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March 22, 2009

OBAMA SAYS "SQUEAL LIKE A PIG!"

K.C. Jones sends along this this timely parable:

Catching Wild Pigs

A chemistry professor in a large college had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Professor noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back, and stretching as if his back hurt.
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March 20, 2009

COMPUTER? WHY IS OBAMA SUCH A MORON?

That's the first question I will ask Wolfram Alpha.

The second? What will it take to throw a net over him and the rest of the mad Democrats in 2010?

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March 14, 2009

SO IT'S FULL STEAM AHEAD ON EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH FUNDING, RIGHT?

Not exactly.

So what was all that hoopla about 5 days days ago?

Support Fed funding for stem cell research or don't (I don't - why does it take tax money to do research, especially if it is so uniquely promising?), the story here is that the press can't get a simple story straight. Obama knows it, and depends on it.

And he exploits it to the detriment of out country.

Nice work, BHO.

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GIVE IT AWAY OR WE WILL TAKE IT FROM YOU

Lileks eviscerates this asinine Socio Justico fascist whose only answer to all our problems is that Obama will institute trickle-up misery.

So unless you're living like St. Francis of Assisi, Obama will tax you until you are. Then everyone will be happy.

Or else.

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March 12, 2009

DEFICITS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE

Remember, this is what Obama is saying he thinks will happen. History shows that government costs are always grossly underestimated. So you can probably add 50% to some of these out-year numbers.

Shudder.

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March 09, 2009

STOONTS WILDLY INDIGNANT ABOUT NEARLY EVERYTHING

While looking up something else, I stumbled upon a reference to famed cartoonist Al Capp.

It lead me to this story about him in Time magazine from 40 years ago.

Now read that story, and tell me it wouldn't apply today. All those radicals he was battling are now running our schools, charities, universities and government.

So it looks like schmoos are our only hope.

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March 05, 2009

TRUE PERSPECTIVE OF A TRILLION DOLLARS

Having trouble visualizing a trillion dollars? OK, take a wild guess at how big a pile one trillion dollars (in $100 bills) would make.

Now look at this.

You weren't even close, were you?

Combine the recently-passed Stimulus with the new omnibus spending bill for 2009-2010, and you have this much, plus 20%. Six times larger than the previous highest annual budget deficit.

The Democrats couldn't do more damage to the country if Obama and each and every one of the Democrat Senators and representatives flew fully loaded 757s into individual crowded skyscrapers.

The damage will be horrible but short-lived. 2010 will come, and most of this insanity will get reversed. But only after they've flattened our economy for a decade. The only bright spot is that this debacle will finally cure the country of its love affair with liberalism.

Just like I predicted.

The trillion-dollar football field link courtesy of Jonah Goldberg at NRO, where a reader calculates that a trillion one dollar bills laid end-to-end is one AU. Literally, it is an astronomical number.

You may now vomit.

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March 03, 2009

JOHN GALT GRABS HIS HAT AND COAT AND SAYS GOODBYE

He heads into the elevator.

Then out of the lobby to the parking lot.

Gets in his car and drives home.

Gets his mail out of the mailbox and throws all his bills directly into the trash (purposely avoiding the recycle bin)

He changes into his Hawaiian shirt, shorts and sandals, pops a beer, and sits down at his PC to cancel all his automatic payments and withdrawals.

The he buys that new easy chair and big-screen plasma TV he's been putting off, and charges it to a credit card he will never pay.

Then he takes the phone off the hook, locks the front door, and watches cable TV pirated from his next door neighbor.

When the Feds come looking for him, he'll say his name is Otis Campbell, and will quietly go off to his state-provided bed, food and entertainment.

OK, so if John Galt turns into Otis Campbell, who's Barney Fyfe? Why, B. Hussein Obama, of course. Bitching at Galt for getting him kicked out of the White House because Galt didn't produce the tax revenue Obama promised.

So Obama will be right there in the poor house with the rest of us while Sheriff Jindal gets things put back right.

And as soon as he does, John Galt will sober up and get back to work.

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February 28, 2009

HOW A 6-YEAR-OLD GETS MUGGED BY REALITY AND JOINS THE G.O.P.

From The Goddess of Love:

I was talking to a friend of mine's little girl and she said she wanted to be President some day. Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, "If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?"

She replied, "I'd give food and houses to all the homeless people."

"Wow - what a worthy goal," I told her.

"You don't have to wait until you're President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow, pull weeds, rake my yard, and I'll pay you $25.00. Then I'll take you over to the grocery store, where a homeless guy hangs out, and you can give him the $25.00 to use toward food or a new house."

She thought that over for a few seconds because she's only 6, and while her Mom glared at me, the little girl looked me straight in the eye and asked,  "Why doesn't the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $25.00?"

And I said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

Her folks still aren't speaking to me.

Please tip your waitress, try the veal, she's here all week.

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ZERO PROFIT - NOT SO CRAZY AFTER ALL

Looks like others are starting to have similar ideas about limiting their incomes to cut off tax revenue.

Here's the beginning of an exchange started by Jonah Goldberg at NRO.

Here's the first follow up. And the next.

Knowing these guys, there will be quite a thread of ideas and feedback (and vitriol, as usual, from the Left) from readers & contributors before they're done.

I think that between the new anti-tax "Tea Party" movement, and these passive "John Galt Lite" actions by normally aggressive wage earners and business people, we're going to see a lot lower tax revenue, and a lot slower growth than we would expect for the apparent economic activity level. What we're talking about here is a "gray" market - not entirely underground, but not totally visible and accountable to the taxing entity.

I'm hoping my uber-smart Dunn cousins will weigh in on this. Hey, Tom & Peter: how do you maximize your buying power while minimizing your AGI and/or net profit before taxes? And stay out of jail in the process?

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February 17, 2009

PROF. WILLIAMS BRINGS IT STRAIGHT

My only wonder is why there is any debate at all about the superiority of the free market to any other form of resource allocation.

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CHANGE THE RUSSIANS TO ISLAMISTS AND THE SPEECH IS PERFECT FOR TODAY

Here is an excerpt from the speech titled "A Time For Choosing". It was written and delivered by Ronald Reagan in support of Barry Goldwater's Presidential campaign, October 27, 1964.



Like 2008, the 1964 election was a disaster for Republicans. Many said at the time that it was the end of the party. The landslide victory of Lyndon Johnson ushered in the Great Society, a program identical in all but size to the recent stimulus package. It lead to the upheaval of the late 60s, the rise and fall of Nixon, the stagflation and Rust Belt of the 70's, and was finally snuffed out and paid for after the Reagan-led austerity of 81-82 and the subsequent 25 years of expansion that ended just last year at the hands of the statists and appeasers now in power.

And on top of all that, the most powerful and determined enemy of freedom ever to exist - Communism - was totally defeated and sent to the dustbin of history by the man talking and the party and ideology he led.

We are now at the beginning of this same cycle. The players are the same, the programs and policies identical, and the results will be as bad or worse. We are at least 15 years from recovering from the bill signed yesterday by Obama, and we will suffer greatly as a nation and as a culture unless we face the Islamists and the statists with the same resolve and courage as Reagan did in his time.

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February 15, 2009

THE ROAD TO SERFDOM IN COMICS

The FA Hayek classic in an easy-to-read graphic format, like a Burma Shave advert.

The panels are numbered 1 through 18. Which panel do you think we are on today? I think we just left #10 and we're very close to #11.

Who do you think the minority enemy cited in panel #12 will be this time?

Via Instapundit.

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February 12, 2009

THE CHIEF'S RECIPE

The Chief responds to my tantrum post with some sagacity and thought:

A interesting idea, but unless you had masses all doing the same thing to increase the pressure on the central planners, this comes down to a risk vs. reward scenario.

My feeling is that we live in the United States of Stupidity, the average person believes what he hears on the 6:00 news, he believes that people like Obama and Pelosi actually are better educated, experienced and or more intelligent than they are,  The pain must become great before they trade their apathy for rage.

That being said, all the things you propose are viable, I can think of a few more,  I think a better approach would be to just move the company to a lower tax environment, Belize comes to mind.  We could continue to sell in the U.S. market or not..... As more U.S. companies follow us to Belize and other places we may not have to, this is what I keep preaching.

There are two kinds of rich people.  Smart Rich people and dumb Rich people.  The dumb rich - don't stay rich for very long.  That leaves only the Smart Rich, do whatever you like to them, they will always stay Rich becasue they are smart, they simply adapt to market conditions, goverment regulations etc. etc.   Make it painful enough here in the U.S. and they will simply leave.  The little guy gets the shaft in the end. 

Note to Obama, Spreading the wealth around only works, if there is some wealth to spread around.


I don't want to move to Belize, so I'm working on smart. Time to butter up Democrats and angle for as big a piece of that pork as we can swing.

Hey, Pelosi! Nice lookin' mouse you got there. Say, an industrial vending system would be just the thing to help maintain its habitat! You need at least five twenty.

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WHADDAYA MEAN NO ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY?!

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Calm down, there's still going to be a party at our house, with an Irish theme, and lots of food, fun and failte.

We're just postponing St. Patrick's Day this year - well, our party, at least. The Goddess of Love will be finishing up the AutoCrib user conference in Florida in the first part of March. So instead of adding to her load, we thought we'd use the excuse that since St. Pat's isn't on the week-end this year, we can have the party whenever we want it.

So we are moving it to Saturday of Memorial Week end, May 23rd.

Also, besides St. Patrick's, we have other reasons to celebrate:

    Ginger Snap turns 21 - May 9

    Newly dual-bionic Sainted Mother turns 85 - April 10

    The Goose graduates w/Master's degree - May 7

    JBD & The Goddess of Love - 25th anniversary of engagement - May 31

So we thought we'd wrap all this celebration together and do it at the same time, saving everybody gas and time, while providing the same high level of mirth & merriment.

You like? Hope all you folks can make it.

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MANZI CALLS THE BALL

Here's a good set of recommendations for stimulus actions that will actually stimulate, and avoid the pork and inflation of the current bill.

Which practically guarantees that none of this will ever happen. But let's keep it in mind for 2010.

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February 10, 2009

EXPECT TO SEE A LOT OF THIS IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Many companies will not survive the new socialism, and will have to be liquidated. Invariably, those who pick up the pieces and try to eke out some value are vilified as vultures.

In response, I give you Larry the Liquidator:



The is only one reason to be in business. When that reason is removed, the business must go.

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February 09, 2009

SPREAD THE SUFFERING AS WELL AS THE WEALTH

Lifted in its entirety from NRO:

Stimulate the Private Sector First   [Mark Hemingway]
Regarding Barney Frank's desire to 'stimulate' local governments lest public employees find themselves out of work, the Committee on Ways and Means Republicans send out the following list of unemployment rates by industry:

Agriculture and related private wage and salary workers - 18.7%
Construction - 18.2%
Leisure and hospitality - 11.5%
Manufacturing - 10.9%
Professional and business services - 10.4% 
Nonagricultural private wage and salary workers (total) - 9.0%
Wholesale and retail trade - 8.7%
Transportation and utilities - 8.4%
Information - 7.4%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction - 7.0%
Self employed and unpaid family workers - 6.5%      
Financial activities - 6.0%
Education and health services - 3.8%
Government workers - 3.0%

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STIMULUS, SIMPLIFIED

Instapunk spoon-feeds you so that you realize exactly how bad an idea this spendulous bill is.

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LYING WITH NUMBERS

Here is a perfect example of how to lie with numbers to scare people into spending money.

The first graph shows Speaker Pelosi's spin on job losses during the recession, compared to recent recessions. It uses a selectively zoomed-in range, omits pertinent data, and employs absolute - rather than percentage - numbers.

The second graph shows actual, comparable rates, zoomed out to include all data and normalize the scale to the data, and adds in the 81-82 recession, which more closely resembles our current predicament.

This is the same dishonest method that the global warmists used to invent the now thoroughly debunked "hockey stick" graph.

Jim Manzi at NRO does a nice job breaking it down. Beware the liars with their hand on your wallet.

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