"Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment." - Ronald W. Reagan
so anyway, Bill Whittle has the transcript of Senator Obama's 2001 National Peoples' Radio interview. I heard the audio on Bill Bennett's show on Monday morning, and I almost drove the commuter-mobile into a bridge abutment. When will the f'n sheeple f'n wake up?
Here's the 'script:
"You know, if you look at the victories and failures of the Civil Rights movement, and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to vest formal rights in previously dispossessed peoples. So that I would now have the right to vote, I would now be able to sit at a lunch counter and order and as long as I could pay for it, I'd be okay, but the Supreme Court never entered into the issues of re-distribution of wealth, and sort of more basic issues of political and economic justice in this society.
"And uh, to that extent, as radical as I think people tried to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn't that radical. It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution – at least as it's been interpreted, and Warren Court interpreted it in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties: [it] says what the states can't do to you, says what the federal government can't do to you, but it doesn't say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf.
I gotta interject here: Like, "DUH": the purpose of Our Constitution was to limit the power of the federal government. What part of this don't you understand, Senator Obama?
"And that hasn't shifted, and one of the, I think, the tragedies of the Civil Rights movement was because the Civil Rights movement became so court-focused, uh, I think that there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalitions of power through which you bring about redistributive change. And in some ways we still suffer from that."
"The gentleman made the point that the Warren Court wasn't terribly radical. My question is (with economic changes)… my question is, is it too late for that kind of reparative work, economically, and is that the appropriate place for reparative economic work to change place?"
"You know, I'm not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. The institution just isn't structured that way. [snip] You start getting into all sorts of separation of powers issues, you know, in terms of the court monitoring or engaging in a process that essentially is administrative and takes a lot of time. You know, the court is just not very good at it, and politically, it's just very hard to legitimize opinions from the court in that regard.
So I think that, although you can craft theoretical justifications for it, legally, you know, I think any three of us sitting here could come up with a rationale for bringing about economic change through the courts."All emphasis mine; do go read the whole thing, as Whittle's glossing is not to be missed.
Eight days to go....."redistributive change": think about that for a minute. Can you spell "Socialism"?
so anyway, my brother Thayrone puts some knowledge to us with this:
doG, the next eight days are going to kill me. Why don't the sheeple wake up?!?
It just keeps getting better and better.
We already know he's going to take our money, but it's not like Senator Obama is going to take our guns:
In fact, Obama has a long history of supporting city gun bans. The Associated Press described his vote on a gun-control bill in 2004: "He also opposed letting people use a self-defense argument if charged with violating local handgun bans by using weapons in their homes. The bill was a reaction to a Chicago-area man who, after shooting an intruder, was charged with a handgun violation."Or maybe he is.
not quite the "holy siht" edition, but it's getting close
so anyway, reader T sent along this sobering tidbit of information:
Food for thought,Food for thought, indeed.
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution In 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University Of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier.
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: 'In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare...' Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the 'governmental dependency' phase. If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
I have a dream for Sen. Barack Obama.Read the whole thing.
I have a dream that one day, for just 24 hours, he could be Sarah Palin.
|two weeks to go.....|
so anyway, via my brother-in-blog Ragin' Dave, I've stumbled upon the speech McCain should be whipping like a rented mule, but I'm not holding my breath. I wish I'd written this. Observe:
Bonus Points for the liberal (ahem) usage of the "my friends" phrase. The author is Kim du Toit, of "The Other Side of Kim" fame. I echo Dave's statement: if Mr. du Toit asks me to delete this post, I will.
Do not bother clicking the The Other Side of Kim linkage if you're on a "corporate" network, Mr. du Toit often focuses on 2nd Amendment issues and all that "gun talk" frightens the corporate net-nannies. Wankers.
doG, Kim: we're sure going to miss you when you go.
"....the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed" What part of this do you not understand, Senator Obama?
two weeks and change to go
so anyway, you should read this. It defies excerption, so I'll excerpt Serr8d's post over at ProteinWisdom Pub:
The only qualification one needs to be a Racist! in a leftist's tiny mind is to disagree vehemently with Barack Obama, with his alignments and associations, with his admitted socialist leanings. Disagree, and you're labeled a racist. No discussion, no argument, no thought needed by these Obamunists. Just carry your Racist! label and walk away. But, not in shame. Let's look at Rosetta's post…
We've all witnessed a lot of insanity in American politics over the last few years. Up until the last few days, none of it has seriously bothered me; hey, just more grist for the satire mill. But after witnessing the media's blitzkreig on Joe 'the Plumber' Wurzelbacher, I can only muster anger, and no small amount of fear.
Politicians -- Sarah Palin, Bill Clinton, et al. -- obviously have to put up with some rude, nasty shit, but it's right there in the jobs description. Joe the Plumber is different. He was a guy tossing a football with his kid in the front yard of his $125,000 house when a politician picked him out as a prop for a 30 second newsbite for the cable news cameras. Joe simply had the temerity to speak truth (or, if you prefer, an uninformed opinion) to power, for which the politico-media axis apparently determined that he must be humiliated, harassed, smashed, destroyed. The viciousness and glee with which they set about the task ought to concern anyone who still cares about citizen participation, and freedom of speech, and all that old crap they taught in Civics class before politics turned into Narrative Deathrace 3000, and Web 2.0 turned into Berlin 1932.0.
All the cool kids are talkin' about this one, go read it now.
Related, my brother-in-blog Ragin' Dave of Four Right Wing Wackos fame sums it all up, with linkage:
.....Joe the Plumber has received more scrutiny in 24 hours than Bill Ayers has in the past 24 months.....
Dave's got it goin', go read the whole thing.
more soon. thatisall.
thatisall. more soon
22 days to go.....
so anyway, sorry about the irregularity lately. My life has been dialed up to 72 JPH, both at home and at work (those of you in the Stoopid Business™ know what I'm talking about).
Enough whining already, let's get right to it:
McQ at Q and O brings us some knowledge from the Wall Street Journal:
For the Obama Democrats, a tax cut is no longer letting you keep more of what you earn. In their lexicon, a tax cut includes tens of billions of dollars in government handouts that are disguised by the phrase "tax credit."Do go read it all. They gots graphs and stuff.
In hopeful news on "The Economy" (from some actual "Economists") John Lott links to a positive view:
There are two faulty assumptions here. First, saving America’s banks won’t save the economy. And second, the economy doesn’t really need saving. It’s stronger than we think.Speaking of "The Economy™", an interesting exchange over at VodkaPundit. The set-up:
Bear with me. I know that most everyone has been saying for a couple of weeks that something has to be done; a banking crisis could quickly become a wider crisis, pulling the rest of us down. For this reason, the Wall Street bailout is supposed to be better than no plan at all.
Too bad this line of thinking is seriously flawed. The non-financial sectors of our economy will not suffer much from even a prolonged banking crisis, because the general economic importance of banks has been highly exaggerated.
Muslims should take advantage of the global financial crisis to build an economic system compatible with Islamic principles, influential Sunni cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said on Sunday.VodkaPundit" Green's rejoinder:
"The collapse of the capitalist system based on usury and paper and not on goods traded on the market is proof that it is in crisis and shows that Islamic economic philosophy is holding up," said the Egyptian-born, Qatar-based cleric.
OK, dude. Collecting royalties on oil your people did not find, could not extract, and don’t know how to refine is most emphatically not a economic philosophy.And just in case you missed it, here is John McCain's quote of the day:
We have 22 days to go. We’re 6 points down. The national media has written us off. Senator Obama is measuring the drapes, and planning with Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid to raise taxes, increase spending, take away your right to vote by secret ballot in labor elections, and concede defeat in Iraq. But they forgot to let you decide. My friends, we’ve got them just where we want them.more soon
What America needs in this hour is a fighter; someone who puts all his cards on the table and trusts the judgment of the American people. I come from a long line of McCains who believed that to love America is to fight for her. I have fought for you most of my life. There are other ways to love this country, but I’ve never been the kind to do it from the sidelines.
I know you’re worried. America is a great country, but we are at a moment of national crisis that will determine our future. Will we continue to lead the world’s economies or will we be overtaken? Will the world become safer or more dangerous? Will our military remain the strongest in the world? Will our children and grandchildren’s future be brighter than ours?
My answer to you is yes. Yes, we will lead. Yes, we will prosper. Yes, we will be safer. Yes, we will pass on to our children a stronger, better country. But we must be prepared to act swiftly, boldly, with courage and wisdom.
the end is near....
so anyway, I wasn't going to post tonight; it's been a long week both at home and at work, but this caught my eye:
This next civil war won't be between states themselves.....It'll be between Rural and independent people, and the sheeple who populate the big cities and demand bigger and more powerful overlords for themselves and everyone else. The seeds of this were set, in my opinion, by the Seventeenth Amendment, which changed how the US Senate was elected.In other words, the next civil war will "jump ugly", or however the kids are saying it these days. Personally, my discretionary income has been going towards ammo and canned goods lately. Read the whole thing, follow the links.
For those who don't know (and given the state of US Education today I really can't blame you for that) the 17th Amendment to the US constitution took the US Senate, which was elected by STATE legislatures, and changed it so that the US Senate was elected by popular vote in the state.
Amen, Brother Ragin' Dave.
happy birthday to me.....
so anyway, 41 years ago, Che Guevara was executed on my fifth birthday. Although I didn't realize at the time, it was one of the happiest days on my life. It's been downhill ever since. Imagine having the misfortune of sharing a birthday with John f'n Lennon and having to listen to all that bullsiht on your special freakin' day.
But I digress.....there's other things to talk about, so let's get to it.
I do not know if Bainbridge is serious, or just spouting bar-stool logic, but he makes some sense (you gotta read it all):
We all know, of course, that Senator Obama is a secret Muslim. The evidence is conclusive. To wit, Obama’s father was an African Muslim from Kenya. Obama’s stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, was an Indonesian Muslim. As a youth, Obama was educated in a Wahabi madrassa in Jakarta Indonesia. Consider that many members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban were also educated in Wahabi madrassas!.....Hat tip to Stephan "VodkaPundit" Green for the linkage.
..... Need more proof? What’s Obama’s middle name? Hussein! QED
26 days to go.....
so anyway, due to work and household duties, I missed most of the debate last night. I caught the last fifteen or twenty minutes and I was thoroughly underwhelmed. The debate reacts I've seen so far have been predictable: each side says their man won.
I think McCain missed a golden opportunity right at the end on quite possibly the stupidest question of the night:
He should have used Fred! Thompson's line from the convention: "Just exactly who is Barack Obama and can he be trusted with the Presidency?"
The link tracks back to Gabriel Malor's excellent debate summary over at Ace of Spades HQ.
Elsewhere, the gloom continues:
In today's Sarah Palin news: The e-mail hacker has been indicted:
I had to add the party affiliation, ABC news forgot to include it.
Camile Paglia slaps the "Palin-bashers" around:
In movie news: it looks like there is an effort afoot to tank the box office numbers for "An American Carol". Theaters are omitting the title from their marquees, listing it as "Rated R" (it's PG-13), or selling you a ticket to another movie to suppress "An American Carol's" box office take.
Unrelated, but just too good of a line to leave on the cutting room floor:
29 days to go....
so anyway, sorry for the late posting. The weekend didn't go the way I had planned, and TheBoss was working me hard all day. All the linky goodness I had queued up over the weekend to post is old new by now.
So we'll start fresh, as of 22:55 Monday. Holy Siht! There's a lot of things happening out there. I ain't got time for this siht.
Mike of Cold Fury fame looks at "The two Americas", linking VodkaPundit in the process:
"There really are two Americas after all, it seems: one in which McCain, disagree with him though we may on some things, will always be honored for his valor in service to his country — and one in which Obama’s scummy traitor pals are undeservedly regarded in that same light, as “courageous” “heroes” in the Leftist cause of subverting everything this nation is supposed to stand for."
"Why would anybody care whether Obama was friends with some ex-hippie who protested the Vietnam War, way back when Obama was just a kid?Elsewhere, Stanley Kurtz is all over it. Do go read all of the above.
The answers is: Bill Ayers was more than a ‘war protester,’ and more than simply a ’60’s radical (let’s face it, Obama couldn’t set foot in a college faculty lounge without running into plenty of those). He was much, much worse than any of that."
attacks truth is where it's at in 2008.
so anyway, Ace has the latest:
Spread it out, pass the word.
31 days to go....
so anyway, apparently I was watching a different debate last night, 'cause all the Liberal Main Stream Media (redundancy alert) are saying that Senator Biden won. I'll have an order of "Oh, Really? with a side of "WTF?"
They're shaping the narrative, people. Kill your television. Go "New Media".
Old, but related:
Read the whole thing. It's staggering.
Following up on yesterday's info on the FEC looking into Senator Obama's campaign finances, Newsmax has a "must read" article posted:
Gabe, over at Ace of Spades HQ has a good "debate at a glance" chart up. Ace also has a picture of the last thing Joe Biden saw before he lost consciousness laying on the canvas.
Stephen "VodkaPundit" Green's opinion on the debate:
Reader "Corporate Boy" puts us some knowledge with the link to the bail out bill. My advice to you, Flounder, is to start drinking heavily.
Unrelated, but a good line:
Speaking of crazy, it looks like John "Maverick" McCain has dipped in to his stash of weapons-grade stupid and has conceded Michigan to the Forces of Evil.
I hope Senator McCain has a really, really good "October Surprise" in his back pocket. Otherwise, come 05NOV08, all my disposable income is going towards canned goods and ammunition and bottled water and ammunition. The "if you want bullets, you'll just have to wait" girl at the Belleville Walmart danm well better have the key to the ammo locker when she sees me standing at the sporting goods counter. Just sayin', that's all.
|like I've said before...this woman knows how to fillet a fish*|
so anyway, the VP debate has just ended. Credit where it's due: (slow) Joe Biden's head didn't explode. Although there were times when I thought it would.
I gotta admit: I had mixed (bad) feelings going into tonight's debate, from listening to the nay-sayers and MSM watchers. Siht like "Palin's in 'Debate Camp'", "deer in the headlights", the Gibson / Couric hatchet jobs interviews. The list goes on and on.
[All the while slow Joe Biden was practicing debating with Michigan Governor Jennifer f'n Grandholm (D-Canadian) . Hey Jenny? Our State is in the economic toilet, are you sure you have time for this?]
I lost count: did Governor Sarah Palin say "O'Biden" three times, or was it four? I about pissed myself after the first one. Strong and positive, looking right down the lens at the American People (contrasted against Senator Biden addressing all of his responses to Gwen Ifill), Sarahacuda ripped it up. If she wasn't staring dead on into the camera, she was looking at Senator Biden, who was looking at his shoes, mumbling something.
I believe the proper descriptive term is "schooled" or "owned" or whatever the kids are saying these days. I just wish those danm kids would stay off my lawn. In my day, the term "bitch slap" was popular, but what do I know....
By the time you read this, the MSM will have spun it as a Biden win. Wankers. The only metric that Biden wins on is that he did not cry. Almost crying does not count, according to them.
I watched it. You watched it. Tell me again who won this debate?
* just because only those of you within a red Swingline Stapler's throw of my cube have ever heard me say that; doesn't mean it's not true
32 days to go.....
so anyway, time is short today, so let's get right to it:
Splendid. Just f'n chipper. Wankers
And it gets even better:
Couple that to the exchange between Senator Obama and a supporter at a campaign stop:
No Siht? Really?
It looks like Fox News has picked up the story. There's reports that the leftards are bussing people in from Illinois to vote. Watch Ohio; no Republican has ever been elected President without carrying Ohio.
You can take a small degree of comfort in this:
Remember, the Palin / Biden debate is this evening. Ace has been "live-blogging" the debates, so have your 'puter with you as you watch.
33 days to go.....
so anyway, I've got tons of stuff queued up for you, but the "work-life / home-life" dynamic is seriously harshing my mellow this week. Sorry about that. Time is short for this endeavor.....
Fortunately for me, the time-challenged, a reader forwarded an e-mail from a family member (it's a long story) that was chock full of goodness. The excerpt follows:
Here is how long it takes for an economic policy to impact. Clinton and the Dem's changed the banking laws in 1993 to require banks to issue mortgages to people who could not afford to pay them - enforced by Janet Reno. Democrats Frank Raines, , and Jim Johnson run Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (and by the way these are the yahoos who are Obama's economic advisors -yet Obama talks about McCain advisors and money from special interests). They fraudulently report the results, ignore the rules and oversite that is provided. They receive about $200,000,000 in pay and bonuses and give $500,000 in political contributions to Dodd ($165,000), Obama ($126,000) and other Dems. I haven't seen Obama offering to give anything back to the bakrupt agency although his multimillion campaign commercials are still at large.....
Once government institutes such economically destructive laws in perpetutity, the destructive snowballing begins. Of course, given the 15 second average attention span of most voters, Democrats such as Pelosi and Frank are safe in their dishonest double speak and outright deceptions. The media will certainly never hold their feet to the fire.....
And what do you hear on the news from Barney Frank said that both institutions were financially sound.
? "This economic crisis is the result of George Bush's economics over the last eight years." Even though these entities were run by Democrats. Even though Bush and the Republicans repeatedly asked for reform and were blocked by the Democrats over the "last eight years". In 2005
I find it interesting that the vote which failed by 12 votes had 95 no votes from Democrats including 12 from Barney Frank's own comittee ....hmmm sounds funny eh.
molded their vote so that - if the bail out passed it would be passed by votes cast by Republicans and the Republicans could be blamed for the legislation - if it failed it was the Republicans fault as they are not concerned about the everyman and they only voted no because Nancy Pelosi hurt their feelings. So now the media reports that the reason the bill failed was because of the Republicans and we are in a financial crisis because of "Bush Economics".
I personally am glad the bill failed. I really don't wan't a bailout but a low interest loan with reform. I really don't want to give the same people who ran the institutions bankrupt $70 [sic] billion of my money without any changes.
The whole point of this is - policies take a while to have an effect on an economy as large as ours. Yes we had good economic years while Clinton was in office, resulting from the largest tax breaks brought in years earlier by Reagan.