Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Pres. Greencheese and the Moon God

KEEPING AMERICA LAST!

I finally figured out why NASA’s (National Arab-Nautics and Self-Esteem Advocates) top priorty is feel-goodism: the president wants every Muslim to have the same chance at a moon program as every American has under the Obama administration.

That is, none.

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The Difference Between Mental Illness and Moral Illness?

A: SCIENTISTS WILL ONE DAY FIND A CURE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS

But moral retardation? That is another matter.

RightPundits:

Former British Prime Minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher had an extraordinary career that has now become fodder for, as her children have put it, ’some Left-wing fantasy’ that could only be regurgitated out of the center of the universe of left-wing fantasy, Hollywood. And so it is. The movie, ‘The Iron Lady’ is to star Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep.

The movie is said to be about the elderly Lady Thatcher looking back on her career with sadness and suffering from dementia, unaware that her husband Sir Denis Thatcher has died.

Cameron McCracken, the managing director of the film-maker Pathé says all that is true but that they treat her ‘health’ with sensitivity. He goes on to say that although its a fictional account of Lady Thatcher’s life, it is fair and accurate.

No need for worry. Even a Margaret Thatcher wandering around talking to her late husband still makes more sense than leftists supposedly in complete control of their faculties. The Sunday Times:

John McDonnell, a Labour leadership candidate, was applauded loudly yesterday for telling a trade union audience that he wished to go back to the 1980s and assassinate Margaret Thatcher.

The MP later said his remarks were intended as a joke but the standing ovation he received underlined how large sections of the party remain tilted to the Left.

Describing himself as a victim of the former Tory Prime Minister’s policies because he worked for the Greater London Council and National Union of Mineworkers, Mr McDonnell said he would be glad to “go back to the 1980s and assassinate Thatcher”.

So who is truly deficient here? Some communist reprobate with Walter Mitty fantasies and the morals of fellow commie Lee Harvey Oswald… or the lady who said this?:

Eleven years ago, we rescued Britain from the parlous state to which socialism had brought it. I remind the House that, under socialism, this country had come to such a pass that [ Nicholas Henderson ] one of our most able and distinguished ambassadors felt compelled to write in a famous dispatch, a copy of which found its way into The Economist, the following words:

“We talk of ourselves without shame as being one of the less prosperous countries of Europe. The prognosis for the foreseeable future”, he said in 1979, was “discouraging”.

Conservative government has changed all that. Once again, Britain stands tall in the councils of Europe and of the world, and our policies have brought unparalleled prosperity to our citizens at home.

In the past decade, we have given power back to the people on an unprecedented scale. We have given back control to people over their own lives and over their livelihood—over the decisions that matter most to them and their families. We have done it by curbing the monopoly power of trade unions to control, even to victimise, the individual worker. Labour would return us to conflict, confrontation and government by the consent of the TUC. We have done it by enabling families to own their homes, not least through the sale of 1.25 million council houses. Labour opposes our new rents-to-mortgage initiative, which will spread the benefits of ownership wider still. We have done it by giving people choice in public services—which school is right for their children, which training course is best for the school leaver, which doctor they choose to look after their health and which hospital they want for their treatment.

Labour is against spreading those freedoms and choice to all our people. It is against us giving power back to the people by privatising nationalised industries. Eleven million people now own shares, and 7.5 million people have registered an interest in buying electricity shares. Labour wants to renationalise electricity, water and British Telecom. It wants to take power back to the state and back into its own grasp—a fitful and debilitating grasp. …

I think that the hon. Gentleman knows that I have the same contempt for his socialist policies as the people of east Europe, who have experienced them, have for theirs. I think that I must have hit the right nail on the head when I pointed out that the logic of those policies is that they would rather the poor were poorer. Once they start to talk about the gap, they would rather that the gap were that—[indicating[—down here, not this—[indicating[—but—[indicating.] So long as the gap is smaller, they would rather have the poor poorer. One does not create wealth and opportunity that way. One does not create a property-owning democracy that way.

Long after these leftists are discarded and dismal dustbunnies in the dustbin of history, Lady Thatcher is and will be a giant. Even in her dotage she’s smarter than you. Better, too.

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Sky King George III: “No Transportation Without Taxation!”

“Hardly a day passes where I don’t walk out on the (House) floor that someone asks me, ‘When are we going to re-regulate the airlines?'”–Rep. James Oberstar, (D.-PermaBureaucracy)

Travel Blog:

“Fees are a business decision best made by each airline,” Ridley said, adding that the federal government should make sure all fees are disclosed to consumers. Robert Rivkin, the Department of Transportation’s general counsel, said government officials are looking at ways to tighten regulations on how airlines inform consumers of such fees. “We believe that the proliferation of these fees and the manner in which they are presented to the traveling public can be confusing and in some cases misleading,” Rivkin said. Published fares used by consumers to choose flights don’t “clearly represent the cost of travel when these services are added.”

Umm, excuse me, but…have you seen the Tax Code lately?

“Confusing and misleading the public” about the cost of government seems like Job #1 around Washington, DC–starting with the ridiculous, laughable, cynically dishonest fantasy budget projections used in the HealthControl debacle. Congress won’t even adopt a budget this year, in hopes of keeping the public fooled.

In a warning to the industry, panel members asked about the possibility of extending the airline excise tax of 7.5 percent charged on airline tickets to the unbundled fees, which currently escape the tax. The tax revenue funds the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ah–it’s about their baggage problem, not yours.

Speaking of shining a light, the Foundry:

In spite of supporting regulations that will force all Americans to switch out old light bulbs for more expensive new ones (the good old incandescent bulb will be illegal in 2012), it seems that the DOE itself finds that it’s too much trouble and too expensive to adopt the latest energy-saving technologies.

An audit of 96 buildings by the department’s inspector general reveals, “For the most part, sites either did not use, or made limited use of, innovative lighting technologies developed in the Department’s research laboratories.” The DOE is not even availing itself of the technologies that, as part of its mission, it helped create. The primary impediment cited was a “lack of resources.” In other words, the energy savings were too expensive.

The DOE is cheerleader for parsimony in energy consumption for everybody else. Yet it still hasn’t outfitted a majority of its own buildings with occupancy sensors and the latest lighting technology. Maybe American households should also be allowed to choose which “money-saving” technologies they want to adopt and when they want to adopt them.

Republicans should run on this in the fall, even though Bush signed this stupid law:

A government that doesn’t trust you with light bulbs or ticket prices, yet hides all its own costs in the dark.

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Homing Pigeons

AND OTHER JAILBIRDS

Via Stephen Spruiell:

“Yesterday, the Treasury Department’s inspector general issued its second report on homebuyer credit fraud. And the scams are worthy of a Carl Hiasson novel. Among the lowlights: 1,295 prisoners received $9.1 million in credits for houses they claimed to buy while incarcerated. Two hundred forty-one were serving life sentences at the time.”

You know the secret of Death Row, don’t you?

“Location, location, location!”

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“…the Long, Red Line…”

“MacArthur Park is melting in the dark
all the sweet green icing flowing down
someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
Yep–I was right; I can’t take it.”–Sec. of the Navy Jimmy Webb

Here’s a fascinating editorial from the LA Times on Gen. MacArthur‘s removal by Pres. Truman.

It’s not fascinating because of the history or because we know how the Cold War turned out or even because of the current parallels with Gen. MacChrystal and Pres. Kim Ill-Suited.

It’s fascinating because, in 1951, the LA Times Editorial Board was anti-Communist!

Who knows? Maybe in another 60 years, they’ll be pro-American again.

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“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chi-town. Where Freedom isn’t Free, ‘cos it isn’t even Freedom.”

FORGET, HELL.

The Sun Times:

Mayor Daley said Friday he’s poised to act immediately if, as expected, the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Chicago’s strictest-in-the-nation handgun ban. …

“It’s overturned in Washington D.C. We looked at their laws. We looked at some laws we want to change here and immediately change it because guns don’t solve problems in homes [or] on streets. They kill people,” Daley said. “That’s why I’m giving up my own armed bodyguards.”

Okay, okay; I may have imagineered that last sentence.

Daley has said repeatedly that Chicago gun owners could be required to take a training course, register their firearms, allow police to perform ballistics tests and even purchase liability insurance.

Also run a four-minute mile, recite Das Kapital in the original German and perform brain surgery on a loved one while blindfolded. You know; like the Founders intended.

Seriously; if guns kill people, then we should disarm the police. Their jobs are stressful enough already. Except in Montreal, where throwing a Molotov cocktail is harmless fun, but reporting on the fun is a Serious Violation of State Security!

You cannot have the Second Amendment’s “free State” without a free People.

By the way, remember when Harry “Evil-mongers!” Reid said of Justice Thomas: “I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I don’t — I just don’t think that he’s done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.”?

Really, Harry? Read this:

“Florida made it the “duty” of white citizen “patrol[s] to search negro houses or other suspected places, for fire arms.” If they found any firearms, the patrols were to take the offending slave or free black “to the nearest justice of the peace,” whereupon he would be “severely punished” by “whipping on the bare back, not exceeding thirty-nine lashes,” unless he could give a “plain and satisfactory” explanation of how he came to possess the gun. …

One man recalled the night during his childhood when his father stood armed at a jail until morning to ward off lynchers. The experience left him with a sense, “not of powerlessness”, but of the “possibilities of salvation” that came from standing up to intimidation.

In my view, the record makes plain that the Framers of the Privileges or Immunities Clause and the ratifying-era public understood—just as the Framers of the Second Amendment did—that the right to keep and bear arms was essential to the preservation of liberty. The record makes equally plain that they deemed this right necessary to include in the minimum baseline of federal rights that the Privileges or Immunities Clause established in the wake of the War over slavery. …

I agree with the Court that the Second Amendment is fully applicable to the States. I do so because the right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment as a privilege of American citizenship.”

Harry Reid thinks black people aren’t smart enough to be judges and Mayor Daley thinks they aren’t smart enough to own guns.

All in all, a good day for freedom, brotherhood and the American Way.

(Via Bench Memos)

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Golfing the Gulf Away: Barack Obama’s Grime Against Nature

Ed Morrissey:

Day 68: Why isn’t the A-Whale in the Gulf yet?

The A-Whale bills itself as the largest open-water oil skimmer in the world, and it’s at least very impressive. Originally an oil and ore tanker, the ship’s owners recently refitted the ship to do exactly the kind of work that the US so desperately needs in the Gulf of Mexico, and to do it on a vastly larger scale than current operations can handle. According to the ship’s project manager, the entire American effort in 66 days has skimmed off 600,000 barrels of oil. The ship’s owners claim that A-Whale can skim 500,000 barrels a day.

So where is the A-Whale now? In the Gulf? Not yet. It’s on its way there after being tied to a dock in Norfolk, Virginia, and won’t be allowed to join the cleanup effort until the Coast Guard and the EPA figure out whether it meets their standards…

Lawrence Solomon, Financial Post:

Avertible catastrophe

Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway. “Our system can handle 400 cubic metres per hour,” Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, giving each Dutch ship more cleanup capacity than all the ships that the U.S. was then employing in the Gulf to combat the spill.

To protect against the possibility that its equipment wouldn’t capture all the oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch also offered to prepare for the U.S. a contingency plan to protect Louisiana’s marshlands with sand barriers. One Dutch research institute specializing in deltas, coastal areas and rivers, in fact, developed a strategy to begin building 60-mile-long sand dikes within three weeks. …

In sharp contrast to Dutch preparedness before the fact and the Dutch instinct to dive into action once an emergency becomes apparent, witness the American reaction to the Dutch offer of help. The U.S. government responded with “Thanks but no thanks,” remarked Visser, despite BP’s desire to bring in the Dutch equipment and despite the no-lose nature of the Dutch offer –the Dutch government offered the use of its equipment at no charge. Even after the U.S. refused, the Dutch kept their vessels on standby, hoping the Americans would come round. By May 5, the U.S. had not come round. To the contrary, the U.S. had also turned down offers of help from 12 other governments, most of them with superior expertise and equipment –unlike the U.S., Europe has robust fleets of Oil Spill Response Vessels that sail circles around their make-shift U.S. counterparts.

Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn’t good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million — if water isn’t at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

When ships in U.S. waters take in oil-contaminated water, they are forced to store it. As U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the official in charge of the clean-up operation, explained in a press briefing on June 11, “We have skimmed, to date, about 18 million gallons of oily water–the oil has to be decanted from that [and] our yield is usually somewhere around 10% or 15% on that.” In other words, U.S. ships have mostly been removing water from the Gulf, requiring them to make up to 10 times as many trips to storage facilities where they off-load their oil-water mixture, an approach Koops calls “crazy.”

The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer — but only partly. Because the U.S. didn’t want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

68 days after the blowout.

Still no Jones Act Waiver.

Hundreds and thousands of oil skimmers sit idly at their docks, hundreds and thousands of miles away.

Offers of help $purned over union turf war$.

68 days since “The National Response Team (NRT), an organization of 16 federal departments and agencies responsible for coordinating emergency preparedness and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents was quickly activated and sprang, cat-like, into action!!!

For example, addressing the fierce urgency of of oil spills…from milkfat! Watts Up With That:

[T]he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is classifying milk as oil because it contains a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil.

The Hesperia farmer and others would be required to develop and implement spill prevention plans for milk storage tanks. The rules are set to take effect in November, though that date might be pushed back. …

“The federal Clean Water Act requirements were meant to protect the environment from petroleum-based oils, not milk,” he said. “I think it is an example of federal government gone amuck.”

And amok, also.

Don’t fish contain fish oil? If they didn’t, they sure do now. 30-weight.

Derb:

Why can’t we get anything done any more? You know,

land on the moon, swiftly win wars against weak opposition and then control the defeated nation, secure national borders, discover “breakthrough” medical treatments, prevent crime, design and build to a tight deadline, educate people so they are ready to work before the age of 22, block an undersea oil leak…

Medical/psychiatric gadfly Bruce Charlton, professor of theoretical medicine at the University of Buckingham (in England), thinks he knows the answer: because the human spirit has been “overwhelmed by bureaucracy.”

… “PMA” (for “Pre-Market Approval”) may be the most effective business- and job-killing device in the history of the world. PMA takes years (during which you have, of course, no revenue) and the bureaucracy is stupendous. One correspondent:

Our company attempted to gain a PMA starting back in 2003, with no success. By the way when we submitted our PMA application to FDA we were required to send 8 copies. Each copy weighed 33 lbs.

“Cat-like”!

Gateway Pundit:

Day 68 of Gulf Oil Spill: As Oil Slick Threatens Gulf States – There Are NO Oil Skimmers Off Mississippi Coast

But if there were, they had better have the proper number of life jackets and up-to-date fire extinguisher tags!

Mostly Cajun:

Let’s kill more pelicans…

For the past several weeks our governor Bobby Jindal and his staff have been trying to get the Feds to APPROVE the building of these berms. Not “build”, “approve”.

Finally, Bobby Jindal and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said “we ain’t waiting. Start building the berms” and the work commenced.

And the feds reacted. They aren’t very good at saying “yes”, but they’ve got saying “no” down pat. …

That would a be another week of stirring pictures of oiled up wildlife, another week of pollution invading the vast marshlands that provide seafood to the nation and livelihood to thousands of Louisiana shrimpers and oystermen. But Obama and his bunch are either ignorant of what it takes to put food on the table, or they don’t care. Or even worse, BOTH.

The only real question that remains:

Is Obama ruining the Gulf through negligence…or on purpose?

Because, just looking, you can’t tell the difference.

(Hat-tips: small dead animals)

UPDATE: Finally, something they’re good at; blaming others:

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s sleuthing brings the count of federal investigations to six — and that’s not counting the probes under way by a half-dozen congressional committees. Or the investigation being conducted by Robert Bea, a University of California, Berkeley, engineering professor who has assembled a 66-member team to assist the various investigative efforts.

“It’s hard to see who’s in charge. The answer is: nobody,” said Lee Hamilton…

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The Only New Thing Under the Sun…

…IS THE HISTORY THAT REPEATS ITSELF

Presidential nominee Al Smith left the Democrat Party in 1936…because the party left him.

Betrayal of the Democratic Party

…What are these dangers that I see? The first is the arraignment of class against class. It has been freely predicted that if we were ever to have civil strife again in this country, it would come from the appeal to passion and prejudices that comes from the demagogues that would incite one class of our people against the other. …

The next thing that I view as being dangerous to our national well-being is government by bureaucracy instead of what we have been taught to look for, government by law.

Just let me quote something from the President’s message to Congress:

“In 34 months we have built up new instruments of public power in the hands of the people’s government. This power is wholesome and proper, but in the hands of political puppets of an economic autocracy, such power would provide shackles for the liberties of our people.”

Now I interpret that to mean, if you are going to have an autocrat, take me; but be very careful about the other fellow.

There is a complete answer to that, and it rises in the minds of the great rank and file, and that answer is just this: We will never in this country tolerate any laws that provide shackles for our people.

We don’t want any autocrats, either in or out of office. We wouldn’t even take a good one.

The next danger that is apparent to me is the vast building up of new bureaus of government, draining resources of our people in a common pool of redistributing them, not by any process of law, but by the whim of a bureaucratic autocracy. …

[FDR ran on the] First plank: “We advocate immediate and drastic reduction of governmental expenditures by abolishing useless commissions and offices, consolidating departments and bureaus, and eliminating extravagance to accomplish a saving of not less than 25 per cent in the cost of the Federal Government.”

Well, now, what is the fact? No offices were consolidated, no bureaus were eliminated, but on the other hand, the alphabet was exhausted. The creation of new departments — and this is sad news for the taxpayer — the cost, the ordinary cost, what we refer to as housekeeping cost, over and above all emergencies — that ordinary housekeeping cost of government is greater today than it has ever been in any time in the history of the republic.

THE UNBALANCED BUDGET

Another plank: “We favor maintenance of the national credit by a Federal budget annually balanced on the basis of accurate Federal estimate within revenue.”

How can you balance a budget if you insist upon spending more money than you take in? Even the increased revenue won’t go to balance the budget, because it is hocked before you receive it. What is worse than that? .

THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL PAY THE DEBT

Now here is something that I want to say to the rank and file. There are three classes of people in this country; there are the poor and the rich, and in between the two is what has often been referred to as the great backbone of America, that is the plain fellow.

That is the fellow that makes from one hundred dollars a month up to the man that draws down five or six thousand dollars a year.

Now, there is a great big army. Forget the rich; they can’t pay this debt. If you took everything they have away from them, they couldn’t pay it; they ain’t got enough. There is no use talking about the poor; they will never pay it, because they have nothing.

This debt is going to be paid by that great big middle class that we refer to as the backbone and the rank and file, and the sin of it is they ain’t going to know that they are paying it. It is going to come to them in the form of indirect and hidden taxation. It will come to them in the cost of living, in the cost of clothing, in the cost of every activity that they enter into, and because it is not a direct tax, they won’t think they’re paying, but, take it from me, they are going to pay it!

WHAT ABOUT STATES’ RIGHTS?

Another plank: “We advocate the extension of Federal credit to the States to provide unemployment relief where the diminishing resources of the State make it impossible for them to provide for their needs.”

That was pretty plain. That was a recognition in the national convention of the rights of the States. But how is it interpreted? The Federal Government took over most of the relief problems, some of them useful and most of them useless. They started out to prime the pump for industry in order to absorb the ranks of the unemployed, and at the end of three years their employment affirmative policy is absolutely nothing better than the negative policy of the Administration that preceded it. …

UNCONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE — UNFULFILLED PLEDGES

And the sin of this whole thing, and the part of it that worries me and gives me concern, is that this haphazard, hurry-up passage of legislation is never going to accomplish the purposes for which it was designed and — bear this in mind, follow the platform — under State laws.

Another one: “We promise the removal of Government from all fields of private enterprise except where necessary to develop public works and national resources in the common interest.”

NRA! A vast octopus set up by government, that wound its arms around all the business of the country, paralyzed big business, and choked little business to death.

Did you read in the papers a short time ago where somebody said that business was going to get a breathing spell?

What is the meaning of that? And where did that expression arise?

I’ll tell you where it comes from. It comes from the prize ring. When the aggressor is punching the head off the other fellow he suddenly takes compassion on him and he gives him a breathing spell before he delivers the knockout wallop.

WASTEFUL EXTRAVAGANCE

Here is another one: “We condemn the open and covert resistance of administrative officials to every effort made by congressional committees to curtail the extravagant expenditures of Government and improvident subsidies granted to private interests.”

Now, just between ourselves, do you know any administrative officer that has tried to stop Congress from appropriating money? Do you think there has been any desire on the part of Congress to curtail appropriations? …

Now I could go on indefinitely with some of the other planks. They are unimportant, and the radio time will not permit it. But just let me sum up this way. Regulation of the Stock Exchange and the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment, plus one or two minor planks of the platform that in no way touch the daily life of our people, have been carried out, but the balance of the platform was thrown in the wastebasket. About that there can be no question.

Let’s see how it was carried out. Make a test for yourself. Just get the platform of the Democratic Party, and get the platform of the Socialist Party, and lay them down on your dining room table, side by side, and get a heavy lead pencil and scratch out the word “Democrat,” and scratch out the word “Socialist,” and let the two platforms lay there.

Then study the record of the present Administration up to date. After you have done that, make your mind up to pick up the platform that more nearly squares with the record, and you will put your hand on the Socialist platform. You don’t dare touch the Democratic platform.

DEMOCRATIC OR SOCIALISTIC?

And incidentally, let me say, that it is not the first time in recorded history, that a group of men have stolen the livery of the church to do the work of the devil.

Now, after studying this whole situation, you will find that that is at the bottom of all our troubles. This country was organized on the principles of representative democracy, and you can’t mix Socialism or Communism with that. They are like oil and water; they refuse to mix.

And incidentally, let me say to you, that is the reason why the United States Supreme Court is working overtime throwing the alphabet out of the window — three letters at a time.

Now I am going to let you in on something else. How do you suppose all this happened? Here is the way it happened. The young Brain Trusters caught the Socialists in swimming and they ran away with their clothes.

Now, it is all right with me. It is all right to me if they want to disguise themselves as Norman Thomas or Karl Marx, or Lenin, or any of the rest of that bunch, but what I won’t stand for is to let them march under the banner of Jefferson, Jackson, or Cleveland. …

What about this attack that has been made upon the fundamental institutions of this country? Who threatens them, and did we have any warning of this threat? Why, you don’t have to study party platforms. You don’t have to read books. You don’t have to listen to professors of economics. You can find the whole thing incorporated in the greatest declaration of political principles that ever came from the hands of man, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITATIONS

Always have in your minds that the Constitution and the first ten amendments to it were drafted by refugees and by sons of refugees, by men with bitter memories of European oppression and hardship, by men who brought to this country and handed down to their descendants an abiding fear of the bitterness and all the hatred of the Old World was distilled in our Constitution into the purest democracy that the world has ever known.

There are just three principles, and in the interest of brevity, I will read them. I can read them quicker than talk them.

“First, a Federal Government, strictly limited in its power, with all other powers except those expressly mentioned reserved to the States and to the people, so as to insure State’s rights, guarantee home rule, and preserve freedom of individual initiative and local control.”

That is simple enough. The difference between the State constitutions and the Federal. Constitution is that in the State you can do anything you want to do provided it is not prohibited by the Constitution. But in the Federal Government, according to that government, you can do only that which that Constitution tells you that you can do.

What is the trouble? Congress has overstepped its bounds. It went beyond that Constitutional limitation, and it has enacted laws that not only violate the home rule and the State’s right principle — and who says that? Do I say it? Not at all. That was said by the United States Supreme Court in the last ten or twelve days.

CHORUS OF YES-MEN IN CONGRESS

Secondly, the Government, with three independent branches, Congress to make the laws, the Executive to execute them, the Supreme Court, and so forth. You know that.

In the name of Heaven, where is the independence of Congress? Why, they just laid right down. They are flatter on the Congressional floor than the rug on the table here. They surrendered all of their powers to the Executive, and that is the reason why you read in the newspapers references to Congress as the Rubber Stamp Congress.

We all know that the most important bills were drafted by the Brain Trusters, and sent over to Congress and passed by Congress without consideration, without debate and, without meaning any offense at all to my Democratic brethren in Congress, I think I can safely say without 90 per cent of them knowing what was in the bills. …

What we want, and what we insist upon, and what we are going to have is the absolute preservation of this balance of power which is the keystone, the arch upon which the whole theory of democratic government has got to rest. When you rattle that you rattle the whole structure.

Of course, when our forefathers wrote the Constitution of the United States it couldn’t be possible that they had it in their minds that it was going to be all right for all time to come. So they said, “Now, we will provide a manner and method of amending it.”

That is set forth in the document itself, and during our national life we amended it many times.

We amended it once by mistake, and we corrected it. What did we do? We took the amendment out. Fine, that is the way we want to do it, by recourse to the people.

But we don’t want an Administration that takes a shot at it in the dark and that ducks away from it and dodges away from it and tries to put something over in contradiction of it upon any theory that there is going to be a great public howl in favor of that something; possibly the United States Supreme Court may be intimidated into a friendly opinion with respect to it.

What I have held all during my public life is that Almighty God is with this country, and He didn’t give us that kind of Supreme Court.

Now this is pretty tough on me to have to go at my own party this way, but I submit that there is a limit to blind loyalty. …

There can be only one Capitol, Washington or Moscow!

There can be only one atmosphere of government, the clear, pure, fresh air of free America, or the foul breath of Communistic Russia.

There can be only one flag, the Stars and Stripes, or the Red Flag of the Godless Union of the Soviet.

There can be only one National Anthem. The Star Spangled Banner or the Internationale.

There can be only one victor. If the Constitution wins, we win. But if the Constitution — stop. Stop there. The Constitution can’t lose! The fact is, it has already won, but the news has not reached certain ears.

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Razing Arizona

“I’m fixing a hole where the rain and a million people get in”-Paul McCartney, assistant librarian, Liverpool, Arizona

Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, on boycotting Arizona:

“If this [Arizona] was Texas, which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico, and they were calling for a measure like this saying that they had a major issue with undocumented people flooding their borders, I would have to look twice at this. But this is a state that is a ways removed from the border.”

She’s twice-confused in her geography; she thinks Arizona is over by Kansas and that Milwaukee County extends to Tuscon. That’s why she’s writing laws for Arizona, you see.

But we shouldn’t be too hard on her. The President doesn’t know where the border is either.

The Disclaimer-in-Chief has put up warning signs on federal lands 80 miles from the border and 30 miles outside of Phoenix, warning Americans that they are entering the sovereign territory of smugglers and drug gangs. Gov. Brewer wants him to do his job instead. Imagine.

Shouldn’t the warning signs be aimed at foreign criminals, not law-abiding citizens? If BP was recklessly using these public lands without permission, the feds would put a stop to it at once!

Or maybe not.

When Arizona’s law passed, Mexico issued travel warnings to its citizens (say–isn’t that the problem to begin with?)…and now Obama has issued travel warnings for Americans in America, too! It makes sense: to Obama, Arizona is a foreign country.

He won’t plug the hole in the ocean.
He won’t plug the hole in the budget.
He won’t plug the hole in the border.
And he can’t seem to plug his piehole.

But there is one hole he’s relentlessly working on plugging, night and day…his hole-in-one.

If she really wants his full attention, she should declare the desert a sand trap.

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“So we have come to a time for choosing.”

Steyn, Long and Robinson discuss “The Speech”, Reagan’s seminal 1964 televised message on behalf of Barry Goldwater, conservatism and this country.

I often quote it because it is as timeless as the battle we’re in. Robinson closes the 5-part series by asking if it is time to move past Reagan. I don’t know–is it time to move past Washington? or Lincoln? Have we profited when we did move past them?

Good, good stuff.

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Oil First! No more oil companies–or government agencies–who think they are “beyond petroleum”.

Judge Feldman struck down Obama’s job-killing drilling ban, which was designed to save politicians’ skins, not the environment. (If not for other motives…)

It seems that no crisis is complete for this administration until it has found a way to kill jobs.

Like the judge, Doug Ross is less than impressed with Ken Salazar’s forged report. Salazar added two paragraphs to the now-politicized science white paper, paragraphs that contradicted the recommendations of the experts who had previously signed it.

Michelle Malkin:

The scientists whose views were misrepresented reportedly received an apology from the evidence-doctoring Salazar, but where are the consequences? Where is the accountability? Terrific news: Salazar, the report-rigger, is in charge of overseeing the new overseer. That’s right. The Teflon Interior Secretary spent Monday afternoon swearing in another bureaucrat, litigator Michael Bromwich, who will head the newly-named “Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement” (formerly the beleaguered Minerals Management Service).

According to Salazar, Bromwich “will be a key part of our team as we continue to change the way the Department of the Interior does business.” Present company exempted, of course.

The Sex-for-Oil scandal broke in the summer of ’08. Democrats campaigned on cleaning it up.

When Obama took office he appointed an enviro-lady, a Ms. Birnbaum to MMS…and promptly assigned her to the Cape Wind project–even though wind is not yet a “Mineral”!

From the Beyond Accountability speech:

One place we have already begun to take action is at the agency in charge of regulating drilling and issuing permits, known as the Minerals Management Service. Over the last decade, this agency has become emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulation with hostility — a philosophy that says corporations should be allowed to play by their own rules and police themselves. At this agency, industry insiders were put in charge of industry oversight. Oil companies showered regulators with gifts and favors, and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations.

When Ken Salazar became my Secretary of the Interior, one of his very first acts was to clean up the worst of the corruption at this agency. But it’s now clear that the problems there ran much deeper, and the pace of reform was just too slow. And so Secretary Salazar and I are bringing in new leadership at the agency — Michael Bromwich, who was a tough federal prosecutor and Inspector General. His charge over the next few months is to build an organization that acts as the oil industry’s watchdog — not its partner.

“In other words, Bush ruined MMS so badly, that even though I campaigned on cleaning it up, I failed miserably.”

Birnbaum took the fall for Obama and Salazar, even though she did exactly what they asked her to do. And now she’s being replaced by a prosecutor, evidently a message to oil companies and MMS employees.

But here’s my question: couldn’t they find an honest oil engineer to run MMS, instead of an environmentalist or a prosecutor?

An competent energy professional could have helped prevent an environmental catastrophe, and he would know when oil companies were taking shortcuts. That’s much better than trying to clean up and prosecute afterwards.

MMS will now be called “Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement”. That sounds like the same problem; an agency dedicated to “Ocean Energy”. Screw the wind and tides; we need an agency focused solely on OIL DRILLING IN THE WATER.

We don’t need any more oil companies–or government agencies–who think they are “beyond petroleum”.

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Vote **** in 2010!

Daily Caller:

Rory Reid, the son of Senate majority leader Harry Reid, has been careful to distance himself from his unpopular father in his campaign to be Nevada’s next governor.

In his first campaign advertisement, he omits all mention of his last name and opts instead to encourage voters to support “Rory.”

The biography section of Rory’s website also does not mention that he is Reid’s son. The banner at the top of the site simply says “Rory 2010.”

“Rory”?

Maybe he leave out his first name, too; “…2010!”

I’m **** and I approved this message.

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It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Freedom

“…nor shall any person…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”–The Fifth, pleading for its life

Our Runaway Judges thought they could breezily exchange “public use” for the anything goes-“public purpose” standard.

News Flash: Freedom is the public purpose.

Institute for Justice:

In New London, the Fort Trumbull project at the heart of the Kelo case has been an unmitigated failure. Under the original plan, New London provided land adjacent to Fort Trumbull to the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer at a nominal cost and also provided environmental cleanup to the site, which had previously been an old mill. Part of the package of incentives offered to Pfizer to come to New London was the redevelopment of the neighboring Fort Trumbull area. Fort Trumbull was a working-class neighborhood. It housed approximately 75 homes, as well as a few smaller businesses and an abandoned Navy base. The plan called for this area to be replaced by an upscale hotel, office buildings and new housing. According to the plan, this redeveloped area would take advantage of the opportunities presented by the new Pfizer facility and would complement that facility, leading to job growth and increased taxes for New London. The state of Connecticut agreed to provide $78 million for the project. Pfizer received an 80 percent tax abatement for 10 years. The state agreed to pay 40 percent of the abated taxes to New London.

Now, five years after the Kelo ruling, there has been no new construction on any of the land that was acquired in Fort Trumbull. After the decision, the remaining residents who had fought to save their homes, including Susette Kelo, were forced out. The Fort Trumbull site was completely razed. And it has remained empty ever since—brown, barren fields no longer home to people but rather to feral cats and migratory birds. After much controversy and many extensions of time given to the chosen developer, the city terminated the development agreement. The proposed Coast Guard museum for the area has been put on indefinite hold. Now, ten years after its initial plan was approved, the city has commissioned another study to see what might work in the area. Ironically, given that a majority of the area used to be filled with owner-occupied and residential rental property, the city is considering a proposal to build some rental property on a portion of the project area. Ten years lost and more than $80 million in taxpayer money spent to perhaps one day build a lesser version of what used to exist on the peninsula.

The city and the New London Development Corporation blame the economy for the failed project. But the redevelopment plan was floundering well before the real estate downturn. With its massive taxpayer subsidies and catering to one large corporation, the plan was never market driven. But even if the economy alone were to blame, that is all the more reason why taxpayer dollars should not be put at risk in speculative development schemes.

And now, just before its 80 percent tax abatement expires, Pfizer announced it, too, is moving out. On November, 9, 2009, Pfizer announced that it would close its research and development headquarters and leave New London. For years, the disastrous Fort Trumbull project will be Exhibit A in demonstrating the folly of government plans that involve corporate welfare and that abuse eminent domain for private development. Hopefully, city officials, planners and developers will take the Fort Trumbull experience to heart and pursue revitalization efforts only though voluntary—not coercive—means.

Even though the Fort Trumbull neighborhood was lost, Susette Kelo’s little pink house, where this fight all began, still stands, now in downtown New London about one mile away from Fort Trumbull. Kelo’s home was disassembled and moved piece-by-piece to its new location. It is once again a home for its new owner, local preservationist Avner Gregory. The beauty of the restored home obviously reflects the love Gregory has for the house and its historic importance. Like Betsy Ross’ house in Philadelphia and Paul Revere’s home in Boston, Susette Kelo’s pink cottage stands as a monument to her and her neighbors’ struggle, one that has changed this nation for the better.

Many states have since toughened up their Public Theft laws in light of ‘Kelo’, which is good–except that they shouldn’t have had to, since all 50 states had already ratified the Constitution.

(Via Insty)

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Our Dereliction Addiction: Only the Shadow Government Know$!

“My dad used to say, don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”–Vice Joe Biden

Debra Saunders:

“If you can’t budget, you can’t govern,” Rep. John Spratt Jr., D-S.C., proclaimed in 2006 when the House GOP leadership chose to dispense with passing a budget resolution.

Now that the Dems run the House, Spratt is chairman of its Budget Committee and the April 15 deadline for passing a budget resolution is a niggling detail, easily ignored. House Democrats have decided to not even try to pass a budget resolution before this fiscal year expires on Sept. 30 — and may well delay passage until after the November elections.

As the congressional newspaper The Hill reported Monday, Spratt announced that in lieu of a 2011 budget resolution, the House is likely to pass a “functional equivalent” measure that leaves out inconvenient budget numbers — most notably an annual operating deficit averaging around $1 trillion over the next five to 10 years.

Passing a budget is Job #1 for Congress, and they can’t even be bothered. Just like the president focuses on Socialized Medicine when the people want jobs, and focuses on new energy taxes when the public wants the oil leak stopped, this Congress simply has other priorities than their actual duties.

Stephen F. Hayes:

Representative Gerry Connolly, a Democrat from Northern Virginia with a competitive race this fall, confirmed the strategy in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I’m not going to vote for anything with that magnitude [of deficit],” he said. He’s betting his constituents won’t care. “Name one person who won or lost an election because they didn’t get a budget resolution passed. It’s totally inside baseball.”

If the politics are simple, the implications are real.

In the short term, failing to pass a budget resolution almost guarantees even more irresponsible spending. A budget resolution sets spending targets for congressional committees and makes it procedurally more difficult for members of Congress (in either house) to increase spending. (In the Senate, for instance, adding new spending requires 60 votes after a budget resolution and only 51 before.)

Keith Hennessey, who served as senior White House economic adviser under George W. Bush, describes the short-term effects this way:

Without an annual budget resolution, .  .  . discipline does not exist. Committee chairmen spend and tax as they see fit, because there is no overarching structure to rein them in. It can become budgetary chaos.

And budgetary chaos means more spending.

It’s win-win for congressional Democrats: Moderates get to avoid a tough vote and liberals get to spend more. “The Democrats get what they want and the taxpayers get the shaft,” says Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio who’s a leading critic of the Democratic strategy.

A budget isn’t just for bureaucrats; it facilitates self-government of citizens by providing accountability–no wonder they hate it. Democrats stand four-square against self-government and accountability. Simple facts have become their enemy.

Nancy Pelosi’s National Disgrace Congress isn’t going to pass a budget until after they’re booted from power. Budget Committee Barbie was right:

“Math is hard.”

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General Principles for Removing Principal Generals

MCCHRYSTAL?

No; McClellan:

“…[A]lthough McClellan was meticulous in his planning and preparations, these attributes may have hampered his ability to challenge aggressive opponents in a fast-moving battlefield environment. He chronically overestimated the strength of enemy units and was reluctant to apply principles of mass, frequently leaving large portions of his army unengaged at decisive points. McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign in 1862 ended in failure, with retreats from attacks by General Robert E. Lee’s smaller army and an unfulfilled plan to seize the Confederate capital of Richmond. His performance at the bloody Battle of Antietam blunted Lee’s invasion of Maryland, but allowed Lee to eke out a precarious tactical draw and avoid destruction, despite being outnumbered. As a result, McClellan’s leadership skills during battles were questioned by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who eventually removed him from command, first as general-in-chief, then from the Army of the Potomac. Lincoln was famously quoted as saying, “If General McClellan does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it for a time.”

1862:

General George McClellan appointed Allan Pinkerton to employ his agents to spy on the Confederate Army. His reports exaggerated the size of the enemy and McClellan was unwilling to launch an attack until he had more soldiers available. …

…Lincoln ordered George McClellan to appear before a committee investigating the way the war was being fought. On 15th January, 1862, McClellan had to face the hostile questioning of Benjamin Wade and Zachariah Chandler. Wade asked McClellan why he was refusing to attack the Confederate Army. He replied that he had to prepare the proper routes of retreat. Chandler then said: “General McClellan, if I understand you correctly, before you strike at the rebels you want to be sure of plenty of room so that you can run in case they strike back.” Wade added “Or in case you get scared”. After McClellan left the room, Wade and Chandler came to the conclusion that McClellan was guilty of “infernal, unmitigated cowardice”.

As a result of this meeting Abraham Lincoln decided he must find a way to force McClellan into action. On 31st January he issued General War Order Number One. This ordered McClellan to begin the offensive against the enemy before the 22nd February. Lincoln also insisted on being consulted about McClellan’s military plans. Lincoln disagreed with McClellan’s desire to attack Richmond from the east. Lincoln only gave in when the division commanders voted 8 to 4 in favour of McClellan’s strategy. However, Lincoln no longer had confidence in McClellan and removed him from supreme command of the Union Army

McChrystal is not like McClellan…but Obama is, despite fancying himself the New Lincoln.

Big Government:

“…[T]here are only 20 skimmer boats off the coast of Florida out of 2,000 available skimmer boats in the United States. Lemieux says that Obama is afraid to move them to Florida because there won’t be any in place in case there is an oil leak somewhere else.”

Like McClellan, Obama has the troops–but he’s afraid to commit them, while victory slips farther away…

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Dearborn, Saudi Arabia

Three guys are on a street corner outside the Arab Festival as another one films, quietly handing out Christian tracts.

Suddenly, a dozen officers from the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice Dearborn Police Dept. descend on them, deciding that Christians are second-class citizens in Arabia America.

They arrest them for “disorderly conduct” and confiscate their cameras to hide the abuse of power.

Yet there were no liberals around to say “Your papers, please,” or call the cops “Nazis”!

This is an admission by the Dearborn Police Dept. that they believe Muslims cannot be trusted act like decent, civilized people in an open, pluralistic society.

And neither can the police department.

UPDATED FROM THE 7th CENTURY: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, unless the Dearborn Police get permission from headquarters in Mecca.” Gateway Pundit:

No wonder the far left and Islamists get along so well.

Daily Caller:

Police Chief Ron Haddad says his department made the arrests Friday. The four are free on bond.

Christian proselytizing at the festival has been a matter of dispute for several years.

Haddad tells the Detroit Free Press he isn’t taking sides in any dispute

Other than, you know, arresting one side.

WND:

“…[A]pparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus,” said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center.

“It’s apparent that these arrests were a retaliatory action over the embarrassing video of the strong arm tactics used last year by festival security guards. This time, the first thing police officers did before making the arrests was to confiscate the video cameras in order to prevent a recording of what was actually happening,” Thompson said.

Arrested on charges of breach of the peace were Negeen Mayel, Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, Paul Rezkalla and David Wood, the legal team said.

Mayel, an 18-year-old woman whose parents emigrated from Afghanistan and a recent convert from Islam to Christianity, also was charged with failure to obey a police officer’s orders. She was approximately 100 feet away and videotaping a discussion with Muslims when her camera was seized, the law firm said.

“Contrary to the comments made by Police Chief Ron Haddad, our Constitution does not allow police to ban the right of free speech just because there are some hecklers. Not all police officers approve of the way their department treated these Christians,” said Thompson.

Is Dearborn a now a Constitution-Free Zone like Washington, D.C.?

More from Pam Geller, who also notes the Bad Craziness-vibe emanating from Little Green Foot Fungus.

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The W o BFF: r u n nml?

COG-NITIVE FUNCTION-ARIES

Jonah G.:

“We say he doesn’t need a best friend.”

As a result of this thinking, best friends are broken up. Buddies are put on separate teams, assigned to different classes, etc. It’s not quite the sort of thing cult leaders and North Korean prison guards do, but in principle it’s not too far off either. …

I think removing best friends from childhood is a barbarous and inhumane act, akin to amputating a limb from an athlete. You can still have a childhood without a best friend, just as you can still be an athlete without a leg. But why would you voluntarily make someone’s life so much harder? Having someone with whom you can share the joys and discoveries of early life is a gateway into not just adulthood, but humanity.

The most offensive part of this whole enterprise is that it is aimed at making life easier for administrators, not better for kids.

In his 1998 book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale political scientist James C. Scott documents how over time states of all kinds — democracies, monarchies, dictatorships, et al. — try to make their populations more “legible.” …

Scott documents all sorts of massive state failures that ignored human nature and common sense. The war on best friends strikes me as a perfect retail example of this wholesale line of thinking.

At a minimum, I think the kids should get cable tv, weight rooms and free lawyers like the other inmates.

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Emperor Nero and CEO of Roman Oil Compose Brilliant Violin Duo While Gulf Burns!

YACHTING, GOLF, MOVIE NIGHTS, BEATLES CONCERTS, BASEBALL GAMES and BBQs–OUR LEADERS NEVER REST!

“I will not rest until this leak is stopped!”–some guy. Must have been Joe the Plumber.

44:

“You know, look, if Tony Hayward wants to put a skimmer on that yacht and bring it down to the Gulf, we’d be happy to have his help,” [White House spokesman] Bill Burton said.

Really? Because we have 2,000 skimmers in America…and Obama says they need to stay exactly where they are–“just in case”.

Not to mention 21 offers of help from 17 countries. Rahm, u lie; Joe Barton’s stupid apology isn’t Republican policy. Senator George LeMieux’s call for action is.

The 20 skimmers off Florida are enough for Obama. If that’s how many fingers and toes we get, then that’s enough oil skimmers for this White House!

A skimmer is a piece of equipment dragged by a ship to corral surface oil so that it can be burned or vacuumed up.

“Tony Hayward, I guess, took himself at his word that he was going to get his life back here. It’s clear that he has,” Burton said. “But what’s important to us is that the people in the Gulf get their lives back. It’s not so easy for them to just take a weekend away and forget about everything that’s happening down there.”

At the same time, Burton defended the president’s Saturday golf outing, which has also come in for some fire, saying, “I don’t think that there’s a person in this country that doesn’t think that their president ought to have a little time to clear his mind.”

I do. If he clears his mind, we’ll have a huge Marxist mess and an oil spill to clean up.

No wonder: we said “Waive the Jones Act!” and he thought we said “Wave at the Jonas Brothers’ act!”

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They told me if I voted for John McCain

THE SOCIALISTS OF THE WORLD WOULD UNITE

in opposition to American economic policy…and they were right!

Red China lectures us on debt.
Socialist Europe thinks we’re the crazy spenders.
The North Koreans lifted all restrictions on private markets as we impose more restrictions.
And now Russia has eliminated Capital Gains taxes. They say they want investment to grow their economy. Imagine.

Even Cuba tries, in cAsstro’s own sick way.

At least Venzuela’s Hugo hasn’t sold out yet. The fledgling film industry there is a typical socialist success, a Cinderella story in which Cinderella’s pumpkin coach is seized, the ball is raided by secret police and the shoes are all one-size-fits-none:

Despite a PR and marketing blitz that had Oliver Stone on a whirlwind tour of Latin America, his latest documentary “South of the Border” has sunk like a rock at the Venezuelan box office.

Could somebody toss a capitalist running dog a Barone?

“Thuggery is unattractive. Ineffective thuggery even more so. Which may be one reason so many Americans have been reacting negatively to the response of Barack Obama and his administration to BP’s gulf oil spill. …

It’s pleasing to think that those injured by BP will be paid off speedily, but House Republican Joe Barton had a point, though an impolitic one, when he called this a “shakedown.”

For there already are laws in place that ensure that BP will be held responsible for damages, and the company has said it will comply. So what we have is government transferring property from one party, an admittedly unattractive one, to others, not based on pre-existing laws but on decisions by one man, pay czar Kenneth Feinberg.

Feinberg gets good reviews from everyone. But the Constitution does not command “no person … shall … be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law except by the decision of a person as wise and capable as Kenneth Feinberg.” The Framers stopped at “due process of law.”

Obama doesn’t.”

The Economist recently compared Obama to Vladimir Putin, Russia’s dictator in all but name. However, as Barone points out, there is a difference: Putin is an effective thug.

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How Odd of Zod

AND JEWS WITH VIEWS

Mark Steyn:

It’s prime real estate, with a magnificent view of the Mediterranean, if you don’t mind the trash and the stench and the chickenshit, and you tiptoe cautiously around the broken glass. I wandered past the graves: Jacob Cohen, Samuel J. Cohen, Samuel M. Cohen . . . Lot of Cohens here over the years. Not anymore. In one isolated corner, six young men—des musulmans, naturellement—watched a seventh lightly scrub a tombstone, as part of a make-work project “providing the community with resources to assist in its current grooming.”

What “community”? By 2005, there were fewer than 150 Jews in Tangiers, almost all of them very old. By 2015, it is estimated that there will be precisely none. Whenever I mention such statistics to people, the reaction is a shrug: why would Jews live in Morocco anyway? But in 1945 there were some 300,000 in this country. Today some 3,000 Jews remain—i.e., about one per cent of what was once a large and significant population. That would be an unusual demographic reconfiguration in most countries: imagine if Canada’s francophone population or Inuit population were today one per cent of what it was in 1945. But it’s not unusual for Jews. There are cemeteries like that on the rue du Portugal all over the world, places where once were Jews and now are none. I mentioned only last week that in the twenties, Baghdad was 40 per cent Jewish. But you could just as easily cite Czernowitz in the Bukovina, now part of Ukraine. “There is not a shop that has not a Jewish name painted above its windows,” wrote Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, visiting the city in 1937. Not today. As in Tangiers, the “community” resides in the cemetery.

You can sense the same process already under way in, say, London, the 13th-biggest Jewish city in the world, but one with an aging population; and in Malmö, Sweden, where a surge in anti-Semitism from, ahem, certain quarters has led Jewish residents to abandon the city for Stockholm and beyond; and in Odense, Denmark, where last year superintendent Olav Nielsen announced he would no longer admit Jewish children to the local school. The Jewish presence almost anywhere on the map is as precarious as, to coin a phrase, a fiddler on the roof. And Israel’s enemies are determined that the biggest Jewish community of all should be just as precarious and prove just as impermanent.

In 1936, during the Cable Street riots, the British Union of Fascists jeered at London Jews, “Go back to Palestine!”, “Palestine” being in those days the designation for the Jewish homeland. Last week, Helen Thomas, the doyenne of the White House press corps, jeered at today’s Jews, “Get the hell out of Palestine,” “Palestine” being now the designation for the land illegally occupied by the Jewish apartheid state. “Go home,” advised Miss Thomas, “to Poland and Germany.” Wherever a Jew is, whatever a Jew is, he should be something else somewhere else. And then he can be hated for that, too.

North Korea sinks a South Korean ship; hundreds of thousands of people die in the Sudan; millions die in the Congo. But 10 men die at the hands of Israeli commandos and it dominates the news day in, day out for weeks, with UN resolutions, international investigations, calls for boycotts, and every Western prime minister and foreign minister expected to rise in parliament and express the outrage of the international community. Odd. But why?

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Our Jones Act Jones

AREN’T DUTCH OIL-SKIMMERS “GREEN TECHNOLOGY”, TOO?

Mike Rosen:

It’s silly to talk about our “addiction” to oil. We’re no more addicted to it than we are to food or water. It’s a commodity. We use it as an energy source and petrochemical raw material because it’s abundant and a better value than other alternatives.

Robert Bryce:

By using the word “addiction” Obama implies that our consumption of coal, oil, and natural gas is somehow dirty, that we lack self-control, self-respect, or that we are somehow diseased. And of course, just as the recovering addict becomes a new man/woman, the America that frees itself from the evils of hydrocarbons will be made stronger and more employable. …

Obama’s speech reveals a president who is under intense political pressure to do something, anything, so that he can appear to be in control of a blowout that the government is incapable of stopping on its own. Rather than admit that the government must rely on BP to stop the blowout, rather than acknowledge the irreplaceable role that hydrocarbons play in the global energy economy, he fell back onto the hackneyed claim about “addiction.” Here’s the reality: we are not addicted to oil. Nor are we addicted to fossil fuels. We are addicted to prosperity.

And also to yachting, night baseball and golfing with Joe Biden. Don’t ask me why.

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All we are saying is give peace a chance

PEACE, NOT TERRORISTS

Jerusalem Post:

Women are “the new secret weapon” in use against the “thieving enemy,” said Samar Alhaj, the woman leading the Lebanese boat that is scheduled to try to break the naval blockade on Gaza in an interview with a regional Israeli Arabic- language radio station in Nazareth. The Israeli government has linked the boat to Hizbullah ”

Asked on Radio A-Shams by Zohair Bahloul why the ship, Mariam, would only be carrying women, she said, “We are women in order not to give the thieving enemy an excuse to use arms against the ship.” She said the ship would be carrying cancer medication for children, and women suffering from breast cancer and cancer of the uterus due to “chemical bombs” dropped on Gaza by Israel.

Alhaj is the wife of an officer in the Lebanese security service who was jailed for four years for alleged involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Alhaj and her husband met with Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah on May 22.

So Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth were ‘peace activists’? Who knew?

Andy McCarthy, that’s who! Quoting Ken Timmerman:

“…[Peace] “activists” shot this commanding officer in the leg and stabbed him in the stomach before tossing him off the deck. Other “activists” on the lower deck then dragged the officer inside, taking a knife to expand the wound in his stomach. “They cut his ab muscles horizontally and by hand spilled his guts out,” the soldier said. “When they finished, they raised him up and walked him on the deck outside. He was conscious the whole time. If you are asking yourself why they did all that here comes the reason. They wanted to show the soldiers their commanders’ body so they will be demoralized and scared,” the soldier said. “Luckily, when they walked him on the deck, a soldier saw him and managed to shoot the activist that was walking him down the outside corridor. He shot him with a special non lethal bullet that didn’t kill him. My commander managed to jump from the deck to the water and swim to an army rescue boat (his guts still out of his body and now in salty sea water). That was how he was saved. The activists that did this to him are alive and now in Turkey and treated as heroes.”

Wow–just like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!

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