Cold Fury

Harshing your mellow since 9/01

Government Bikers: Let A Thousand Pedals Bloom

“Pity the poor American car when Congress and the White House get through with it — a light-weight vehicle with a small carbon footprint, using alternative energy and renewable resources to operate in a sustainable way. When I was a kid we called it a Schwinn.”–P.J. O’Rourke, Driving Like Crazy

You shouldn’t joke like that, P.J.; this administration has a habit of legislating the punchlines.

Our beloved government has just solved the Unintended Acceleration Crisis.

Also the Obesity Crisis, the Crowded Highway Crisis, the Parking Crisis and Tom Friedman’s “We’re Not Enough Like China”-Crisis. Not to mention the “We’ve Just Got Too Many Darn Jobs!”-Crisis.

Let’s kick the tires and look under LaHood:

Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.

From Shopfloor, the blog of those evil businessmen who want to impose jobs on all of us the National Association of Manufacturers:

Treating bicycles and other non-motorized transportation as equal to motorized transportation would cause an economic catastrophe. If put into effect, the policy would more than undermine any effort the Obama Administration has made toward jobs. You can’t have jobs without the efficient movement of freight.

Pedicabs will not overcome those bottlenecks.

Now normally here we’d put in a statement about how bicycles are great, we need to fund infrastructure for bikes, federal support, blah, blah, blah. And, sure, more power to them. But c’mon! A great nation and modern industrial economy cannot operate if executive branch agencies are incapable of making a distinction between bicycles and trucks.

Obama has seen the future–and it looks like a weird mixture of Leave It To Beaver’s neighborhood and 1970’s China.

Those vaunted Green Jobs of the Future? Rickshaw drivers and newspaper delivery boys.

(This will be helpful when the government takes over the newspaper industry, too. Officially, I mean.)

Look at from their point of view; there are just too many car and truck-makers anyway.

Clearly, the government is poised to take over the bicycle companies on behalf of the United Bike Workers union. So when the inevitable wheel-rationing begins, I’ll be ready–I’m learning to ride a unicycle now.

UPDATE: One of the bicycle’s many bonuses: they’re not susceptible to unintended acceleration takeovers caused by cosmic rays. Except for takeovers caused by “Cosmic” Ray LaHood, naturally.

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Over the Counterfeit

MILTON BRADLEY, TREASURER

The Washington Examiner:

A Wichita, Kan., man was beaten by drug dealers after he paid for crack cocaine with Monopoly money.

The man, who was bleeding from the head when police pulled him over, said he had bought the crack weeks before and that the dealer was only now taking revenge.

The man refused to identify his attackers, but police spokesman Gordon Bassham said officers were still investigating.

“That was not a get-out-of-jail-free card,” Bassham said.

Sorry, Pablo, but only the Feds can use funny money.

Do not pass ‘Go’. Or Health Care.

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I haven’t liked Wilson

EVER SINCE

“Cast Away”. I think Wilson’s the one who is filling Tom Hank’s head with nonsense.

What’s that? No, not Wilson the anthropomorphic volleyball; George Will must mean Woodrow Wilson:

Progressives are forever longing to replace the governance of people by the administration of things. Because they are entirely public-spirited, progressives volunteer to be the administrators, and to be as disinterested as the dickens.

How gripped was Wilson by what Beinart calls “the hubris of reason”? Beinart writes:

“He even recommended to his wife that they draft a constitution for their marriage. Let’s write down the basic rules, he suggested; ‘then we can make bylaws at our leisure as they become necessary.’ It was an early warning sign, a hint that perhaps the earnest young rationalizer did not understand that there were spheres where abstract principles didn’t get you very far, where reason could never be king.”

Professor Obama, who will seek re-election on the 100th anniversary of Wilson’s 1912 election, understands, which makes him melancholy. Speaking to Katie Couric on Feb. 7, Obama said:

“I would have loved nothing better than to simply come up with some very elegant, academically approved approach to health care, and didn’t have any kinds of legislative fingerprints on it, and just go ahead and have that passed. But that’s not how it works in our democracy. Unfortunately, what we end up having to do is to do a lot of negotiations with a lot of different people.”

If only real people wouldn’t gum up the Progressive Dream, these experts could accomplish so much!

You, the “Masses”, are square pegs that must be pounded into their round holes. For the sake of “Progress”, naturally.

Wilson was the first president to criticize the Founding Fathers. He faulted them for designing a government too susceptible to factions that impede disinterested experts from getting on with government undistracted. Like Princeton’s former president, Obama’s grievance is with the greatest Princetonian, the “father of the Constitution,” James Madison, class of 1771.

Obama the student:

“… the Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned. While many believed that the new Constitution gave them liberty, it instead fitted them with the shackles of hypocrisy.”

In 2001, he went on to criticize the Constitution as a “charter of negative liberties”, meaning it shamefully doesn’t list all the wonderful free stuff the government can take from other people and give to you.

Barack Obama thinks he’s smarter than the Founders. He’ll be lucky if he can outsmart Wilson the Volleyball.

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“Nevermind.”

YOUR KLOWN KAR KOMMISSARS AT “WORK”

When I was writing the previous post on unemployment, I knew in the back of my mind that it was Friday, and there simply had to be more news hidden by the Transparency Czars in the regular Friday Night News Dump.

And sure enough…

Wizbang:

In Stunning Reversal GM Asks Closed Auto Dealers To Reopen

Having destroyed hundreds of businesses run by these dealers what we hear now is “Oops, we didn’t mean it. Please come back”. This reversal is a tacit admission of a monumental blunder (which is why it was released on a Friday afternoon). And this is the same administration that wants to control healthcare. Imagine yourself in the shoes of those dealers or their employees. After billions in losses, families thrown into turmoil caused by unemployment and lost wages, the government suddenly admits that part of its grand experiment in restructuring the auto industry was flawed.

This story should be filed as Exhibit A in the argument against ObamaCare and the government takeover of the healthcare industry.

This administration is already a Cargo Cult.

Now it’s the CarComeBack Cult, too.

“Operation: Kneecap Toyota” must be going better than planned.

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Toss me a Zamboni here

AND FIX ME A DRINK, WOULD YA’?

Newsbusters:

[NBC’s] Mott reported:

In the past two days, men’s speed skating was slowed to a standstill because of poor ice conditions, further complicated by the environmentally friendly machines, used in place of the tried and true Zamboni, that kept breaking down. A Zamboni is being brought in from Calgary.

On USAToday.com, Tom Weir explained the malfunctions, “that delayed the women’s 3,000 meters Sunday and which threatened to postpone the men’s 500 Monday were unprecedented at Olympic speedskating,” and were caused by Canada putting “green” interests ahead of reliability:

The problems suffered by Olympia brand resurfacers brought into question the decision of the Vancouver Olympics to be as green as possible, and use electric-powered machines to groom the ice. To prevent further problems, a traditional, propane-powered Zamboni has been trucked in from Calgary.

But not to worry; that truck runs on soy milk, not diesel!

I thought propane was eco-acceptable. Maybe they thought the Zamboni just looked too much like an SUV.

Speaking of guzzlers, he’s shaken, not stirred;

A Westport lawmaker who voted to hike the state sales and alcohol taxes was spotted brazenly piling booze in his car – adorned with his State House license plate – in the parking lot of a tax-free New Hampshire liquor store, the Herald has learned.

Michael J. Rodrigues’ blue Ford Crown Victoria, emblazoned with his “House 29” Massachusetts license plate, was parked outside a Granite State liquor store on Interstate-95 South over the weekend, according to a witness who provided pictures to the Herald.

It’s those darn Reich-winging, tea-bagging, tax-resisting, Democrat state legislators again!

When lawmakers have to flee the state to avoid their own laws, maybe it’s time for change. Liberals can’t even find ice in the Canadian winter anymore.

Use the Zamboni, don’t ban it. Mix the martini, don’t tax it.

Common Sense is the Last Resort of a Liberal. After liberalism fails.

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Intellectuals and The New “P”-Word

“PANTS”?

…as in “smarty-pants on fire”? No.

“Professor”.

“Ah; the mudslinging has begun!”–Daniel Patrick Moynihan, when his opponent Sen. James Buckley playfully referred to him as “Professor Moynihan from Harvard.”

Prof. R. Limbaugh, Prestigious Attila the Hun Chair; Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies:

But now calling [Obama] “professor” is racist? It’s “thinly veiled” racism? Wow.

“Thomas L. Haskell, a professor emeritus of history at Rice University, agrees that racial bias may be implicit in the attack on Obama’s professorial past. ‘For me and a lot of other academic types, we identify with Obama precisely because he is an intellectual,’ Haskell says. ‘But what does that mean to John Q. Public? I don’t know. John Q. Public may be frightened of these people, especially because this particular intellectual is a black.'”

This notion that Obama is smarter than everybody else tricked a whole lot of people, including a bunch of uppity white Republicans who thought they were going to get one of their own in the White House. …

‘Intellectual’ cannot have anything to do with what you know because Obama’s dead wrong on virtually everything. So how smart is he? Whether he’s a professor or professorial or whatever, he’s just wrong on everything, and that’s what our objection is. He is so wrong, it is ruining the country! If you’re small business, you do not go to the bank for a loan to increase payroll, as he said yesterday. I mean, that put me on the floor. It is closest I have ever been to speechless, listening to the sheer ignorance and naivete from this intellectual “professor” that we have as a president. …

Now, also for – Professor Ogletree at Harvard: One of the reasons I don’t call Obama “professor” is because he never was one! Calling him a professor is elevating him. He was a guest lecturer, but he was never a professor. And this guy that said this is traceable back to Socrates? Socrates could not have been called a professor in his lifetime because professor is a Latin word. It would have never happened. Socrates was Greek!

Like Arianna. Just sayin’.

Prof. Limbaugh expounds further:

Is it smart to say “corpse-man”? Is it smart to think there are 57 states? Is it smart to have such ignorance about how things work in the private sector? Is it smart to have a cabinet with nobody that has any private sector experience whatsoever? Is it smart to have a close circle of advisers who only know the thug way of getting things done? Is it smart? Obama’s agenda, the big-ticket items, are in tatters, with a majority of his own party in both houses, until recently. Is it smart to not be able to get something done with that kind of power? Where’s his academic record? That would settle a lot of this. But that is jealously guarded, ladies and gentlemen. We are not allowed to see his college transcripts. They are more secret than national security secrets.

There’s only one thing I could add to the Professor’s diaphanous disquisition–but it would involve the subconstructivist desublimation of prestructuralist deappropriation and the postsemanticist paradigm of Foucaultian hierarchy.

And I don’t think we want to go there.

UPDATUM: Via Don’t Call Him “Professor” Glenn Reynolds, more from All-American Blogger.

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Expurts ‘r Us

“By experts in poverty I do not mean sociologists, but poor men.”–Chesterton

FATHER WASHINGTON KNOWS BEST

Reagan speechwriter Peter Robinson interviews Reagan hero Dr. Thomas Sowell about Dr. Sowell’s new book, “Intellectuals and Society”.

(And if you’ve never had the pleasure and edification, I strongly recommend this earlier book.)

Q: What do Noam Chomsky, Bertram Russell, and Barack Obama have in common?

A: They believe that since knowledge is concentrated in people like themselves, more power needs to be placed in the hands of the “experts.” In the twentieth century all sorts of countries tried central planning. Now, the guys who run the central planning usually have advanced degrees from prestigious institutions. Mountains of statistics are sitting there and they have all the experts in the country at their beck and call, and yet when you take the power out of their hands and return it to the market, things usually end up with a higher rate of growth and a more rapid decline in poverty.

Ah, experts.

It was experts who gave us the Titanic, the Hindenburg, the Great Depression, eugenics and Marxism. They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Vietnam, told passengers to obey hijackers and badly damaged the black family. Then gave us low-flow toilets and shower heads.

“We, the Experts, in order to form a more perfect people…”

A panel of experts ruled her claim the Obama administration was planning to introduce “death panels” was chosen as the most misleading statement of 2009.

One panel of experts rules for another panel of experts–nice!

I’m no expert, but I remember this, from the Expert-in-Chief:

“So when Peter Orszag and I talk about the importance of using comparative-effectiveness studies as a way of reining in costs, that’s not an attempt to micromanage the doctor-patient relationship. It is an attempt to say to patients, you know what, we’ve looked at some objective studies out here, people who know about this stuff, concluding that the blue pill, which costs half as much as the red pill, is just as effective, and you might want to go ahead and get the blue one. …

I don’t know how much that hip replacement cost. I would have paid out of pocket for that hip replacement just because she’s my grandmother. Whether, sort of in the aggregate, society making those decisions to give my grandmother, or everybody else’s aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when they’re terminally ill is a sustainable model, is a very difficult question.

… So that’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. But that’s also a huge driver of cost, right? I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.

Well, I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels. And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance.”

And I remember this, too:

“We who live in free market societies believe that growth, prosperity and ultimately human fulfillment, are created from the bottom up, not the government down. Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create, only when individuals are given a personal stake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success — only then can societies remain economically alive, dynamic, progressive, and free. Trust the people. This is the one irrefutable lesson of the entire postwar period contradicting the notion that rigid government controls are essential to economic development.“– Ronald Reagan, Sept. 29, 1981

If you gotta be an expert, first be an expert in Trusting the People.

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Obama Palmer and The First Golf War

Or “THE REVENGE OF THE COUNTRY CLUB DEMOCRATS”

“Eisenhower isn’t a communist, he’s a golfer.”–Russell Kirk

“Obama isn’t a golfer, he’s a communist.”–Kurt Russell

Just kidding–Kurt Russell never said that. Never.

It was Goldie Hawn.

Here’s a real quote, though:

More jarring still were Obama’s references to the terrorist as a “suspect” who “allegedly tried to ignite an explosive device.” You can hear the echo of FDR: “Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — Japanese naval and air force suspects allegedly bombed Pearl Harbor.”

That’s from the Krauthammer piece Mike linked here. It shows the foolhardiness of the legal approach to war. As does this:

The logic is perverse. If we find Abdulmutallab in an al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, where he is merely preparing for a terror attack, we snuff him out with a Predator — no judge, no jury, no qualms. But if we catch him in the United States in the very act of mass murder, he instantly acquires protection not just from execution by drone but even from interrogation.

The radical lawyers who defend Gitmo detainees are now seizing on Obama’s perverse logic: there is no logical reason to give the ButtBomber an American civil trial without giving every Gitmo detainee the same.

Indeed, by Obama Logic, every enemy on every battlefield has a right to a public defender if he cannot afford one, a speedy trial, evidence collection on the battlefield and non-excessive bail.

Obama eventually got off the links after his team missed the links, just long enough to issue a CYA address. He finally called the “alleged” “suspect” “extremist” an al Qaeda recruit.

There is a reason why he will not use the word “jihadist”. al Qaeda can be viewed as a heretical splinter group that has attacked the Saudi monarchy. But the Saudi king will not give his subject Obama permission to use the word “jihadist” because jihad is the nominal duty of every Muslim.

In his pre-golf address, Obama also called for American unity. By slamming Cheney. Steyn:

But, if it takes the White House three days to react to an attack on the United States, their rapid-response unit can fire back in nothing flat when Dick Cheney speaks. “It is telling,” huffed the president’s Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, “that Vice President Cheney and others seem to be more focused on criticizing the administration than condemning the attackers.”

“Condemning the attackers”? What happened to all the allegedly alleged stuff? Shouldn’t that be “condemning the alleged isolated attacker”? The communications director seems to be wandering a bit off-message here, whatever the message is: The system worked, so we’re inconveniencing you even more. The system failed, but the alleged suspect is an isolated extremist, so why won’t that cowardly squish Cheney have the guts to condemn the attacker and his vast network of associates?

The real message was conveyed by Fouad Ajami, discussing the new administration’s foreign policy in The Wall Street Journal: “No despot fears Mr. Obama, and no blogger in Cairo or Damascus or Tehran, no demonstrator in those cruel Iranian streets, expects Mr. Obama to ride to the rescue.” True. Another Iranian deadline passed on New Year’s Eve, but the United States will set a new one for Groundhog Day or whenever.

And, just as the thug states understand they now have the run of the planet, so do the terror cells. A thwarted terror attack at Christmas is bad enough. Spending the following week making yourself a global joke is worse.

Joking aside, here’s a riddle:

Is it possible that the administration official who missed the VictoriaSecret Bomber…is also the same administration official who okayed Major Hasan’s emails to Yemen? Or are these different officials?

That’s the riddle.

The joke is a press corps that won’t ask it.

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Barack Obama, Agent of C.H.A.O.S.

WHISTLING A FEW BARS

of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is not leadership.

The UN invited 20 thousand people to an event designed to hold only a few hundred, and then ordered Danish police to get rid of them by cracking heads, including the heads of riff-raff like Viscount Monckton. But not before giving Hugo Chavez and Robert Mugabe standing ovations.

We simply must let these people run the world.

The conference itself has descended into chaos as small nations demand payoffs from emerging nations like China and India, with all pitted against the US and Europe. China and India have now walked out.

Meanwhile, Obama has Descended upon the talks to talk the talkers into not talking:

“This is not fiction, this is science. There is no time to waste, we should act, not talk. And that is why I have come here today.”

He has promised to borrow $33 Billion from the Chinese to pay off the Little Brown People if they will only sign up for World Government.

Back in Washington, the HealthControl Debacle has descended into such low farce that to call it a Klown-Kar Circus would be a slur on Emmett Kelly.

This is all a result of Obama’s Anti-Leadership.

Forget the policies for a moment–even the process betrays the chaos that is at the heart of Leftism.

By contrast, at this point in his presidency, Ronald Reagan had already passed (in August) a sweeping program of tax reform that set America up for years and years of massive job growth. And did it on a bi-partisan basis.

On the international front, he had secured the release of our hostages on his first day, fired the striking air-traffic controllers, thus convincing the Soviets he wouldn’t be rolled, and by Christmas, he was standing up to Soviet bullies, working with the Pope to free Poland. After taking a bullet. Dude.

We need real leadership more than ever, so we’d better remember what it looks like.

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“Old Navy”: It’s Not Just a Clothing Store, It’s Obama’s Defense Policy

“Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government. Whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged in too long, by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as firm and complete as they should be.

These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a tenfold beacon in the night: Duty, Honor, Country.”–Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Farewell Address to the cadets of West Point, 1962

Tunku Varadarajan:

What has struck me most about Obama’s Afghan enterprise—and his speech did not cause me to alter my view—is how obvious it is that he doesn’t really want to do it. He wants to do health care. Obama has tried every delaying trick in the book—waiting for three months after Gen. McChrystal’s request for more troops, having meeting after meeting after meeting, sending Gen. Jones to tell McChrystal not to ask for more troops, having his economic team say it will cost too much, framing the venture in terms of “exit strategies” rather than victory, etc. His ambivalence was on naked display tonight. Can you imagine Churchill delivering a speech like this, one so full of a sense of the limitation of national possibilities? No wonder Hillary—when the camera panned to her—looked like she needed a drink. No wonder the cadets all looked so depressed. Would you want Eeyore for commander in chief?

MacArthur famously said “In war there is no substitute for victory.” But Pres. Eeyore cannot bring himself to utter the word.

It would have helped him immensely if he’d actually used the word “winning”—or any kindred words—somewhere, anywhere, in his speech. But he did not: “Successful conclusion” and “responsible transition” just do not hack it. One gets the sense that for this president, winning at something as unseemly as war is an aesthetic choke-in-the-throat.

That’s because he’s conflicted, fighting his own inner war.

“In my war, there is no substitute for ‘successful conclusion’.”–Gen. Eeyore Hussein MacArthurburton

The Left taught Obama that America is a deeply, deeply flawed country, probably illegal and certainly immoral, with one or two redeeming qualities. The Right holds the opposite view: America is a deeply decent and great country with a few troubling flaws. That is why Obama’s wife found a reason to be proud of America only now that her husband had arrived to radically change it.

Obama doesn’t use the word “victory” because deep down, he doesn’t believe that America deserves to win. Maybe we don’t deserve to lose, but “win”? That’s so…retro. And he’s so metro.

And as Commander-in-Chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home.

Forget all the “I, I, I, me, me, me”-egoism for a moment; did you see how quickly he spit out “Retreat!” as soon as he sounded “Charge!”? It could have been one sentence:

“It is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan BUT after 18 months, our troops will begin to come home.”

On the other hand, he didn’t announce our surrender, so I guess that’s a plus. And he even made a few kind noises about America for a change. Speaking of Eeyore, Allahpundit notes that Murtha will support it…for a nominal fee:

“’There will be conditions,’ said Rep. John Murtha…”

He means Congressional Democrats will demand a firm date for our Unconditional Surrender–no dithering! But since it’s Murtha, it also means he’ll want three more airports for his district.

Erick Erickson:

Barack Obama’s First Military Decision Is Now Proven to be a Bad Decision

Barack Obama’s administration said those threats were overestimated and Obama threatened to veto the entire defense budget if F-22 funding were left in.

Gates said Monday he’d heard no “substantive” argument for keeping the jet for national security reasons, pointing out that China has no planes that can compete with the more than 1,000 advanced fighter jets the U.S. will have by 2020.

Gates said that the gap between the two countries’ aerial arsenals will only widen.

Unfortunately for the United States military, that turns out to be flat out wrong.

According to Aviation Week, China not only is building a 5th generation fighter to compete with the F-22, but they’ll begin testing it this year.

Beijing’s fighter announcement suggests a serious failing in U.S. intelligence assessments, mocking a July 16 statement of U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that China would have no fifth-generation fighters by 2020.

Note that China announced this while Obama was in China sucking up to them.

The Cable:

When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hanger. But according to multiple sources, White House aides demanded the plane be changed to an older F-15 fighter because they didn’t want Obama speaking in front of the F-22, a controversial program he fought hard to end. …

The airmen there took offense to the Obama aides’ demand, sources told The Cable, seeing it as a slight to the folks who are operating the F-22 proudly every day. They also expressed bewilderment that the White House staff would even care so much as to make an issue out of the fact that the F-22 was placed in the hanger with the president.

A White House official, commenting on background basis, told The Cable that yes, there were discussions about which plane or planes would be in the hanger, but that they were not meant as an insult to the pilots and other personnel who work on the F-22. The official couldn’t elaborate on why the White House aides felt it necessary to get involved in the matter in the first place.

The official pointed to Obama’s speech to the troops that day, where he praised both the 90th Fighter Squadron, known as the “Dicemen,” and the 525th Fighter Squadron, the “Bulldogs,” both of which operate the F-22. …

“It’s one thing to be against further production; quite another to slight the folks who are flying them in the operational world,” one source said, adding that “the F-15 pictured was put into service roughly around the same period when Obama graduated from college. It’s vintage.”

And so are Obama’s views on defense; vintage ’70’s liberalism.

Once upon a time, service was viewed as an American value. But since Vietnam, the Democrat Left has waged war on our military and soldiers have responded by voting largely Republican. That’s what Chris Matthews meant by his stupid “enemy camp” remark. Just as Republican presidents inherit a liberal Permanent Bureaucracy, Democrat presidents inherit a conservative military. The difference is that the professional military doesn’t work overtime to undermine a Democrat president the same way the PermaBlob works to subvert Republican presidents.

Obama will have his picture taken with dictators and terrorists like Chavez and Khadaffi–but not with the F-22? And complain about the money we spend on defense–but not on Gargantuan Government?

Maybe we could remove the Spirit of St. Louis from the atrium of the National Air and Space Museum and send her to Afghanistan. Like Obama, she’s already been to France.

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“Pinch” Limbaugh: “Following Rush’s Lead is What We Do Here at the Times.”

TAX EXILES ON MAIN STREET

GLENN BECK: I was going to tell the story about who is moving out of New York. Because we said, you know, they start screwing with the taxes more than they already have, you just can’t afford to do business in New York. So move out of New York. Hmmm. Guess who ‑‑ guess what media company has decided to move 25 of their 30 editorial employees out of New York and move them to tax‑free Florida?

PAT: Hmmm. Some conservative rightwing ‑‑

GLENN: The New York Times. In order to save 25 jobs, they’ve decided to move those 25 jobs to Florida where there’s a tax haven. Now, I think personally we should call the FCC or the FTC or somebody and talk to them about “localism”.

“Pinch” Sulzberger Jr.’s NY Times, Apr. 2, 2009:

Rush Limbaugh is fed up with taxes in New York and with Gov. David A. Paterson in particular.

And so is Pinch!

The radio talk-show host denounced the so-called millionaires’ tax in the new state budget and then announced on the air this week that he would be packing up and leaving town.

And so are Pinch’s jobs!

Rush:

That is why I have not been to New York one working day this year, and I will not go. “Donald Trump told Fox News earlier this year that several of his millionaire friends were talking about leaving the state over the latest taxes.” I played golf with Trump back in the spring and he told me the same thing. He named some names.

“Golisano, who created 5,000 jobs from his Rochester payroll processing company, Paychex, bristled when politicians said he was bailing on New York in the spring. ‘If anything, New York state has bailed out on us,’ he said. And it’s not just the well-known leaving. Nancy Bell is moving her Science First manufacturer of scientific products from the Buffalo site her father founded in 1960 [also] to Florida, which aggressively courted her and her two business-partner sons. They are building a new facility there and, with the state’s help, had 1,000 applications for 20 jobs. … ‘Overall, as in most states, revenues are down at the higher income levels,’ said Joseph Shapiro, spokesman for the Maryland Comptroller’s Office. The … Tax Foundation said that through the early 1990s, several states maintained double-digit income tax rates for the higher earners. Those rates were dropped, however, in the boom of a fast-growing economy. States also realized that having a higher tax rate than their neighbors would cost them talent, lose jobs and hinder economic growth…”

The liberals know this. It doesn’t matter. It’s power. It’s control that they want.

Word.

In related news, have you the heard the odd noises and smells emanating from Hugo Chavez recently?

“Some people sing in the shower, in the shower half an hour. No kids, three minutes is more than enough. I’ve counted, three minutes, and I don’t stink.”

What it’s about is water shortages caused by a drought…of freedom. And the power shortages are even worse, despite Venezuela’s vast resources.

We can also enjoy the same falling standards of living if we pass Cap and Trade Socialized Energy.

Cap & Tax even fails on its own convoluted terms, as these two high-ranking EPA liberals explain.

This megalomaniacal scheme of Socialized Weather is like trying to date Cindy Crawford by driving your car off a cliff: You drive your car over the cliff which ruins your credit rating, forcing you to cut back on dining out which in turn causes you to lose weight therefore giving you a shot at asking Cindy out.

The fact is, your not going to date Cindy Crawford. Or even Broderick Crawford, as he writes you a ticket for careless carless cliff-driving.

Especially once she finds out you’re a socialist.

UPDATE: As it happens, Ms. Crawford and her husband are fighting a particularly vile extortion attempt. We wish them well.

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Craig Gregg: Roadkill on the Shining Path to Leader’s Glory

FIRST, WE SUE ALL THE BUS MANUFACTURERS…

Atty. Greg Craig, Esq. was fired because his parents named him funny. What kind of name is “Esquire”, anyway?

Just kidding. He was fired as First Fixer because he couldn’t make the sky green and the grass blue in Obama’s world.

That is, he couldn’t make Democrats vote for something that 99% of their constituents find dangerous, stupid and unnecessary: closing Gitmo and bringing terrorists to America.

Even apolitical Americans sense somewhere in their gut that if we bring them here, Democrat judges will grant them the full rights of Americans and eventually set them free among us, the way the Founders intended. Free to live, laugh, love and practice .45 caliber psychiatry on us.

Osama couldn’t get those hundreds of terrorists into America–but Obama can. Especially if he can get Democrat congressmen to vote for his plan.

But they’ve seen the plan. And they’ve seen the polls. And they’d pretty much rather waterboard their own grandmothers than vote for it. Unemployment is fine for you, but they’ve got places to go and career suicide looks awful on the resume, anyway.

In other words, Craig was thrown under the bus because he couldn’t convince Congress to self-throw themselves beneath the vehicle, to secure Dear Leader’s glory. It’s sort of like political midget bowling, without that sport’s integrity.

He made a stupid, grandstanding campaign promise … and they need to keep it, even if it costs them their jobs! Don’t they understand they are but lowly insects, who must sacrifice themselves for the Wizard of Odd Promises?

There are less than 90 days left before Gitmo Shall Be Sealed by Decree of the Pharaoh. If Congress doesn’t act as ordered, there’s a chance that the plebes will start to question Pharaoh’s divinity.

And that’s why Craig was fired.

Don’t worry, though; he can always go back to being Fidel’s Number One Runaway Slave-Catcher. But first, a song from those frothy campaign days of yore, when the Kool-Aid was just a little sweeter and the bus tires were just a little softer (even though proper tire inflation was going to solve our energy needs):

“Another One Under the Bus”

(sung to the tune of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”)

Ayers rolls easily down the street
It was high time that he went
I tossed him from the winder
cuz’ he was startin’ to hinder
my quest for president

Are you ready
to defenestrate?
Are you clinging to the edge of your seat?
Cuz’ if someone makes a fuss
I’ll toss you from my bus
like a pancake flat in the street

(bump, bump, ba-bump) Another one under the bus
(bump, bump, ba-bump) Another one under the bus
And another one splats
And another one’s flat
Another one under the bus

Well I ain’t just hintin’
I tossed the Clintons
And I can toss you, too
My own Grandmomma,
Pentagon bombers,
anyone who makes me lose

Bernadine Dohrn, fallin’ nuts from ACORN,
as Raines & Johnson must
Any one who brings me down
hears the Greyhound sound
of me leavin’ them in the dust.

(bump, bump, ba-bump) Another one under the bus
(bump, bump, ba-bump) Another one under the bus
And another one splats
And another one’s flat
Another one under the bus

Driver drive faster
cuz’ I think I see my pastor
and he’s reachin’ for a microphone
Here comes Tony Rez
and he’s wearing a fez
and he thinks he owns half my home

You may be a mad bomber
but I’m Obamar
and I got to be Commander in Chief
Khalidi’s comin for dinner
but now I think he’s a sinner
so I better just order Chinese.

(bump, bump, ba-bump) Another one under the bus
(bump, bump, ba-bump) Another one under the bus
And another one splats
And another one’s flat
Another one under the bus

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The First Terrorist Attack on America Since 9/11: Thanks, Doc Obama!

MAY I HAVE ANOTHER?

Our Miss Brooks gets one right between the bloomers:

A shroud of political correctness settled over the conversation. Hasan was portrayed as a victim of society, a poor soul who was pushed over the edge by prejudice and unhappiness.

There was a national rush to therapy. Hasan was a loner who had trouble finding a wife and socializing with his neighbors.

This response was understandable. It’s important to tamp down vengeful hatreds in moments of passion. But it was also patronizing. Public commentators assumed the air of kindergarten teachers who had to protect their children from thinking certain impermissible and intolerant thoughts. If public commentary wasn’t carefully policed, the assumption seemed to be, then the great mass of unwashed yahoos in Middle America would go off on a racist rampage.

Worse, it absolved Hasan — before the real evidence was in — of his responsibility. He didn’t have the choice to be lonely or unhappy. But he did have a choice over what story to build out of those circumstances. And evidence is now mounting to suggest he chose the extremist War on Islam narrative that so often leads to murderous results.

The conversation in the first few days after the massacre was well intentioned, but it suggested a willful flight from reality. It ignored the fact that the war narrative of the struggle against Islam is the central feature of American foreign policy. It ignored the fact that this narrative can be embraced by a self-radicalizing individual in the U.S. as much as by groups in Tehran, Gaza or Kandahar.

It denied, before the evidence was in, the possibility of evil. It sought to reduce a heinous act to social maladjustment. It wasn’t the reaction of a morally or politically serious nation.

And right on cue, Dr. Sigmund Hussein Fraud gives us His diagnosis:

“In a country of 300 million people, there are going to be acts of violence that are inexplicable. Even within the extraordinary military that we have — and I think everybody understands how outstanding the young men and women in uniform are under the most severe stress — there are going to be instances in which an individual cracks.”

If Hasan is “cracked”, then so is every other jihadist.

That means Khalid Sheik Mohammed should be confined at the State Mental Hospital until psychiatrists say he can safely integrate into American society; a process that usually takes, two, maybe three weeks.

Hey, Hasan’s a shrink–maybe he could evaluate KSM for us!

The point is, if this is mental illness, then we aren’t fighting terrorism–we’re in the War on Craziness. ALL of them are “cracked” by this standard.

Hasan isn’t “cracked”. He’s just as sane as all the other terrorists.

We let the Obama Administration order both the FBI and the Dept. of Defense to stand down on Hasan’s contacts with al Qaeda, and the final results are in: the First Terrorist Attack on America Since 9/11.

And now we’re letting him get away with it by calling it a mental episode. What Obama is really saying is that he’s going to continue giving a pass to jihadists. He’s going to do it again. He’s not gonna stop with the PC insanity. He’s doubling down on Dhimmitude.

Hasan isn’t crazy–we are.

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BREAKING: Obama/Biden Junta Spies on Innocent Qaeda-American Maj. Hasan! What’s next? He’s the 21st hi-jacker? UPDATE: Hasan talking

OH. THE HUMANITY.

Just in from ABC:

U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan tried to make contact with people linked to al Qaeda.

It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said.

This is just about the worst result possible, isn’t it?

Not only did the the Warrantless Harding Administration eavesdrop on poor Mr. Hasan because of his peaceful religion, and violate his Sacred Constitutional Right to Commit Treason–but then they didn’t do anything about it! They left him in place!

I guess they were still too busy trying to figure out how to arrange for Karl Rove’s frog-march to arrest Maj. bin Laden, Jr. here.

BREAKING UPDATE: Fox says Hasan is talking. That’s bad news for Eric Holder, who will be forced to recuse himself from representing Mr. Hasan like his law firm represents 18 other detainees.

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The Bright and the Bestest

TOO BIG TO FAIL, YET TOO FAILED TO BE BIG

“This strange chiaroscuro is always the characteristic of revolutionary times. Everything is on a knife’s edge and every man’s effort counts. That’s how it must have been at all the times that really mattered. Well, which will it be? The Bolshevik past or the stars?”–Wretchard

Yet another “Hitler-in-the-bunker” film…and more fine work from Belmont Club:

The recent movie Downfall dramatizes the last days in Hitler’s bunker. In narrative structure it can be described as the story of the Titanic on land. It has all the familiar elements: the initial gaiety and optimism, the foreboding, the arrival of nemesis and then the gradual realization among the main characters that they are doomed.

The chronicle of how each of the main characters in the Bunker adapts to impending destruction provides enough material for a hundred dramas. There is the fate of the damned: the Hitlers and the Goebbels who in the end they destroy themselves, their children and whoever else they can from sheer pride, even when it is pride in something they can no longer believe in. There is something Satanic about their stony inflexibility and it is easy to see them uttering the devil’s own defiance of God from Paradise Lost. …

…My favorite characters in the movie are the unthinking: the people of no particular intelligence, heroism or malevolence, who keep on doing a job until they find themselves pointlessly tidying up in a deserted bunker wondering how it all came to this. Maybe the most common last words on earth are, “oh shit”. There are a lot of people in the world who only want to earn a paycheck and go bowling on Saturday night.

The characters in Hitler’s bunker are the archetypes; and every tale of downfall has their kind again and again. The Bad, the Unlucky and the Clueless. We judge victims and even villains by their according to these categories. We sympathize with Italian or Romanian troops who slink away when defeat impends. But we look askance at Ceauşescu and Mussolini as scoundrels because they were killed while running for their lives. Even as devils they were second-rate.

But the true fascination of stories of the End is the realization that great empires — and great ships — are mortal; that and the realization that its most privileged members are often the last to see it. They remain blind to the end, toasting each other, offering one another meaningless Golden Party Badges. Madmen in a madhouse. Those who trusted in the walls of Constantinople, the professionalism of the German Army; or the subdivision of the unsinkable RMS Titanic were according to their own lights the best informed, the most knowledgeable and the most worthy of their societies.

Such as a Michael Moore, who wants to spread the wealth by killing the system that produced it. And produced the films, theaters, folding chairs, popcorn machines, fountain drink dispensers and electricity to run the place that made Moore a multi-millionaire. Which is great. Except he wants to yank the rug out from everyone else.

As one of Wretchard’s commenters comments:

In a different kind of movie, the privileged don’t see it because it never affects them. Everyday, in this small university town I live in, I run into retired and current faculty who will never experience the creeping economic and social disintegration enabled by their anti-American, Leftist politics. Their pensions and university privileges continue until they die. Those still working will never be laid off. Yet despite their working-class rhetoric, I know from experience that they won’t raise a finger to save a staff job.

I’m for good wages and good benefits. But when you call capitalsm “evil” you undermine the only chance most people have to obtain them. Honestly, anyway.

And that’s just economics. But it’s way too early to go into the social engineering and geopolitical jive that our Super-Genius overlords are cooking up for us today.

I need some more coffee. And a Space/Time Helio-Torque/Thrust Disgronifier.

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Ronald Reagan’s Nobel Prize

YOU ARE NOT WORTHY. TRUST ME.

But verify:

Ronald Reagan: “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”

…unless you are a Nobel judge. You will not find a duller, more stultified group of lockstep Leftist Stepford Wives.

Instead of honoring someone out there who is expanding the perimeters of peace on the front lines of freedom, the Committee chose to cast what is essentially an absentee ballot in last year’s American election. ho hum. how droll. how…predictable.

There are real fighters out there who could really use the money and the attention, but the Nannys of Norway preferred giving yet another tongue-bath to a fellow leftist and Chicago machine politician who can’t seem to get enough of them. And yet never comes clean. The bravery.

In 2001, they gave the peace prize to Kofi Annan and the U.N. The message, in part, was: “America, you’d better not respond to 9/11 by yourselves, or too aggressively.” The next year, they gave the prize to Jimmy Carter, and, here, the chairman of the committee was refreshingly candid: saying that they were honoring Carter in order to give Bush “a kick in the leg,” or, in our own parlance, a black eye. A more honorable president might have refused that award, if given for the purpose of bashing the current president.

More honorable than Jimmy Carter? Perish the Thought-Crime! Hey, Jimmy; Hugo says “Thanks for helping me steal the election! Again! I coulda’ done it without you…but I wouldn’t have had as much cover.”

And speaking of anti-Semitic creeps,

Another black eye came in 2005, when the committee gave the award to Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency. ElBaradei has said explicitly that his goal — his only “brief,” as he has put it — is to prevent military action against Iran. Accordingly, he has repeatedly downplayed that country’s nuclear progress. And the IAEA has repeatedly looked foolish, and blind. In Beijing the other day, ElBaradei said that the number-one threat to peace in the Middle East is . . . Israel, and its nukes.

This so-called “Inspector Gadget” guy is trying to make sure Iran gets the Bomb, so they will be safe from attack by the Rogue Nations of America and/or Israel. He tells us this to our face. And yet this administration entrusts your family’s safety to him.

President Bush gave a Medal of Freedom to [Cuban prisoner Dr. Oscar] Biscet (in absentia, of course); Obama gave one to [pampered Jew-basher] Mary Robinson. That neatly illustrates the difference between those two presidents, and between types who win the Nobel prize and those who don’t. Can Barack Obama really make a contribution to peace, the way the Reagans of the world genuinely do? Reagan got no peace prize, but he made a huge positive difference…

Bill Clinton craved adulation. Barack Obama already has the adulation of the only one who matters: Barack Obama. And Jimmy Carter’s still pissed he was fired.

Of the lot, Reagan alone was comfortable in his own skin, not trying to prove himself to himself or to anybody else. That made him A Man in Full, free to help others instead of helping himself. And it shows in the historical record.

As Reagan himself said,

“There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

He could also accept blame:

Sam Donaldson: “Do you share any blame for the ongoing recession?”
Reagan: “Yes, because for years I was a Democrat.”

In fact, Ronald Reagan won the Nobel Peace Prize; they simply gave it to Gorbachev.

Being good Norwegian socialists, they just couldn’t stop themselves from redistributing the fruits of success from the producers to the non-producers.

Obviously they have a soft spot for failed Communist-Lite leaders who struggle vainly to straddle the fence between freedom and Socialism.

Like Brazilian Sweepstakes Winner B. Hussein Zelaya.

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The 52 Percenters

(CORRECTION: “THE 25.5 PERCENTERS”)

“WHERE’S MY JOB, DUDE?”

The NY Post:

The unemployment rate for young Americans has exploded to 52.2 percent — a post-World War II high, according to the Labor Dept. — meaning millions of Americans are staring at the likelihood that their lifetime earning potential will be diminished and, combined with the predicted slow economic recovery, their transition into productive members of society could be put on hold for an extended period of time.

A “a post-World War II high”? Finally–BHO trumps FDR!

Angrisani said he believes that Obama’s economic team, led by Larry Summers, has a blind spot for small business because no senior member of the team — dominated by academics and veterans of big business — has ever started and grown a business.

“The Reagan administration had people who knew of small business,” he said.

Gain rather than lose a quarter-million jobs per month? The deuce you say!:

During the 90-month Reagan expansion, an average of more than 240,000 jobs were created each month.

Just one more inside-out, upside-down, bass-ackwards Adventure in the Land of Bizarro President.

UPDATE WITH CORRECTION: It looks like the reporter confused “unemployment rate” with the “employment-population ratio”–details in the comments. Senior economist Bob Stein:

“…the jobless rate is 25.5% for teenagers, not the 52.2% reported by the Post. No idea where they got their figure.”

However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics still says “the proportion of young people who were employed in July was 51.4 percent, the lowest July rate on record for the series, which began in 1948.”

And independent of the story is the fact that Ronald Reagan grew jobs by pursuing exactly the opposite policies as we are following now, including 66 consecutive months of over a quarter-million jobs created. By contrast, Obama has been shedding a quarter-million jobs per month.

On the bright side, those receiving government checks can expect a little something extra to help them. No–I don’t mean Social Security or Veterans checks; there’s no cost-of-living increase coming this year. I mean if you receive a government paycheck as a congressman–in that case, you’ll be getting a $4,700 raise to help tide you over! Because the Pirates of Pelosi have done such a wonderful job and all.

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Good Morning, Guantanamo!

NO GULAGS, JUST GHOULS

The WaPo, with translation:

White House Counsel Gregory B. Craig, who initially guided the effort to close the prison and who was an advocate of setting the deadline, is no longer in charge of the project, two senior administration officials said this week.

“Have a seat, Greg. No, not there–here, under the bus.”

Craig said Thursday that some of his early assumptions were based on miscalculations, in part because Bush administration officials and senior Republicans in Congress had spoken publicly about closing the facility. “I thought there was, in fact, and I may have been wrong, a broad consensus about the importance to our national security objectives to close Guantanamo and how keeping Guantanamo open actually did damage to our national security objectives,” he said.

Turns out, it’s closing Guantanamo that damages our national security objectives, but you keep on Blaming Bush–it’s really attractive.

“It seemed like a bold move at the time, to lay out a time frame that to us seemed sufficient to meet the goal,” one senior official said. “In retrospect, it invited a fight with the Hill and left us constantly looking at the clock.”

“It’s hard out there for a demagogue!”

Senior administration officials said the central roadblock during those early months was the condition of the detainee files, which had been left in disarray by the previous administration. “We assumed that for each detainee there was going to be a file somewhere,” one senior administration official said.

Assume makes an ass out you and, well, you.

After news reports that some detainees — Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs — were going to be moved to the Virginia suburbs, lawmakers balked.

They didn’t balk–they counted. They found that bringing terrorists to America polled worse than, say, eating roadkill off the asphalt without the proper dinner fork or fresh-milled pepper. And realized they were about to become unemployed thanks to their own moral grandstanding.

Then in May, the Senate decided, by an overwhelming vote of 90 to 6, to block funding for shutting Guantanamo Bay — Obama’s first major legislative setback as president.

Finally–the bipartisanship Obama promised!

After the congressional setbacks, Craig orchestrated the release of four of the Uighurs… The transfer produced a diplomatic rift. British and U.S. officials said the Obama administration gave Britain two hours’ notice that the Uighurs were being sent to Bermuda. “They essentially snuck them in, and we were furious,” said a senior British official. The move also caused friction between Britain and China, which seeks the Uighurs for waging an insurgency against the Chinese government.

Your brilliant FAIL! Diplomatic Strategery angered both our friends and our enemies…but Code Pink was pleased, and that’s what really counts.

One administration official was more effusive. “Greg Craig is a hero,” the official said. “He took responsibility for this policy from the beginning, and he has guts and character. If we can’t get it done by the deadline, then at least we’ll have done as much as we can as smoothly as we could have.”

Translation: “FAIL!”

Craig is a hero, alright–to Fidel Castro. He was Fidel’s fixer during Elian Gonzales’ Extraordinary Rendition.

And now they want to rend these killers to your communities, even though they are being held in perfect safety in Gitmo, where, incidentally, no prisoner has ever been tortured, ever. They don’t even do loud music anymore and haven’t for many years.

It would not even surprise me to see the prisoners conduct a hunger strike against Obama when they learn they’ll lose all the amenities of Gitmo.

This was never about anything else but smearing Bush and smearing America in order to regain power. They won in the dirtiest kind of way and now it’s blown up in their faces.

And it couldn’t happen to a nicer gang of political grifters.

Update: In his famous “Letters From a Mayberry Jail”, Otis the Town Drunk asks:

“Gee, your Honor; do I have to stay in jail with these terrorist freaks?”
“Of course not, Otis. Deputy Fife–release Abdul and Achmed at once!”

Cully Stimson:

It is becoming increasingly clear that this administration is trying to create the appearance of a tough national-security policy regarding the detention of terrorists at Guantanamo, yet allow the courts to make the tough calls on releasing the bad guys. Letting the courts do the dirty work would give the administration plausible cover and distance from the decision-making process. The numbers speak for themselves.

Of the 38 detainees whose cases have been adjudicated through the habeas process in federal court in Washington, 30 have been ordered released by civilian judges. That is close to an 80 percent loss rate for the government, which argued for continued detention. Yet, how many of these decisions has this administration appealed, knowing full well that many of those 30 detainees should not in good conscience be let go? The answer: one.

Letting the courts do it for him gives the president distance from the unsavory release decisions. It also allows him to state with a straight face, as he did at the Archives speech, “We are not going to release anyone if it would endanger our national security, nor will we release detainees within the United States who endanger the American people.”

No, the president won’t release detainees; he’ll sit back and let the courts to do it for him.

Runaway courts are a greater long-term threat to our freedom than terrorists. Courts call their usurpations “the rule of law”, whereas terrorists tell you straight up they want to enslave you.

Liberal Judges and Ayatollahs both want these terrorists released. But that’s the job of the Ayatollahs–our judges just volunteered.

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