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Friday, October 31. 2008
Good grief. Obama will pay for her gas and pay her mortgage! May I ask how poor she is with a car and a house? Only in America...
A friend told me that he was going out on Halloween night with his kids dressed as a white, middle-aged, married, Christian, somewhat prosperous Republican father of three to scare the Obamamaniacs.
This toon via Makiw:
A hearty wave of the fat Capitalist cigar, as Mr. Free Market would say, to our friend Tigerhawk, who is annoyed enough with Obama's insulting him to use the f-bomb on his family-oriented site.
I suspect that he is already into the brandy.
Ditto, Tiger, on all counts. And burn 'em while you can afford 'em.
Who remembers that the USA has a Department of Energy? Who knows what they do? This came in over the transom:
See comparisons with other countries. It's an eye-opener. Americans may talk Capitalism, but our Capitalism serves to stuff the ever-greedy maw of government. There isn't much room to become more redistributionist without truly disincentivizing effort, initiative, creativity, and job creation (see Cory Miller the Well-Driller).
Tigerhawk's anticipated total tax rate of 50% surely does approach the disincentivizing point, except for those who want to get really rich quick. Hence booming lottery sales and hedge funds, because achieving prosperity and security through slow, hard work and savings gets tough against the headwind of taxation.
Yes, I know the image is a cheap scare tactic but, honestly, I am a bit scared. A bit Halloween-scared. Not so much about Obama alone, but about the combination of Obama-Reid-Pelosi. Their view of America and Americans is quite different from mine. They have no faith in us, the people.
Voter fraud chic at The Gap. Michelle. Groovy.
Barack's aunt finally found. I think he wants me to take care of her.
If CO2 is classified as a dangerous pollutant... Yeah, and we'll all be taxed for breathing and farting. Tax beans! Farting should be taxed, come to think of it, to discourage it.
Nice grouchy rant. Alphecca.
Government isn't charity. NRO. No, it is not. Money at gunpoint doesn't count as charity.
Finally, an LAT protest. Power to the people!
Checks on Joe more extensive than realized. Imagine if Repubs did that. We'd be hearing about fascist police state tactics.
I do not understand why banks are being forced to take bailout funds if they don't need it.
From Babalu, via Driscoll:
From Dr. Bob:
A reminder that Halloween is the eve of All Hallow's Day, ie All Saint's Day. Like so many Christian holy days, it was moved from May to overlap with an existing pagan festival in the 700s. Here's a painting by Daniel Maclise of a Halloween party he attended in Blarney in 1832:
Thursday, October 30. 2008
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:21 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Nice to know that they have numbnuts down there too. I think these are the folks who took Al Gore seriously. Or is it satire? Who can tell, these days? Via Climate Skeptic:
From 1989's Oh Mercy album (lyrics here):
Always late. Busy with what? We all know that being a Senator is not like a real job, but they all like to feel important, and chronic lateness tends to be an effort to convey that message. Whether or not you like Obama, this is entertaining:
Behold, the Magni autogyro:
Think: "Chistmas wish list."
Mr. Miller is a "Joe the Plumber," the kind of American the Dems do not understand because Leftist ideology cannot account for such fine folks. His open letter to Obama is below (h/t, Eclectic Will). I know plenty of people who have done the same, and who could have written similar letters. Cindy had an email chat with Cory.
From: Cory Miller
Given the uproar about the simple question asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find myself motivated to say a few things to you myself. While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have started not one, but 4 businesses. But first, let me introduce myself. You can call me “Cory the well driller”. I am a 54-year-old high school graduate. I didn’t go to college like you, I was too ready to go “conquer the world” when I finished high school. 25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from the crash of the early 80’s oil boom. I didn’t get any help from the government, nor did I look for any. I borrowed what I could from my sister, my uncle, and even the pawnshop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start not a result of privilege. It is the result of my personal drive, personal ambition, self-discipline, self reliance, and a determination to treat my customers fairly. From the very start my business provided one other (than myself) East Texan a full time job. I couldn’t afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand shovels. I had to use my 10-year-old, ½-ton pickup truck for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).
A year and a half after I started the business, I scraped together a 20% down payment to get a modest bank loan and bought a (28 year) old, worn out, slightly bigger drilling rig to allow me to drill the deeper water wells in my area. I spent the next few years drilling wells with the rig while simultaneously rebuilding it between jobs. Through these years I never knew from one month to the next if I would have any work or be able to pay the bills. I got behind on my income taxes one year, and spent the next two years paying that back (with penalty and interest) while keeping up with ongoing taxes. I got behind on my water well supply bill 2 different years (way behind the second time… $80,000.00), and spent over a year paying it back (each time) while continuing to pay for ongoing supplies C.O.D. Of course, the personal stress endured through these experiences and years is hard to measure. I do have a stent in my heart now to memorialize it all.
Continue reading "Cory Miller the Well-Driller's open letter to Obama"
Florida Cubans: Obama is communismo
Whats the real difference between pro- and anti-Palin conservatives?
Non-profit, non-partisan ACORN is part of the Obama campaign. I do not think that is legal.
Why do anti-capitalists always love money so much? I wonder about that often.
Sarkozy: Obama utterly immature on Iran
More trust McCain than Obama on the economy. That's a change.
Snow blankets London for global warming debate. Snow wins the debate?
Guardian tut-tutting about James Bond. Too masculine. No, it's not intended as satire.
How much is the govt willing to pay to soak the rich? McArdle
Rick is as hopeless as most of the polls
Obama's "redistribution" Constitution. Calabrese in the WSJ
Most Presidents ignore the Constitution: "The government we have today is nothing the Founders could have imagined." Napolitano in the WSJ
Obama and redistribution at Volokh
Wednesday, October 29. 2008
Is Rick right or wrong about this? I have no idea. I think this is Rick's best, and perhaps most optimistic guess. A quote:
I think Rick is saying that Obama probably wants to extend the Roosevelt statist, 1930s-style revolution. That's what Hillary had in mind too, with her "politics of meaning" which she fantasized might replace religion - but she knew a thing or two about economics because she really liked money, and this fellow appears to know nothing about economics. On the other hand, for a guy who has never had a real job he's got lots of cash in the bank...funny how wealthy the Lefty pols always seem to be, but "they care" - especially after they get theirs.
Read the whole thing. I'd be interested in our readers' reactions.
It's not hopeless by any means. Tough, but not impossible.
Women are approaching equality with men in the rapidly swelling ranks of the unfaithful.
Indeed, it should not be difficult for women to exceed men in this critical metric of gender equality. All it takes is to give the guy a few beers to dissolve his noble conscience, a well-timed wink and smile, followed up by a gentle touch. Right?
Just make him feel "special," and he's yours, ladies, because real, everyday life doesn't tend to make most guys feel very special. Why should it? Life owes us nothing.
And you want to feel special too.
A quote from this excellent excerpt - a fine essay in itself - (h/t, Vanderleun) from James Kalb's new book The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command:
Read the whole essay, which very much reflects the Maggie's Farm view of things.
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