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Friday, November 30, 2012

I agree ...

... 100%:

At this moment, Republicans in Congress need to examine which presents a more dire threat to the country:
A) A double-dip recession driven by the sequester and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, or
B) the public’s belief (verified through polling) that our giant debt, our ticking time bomb of entitlements, and our gargantuan government can be solved by “asking the richest Americans to pay a little bit more,” as Obama insists.

Option A is terrible, but Option B is the giant locked door blocking all of the real solutions.

So if we must have tax hikes, let the tax cuts for every income level expire and let everyone of every income level pay higher taxes. Destroy the illusion among so many voters that they can get all the government they want without paying more in taxes.
 Except that's not the epiphany. The epiphany is when the middle class (where the real money is and who has been getting not nearly all the government they've been paying for) realize that they're the ones will have to ultimately foot the bill.

And I'm afraid that won't happen until It Burns! h/t Ace


Religion of Peace strikes again ...

... Sigfreid and Roy not consulted:

A Jewish woman in Isfahan, Iran, was murdered and cut in half by Muslim extremists who wanted to take over her home, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.

Relatives of the woman said she had lived next to a newly built mosque, and worshippers had demanded that she and her family leave their home so the mosque could be expanded.
Ah, those moderate and friendly Muslims ... always looking for an opportunity for community outreach!  h/t WND


Thursday, November 29, 2012

I find your ideas ...

... intriguing:
So what do they do? They’re stuck in a no-win situation. The answer is simple: Give Obama what he wants. All of it. Don’t negotiate. Just say “Put your plan up for a vote and we’ll pass it. You will own everything that happens moving forward. We’ll do it your way.”
This is not the first time I've seen this idea floated, though I would have it done a bit differently. I wouldn't have the GOP vote for anything of Obama's if it comes to a vote, but rather have them abstain vote 'present'. That way, it all belongs to Democrats.

Let it burn!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I got a phone call ...

... last night from a staffer with Sen Johnny Isakson.

Ryan (she was very nice) was calling to get back to me regarding a letter I sent Sen Isakson some months ago (so long that I forget what the letter was about, but it seemed to involve Afghanistan-on-US fratricide).

Ryan wanted to assure me that the senator was working hard to ensure that the troops in harms way were supplied with the equipment and training the needed to complete their mission (whatever the fuck that is) and that he fully supported the troops and blah blah blah ...

I thanked Ryan for calling me and reassuring me about Sen Isakson's intentions (of which I had no doubt), and I told her that I had neither the time nor the inclination to bore her with my stance on the middle east but that my overall view was that we had no business in Afghanistan (having mucked things up badly enough already) and that in the future we should just drop nukes on any other bad actors.

She claimed to be 'right there with [me]'.

Sigh ...


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Vox makes a good point ...

... and promises more:

For the record, I am in favor of self-determination.  That is the key, I think, for secession supporters to win liberal/progressive support.  American liberals, for all their ability to double-think, simply cannot permit themselves to oppose self-determination, since it is one of the foundations of their perspective on foreign policy.  While some of them will be able to concoct a convoluted conceptual structure that allows them to vehemently support foreign self-determination while denying it to Americans, most of them will not.  It is too integral to their view of the world.
He promises to address the liberal mantra that blue states support red states.

I can't wait!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Ah, yes ...

... the wonders of vibrancy:
One of the reasons that the historical Greek, Roman, Chinese, and Japanese cultures remained distinct and significant for so long is that their words for foreigner translate to "barbarian", "barbarian", "barbarian", and "round-eyed, red-haired, butter-stinking devil".
Vox has long spoken of the fact that we are not seeing an "immigration" so much as we are seeing a "migration" of the peoples who vote for policies antithetical to conservatism, and yet the very people the GOP now screams that we must cater to.

Where might it end.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Best. Idea.


h/t Robb Allen


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy the day with family and friends, be safe and be thankful that it isn't worse than it is!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ron Paul ...

... sure has a way with words:

“And if people or states are not free to leave the United States as a last resort, can they really think of themselves as free?"
Huh ... I never thought about it like that. h/t proteinwisdom


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Relax, nobody's after your guns ...

... oh, wait:

I submit that there has been no real solution to this issue as we do not deny access to guns based on ideology.
I submit that when you feel froggy, don't get a bunch of innocent public servants killed, come take them yourself.

I'll be waiting.


Monday, November 19, 2012

The next time we invade a country ...

... we need to plant a fucking flag:

  1. A top Iraqi diplomat urged Arab states to “use the weapon of oil” against the United States because of its alliance with Israel, raising more questions about the Middle Eastern nation’s allegiance to the nation that freed it from a ruthless dictatorship.

But then, we should have left them to their dictators in the first place ... elections having consequences and shit ...

h/t proteinwisdom


Friday, November 16, 2012

Ok, I'm officially tired ...

... of hearing the sour grapes about those who voted for Gary Johnson.

I reference the vote map found here.

For most of the night on election day, there was focus on "swing" states - Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Colorado ... and maybe Pennsylvania.

In only one of those states did Barack Obama not receive a mathematical majority of the votes, and that was in Florida, where he received exactly 50%.

So in those "swing" states, if all of the Johnson voters had held their noses and voted for Romney, Romney would still have been defeated. Likewise, even if all of the Republicans had voted for Gary Johnson, he still wouldn't have won.

Mitt Romney lost this election all by himself ... Gary Johnson voters had no effect.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The best distillation of ...

... Keynsian economic tomfoolery I've seen yet:

Actually, I could have written in in a single sentence: More public debt and more government spending is the solution to this economic depression because government spending is capable of creating the jobs necessary to produce economic growth, while the resulting public debt is not a problem because any country with its own central bank can issue an infinite amount of it without any long-term costs.
It's a shame that folks these days don't know what a scratched record sounds like ...


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

JPFO Alert


Layers ... and layers ... and layers ...

... of editorial oversight:

ABC Denver reportedly misnames Petraeus book: “All up in my snatch”

Wow ... just, wow. And they have video.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

This is why ...

... I can no longer support (even pragmatically) the GOP:

 And now it is time for the Republicans to rethink their platform in order to attract new voters--or doom themselves to permanent minority status.

I think the obvious place to start is with immigration reform.  Increase the number of visas available.  Explore guest-worker programs.  Establish a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who were brought here as children and have never known any other home.
Republicans cannot nay, will not save us. It will be much better if they die, quickly, so that we might see if anything better replaces it. h/t Vox


Monday, November 12, 2012

Aaron's ...

... monthly opportunity!

Here we go ...

... these life-forms are not reality based:

Among the commandments of life under the Obama administration: thou shalt not speak ill of Obamacare. Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter was hammered with Twitter abuse after informing shareholders and franchisees in August that implementing Obamacare would necessarily increase costs of running the business.
Ah, to live life in ignorance and complete faith in the righteousness of your cause ...


Sunday, November 11, 2012

I'm back!

Back to the grind ... and setting up a workable back-up strategy!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Computer problems ...

... don't know how long I'll be in the dark.


And no, I'm not suicidal!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A word back ...

... at Bill Whittle.

You know, I hear you ... Libertarians and other 3rd party types have no chance of winning. And yeah, I understand that this is the most important election evah!

But what you won't admit is that you could have put the names on the ballot in the last 20 years in place of Romney and Obama and made the exact same case as you do in your passionate video. The fact is, Republicans don't stand for limited government or personal freedom anymore (though they will hold the little folks personally accountable, just not those big banks ... or themselves).

What specific act has a Republican president committed that expanded personal freedom in the last 20 years. What specific act has a Republican president committed in the last 20 years that has reduced the size and scope of government?

I'm still waiting. How am I to then put any faith in your statement that next primary season you'll go as far as bringing down the Republican party if your (our) demands aren't met? How effective do you think that'll be?

The Republican party as it's presently constituted is Democrat-lite ... nothing more. I'll not vote for them if there's an option available.


Monday, November 5, 2012

JPFO Alert

Chasing Constitutional Carry.

Friday, November 2, 2012

JPFO Alert

The need for self-defense.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Matt Bracken ...

... brings up another interesting point.

I can't find a good quote from the article, and I'm not conversant enough about the issue to discuss, but read the whole thing. It may prove to be enlightening.

Keep in mind that I wouldn't put anything past Obama.