Friday, March 30, 2012

Stupid, But I Still Laughed

With Friends Like These...

Who would have thought a dick would pull a total dick-move? Well, everyone, actually. (And that now includes Peggy Noonan four years into said dick's term) That's right, Obama (which rhymes with Alabama) has decided to reveal Israel's plan to secretly use bases in Azerbaijan to launch attacks on Iran's ability to nuke Israel. From Israel's point of view it's self-preservation. I guess preventing Holocaust II seems like a good idea to them, for some reason. From the viewpoints of countries surrounding the possible war zone, it means, at minimum, preventing more economic loss during a global recession. At worst, a nuclear weapon in the hands of an unstable neighbor. From Obama's point of view, it's a thirteen year old girl spreading rumors about the pretty girl because she doesn't want any competition. That's right, screw Israel, he's got an election to win. And Madame Déficit doesn't want anyone messing with his recoronation by doing silly things like distracting people from what's truly important.

Da 'Stache!


p.s. Oh, and then there's this from the IDF (the Israeli military)...

"The IDF on Tuesday broke with Israeli tradition and ordered all units to cancel the long-customary Passover leaves and remain on full alert over the holiday."

But don't you dare try to read something into that.

Gosh Darn These Activist Conservative Judges

So I guess Justice Antonin Scalia is in trouble now because he hasn't read every last word of this ObamaCare bill which Congress so painstakingly had written for them.

“You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages?” he quipped. “Is this not totally unrealistic, that we are going to go through this enormous bill item by item and decide each one?”
The comments did not sit well with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), a member of the Gang of 14, which in 2005 established guidelines for considering judicial nominees.
“I am concerned that Justice Scalia’s comments call into question his impartiality and instead suggest judicial activism,” Nelson said.
Nelson was taken aback by Scalia’s suggestion that reading the law was too much to expect of justices ruling on its constitutionality.

Yeah that sure is terrible when conservative justices don't want to read an entire bill that even U.S. senators didn't feel like reading. Oh, and impartiality? There hasn't even been a whiff of impartiality from the liberal members of the court. It's just assumed that they'll vote for this no matter what. But whatever. Is there any way we can kick that Scalia guy out of there? This is just awful, not reading bills. But what about liberal justices...

In oral arguments in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Justice Stephen Breyer “promised” he had not read the entirety of the 2,700-page health-care legislation the court was examining.
He also suggested it would be unreasonable for the lawyers arguing over the constitutionality of the law to expect the justices to “spend a year reading all this” to determine which parts of it should be allowed to stand if the court decides to strike down as unconstitutional the law’s mandate that individuals must buy health insurance.

Oh.

More Blameshifting

Honestly, I'm so sick of this crap I can't even come up with anything funny to say. Front and center on Drudge today is Joe Biden calling for a "global minimum" tax. Why? Because, as he says, "For years, American manufacturers have faced one of the highest tax rates in the world. " Now, ordinary people might see that statement and say, "Gee, maybe we need to lower taxes." Not Smokin' Joe or the inept little squirrel molesters in the Obama administration. No, they need to blame other people because there obviously can't be something their super awesome brain trust can do. After all, they've thought about this. Update: I made the same mistake Ace made in thinking this would be a "global" tax to try to get other countries to raise their taxes. This is what I wrote before-[So their plan is to make everyone else raise their taxes to our level which is sure to solve the problem. C'mon, if you were a country that has been insourcing all those deliciously profitable American companies, wouldn't you want to make yourself less attractive to help Obama?] It's actually a little bit scarier than that. It seems a global tax means that if (and only if) you are an American company then the IRS can come and get at you no matter where you do business in the world. It's actually a more desperate way for Congressmen to steal money they didn't earn. If you're listed as an "American" company, then the IRS can treat your profits in other countries as taxable in this country even though you're paying taxes in the other country. Double taxation. So here are my questions: Why be an "American" company at all? And why would other countries cooperate with the IRS if the point is to force American companies to keep jobs in the U.S.? Won't they collude with American companies to hide profits as long as the jobs stay in their country? The way I understood it at first was to give Obama some credit for being devious in trying to create some global tax collection agency. I shouldn't have done that. What I should have done was think like a petulant child who wants his dolly back. There, global minimum tax.

p.s. Oh, and in case you were wondering about the timing of this global-minimum-tax saber-rattling, this Sunday the U.S officially becomes the country with the highest corporate tax. Because Japan is cutting theirs to try to attract companies. Go figure.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

News You Can Use?

Monday, March 19, 2012

News You Can Use?

Astroturfing, Anyone?

Submitted for your perusal, this video of Joe Biden getting booed, via Drudge. A few things though. One, how ass-faced (or desperate) do you have to be to organize/campaign on St. Patrick's Day? Second, I seem to be one of the few people who actually think Obama is going to get crushed in November. If Joe's getting booed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, doesn't that seem like a bad, getting-your-hojos-handed-to-you-on-election-day sort of warning?

Friday, March 9, 2012

I Was Just Wondering About Those Job Numbers...

Maybe this is wrong but if the unemployment rate has been dropping of late because more and more people don't qualify for unemployment anymore (or get counted as unemployed) then doesn't today's report of an unchanged unemployment rate (8.3%) mean that, even though the number of jobs added was about the same as last month, we still couldn't cover the number of people not being counted as unemployed? Doesn't that mean we've actually reversed our direction and unemployment is actually increasing?
Via Hotair, here's what Gallup thinks is happening. Notice the uptick at the end.

p.s. Oh and don't forget, Obama promised that if we passed the nearly $1 Trillion stimulus our unemployment rate wouldn't go over 8%. It's never been under 8%.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

News You Can Use?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Ow, My Brain

I didn't see anyone else catch this, so I might as well call shenanigans. The other day Ben Bernanke was asked about the student loan bubble. His response? "I don't know about a bubble per se because going forward most of the new lending is being done by the federal government.  Now there could be of course losses that might affect the taxpayers if that program is not adequately managed." So I guess that because the government is now in charge, there can't be a bubble, because governments can't go bankrupt, right? Hey, wait a minute, isn't Greece bankrupt? I also seem to remember Ireland being used as an example of why Americans should have free college tuition by liberals. Oh, wait, they're bankrupt too. In fact, most European countries are having a spot of trouble because they've offered FREE MONEY™ to everyone who just doesn't feel like working for anything. And while we're even further in debt than any individual European country, I don't see any reason why a student loan bubble should happen here. Yeah, but we're probably fine.

p.s. I can't leave this quote alone. It's just too stupid. "Not adequately managed"?? We're closing in on $16 trillion in debt. What are the odds that the student loan program won't be adequately managed? Pretty darn good, I'm guessing. Actually, more like 100%.  I also like the way he differentiates between the federal government, who does the lending, from the tax payers, who might suffer losses.  Ow, my brain.
p.p.s Forgot to link. The quote is here at about 1:50:00
p.p.p.s Almost forgot about Scotland. In the next couple of years Scotland is going to vote on whether to leave the UK. Why were they forced to join the UK (in 1706)? Bankruptcy. But that can't happen to us. Cause... magic.

I Really Like This Idea

Via rdbrewer at Ace O' Spades

Team Birther?

So I was sitting in the doctor's waiting room this morning watching local tv news when they started covering the whole Joe Arpaio investigation into Obama's birth certificate. They had a guest who I assumed would debunk all this foolishness like Ed at Hotair did this morning. Except she didn't. Now I can't be certain (they haven't posted the video), but the way I understood it, this lady, a forensic document expert, was the person who was supposed to verify Senator Barack Obama's birth certificate four years ago when he was running for president. But she couldn't. They wouldn't allow her to have access to the original in Hawaii. She also said that the media hasn't contacted her since the election. Until now. In case you haven't noticed, I really like the jokes about where Obama was really from, but I've never been a birther. I always assumed that there's someone official (not other campaigns) making background checks and clearing this stuff before a person even runs for high office. Maybe that's not true.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

RIP Breitbart

It's not just politics that seems a little smaller today. Matt Labash remembers. The line "In a very rare spell of silence, Breitbart stewed for several minutes." is kind of heartbreaking. I've known people who have died too early, and they always knew.