Geithner: Dollar Safe; Chinese Students: LOL

•June 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner to student of Peking University during a Q & A:

“Chinese financial assets are very safe,” Geithner said. His response drew laughter from the audience.

Swell.

I felt better when we were the only ones laughing at Geithner. How embarrassing is it when the children of ChiComs are better versed in market theory than the cabinet of an American president? Maybe they could school Geithner on how to use retail tax software while they’re at it.

Majority Opposes Closing Gitmo

•June 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

By more than 2-1, those surveyed say Guantanamo shouldn’t be closed. By more than 3-1, they oppose moving some of the accused terrorists housed there to prisons in their own states.

The findings underscore the difficult task President Obama faces in convincing those at home that he should follow through on his campaign promise to close the prison in Cuba, especially in the absence of a plan of where the prisoners would go.

Really?

 Would that the electorate could have come to these conclusions back when Pres. Obama was merely candidate Obama. Alas, they have gotten exactly what they asked for except they neglected to ask what closing Gitmo entailed back when the junior senator from Illinois was pontificating about the evil atrocity horrors allegedly being committed there. Now the Bush-centered trap Obama spun for Sen. McCain has become his own foil.

Obama need not have fallen into his trap had he not over-promised. He spoke with much surety that atrocities were occurring at the detention center. He told his voters that Gitmo was a cause for national shame and embarrassment. His charisma carried that message without regard to consequence. A more sensible approach would have been to promise an investigation to ascertain whether or not the allegations were true. Instead he gets elected blowing the trumpet of demagoguery and exacerbates the situation with an executive order whose wording he wasn’t even familiar with and now appears to be unable to fulfill because his democrat controlled congress won’t pony-up the funds for fear of being dis-elected [It’s my blog I can make-up words if I think there is a reqinecssity –ed.]. No man can survive both the absence of experience and principles. Obama could have survived his lack of experience by not over-promising but that would have required a principled stance on his part. Principles can substitute for a lack of experience by providing guidance on how to approach any given issue but Obama’s principles–and experience–all descend from the likes of people who, as a primary assumption, view America as a being of evil, i.e. Ayers, Wright, Alinsky, Pfleger, etc worthy of attack, verbally or otherwise. His batshit crazy base won’t let him off the hook and he is hemorrhaging political capital amid all of the other boneheaded offerings plopped in front of us recently. His base sees him as a traitor, the independents see him as naive and his opponents will be begging to know why he politicized national security with an ostentatious fireworks display that ultimately burned out of his control.

Usually when a politician seeks re-election they like to brag about campaign promises that had been fulfilled. Something tells me this will be one of those issues Obama begs his faithful minions in the MSM to spike down the memory hole.

Another Bag ‘O Shit

•June 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

A couple of recruits recently returned to their home of records and participating in the Army’s Hometown Recruiting Assistance Program have been shot, one of the fatally. There is no motive as of yet for the killing.

Condolences to surviving family and prayers for a speedy recovery for the wounded and swift justice for the perpetrator.

Naturally, thoughts of political motivation leap to mind considering the nature of the crime but until a motive is ascertained such thoughts will be held in reserve.

When Shitbags Collide

•June 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Abortionist John Tiller was assassinated yesterday while he was attending services at his church. Tiller has gained national prominence in the abortion debate because he kills children that are perfectly viable. His work is exactly the kind of atrocity that has become the new battle line being drawn in the pro-life counter-offensive. The American public is becoming increasingly squeamish at the thought of children that can survive on their own have their skulls punctured, brains siphoned and bodies dismembered. It is the viable child that Pres. Obama has refused to legally require comfort care should it not be killed during initial stages of an abortion and pass into this world still alive but was himself so uncomfortable he took care to parse his words lest he be denied the mantle of power he so eagerly sought. Yet, it is probably fair to say “Doctor” Tiller died far more quickly and comfortably than most of his victims.

Thankfully the suspect has been apprehended. In strategic terms his act could not have been more short-sighted. He has now given the abortionists the upper-hand of moral outrage…during the term of a pro-abortion president…who is currently nominating a radical leftist female for the Supreme Court.

Fucking moron.

In terms of the Law his action are unforgivable nor should they be forgiven and the pro-life community has resoundingly condemned this act. This is more than a murder. Technically, it could be classified as a mere killing and killing is a legally and morally neutral act. If a man happened across some criminal seeking to rob and murder an innocent person that man might produce a weapon and kill the would-be criminal. Neighbors might hail the man as a hero but in the eyes of the law the act would neither be condemned nor encouraged. This is a very deliberate construction that seeks to strike a balance between averting lethal passivity (think: Kitty Genovese) and reckless vigilantism where people–quite possibly innocent ones at that–can be swept-up in the deadly torrents of public passion without allowing due process to be fully played-out.

In this sense the Tiller assassination was worse. It was not vigilantism because though the law is woefully misplaced in the question of abortion the assassin was abrogating the law in its entirety. It would not be too much of a stretch to label this act an episode of domestic terrorism save for the fact that the killer by all reasonable examination appears to have acted alone and not as part of a larger organization. By circumventing the process by which the debate of how abortion is settled “Doctor” Tiller’s assassin hasn’t saved or avenged any lives, he has imperiled the process by which the rest of us–both unborn and born–remain a free people. The Constitution lays out the venues for the redress of grievances and unilaterally killing your fellow citizens is distinctly absent from that document for a reason (the avoidance of anarchy, in case any who are sympathetic to the assassin happen to be reading).

As a free people we must preserve the institutions of a representative legislature, executive and constructionist judiciary. The institutions we charter to that end must rise to the appropriate level to counter threats to their existence. In this instance civil law enforcement is more than adequate but if the threat is substantially greater as to be able to overwhelm the capabilities of law enforcement than no measure should be spared, not even acts of war, i.e. the Whiskey Rebellion.

No, our government is not perfect in its execution but is perfect in its vision in as much as it allows for a free press (like what we’re doing here and now) and the right to petititon for the redress of grievances the very nature of which assumes there will be grievances against the agencies constituted to serve the people. By killing “Doctor” Tiller the assassin took that away from us. He took it upon himself decide what was or not legal and how it should be adjudicated and sanctioned. Apparently he didn’t see fit to consult his fellow citizens: it was his dictate over our consent. I can’t say anything about the ante-bellum slave rebellions apart from “heh!” but I do not feel as if the assassin in this case has done me much of a favor. I would see the law that he has tried to bend to his whims hunts him down with its full weight and brings forth a hearing of the evidence, opposing counsel, procedure, jury verdict, appeal, etc etc etc and everything else that we use to safeguard our liberties that he saw fit to take away from us. Any pro-lifer who stands beneath the aegis of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness must condemn this assassination on the principle of liberty of a self-governing people.

Reflex thoughts:

  • Anti-slavery killings in Kansas added fuel to the flames that would ultimately become of the conflagration of the American Civil War. Ironically they coincided with the growing political triumphs of the abolitionist movement. These killings gave alibi to the Fire-Breathers (democrats, BTW) to claim the law had abandoned them ergo they should abandon the Union thus muting the victories of the abolitionists and leading to the near-destruction of the Constitution as a whole. Public opinion polls now show a majority of Americans identifying themselves as pro-life as numerous states enact laws to stunt the carte blanche killing of unborn children. Hopefully this insane act is not putting us into a history repeating loop.
  • As a segue from the above: as per the article first cited for this post: Obama is enhancing security around select infant abittoirs and their operators. It is all too predictable that the administration that seeks to “never let a serious crisis to go to waste” would make a national crisis out of a localized murder. Coming on the heels of his recently suppressed DHS report that sought to brand all opponents of abortion (as well as advoates of the 10th Amendment, low taxes, illegal immigration enforcement and the presumably ever-untrustworthy military vet) as potential terrorists. I say suppressed because while the report may have been “withdrawn” as an official statement of government policy the exact same assbags that wrote and authorized the report are still working and I seriously doubt their political biases have changed. Alas, we learn that this crisis requiring the president himself to beef-up security to the shrines of Molech is rather lopsided considering the fact that former government lawyer John Yoo who gave an honest assessment of the limits of interrogation practices that would be considered legal is being harassed by lefties outside his private residence with no sign of enhanced security for him. But, as we saw yesterday, Obama’s protection and enforcement policies vary greatly dependent upon one’s political leanings and/or skin color.
  • Thank Dog, Tiller was murdered in his church. It’ll mute the idiot left’s proclivity to moralize about how all evil comes from those espousing moral beliefs. Lefties like to use episodes like this to bolster their calls for the abolition of religion, even though ironically the most infamous clinic bomber Eric Rudolph said he preferred “Nietzche to the Bible”. Not that facts matter much to lefties.

I Want One

•May 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Actually, I’ll take two…I got prairie dogs.

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A US weapons lab on Friday pulled back the curtain on a super laser with the power to burn as hot as a star.

The National Ignition Facility‘s main purpose is to serve as a tool for gauging the reliability and safety of the US nuclear weapons arsenal but scientists say it could deliver breakthroughs in safe fusion power.

“We have invented the world’s largest laser system,” actor-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said during a dedication ceremony attended by thousands including state and national officials.

“We can create the stars right here on earth.”

Obama Gonna Hafta Bust a Whitey

•May 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Initimidation of white voters is now a federally protected practice:

Justice Department political appointees overruled career lawyers and ended a civil complaint accusing three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense of wielding a nightstick and intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling place last Election Day, according to documents and interviews.

The incident – which gained national attention when it was captured on videotape and distributed on YouTube – had prompted the government to sue the men, saying they violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act by scaring would-be voters with the weapon, racial slurs and military-style uniforms.

Career lawyers pursued the case for months, including obtaining an affidavit from a prominent 1960s civil rights activist who witnessed the confrontation and described it as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” that he had seen, even during the voting rights crisis in Mississippi a half-century ago.

Mind you,this was not dismissed for the usual reasons where a prosecutor no longer feels he has sufficient evidence to secure a conviction because in this case a conviction has already been obtained and the case was moving on to its sentencing phase.

Maybe when AG Holder said America was cowardy when it came to matters of race he failed to notice certain participants in the dialogue were weilding nightsticks.

To make matters even more interesting we have an extremely popular sheriff being investigated simultaneously by 3 government agencies supposedly over civil rights violations…whose urgency is rather ironic considering the above referenced story where civil rights don’t really seem all that important:

Robert N. Driscoll, a District-based lawyer for Maricopa County who served as a civil rights official at the Justice Department early in the George W. Bush era, said he was seeking “assurances that political rivalries and score settling played no role in the investigations.”

In his letter, Driscoll said that a civil rights probe of the Arpaio operation began in early March, weeks after four influential Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee called for an investigation into alleged discrimination and possible constitutional violations in arrests and in police searches and seizures.

The investigation appeared on a list of accomplishments the Justice Department prepared for reporters in April, after the Obama administration had been in office 100 days. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has said that reinvigorating the enforcement of civil rights laws is a high priority.

The civil rights unit at the Justice Department has itself been a focus of intense interest. In a report this year, the department’s inspector general uncovered ideological motivations behind the hiring and transfer of career lawyers during part of the Bush administration.

You mean the conviction-tossing Obama DoJ didn’t approve of the Bush DoJ? Pardon the pun but: color me suspicious.

Driscoll wrote in his letter, referring to the sheriff’s office, “When one law enforcement agency becomes subject to three federal investigations in a matter of weeks immediately after a shift of political control in Washington, it is difficult not to speculate that politics played a role in the decision or that policy differences related to hot-button topics such as local law enforcement’s vigorous enforcement of immigration related crimes are being litigated through enforcement actions.”

No kiddin’.

If this goes all the way to the Supreme Court Sheriff Arpaio can look forward to a Latina woman with the richness of her life experiences to adjudicate the fate of a white male accused of aggressively enforcing immigration law.

And by post-racial he meant no honkies.

And by post-racial he meant no honkies.

Now I’m Scared

•May 31, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Pravda knows Marxism when it sees it and when they say you’re a Marxist, you’re a Marxist. They cite substandard public education that extols pop culture over civic responsibility and a loss of religious faith  in exchange for promises of earthly nanny-statism. Then they get to the punchline:

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.

These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?

Swell.