Sunday, September 1, 2013

It's a trap!

Flopping Aces ^ | 08-31-13 | DrJohn

For Assad?
Don't make me laugh.
Make no mistake- Obama has set a trap. A cagey, crass political trap. It is a trap designed to bail his a$$ out of the corner into which he's painted himself.
Obama has set the trap for the GOP.
A year ago Barack Obama blurted out the now-infamous "red line" words regarding Syria. The classic Obama hubris has boxed him in. He told the world how he would teach Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad a lesson- that the US has an "obligation" to attack Syria.
A war-weary United States has little appetite for another conflict and polls reflect this. Barack Obama is sensitive to one thing above all- his own political viability- and his plans for a Syrian attack reflect this. He said an attack would be limited in scope and regime change wasnot a goal. And now he wants to consult with Congress before he acts but lest anyone think he's become a weenie he's said that he's willing to go it alone.
Obama had no interest in Congress' approval when he toppled Gaddafi in Libya. So you have to ask yourself- why now? Why does Obama want to involve Congress now?
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Ted Cruz enjoys clear edge among tea party activists at Americans for Prosperity summit

Washington Post ^ | August 31 | Matea Gold

ORLANDO — There was no question who was the favorite among the crop of possible 2016 Republican White House candidates who wooed conservative activists at a two-day conference here this weekend.
Loud chants of “Run, Ted, run!” filled a hotel ballroom packed with more than 1,500 people Saturday after Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) finished excoriating President Obama’s administration and challenging Republicans to use an upcoming budget vote to try to force through a measure to defund the Affordable Care Act.
“How do you win this fight?” he asked, and the audience responded in unison with him: “Don’t blink!”
Cruz was the last in a series of prominent Republicans who made their pitches at the “Defending the American Dream” summit sponsored by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a key player in the tea party movement. He followed Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, all of whom addressed the organization Friday.
While the others were warmly received — absent some activists who heckled Rubio over his immigration stance — the reception for Cruz was nothing short of adoring.
Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips introduced the senator from Texas as “a rising leader — mark my words — a rising leader for this nation and for our cause.”
“Ted Cruz, I love you!” a man shouted as Cruz took the stage to a sustained standing ovation.
The senator beamed, taking in the cheers.
“Let me start with a word of warning,” he said. “By virtue of each of you being here today, tomorrow morning you are going be audited by the IRS. So I appreciate the courage of your convictions!”
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"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton

Someone has registered to vote as Barry Soetoro, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave; when will we see an arrest?

Coach is Right ^ | September 1st, 2013 | Kevin “Coach” Collins

Children are taught songs praising the King and only chants of “Oh- Bam- Ah” are allowed in the public square. Wearing an “Obama” tee shirt is encouraged. Deviation from devotion to Barack Obama is a crime, yet somebody has seemingly gotten away with mocking the King by registering to vote as “Barry Soetoro, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Washington DC, 20500!

In King Barack’s America a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask with a broomstick hanging out of his butt had to be hounded out of his job. Those who arranged his appearance HAD to be fired not only their rodeo jobs, but their day jobs as well. With nothing better to do, the ever vigilant Congressional Black Caucus has demanded the Secret Service investigate the clown as a threat to the president.

These things said, how could it be that someone has falsely (of course) registered to vote as Barry Soetoro – one of the many names falsely (of course) attributed to King Barack as his name before he ascended to the throne?
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TOPICS: GovernmentPolitics
KEYWORDS: barrysoetoronodocumentationnojusticenomoreconstitutionobamapelosiperjuryvoterfraud


Arctic Sea Ice bounces back

IARC-JAXA ^ | 9/1/2013 | IJIS

The graph shows the Arctic Sea Ice Extant (in square kilometers) for 2013, 2011, 2007, and 2012.
Arctic Sea Ice Extant has almost reached the minimum (which usually occurs around mid-Sept) for this year.

In a December 2007 article appearing in National Geographic News, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally predicted that the Arctic would be ice free in the Summer of 2012,

That did not happen, as the graph shows, and this year the Summer minimum will be significantly higher than it was in 2012, as well as being higher than it was for 2007 and 2011.

22 Reasons Why Starting World War 3 In The Middle East Is A Really Bad Idea

The Economic Collapse ^ | August 27th 2013 | Michael Snyder

While most of the country is obsessing over Miley Cyrus, the Obama administration is preparing a military attack against Syria which has the potential of starting World War 3. In fact, it is being reported that cruise missile strikes could begin "as early as Thursday". The Obama administration is pledging that the strikes will be "limited", but what happens when the Syrians fight back? What happens if they sink a U.S. naval vessel or they have agents start hitting targets inside the United States? Then we would have a full-blown war on our hands. And what happens if the Syrians decide to retaliate by hitting Israel? If Syrian missiles start raining down on Tel Aviv, Israel will be extremely tempted to absolutely flatten Damascus, and they are more than capable of doing precisely that. And of course Hezbollah and Iran are not likely to just sit idly by as their close ally Syria is battered into oblivion. We are looking at a scenario where the entire Middle East could be set aflame, and that might only be just the beginning. Russia and China are sternly warning the U.S. government not to get involved in Syria, and by starting a war with Syria we will do an extraordinary amount of damage to our relationships with those two global superpowers. Could this be the beginning of a chain of events that could eventually lead to a massive global conflict with Russia and China on one side and the United States on the other? Of course it will not happen immediately, but I fear that what is happening now is setting the stage for some really bad things. The following are 22 reasons why starting World War 3 in the Middle East is a really bad idea...
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Bar owner must pay $400,000 to banned transgender group!

The Socialist-Review ^ | 1 September 2013

PORTLAND – A Portland bar owner has been ordered to pay about $400,000 to a group of transgendered people he banned from his establishment last year.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries civil rights division imposed the penalty against Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex, the Oregonian reported Friday.
Eleven people will share in the penalty, with amounts ranging from $20,000 to $50,000.
It’s the first penalty imposed under the 2007 Oregon Equality Act, which protects the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Oregonians in employment, housing and public places. Some other complaints ended in settlements.
The bureau’s civil rights division began investigating the bar formerly known as The P Club last year after Penner left a voice message for one of the T-Girls, a social group for transgendered people that went to the bar on Friday nights.
According to the complaint filed with the bureau, the message said: “People think that a.) We’re a tranny bar, or b.) We’re a gay bar. We are neither. People are not coming in because they just don’t want to be here on a Friday night now.”
The complaint listed 11 aggrieved persons, 10 of whom present as women. Their legal names are not given.
The T-Girls said they were devastated and humiliated. They said they went to the bar every Friday for two years because they felt safe there – the bartender treated them well, and bouncers walked them to their cars as they left.
“The individuals had found a place at the P Club where they found they could share their lives, their stories,” Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said. “When that is stripped away, that is an indignity that is severe.”
Penner denied last year that he is biased but said other customers complained that the T-Girls left the stall doors open and seats up in the women’s restrooms and business had dropped.
Penner’s lawyer, Jonathan Radmacher, said his client was not surprised by the decision: Avakian brought the complaint, and his deputy affirmed it.
“The writing was on the wall,” Radmacher said, “but we went through the process because we thought it was important that the facts came out.”

Four Historians Take On 'The Butler's' Racist Depiction of Reagan

Newsmax ^ | 8-31-13 | Courtney Coran

Four Ronald Reagan historians have slammed the portrayal of former President Reagan in the movie "The Butler," saying that the 40th president's "attitudes toward race" as shown in the movie are inaccurate.
They begin the article, "What 'The Butler' gets wrong about Ronald Reagan and race," published in The Washington Post, by recounting instances in Reagan's life when he decried racism and took a stand for the African-American community.
While serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, for example, "Ronald Reagan called upon the entertainment industry to provide greater employment for black actors." That position was controversial at the time.
When giving his infamous "evil empire" speech in March 1983 against the Soviet Union, Reagan also attacked the "the resurgence of some hate groups preaching bigotry and prejudice" in America.
These examples came after the historians recount the time when young Reagan brought two African American football teammates home from college to spend the night with his family.
That is hardly the "sense" of Reagan that one gets from the Lee Daniels film the historians explain. The four historians, who have more than a dozen Reagan biographies between them, are Stephen F. Hayward, whose books include "The Age of Reagan"; Paul Kengor, author of 2007's "The Crusader"; Craig Shirley, who wrote last year's "Rendezvous With Destiny" and the 2005 book "Reagan's Revolution"; and Kiron K. Skinner who has compiled several books on Reagan's life including "Reagan's Path to Victory."
They say they are concerned "by the movie's portrayal of Reagan's attitudes toward race."
"We are especially concerned because many Americans readily accept Hollywood depictions of history as factual," they add.
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Voter rebellion, tea party rebellion!

Sept 1, 2013 | Jim Robinson

Just a reminder. This is a voter rebellion. The tea party rebellion. We are rebelling against business as usual in DC and against both major parties. The democrats have gone full-bore Marxist. The Republican GOP-e has gone full-bore statist. Very little difference liberty-wise, they're both anti-liberty. Neither party defends the constitution or our God-given liberty. They are ignoring the constitution and granting themselves dictatorial powers in the central government. We the people are basically at war against the ruling class. It's the tea party rebellion.
Reagan said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. Well, we are now that last generation. We must fight like never before for our freedom because the younger generations have mostly been brainwashed in government schools to believe in some other way of life than the one Reagan lived and that we lived, love and cherish. And the statist/socialist politicians of both parties are more than willing to exploit them (the children) to satisfy their own selfish, corrupt lust for power and greed.
And now we are possibly only one or two elections away from a real rebellion. If the socialist/communist/fascist/Marxist statists win in 2014 and 2016, America as we once knew and loved it is possibly gone for good.
I'm getting old and not so well off health-wise and may not be of much use in a real shooting rebellion, but I'm in my prime in this current tea party rebellion.
I've been giving plenty of advance notice. This website is here to defend liberty and our American heritage. I fell in love with the idea of the tea party rebellion on the day it was born and I'm in all the way. As far as I'm concerned, it's now or never for liberty.
Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz are two of the strongest tea party leaders stepping forward to-date. If either one of these two patriots decides to run for the presidency, I'm sure he or she will be the strongest conservative running and this site will support him or her to the HILT. And I'm sure the vast majority of the grassroots patriot tea party movement will be right there with us.
Those who wish to torpedo their chances, thereby allowing the socialists and statists free reign to continue destroying our freedom, our liberty, our traditional American way of life, and our very right to survive as a free nation are certainly free to do so--somewhere else. Not on FR. We're not going to repeat the last two election cycles. McCain/Romney is the end of the GOP-e RINO train!! NO MORE!!
And no buts!
Notes and patriotic slogans from prior American rebellions:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Securing the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity.
Give me liberty or give me death!
Don't tread on me!
Rebellion is ON! Join or DIE!
We have not yet begun to fight!
And a few generations later:
We do not retreat, we reload!!

Obama already achieved his goal

by Innovative

Obama already achieved his goal -- suddenly Syria dominates the news, nobody is talking about Benghazi, the IRS scandals, the Obamacare train wreck, the economy and unemployment, the budget...

Can't believe that nobody wrote an article detailing this.

Can you say "Wag the dog"?

That's why he is happily off playing golf...

GOP: Obama "choking" America's economic growth!

CBS ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | Jake Miller

Five years of the Obama presidency have produced nothing but economic "roadblocks" that inhibit growth and job creation, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., charged in the weekly Republican address on Saturday.
He accused the Obama administration of "choking the engines of our economy," singling out the health-care reform law, the administration's energy policy and the government's excessive taxing and spending as areas of particular concern.
Republicans have a better plan to "simplify the tax code" and "eliminate excessive regulations," Fitzpatrick said, touting a GOP jobs plan that would break down "the government roadblocks that are hurting our economy."
"People want Congress to focus on expanding opportunity instead of expanding the government," he said.
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Conservatives shower Sen. Cruz of Texas with praise at Orlando gathering!

Palm Beach Post ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | George Bennett

Cruz, one of four potential 2016 presidential candidates to speak to the two-day gathering, got by far the most enthusiastic response from the limited-government, free-market group.
He received standing ovations when he called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and repealing the federal health care law.
Cruz, Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Gov. Rick Perry all made speeches to the group and got the most enthusiastic responses when they sounded anti-Washington themes.
While the 2016 election is more than three years away, Tucker and other activists said it’s not too soon to size up which candidate can run against what Tucker expects to be a Hillary Clinton Democratic candidacy.
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IG REPORT: Obama’s IRS ‘HINDERED’ Efforts To Stop Illegals From Misusing Social Security Numbers

Gateway Pundit ^ | August 31, 2013 | Mara Zebest

A recent audit report by the inspector general for the Social Security Administration found that Obama’s IRS was reluctant to penalize any employers who consistently used Social Security numbers that did not match the names. Thus refusing any efforts to stop identity fraud from ”unauthorized noncitizens” using Social Security numbers that in 80% of the cases belonged to legal citizens. Defund the IRS.
Flashback video reports here and here:

(VIDEO-AT-LINK) reports the following: An audit report published this month by the inspector general for the Social Security Administration says that the Internal Revenue Service’s reluctance to penalize employers who consistently file W-2s on which the Social Security Number and name do not match has “hindered” the SSA’s efforts to stop “unauthorized noncitizens” from using Social Security Numbers that are fake or belong to someone else. The audit report looked at “inaccurate wage reporting”—or the filing of W-2 forms on which the name and the Social Security Number do not match. The SSA has long said these no-match W-2s are frequently filed on behalf of illegal aliens. According to the IG audit report released earlier this month, a senior IRS official admitted to the IG that the service knows this is the case. “Furthermore,” said the report, “a senior employment tax official at the IRS acknowledged that unauthorized noncitizens accounted for a high percentage of inaccurate wage reporting.”(continued)
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Employment Cycle

Debt Limit

Won't Work


Thought Through?

Democrat Economics Work Great if You're: 1) In Congress; or 2) Aren't Human ^ | September 1, 2013 | John Ransom

Don wrote: Just how many vacation days did President George W. Bush take during his reign? - Obama on Vacation: The $28,429,533.47 Man

Dear Comrade Don,

George W. Bush took vacations either at his own home in Texas or at his parents’ place in Kennebunkport. That’s not the same thing as flying off to South Africa on safari or touring Brazil or hanging at Martha’s Vineyard.

It’d be nice to see the Obamas go back to Illinois, back to Hyde Park for a vacation, and hey, it would lower their carbon footprint too.

But when exactly have liberals been a "do-as-I-do" kind of people?

The most consistent feature of liberal legislation is that it exempts them and their lobbyists, unions and corporate pals from the effects of the social engineering they foist on the rest of us.

Bush at least had the sense to hang up his golf bags and not play golf after 9/11.

Obama, on the other hand, avoids Chicago.

Perhaps that’s because he helped make Chicago the toilet that it’s become.

Whatever else you can say about Chicago, it’s a city that has been forged and refined by Democrats, like Obama.

When I was growing up there, the city at least functioned.

Today it’s just a shooting gallery.

And why not?

Cook County produces wonderful legislators like Jan Schakowsky (D-Socialist) whose husband was convicted of bank fraud, and failure to withhold taxes; and – I think there is more shame in this- was honored in 2000 by the Democratic Socialists of America with the Debs Award with the note: “Your work and your life honors the memory of Eugene V. Debs, Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington and continues their legacy of struggle for social justice. For your dedication to the fight for a just society, the Debs - Thomas - Harrington Dinner Committee hereby presents to you its annual award on this 5th day of May, 2000.”

I guess bank fraud and socialism do go together. If you understand how one works, you probably have a great understanding of the other too.

Anyway, I wouldn’t want to go back and live in Chicago no matter how big a mansion I owned, especially if, like Obama, I lived in Hyde Park.

And it’s not likely I’d ever go back unless I went there to clean it up.

None of that for Obama however.

“It could just be a diabolical, cruel rumor meant to hurt Chicago residents who are proud of the first couple's $1.8 million Hyde Park Georgian Revival mansion and history in the community,” reported the liberal blog PolicyMic during the reelection campaign when Obama wasn't sure he'd be back in the White House. “Several publications have hinted or stated outright that top Obama fundraiser Penny Pritzker has been orchestrating the purchase of an opulent $35 million Honolulu estate for the first couple.”

That's the same Penny Pritzker who Obama nominated for Secretary of Commerce. It's nice when you have "friends" in Chicago who happen to have $35 million to buy you a house.

I don’t know who should be more relieved by his departure for Honolulu, Obama or Chicago?

Egalitarians? That's for little people.

This is a city that kept Jesse Jackson Jr. elected and well-fed after he spent months in the Mayo Clinic for bi-polar depression, necessitated and occasioned by embezzlement charges. The voters would have kept sending him back to Washington too had the FBI not taken the matters out their hands by indicting Jackson.

This is also the city that sent back to the state legislature the first state house representative it has kicked out in 107 years. Do you know how hard it is to get kicked out the Illinois House? 

From the CSMonitor:

Derrick Smith managed the rare feat of being expelled from the Illinois House. He faces corruption charges that could send him to federal prison. Authorities say they've got a recording of him requesting that a $7,000 bribe come in cash because he didn't "want no trace of it."

And yet, a smattering of blue-and-white "Vote Derrick Smith" yard signs dot the West Side. It's also not difficult to find people who say they're going to cast a ballot for him. As the Democratic Party's candidate, the board is naturally tilted in Smith's favor.

Smith, you’ll be relieved to know was reelected in 2012 with 76.7% of the vote. It's even harder apparently to stay out once kicked out.

Illinois voters have a contempt for common sense.

So, do I find it outrageous or unbelievable that Penny Pritzker is holding out the hat for Barack Obama, helping him buy a $35 million mansion in Hawaii?

Nope. He needs a place to vacation. 

Plus Obama bought his Hyde Park manse with a little help from some “friends.”

Chicago power politics will always stick to Obama no matter where he goes, even if Obama doesn’t stick with Chicago.

So don’t even get me started on vacations, Obama and graft.

The very fact that you defend these doofus-stooges disqualifies you from full-fledged membership in the human race. 

Democrat economics probably works out well for you.

Don wrote: If you and your fellow conservatives cannot produce more credible candidates and more realistic solutions, you will never convince "Independents" that so-called Conservatism has answers for America.  Then, again, that is probably why ALEC and friends ) is so hell-bent on restricting voting. -

Obama on Vacation: The $28,429,533.47 Man

Dear Comrade Don,

Well, you qualify for back-to-back comradeship.

What is it with liberals and the Koch brothers anyway? You guys are obsessed with them. The American Legislative Exchange Council is funded by many organizations and corporations-- not just the Koch brothers.

Just like the Far-Left has, Middle America has a number of think tanks, lobbying groups and community organizations that represent our point of view. And yes, there are prominent funders out there for some of these groups. The Koch brothers are two such funders.

That hardly explains the obsession, however.

Here’s an email that the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee just recently sent out:

Friends -- We have some bad news.??The Koch Brothers have been waiting for the right moment to crush President Obama’s progressive agenda -- and it could be coming sooner than you think.??That’s right: House Republicans are attempting to use the upcoming debt ceiling deadline to take the economy AND the middle class hostage.??Our fundraising deadline is in less than 48 hours. If we get outraised (for the third month in a row) Paul Ryan and House Republicans could put Medicare, Social Security and Obamacare on the chopping block. We can’t let House Republicans and their Koch overlords get their way:

Koch overlords. Ha!

You know what the great thing is?

ALEC will probably be publishing stuff right here on Townhall Finance shortly.

And not once did I ever speak with either of the Koch brothers or any of their body doubles to arrange this. Of course I communicate with them on a spiritual basis almost daily. All conservative do. It’s built into the GPS radio receiver that they’ve implanted in each of us at our initial ALEC meeting.

Did you ever hear of Pat Stryker, Jared Polis, Tim Gill or Rutt Bridges? How about George Soros or Warren Buffett?

You object to the Koch brothers spending their own money on political activities, but liberals with money can do whatever they want.

By the way, Obama spent $1.5 billion on his two presidential candidacies, all but killing public campaign finance. You object to money in politics? Obama's ground zero for big money.

“[F]or many former allies,” says the Washington Post, “Obama’s decision to convert his campaign operation into a political advocacy group with unlimited funding was the final straw. ‘The president has engaged in uncharted waters that open the door to influence,’ said Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer, a longtime activist who describes Organizing for Action as ‘a precedent that other federal officeholders are likely to follow.’”

Don’t you think everyone else should be entitled to the same megaphone Obama’s celebrity affords him?

Or only those who agree with you and can pay?

Oh, and don’t worry about our candidates.

After all you guys are about to recycle Hillary “What Difference Does it Make” Clinton or Joe "Gaffe and Graft" bin Biden.

Good luck with that.

Myer2 wrote: What is the track record for GNP growth by party in power? According to Fox news its Republicans 2.6% and Democrats 4.2. The stock market? GWBush -6% Clinton +15% BigBush +10.9% Reagan +10% Obama 18%--But of course that only makes the upper 1% happy. Democrats: Bringing You One Good Year of Economic Growth Over a Five Year Period

Dear Comrade Myer,

Like most liberals you’re economically and politically illiterate so I’ll try to use short, simple words.

By the way, the term GNP was replaced along time ago by GDP.

The stock market is not a measure of all things, especially under Obama. Obama was fortunate in the sense that he took office at a time that the stock market was making record lows. It's not hard to post huge numbers when you start out at record lows.

In 1932, the Dow Jones bottomed out at 41.22, losing 90% of it's value. By 1937 the Dow had rallied and was at 194.40. By contrast, the market lost only about 54% of its value from 2008 to 2009. 

The market will have to move from its bottom of 6547 printed in March 2009 to 30,836 by March 2014-- 7 months from now-- to have equaled the "performance" during the Great Depression from 1932 to 1937.

Today the Dow is at only 14,810. And Obama's term hasn't ended yet.

Also the Federal Reserve has provided a record amount of liquidity for stock traders that they didn't provide in the 1930s.

But you are right about the 1% being the prime beneficiaries of the stock market performance under Obama.

If it weren’t for the whole issue of helping “people,” this would be a great economy. If you didn’t have to worry about jobs, income, the welfare of the middle class -- you know the things that Obama seems little concerned about?-- this would be a terrific economy.

Kind of like every other liberal program: the system really works great as long as you don’t have to be one of the people stuck inside it. I mean it really works great for those in Congress who don't have to follow the laws they pass. Or people like your comrade above who I suspect isn't human.

Getting back to the economy as a whole, measured against Republicans or Democrats, such as Clinton, Bush, Other Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon, Ford, Johnson…Obama’s record is terrible. It’s terrible on jobs, it’s terrible on economic growth and it’s terrible on income.

And Obama either meant to do it this way, or he didn’t. I don’t know which is worse.

Kanawah wrote: Considering the degree of obstruction by the extreme right, one good year's recovery in five is remarkable. If the obstruction from the right were not there, unemployment would be + or - 5%. But the right is willing to destroy our nation because of their hate for Obama. They leave the American people no choice but to destroy the "right". (or should I say WRONG). - Democrats: Bringing You One Good Year of Economic Growth Over a Five Year Period

Dear Comrade Kanawah,

I think you’re forgetting about the period from 2009 to 2010 when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress along with the presidency. At that time the Democrats pretty much passed whatever it is that they wanted to pass.

The economy that you see now is a creation of that body of legislation.

Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, the stimulus measures, the green energy boondoggle, none of which you can point to as an empirical successes for this economy, were all created during that period of time.

For ease-of-use we can call that period the Pelosi Ascendancy.

The one noticeable bright spots in the economy for American families is in housing. And one could make the case that the housing sector did not begin to recover until after the Democrats stopped prosecuting mortgage lenders and allowed foreclosures to proceed in the normal way that they would during free-market periods.

The Right in this country isn’t trying to destroy anything. Rather it’s trying to restore some things, like adherence to the Constitution, free markets, the proper relationship between the church and state, the proper relationship between the federal government and the state government and municipal governments.

You want to use popularist rhetoric like “the American people have no choice but to destroy the Right.”

But it is often the revolutionists who become their own victims in the end. 

Just look at how the Pelosi Ascendancy worked out. 

CompCon wrote: Hey, fool, you should read your own article. Then, you should read and understand my post. Your article doesn't address innovation and entrepreneurship anywhere. Both are necessary for true economic success, which is why the Chinese have to keep stealing our ideas. See if you can absorb this concept into your pea brain. - The Spirit of 2776 Violations of Civil Liberties

Dear Comrade Comp,

Hey, tool, you should read your own post. Then, you should read and understand my article.

My article doesn’t address innovation and entrepreneurship anywhere because it doesn’t actually include anything that would be subject to innovation and entrepreneurship.

It was an article about the violation of our civil liberties.

But speaking of innovation and entrepreneurship: There was an article and the Denver Post the other day that talked about the number of hospitalizations in the Denver area rising due to the availability of synthetic marijuana. The article stated that people were being hospitalized who were both agitated and violent due to synthetic marijuana use.

Entrepreneurs and innovators have moved into the legal marijuana market to provide new products to a thriving, yet agitated, market.

I say this because I think people need to hear this message, especially you Comrade Comp: Don’t do drugs. Just say no.

MAURY JOSEPH wrote: Mr. Ranson, The brevity of your article on our President's "Violations of Civil Liberties", make us wonder if you will be so incomplete when you get around to writing about our President's Foreign Policy Blunders or his Economic Fiascos? If you are intent on writing SHORT articles, try writing about our President's accomplishments. - The Spirit of 2776 Violations of Civil Liberties

Dear Comrade Maury,

My articles are actually pretty long when you compare them to other columnists. I tend to write articles in the range of 750 to 900 words. And I probably write twice as many articles as most other columnists.

The search of the archives reveals that over the last two and half years I’ve written 833 articles. At 700 words a pop, that 624,740 words.

A notable long novel, War and Peace, by contrast, runs to about 587,000 words. That interminable miasma of right-wing theology, Atlas Shrugged, runs 645,000 words.

Perhaps somewhere in there you’ve missed a day or two.

That would account for you missing voluminous writings on the president’s foreign-policy blunders and his economic fiascoes.

But that’s okay: Soon you will be able to buy the book.

DoctorRoy wrote: Well if WMD's were not a good reason to invade Iraq what was a good reason(s)? I mean that is what we were told. And if the US commits ground troops to Syria I'll eat this keyboard. Piece by piece. No freakin' way. - Obama Gets His Gun Off Again

Dear Comrade Doctor,

Well, for example, did you know that we’ve actually been in a state of war with Iran since the late 1970s? I’m guessing that having 250,000 troops a stone’s throw away from the Iranian border would make the ayatollahs more inclined to behave well. Or how about the fact that Iraq is the strategic crossroads of the entire Middle East, blocking both Russian and Iranian influence into the Arabian peninsula?

Or this: Saddam Hussein was actively intent on providing material support to Al Qaeda affiliates. Just because a bomb didn't explode in the middle of Time Square with a Hallmark card signed by Saddam Hussein doesn’t make it untrue.

Another good reason for invading Iraq was to show the Arab world that they had a choice. Thus far the only choice the Arab world believes they have is either to be ruled by religious dictators or secular dictators.

They can pick self-government; and largely Iraq has picked self-government even if it works unequally and roughly so far.

Liberals like to believe that if you don't commit ground troops, you aren't at war.  But the truth is that are enemies see little difference between spinning up missiles and spinning up soldiers.

War is war no matter how you parse it. And you better be prepared to finish it once you start.

And if you don't believe it, I'll put a jihad on you too.
I'll put a jihad on you too.
Jonesy wrote: John, Here you go again- No matter what the President does, you would be against it, so either way he loses in your eyes.Obama Gets His Gun Off Again

Dear Comrade Jonesy,

If you give me a little bit of time I could probably point to at least one or two things that Obama’s done that I support.

Okay, you have to give me a lot of time to think about that one.

That said, here’s a case where Sen. Obama supported positions in direct contravention to the policies that he is now promoting as president. His problem isn’t just with the rightwing in this country either. His problem is that his liberal buddies are becoming disillusioned with him too.

I’m glad to see that Obama has decided to put the case for a declaration of war in front of Congress.

That’s the right thing to do.

Bush did it for the Iraq war. And still many on the left insisted that Bush get impeached.

You’re either a liberal by conviction or a liberal by convenience.

Either way you’re an idiot.

But one part happens to be a hypocrite too.

Kanawah wrote: You left off the fact that the stagnation of our economy is the result of the never ending obstruction of the Transylvania tea bags and the republiCONs. Obama has put forth many very good proposals to move the economy and the nation forward, but the Transylvania tea bags and the republiCONs in the senate filibuster them, and in the house they will not even discuss them in committee, let alone bring them to the floor. The location of the problem is obvious. The Government's Newest Stupid Human Trick

Dear Comrade Kanawah,

It’s been apparent for some time that they’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel at the George Soros Institute for Internet Trolling. There’s been a real drop off in the quality of talent since Obama raised taxes on everybody. I guess the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, and revelation of other associated good works by him haven't helped him either. 

Eking out that victory against Romney wasn’t quite the mandate Obama supposed it to be.

Leaving me to wonder: Where have the liberal trolls gone?

During the darkest days of World War I, the British were so desperate for men that, according to author William Manchester, “draft notices were being sent to the maimed, the blind, the mad, and in some cases even the dead.”

Tell me: Which are you?

That’s it for this week.


Ps. I have a few more slot left in my fantasy football league, first three people to send me their email address are in.