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Archive for October, 2013

Quote of the Day

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

“Jarrett, an old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama, appears to exercise such extraordinary influence she is sometimes quietly referred to as “Rasputin” on Capitol Hill, a reference to the mystical monk who held sway over Russia’s Czar Nicholas as he increasingly lost touch with reality during World War I.”

John Fund in NRO’s The Corner

Let’s be honest here.  Barry won’t take a piss without checking with Valerie Jarrett to see how many times he is allowed to shake when done.

Quote of the Day

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

“Get border agents killed, get ambassadors killed, oversee disastrous healthcare rollout — those people get to keep their jobs. But calling Valerie Jarrett a “vacuous cipher?” That’s a firing offense.”

Glenn Reynolds

It isn’t a budget issue

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The current political posturing in D.C. is not over the federal budget.  It’s over a ‘continuing resolution’ to fund the government for three months.

That is because the United States of America is entering its fifth fiscal year without an actual federal budget.  An actual federal budget has not passed both houses of Congress and been signed by the President since George W. Bush was President.

The President is required by law to submit a budget to Congress every year.  The person currently occupying the White House during his golf tour has done so.  Those budgets have been received in a truly amazing display of bipartisanship and  have failed to received a single vote from any member of congress of either party, and that includes the socialist who caucuses with the democrats.   I think the best one of his budgets did was 0-97 in the Senate.

The House has submitted at least one budget, with bipartisan support every year, which Harry Reid has refused to bring to the floor for a vote.  The Senate has produced one budget, within the last year, on a strict party line vote.

It is important to note that when the democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress, they failed in their primary duty of producing a federal budget.  It is not because they tried and failed, they just didn’t even try.

So it is clear that having a federal budget, that receives a close examination, and is open to debate and review by the public is not something that the democrats want.  Which raises the question of why they don’t want the transparency that  an actual federal budget would bring.

Originally posted at No Moss Here

Friday B-Movie Pick: The Flashpoint Paradox

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

One of my kids told me about this one. A deliciously dark alternate history story that starts with a good deed. Events ripple out from that change up and down the timestream and the Flash ends up in a rather nasty universe. One of the best parts was the effect on the Wayne family. In this timeline, it’s Bruce who is killed, not his parents. Thomas Wayne becomes a very dark and deadly Batman and the shock turns Martha Wayne into the Joker, his arch nemesis. The Flash works to find the cause of the timeline change and set things right. It’s hard road, but the Speedster is ready to run it.

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The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Kudos to CSPAN and YouTube, which brings us the words of Senate democrat “leader” Harry Reid from 2006.

Yup, Harry Reid is calling raising the federal limit to $ 9 trillion is the last thing we should do, because it will weaken the country, and hurt the economy.

Was Harry Reid telling the truth or engaging in hyper-partisan political demagoguery because there was a Republican in the White House at the time.   Given his record, if Harry Reid was telling the truth, it was purely by accident.

Quote of the Day

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

“Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

Barack Hussein Obama

To be fair, that was what he said back in 2006, when he was a Senator from a fly over state with less than one year on the job.  Perhaps he was just dangerously incompetent.  On the other hand, there was a Republican in the White House back then, so perhaps he was just being the hyper-partisan political demagogue that he has proved himself to be time and time again.  On the gripping hand, it probably is both.

The Washington Post had an article that brought up this quote in the context of the current debt limit debate.  It said that Obama’s rhetoric then  would be considered “a bit Tea Partyish” today.  Spin the standard media bias out of that statement, and it is more than a “a bit.” The article also gives Obama an upside down Pinocchio for his current stance.  In their rating scale, that is “A statement that represents a clear but unacknowledged “flip-flop” from a previously-held position.”

Monday Book Pick: The Evil in Pemberley House

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The Evil in Pemberley House by Philip Jose Farmer and Win Scott Eckert

Win Scott Eckert finishes an unpublished Farmer novel set deep in Farmer’s Wold Newton settings. Half the fun of this book is spotting all the references. Some are obvious, others require a Farmerphile, such as myself, to spot. Overall, a nice bit of pulp set in the early 70s. Patricia Clarke Wildman, the daughter of the Pulp Hero known as “Doc Savage”, is in a rough emotional spot, after the death of her parents, and her recent husband. Then she discovers that she is inheriting an English estate, made famous in the Jane Austin novel, “Pride and Prejudice.” Of course there is a ghost involved, and some shady characters among the living up to no good. With only minor spoilers, let me say that good mystery and spot of adventure is just what Patricia needed to get her out of her funk. She is her father’s daughter after all. Mild warning about the sex scenes. Very risque by 1970’s standards, but not so much today. Milder than what you would find in John Ringo’s Ghost series. A good read for the Farmer fan, but perhaps a bit too much ‘inside baseball’ references for someone not familiar with Farmer’s body of work.

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The left’s latest spin

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

A friend of mine recently asked me about the “Republican’s political suicide.” I’m betting he heard that from his moonbat ex-wife.

A quick Google search of “republican political suicide” shows all the buzz is coming from the extreme wacko left.  Mother Jones News, Andrew Sullivan and far left wing extremists columnists in the Washington Post.

Sounds more like wishful thinking than thoughtful political analysis.

Those left wing extremists are fear mongering because they are so scared they are soiling their linens.

What is happening with the minority party standing up to the Imperial Obama Presidency, is that they are firing up their base.  Something they have been really, really bad at for the past few elections.  Obama won on low Republican/Conservative base voter turnout, while he was firing up his base hotter than the Devil’s Wedding Tackle.

The democrats have a real problem in 2016, and that is Obama.  He has turned the Presidency into his personal brand, not the brand of the democrat party.

Biden is an idiot, Hillary is seen as damaged goods, and is already being attacked by democrats and news organizations run for the advancement of the democrat party.

So who are they going to run?

Add to the left’s fear multiple conservative members of Congress who are extremely popular with their base.  Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc.  Don’t forget former Rep and Ret. Lt. Colonel Allan West. A conservative that the left singled out for attack based on the democrats’ racist policies.

Double Quote of the Day

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

“Remember: The people telling you a government shutdown is a disaster are the same ones who told you 3 weeks ago that we had to invade Syria.”

Jim Treacher

“It’s like Nancy Pelosi said, you have to shut down the government to find out what’s in it.”