Archive for November, 2008

Sunday morning quotes

November 30, 2008

“You socialists only have one rebuttal to the argument that socialism has been tried and failed miserably; it’s the same one an abused wife might hear from the drunken monster that blackened her eye: ‘It’ll be different this time, I swear!'”

“Any measure that establishes legal charity on a permanent basis and gives it an administrative form thereby creates an idle and lazy class, living at the expense of the industrial and working class.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

“I am deeply convinced that any permanent, regular administrative system whose aim is to provide for the needs of the poor will breed more miseries than it can cure, will deprave the population that it wants to help and comfort, will dry up the sources of savings, will stop the accumulation of capital, will retard the development of trade, and will benumb human industry.” — Alexis de Tocqueville

“And quit bringing up our forefathers and saying they were Civil Libertarians . . . they were blowing people’s heads off because they put a tax on their breakfast beverage — and it wasn’t even coffee.” — Dennis Miller

“With Albright at the helm of the State Department, Osama bin Laden ran wild throughout the Middle East, the North Koreans began feverishly building nukes under her nose, and we staged a pre-emptive attack solely for purposes of regime change based on false information presented to the American people by Albright about a world leader who was not an imminent threat to the United States. Slobodan Milosevic wasn’t even a latent, long-term, hypothetical threat. ” — Ann Coulter

Expecting the mainstream media to exercise responsibility and integrity is like expecting a trout to perform calculus

democrats: The party of Spin, Posturing, Demonization, Fear Mongering, Racial Division & Class Warfare

“Washington is the only place in the world where a gaffe is when a politician accidently speaks the truth.” — Charles Krauthammer

“A liberal is a person who sees a fourteen-year-old girl performing sex acts onstage and wonders if she’s being paid minimum wage.” — Irving Kristol

“If we have to use force, it is because we are American. We are the indispensable nation. We stand tall. We see further into the future.” — Madeleine Albright in 1998, when she was Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State.

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The Return of the Sore Loser strategy

November 30, 2008

Al Franken, Sore Loser.

Today’s Quote

November 29, 2008

“And I repeat: if there is anything that can divert the land of my birth from its current stampede into the Stone Age, it is the widespread dissemination of the thoughts and perceptions that Robert Heinlein has been selling as entertainment since 1939.” — Spider Robinson

Foxes guarding the henhouse

November 28, 2008

Robert Scheer correctly points out that is exactly what is happening with Obama’s picks.

…Obama had put his seal of approval on the
Citigroup bailout, which his new economic team, led by proteges of Citigroup Executive Committee Chairman Robert Rubin, enthusiastically endorsed. A bailout that brings to $45 billion the taxpayer money thrown at Citigroup and the guarantee of $306 billion for the bank’s “toxic securities” that would have been illegal if not for changes in the law that Citigroup secured with the decisive help of Rubin and Lawrence Summers, the man who replaced him as treasury secretary in the Clinton administration.

As Summers stayed on to ensure passage of deregulatory laws that enabled enormous banking greed, Rubin was rewarded with a $15-million-a-year executive position at Citigroup, a job that only got more lucrative as the bank went from one disaster, beginning with its involvement with Enron in which Rubin played an active role, to its huge role in the mortgage debacle.

As opposed to the far tougher deal negotiated on the bailout of AIG, the arrangement with Citigroup leaves the executives, including Rubin, who brought Citigroup to the brink of ruin, still in charge. Nor is there any guarantee of the value of the mortgage bundles that taxpayers will be guaranteeing. That is because, as candidate Obama clearly stated in his major economics address back in March, the deregulation pushed though during the Clinton years ended transparency in banking.

Why then has he appointed the very people responsible for this disaster to now make it all better?

HT to Daryl Cagle.

Friday B-Movie Pick

November 28, 2008

Big Trouble in Little China

A first class Action/Martial Arts/Comedy flick. Kurt Russell plays the comic tough guy persevering in a situation way over his head. Plus a young Kim Cattrall as the crusading lawyer Gracie Law.

Friday B-Movie Pick Archive.

About that Global Warming thing…

November 25, 2008

As I’ve said before, I’m a big fan of Global Warming.
Weather Channel co-founder Joseph D’Aleo and other scientists are not.

Armed with statistics from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climate Data Center, D’Aleo reported in the 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac that the U.S. annual mean temperature has fluctuated for decades and has only risen 0.21 degrees since 1930 — which he says is caused by fluctuating solar activity levels and ocean temperatures, not carbon emissions.

Data from the same source shows that during five of the past seven decades, including this one, average U.S. temperatures have gone down. And the almanac predicted that the next year will see a period of cooling.

HT to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, who notes:

The global-warming movement exists to provide cover for statists who demand central control over energy production. That’s an inconvenient truth that has begun to emerge as global temperatures fail to meet expectations of increase. Rather than admit that more research is needed, global-warming activists have increased the hysterical tone of their efforts, demanding immediate action and giving dire predictions of catastrophe without it.

Over 31,000 scientists have now signed onto the Global Warming Petition Project, demanding more skepticism and a return to scientific inquiry into climate change rather than political propaganda. They face an uphill battle in convincing the beneficiaries of research dollars from Washington to risk their funding by acting like scientists.

Update: More on Global Cooling over at Gateway Pundit.

Pretty in Mink

November 25, 2008

The Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute is doing something really cool. A calendar of conservative women in glamor shots wearing mink coats.

The line up includes Mary Katharine Ham, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter.

More on Rangel’s tax scandel

November 25, 2008

New York democrat Charles Rangel is still in trouble with his tax crimes.

Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel took a “homestead” tax break on a Washington, DC, house for years while simultaneously occupying multiple rent-stabilized apartments in New York City, possibly violating laws and regulations in both cases.

Monday Book Pick

November 24, 2008

Lord Darcy by Randall Garrett

A delightful alternate history set of murder mysteries. Lord Darcy is an investigator in the 1960 for a Plantagenet Empire that never fell. His is joined by Master Sean O’Lochlainn, a Forensic Sorcerer.

The Monday book pick archive.

Meanwhile in the Uber-Liberal democrat stronghold of Boston

November 22, 2008

Boston City Councilman Chuck Turner is arrested by the FBI as part of the bribery and corruption investigation that netted Massachusetts State Senator Diane Wilkerson (both democrats).

Turner, a fine example of a Boston democrat, once accused US military personnel of committing rapes in Iraq, using photos from a commercial porn film as proof, and smeared former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as “a tool of white leaders,” like “a Jewish person working for Hitler.”

State Senator Diane Wilkerson, the poster person for the Massachusetts democrat party, attended state senate sessions with an tracking ankle bracelet when she was convicted of massive non-payment of taxes. Wilkerson was endorsed in her last run for State Senate (which she lost by a slim margin) by our democrat governor Deval Patrick.