.33

78.1%

2

Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL

$9.66

$13.75

42.3%

2

Sugar, cane, raw, world, lb. Fob

$13.37

$35.39

164.7%

2

Unemployment rate, non-farm, overall

7.6%

9.4%

23.7%

3

Unemployment rate, blacks

12.6%

15.8%

25.4%

3

Number of unemployed

11,616,000

14,485,000

24.7%

3

Number of fed. Employees, ex. Military (curr = 12/10 prelim)

2,779,000

2,840,000

2.2%

3

Real median household income (2008 v 2009)

$50,112

$49,777

-0.7%

4

Number of food stamp recipients (curr = 10/10)

31,983,716

43,200,878

35.1%

5

Number of unemployment benefit recipients (curr = 12/10)

7,526,598

9,193,838

22.2%

6

Number of long-term unemployed

2,600,000

6,400,000

146.2%

3

Poverty rate, individuals (2008 v 2009)

13.2%

14.3%

8.3%

4

People in poverty in U.S. (2008 v 2009)

39,800,000

43,600,000

9.5%

4

U.S. Rank in Economic Freedom World Rankings

5

9

n/a

10

Present Situation Index (curr = 12/10)

29.9

23.5

-21.4%

11

Failed banks (curr = 2010 + 2011 to date)

140

164

17.1%

12

U.S. Dollar versus Japanese yen exchange rate

89.76

82.03

-8.6%

2

U.S. Money supply, M1, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)

1,575.1

1,865.7

18.4%

13

U.S. Money supply, M2, in billions (curr = 12/10 prelim)

8,310.9

8,852.3

6.5%

13

National debt, in trillions

$10.627

$14.052

32.2%

14

Just take this last item:  In the last two years we have accumulated national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation’s history.  Over 27 times as fast!  Metaphorically, speaking, if you are driving in the right lane doing 65 MPH and a car rockets past you in the left lane 27 times faster . . . It would be doing 1,755 MPH!  This is a disaster!

Sources:

(1) U.S. Energy Information Administration; (2) Wall Street Journal; (3) Bureau of Labor Statistics; (4) Census Bureau; (5) USDA; (6) U.S. Dept. Of Labor; (7) FHFA; (8) Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller; (9) RealtyTrac; (10) Heritage Foundation and WSJ; (11) The Conference Board; (12) FDIC; (13) Federal Reserve; (14) U.S. Treasury