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.

 

 

 

 


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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.

Tuesday Morning Linkslide

Attention, Obama White House: the ghost of Richard Nixon called, and it wants its paranoia back. The Obama administration has named Jesse Lee “Director of Progressive Media & Rapid Response.” Lee has already taken on Fox News (of course), and according to the memo regarding his new position, he is expected to “deal favorably with progressive media.” Ain’t nothing like a free press, is there?

Hudson New York has a look at creeping (or is it now sprinting?) Muslim influence, and what that means for individual freedoms. Remember Geert Wilders’ dictum: You may meet a moderate Muslim, but you will never see a moderate Islam. There is no such thing.

Power and Control has a couple of videos on how we’re losing our liberties. Of particular interest is the Jewish rabbi explaining the way the Nazis’ gun-control efforts led to Kristallnacht.

Gateway Pundit has video of a Code Pink flash mob bashing Israel, with the participants having less rhythm than Navin Johnson. Maybe they’d like things better in an Arab country? I don’t know how they’d get to the flash mob site, since they couldn’t drive. Or differentiate themselves, since they’d all be wearing black sacks. And they wouldn’t be able to read.

Faith and begorrah! Sure, and Pres. Obama has got a wee bit o’ an Oirish accent, don’t you know? I’m sure that Letterman and Stewart will be all over this. Can you imagine how this would have been used if Pres. Bush had sounded like that, me laddies?

Ace of Spades HQ has the case, or part of the case, for repealing ethanol subsidies. I’d also add that burning food for fuel has caused high food prices and food shortages. Of course, the reason these subsidies in the first place was the world-savior Al Gore needed corn votes. There hasn’t exactly been a lot of follow-up to that admission. I wonder why. And credit Tim Pawlenty for calling for an end to those subsidies right in the middle of corn country.

Nanny-statism alert: Seattle wants to ban disposable coffee cups. Of course, reusing coffee cups means lots and lots of water usage, and chemical usage, and energy usage, and it’s quite possible that more damage would be done to the environment by using non-disposable coffee cups, but what are facts when you need a little alleviation of your guilt?

Separate but equal, 2011 version: Cal State Fresno has Latino-only graduation ceremony.

That stupid George Bush puts his ignorant foot in his ignorant mouth once again.

I remember being bumfuzzled when eHarmony was forced to begin offering matching services for homosexuals, but homosexual dating services haven’t been ordered to offer heterosexual dating services. What eHarmony should have done was folded up its operations rather than being strong-armed into violating its principles. Now, when it comes to homosexual adoption, some adoption agencies in the UK are having to take such drastic measures.

Monday Morning Linkslide

Before the linkslide, a request: Please pray for, and support monetarily, the people of Joplin, Missouri. What they went through yesterday looks like a sequel to what Tuscaloosa, Alabama went through on Apr. 27.  As the results in Tuscaloosa have shown, Missourians cannot depend on FEMA assistance.

Tennessee acts to strengthen its anti-terrorism laws. The key section here is when Creeping Sharia’s creeping asks, “Will Holder’s DOJ fight this law as a Muslim attorney with the DOJ assured Muslims in Missouri they would should a law pass there?

In the wake of Pres. Obama’s muddled, befuddled Middle East speech, Jeffrey S. asks, “Who made the ‘hard choices’ on peace?”

The Bookworm Room examines “The moral imperative of American energy.” Drill here, drill now, frack here, frack now, etc. Starting yesterday.

More on the Joplin tornado. Horrifying.

Don Surber looks at California’s nanny-statism idiocy, which would require BB guns be painted bright yellow, pink, blue or orange.

Surber also has two pictures that speak a bazillion words, particularly when it comes to military issues.

Hot Air deals with Pres. Obama’s self-contradictory Middle East speech. But keep in mind, the president was dealing with a Teutonic shift. And I took enough German history to know them Teutons can be hard to deal with.

The more sound the science behind something, the better it will stand up to scrutiny. Which goes a long way toward explaining why UCLA wants to fire a professor who exposed a climate-change fraud’s fraudulent claims. I have yet to encounter, personally, a climate change adherent who was even willing to accept, for the sake of argument, that the issue of climate change was anything but as settled as heliocentrism. Again, that explains a lot.

Human Events looks at how the U.S. energy crisis is a liberal power grab.

And finally, Power Line has an upbeat doomsday scenario: Repent! The end of Keynesian economics is at hand!

Friday Morning Linkslide

You know how we’re always hearing about species being rendered extinct left and right, willy-nilly, etc.? Yeah, about that.

The Heritage Foundation speaks of Middle Eastern freedom, and how economic freedom is what the region (and everyone else, including America) needs. “As empirically demonstrated in The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, economic freedom is the compelling force that empowers people, unleashes powerful forces of societal change, and gives nourishment to other liberties.”

Moveon.org thuggery, captured on film. Warning: bad language, and immature behavior, at the link. But I thought it was the vicious Tea Party/right wingers who were always doing this stuff.

Patterico’s Pontifications asks if Rick Perry is contemplating a White House bid. Perry wouldn’t be a bad choice, but I’m still on the Herman Cain Train. (More on a 2012 Cain run later.)

Coming on the heels of Bill Clinton’s call for a government agency to correct misinformation and rumors on the Internet, here’s a Democrat representative who wants to ban critical media.

More on the NLRB’s union-friendly, non-right-to-work-state hostile, Chicago-style politics regarding Boeing’s new facility in South Carolina. “You wanna know how to get Charleston? They pull a knife, you pull a government order. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way!”

Washington State has been accused of complicity in the crime of capitalism. They want to ship coal to China. Green forces say no. I’ll say it again: If you’re really a committed green person, and you haven’t committed suicide yet, you’re a hypocrite.

People’s Press Collective presents reasons Elena Kagan should recuse herself from any Supreme Court hearings on Obamacare. Color me cynical, but I don’t think it’ll happen. It should, but it won’t.

While Pres. Obama lies about our southern border’s safety, and sets up straw men about moats and alligators, Mexican drug cartels have set up stations to monitor police while drugs are shipped into America.

Remember how U.S. involvement in Libya, which Pres. Obama began without consulting Congress, and which he said would be a matter of “days, not weeks”? It’s been almost 60 days, and not only is there no sign of U.S. involvement ending, but Pres. Obama appears to be ready to spit in the face of the War Powers Act.