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Sunday, March 22. 2009
The Global Warming Three are on thin ice. This was pure publicity stunt posing as "science." Amusingly, it was too cold for them. Gotta love this quote:
From Dr. Clouthier:
Another government health care plan being developed in secret.
Some banks took the bailout money as a favor to the Feds to put more capital out there. Luskin:
Special People, Special Presidents
I’ve never had a President. The common construction, “He’s my President,” or, “He’s our President,” doesn’t fit my perspective. The relation between citizens and government leaders is not ownership. Presiden
Weblog: Negative Railroad
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Thoughts On A Sunday
Spring-like weather has been the rule over the past week, doing a serious job melting the snow cover around the lake. The snowmobile trails are showing a lot of bare ground, so that particular sport has ended in this part...
Weblog: Weekend Pundit
Tracked: Mar 22, 21:56
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Turns out they had a tea party down the road from me in Ridgefield yesterday. If I'd known I would have gone. It takes a lot to get conservatives protesting, that's usually moonbat territory. Zero's foreign policy consists of all carrot, no stick. Sooner or later that's gonna bite us in the a**.
Hey, BD, sorry to threadjack this, but I seem to recall you had a discussion some time back about a superior type of tire chain to use; since y'all are up north, I put some stock in what you say. Any chance you could mention which type/brand is recommended for use on a car (not SUV/pickup)? I seem to recall they were European? Again, apologies for threadjacking but I could not find an email link to you guys!
The only real tactless thing in this special-needs fandango is our president appearing on a show that thrives on mocking anyone and everyone - especially conservative leaders. Leno's stand-up routine any night of the week should cause the PC Police to start screaming as should any of the other late-night stand-up sages of our sleazy entertainment society. Who the hell are they but cheap entertainers who make us laugh at others' expense. Obama made a joke on himself. The morning after on Fox, a mother sat on their curvy couch and whined about how this hurt special needs children and adults. Give me a break. She even started a blog: Our Special-Needs Special-Ones Are Offended. The real special-needs people are those who walk around like self-anointed mini-activists inventing things to be offended by. A hundred years from now textbooks will read: Western civilization offended itself out of existence.
Welcome back, Meta. It's the same old place that you laughed about...
You've offended me with this comment. I want a bailout now...
I am putting this comment on Sunday morning space--because, it is Sunday morning. It really is a response to your piece on the Montana Artist. Here is a link to a MT artist I like. When you get to the website go to the right hand column and click on 2009, and 2008. Some of the men here might enjoy this guy also.
I will participate in any healthcare plan that is EXACTLY the same for ALL our politicians (the executive, legislative and judicial branches of Federal, state and local governments plus all their minions, family members, campaign donors, etc.) with no extras allowed for them such as "gap insurance" not available to U.S. consumers at EXACTLY the same price.
Gimme a break!
Hi Meta dear... What a relief to see your post. I thought you'd gotten mad at us.
I share your disapproval of 'disease of the week' exploiters even while I thoroughly dislike people who pick on others of us in the human race who have to wrestle with handicaps. Many of the Down syndrome people I've known have a certain sweet innocence about them which the rest of us seem to lose early in life. The good folks among us are touched and befriended. The bullies are delighted to have some defenseless one to pick on. Our new President seems to belong to the second group.
By the way, all you sages. I'm confused. Obama is imposing this huge, destructive budget burden on us. What would happen if we manage to get a majority in one or the other part of Congress in 2010, and in 2012 get rid of this noxious fascistic Commander in Chief ... could we revoke this horridly destructive budget? Could we lift the yoke of this burden and free the free market system, so that our children and grandchildren could lift up their financial heads and be invigorated again? And how could we do this? Come on, Bird Dog, Barrister and Barrett -- help me out here.
I've been thinking about our situation.
While we have the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we have traveled far from the original path the founders of this great nation envisioned.
At issue today are the basic philosophy of government questions that the framers wrestled with more than 200 years ago.
Obama and the statists are arguing for a state-centralized model run by an elite political class - which is, of course, them. They are the new mandarins and the people are here to serve the elite. Gone are the days of social and economic mobility. They argue that government will be benevolent - state sponsored health care is a manifestation of "we care" about you little people. (Of course, any informed person knows history does not buy the freedom for bread pitch.)
Conservatives and libertarians are presently lost in the wilderness. Many of the remaining elected incumbents (i.e. RINOs) have abdicated the defense of the principles that made America the land of opportunity.
The first step requirement is the need for three to six conservative/libertarian leaders to emerge to refocus the debate about what type of government is needed and why. In some respects, it will be the history class that is not taught in schools anymore. I believe that it is possible to win the war of ideas because the central planners are really making the same argument as the people who called for a return to the "British monarchy" 200 years ago.
Remember this was a divisive debate back then and I expect it will be now. Many people are afraid of having to rely on themselves.
The next phase calls for a series of transition plans from reliance on the state to reliance on the individual. (We can argue about the merits and degree of a safety net.) Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and all of the entitlement programs need to be reworked and phased out.
It will take a generation to make such a transition, but it can be done. The question is are there enough people who will be willing to take the risks of making such a journey.
Let the discussion begin.
I wasn't mad at anyone. In the purge of last week, I was accidentally blocked. It's all fixed now.
"I am so retarded when it comes to algebra!""I'm a retard when it comes to fixing a computer.""I play tennis like a spaz."
Does anyone think I'm making fun of the disabled? No. As much as I think Obama is a non-intellectual and a fool who makes puerile promises truly believing others will believe what he says, I don't for one minute believe he has disdain for the disabled. He probably weeps like the rest of us when he watches the Special Olympics.
I don't think I've ever met anyone who made fun of the disabled. I had special education kids mainstreamed into my classes for twenty years and never once saw anything but utter kindness and helpfulness from my students. They didn't have to force it, it came naturally to them. It is the aberrant who bully the disabled, and thank god there aren't many of those around. I fully believe that political correctness makes victims of all of us, and that is the tragedy here because we tip toe around in "I'm sorry." mode all the time stifling what once was simply communicating in a way people understood not to be disdainful or mean. How good is that for a society? It makes us all liars and idiots and too self-conscious to go out and get really pissed-off about the things that matter - like having a mentally retarded bunch of clowns in our government voted in by special-needs morons.... hmmm... Will 56% of our population join a blog: "WE MORONS ARE NOT MORONS AND WE ARE OFFENDED."
Good. "Kiss my fat ass." - To make a point about the blonde pundits of last week's "I'm offended." circus.
And to think I spent my whole weekend in Piss Pot, Mi . looking for you. Everyone down there has a fat ass. I was so confused I didn't know which fat ass belonged to you.
You big muffin kooka -ratcha. ( I doubt very much that your ass is fat) My wife teaches algebra if you need help.
Barrett, eloquently written and stated as usual. I wish I was more optimistic with regards to the economy. I get very alarmed when I see National Debt figures rapidly approaching our total GDP. I think at that level economic growth will be hard to attain. We have gutted our manufacturing base, and out sourced so much. Just a shepherd's view, from the rock pile with his sheep.
haha. I don't have a fat ass. I'm a size 4. I'm going to ask for a bail-out because when I go to Walmart I get frightened. Then I'm going on Fox & Friends and say that our government should tax poundage. Then I'll smile real sweet and shake my tight little booty for the camera and tell Laura Ingraham and Megyn McCain to kiss it. I could probably get disability for algebra damage. Whatever part of your brain that gets it is missing from my cerebral equation. The damage came from my mother not speaking to me for the two years I was on church/school restriction. (We were required to make all A's.)
Dang. I'm disabled. I have special needs. Would someone make fun of me, please, so I can make a blog: "BILLY MAYS TWO-FOR-THE-PRICE-OF-ONE: ALGEBRA FOR RETARDS!"
When you're in the mood, do you say softly to The Frozen One: " X + Y = XY, Darlin'."
Meta, you nailed that one...
"that is the tragedy here because we tip toe around in "I'm sorry." mode all the time stifling what once was simply communicating in a way people understood not to be disdainful or mean."
X + Y = XY
X = XY - Y
X = Y(X - 1)
X/(X - 1) = Y
lim X-> Y=1
lim X->0 Y=0
Damn, there ain't no ASCII infinity symbol and I was too lazy to preview my post...that second to last line should read phonetically as
limit as eks 'proaches infinity, why is nuttin.
The economy is in trouble for many reasons, including a huge expansion of debt which is in part a function of fiat money. That being said and like any problem, refocusing on the fundamentals is essential to regaining form. I believe this is possible.
Perhaps the largest obstacle today is the uncertainty created by Obama's Great Society Part II and economic central planning. Many people, including those with and those without capital, know that this will fundamentally alter opportunity, income and wealth. No one knows what the rules will be and no trusts anything Obama says because he is perfectly willing to change his mind, act retroactively and be vindictive. Very few will take meaningful risk under these circumstances.
Economic recovery and growth would be difficult to achieve in light of the existing economic and systemic problems. These challenges are being compounded by Obama's politics and policies.
In a perverse way, he is happy about this because the worse it gets the more people will be tempted to trade freedom for bread (even though bread may be a short-term problem and the cost is long-term). Obama really should buy malpractice insurance.
The first step to economic recovery is to put so much pressure on elected officials that they will hesitate or oppose enacting the Obama budget. While it is symbolic, I will be sending many elected officials tea bags on April 1. If Washington is buried in tea bags, Congress just may be dissuaded from acting. Of course, this is just one of many tactics we need to pursue to make our voices heard. If you do nothing, then you will only have yourself to blame. Effort is required to take back America.
If Obama can be stopped, then the process of electing different people and developing different policies can begin. It has taken 40 years and $11 trillion worth of great society spending to ruin society. The process of reversing this will take time, but it can be done if there are enough of us who are willing to make a difference, persuade a friend and change the mind of an acquaintance.
If CEOs, business owners, money managers and investors knew that risk would be rewarded and profits not confiscated, I believe markets would rally and the road to recovery would commence. There is much more to our economy thank you may think. There are many people who are willing to work and take risk if they knew that they could prosper.
I, for one, will never give up.
"[T]hank" should be "than" in the penultimate paragraph. Sorry.