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Thursday, 3 May 2012
He Can Always Blame Bush
Topic: Decline of the West

 

Over at the American Spectator, Ben Stein has pointed out that Obama's Afghanistan speech this week (it gave Chris Matthews a thrill up his leg and put him in mind of Henry V at Agincourt) was exactly the same as the ones Richard Nixon delivered forty years ago about "Vietnamizing" the Vietnam War. He figures “Afghanization” of the Afghan War will work out about as well. Alas, I believe he’s right.

 

Stein concludes: “Can Mr. Obama really be that ignorant of history and reality? Yes, he can.” Uh-huh.


Posted by tmg110 at 10:53 AM EDT
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Thank God she's not one sixty-fourth Irish!
Topic: Liberal Fascism

Racial stereotyping is okay, I guess, when it's used by a progressive in a tight spot. Warren: My Grandfather Had High Cheekbones "Like All the Indians Do"

That's Elizabeth Warren, the celebrated one thirty-second Native American, digging deep in search of her roots. Don't think she's noticed the depth of the hole yet…

(Hat tip: the Weekly Standard.)


Posted by tmg110 at 10:33 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 3 May 2012 10:42 AM EDT
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Break Out the Tinfoil Hats...
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

Speaking of the Occupy movement, here's a prize example of what passes for rigorous analysis among Liz Warren's intellectual progeny: their weird and creepy obsession with Wells Fargo.

 

Now of course Wells Fargo is a bank and hence, in the eyes of the Occupy mob, the focus of evil in the modern world. But this particular bank is particularly hated. It’s engaged, you see, in a vast criminal conspiracy involving illegal immigrants—excuse me, undocumented quasi-citizens:

 

[W]hat really appears to vex the Left is the pervasive and effective fiction that Wells Fargo is involved in a vast conspiracy to lock up illegal immigrants and to expand dramatically the prison population for its own pecuniary gain…. They see the fact that Wells Fargo–backed mutual funds are used to build detention centers that hold illegal immigrants as, at best,  complicity in the “prison-industrial complex,” and, at worst, as profiteering from crime.

 

Some protesters have even gone so far as to allege that Wells Fargo cynically allows illegal immigrants to open bank accounts and then uses their money to ensure their internment in facilities such as Washington State’s Tacoma Detention Center. Indeed, so public has been the angst that on May Day of this year, Wells Fargo released a statement clarifying the situation. “We are a bank,” it read. “We accept deposits and make loans. It’s unfortunate that groups that are passionate about certain causes are making us out to be something we’re not in order to further a political or social agenda. The fact remains Wells Fargo plays no role in advocating a policy on immigration or the operation of private prisons.”

 

Huh? All this bears about as much relation to reality as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion—which no doubt has its fans in the Occupy movement. Nor does it even demonstrate internal logic. Why should Wells Fargo—or any bank—care whether illegal immigrants get locked up? Oh, right, because it’s an evil bank!

 

A tip of the hat to National Review’s Charles C.W. Cook for his excellent work reporting on this and other obsessions of the self-proclaimed Ninety-Nine Percent. What a bunch of idiots!


Posted by tmg110 at 10:06 AM EDT
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Off the Reservation
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

It’s always fun to watch a progressive’s head go up on the ramparts of progressivism itself. Case in point: Elizabeth Warren, intellectual mommy of the Occupy movement, Massachusetts candidate for the US Senate and Native American role model. Oh, wait, scratch that last one…

 

The insufferably high-minded Warren has become embroiled in a mini-scandal reminiscent of the one that ended the career of Ward Churchill. It seems that Warren, who is all of one thirty-second Native American, used that faint tinge in her blood to get herself hired by Harvard law school as an officially certified minority. Between 1986 and 1995, she listed herself as Native American in a law school directory. When it ceased to serve her career, however, the Native American reference abruptly vanished. And now there’s some question about the accuracy of her claim to Native American ancestry.

 

Warren is the very model of a progressive scold. Her indignation over those greedy one-percenters who game the system for their own benefit knows no bounds. Who knew that she was painting a self-portrait?


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Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Dispatches from the Barricades
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

In case you’re wondering what the Occupy movement was up to on May Day, National Review’s Nathaniel Botwinick was on the case. Read his report here. It includes such gems as:

 

5/1/12: Violence in Seattle
In Seattle, more than a dozen protesters were arrested after
violent attacks on local businesses. Seattle police recovered homemade incendiary devices from the scenes of the attacks. Vandals in Seattle smashed the entrances to the Niketown and American Apparel stores.

 

Not exactly the Paris Commune…

 

All in all, the Occupy movement failed to make much of an impression yesterday. And that fact leads me to predict that in the coming weeks and months the movement, such as it is, will grow ever more angry and violent. That, after all, is what unsupervised adolescent do when no one will pay attention to them.


Posted by tmg110 at 3:48 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Little Big Man
Topic: Decline of the West

 

You wouldn’t think it was possible for the assassination of Osama bin Laden to become a net minus for Barack Obama, but our Warlord-in-Chief has managed that feat! Instead of acting with becoming modesty on the first anniversary of bin Laden’s dispatch to paradise, Barry couldn’t resist the temptation to brag. And like everything else surrounding this apology for a presidency, the operation that took out bin Laden was turned into a campaign event. Obama even went so far as to suggest that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have made the same tough call. The smirk that wreathed his face as he pronounced this slur—at a supposedly non-political White House event in the presence of the visiting Japanese Prime Minister—was painful to see. What a sophomoric jackass!

 

Now the inevitable has happened. As I can testify from personal knowledge, Obama is none too popular in the ranks of the armed forces. Criticism of him is muted for the most part—not least because troops can get into trouble for publically bum-rapping the Commander-in-Chief—but it’s always there in the background. But Obama’s behavior regarding the anniversary of the bin Laden operation has irritated former and current Navy SEALs. From the UK Daily Mail:

 

A serving SEAL Team member said: ‘Obama wasn’t in the field, at risk, carrying a gun. As president, at every turn he should be thanking the guys who put their lives on the line to do this. He does so in his official speeches because he speechwriters are smart.

 

‘But the more he tries to take the credit for it, the more the ground operators are saying, “Come on, man!” It really didn’t matter who was president. At the end of the day, they were going to go.’

 

At the end of the day this probably won’t amount to a big deal. But it’s a telling commentary on the pettiness and cynicism that fester behind Obama’s cool facade.


Posted by tmg110 at 8:34 AM EDT
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Arise, You Prisoners of...Whatever
Topic: Decline of the West

Happy May Day, everybody! I was thinking of going on strike in solidarity with the malodorous comrades of the Occupy movement, but I can't figure out how one goes on strike against retirement…


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Monday, 30 April 2012
Who's Serving Whom?
Topic: Decline of the West

 

Well, this story begs a question! From the Washington Post:  

 

As the economic recovery has struggled to pick up speed, one of the biggest stumbling blocks has been job losses in state and local governments, which have been on the rise for much of President Obama’s term.

 

Early on, Obama fought for aid that saved hundreds of thousands of these jobs, economists say. Yet a year later, when his economic advisers said another large round of aid was critical for the health of the economy, Obama declined to make it a key part of his agenda. His political advisers said such an effort would be fruitless. Republican opponents on Capitol Hill, including some who were glad to see the public sector shrink, were arguing that these jobs were not vital for the economy.

 

Today, as Obama seeks another term, the heavy job losses at the state and local level remain a significant economic concern. His response at different moments underscores how the president has sometimes fought hard against the political odds for policies he thinks crucial and at other times relented when the chances of success seemed low.

 

Since the beginning of his term, state and local governments have shed 611,000 employees—including 196,000 educators—according to government statistics. Unlike the recovery in private-sector employment that Obama and his reelection campaign often cite—with businesses adding 4 million jobs since hiring hit its low point in 2010—the jobs crisis at the state and local level has continued throughout his term.

 

So here's the question: How is is it, exactly, that the loss of 611,000 public-sector jobs has stymied the economic recovery? The Post story doesn’t say. In 2008 there were roughly 22 million federal, state and local public sector employees (excluding the armed forces). The loss of 611,000 public sector jobs represents about one fortieth of the total—this without taking into account the expansion of public sector employment at the federal level that has occurred under Obama. Moreover, many of these job losses occurred when retiring workers were not replaced, and so did not affect the unemployment rate.

 

In reality, however, the Obama Administration’s real concern has nothing to do with “job losses.” The truth slips out in this paragraph:

 

On Friday, new government data showed that economic growth slowed in the first three months of the year, in part because government at the local, state and federal level has been spending less money—money that could have fueled economic activity.

 

Aha! So federal aid to support public sector employment at the state and local levels is really just stealth stimulus spending. And of course, it benefits greedy public sector unions, which are key Obama allies.

 

The reason that state and local governments are cutting down their work forces is that they overspent and over-promised when times were good. Now they’re feeling the pinch and, unlike the federal government, states and localities have to bring their budgets into balance. The current fight in Wisconsin over Governor Scott Walker’s benefit and collective bargaining reforms exemplifies the crisis. On one side are responsible leaders who realize that the gravy train has run off the rails. On the other side are power-hungry union thugs and public sector employees in denial about economic realities. The latter group is looking to the Obama Administration for…a bailout. Once again, the hard-pressed taxpayers of this country would be forced to pony up in support of public servants' gold-plated wages and benefits. Does that sound like a plan to you?


Posted by tmg110 at 9:09 AM EDT
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Sunday, 29 April 2012
With Friends Like These...
Topic: Liberal Fascism

 

The odious Bill Maher made such a name for himself as a female-bashing sleazeball that his vulgar little jihad against religion has faded into the background. (Like many progressives, Maher believes that sophomoric insults, the cruder the better, parades his broad-minded enlightenment.) He must be tired of beating up on women, though, because now he’s publically mocking Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith. In Maher’s considered opinion, Mormonism is ‘bullshit” and a “cult.”

 

Let’s stipulate that viewed from the outside, Mormonism does seem weird. But the same could be said for just about any religion. Transubstantiation, anyone? And don’t even talk to me about some of that stuff in the Koran! Let’s also stipulate that everyone—even a creature like Maher—is entitled to his opinion.

 

Somewhere in one of those creepy old religious books that Maher likes to mock it says, “Judge not lest ye be judged.” His judgment of Mormonism thus legitimizes my judgment of him: bigot. And, not incidentally, he’s the religion-bashing bigot who recently donated a cool $1 million to the Obama super PAC. But of course, Maher’s money is just as good as anyone’s—right, Barry?


Posted by tmg110 at 1:22 PM EDT
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Saturday, 28 April 2012
Just Wondering...
Topic: Decline of the West

Is anyone else as sick to death as I am of the whole "social justice" troupe? What the hell does it even mean?


Posted by tmg110 at 3:54 PM EDT
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