Sunday, February 28, 2010

I love piling on...

Is there a more useless character on TV these days pretending to be a newscaster?

Is Olbermann a liability for MSNBC? | Capitol Hill Blue

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Postmortem

Well in reading a multitude of articles over the last few days regarding the health care summit I have come to a couple of conclusions. First off, I find it slightly humorous the different angles of spin that come from both sides after a policy showdown like this. I am not complaining about it, I actually enjoy it (I am a glutton for punishment I think) because it gives people like me (who read way too much of this mostly useless analysis) an insight as to what both sides of the argument value. Was the summit for sheer political gain, or was there a policy lesson to be learned? If the answer was the latter then maybe the country could move forward with a plan that actually works and won't bankrupt the country at the same time. Would that be too much to ask?

Secondly, I think the President and his people have become tin-eared. Some would say he has been that way since day one and I find it hard to disagree too much outside of a couple of rare exceptions. Forget the failure of this meeting to make Obama "look Presidential" and leave Congressional Repubs in his speechifying dust. To me it's the sham of him sitting there for 7 or so hours knowing full well that whatever those other guys were saying, he sure as hell wasn't listening. Which is all too common for this President. It's a fine line between being resolute in your convictions and altogether not giving a care to what the other side is proposing and has been for quite some time now. The fact that his administration and handlers are more interested in putting on political kabuki theater than really having an honest policy discussion says so much about where this guy's head is at. He would rather be in perpetual campaign mode than actually lead this nation. This is not all that surprising when you research his background and his experience (oh yeah which the MSM failed to do,just ask Hillary how that works). He is a career organizer/disruptor. Unless he pulls himself out of this in the coming year (not holding my breath), he is the next irrelevant Jimmy Carter.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Try to stay awake

Well if the biggest "victory" he could muster was the exchange I noted yesterday with Senator Alexander then I think yesterday was a smashing success.

Excerpt from article:

Alexander attempted a flustered response, before declaring that he would like to submit his rebuttal in writing at a later date, instead of “arguing in public”. Obama, now sounding like the leader that has been mostly absent from the White House for the past year, declined the offer. “I’d like to get this issue resolved before we leave today, because I don’t believe I’m wrong,” he said. For the Democrats, it was a long overdue moment of victory.

Try to stay awake: the President has a healthcare Bill to pass - Times Online

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

If you are scoring at home...

...or even if you are by yourself. Senator Alexander 1,Leader Obama 0. (H/T Red State)



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» ‘Sicko’ — About That Free and Fabulous Cuban Health-Care System - Big Journalism

This along with Orlando Zapata Tamayo's death the other day, highlights the hypocrisy of leftists in this country and their love affair with the Cuban Socialist dictator 90 miles away...

» ‘Sicko’ — About That Free and Fabulous Cuban Health-Care System - Big Journalism

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RealClearPolitics - Video - Pelosi: Health Reform Will Create 400,000 Jobs "Almost Immediately"

What in the F%$K is she talking about? If they continue droning on about what they know to be bold faced lies this little meeting will do more for the Republicans come November than anyone could have imagined. And there is Obama practically yawning at her bull,i think Biden is actually napping. Good times.

RealClearPolitics - Video - Pelosi: Health Reform Will Create 400,000 Jobs "Almost Immediately"

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Obama Health Care: President's Health Care Plan the Chicago Way - chicagotribune.com

This is right on the money....

Obama Health Care: President's Health Care Plan the Chicago Way - chicagotribune.com

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Well of course...

....they are duplicitous liars, they are politicians.



What's even more egregious to me is the fact that the only reason the Republicans were seeking the "nuclear option" was for nominees to the federal bench that Libs held back all of Bush's two terms. Of course trying to do this brought the cacophony of liberal BS, "Bush is power hungry", "Bush lied",etc,etc, ad nausea. Presidential selections to the bench have always been basically granted, it is a courtesy allowed part of the Executive Branch powers outlined in Article 2 Section 2 of the Constitution. Elections have consequences as they say, oh no but not for the high and mighty Left that could not be bothered to give yes or no votes on dozens of Bush court nominees. All this federal judge nonsense can of course be traced back to Ted Kennedy's disgraceful hatchet job on Robert Bork in the 1980's. Since then,all decorum has left the building when it comes to high court nominations.

I say let them use the reconciliation process to pass health care. Not only are provisions of the bill unconstitutional and will probably challenged in court, but just think of the sheer carnage at the ballot box for Democrats in November after ramming through something the country has demonstrated it's disgust for on numerous occasions.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Now that Obama is President WE will NOT "torture"...

....nope now we just outsource it. The news of Mullah Barader's capture is good news all around don't get me wrong. I found an interesting piece of the Guardian's article though, that if the Left really did give a crap about this stuff (and not just use it as a rhetorical billy club against Bush/Cheney) should be up in arms about, yes? Here is the section:

"Mullah Barader has been in Pakistani custody for several days, with US and Pakistani intelligence officials both taking part in interrogations, according to the officials. Though Barack Obama has banned US agencies from using forms of torture such as waterboarding, Pakistani questioning techniques are frequently brutal."

The practice of rendition was made famous by none other than Billy Boy Clinton himself. The classic head in the sand situation i guess for Libs....if it isn't happening in front of me i just don't see it. This is all very fitting because in classic Washington style on Friday evening the DOJ released some documents after all the news people had gone to bed for the weekend. The "bad news" for Libs is that they have in effect exonerated John Yoo (by the way that link is a Jon Stewart epic fail) and Jay Bybee. Who are they, you ask. They are the evil ones who crafted the derisively named "torture memos". The whole exercise to prosecute them was/is counterproductive to our men and women in the intelligence field who are on the front lines in the war. In fact they are the most important aspect of this unconventional war we find ourselves in with Islamofascists.

So my question is this: Should we have American officers interrogate these men under our fairly strict guidelines (let's also not lose sight of the fact that ONLY 3 terrorists were waterboarded and the amounts of intelligence gathered was highly valuable) or allow Pakistanis who are not under any obligation to treat them better than we would? For me the answer is simple, I do not care who extracts the information. For those who disagree how do you reconcile allowing Pakistanis to torture in the presence of American supervision on foreign soil WITH your opposition to our much deliberated and legally debated EIT's that were borne out of the Yoo/Bybee memos?

To steal this from fellow blogger Moe Lane:

PS: What’s that? You’re from the Left, and you gave money to Democrats because you thought that they would prosecute Yoo and Bybee for doing their jobs? And now you want that money back? Why, how profoundly silly of you. Next, you’ll be telling farmers to give milk back to the cows.

Earth to Paul Krugman - Real Clear Politics – TIME.com

Paul Krugman, Nobel prize or not has kind of gone off the deep end in recent years. Where at one time you could look to him to give you decent commentary on economic policies, now he is just a typical partisan hack employed by the greatest rag of all...

Earth to Paul Krugman - Real Clear Politics – TIME.com

Monday, February 22, 2010

Insert my victory dance here....

All brought down by a dude in a pimp costume because the mainstream media was not going anywhere near the story. Fantastic news:

http://www.cityhallnews.com/newyork/article-1147-empty-on-funding-acorn-shutters-around-the-country.html

Never let a crisis go to waste

The big news today from the WH is that the double down strategery on health reform continues. I am not sure I have ever seen an administration so fly in the face of what is obvious to the rest of the country. This isn't some issue the country is slightly divided on, it is overwhelming not only in the public polling available but at the ballot box in the most recent off year elections. This mornings proposal seems to have removed the most offensive piece, the so-called Cornhusker Kickback but has resolved little to nothing else between the House and Senate bills. The Senate bill still prevails which leads me to wonder what the House Dems are getting in all of this. The minor tweaks introduced on the WH web site also included an exemption for ALL Americans on the Cadillac Tax that originally applied only to union members,BUT it still includes massive new powers for the federal government. This coupled with the sham of a health care summit with Republicans should more or less guarantee that the Dems are all but married to the "nuclear" option also known as the "reconciliation process" to pass this remaking of the country.

The summit is a sham since the premise is a total fallacy. The President wants to hear the input of Republicans for inclusion into the health reform process. Huh? What? They have been giving him input for about a year on this issue. Never you mind that he is already committed to the Senate bill and is so not interested in any free market solutions.

And oh yeah i forgot the best part about the Anointed One's new plan....it has increased the price tag to be $950 billion and still calls it deficit neutral? Let the Big Lie continue....

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Refreshing...

..to hear a governor of New Jersey speak like this and then make the hard decisions of fiscal prudence. This hasn't been done in a long time in this state. By the way is it me or does he kind of look like Bobby Bacala? Just saying...











Thursday, February 18, 2010

Reaction to Rubio

I was going to do a week roundup but i think that will be a separate post. Yes it is a day early to celebrate the weekend but, I will be out of town for a couple of days and I know my 2 or 3 readers will miss me. So many things really on my mind today. Let me first start with Marco Rubio's speech at CPAC. I thought it articulated the conservative perspective perfectly as well as tingeing it with a little personal back story that held the room with rapt attention. It went on for about 30 minutes and I have to say my favorite part was this:

"Now, look, it's true, Americans do want leaders that will come to Washington, D.C. and work together to get things done, but that comes with a very important caveat, it depends what they're trying to do. If they're working to lower tax rates, simplify the tax code, they want us to work together. If they're working to get control of a runaway of a federal debt and annual deficits, they want us to work together.

If they're working to defeat radical Islam and the threat that it poses through terrorism, they want us to work together.

However, however, if the goal is to abandon America's free enterprise economy, if the goal is to convert America into a submissive member of the international community, if the goal is not to fix America, but to change America, then they want leaders that are going to come up here and fight it every step of the way."

Yes he is a politician and no man is perfect, but if Republicans and more importantly conservative philosophies are to move this country forward not backward we need men like Marco to be representing us. The liberal worldview is under attack right now from all angles, whether it's the Tea Party Movement or Scott Brown's unbelievable election in Massachusetts, and we must continue to attack it with common sense conservative solutions. Let them and their mouthpieces be the ones using ad hominem attacks on a daily basis while we give the American people their country back with the correct solutions.

As Marco went on to speak about his parents it hit an obvious tone with me. He and I are from the same generation with similar backgrounds. He is first generation American with 2 Cuban exiles as parents. So this portion of the speech definitely rang true and gives an insight as to why so many Americans of Cuban ancestry feel the same way. He was speaking of his parents working their asses off and it lead into this exchange:

"How many nights did I hear the keys of my 70-year-old father at the door as he came home after another 16-hour day? How many mornings would I wake up and run into my mom who was just coming home from the overnight shift as a stock clerk at K-Mart?

When you're young and in a hurry, the meaning of those moments escape you, but as the years go by and as my own children get older, I understand it now. I realize that my parents were once my age, that they once had dreams -- that there were some things that they once wanted to accomplish. But because of where they were born, because of who they were born to, because they lost their country, their dreams never had a chance. So they came here to America and went to work and it became the mission of their lives to give us the chance to do everything that they could not.

And so now I know that every chance I have ever had and everything that I will ever accomplish, I owe to God, to my parents' sacrifices and to the United States of America."

Powerful personal narrative yet methinks no one on the Left will get a "thrill up their leg" when he speaks of it. That is totally fine with me because their view of this country and what it and it's people have accomplished is just no where near mine. This country was put here not to grant you rights or hand you anything on a silver platter. The system was designed for government to protect our rights that were granted from a higher power. The concept of "unalienable" rights is borne from this and gives this country it's uniqueness. Yet so many who disagree with this notion would rather us slip into some Euro style social democracy? They feel we need a guardian class to protect you from yourself. In the words of Ronald Reagan: "Freedom is not something to be secured in any one moment in time. We must struggle to preserve it every day". I keep that struggle on every day....


It's the one that says "Bad Motherfu**er"...

Talk about a bad ass operation all caught on surveillance tapes. Two things that struck me while watching it, first off ignore Stephanapolous and Roberts at the end....their "analysis" is well kind of silly. Second, Mossad or Shin-Bet whoever pulled this off deserves credit not scorn. We could learn a thing or two from the Israelis when dealing with these Islamothugs.

Dramatic Hotel Assassination - ABC News

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

EDITORIAL: Cutting spending in N.J. - Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Cutting spending in N.J. - Washington Times

About damn time we got a governor in this state that was willing to gash the sacred cows in Trenton. The balls to make REAL decisions that may not be popular with some to do what's right for the state....hmmmm sounds like a lesson for our dear lea...I mean President.

The word of the day: Assimilate

Immigration policy is a source for many disagreements among the political classes. The thought of “comprehensive” immigration reform evokes images of the undocumented (illegal) millions immediately getting a path to citizenship and taking everyone’s jobs. Hyperbole aside there is some concern attached to giving a mostly unskilled force unfettered (legal) access to those jobs. Recently Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) introduced a bill similar to what was bandied about back in 2006-2007, the only problem now is that the unemployment rate is no longer hovering just under 5%.

So what would be the impact of such a policy? I tend to think the problem is much larger than just masses of unskilled labor unleashed. It is more of an assimilation problem. The Pew Hispanic Center released an extensive study of young Hispanics – aged 16 to 25- and their relatively uneven assimilation into mainstream American society. An estimated 22% of those were illegal immigrants. While the survey shows that the young Hispanics value an education and do agree that hard work pays off, it highlighted the social and educational trends that are hindering them. They have a staggeringly high dropout rate coupled with the women aged 15-19 giving birth to about 82 out of every thousand born. When the Census Bureau has projected that approximately one out of every four US residents will be Hispanic by mid-century we all have a stake in the successful assimilation of future generations.

In a great piece by columnist Duncan Currie entitled Assimilating Down he touches on many different aspects of the assimilation crisis. America has never absorbed such a massive and continuous flow of migrants from one country (Mexico) for such an extended period while that group has been heavily undocumented. He cites research that shows that while Mexican immigrants gradually improve their economic standing over time, they have lower rates of naturalization, weaker English capabilities and much smaller incomes than other immigrant groups. In an era when the college wage premium has skyrocketed and the number of well-paying low skill jobs has rapidly declined, this has put them at a disadvantage over the groups that came over in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The groups at the high end of the skill distribution curve (Chinese, Indian) tend to fare much better than those at the bottom (Mexicans,Central Americans).

What the solutions are to these problems I am not sure but so much hot air (never mind the wads of taxpayer cash) gets expended on border enforcement and amnesty, which are not trivial issues at all, that it’s time to have some good focused policy discussions aimed at the social mobility of Hispanics.
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Speaking of Hispanics, my main Cuban brother from another mother Marco Rubio will be giving a speech at CPAC tomorrow morning. Can't wait! I will be posting my reactions to that and others tomorrow afternoon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Must...Not...Use...Bayh Bayh...Pun

Seriously everyone and their mother used that one. I just had a passing note on this whole thing. Quoted in a CNN story:

"He hates the Senate, hates the left bloggers," a friend and longtime adviser to Bayh said."They are getting their wish, pure Democrats in the minority."

That's OK Senator, I hate them too.




Laissez les bon temps rouler

In the spirit of Mardi Gras here's a little musical interlude from New Orleans' own The Radiators....this tune holds up over 20 years later

Friday, February 12, 2010

Olympic Dreams?

Well it seems there is hope for me yet : "....you're not going to see bronzed, beach physiques curling very often," said Jonathan Reeser, a sports injury epidemiologist and the chair of the institutional review board at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/02/12/olympic-science-science-curling/

Read My Lips...

Joe the Plumber: "Your new tax plan's going to tax me more, isn't it?"

Nonsense, replied the candidate: "From 250 [thousand dollars a year] down, your taxes are going to stay the same."

Indeed, he insisted, 95 percent of "working people" would see their taxes go down in his administration.

To steal a line from Sarah Palin…”How’s that hopey-changey stuff working out for ya?” Since 2008, I and millions of others said there was no way he could get away with paying for all his grandiose plans by just soaking the “rich”…EVERYONE gets the shaft in a liberal administration.

It certainly was not totally unpredictable but going back on the one thing that allowed him to escape the usual "tax and spend liberal" tag in 2008 is I believe politically perilous. The American people are quite adept at remembering when you talk out of both sides of your mouth, especially when it comes to their paycheck.

Michelle Malkin: "Well, he broke his no-middle-class-tax-hike pledge more than a year ago with the passage of the massive S-CHIP expansion funded with regressive skyrocketing tobacco tax increases. But never mind the pesky little details. President Obama now wants you to know he's 'agnostic' on breaking that pledge (again). This time, he'll just blame it on the sham deficit commission he wants to set up as fall guys. . . . Read Obama's lips: Don't believe anything that passes his lips."

Jen Rubin: "It is rather typical of him. We have come to expect a lack of policy definition, an unwillingness to make hard choices (you really do have to be for or against letting tax rates rise -- it's not a 'false' choice), a cluelessness regarding the economic impact of his policies or the uncertainty they are generating, and a conceited self-portrait as a president unbound by ideology. He wants to know what works? He should look at the revenue generated by the Reagan and Bush tax cuts. He wants to know what would work to cut the deficit? Cancel the spending increases and roll back expenditures to 2007 levels. It is not that hard -- unless you find choosing, governing, and leading hard. And then the Hamlet-routine and the seeming indifference to fundamental policy decisions makes him appear craven and irresolute. You can sympathize with the Democrats. He is the captain of their ship, the party's leader, and his best answer is 'I don't know'? The Clintons must be kicking themselves and shouting into pillows. This is the guy they lost to? Yup."

Clifton B at Another Black Conservative: "'Agnostic' is a sly way of saying he is open minded to raising taxes on those Hope Dopes making less than $250k. Anyone with half a brain who has been keeping track of the spending and spending proposals would know there simply isn't enough money in the $250k+ crowd to pay for everything."

Thanks go out to NRO's Morning Jolt Newsletter. Always a great resource for information on other blogs and posts.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

I figured I would use my first blog post to do a quick introduction. Why a blog, people will ask. The answer is simple,I annoy countless hundreds with my Facebook posts so this seemed a more targeted approach to expose my rantings. Hopefully this will allow others to open up and start some interesting conversations. I do realize everyone has an opinion and some people are not as comfortable talking about them in such an un-anonymous (i think I just made up a word) manner as F-book. Here let it flow under whatever handle you choose, just keep it respectful. This is my first attempt at organizing my thoughts in such a way so...please be gentle with me.