You asked for it! Barney Frank vs Joel Pollack

Ok, OK … I have had enough. Here it is! Plus, Joel Pollack’s interview with Gretta Van Susteren last night. As I said two days ago, what is so admirable about this is the way, despite the ridicule from a sitting US Congressman, who by the way works for Mr Pollack, he continued to ask his question waiting for an answer, which never came. Read more

Cavuto and “The Huckstas” – Selling the Obama Plan

You all know these guys are my favortites. I love the huckstas. And Cavuto has two of the best on Billy “Mighty Putty” Mays and Anthony “Sully” Sullivan … and Cavuto gives Mays the chance the huckster for the “Huckster in Chief”. Great stuff.


Don’t Confuse The Tea party With AIG Populism


(Editor’s Note: This commentary was written by Chris Murray, organizer of the Ridgefield Tea Party. We are posting it in it’s entirety.)

Perhaps you noticed the “Tea Party” protest on Main Street in Ridgefield this past Saturday.  It is important to clarify how the Ridgefield Tea Party was distinct from the headline-grabbing bus tour of AIG executives’ homes that occurred in Fairfield County on the same day. Location was the only thing these events had in common.  The philosophies behind each protest could not be more distinct.

This past week, the Connecticut addresses of AIG executives were made public by the media.  A bus tour of their homes ensued, with angry “class warfare” protesters and over forty journalists hoping for a “made for TV”rtp-03-21-2009-02-js-150x150 confrontation.  In contrast, the participants in the Ridgefield event respect personal privacy and, while acknowledging the unique vulgarities of the AIG situation, remain champions of personal responsibility and reward.  They conducted a polite and responsible protest of a government they believe to be radical in behavior and intent. 

More specifically, our government incurs debt without restraint, aggressively devaluing our currency.  This is akin to stealing the savings of every hardworking American. Obama’s supporters never seem to concern themselves with such weighty issues, but they won’t be able to ignore this one.  Economists have issued dire warnings, expect hyperinflation.The public’s disgust with executive pay may be a popular issue, but it isn’t the salient one.  Nor is it the “Kabuki theater” of Congress’s handling of the AIG bailout, Senator Dodd’s tortured revelations, or the mainstream media’s McCarthyesque tactics in revealing the addresses of private citizens.  

The salient issue is our own Congress’s apparent eagerness to write a law targeting specific individuals for penalty.  In particular, Senator Charles Schumer shamelessly panders while blithely ignoring the protections afforded individuals from their government codified in our Constitution.  Americans are realizing it is their own government that should be feared.


Uh Oh … remember when President Obama touted his stimulus package as a job saver He even traveled to East Peoria to make Caterpillar the poster child of saved or retained jobs … remember?


Now we get this from Reuters

Caterpillar Inc, the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, notified an additional 2,454 workers in three states on Tuesday that they were losing their jobs as the company continues to try to bring production in line with plummeting demand.

The bulk of the job cuts — nearly 1,600 in all — will come in Illinois at the company’s plants in East Peoria, which makes track-type tractors and pipe layers, and Aurora, where it makes hydraulic excavators and wheel loaders.

Now, Reuters doesn’t mention it, neither does Bloomberg, neither does the AP or the Chicago Tribune. But, yup … the same East Peoria. There’s some votes the Messiah’s lost. As Dr. Maddow would say … awkward!

The Satyr and the Peasent, a modern retelling – Video

There is one of Aesop’s fables, entitled “The Satyr and the Peasent,”

“A Man had lost his way in a wood one bitter winter’s night. As he was roaming about, a Satyr came up to him, and finding that he had lost his way, promised to give him a lodging for the night, and guide him out of the forest in the morning. As he went along to the Satyr’s cell, the Man raised both his hands to his mouth and kept on blowing at them. “What do you do that for?” said the Satyr.

“My hands are numb with the cold,” said the Man, “and my breath warms them.”

After this they arrived at the Satyr’s home, and soon the Satyr put a smoking dish of soup before him. But when the Man raised his spoon to his mouth he began blowing upon it. “And what do you do that for?” said the Satyr. “The soup is too hot, and my breath will cool it.”

“Out you go,” said the Satyr. “I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.”

Sometimes, it is the oldest lessons most quickly forgotten…  So, they get updated for the modern day:

During the fall campaign, Obama mercilessly mocked his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, for declaring, “The fundamentals of our economy are strong.” Obama’s team painted the veteran senator as out of touch and failing to grasp the challenges facing the country.

On Sunday, economic adviser Christina Romer was asked during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if the fundamentals of the economy were sound. “Of course they are sound,” she replied.

“The fundamentals are sound in the sense that the American workers are sound, we have a good capital stock, we have good technology,” she said. “We know that — that temporarily we’re in a mess, right? We’ve seen huge job loss, we’ve seen very large falls in GDP. So certainly in the short run we’re in a — in a bad situation.”

Just a week ago, White House Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag declared that “fundamentally, the economy is weak.”

Of course, this modern telling still lacks an ending…

Jim adds: Here’s the Romer video. Watch her twist.


And here is the Obama campaign ad it ran in September criticizing McCain for saying the economy is fundamentally sound. You better be sitting down.


Now … here is President Obama on Friday.


Outrage? Don’t bother. No hope n change, just politics as usual. Get used to it.

Stimulus money for sale. Update: Deal Off

Cities in California that can not use stimulus  money appropriated for transportation are selling their stimulus money to other cities for cash. Check it out here.

La Habra Heights, a city of 6,000, has sold its $500,000 in federal funds to the city of Westlake Village for $310,000 cash. Irwindale, population 1,500, also sold its $500,000 to Westlake Village, for $325,000 cash.

Does anyone think that this money was misappropriated? If the money is earmarked for transportation grants, shouldn’t the city have to write a grant to get the money? How is it that they just get money appropriated for something for which they do not have a need?  I honestly do not blame the cities, their solution is actually very clever.

I’m sure many cities have higher priorities than transportation. And I would have liked to have seen more direct aid to ailing local governments in the stimulus bill. Still, MTA’s approach strikes me as a bit too creative. What’s next, stimulus money credit default swaps?

I would gladly sell stimulus money credit default swaps, it’s not like we could every default on US treasury bonds. RIGHT?  China seems to be getting a little nervous.

Jim adds: Hope n change brothers and sisters. HOPE AND CHANGE.

Update: It’s a little complicated … but the deal’s off … cities cannot sell their stimulus money in California …. apparently they have to use it or loose it.

Several area cities that arranged to sell off federal stimulus funding intended for transportation projects scrambled Wednesday for ways to use the money or trade it, one day after the MTA axed such deals.The cities – La Habra Heights, Irwindale, Bradbury and Rolling Hills – now must either submit so called “shovel-ready” projects to the MTA, or trade their stimulus tax dollars for equal amounts of Measure R transportation funds. The cities have until Friday to do so, said Carol Inge, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s chief planning officer.

Oh well … such are the ways of the government. Capitalism is very out of fashion, especially when governments try it.

Stimulating Marriage – Update: New Video

Somehow I missed this. This country looks more and more like old world socialism every day. Next we will be paying people to have children … no wait we are doing that now. The government now decrees that marriage is a good thing. The Dear One has so declared. Had Jesus Christ declared that … in their world … it would be bad, or no one’s business. Oh wait … He did, and they did.

The list of initiatives covered under the federal stimulus seems almost endless.
The $787 billion package includes $5 million to launch a media campaign promoting marriage. The campaign, set to launch later this month, encourages young singles to take a look at the benefits of marriage.

Supporters believe this is a way for the federal government to invest in America’s future. The theory is happy homes mean happy people, happy workers and happy contributors to society. “I think it would help the economy tremendously if some co-habitors got married,” said Mary Cummings, a wedding coordinator with a decided vested interest.


Connecticut Tea Party – Update

UPDATE: I am an idiot. The credit for this protest, if it were not made plain, lies with the RVO chat room and most especially, I think, Rick from West Hartford. I say I think because I really am not the force behind this today. Rick is and his com-padres who put this together. Without notice, and much organizing help they pulled quite a crowd and that should be a good indicator of how angry people are. Stay fired up folks. 2010 is a year and a half away. Congrats Rick.

Note: This event occurred on Feb. 27.

Plus if you are looking for what others did today go here and go here. Plus read this from Instapundit.

Here are some of the pictures of today’s tax protest. (Taken with my swell iPhone which I did not buy with stimulus money, or tax redistribution money)

The “push back” against confiscation for pet liberal projects (honey bees, community organizers, grape genetics, bullying and tattoo removal) began today in Hartford, and it was a grassroots effort. The stimulus package stimulates nothing but federal and state governments, while the people who produce the tax revenue were ignored.

Without much publicity up to 250 people came and joined the Connecticut Tea Party rally in front of the state capital. This is just the beginning, the first of a number of rallies the Tea Party plans on holding around the state up until election day. Movements destined for the trash heap start big and fizzle. I can assure you, even in a blue state, today they planted the acorn. To see a lot more go to the gallery.

Or watch the ones below as a slide show in your browser … easier to see.








To Hell With Your Grandchildren and Old People Too

Still think these Governors (other than the four Republicans) are looking out for you. Trust me they are looking out for their re-election.  Read more

Halo Slipping – “The Thrill Is Gone”

Jim Geraghty pointed this out … so … I watched. Here’s what Jim wrote over at National Review:

I can hardly believe what I’m watching on MSNBC right now. Chris Matthews is almost critical — no, not even almost, he’s flat-out critical of President Obama on the economic front.

Howard Fineman of Newsweek says Obama has been “grim and a little distant at the same time … Tim Geithner hasn’t inspired any confidence anywhere, as far as I can tell.”

Matthews: “He seems like Barney Fife to me.”

Eugene Robinson: “I actually referred to him as Doogie Howser, Treasury Secretary, and I think it’s a little unfair.” Much laughter ensues.

Here’s the video … with editing for brevity. My favorite part is where Chris thinks Obama should go away for a few weeks and learn the economy. Ha!


The thrill’s gone. Oh wait … no it isn’t.