Thursday, June 23, 2011

My name is Obamandias, King of Kings

I met a traveler from a once free land
Who said: A vast and fathomless ego hath
Scorched the earth. Nearby, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose contempt
And tilted chin, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read.
Few survived that parliamentary Armageddon
The rest were run out of town on a rail, or fled.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Obamandias, king of kings:
Look on my legislation, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the ruins
Of that colossal Self, burnt and bare
The lone and lifeless prairie stretches far away.

The original by Shelley:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

(FYI - Ozymandias is what the Greeks called Ramses.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gore Blames Obama for the End Of Life As We Know It.

– Former US vice president and environmental extremist Al Gore has accused President Barack Obama of failing to lead on climate change, warning that the very survival of civilization was at stake.

Gore lashed out at those who ask if human-made climate change is real. He pointed to extreme events including floods that displaced 20 million last year in Pakistan, major fires or drought in places from Russia to Texas to Australia, and accelerating loss of polar ice that threatens to raise sea levels and deluge low-lying islands and coasts.

Gore failed to include the election of Barack Obama in his list of extreme events.

In an impassioned essay in Rolling Stone magazine, Gore sympathized with the challenges facing his fellow Democrat and lambasted big business, political donors, the media and Congress for their role on climate change.

Gore said Obama "has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change."

"President Obama has never presented to the American people the magnitude of the climate crisis," wrote Gore, who narrowly lost the 2000 presidential election and won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy on climate change.

"Here is the core of it: we are destroying the climate balance that is essential to the survival of our civilization. This is not a distant or abstract threat; it is happening now," Gore wrote.

"The United States is the only nation that can rally a global effort to save our future. And the president is the only person who can rally the United States," he ranted.

"It is not uncommon for the nightly newscast to resemble a nature hike through the Book of Revelation," Gore preached.

"Yet most of the news media completely ignore how such events are connected to the climate crisis, or dismiss the connection as controversial," he said.

"After all, there are scientists on one side of the debate and deniers on the other," Gore added mockingly.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Death to Pakistan

Typical Street Scene in Islamabad, Pakistan

From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON – In another blow to Washington's relationship with Pakistan, U.S. officials say Pakistan failed another test to prove it could be trusted to go after American enemies on its soil by intentionally or inadvertently tipping off militants at two more bomb-building factories in its tribal areas, giving the suspected terrorists time to flee.
The two sites' locations in the tribal areas had been shared with the Pakistani government this past week, the officials said Saturday. The Americans monitored the area with satellite and unmanned drones to see what would happen.
In each case, within a day or so after sharing the information, they watched the militants depart, taking any weapons or bomb-making materials with them, just as militants had done the first two times. Only then, did they watch the Pakistani military visit each site, when the terror suspects and their wares were long gone, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.
The Americans suspect that either lower-level Pakistani officials are directly tipping the militants off to the imminent raids, or the tips are coming through the local tribal elders that Pakistan insists on informing of the raids. U.S. officials have pushed for Pakistan to keep the location of such targets secret prior to the operations, but the Pakistanis say their troops cannot enter the lawless regions without giving the locals notice.
The latest incidents bring to a total of four bomb-making sites that the U.S. has shared with Pakistan only to have the terrorist suspects flee before the Pakistani military arrive. Both sides are attempting to mend relations and rebuild trust after the U.S. raid on May 2 that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, a Pakistani army town only 35 miles from the capital Islamabad.
The Pakistanis believe the Americans violated their sovereignty by keeping them in the dark about the raid. American officials believe bin Laden's location proves some elements of the Pakistani army or intelligence service helped hide the al-Qaida mastermind.
Pakistan's army on Friday disputed reports that its security forces had tipped off insurgents at bomb-making factories after getting intelligence about the sites from the United States. The army called the assertions of collusion with militants "totally false and malicious."
Pakistani army officials claimed they had successfully raided two more sites, after finding nothing at the first two, but a Pakistani official reached Friday offered no details of what they found.
That official admitted that in each raid, however, the Pakistani security services notified the local elders who hold sway in the tribal regions. The official said they would investigate U.S. charges that the militants had been tipped off.
Two U.S. officials said they were asking the Pakistanis to withhold such sensitive information from the elders, and even their lower ranks, to carry out their raids in secret, to prove they could be trusted to go after U.S. enemies.
At least two of the sites were run by the Haqqani network, which is part of the Taliban, closely allied with al-Qaida, and blamed for some of the deadliest attacks against U.S. troops and civilians in neighboring Afghanistan. Pakistan has long resisted attacking the Haqqani network, saying the group has never attacked the state of Pakistan.
The intelligence sharing was intended as a precursor to building a new joint intelligence team of CIA officers together with Pakistani intelligence agents. But U.S. officials say Pakistan has failed to quickly approve the visas needed, despite agreeing to form the team in May.
U.S. officials have also accused Pakistan of holding up to five Pakistani nationals accused of helping the CIA spy on the Abbottabad compound in advance of the bin Laden raid.
Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, confirmed Sunday that Pakistan had rounded up more than 30 people as part of the investigation. He said they were being questioned for information, not punished, but did not say what would happen to them if charged and found guilty of spying.
Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Haqqani said if any among them were informants who worked for the CIA, "we will deal with them as we would deal with an offending intelligence service and we will resolve this to the satisfaction of our friends, as well as to our own laws."
The Pakistani government, according to the official reached earlier, views any citizen who worked with the U.S. to spy on the compound as having betrayed his or her country by failing to tip off the government that someone the Americans wanted was hiding there. The government's position, the official said, is that such a tip could have saved the Pakistani government the embarrassment of being surprised by the bin Laden raid.

Oh - by the way - did you know that the official name of that country is:  The Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
 Lobbing a couple of nukes over Islamabad would be a hell of a lot more effective than milk-toast diplomats.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

What are we paying this guy for anyway?

Boondoggles vs. Presidential Job Description?
Photo of Obama signing something by hand... in Poland
Last month, we reported that an autopen, not President Obama, signed the Patriot Act extension into law.
Some questioned the legality of using a machine instead of getting the president himself to sign a law, but the White House argued it was legit.
However, that explanation wasn't good enough for some Republicans in Congress.
On Friday 21 House Republicans sent a letter to the president expressing their disdain for the mass-signature facsimile machine. The missive calls for Obama to re-sign the Patriot Act in person.
"Mr. President, it is clear that assigning a surrogate the responsibility of signing bills passed by Congress is a debatable issue, and could be challenged in court," the lawmakers wrote. "That being the case, our request is that, out of an abundance of caution, you affix your signature to S. 990 [The Patriot Act extension] by personally re-signing the enrolled bill."

The Republicans are calling on Obama to cease using the autopen, and citing several dissenting opinions they say argue against the practice's constitutionality.
Obama used the autopen in May because provisions of the Patriot Act were set to expire while the president was en route to the G-8 world economic summit. The White House immediately defended the decision, saying it is permitted under the Constitution.
A White House spokesman told CBS Friday that the president does not feel a need to re-sign the Patriot Act extension by hand.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mitt Romney's Newest Pal: Al Gore

Apparently Mitt is the "front-runner" due in part to support from Thermageddonistas and Friends of the RINO.

It's bad enough that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has to deal with an endless stream of compliments from President Obama for being the inspiration for Obamacare. But now Romney's getting praise from Al Gore, too? All poor Mitt needs is a nice word from Barbara Streisand and he'll have locked up endorsements from conservatives' three most prominent villains representing their three most hated parts of society: the federal government, environmentalists, and Hollywood.

At a New Hampshire town hall earlier this month, Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy when he said, "I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that. ... It's important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may be significant contributors." In response, Rush Limbaugh said Romney could kiss the Republican nomination goodbye.

"Good for Mitt Romney," Gore wrote on his blog, as The Hill's Jordan Fabian notes. "While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party."

Given that he has to fight conservatives' anger that he signed into law a bill that mandates individuals buy health insurance--the part of Obama's health care overhaul that conservatives hate the most--it's interesting Romney would take such an unpopular position among his party's base (Limbaugh called climate change a "hoax."). But Romney has said global warming is real for years, and perhaps he's even more afraid of being accused of yet another flip flop.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Revere to the British: "The bell's a'ringing! The town's alarmed, and you're all dead men!"

Revere was captured and questioned by the British soldiers at gunpoint. He told them of the army's movement from Boston, and that British army troops would be in some danger if they approached Lexington, because of the large number of hostile militia gathered there. He and other captives taken by the patrol were still escorted east toward Lexington, until about a half mile from Lexington they heard a gunshot. The British major demanded Revere explain the gunfire, and Revere replied it was a signal to "alarm the country". As the group drew closer to Lexington, the town bell began to clang rapidly, to which one of the captives proclaimed to the British soldiers "The bell's a'ringing! The town's alarmed, and you're all dead men!" The British soldiers gathered and decided not to press further towards Lexington, to instead free the prisoners and to head back to warn their commanders.

Check out David Hackett Fischer's book; "Paul Revere's Ride" (specifically pages 135 -137)  for this part of that historic night.

As you can clearly see, Palin's account was dead-on accurate. Don't believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see. Unless, of course, it is presented by a Liberal, then believe none of it.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Green card lottery! What'll the feds think up next?

How many of you have ever heard of this bonehead government program?

A free lottery that gives away United States Permanent Resident Cards to anyone with some high school education or has ever had a job!!

No shit - I'm not making this up.

Gimme a F-ing break!

  • The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery program for receiving a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery. The lottery is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State and conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Section 131 of the Immigration Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended INA 203 to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants" (DV immigrants). The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

 Here are the "strict" eligibility requirements copied directly from the U.S. State Department webpage

Qualifying Occupations

Successful DV entrants must be eligible to receive a visa by qualifying based on education, work, and other requirements. The law and regulations require that every DV entrant must have at least:
  • A high school education or its equivalent; or
  • Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years' training or experience.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mitt (RINO) Romney: “I believe the world’s getting warmer…it’s important for us to reduce our emissions”

The other day, Dana (my better half) said Mitt Romney was a RINO.  I hadn't really thought of him in those terms.  Now, I see him appeasing some granola-munching tree-huggers with a half-hearted semi-endorsement of Thermageddon.

Sorry, Mitt - that does it .  You are a RINO.

Since it is unlikely that you will grow a pair, step aside for a real man - like Bachmann or Palin.

Before a town hall meeting in Mancester, New Hampshire (June 3, 2011), Romney said:
"I believe the world’s getting warmer. I can’t prove that, but I believe based on what I read that the world is getting warmer. And number two, I believe that humans contribute to that. I don’t know how much our contribution is to that, because I know that there have been periods of greater heat and warmth in the past but I believe we contribute to that. And so I think it’s important for us to reduce our emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases that may well be significant contributors to the climate change and the global warming…"
This statement obviously doesn’t bode well for the prospect that Romney would rein in the EPA and its  economy-killing greenhouse gas regulations.

In a 2008 GOP presidential debate, Romney was critical of unilateral/local emissions cuts, noting it was called “global warming” not “California warming.”  These more recent comments make it appear that he really doesn't get it.

Note to GOP presidential candidates: Don’t embrace climate alarmism to appease the alarmists because they won’t vote for you anyway and non-alarmists will vote for another Republican candidate.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Surf - and -Turf with a Mountain Dew Chaser

Mac & cheese, rice & beans, and an occasional pot roast.  It is all good food - however, it sure would be nice to eat as well as one of Obama's lower-class welfare recipients. 

Check out the slogan at the bottom of the receipt.  I guess they chose to sell out our country for the price of surf-and-turf with a Mountain Dew chaser.

Force workers to pay for the slackers to get the slackers' votes.  Workers are too exhausted to pay attention.  Redistribution of wealth has already been accomplished, creating a debt burden on tax-payers for eternity.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Simple Truth

"A few years ago, Americans did something that was, actually, very much the sort of thing Americans like to do: We gave someone new a chance to lead, someone we hadn't known for very long, who didn't have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place.

At the time, we didn't know what sort of a president he would make.

Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to go by. Barack Obama has failed America."

 -  Mitt Romney  -

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

More Than 150 Economists Call for Spending Cuts That Exceed Debt Limit Hike


House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today released a statement signed by more than 150 economists backing his call for spending cuts that exceed any increase in the debt limit. The statement is signed by some of our country’s best economic minds, including:

  •  Nobel Prize winners (Robert Mundell, Vernon Smith); 
  • economists from Stanford (Michael Boskin, John F. Cogan, Eric A. Hanushek, David R. Henderson, James C. Miller III, John B. Taylor)  
  • economists from Carnegie-Mellon (Robert Dammon, Marvin Goodfriend, Allan Meltzer); 
  • former U.S. Secretary of State (George P. Shultz); 
  • former directors of the Congressional Budget Office (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, June O’Neill).

Boehner made the following comment:

  • “More than 150 economists have a simple message for Washington: to help our economy grow and create jobs, any debt limit increase needs to be met with even larger spending cuts. Increasing the debt ceiling without significant spending cuts and budget reforms will send a message to American job creators that we still are not serious about ending Washington’s spending addiction, and this will bring further harm to private-sector job growth in America. We need to enact reforms that will help our economy grow while stopping Washington from spending money it doesn’t have.”
Here is a link to a PDF listing the signatories and below is the text of the economists’ statement:

An increase in the national debt limit that is not accompanied by significant spending cuts and budget reforms to address our government’s spending addiction will harm private-sector job creation in America. It is critical that any debt limit legislation enacted by Congress include spending cuts and reforms that are greater than the accompanying increase in debt authority being granted to the president. We will not succeed in balancing the federal budget and overcoming the challenges of our debt until we succeed in committing ourselves to government policies that allow our economy to grow. An increase in the national debt limit that is not accompanied by significant spending cuts and budget reforms would harm private-sector job growth and represent a tremendous setback in the effort to deal with our national debt.
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