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Tuesday, January 4. 2011
As frustration grows, airports consider ditching TSA
Earthquakes and climate change: Stupidity of the day
Intelligence is for stupid people
Insty noted this Harry Stein Book: I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican: A Survival Guide for Conservatives Marooned Among the Angry, Smug, and Terminally Self-Righteous [Paperback]
Synthstuff reports from the small biz arena
In The Arena:
Reason on Obamacare: The law will penalize doctors to pay patients and penalize patients to pay doctors. A quote:
George Will: Sarah Palin Cannot Be Elected President
If she tries to run, she will damage her brand. She's a fine spokesperson, for now. She should run for some other office if she wants to be a pol. I think she's better as a voice in the wilderness.
Europe starts confiscating private pension funds
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"Europe starts confiscating private pension funds"
Been predicting this for years. I fully expect the next leftist government here to implement plans to cut government pensions (for which every citizen is required to pay income dependent premiums in order to hopefully get an income independent pension on retirement) by the level of your private pension.
IOW if your private pension is higher than the government pension (which is 70% of minimum wage...) you'd get nothing despite having paid for it for your entire life.
They've already implemented income tax on pensions, when the money paid into the pension funds has already been taxed as income when originally paid in.
((snip from Iconoclast link:
But then Islam's Golden Age was golden only in comparison to the endarkenment that descended on Western Europe after the collapse of the Roman Empire in the fifth century. According to some historians, the rise of Islam in the seventh century exacerbated Europe's "Dark Age."
"Islam, far from being a force for enlightenment in the so-called Dark Age, was actually responsible for the destruction of the literate and urban civilization that we now call Classical," says John J. O'Neill, the author of Holy Warriors: Islam and the Demise of Classical Civilization
In this regard, the "1001 Inventions" exhibition is, perhaps, being disingenuous. Worse, though, says the reviewer, is the exhibition's failure to account for the "long eclipse" of Islamic culture. Indeed, one of history's much-debated puzzles is why the Muslim world stagnated after its Golden Age, why the spirit of scientific inquiry and philosophical debate by and large faded from Islamic culture.
Blame the imams. In the 11th century, Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali, a brilliant if tormented theologian, published The Incoherence of the Philosophers, effectively bringing to conclusion centuries of debate in the Muslim world about the primacy of reason versus that of revelation. Reason makes us question things, makes us doubtful and uncertain, al-Ghazali argued. He attacked philosophers who thought that humans could know the world by means of rational thought. Reason, he said, leads to despair. Only divine revelation, the word of God as revealed in the Koran, provides certain knowledge of how best to live. Human reason must submit to Allah's will.
great stuff on grim subject
Europe starts confiscating private pension funds
Heh - it's already happened here in the US. Teachers and state workers in CT contribute into their pension funds with a matching portion by the state - supposedly those contributions are put into investment funds to future benefits. Not so.
The Legislature has, for many years, put these contributions into the General Fund and spent them - leaving the future liability unfunded or on a per year basis. It took the threat of a real strike by state workers (and teachers - they were that pissed off) to get the Legislature to sell bonds to fund the pensions that were due - including their own contributions which were not minor. Other states have done much the same so in a sense, it's already here.
In CT, we also have a 32 billion dollar liability in bank holding abandoned/found moneys - things like expired insurance policies, dead letter bank accounts, etc. These expired monetary properties are supposed to be held by the state for dispersal when the owners are found or a claim is made. Unfortunately, the Legislature has spent all of that too, plus the holdings for 2009/10 which adds another billion or so to the debt.
Note that our legislature has been true blue for many years. :>)
defining Medicare fraud
The doctors are going to start voting with their feet.
George Will et al will make sure Palin is unelectable. The Republicans and quasi-Conservatives hate and fear her as much as the Dems. She is too much of a 'free bird' for them, better to have a big gov pardoner-of-murderers like Huckabee, or the author of the execrable template for Obamacare, Mr. Romney, or some of the other equally idiotic or boring candidates.
I am sure that Will is correct, Palin can't be elected, but it's because she cannot win the support of the RINO Republicans, of which there are a HUGE number, and not only the obvious 'candidates' either.
I'm not blind to some of her flaws, and I don't know if she's fixed them all and would be the best candidate, but she's not the worst, and would these Establishment jackwipes get behind her, eventually, if they can't find anyone else that excites and has a decent track record (and I"m not saying they aren't out there, but if they run one of those crashingly dull or idiotic bores like the ones mentioned above...then we're screwed.
I see, too, MSM lefty sites, like Yahoo, with their little and continuous Sarah digs, AND their promo of Republicans-dull-as-dishwasher. A poll done in academia, probably asking questions of anyone who voted the Socialist Party in the last 5 elections...Palin is last on our list...the poll is touted as being the Gospel of the Gospels, the end-all-be-all.
But Huckabee, a total putz (well, he seems agreeable enough with a banjo on his show; THAT"S a good place for him, but not leading the country) is shown as leading in some of these biased polls. Or Romney or other retreads.
"Palin can't win" will become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the forces arrayed against her are too big. But I pray that the Republicans come up with someone with half as much charisma and fine, who has more "gravitas" (but can still bring up a joke and a smile and seems like a decent person too).
Exactly Mo. Geeting awful tired of hearing it from all corners about how she is unelectable. Maybe so, but how do any of these people know that. These are the same folks that took down George W. Bush and it was a disgrace. He was not as conservative on SOME policies as others, but he had the good ol USof A in pretty good shape in spite of our problems. Now things like security, the wars, energy policy, and fuel prices are a wreck and its not just cause of Barry O; its because those in the beltway got on the "harping about George" bandwagon and the intentionally uneducated and un-read and unthinking were taken in hook line and sinker and elected BO.
So, as to Mo's point, yes, if they keep harping she will never be electable and the beltway folk do not want us ordinary mid-westeners thinking it out for ourselves, so they just set about eliminating the choice before it appears.
Ask one of these supposed conservatives about which of her policies makes her a bad choice. Most have no answer; they just spout the branding, the unelectability, the lack of experience, better elsewhere, etc.
Thanks for 'listening' to this rant.
Until SP gets a voice and some backing of her ideas and some of the comes heat off by supposed friends of conservatives, I do not think we will know as a nation whether she is electable or not.
Palin isn't electable backed by RINOs or not. And there are reasons for it.
For starters, she has the most annoying voice of any politician ever - she sounds like a nagging shrew. Or Snookie without the Jersey accent. She seriously needs a voice coach to help her tone that down - a lot. Listening to her speak is like running fingernails down a chalkboard.
Palin has and projects a good deal of sex appeal - which automatically puts her in bad graces with women of all political persuasions. There is no Plain Jane about Sarah Palin. She's the girl all the other girls in high school hated because she was the best looking, most talented, etc.
She is a mother and has juggled that with her political responsibilities very nicely which is also a negative for most women - those who pretend that they are liberated and capable of balancing the many facets of life, love and profession and yet are completely and totally inept at it. She handled the whole Bristol kerfuffle adeptly and with no little inter-personal skill - another negative.
She is married to a good looking guy - outdoors type (like she is), she is fit (consider how old Trig was when she was nominated and how trim she was), she seems to breeze through the responsibilities of life easily and with little effort - everything to hate about her regardless of her political views.
Just these three things put her on a huge uphill climb to acceptability and I'm not sure its doable. Maybe for 2016, but not for 2012.
The simple truth is this - if Sarah Palin were a Democrat, she'd be in the same boat as she is as a Republican.
In my opinion, Palin would be much better off being the de-facto head of the Tea Party, keep her high profile endorsements and statements as they are, keep the folksy jocular attitude going and be the head of the RNC - in other words be a successful behind the scenes player and power broker - that is where she can help Republicans the most and have the most impact.
Well since Tom has spoken for women, there is little else to say.
I am not expressing anything, or speaking for any group, other than that based on engaging in observing conservative and liberal women discussing Palin in various professional and social settings.
Re: Don't touch my junk
When did they go from being jewels to junk?
Re: Don't touch my junk ... I've been wondering about that myself, mudbug. I'm tempted to repeat the old saw, "One man's trash is another man's [or woman's] treasure." As far as I can determine with some research, I think the guys themselves chose the term. We women would never be so cruel.
I think you're right, Marianne. I have to say that there are a lot about the sensibilities in the current culture that baffle me. This is only one. They're still jewels to me!
Well, originally, the term "junk" was a nautical term - basically old or used materials like not quite long enough pieces of rope, cracked but usable belaying pins, clothes, fittings, etc. In fact, the term junk shop meant the room in the ship chandlers building that held this stuff or "junk".
The Urban Dictionary describes junk as: "a little more than badonkadonk but less extreme than having an SUV in the pants."
How it became synonymous with male geniltalia, I have no clue. :>)
There were many rumors prior to the last election that the Obama administration was formulating plans to force all 401K and IRA's to be exchanged for Treasury Bonds in order to "protect" those funds and-wait for it-out of "fairness". Given their reading of the commerce clause and with a European model (nothing they admire more) to follow, wouldn't surprise me to see this idea advanced.
I may have exaggerated-they may admire China government more than European.
#8 - MikeinAppalachia - You are aware that there has already been a subcommittee of Dems looking into this and promoting it as economic justice?? If you like your IRA (401k), you can keep it; but I digress.