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January 23, 2009

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“Well, I’ve got Social Security checks to send next week, a couple of bailouts, National Health Insurance, and Medicare’s in the  hole again, so make it 10 large on the Steelers…Larger…Larger…Larger…That’s right, trillion. What do you mean I gotta talk to Frankie?”

Terror Still Top Concern

January 23, 2009

A Pew Poll, released today, showed these as the top three concerns of the respondents:
Economy 85%
Jobs 82%
Terrorism 76%

Concerns over terrorism are in a virtual tie with concerns over losing ones job and the economy.  The American people are not going to be happy if the new President lets the guard down and a couple million citizens go up in a fireball or inhale a tiny spec of some radioisotope and die a horrifying death within six months.

If President Obama wishes to pander to the hard-core leftists and shut Guantanamo down, nulify every legal order and opinion on interrogations, or make other concessions that, in the eyes of three-quarters of the American public make us more vulnerable to terrorists, it’s going to take more than just a brilliantly cheoregraphed and tele-prompted speech to allay the outrage. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…

Add’l: As the financial calamities of many major newspapers indicate, there is a migration away from newsprint to the Internet. The terrorist actions of many are hardly, if at all, reported in the main stream media. In that vacuum many independent reporters, internet journalists, photographers, and bloggers are providing extensive coverage of disturbing trends, even in the United States. My supposition is that the new media is helping to provide the information that is causing  continuing concerns over terror-related activities around the globe.

As a prime example, Internet journalist Zombie provides a comprehensive report on Islamist reaction to the attempt by Israel to defend itself from the daily rocket attacks against its citizens (of all faiths). Note the coordinated threats, protests, and riots on January 10, 2009. Including right here in the United States.

Seven Proposals To Repair The Economy

January 22, 2009

Just as it took years for the economic damage to occur, it may take years to repair. Outlined below are seven proposals that will not instantaneously bust the Treasury, but will in a very short time cause jobs to be created, consumer confidence to climb, and the economy to move forward.

1). Return the deduct-ability of interest expense, from whatever source, especially automobile financing, to the tax code. People have been using second mortgages and re-mortgaging their homes to buy automobiles. By doing this they are circumventing the tax law. Automobiles depreciate, homes appreciate. Until lately, when most areas of the country have witnessed dramatic depreciation. The auto industry is in trouble and consumers have little ability to finance their now worth less homes, once again, to buy autos. Sunset the law, for some later date, but return the tax deduction for all interest expense. Perhaps even for those who do not itemize deductions. Consider some type of variable for interest expense on high mileage cars. Buy a tiny little car that gets 50 mpg? You get to write-off twice the interest expense. Buy a gas guzzler, and you only get to write off 50% of the interest. Cost to the treasury? Very little in year one.

2). The new home builders are in trouble. Let ’em yell and scream and stomp their feet. But tell ’em to get lost. The existing homes in this country need to begin appreciating again. A fresh supply of new homes is the last thing we need. The sub-contractors who supply the labor to the new home builders can work on repairing the existing home base. Consumers might be able to find a supply of plumbers, roofers, electricians, and other skilled craftsmen at an affordable rate. Cost to the treasury? Zero. Benefit to nation? Immeasurable.

3). The oil shock of the past years is not an accident. We can expect it to happen again. More natural gas and oil needs to be found. It is there, and if we have to provide tax incentives to oil companies to make them drill, do it! Provide a further reward for high-yielding discoveries. Some people hate the oil companies, but they need to get over it. More jobs will be created and less money will ultimately flow to our “friends” in the middle east. Cost to the treasury? Substantial. Cost to let the obsession of some people leave us hostage, once again? A hell of a lot more substantial. The Islamic Republic of Iran, fattened by oil revenue, and in hot pursuit of atomic weaponry, is one prime example of what our do-nothing attitude has achieved.

4). Legal immigration from other countries needs to slow down. Legal immigration from Islamist countries needs to grind to a halt. The strategy of the Islamists has been to drive all competing religions from their territories. We are making it too easy for them. American workers are losing good jobs to immigrants from other countries. Some legal and illegal immigrants are sending a substantial portion of their earnings back to their home countries, which does little for the U.S. economy. Cost to the treasury? A net plus as more American workers are employed and spend money in their own communities.

5). Apply a “means test” to Social Security. Did you make it to retirement age with a million dollars or more in the bank? Great, and if you had become disabled or died along the way, Social Security would have been there to help you or your survivors out. But you really don’t need to receive a check every month. Shed your assets, give some to your children and grandchildren now so that they might have a chance to keep their homes and educate their children. Shed all of your assets below a certain amount and you can receive that social security check. Harsh? Not really. Social Security was intended to be a type of insurance. Just as you pay for homeowners or renters insurance it is there in case you needed it. You don’t. Get over it. Cost to the treasury? A net plus as the red ink slows.

6). Forget all of the “pie-in-the-sky” make-work, jobs programs. They only amount to income-redistribution from one area of the country to another. Usually from rural areas to big cities. The rural areas will be out in full force, next election, if you continue to raid their wallets. Don’t believe me? Look at the Electoral Map, by county, from the last election. That election was a lot closer than the main-stream media reported. Seven small states with a swing of between 20k to 400k votes and John McCain would have won the electoral college and been President.

7). The industrial base of this country has been completely decimated by “free-trade” with other countries. But just how free has that trade actually been? Someone in Washington really has to look at the subsidies that other countries permit to their industries. American manufacturer’s need to know who they can complain to in order to get action. It’s nice to talk about making college affordable for everyone, or create some sort of taxpayer financed program to subsidize that education. Not everyone needs or wants to be a Marine Biologist. Some people need the types of employment that manufacturing provides, whether it be full or part-time employment. Consider placing severe tariffs on low-cost, highly petro-chemical based products from China or other importers. It’s junk, it’s cheap, and it may make some people feel good to be able to afford such crap. But it’s ballooning the demand for oil, and it’s still crap. Cost to the treasury? A net plus, once again.

With these seven fairly simple steps, easily and quickly implemented, the economy of the U.S. would once again begin moving. I expect not one of them will be pursued.

Post Script: When I wrote this post this morning, it was prior to MicroSoft announcing 5,000 job cuts. The days of the “information age” and “high tech” and “knowledge worker” jobs that were going to propel us into the next century are shreiking to a halt. Not everyone in this country is a C+ language programmer with the esoteric skills to create a new ‘paradigm’ to ‘reinvent’ our economy. Statistically, an IQ high enough to graduate college, much less understand the intricascies of computer languages, is enjoyed by less than half the population. Manufacturing, which used to employ nearly one-third of the employed, has been gradually out-sourced to other countries. Manufacturing jobs used to employ people of all age, IQ, gender and race. The days of looking down upon those jobs, and the people that filled those positions, should end.

Obama Approval Rating “Off The Chart”

January 21, 2009

Winston Smith, spokesperson for the Office Of The President-Elected and Ministry of Truth, today released raw numbers on the latest Presidential Approval poll, and declared that, “while they still need to be tweaked a bit, they will be higher than 100%. My job depends on it,” he declared.

When reminded that a number higher than 100% is statistically impossible, Mr. Smith informed the assembled press that the Guantanamo “detainees,” as future law-abiding American citizens, had not been able to be included in the polls  and, in a curious aside, mumbled, “Sanity is not statistical.”

“Once we are able to assimilate these individuals into American society, we are certain they will set aside their demand for Islamic dominance across the planet and become card-carrying Democrats and peaceful American citizens,” he insisted. When informed that most former “detainees” had, upon release, resumed global jihad, Mr. Smith stated that that information on such “unpersons” was “ungood” and in the process of “going down the memory hole” and would shortly be no longer factual.

“The purpose of this administration is to control the present. The past is in the process of revision. When that is complete, we can control the future,” Mr. Smith lectured. His remarks were met with a standing ovation from the assembled throng of reporters.

Trashed

January 21, 2009
Hope! Change! Trash!

Hope! Change! Trash!

According to the Associated Press:

As crowds cleared the city Tuesday, their trash covered the National Mall and Washington Monument grounds after President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

They left behind plastic bottles, newspapers, food wrappers, gloves and even American flags they had been waving. Trash bins overflowed with items people tossed.

U.S. Capitol Police On Alert

January 20, 2009

The U.S. Capitol Police force is on full alert today, guarding the cliffs and promontories along the Potomac River. Reports of a large scale lemming migration into the Capitol area has many seasoned officers on edge.

“Of course I’m nervous. No telling what those critters will do if they line up right behind each other and head toward the Potamac,” said Officer Barn E. Fife of the force. “We’ve all had our environmental training courses on the four-year migration pattern. I swear I haven’t seen many of them the last eight years, but for some reason this year could be huge.”

Marine Biologist G. Costanza, famous for his research in Onanism, expressed concern. “It’s difficult to predict where the mass migrations will take them, but when you have cliffs and water, it can be a deadly combination. Hopefully, if they do gather, they can be corralled back into some containment area, fed, and then released. They’re fascinating to observe in their native environment. They seem to pick the unlikeliest leader, and then follow in lock-step behind him. Right over the cliff. It’s quite a sight.”

Not everyone has such a kindly opinion of the lemmings. One bystander, who requested only to be identified as “Citizen Dick” said, “They were a thorn in my side four years ago, then four years before that.”

“Go Back To The Oven”

January 7, 2009

The United States has, despite claims to the contrary from the hate-Bush contingent, the greatest freedom of speech laws on the planet. I agree with them wholeheartedly. Sometimes, when people say hateful things it draws attention to a problem, or a group of people, that need to be paid attention to.

Like many other protests of Israel’s campaign in Gaza, this one ended badly — police had to cool an ugly fight between supporters of Israel and Gaza, breaking up the warring sides as their screaming and chanting threatened to turn into something worse.

But some protesters at this rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., took their rhetoric a step further, calling for the extermination of Israel — and of Jews.

Separated by battle lines and a stream of rush-hour traffic outside a federal courthouse last week, at least 200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators faced off against a smaller crowd of Israel supporters.

Most of the chants were run-of-the-mill; men and women waving Palestinian flags called Israel’s invasion of Gaza a “crime,” while the pro-Israel group carried signs calling the Hamas-run territory a “terror state.”

But as the protest continued and crowds grew, one woman in a hijab began to shout curses and slurs that shocked Jewish activists in the city, which has a sizable Jewish population.

“Go back to the oven,” she shouted, calling for the counter-protesters to die in the manner that the Nazis used to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.

“You need a big oven, that’s what you need,” she yelled.

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The unidentified woman, who protest organizers said was a Muslim, wasn’t the only protester who raised hackles that day. Other demonstrators held signs that said “Nuke Israel,” and a number made comparisons to the Holocaust, accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza.

From Foxnews.com

Recorded and uploaded to YouTube:


If Mexico became a terrorist state which refused to acknowledge the right of the United States to exist, and began lobbing missiles into the United States, it would be immediately clear to anyone which side was in the right, and which was in the wrong.

Perhaps it is time to take a harder, longer look at the immigration practices of this country in regards to “Islamist” countries, before they bring their 14 century old battle against Jews and “infidels” to our shores.

Addl:

Bruce Riedel, a Middle East intelligence analyst for the White House National Security Council, said: “A great deal of concern about threats to the US homeland is based upon attacks coming out of the UK. The 800,000 or so British citizens of Pakistani origin are regarded by the American intelligence community as perhaps the single-biggest threat environment.” link

I mean, really. Is the employment system in this country so desperate for labor that we need to permit this individual into the country to monitor your credit card account?

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I don’t think so.

Hat Tip for above “Juice” picture: VigilantSquirrelBrigade.blogspot.com Thanks to this blogger for bringing the news and pictures the Main Stream Media doesn’t want you to see.

How Obama Got Elected

November 19, 2008

If the President-elect thinks that the 56,000,000 who voted against him are this dumb, it’s going to be a long four years.