Thursday, June 23, 2011
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 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
From the Associated Press:
Saturday, June 18, 2011
|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
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
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
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 OccupationsSuccessful 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”
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
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
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
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.”
A DEBT LIMIT INCREASE WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT SPENDING CUTS & BUDGET REFORMS WILL DESTROY AMERICAN JOBS
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.