Archive for July, 2007

It’s the economy, stupid!

July 31, 2007

The AP reports: Consumer Confidence Rebounds in July to 6-Year High Amid Healthy Employment Outlook

Consumer confidence hit a six-year high in July, a widely watched gauge of sentiment showed on Tuesday, as Americans shrugged off falling home prices to focus on a healthy jobs market, instead.

The New York-based Conference Board said that its Consumer Confidence Index, rebounded to 112.6, its highest level since August 2001 when it recorded a 114.0 reading. That compared to a revised 105.3 in June. The July 24 cutoff for the preliminary survey of 5,000 U.S. households was before last week’s stock market tumble, however.

“An improvement in business conditions and the job market has lifted consumers’ spirits in July,” said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center. “Looking ahead, consumers are more upbeat about short-term economic prospects, mainly the result of a decline in the number of pessimists, not an increase in the number of optimists. This rebound in confidence suggests economic activity may gather a little momentum in the coming months.”

That “Bush Economy” is going great.

It’s all about the hating…

July 31, 2007

Hate defines the hard far extremist left.
For a clear example, take a look at their response to the recent illness of Chief Justice John Roberts:

“Chief Justice John Roberts has died in his summer home in Maine. No, not really, but we know you have your fingers crossed.”

kaygore: If there is a God, then he is not too young to become the right-hand maiden to Satan in the inner reaches of Hell.

aquart: [responding to the request for prayers] Okay: Dear Lord, May the evil John Roberts does come back to him and only him, from every place it has gone, from everyone it has harmed.

kaygore: Better prayer. Dear God, Please release Satan’s hand-maiden, John Roberts, from his worldly cares and allow him to join once again with the Prince of Darkness in the lowest reaches of Hell. We pray this in the name of your son, our lord, Jesus. Amen.

Bornaginhooligan: I prayed. But it didn’t come true.

Sadly, a fairly typical “progressive” response.


July 31, 2007

What it takes to accept Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Google seeks Dark Fiber

July 30, 2007

Dark Fiber is fiber optic network cable laid, but not used.
It seems Google is looking to pick up this unused bandwidth.

liberal moderate meets the hard left

July 30, 2007

Seen in a LiveJournal entry:

when it gets to the point where you refuse to listen to any standpoint other than your own

i dare you to call that liberalism.

so much for intellectual exchange.

Damn, she is smart…

July 29, 2007

She’s a socialist and a danger to the Constitution, but she’s oh so smart.
HRC is much smarter than any other democrat in the race.
She attended a hair stylist convention recently and put out a flyer showing her various hair styles over the years. Not only did this play to the audience it was a subtle knife to the ribs to John “Silky Pony” Edwards. The majority of the people at that hair stylist convention were black, and that was a poke at Obama, who is trailing her in the polls among black voters.

Robert A. Heinlein’s Legacy

July 29, 2007

Taylor Dinerman has a good tribute:

When one looks at the great technological revolutions that have shaped our lives over the past 50 years, more often than not one finds that the men and women behind them were avid consumers of what used to be considered no more than adolescent trash. As Arthur C. Clarke put it: “Almost every good scientist I know has read science fiction.” And the greatest writer who produced them was Robert Anson Heinlein, born in Butler, Mo., 100 years ago this month.

In 1958, in response to what he saw as a liberal effort to weaken America’s military, he set aside the “Sex and God” book on which he had been working and wrote “Starship Troopers.” This was probably his most controversial book. In it he imagines a future society in which the right to vote must be earned by volunteering for service, including service in the military. In response to claims that the book glorifies the military, he wrote: “It does indeed. Specifically, the P.B.I., the Poor Bloody Infantry, the mudfoot who puts his frail body between his loved home and the war’s desolation–but is rarely appreciated.”

Heinlein’s political beliefs were moving more and more toward the libertarian side of the spectrum. He supported Barry Goldwater in 1964, and in 1966 he published what many considered his greatest book, “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress,” the tale of how penal colonists and their descendants on the Moon successfully revolt against their Earthly masters. The core of this book, which keeps it near the top of the libertarians’ reading lists, is the speech by an old professor, Bernardo de la Paz, to the rebels’ constitutional convention: “. . . like fire and fusion, government is a dangerous servant and a terrible master. You now have your freedom–if you can keep it. But do remember that you can lose this freedom more quickly to yourselves than to any other tyrant.”

The professor explains: “The power to tax, once conceded, has no limits; it contains until it destroys. I was not joking when I told them to dig into their own pouches. It may not be possible to do away with government–sometimes I think that it is an inescapable disease of human beings. But it may be possible to keep it small and starved and inoffensive–and can you think of a better way than by requiring the governors themselves to pay the costs of their antisocial hobby.” As they say on the Moon, “TANSTAAFL!”: “There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch!”

In the ’70s, in a speech to the midshipmen at the Naval Academy, he said he thought that “patriotism has lost its grip on a large percentage of our population. . . . But there is no way to force patriotism on anyone. Passing a law will not create it, nor can we buy it by appropriating so many billions of dollars.”


July 27, 2007

A fitting name for a Gulfstream Liberal trophy wife who is a massive eco-hypocrite.
Tim Blair points out:

Climate scold Laurie David is living it up with a new guy, enjoying sustainable water-skiing jaunts and the like (hope that boat’s a hybrid!).

A Martha Vineyard resident gives the local view of the worshiper of the Cult of Algore:

Actually, Laurie David has been creating one HUGE carbon footprint here on Martha’s Vineyard for the last 6 years. Her disgusting and ostentatious trophy building has been virtually ceaseless for about 6 years now. The trucks and pollution stop only when Mrs. Carbon Sasquatch is here for her summer vacation, making herself the center of everyone’s attention.

And I’d say the fact that I saw Laurie and her hottie but dumb building contractor, Bart Thorpe, holding hands while walking on a secluded dock to a boat yesterday, has a lot more to do with her marriage breaking up than the scratchy toilet paper she’s forced on her family. I’ve also seen Bart bicycling in front of my house with a little girl he kept calling, Romy. Bart, coincidentally, left his wife recently, too.

I met Laurie David 6 years ago. I didn’t like her then. I don’t like her now. She is the prime example of a spoiled, selfish, rich girl who says, “do what I say, not what I do”. She is a narcissist and a hypocrite to the nth degree.

Let the games begin!

July 27, 2007

Primaries are such fun. Remember kids, it was Al Gore who first rubbed Dukasis’ nose in Willie Horton during the 1988 democrat primaries. The fun is starting this season with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barak Obama.

My take is that my prediction is being seen as correct at the Obama camp. The gloves are coming off to boost his chances for a good showing the early primaries. Obama isn’t running to be HRC‘s Veep anymore.

God Bless Ronald Reagan…

July 26, 2007

A couple of months ago I was riding in the car with my 10 year old daughter.

I had on an oldies station and they were playing the Beatles “Back in the USSR”.

The conversation went something like this:

The Kid: Dad?

Me: Yes?

The Kid: What’s the USSR?

Me: Thank you Ronald Reagan…

A comment on a post on how living Socialist country drives up support for Capitalism.