Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jay Weber Is Simply Wrong

Jay Weber apparently has swallowed copious amounts of Christmas cheer a bit early this year.

This morning, he dutifully read from the script (provided by RoJo?  McConnell?) which would have us believe that Cruz's crusade for the Constitution enabled Harry Reid to confirm all of SCOAMF's nominees.

Oh, yah.  It's all Cruz' fault.

There are people who have been in Washington for a long, long, time.  One of them is Jeffrey Lord, who came to DC in the Reagan Administration while Mr. Weber was still in high school.

...There are four problems with the anti-Cruz scenario. The first is that on Dec. 9, days before Cruz threw a wrench in the works, Reid signaled his intention to confirm all of Obama's remaining nominees, no matter how long it took....

...Does that sound like a majority leader who is ready to pack up and go home without passing his party's nominees? No, it doesn't. And that leads to the second problem with the scenario, which is the nature of Harry Reid himself. It is simply impossible to believe that the man who made the Senate pass Obamacare on Christmas Eve would abandon the president's nominees out of the goodness of his heart...

...The third problem with the scenario is Reid's authority as majority leader. He can keep the Senate in session whenever he wants...

...the fourth problem with the scenario is Reid's filibuster "reform." The whole point of Reid's exercise of the so-called "nuclear option" was to make it possible for Democrats to roll over Republicans when it came to confirming the president's nominees. Yes, GOP lawmakers could force brief delays in such confirmations, but when push came to shove -- as it did at the end of a session with the Democratic majority set to disappear — Reid could muscle through any nominee for whom he had 51 votes. And so he did; if there was any single factor that accounted for the rush of year-end confirmations, that was it....

Whether you like Ted Cruz or not, believing the (R) establishment's line is the political equivalent of believing in the Easter Bunny.

Except the Easter Bunny drops goodies.  The (R) establishment's droppings are--in this case, as in many others, bovine excrement.

Sorry, Jay, but you are simply wrong.

Marquette U. Steps Off the Deep End

Well, well.

John McAdams, a Marquette University associate professor, says he is being "treated like a potential terrorist" after being suspended with pay and banned from campus while the university investigates his conduct, presumably because he publicly criticized a teaching assistant for not allowing discussion of gay marriage in an ethics class.  TMJ-S

We've followed that controversy at McAdams' blog.  While the TA was correct to hold that Marquette--as a private institution--can 'ban' certain discussions, the TA--and Marquette officials--have carefully avoided mentioning that Marquette holds itself out as "...a Catholic institution."

The Catholic Church holds, de fide, that marriage is between a man and a woman.  Period.  No exceptions.  This is not only a moral position, it is also a position derived from nature itself.  So in effect, Marquette, while claiming a "Catholic" imprimatur, suppresses discussion of a matter which demands a Catholic clarification.

MU's presser basically says that there are "hurt feelings" abounding; those of the TA and (potentially) those of students who could be "hurt" by a frank declaration of Catholic teaching on the subject.

Egads.  Such precious little flowers!  Our Little Snowflakes might melt!  Run away!  Run!! Run!!

Anyhow, MU also advised McAdams that he could not step foot onto the "Catholic" campus without prior permission and, implicitly, without an escort (armed??).  Very curious, indeed.

Did JPMorgan Thank You?

Most people know that the "Cromnibus" budget contained a provision which will--potentially--bail out the Too Big To Fail banks.

Not everyone knows that JPMorgan Chase was the principal beneficiary of that bailout.

See, JPMChase had already FAILED its Basel stress-test before Cronmibus.  Had a real-life crisis emerged--not impossible at all--JPMChase could have lost $35 billion.

That would have negatively impacted their bonus payments, among other things.

So now that the taxpayer (you) is going to bail out Jamie & Co., did they send you a "thank-you" note?

They surely sent one to Jim Sensenbrenner and Ron Johnson, and Paul Ryan, and Reid Ribble, and whats-his-name Duffy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RoJo Goes All-RINO

Sen. Ron Johnson has now made it clear:  he's gone to the Ruling Class (RINO flavor) and left all that "Constitution stuff" behind him, just like those campaign promises about ObozoCare.

This is the story. A gutless House agreed to fund Obama’s amnesty program. They didn’t have to, they chose to....

... When the bill arrived in the Senate, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)94% wanted to make the point that the president does not have the authority to rewrite US statutes based on imperial whim. He forced the Senate to vote on a point of order on the Constitutionality of the president’s actions.

That vote came just before the Senate voted to fund the (un-Constitutional) amnesty-action of SCOAMF.

And Senator Ron Johnson took the position that SCOAMF's action is just fine and dandy.

Yah, we know you'll be on Jay Weber's show trying to make this turd into a golden egg.  But a lot of us know the truth about you.

More on the topic from Hayward:

...you’d better believe the trans-party Establishment is going to get even with anyone who threatens to spoil their winter spending festival, especially if they have the unmitigated gall to make the princes of Washington work on a Saturday.  Spending that trillion bucks is a drop-dead emergency, you see, but not so much of an emergency that we should expect our lavishly compensated “representatives” to surrender one of their 250 days off....

 By the way, the lie that '[Cruz and Lee's action] allowed Reid to jam through all of SCOAMF's rotten nominations' came directly from Reid, and was knowingly repeated by the usual RINO suspects.  That's made clear by Hayward, backing up what Erickson posted yesterday.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thinking Romney? Don't!

Romney is already smearing Jeb Bush, so we know he's going to try again.

Just in case you were harboring a happy thought about that, we could remind you of RomneyCare.

But that's not all!

He also engineered the 100% (or so) increase in utility bills for Massachusetts.  How could he be so stupid?

Start with his hire of Gina McCarthy--who is the energy/female version of Gruber, another Romney hire.


More BS From McConnell

You probably read a story this morning about how just..........AWFUL.........Cruz and Lee were and because of them there will be a bunch of terrible appointees approved and kittens will be killed, too.

That's McConnell bullshit.

The real story?  Read it here.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ace of Spades Is Dead-On

This was mentioned earlier and deserves repeating:

I do think conservatives should seriously consider my suggestion that we pick 10 or 12 (I'm upping the number) Republican Congressmen and absolutely tank them in 2016. First, they get a primary, and if the primary fails to dislodge them, we give the seat to the Democrats. We actively vote for the Democrat. Whatever happens, we retire their asses.   --AOS

There are four (R)s in Wisconsin who voted with Obozo on the budget.

Ribble and Duffy are most vulnerable.  Sensenbrenner deserves this (and everyone in the party is pissed because he refuses to retire), but unless he's primaried, he won't lose.

By the way, RoJo--who has caved on ObozoCare--is also a candidate for early retirement.




Friday, December 12, 2014

A Boehner Year Over, and Deeper in Debt

The Paul Ryan/John Boehner Debt Express:  full speed ahead!!

...The $3.8 trillion in new debt that the federal government has accumulated under the spending deals approved by a Republican-controlled House of Representatives over the past 3.8 years equals $2,772,736,422.84 in new debt per day.

It also equals $32,938.38 in new debt for each of the 115,831,000 households the Census Bureau says were in the United States as of September....

Next:  Ryan will appear on some radio show and blabber about 'bending a roadmap down,' or some such bullshit.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I Told You So: Senselessbrenner Voted FOR the Rule

Jim Sensenbrenner, who bills himself as "conservative" and carries a copy of the Constitution in his pocket (apparently to serve as ass-wipe today) voted to bring the $1.1TRILLION Harry Reid spending bill before the House.

Matter of fact, if Sensenbrenner, who bills himself as "conservative" and carries a copy of the Constitution in his pocket (apparently to serve as ass-wipe) had voted AGAINST the rule, the $1.1TRILLION dollar Harry Reid spending bill would not have been approved.

How brown is Jim's Constitution?

UPDATE:  Pretty damn brown!

As I predicted this morning, ol' Jimbo, who is long past his stale-date, voted against the spending bill itself.

That way he can Gruber some folks into believing his malarkey about being a "conservative."

Sum:  Jimbo put the bill onto the floor, knowing it would pass.  Then he voted against it.

Kerry-brenner?

Sensen-erry?

Nah. Jimbo didn't even serve in VietNam.  But he uses really nice toilet paper.

What Our Congressmen Are Doing to Us: BOHICA

Today the House will take up a $1.1 trillion spending bill which fully funds ObozoCare, allows banks to retain derivatives on their books (thus forcing taxpayers to bail out their $Zillion errors through FDIC), funds SCOAMF's amnesty, funds Holder's race-war, and continues the exponential increase of the national debt.  It does not "bend the cost-curve" on ANY Federal spending in any meaningful way, period; as a matter of fact, it will bust through Ryan's "spending limits" of only 1 year ago no matter the lying weasel Rogers' claims.

Sensenbrenner and Ryan will vote for it.*  Ron Johnson, if he objects, will not force this to stop through filibuster, even though Ron Johnson will attempt to spray foo-foo dust to blind you to his supine acquiescence.  (Remember the RoJo who was going to repeal ObozoCare?  Yah.  I met THAT RoJo.)

Hayward, again:

...You only had once chance to vote against this, although of course the vote was not portrayed that way at the time.  Repeal is impossible, liberty taken can never be returned, the State never gets smaller… that’s not just ObamaCare, it’s the story we hear about every Big Government catastrophe.  The frustration we feel about this unbroken continuum of disappointment, this relentless process of growth through failure, is useful to statists, because it is a form of despair.  Some of us accept the notion of ambitious but under-performing government, because it’s just the way things are, the New Normal, and even when we “purchase” Big Government with cold, hard ballots while blinded with fraud and deception, no returns are ever allowed.  Some of us nurse our resentment of the system that takes advantage of us, but conclude we can never defeat it.  We admit that those who profit from the system will always defend it more vigorously than dissenters try to reform it....

Here's the Ron Johnson line, clarified by Hayward:

...You rubes would have made everything so much worse without our brilliant guidance.  Don’t you dare start daydreaming about what might have happened, if we didn’t tax, spend, and regulate like mad!  Don’t you dare hold us to the standards we set when we tricked you into giving us power!  No matter how inadequate our work might be, it’s still far better than what you could have done on your own.  You can’t be trusted to defend yourself, educate your children, sell your labor, provide for your family, or show charity towards those in dire need.  Without us, you would all be in dire need....

We sent spineless ciphers who have become despicable liars, purchased by The Ruling Class which has invaded and which now occupies Washington, D.C.

Our children's children wil righteously piss on our graves for this.

*Ryan and Sensenbrenner will vote for 'the Rule' which allows this vote.  The Rule-vote is the vote that counts.  Sensenbrenner will then vote against the legislation itself and play hero.  This is the game that he will run on us.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Sad Truth About D.C.

Few can put it as well as Hayward:

...The only reliable bipartisanship in Washington is the agreement between both parties to serve and protect the permanent system of regulators, appropriators, lobbyists, and Big Media, which have fused together into a single organism with a shared bloodstream, through which well-connected individuals and flow from lobby organizations, to bureaucratic appointments, to media sinecures with ease.  Look at the resume of a Beltway power player, and you’ll have a hard time telling the difference between elected officials, the agencies they nominally control, the special interests they serve, and the media that’s supposed to keep them all honest.  The same person can work for all of those entities in the span of a decade.  The only thing they really cooperate on is the care and feeding of the Cromnibus, the misshapen thing that feeds them all through its multitude of teats....

Chesterton's quip about hanging politicians comes to mind.  But I have a better idea:  let the CIA practice up on these slimebuckets before they work on terrorists.  Efficiency, proof-of-concept, and all that.

The Religion of Peace & Murder

This will enhance your understanding of the term "peace."

ISIS have beheaded four Christian children in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, a British vicar based in the country has claimed.

Canon Andrew White, who is known as the ‘vicar of Baghdad’, told Orthodox Christian Network that the killings happened in a Christian enclave close to Baghdad...

...“ISIS turned up and said to the children, ‘You say the words that you will follow Mohammed’.”
“The children, all under 15, four of them, said no, we love Yeshua, we have always loved we have always followed Yeshua, Yeshua has always been with us.

“They said: ‘Say the words.’ They said ‘No, we can’t.’ They chopped all their heads off--quoted at Gateway

There was a good reason for the activities begun in 1096 AD.  And that reason remains valid today.

Dubya Gruberized Us, Too!

Nice to know that Bush, Ashcroft, and Gonzales are Gruberizers, too. 

So what was he artfully lying about then??


What To Watch From "Conservatives" on Reid's Budget

As Erickson points out, hypocrisy flourishes in Congress.  It's Gruberize-time!!

Boehner is jamming Harry Reid's budget through the House.  In order to do so, the House must vote for a "rule" which allows the BOHICA to pass.

"Conservatives" will vote for the Reid/Boehner "rule," which assures that this monster will survive.

Then they will vote against the legislation itself and run around their districts talking about how "conservative" they are.

IOW, they'll play the full Gruber on you.


Monday, December 08, 2014

Too Many Letters in the Word

Atkisson--like most people--is having trouble with the Feds on a simple FOIA request. 

....It’s one of countless examples in the past decade of federal agencies thumbing their noses at Freedom of Information requests, whether filed by member of the public or news media.....

I think Atkisson is mis-spelling the red-highlighted word.  Too many letters in it.

Should be feral.

That's an accurate description of the agencies we all know and hate.

What We've Done for Louisiana

Next time you are in Louisiana, you should ask the locals to pick up your hotel, food, and bar-tabs.

They owe it to you...

...Many municipalities in Louisiana still had outstanding Federal Emergency Management Agency loans dating back to Hurricane Katrina. As Landrieu saw a tough re-election race approaching, she worked loan forgiveness into a Homeland Security bill. And then she crowed about debts being forgiven all around the state, courtesy of Louisiana's senior senator....

...Take, for example, St. Tammany Parish, an electorally crucial Republican suburb of New Orleans. The parish school system received forgiveness for nearly $68 million in Katrina loans last December. Then came $10 million in forgiveness for the Parish Sheriff's Office, and $14.5 million in forgiveness for the parish government....

Hundreds of millions more at the link.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

"I Wet Myself"

Right here at Day by Day.  I don't think that the cartoonist made up that quote, either.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Oh, Goodie! The ChiComs Prepare for War

The South China Sea is more than a setting for piracy novels.

The pace of island-building in China’s so-called “Blue Territories” is frenetic. Janes has reported that the island at Fiery Cross Reef is now 3,000 metres long. There are five dredges going at once to dig out the harbour and provide material for the island-building. So Fiery Cross Reef will be the site of an airfield which can enforce an ADIZ over the southern end of China’s claim to the South China Sea....

...The radars will provide early warning of cruise missiles and stealth aircraft. The Chinese would have tested the utility of this radar type on Subi Reef. No doubt each of the islands being built will have them as well, along with HQ-9 medium to long range surface-to-air missiles as well as point defence surface-to-air missiles. The HQ-9 has a range of 200 km.

That explains the choice of reefs being converted to islands. China is building a defensive box around the new airfield at Fiery Cross Reef ...

...The Chinese plan to scrape the Filipinos, the Vietnamese and the Malaysians off their bases in the South China Sea. For a dark future to be avoided, the Chinese will have to be scraped off their artificial islands instead. It would be a good idea to start building the war stocks to achieve that and not waste cruise missiles and JDAMs on fighting ISIS. Another good idea would be to inspect and upgrade airfields on Palawan Island in the Philippines, 400 km east of the future war zone. The strip at Bugsuk Island, at the southern end of Palawan, will be particularly useful (if it is sealed)
....

Unfortunately for US allies, SCOAMF occupies the chair of C-in-C and directs the activities of John F'n Kerry, Vietnam veteran and all-around complete doofus.

DOL "Jobs" Report: Bah, Humbug

Umhhhnnhhh, yah.  Houston, we have a problem, and it is spelled "jobs"

...Government computer programs take into account seasonal abnormalities — like teaching jobs that stop in the summer and students who find jobs in the summer — so that the numbers don’t jump all over the place.
Nothing wrong there.

The “not seasonally adjusted” data are the raw, unadulterated numbers.

But take a look at November 2013 jobs data and last month’s data.

The raw, unadjusted data from Labor showed that 523,000 new jobs were created in November 2013. After that figure was seasonally adjusted, the growth was reduced to 203,000.

The raw, unadjusted numbers reported Friday showed 497,000 new jobs — or 26,000 less than last year’s 523,000 raw number. Yet, this November’s adjustment resulted in a headline figure of 321,000 — or a whopping 118,000 more than last year.

If the seasonal adjustments stayed consistent Friday’s growth should have been less than last year’s 203,000!

By the way, a lot of those jobs were part-time/low-wage, too.

Another feature of ObozoNomics!!  Keep 'em poor so they'll ask for more from Gummint.

Yah.  That's the ticket!

Boehner "Screwing Over the American People"

Yah, that's not exactly news.  But it's being said by a House member (who ought to know.)

House conservatives are griping that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is putting the squeeze on them by rushing through a $1 trillion spending bill in Congress’s last week in session.

Appropriators are expected to roll out the legislation early next week, giving critics scant time to figure out what’s inside before they cast their votes by the end of the week....

...critics say there’s no reason the Speaker couldn’t have brought the spending package to the floor this past week, giving the House more time to consider it.

But doing so would also give more time for the right to build a case against it.

“They don’t want you to read it, that’s why! You think they want you to analyze all the mischievous items in there?” Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.)  told The Hill.

Asked if the timing of the plan was aimed at jamming the Senate or House conservatives, Jones replied: “I think its aimed at screwing over the American people. You can quote me on that.”

We feel your pain, Mr. Jones!

And, of course, it gets even worse.

What’s striking this time, however, is that Boehner and outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are mostly in agreement on how to do it.

 "...we were given less than a month to put an omnibus bill together for the entire government for the entire year — it’s a trillion plus dollars with thousands of items,” Rogers said. “And since the Senate did not pass any of the appropriations bills, it forced us to put together an omnibus.”

Yah, right.  Whiny, pissy, bozo Big Spender.

The Stupidest President Evah??

Let's see if we got this straight.

Red China is one of the two largest economies in the world.  The US is the other.

Red China has approximately zero pollution controls.

So what does SCOAMF do about that?

Promises Red China $$Umpty-Billion to fix up Red China's pollution problems.

Uh-huh.

We note that Australia told PRC to jam it where the sun never shines.  Excellent, bloke!!