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Thursday, March 12. 2009
John Sununu speaks on the Politics of Global Warming.
Not satire: EU considers Fart Tax
Advanced paternal age and neural abnormalities
States ranked by freedom. Barone
What "legacy" is that, exactly? Will it include a stone memorial for Mary Jo on Chappaquiddick?
Horowitz' book: The One-Party Classroom
NYT: In favor of filibustering GOP nominees, but not for Dem nominees
Warren Buffett's comments. I like them.
Gitmo guys go back to their same previous job. Moral of the story: Take no prisoners.
Europe warns re US spending
Don't kill Armey's Army
The Goracle refuses to debate. Or even to discuss. I think he has a problem of some sort.
Jammy notes Move-On war against medical insurors (and thanks for the link to us, JWF)
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Nice posts NJ.
New Hampshire leads the nation in freedom. Not for long we're a blue state now. Check back with us in two years.
"What this country needs is more unemployed politicians"
I forgot who said that. I'd throw in lawyers too! ( Not you Mr B)
Dumb Judd, finally said something smart, about national debt to GDP ratios.
Mr B's and Barret's cures for the economy are better than Warren's.
Public Service today, and for the past 25 years is a cash cow business. What the hell am I doing self-employed. Dumb, dummy,and bigger dummy that's me.
Baby Boomers will have a rude awakening in retirement. As this begins to dawn on them, we can expect very vocal complaints and intergenerational friction. Our planning is done by politicians focused on short-term political gain, so no one is doing anything to address the issues. We need to give Bush credit for trying.
Social Security and Medicare are now entitlement programs rather than insurance programs and will be subject to social engineering as well as inadequate funding. There is an insufficient base of workers to support Social Security and the younger generations aren't going to look kindly on a generation that has saddled them with exorbitant debt and expects to be supported in retirement. (How are those reduced birth rates and high abortion rates working out for you?) Although they've paid taxes for a lifetime, the Boomers will be means-tested for Medicare and see diminished Social Security benefits and/or a greater wait to full retirement benefits.
401(k)s are not your Daddy's defined benefit pension plans, so Boomers were going to have some surprises anyway, but Obama's wealth destruction has killed 401(k)s and IRAs. Government employees and unions have strong retirement guarantees, but it remains to be seen if governments and employers will be able to sustain their promises.
It's not going to be pretty.
Rush is the greatest communicator of the last twenty five years. Using satire, wit, farce to a political logic that cuts through the Left's Nacht und Nebel that has now taken on an actual sinister attack on free market capitalism and is destroying the greatest financial markets in the world. I hope he keeps it up.
Needless to say The Daily Kos, the Internet counterpart to Rush's airwaves corps, is trying to institute Marxist Leninist principles in this countries "useful idiots" and having some success, but nothing like the impact of Rush. I would hope The Daily Kos burns in hell.
Rush certainly has his detractors, usually upper East Side liberals. Certainly his satire is biting. I'm just glad I don't have that same effect.
Dick Armey is one bright guy and it's too bad his ecomonic savvy isn't still in the Congress. Likewise Phil Gramm.
Now we have who? Barney Frank? Tim Geithner? and
O ne B ig A ss M istake A merica ..
From No Pasaran.
Fox poll taken Jan. 16-17, 2007, asked respondents about the surge in Iraq: "Do you personally want the Iraq plan President Bush announced last week to succeed?" An astounding 34% said they did not want the surge to succeed. Among Democratic Party leaders the percentage was probably close to 100%.
Thus reports Investor's Business Daily (which added, regarding Newsweek's Rush Limbaugh cover, "So much for disagreeing with what you say but defending to the death your right to say it [—] Voltaire could never be a contributor to Newsweek").
If, as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says, Rush Limbaugh "is the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party," it is only fair to ask: Who is his Democratic counterpart?
Our nominee is George Soros, the Hungarian billionaire and former Nazi sympathizer who helped fund MoveOn.org, the radical group that smeared Gen. David Petraeus with its "General Betray Us" ad last fall.
Through his Open Society Initiative and personal contributions Soros has funded many liberal causes and many Democratic candidates with the intent of undermining democracy and capitalism. His ultimate goal is to create a global socialist collective where we hand over our money and/or freedom and sing "Kumbaya."
For our part, we'll take Rush over Soros.
"Who is his Democratic counterpart?" Maybe James Carvel?
Carvel looks like he came out of the movie Deliverance. What the hell was Mary Matlin thinking when she married this guy.
Good dope about gravity, stretching, and Tai Chi. Thanks!
My pleasure. That mean old Mr. Gravity is just such a drag.
The Financial Times (London) is currently doing a series on Saving Capitalism and has name fifty of the most prominent people in the world who will frame the debate.
They are presented in a picture format that when your mouse is pointed to a picture a short bio/info comes up.
Ranked in this worldwide group of only fifty was EL RUSHBO
The man has gravitas. The FT is no ordinary paper but read worldwide and considered by many the best in the business.
P.S. I was interested in the number of people mentione in THE FIFTY that I had no recognition of nor knowledge of yet here I was being informed by a highly credible source that these people would frame the worlds debate on capitalism.
Sorry but no one from MF was presented.
I like your sadtire, Habu. I thought you were leaving but I see you stayed. Do you believe you wrote this??? Why do you think the peeps at Maggie's Farm should not be trusted? wow... This is a crazy crazy world we live in when we don't know Who's Who at The Farm. Except you admitted you were Leag. He's nasty.
"Habu, i have tried to warn ya before.
Listen to the words of Maggies Farm which describe the spirit and toneof this blog site.
This, or any other yankee site, is no place to play if yall have something to conceal.
Don't trust them
#12.1 Leag on 2009-03-12 12:33 (Reply)
Thanks for the compliment.
However, like most things it really is a matter of having strong fundamentals and the discipline to stick to those principles.
I wish I was in a position to influence the debate and could afford to do so. Nevertheless, I try to my part and influence those around me form family and friends to colleagues and acquaintances at work.
My hope is that we all try to do what we can. With some good fortune and enough numbers, we can influence enough of those around us to change the outcome so that we all may enjoy more prosperity and freedom.
This sorry for something the sorrowful has no knowledge of?
Perhaps, yall are now joined at the neck with Ma Pa and Bra.