Somebody Actually Listened To the Nitwit Last Night

Thanks to Robert Tracinski who waded through last night’s good and dribble to come up with the main points The Messiah and His Minions will do in destroying America:

• The government will take over lending directly.

• The government will take over lending indirectly.

• The government will vilify and punish bankers. – show of hands, who wants to graduate and go into banking today?  thought so

• No one can know when all of this intervention is going to end or how much bigger it’s going to get.

• Obama will subsidize inefficient and unprofitable “renewable energy” projects.

• Obama will artificially increase the costs of all other forms of energy.

• He will seek socialized medicine. Oooh – question.  Just how many trillions will this cost?  on top of the porkulus and the Social Security Ponzi scheme?

• He’ll soak the rich.

Elections have consequences and we are getting an idea of just how expensive this last election will be for everyone.

Behold the Word of The Messiah

Behold the Word of The Messiah

Iran To Obama – Raspberries

We were just absolutely sure that Iran would be real happy to talk to The Messiah, weren’t we?

Reacting to President Obama’s call for the Iranians to “unclench their fist”, Mr Ahmadinejad called for the United States to apologise to the Iranian people “and try to repair their past bad acts and the crimes they committed against Iran”.

He added: “If someone wants to talk with us in the language that (President) Bush used … even if he uses new words, our response will be the same that we gave to Bush during the past years.”

So Ahmadinacrazy has completely absolved the Bush Derangement Syndrome verbiage.  And he has a simple starting point for the lovely new sparkly diplomacy:

As proof of the desire for change, Mr Ahmadinejad said that the US should withdraw its troops from conflict zones around the world and “stop supporting the Zionists, outlaws and criminals.”

Dump Iran, Afganistan, Israel – I assume this means to provide active support as Iran make sure to kill anybody who opposes it anywhere in the world.  See – diplomacy is soooooo easy.

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Left Coast Loonies

Want to know why California is absolutely idiotic when it comes to taxes?  How about this one:

A drop in property tax revenue wallops the state, because it is obligated to make up any significant loss to the schools. The Legislative Analyst’s Office projects the state will have to pony up almost $1.5 billion to K-14 schools over the next three years to compensate for declining property taxes. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has already said the state will have to make up $430 million this year for school funding because property taxes have lagged projections.

“That $430 million in essence will get built into every year going forward,” Ross said. “More school costs will shift onto the state.”

Emphasis added by me.  So if houses start losing value, the schools don’t even have to worry.  The state MUST make up any funding difference.  Now this might be just a question from somebody looking at things from a sane level, but if the teachers and the administrators know that they are guaranteed more money – every single fracking year – do they really have any incentive to review their operations and look for how things might be made more efficient and cost-effective?

And this tax burden goes to the state and then next year its that – plus the shortfall in property taxes next year, and the next year and the next year.  Does anybody think this is a system that is setup to fail unless you have continually increasing home values?  I certainly do.  But even then Prop 13 doesn’t allow the government theives to re-value your house until you sell it.  This was the practice that was forcing retirees and people who didn’t get 15% annual wage increases out of their homes.   And, of course, the one thing that the government employees want is to get rid of Prop 13:

“Maybe we need to revisit not just Prop. 13 but our entire funding formula for local government,” he said. “As bad as it gets, that’s when it forces people to think and to move outside their comfort level and outside the box to address the crisis. Maybe we need to revisit these antiquated ways in which we deal with revenue streams to local government. At some point, it’s going to take an initiative, and it would have to be one from the people. It took an initiative for Prop. 13, and it’s going to take one again.”

Can’t let these crises go to waste, eh?

Media Awards – Inauguration Division

A few of my favorites from the long, long list of gushing and fawning yesterday.

1.  The Beating the “Literally” Dead Horse Award

Naomi Wolf

The great leaders in the US weren’t the cheerleaders who promised ­morning in America. They were the ones that forced us to look in the mirror. Since Reagan there has been this tradition, which has become a cliche, of promising morning in America, this fake optimism, we’re the best, the city on the hill.

2.  The 12-year-old Schoolgirl Thrill Award

Melissa McEwan
It is, however, mere moments before footage of the crowd – that amazing, breathtaking crowd – makes me giddy with anticipation and disinclined to look backward, no matter how thrilled to see the back of Bush I am.

And oh how thrilled I am.

Barack Hussein Obama gives his first speech as our president, and its every word and every beautiful turn of phrase appeals to our better natures. It implores us to service, to sacrifice, to shared responsibility. It asks for our imagination and our participation. It says, in each idea, each exhortation, each question, each sentence: I am a uniter, not a divider.

3.  The I Can Name The Most Dead Guys In One Paragraph Award

David Sanger

Mr. Obama talked, with echoes of Churchill, of the challenges of taking command of a nation beset by what he called “gathering clouds and raging storms.” As a student of past Inaugural Addresses, he knew what he needed to accomplish. He had to evoke the clarion call for national unity that Lincoln made the centerpiece of his second Inaugural Address, in 1865, married with Franklin Roosevelt’s warning that the market had been allowed to go haywire thanks to the “stubbornness” and “incompetence” of business leaders. And he needed to recall the combination of national inspiration and resoluteness against new enemies that John F. Kennedy delivered in his Inaugural Address, just over six months before Mr. Obama was born.

4.  The Of Course My Expectations Aren’t Too High Award

Kenya – From The Times of London

“This man is Jesus,” shouted one man, spilling his Guinness as Barack Obama began his inaugural address. “When will he come to Kenya to save us?” If Barack Obama’s spin doctors have been trying to lower expectations since his election victory, the message clearly has not reached the land of his father.

“Now he is president we will get food and jobs,” said Ben Ochieng, as he danced to the traditional music that replaced the planned show.

“It is right that when people get power they look after their family, so we know that Obama will build lots of good things for us, like schools and roads and clinics,” said George Opiyo as he left the theatre.

5.  The How Can I Impress The Importance of This On You Any More Award

Mary Dejevsky

Few public utterances can have been more keenly anticipated by more people in more places than the inaugural address of President – President, now, how does that sound? – Barack Obama.

(And we need to be aware that this includes things like The Sermon on the Mount, Moses and the 10 Commandments, and any address by the Pope – me)

6.  The Undeniable Force Tin Foil Hat Trophy

Steven Weber

But Barack Obama is our new leader, our new son of freedom. He is at once at the center of a force and the force itself. That he is the right person for this job can not be denied, indeed there must be no more Orwellian denials of the sort the outgoing administration engaged in daily, hourly.

7.  The Economic Idiot of 2009 Award

Benjamin R. Barber

As the president gave his campaign cry of “yes we can!” the reality of an exuberant walk up Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, cynical men and women eyeing their assets with that very greed the new President had condemned in his inaugural speech were whining “no we can’t.”

As the country rose to heights the most hopeful could scarcely imagine, these cynics were pushing the stock market down to new depths — more than 300 points down, below 8000. This knee-jerk vote of non-confidence in the economy in the face of the most impressive vote of confidence in democracy the country has ever seen reveals a dangerous schism. It sets how we think as investors against how we act as citizens. It makes Wall Street more important than Constitution Avenue.

(We swear in a proud “wealth spreader” and you are surprised people want to take the money and run?)

8.  The Death to Conservatives and Neocons and Especially BUSH!!!!!!!!! Award

The Guardian Leader

For all the immensity of the symbolism, though, yesterday was about something more tangible and practical. It was a day of change as well as a day of ceremony, and Mr Obama made clear, in his hugely anticipated inaugural address, that this moment in Washington marked the death and burial not just of the George Bush presidency, but also of the neoconservative approach to foreign policy, the hands-off-the-markets approach to the economy and to what Mr Obama called the era of “petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas” in public life which underpinned the past eight years.

Memo to California

We keep hearing about how you have budget deficits and now can’t even cut tax refund checks since you are out of money.  So here’s an idea:

  • tax gasoline
  • tax electricity
  • tax every house
  • tax empty land
  • tax every place of business
  • tax every minute of work by every citizen in the state
  • tax every item sold
  • tax every car
  • tax every truck
  • tax every motorcycle
  • tax every property transaction
  • tax movie tickets
  • tax sports tickets
  • tax food
  • tax every service provided by every productive (non-government) person
  • tax water
  • tax minerals
  • tax oil
  • tax the very breath expelled by each of your citizens

What’s that?  You say you already do that?  or you will soon?  Then what are you going to do?  You are only driving out 250,000 citizens every year.  You obviously need to do something that will continue to encourage everyone who works that living in this state is like living in an insane asylum where the inmates (Democrats) are in charge.

And pleeze don’t give me that Arnie is a Republican crap.  You know just as well as I do that he’s just a millinonaire who married into the Kennedys and he doesn’t give two hoots about what the state takes or spends.  He gets to smoke cigars in the tent outside the Capitol and that’s enough for him.

Here’s a few more wealth and economy destroying ideas for you:

  • continue to encourage every lawyer in the state to sue every business.  Court fees will increase and it will give your unelected idiots with the Messiah complexes (judges) more chances to make up laws that will make more people and buisnesses leave
  • mandate mileage monitors in every vehicle and charge taxes by the inch travelled.  Including forcing people from out of state to stop at the state line to have their monitors installed.
  • shut down every nuclear power plant
  • insist that the Federal government close every military base in the state
  • mandate that every college (including private colleges) must accept anyone who applies regardless of their qualifications
  • ammend the state constitution to indicate that every person anywhere in the world is automatically a citizen of California once they set one toe on your soil.
  • change marriage laws to not only include gays, but polygamy, polyandry, pedophilia, and necrophilia.  Be really inclusive.
  • outlaw English as a language of government

Obama’s First Miracle

clipped from www.riehlworldview.com

Obama’s First Miracle: LA Times Declares “Obama Clears Himself and Staff”

Yes, that is the actual LAT’s headline. I’m not saying I actually think Obama did do anything wrong. But time was when the media prided itself on its skeptcism regarding performances like the one Obama is putting on.

Still, the media had better take the blinders off. Power is what power is and it often does what’s important to itself, using that power for self-preservation no matter what.

If the media does not scrutinize this administration and hold them up to the standards they would hold any Republican counterpart, somewhere down the line someone is going to take advantage of it.

It is Washington,DC, after all – not Camelot, no matter how much these people want to pretend that it is. Forget honeymoon, some outlets look as though they are willing to pay to send Obama and company on a delightful four year cruise.

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Do You Promise? – Please Leave

If only a condescending idiot like this would actually follow through:

What is going to happen if Obama loses is the biggest Brain Drain this country has ever seen. I already know many colleagues and associates who have relocated to Europe where there’s less prejudice against intellectuals and a more realistic societal model. It won’t be the fault of the left when it happens. The know-nothing US electorate will have had two chances to make the correct decision and throw the neocon bums out. Those of us who knew better all along, who saw 9-11 not as an excuse for war but as an opportunity to show America’s greatness by rising above it, who protested against the Iraq invasion while most of the country was still in the throes of Bush-worshipping wishful thinking, will only be victimized by the rest of you gullible fools for so long. This is your last chance to get it right – or you WILL be on your own.

They keep promising and promising and promising.  Leave already!  Don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.  HT – House of Eratosthenes