Tarry for the Nonce

February 28, 2009

Where is the Outrage?

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 8:25 pm

Venezuela is unhappy with Obama.

“Is there a new government in the United States or is it Bush still in power? Obama seems to be a continuation of the Bush era. But it doesn’t matter to me. Regardless of US imperialism, this revolution will continue its course,” [Hugo] Chavez said in a speech.

Iran is unhappy with Obama.

Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee didn’t attend the latest U.N. Security Council meeting on Iraq. But the moment the 3-hour session was over the Iranian delegation was circulating a strongly worded letter from Khazaee that had a very clear message for the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama: Stop talking like Bush.

Civil libertarians are unhappy with Obama.

When the Obama administration last week claimed that the executive’s “state secrets” privilege requires dismissal of a case challenging the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, the move rang alarm bells.

In fact, Obama is determined to maintain many more Bush policies than expected.

He maintains Bush policies, except, of course, in the cases of abortion – which, if enforced, will compel Catholic hospitals to close their doors – and the economy – where, apparently, Obama is determined to stem the tide of entrepreneurship..

Can’t say it wasn’t expected. Although, frankly, McCain is handily proving that he is as much of a pansy-ass as he ever was.

February 26, 2009

Oh, T. Paine!

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 7:22 pm

I’ve discovered the Taxpayers for Common Sense and their database for this stimulus bill.

As Well As the Pole

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 7:07 pm

I’m predisposed to dislike Joe Biden because he is a scandalously horrible Catholic and a member of the most spendthrift political party in history, but I feel somewhat justified inasmuch as he repeatedly demonstrates that he’s also a nitwit:

Wednesday morning on the CBS Early Show, Vice President Joe Biden asked, “But what I don’t understand from Governor Jindal is what would he do? In Louisiana, there’s 400 people a day losing their jobs. What’s he doing?”

Of course, Biden was once again talking out his ear, since Louisiana is the only state in the union to add employment last month, with 4527 claims dropping to 4179.

“It’s unclear where the vice president got his unemployment figures from,” says the press.

Probably the same location where his head is. I also suspect he attended the same math class as Nancy Pelosi.

February 25, 2009

With Thrilled Legs

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 5:31 pm

Chris Matthews is such a joke.

We Are a Nation of Poorly Catechized Catholics

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 5:18 pm

Archbishop Chaput tells it like it is.

February 20, 2009

Rolling In Their Graves

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 7:21 pm

If anyone missed Santelli’s Chicago Tea Party, it’s a hoot.

It was enough to warrant a personal attack on the journalist from the White House.

I guess we’ll know more in March. In the meantime, the public response is intriguing. At the time of this post, the votes for joining the Chicago Tea Party were 87% “yes” and 10% “no.”

February 19, 2009

A Little Conspiracy Theory

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 10:07 pm

I heard through two different sources about the Dobson High School Advanced Placement government class and their comments on Obama’s rally, but when I went to look at the article, the text had been entirely replaced with an article by Hayley Ringle. You can still get the original text by Tim Hacker through the Drudge Report or (partially) from the Free Republic or glean it from the user comments that are still attached to the article, but the article itself is now completely scrubbed of criticism.

Here’s the original text:

A Dobson High School Advanced Placement government class with strong opinions about Barack Obama watched the president’s speech Wednesday on a small, grainy TV in the corner of their classroom.

Some of the students attentively watched the speech, giving questioning looks and comments, shaking their heads and laughing at some of Obama’s words. Other students listened, occasion ally glancing up to watch, while texting on their cell phones, reading a book or finishing school work.

The gymnasium’s events were shown simultaneously in rooms throughout the Mesa school, and teachers were given discretion on whether to show the speech, the students said. The students in the class were hopeful things will work out but questioned whether Obama’s plan would actually work to dig the country out of its economic woes. They also expected a longer speech.

Senior Syna Daudfar took some notes during the speech and was among the most vocally opposed to Obama’s words.

At one point, when he talked about the costs of his stimulus plan, senior Maaike Albach and Daudfar looked at each other and said, “uh-oh.”

“Overall I think it’s a good idea, but he’s not addressing the issues of the economic crisis,” said Daudfar, a John McCain supporter who added he leans more toward being a moderate conservative. “The spending bill he just passed is just progressing the Democratic agenda rather than addressing the economic issues in the country.”

Daudfar thinks Obama’s plan is backward and deals with the “less important stuff” first. “Bailing out businesses” and “providing better regulatory systems for giving out money to businesses” should have been first, he said.

“If businesses can’t afford to hire people, then people won’t be able to work and pay off their mortgages,” he said. “It’s kind of like putting money into20a funnel.” Albach, who is also a Republican, said Obama’s plan sounds good but questioned how Obama can want to rely on “people’s responsibility” when that is “what got us in this economic crisis in the first place.”

“This puts us more into debt,” said Albach, 18. “It’s a horrible situation we’re in.”

Senior Brandon Miller wore a shirt with the words, “Hitler gave great speeches, too” above a picture of Obama.

Miller said he had been an Obama supporter “because of his speeches,” but after debating the issues in this class and looking more into Obama’s policies, his vote was swayed toward McCain.

He showed a video on his camera he had just taken of the president’s minutelong motorcade and talked about what a “great experience” it was to watch it. Miller had also spent a couple of hours in front of the school, hanging out and watching the protesters.

“Even though I don’t support him, I think it’s cool he’s here,” said Miller, 18. “I just don’t believe all the things he’s telling us. His goal is just too big and broad.”

Miller wanted to hear more about the costs and guidelines the stimulus bill entails.

Senior Katelyn Meyer, who also leans more toward being a Republican, said Obama’s plan sounds good, “but it’s easier said than done.”

“I like the refinancing part, and I like the part about mortgages, but I’m afraid we’re going to put the money in but won’t s ee any effect,” said Meyer, 18, who still thought it was “cool” to say the president was at her school, even though she didn’t get to see him live.

The students also questioned why Obama chose their school for his speech since he wasn’t talking about education and wondered how much money the district spent on beautifying the campus while district positions and services are being cut.

District officials noted this week that the landscaping project completed over the weekend at Dobson was already in the works and was just expedited by the president’s visit. Funding came from voter-approved bonds.

New sod was laid in front of the school Tuesday, and Daudfar said, “The joke at the school is they’re going to take it away when he (Obama) leaves.”

AP government teacher Jeff Sherrer said his students “feel very strongly about the issues, maybe more than the general population.” He thought at least one of his students was outside protesting, and he had planned to take his students outside as a class project to show them what was going on but didn’t get the chance.

“These kinds of kids really get into it,” Sherrer said. “During the election we had lots of debates on the issues.”

I am heartened to hear that our honors students understand that when our federal spending obligations exceed the entire GDP of the world, something is seriously wrong. At least the best and brightest of our future have a clue.

Only a Few of Us Care

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 9:30 pm

According to the Associated Press, the Democrats are self-destructing over ethics.

Eh. Schumer’s right inasmuch as the American people really don’t care.

February 14, 2009

A Raw New Deal

Filed under: History, Politics — lmwalker @ 9:04 am

Rock on, GOP Leader!

Thank you to the House (and most Senate) Republicans for displaying true fiscal conservatism – and – for all their reasoning may have been flawed – thank you to the following Democrats:

  • Bobby Bright of Alabama
  • Peter DeFazio of Oregon
  • Parker Griffith of Alabama
  • Walt Minnick of Idaho
  • Collin Peterson of Minnesota
  • Heath Shuler of North Carolina
  • Gene Taylor of Mississippi

(Do you have any idea how difficult it was to track down those names? Not a single major media outlet reported them. Why not?)

Thanks to Arlen “I-Wanna-Be-A-Democrat” Specter, Olympia “I-Wanna-Be-Loved-By-Democrats” Snowe, and Susan “I-Wanna-Be-Olympia-Snowe” Collins, the vote in the Senate was so close that they had to hold the vote open to allow the deciding vote to return from his mother’s wake.

Some of the more amusing “tax cut” provisions:

  • After all the flack Bush got for his 2008 “rebate checks,” there is a one-time $250 payout to benefit recipients. (Hmm . . . I guess the concept wasn’t as offensive to the Democrats as they previously postulated.)
  • There is a $400 credit for people earning less than $75,000. (I think this falls somewhat short of Obama’s “$250,000-or-less” promise.)
  • There is a one-year reprieve for middle-to-high income households on having to pay the AMT. (My guess is that most Average Joes don’t understand the concept of the AMT and they will nonetheless have to pay it eventually, so learn about it here.)

Some other provisions are documented by CNN and readthestimulus.org.

With the idiotic “Buy American” clause, the Democrats are making the same mistake now that Republicans made during the Hoover administration. History always repeats itself when it is disregarded.

And, of course, it is now being reported that earmarks have managed to find their way into this cobbled-together-behind-closed-doors bill, after all. You remember: the bill they (falsely) promised to publish for public scrutiny for 48 hours before the vote.

Pet provisions were coming to light that had not been included in the original bills that passed the House or Senate — or that differed markedly from earlier versions. Some appeared to brush up against claims of the bill’s supporters that no pet projects known as “earmarks” were included.

It’s the biggest scam in my lifetime. Shame on so-called “fiscal conservatives, but social liberals” who voted for Obama in this last election. If you truly consider yourself a “fiscal conservative,” you are either grotesquely ill-informed or inexcusably short-sighted.

Next time, pick up a newspaper (or a history book) before casting your vote.

February 12, 2009

Obama Mis-Speaks . . . Repeatedly

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 10:19 pm

He said that Caterpillar would rehire laid-off employees. Caterpillar disagrees.

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