Back from a short hiatus

I asked the sales guy for a tall hiatus, but they were all out of them. (Rim shot.) Just needed a little time away from the computer. I’ll make it up to you by throwing a whole bunch of links at you, now and later. Basically, you can just stop going to any other website or blog. I’m here for you.

I see people pulling up to the high-octane pumps when, unless you’re driving a high-compression vehicle, is just throwing away money. Higher cost does not equal higher performance. Just ask  New York state, where spending $18,126 per student has gotten them abysmal results.

Pay attention: We can’t pay for Social Security by taking away the Bush tax cuts for high earners. Hmmm. “High earners.” Interesting word, earners. It seems to imply that someone did something, and they earned a lot of money for it. Interesting, indeed.  And don’t forget: high taxes just push people to find better places to hide their income. Folks like money. A lot.

Wondering why the National Labor Relations Board is putting the quietus on Boeing’s plant in South Carolina? Maybe it’s because Pres. Obama has packed the NLRB board with union thugs.

Barney Frank did something very unethical. But it’s cool, because he’s a homosexual. It’s like when, after he had hired a male prostitute, said male prostitute moved in with him and began operating a homosexual prostitution ring out of his house.

Just in case you hadn’t been kicked in the teeth enough lately, there’s this news: the new “natural” unemployment rate is going up.

Since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are doing so well, just like the rest of our economy, Pres. Obama gave six officials of the two mortgage institutions $34.4 million.

When you’re a Nobel Prize winner, and another Nobel Prize winner, who unlike you, actually did something for his prize, snubs you, that can’t be helpful to your ego.

Remember Nat X, the character Chris Rock portrayed on SNL? Nat said things like the man was the reason behind White-Out, which only works on black letters. Well, this news story of white t-shirts being banned because in someone’s warped mind, they’re racist, sounds like a Nat X rant.

Lockheed Martin just bought the first commercial quantum computer. I want one. Now.

Why the Fed’s inflation targeting is not working. Other than, you know, it being the Fed.


Friday Morning Linkslide

How many times do we have to tell you? Do as we say, not as we do. Like the transportation secretary riding up to unveil new window stickers (which will no doubt save a trillion barrels of oil a year, just by their newness) in a 12 mpg Chevy Suburban. I also love the fact that he said, “we’re not just sitting around waiting for high gasoline prices to come down.” No, instead of drilling like madmen, we’re maintaining the ban on drilling that could lead to multiple billions of barrels of oil being put on the market, we’re cranking out these nifty new stickers.

Texas legislators caved in to the TSA’s’ threat to shut down flights into Texas if the state enacted a “Don’t grope us” law. And that caving in didn’t sit well with Texans. I’ll ask this question once more: Exactly how many terrorists has the TSA caught? Hint: It’s the same number of votes that Pres. Obama’s budget plan got.

Here’s another, more detailed look at Texas’ efforts to stop the TSA from stomping on the Fourth Amendment.

Nice non-union house ya got here. It’d be a shame if someting wuz to happen to it, right afta we got yer address from the guvmint. Just sayin’. All together now: “Look for the union label, when you are threatened, or having your tires slashed…”

What are we always told when school test scores don’t improve? More money is what is needed. Yeah, about that. You might want to look at how New York is spending like…New York, and still has abysmal education results.

Right-wing thuggery continues. Now, Pres. Bush’s White House has banned reporters from the Boston Herald from having access to the president. Wait. Scratch that. It’s Pres. Obama’s White House that has its knickers in a twist and won’t allow the Herald access. The paper’s crime? They printed an editorial from Mitt Romney. Please, tell me again how his leadership is “nuanced.”

I was a history major in college (so I’ve got to type fast; those fries aren’t going to jump into the grease by themselves), and almost minored in German history. I get really lathered up when people throw the term “Nazi” around, because, most of the time, it’s just a shortcut, a pejorative buzzword used to dismiss something they couldn’ attack logically. But when you read of cities calling for citizens not to buy Israeli goods, and mandating that Israeli products have a special sticker on them, I’m going to go ahead and play the Nazi card.

Imagine that a state passed a law making it  illegal for businesses to knowingly hire escaped convicts. Do you think there would be much of an outcry? Most likely, there wouldn’t be. But when Arizona passed a law making it illegal for business to hire illegal immigrants, the state had to go all the way to the Supreme Court to get an official OK on the matter. Un. Real.

This is a real shocker: PriceWaterhouseCoopers looked at Pres. Obama’s plan to nationalize healthcare and found that it would actually increase the cost of healthcare. I just don’t understand how creating a monstrous government program operated by thousands of government workers whose jobs are guaranteed could possibly be less efficient than a free-market business sector where profits determine viability.

When more and more Democrats think Obamacare is an abomination, I start to think there’s a future for this counry after all.

Thursday Morning Linkslide

(Sorry for the wonky formatting. I can’t get it to go away, because I’m a dork and all. Please excuse my dorkitude.)

More on the Obama administration’s anti-everything energy agenda. Note this quote: “According to the report, the Oversight Committee obtained an email between the EPA Texas regional director and an environmental advocate congratulating each other on progress in creating barriers to energy production from fossil fuels sources.” I’ll say it once more. If you’re truly green, you must kill yourself. Otherwise, you’re just a hypocrite with a guilt complex.

Seems like some Jewish donators to the Democratic Party are realizing their money has been *aroisgevorfene gelt.

Tyler Durden looks at Belarus’ hyperinflation, and makes me edgy.

Zonation looks at Republican presidential candidates. I absolutely love Zo. Hmmm. Zo for president? We could do a lot worse.

Pajamas Media looks more closely at the killing of Jose Guerena, who was shot 60 times by a SWAT team.Stop the ACLU looks at more dodgy climate science math.
Durable goods orders drop. Again.I’m sure it was an “unexpected” drop.Pass the popcorn, indeed. A Democrat accuses Pres. Obama of favoring Hamas.

My budget plan has gotten exactly as many congressional votes as Pres. Obama’s did. Can you imagine the (rightful) hue and cry if this had happened to a Republican president?
Socialized medicine is great! As long as you don’t need exotic drugs like water. “Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. The measure – to remind nurses of the most basic necessity – is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards.”

*Aroisgevorfene gelt means thrown-out money, or wasted money. Or so says the website I found that expression on. What, I should know every Yiddish expression? I’m a goy

Wednesday Morning (in some galaxy) Linkslide

Wee bit behind on things today. Sorry for the tardiness. Now, upward.

You can thank the Obama administration for high gas prices. Well, the Obama administration and the environmental groups it’s worked with. Also, here’s a look at the direct victims of Pres. Obama’s oil-drilling moratorium. Remember, the idiot cowboy, who was of course in bed with the oil companies, lowered gas prices with one stroke of his pen. Don’t say it can’t be done.

Nothing to worry about here. Just the government wanting to install a black box that tracks your location, speed, etc. while you’re in the car. Because there’s no way this box could ever be used, say, to track your mileage to assess a per-mile tax.

If you buy one of those newfangled electric cars, don’t get too much of a green smirk on your face. You’re buying a coal-powered car.

That super-smooth, ultra-suave, intelligent Pres. Obama keeps on making gaffes that would embarrass Frank Drebin. And getting a pass for them. (And I’m not a fan of British royalty. I’m just pointing out the hypocrisy. Remember when George Bush got sick in Japan? Something that can’t be helped? And remember how it was SNL fodder for years? Why do I think this won’t be?)

First political correctness, now this: the Plain Writing Act. Here’s one part of that act. ““Government” will be changed to “we”, and “citizens” will be replaced by “you” making all instructions seem more good-natured and friendly.” Also, “The active voice should always be used, except when “the law” is the actor.  In that case, use of the passive voice will keep citizens from misdirecting their frustration toward the government.” No, this is not a satire.  Orwell was an optimist.

Brent Bozell says that no one may lecture Pres. Obama. Even if the lecturer (Netanyahu) is right, more experienced, and defending the life of his country, and is responding to an unprecedented slap at his country from a sitting president.

Forgotten about gun control? Pres. Obama hasn’t. He’s working on it “under the radar,” according to the Bradys. Of the Brady Bill, not the Bunch.

Here’s what socialism can do to a country as oil-rich as my face when I was 14: make it have an energy shortage. Bonus Milton Friedman quote excellence.

Steny Hoyer says America is not broke. And he’s correct. “Broke” means you have no money. America would have to improve by trillions of dollars to get up to that level. (Sidenote to Homestar Runner fans: I can’t read Hoyer’s name without hearing Strong Bad say, “Stiny! Fetch me a Danish!”)

The EPA says fracking doesn’t contaminate groundwater. Frack here, frack now, frack everywhere possible.

Americans believe government regulations are choking the economy. That’s because they are. Just ask low-regulation Texas, with its 723,000 new jobs.

Obama’s gaffe-tastic history

By now, you’ve probably seen that Pres. Obama signed the guest book at Westminster Abbey and then dated it “24 May, 2008.” Now, that’s a completely understandable mistake. On the rare occasions I write checks, I consistently have to remind myself what year it is, and I don’t have a zillion eyes following me. Not that I know of, at least.

I’ve interviewed famous, intelligent people. Captains of industry, or academic stars. And every single one of them has made at least a few grammatical errors during those interviews. Or they’ve gotten some facts about their own company or field of expertise wrong. Quite often, I’ve been told, “Don’t make me sound stupid, okay?” And that’s because everybody makes mistakes. Everybody. Including the president, whom I’m prepared to give a pass to on this dating issue.

But think back a few years. Remember when Dan Quayle misspelled “potato” during a visit to a school? His political career ended right there. Remember how George W. Bush was ridiculed for his many speaking gaffes? (And he had more than a few.) Frank Caliendo made his Bush impersonation and his John Madden the twin pillars of a comedy career.

So where’s the late-night comedy on Pres. Obama’s gaffes? The political cartoons lampooning him as having his feet in his mouth more than his fork? If you need a little refresher course, I’m happy to oblige.

He referred to the Austrian language.

He confused price-to-earnings ratio with something he called “profit and earnings ratio.”

He credited America for inventing the automobile, when Germany is actually the home of the auto.

He said that a lady born in 1922 “lived through two world wars,” when WWI was already over when she was born.

He referred to being in Ohio, when he was in Florida.

He wanted more Arabic speakers in Afghanistan, when Afghans don’t speak Arabic. (To be fair, I have a couple of Afghans I use during cold weather, and they don’t speak anything.)

He said his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz, when it was the Russians who did that.

While meeting with Iowans, he referred to the high price of arugula, to which one Iowan replied, “You can’t even get that here.”

And of course, he talked about America’s 57 states.

I could go on and on, and only pull from my files. The Hot Air blog has a daily section called the “Obamateurism of the Day.” (And which can be devilishly hard to find. Might want to fix that, guys.)

So if there’s all this rich material for mocking Pres. Obama, how come it doesn’t happen more regularly? David Letterman is still mocking George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, for crying out loud. How come “The Daily Show” doesn’t spend the first five minutes of each show outlining their version of Obamateurism of the Day?

I think Sundries Shack nails it. When you’re inside a media bubble, where pretty much everybody thinks like you, bias doesn’t seem like bias.

See, I don’t think they’re doing this intentionally. Abortion is not on their personal radar screens in the way gay marriage is, much in the same way that you don’t care about the Oakland Raiders all that much if you’re a Green Bay Packers fan. You don’t care if the Raiders score a field goal or get another first down like you do when the Packers do it. They’re not your team, so why think about it? I believe that’s the bias we see more often than not from the “objective” media sources. The reporters who write the stories and the editors who assign them live in their own mostly-progressive political worlds. Another poll that shows how distasteful the mainstream Democratic position on abortion is to the nation isn’t that big a deal, like that touchdown pass by Jason Campbell isn’t that big a deal to the guy wearing a cheesehead and a Clay Matthews jersey.

And so we get biased coverage that serves not to inform the public but to nudge them toward a particular worldview, just like that Packers fan is going to nudge his friends toward his team. That is the bias we conservatives fight most often every day. It’s the reason we holler when a left-wing stalwart gets hired to write a supposedly neutral political blog for a major newspaper (especially when that’s could describe almost every one of their political bloggers).

And inside that bubble, it’s just not permissible to mock Pres. Obama as much as it was to mock Pres. Bush or any other right-wing figure.

How come Harold Camping gets ridiculed, but global warming alarmists don’t?

I’m a Christian. I do believe that at some point, this world will come to an end. (And if you think I’m going to get into the millennial debate, you are sadly mistaken.) And I also believe, because the Bible says so, that not even Jesus knows the hour He will return. (Matt. 24:36.) So when Harold Camping made his doomsday prediction, I cared about it as much as I care about National Hockey League scores, or the latest episode of “Jersey Shore.” (And the man is 89. Maybe he’s not really all there, mentally, and deserves a little break from the press and public?)

But how come one misguided man gets nation-wide ridicule for his blatherings, but learned scientists who’ve been sounding the klaxons about the global warming devastation that is just around the corner don’t get called on the carpet for their completely erroneous predictions?

Why does anybody care what Harold Camping says? Why does anybody even know who he is? “Doomsday Cult Leader Predicts End of World” is the biggest “Dog Bites Man” headline since the dog bit the man. And yet the news has gone nuts over this guy. I couldn’t really put my finger on why I do not care about this story, until I read something James Taranto wrote yesterday:

Why are only religious doomsday cultists subjected to such ridicule? Reuters notes that “Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994.” Ha ha, you can’t believe anything this guy says! But who jeered at the U.N.’s false prediction that there would be 50 million “climate refugees” by 2010? We did, but not Reuters.

That’s it right there: The end of the world only counts when they predict it. Taranto calls Camping “the Christian Al Gore,” and he’s exactly right. Well, Camping obviously has better control over his between-meal snacking, but other than that.

There’s lots more, including the ridiculous attempts to tie global warming to the damaging tornadoes of 2011.