Showing posts from December, 2010

Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse

You really can't be too prepared, ya know:

States Can Promote Growth: Abolish State Income Tax

The census analysis in the Washington Examiner should surprise no economist: Census: Fast growth in states with no income tax.

What we don't know is whether the lack of an income tax is merely promoting internal growth or whether it is attracting, say, California and New York businesses to relocate. Or, probably, both.

Global Warming Myth for 2010

The exceptionally cold winter that Europe is experiencing does not disprove the myth of man-made global warming.  However, there is plenty of other evidence that does.

This illuminating chart is well explained by today'sAmerican Thinker articleby Howard Richman & Raymond Richman.

Is the earth on a warming trend? Probably. What is causing it? The sun.

Warming by natural causes. Yet, the Al Gore crowd wants us to spend bank breaking big bucks on entirely ineffective solutions to ward off a non-existent catastrophy.

California 100 Watt Bulb Ban

California (Motto: The Loony Bin State) is starting a year early on its light bulb banning. As of January 1, 2011, the sale of 100 watt light bulbs will be banned.

Never fear. The black market will triumph, as it always does. Expect a new industry in llight bulb smuggling. Or, as Luminus Maximus put it in the America Thinker:
Smuggling bootleg light bulbs into California would be a piece of cake. Just stuff them inside bales of marijuana. Or line up eight packs in the cargo bays of Greyhound buses carrying illegals on the express lane from Tijuana to any of two dozen sanctuary cities. Hey, wave 'em on in, there's nothing to check there! Ten-four!California has the Pacific Ocean, wonderful climates and a bevy of film stars. What better way to discourage new residents and chase away old ones than by ever higher taxes, nanny-state regulation, and the general sense that the entire state is going down the tubes? California has been helping out the other states for years, …

A Joe Biden War on Christmas

Modern Merry Christmas

Christmas Poem for Today

Understanding Feminism

Increasing Minority Employment Opportunities

Unemployment among the minority populations continues to be a serious problem. It needs a solution.

Sometimes the best solution to a problem is completely counterintuitive.

The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Act applies only to employers with 50 or more employees. The Ohio Civil Rights Act applies to all employers. Most employment opportunity is with small employers.

I believe that the biggest impediment to small employers hiring minorities is the Ohio Civil Rights Act. Why? Many small employers believe, not unreasonably, that unsatisfactory minority employees will use the threat of going to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to avoid being fired.

What small employer can afford huge legal fees for a defense if the employee does not work out? Free at-will employment creates jobs. It allows employers to experiment with marginal candidates, because they know that if an employee does not work out, the employee may be freely terminated. Employers are not afraid to hire.

But …

In Love With Hayek

Reason's Porkers of the Month

Reason TV's Nanny of the Year Award.

Well deserved. Aren't you glad you don't live in San Fransisco?

Good News: Government May Shut Down.

This Fox News headline contains news of a great side benefit to defeating the pork-laden tax compromise bill: Government May Shut Down Amid Standoff on Pork-Filled Spending Bill

I don't see what the problem is.

President Obama: Liar!

While it was rude to interrupt the President's State of the Union Speech last year, the "Liar" label seems awfully appropriate of late:"When they expire in two years, I will fight to end them," Obama said. "Just as I suspect the Republican Party may fight to end the middle-class tax cuts that I've championed and that they've opposed."From USA Today.

There is no way he could think that what he was saying is true. There has been no Republican proposal, absolutely none, to oppose middle class tax cuts. Some may call this merely disingenuous or a straw man (technically right), but the claim the Republicans have opposed middle class tax cuts is simply a lie.

Stupid Government Tricks: Anti-Money-Laundering Laws

Virginia v. Sebilius Decided

The Virginia District court has decided that Congress lacked the constitutional authority to enact the Obamacare individual mandate.  Read the entire decision here.

Next stop:  Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Daughter Fixes Palin Mom's Hair; Left Wing Cries "Scandal!"

Sarah Palin goes to Haiti and takes her daughter Bristol.  An AP photographer takes a picture of Bristol fixing her Mom's hair, but Bristol's face is obscured.

The left wing media like the Huffington Post screech that there is a scandal.  Sarah Palin has a hairdresser in Haiti.  How could she be so insensitive?  Huh?

Follow the link for the story and pictures.

What sort of blind hatred make the left think that it would be a scandal to have a hairdresser in Haiti, anyway?

Blind hatred is the left's calling card.

Moron of the Day: Richard Wolffe

Richard Wolffe displays his ignorance of the existence of C.S. Lewis's serious Christian works assuming incorrectly that C.S. Lewis was only about children's books. Mr. Wolffe also displays his arrogance about all things Palin. Chris Matthews knows that C.S. Lewis wrote more than children's books and tries to stop Wolffe, but Wolffe's arrogance will not be denied.

Someone needs to send Mr. Wolffe a copy of Mere Christianity or the chilling Screwtape Letters. Not that he would read it. If he can read.

Congratulations to Richard Wolffe, our Moron of the Day.

Cut Spending Now

Free Brian Aiken Update

Follow the link to see an interview with Brian Aiken's lawyer on Pajamas Media TV. Warning: You have to sit through a brief commercial about Andrew Klavan's video commentary work. Mr. Klavan writes excellent thriller novels.

Please consider writing a letter to New Jersey Governor Christie supporting a pardon for Brian to repair this mockery of justice.

Obama-Republican Tax Deal and Hostage Negotiating Examined

I have been quiet about the deal that President Obama struck with the Republicans over the coming tax increases. The President's speech in which he admits, even lauds, his defeat was humorous enough, but my initial reaction was that government works on compromises, so there would be good and bad in the deal.

Below is Jim Demint's reasons for opposing the deal and that really gives me serious pause:First, I do not want to see anyone's taxes go up and I have been fighting for years to permanently extend all the tax rates. I disagree with the President that we cannot afford to extend these rates for everyone. It's the people's money and we should not raise taxes on hardworking American families.

But this bill does much more than simply extend tax rates.

For starters, it includes approximately $200 billion in new deficit spending and stimulus gimmicks. That's a lot of money that will have to be borrowed from China and repaid by our children and grandchildren. If …

State v. Thomas, Cuyahoga County

An Ohio common pleas court (trial court) judge has applied strict scrutiny to invalidate an Ohio gun prohibition. The gun prohibition at issue involved an old non-violent drug offense which would have placed the gun owneer under a disabiity from owning or possessing firearms.

The court said that the gun owner had a home and business in a high crime area and has a fundamental constitutional right to keep a firearm for protection.

Read the case here.

Pigford Scandal

What are the national media ignoring the Pigford scandal, that has cost over a billion of your federal dollars?

Here are links to all you need to know about it, including murders linked to the massive federal fraud:

$1.5 Billion, although liability denied.

Justice or Fraud?

Murders to cover up fraud.

Pigford as political payoff here and here.

A USDA employee witness to fraud.

The FBI refuses to document fraudulent claims.

What it takes to make a claim here and here.

According to claims, black officials discriminated against fellow blacks on the basis of race.

Discrimination claimant alleges discrimination by non-existent office ... and gets paid.

Ex-Secretary of USDA trolls for clients to sue USDA for discrimination while he was secretary.

When government gets big and there are pots of money, fraud is the natural result.

Multiplier Effect? What Multiplier Effect?

The late John Maynard Keynes is the darling economist of the left. His theories of optimal government behavior has government growing and spending for prosperity, based in part upon his imaginary "multiplier effect." Mr. Keynes believed that every government dollar spent created even more dynamic spending by being spent again and again. Essentially, Keynes believed that we could spend our way to prosperity.

Yes, that is a dumb as it sounds, but progressives still believe it.

Progressives love it, because it gives them an excuse to expand government ... and boss the rest of us around as a result.

That brings us to the Obama stimulus. And where is that multiplier from the Obama porkulus bill?The Hoover Institution’s John F. Cogan and John B. Taylor combed through state and federal spending data from the past few years looking for a multiplier effect from the stimulus. Instead, they found that purchasing increased very little at the federal level and not at all at the …

Tax The Rich, Redistribute the Riches, Impoverish Tax Collections

At the American Thinker today, Randall Hoven points out the ultimate flaw in the progressives' class warfare. eliminating the rich is not such a great idea if you want the rich to pay nearly all the taxes and create jobs.The Great Recession was a great time for class warriors. Incomes for the rich went down quite a bit in a single year (and only the first year of the Great Recession) while those for the middle class stayed about the same.

The result was predictable: much less revenue for the government. Federal income taxes from the middle class ($40,000 to $200,000) went up by $2 billion, but those from the rich (over $200,000) went down by $73 billion. This was not because of tax rate cuts; there weren't any. It was because there were fewer rich households and less income for such households.Read it all.

To Err is Human

... but leave it to the government, acting with the best of intentions, to give us mega-screw-ups.

By the way, I have a pet peeve. "Err" is correctly pronounced sounding like "ur." Just in case you were wondering.

Is the EPA Necessary?

by William L. Anderson
Reprinted from The Freeman Online

A repeated myth is that government intervention comes only after private markets have clearly failed and the bureaucracy must step in to stop the abuse. For example, we hear that Congress created the Food and Drug Administration in 1906 because conditions in American meatpacking plants had become progressively dangerous as corporate bosses put “profits ahead of people.”

So it is with the Environmental Protection Agency, created by Congress and President Richard Nixon in 1970. In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed [1], EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson painted the same gloomy picture that is given for creation of any federal agency: American life had become too intolerable without it. She writes:

Last month’s elections were not a vote for dirtier air or more pollution in our water. No one was sent to Congress with a mandate to increase health threats to our children or return us to the era before the EPA’s existence when, for examp…

How to Solve the Deficit


Eternal Vigilance Needed

One of the greatest things about America is our right to free speech under the First amendment.  No other country in the world has those rights so legally embedded in the founding document and has a culture that actually believes in that right.  Nevertheless, we have purported leaders (I mean, actually, boneheads) who constantly attack that right to undermine it.

Other countries claim to have free speech, but really do not.  Speech is not free, if there is no right to insult without government punishment.  "Hate speech" bans are antithetical to free speech.  There is no right not toe be offended.

Here is the latest batch of free speech attacks:

1.  Al Sharpton, the never punished, never apologetic, fraudmeister of the Tawana Bradley scandal is pushing for the FCC to take the likes of Rush Limbaugh off the air.  Video below.

2.  Commissioner Copps of the FCC, following Evil Al's lead is seeking to expand regulation of the public radio bands to, among other things, assure…

December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

69 years ago today.  Never forget that a surprise attack could happen again.

Obamanomics and Failure

Economist John R. Lott is another voice crying in the D.C. wilderness, where demagoguery has more value than truth, especially when it comes to economics. From his latest, beginning with the Democrats touting of the discredited Keynesian "multiplier effect" claim about government spending:The problem with this multiplier claim is pretty simple. First, the money has to come from some place.

Second, everyone spends their money one way or another. This claim of some people "spending" their money while others are "saving" it really assumes that saving is the equivalent of burying one's money in a hole in the backyard. In reality, if you don't spend your money, you are putting it in the bank or you are putting it in stocks or bonds, which means you are giving it to someone else to spend.Mr. Lots concludes the article as follows:Increased marginal tax rates will clearly be bad for the economy. But President Obama just can't let go of the old Keyne…

Why Progressives Love Big Government

Why do progressive love big government? So they can push the government to change things like Bristol Palin's success on Dancing With the Stars. According to The Smoking Gun, Bristol Palin's success on DWTS prompted FCC complaint that the show was fixed.

That's right. People actually wrote letters to the Federal Communications Commission demanding redress!

Let's examine this. The economy continues in the tank, with official 9.8 unemployment numbers (and much higher among minorities). The federal government is running record deficits, but the Obama administration appears poised to ignore the recommendations of its own budget commission. WikiLeaks exposed secrets with the potential to threaten world stability.

What do people write their government about? Bristol Palin's dancing.


Shieffer Adopts Democratic Party Talking Points Falsehood

Memo to Bob Shieffer: Calling the extensions of tax rates a "tax cut" as you did is not simply dissembling. It is a lie. It is a Democratic Party talking point lie at that.

Political Theater Aimed At Chris Christie

Every reasonable person should be disgusted by the behavior of the Obama administration in its cheap attacks on Chris Christies, one governor who publicly fights the waste of taxpayer money. An Ed Lasky article in the American Thinker exposes the latest:The latest attack? The U.S. Department of Transportation (headed by Obama's political ally from Illinois, Ray Lahood) now wants to make New Jersey repay $271 million in federal funds already spent on a proposed Hudson River tunnel that Christie scrapped because of spiraling and never-ending cost overruns. The feds want the money now and will start charging "vig" soon.In other words, if New Jersey is not willing to waste more taxpayer money on cost overruns, the Federal government wants the previous wasted money back. Waste more, or else!

And there is more: This federal overreach is not the first orchestrated by the Obama team against Christie. A few weeks ago, the Department of Justice (so lax and incompetent in the New…

WikiLeaks Flap

Last week was a tough week for me and the next will be also, at least as far as keeping up with the blog. I apologize in advance for slow entries.

I have been thinking about the whole Wikileaks mess. Here is the way I see it.

Julian Assange is a scumbag. But he is not an American scumbag. We have no right to stop the flow of information by old media or new media journalists. However, a man of honor would not publish information he knows to be sensitive to eh security of his country or its allies. A man of honor would not publish material he knows or reasonably believes to be stolen.

It is hyperbole to call Assange a terrorist. He is a scumbag pure and simple, but not a terrorist. I take no position on the validity of the rape charges pending in Sweden. How could I have any opinion on that? I don't know the facts.

The bigger culprit in my mind the the person who leaked the information to WikiLeaks. I understand he was a military guy. Big punishment should await him.


Democrat Promises ... Broken Of Course

In October, I ran the Virginia Governor and US Senate candidate Joe Manchin campaign commercial in which he ran as a conservative, even shooting a rifle at the cap and tax bill. He made seriously rational campaign promises like the following:To Fox in September, Manchin said, "Whatever side you might be on, whether I think you're too rich, or you think someone's too poor, whatever it may be... and you think well you can afford it but you can't, the bottom line is, until you can run the government as efficiently and as effectively, and you start paying attention to the debt that this nation is carrying and you're passing on - until you really get serious about that - I wouldn't (raise taxes)."He got elected. Now guess what he voted for last week. You guessed it, he voted in favor of the Senate bill to raise taxes "on the rich" (over $1 million per year) who create jobs. And buy expensive stuff and services made and sold by everyone else.


Chris Christie Speaks

Chris Christie porn? OK, it is not really porn. It simply feels so good to hear Chris Christie tell it like it really is. No one says it quote the same way.

Miracles for Today

I bought the DVD of this a couple of years ago. It is wonderful proof that the miracles of God did not stop in biblical times. Take an hour and a hlaf and enjoy, be uplifted, and worship Him:

Part 1:

Links for You tube for the remaining parts:
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Parallels in History? You Decide.

The author of the piece below the videos (parts 1 to 3) tells it herself: (much of it, but not all, a repeat of the narrative). Either watch the videos or read the narrative below them.

By: Kitty Werthmann

What I am about to tell you is something you've probably never heard or will ever read in history books.

I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide - 98% of the vote.. I've never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.
Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn't want to work; there simply weren't any jobs. My m…