Tuesday, September 21, 2010
1) Suppose conservatives do take control and the markets respond positively with a party with a mandate for fiscal discipline. Once confidence is re-established locked up funds begin to release into the economy and we begin to see improvement up until 2012.
2) There is the illusion that the President somehow is responsible for creating jobs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Congress has more to do with that than the executive branch. The boom of the nineties happened when Republicans took power. This current collapse began when Democrats took it back.
Now Presidents can have an influence in the private economy through executive regulation and he can effect it, as is happening now, by inflicting a fear of uncertainty through amateurish stewardship where businesses hold onto capital not knowing what the government will do next.
3) Given this, if Republicans are successful and the economy comes back then Obama will claim we are starting to see the effects of his policies. The media will propagate this illusion.
4) Phase two of the battle between TEA Party conservatives and established moderate/liberal Republicans could heat up and split the ticket. In the same way Ross Perot handed the Presidency to Clinton, elected by a minority of 41%, Obama could likewise get a second term.
5) Hopefully Hillary will cause a similar rupture in the Democrat Party between liberals and progressives.
*** November 8, 2005 ***
"This message comes to you today from an old country, France, from a continent like mine, Europe, that has known wars, occupation and barbarity. A country that does not forget and knows everything it owes to the freedom-fighters who came from America and elsewhere. And yet has never ceased to stand upright in the face of history and before mankind. Faithful to its values, it wishes resolutely to act with all the members of the international community. It believes in our ability to build together a better world." - Dominique de Villepin 02/14/03Speech to the Security Council before Operation Iraqi Freedom
Hummm...How has that noble statement stood against the passage of time ( and captured douments?)
French corruption scandals ( Dead Link)
Chirac allies among 47 accused in major French corruption trial ( Dead Link )
French Connection to Oil for Food Probed
Former French UN ambassador held over Iraq oil-for-food
This is how I saw them in the Summer of 2003, a view that has stood the test of time.
Monday, September 20, 2010
"I happily talk to the plants and trees, and listen to them. I think it's absolutely crucial," the prince says. "Everything I've done here, it's like almost with your children. Every tree has a meaning for me."Thankfully Dianna provided some corrective genetic chemistry and the kids seem to be alright.
As stream of consciousness goes, this then reminded me of Dave Coyne's Terry the Plant Physic. I can't find his originals but did manage to find this one on his YouTube channel DCLugi.
Another of my favorites:
I do like this idea presented by the author that captures the problem of discussing such truths and the prohibition by political correctness:
The tragic effect of the left’s control of the boundaries of debate is that any discussion about vital issues such as these marks an individual as an “Islamophobe” and a “racist.”
So for the sake of avoiding discussion based on truth, society is condemned to abide in a world of false impressions.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
The Boston Herald reports that John Kerry, the haughty, French-looking former junior senator from Massachusetts, who by the way served in Vietnam, "mocked Republicans as 'Sarah Palin's party' ":
"The news from Delaware is crystal clear: It's Sarah Palin's party now," Kerry wrote in a fund-raising e-mail titled "Delawow!" distributed yesterday. "We have to fight back. Click here to contribute right now to make sure we defeat the Tea Party extremists."
The Herald quotes Glenn Reynolds, a libertarian law professor whom the paper misidentifies as a "conservative gadfly": "I think the Tea Party couldn't ask for any better publicity than to be denounced by a millionaire who dodges paying taxes on his yacht." Actually, make that a near-billionaire who married another man's fortune.
What caught my eye was "the Tea Party extremists".
This is a good indication of just how convoluted an 'extreme' leftist's thinking is.
What kind of person thinks that demanding adherence to our founding principles laid down in the Constitution is 'extremist'; that demanding accountability from our elected officials is 'extremist'; that advocating fiscal responsibility in federal spending is 'extremist'; that seeking to change business as usual in Washington is 'extremist'?
I also noticed something missed in the last line: "Actually, make that a near-billionaire who married another man's fortune." That man whose fortune Kerry enjoys, as if he had anything to with its accumulation, was a Republican. Then again, that is typical of Democrats - enjoying the wealth accumulated by others.
Friday, September 17, 2010
If you are buying that I imagine they'll make you a great deal on a bridge.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
A Constitutional amendment whereby two thirds of state legislatures could repeal a federal law.
I think this is a great idea because:
1) The states lost their role in a federation by the direct election of Senators. This leans some authority back towards the republican government guaranteed in the Constitution by giving authority of approval back to the States of which the federal government is subservient to. This has gotten reversed and needs to be corrected.
2) It would serve as a check against federal judicial activism.
3) It fast-tracks corrective measures short of a constitutional amendment for each issue.
4) It checks the influence of large regional power structures like California from imposing their policies on smaller areas of the country. So if the federal government attempts to force something like clean-air standards based on California's economically destruction regulation policies other states can negate that action.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
" 4) Who is the real yuppie? The media tried to paint Bush as the privileged yuppie, masquerading as the Texas rancher, idly chain-sawing on his spread. But at least Bush went to the Texas outback for vacation and got his hands dirty. Obama’s problem is that Axelrod and Emanuel could not stage a chain-sawing task for Obama if they tried — severe injury would surely follow."