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…..Otherwise known as how the Presidential campaign will mimic the Vulcan mating battle called Kal-i-fee.

Dear Friends (and fans of LEGAL INSURRECTION, who named this analogy post of the day!!!Thanks, Professor.):

The results from New Hampshire were coming in, and I was following them via one of my favorite pundits on-line as the Young Prince was watching the newest Star Trek movie. Assuming that you are regular readers because you like my optimistic take on events, I want to share an uplifting epiphany I had last night:

If Mitt Romney wins the nomination, we will be treated to the American version of the ritual battle known, as kal-if-fee.

This battle pits two normally emotionally remote aliens against eachother, the winner taking a luscious Vulcan babe as the prize. In our case, both contenders will be pretending to have a “blood fever” to service the “bride” (in this analogy, the American Republic).

Maybe because I am part Romanian, and likely have some Roman legionnaires in my bloodline, I am actually excited about the prospect. If done right, this could be a very thrilling election cycle. Before you discount my assertion, let me provide more details.

To get started, it may be worthwhile to review the concept of Pon Farr. In the Star Trek canon, pon farr is a biologically-based, instinctual mating process that occurs among Vulcan males and females every seven years. During this time, they have “blood fevers”, become violently Klingon-ish in their behaviors, and can die if they do not mate with someone with whom they are empathically bonded or engage in a ritual battle with a rival. I came across this wonderful YouTube compendium of Pon Farr, which should amuse all the Trekkies in my fan base:

Should Mitt prevail in the primary, let’s take a look at the likely general election process, as the struggle to remove Obama from office begins. In one corner, there is Mitt — intellectual, waffling, and does not relate to middle income people. His rival, Obama. While some people claim he Obama actually a real alien, the truth is he has a distant, professorial way – some say arrogant – of exercising his questionable “mandate.”

Mitt will enter the ring with only a few friends: Some well known talk show hosts and conservative pundits. Obama will be accompanied by a bridal party of the elite media that has as its sole goal to re-elect him.

Some pundits say that the upcoming election will be passionless. I disagree. I anticipate it will be a real blood battle. Mitt Romney has shown he is a most determined opponent (see here, here and here). On the other hand, Obama has shown there is no stunt his team will not be willing to execute for re-election.

In other words, KUNAT KALIFEE, BABY!

As I have said before, one of the many of the reasons I am glad I am a Democrat is that I don’t have to wonder why the elite GOP is ignoring my opinion on the relative merits of their primary candidates. Like many others, I am clearly in the ABO camp. For example, I do not feel safer since Obama took the oath of office: Obama releases Taliban Leader from Gitmo.I thought national security was a “prime directive” of the President.

So, if the South Carolina and Florida primaries indicate Romney is the likely candidate, I will start to define my support for his election. Despite his misguided policies, I know he loves his country. Romney is not likely to spend 25% of his professional time on the golf course or fund-raising events. The Supreme Court will stay sane under his Presidency.The crony capitalism will be less blatant.

And now, I offer the most persuasive reason for supporting Romney as President:

(Note: Michelle Obama indicates the portrayal of her as “angry” is unfair. In other words: WHO DO YOU BELIEVE, ME OR YOUR OWN LYING EYES? I just hope that the LA Times makes note of my graphic and gives me a little publicity. Perhaps Rush Limbaugh might even mention this little blog).

UPDATE: I am reminded of this wonderful Bill Whittle video I saw a while back:
The Dowd Conundrum: Why Vulcans and Other Intellectuals Don’t Belong in the Big Chair

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Dear Readers: Looking around at the reviews for the South Carolina foreign policy debate (e.g, The Other McCain), I can’t help but admit to having reached a level of serenity and acceptance. I think I have completed the Kubler Ross Cycle:

Hat-Tip: ragefaces.com

My beloved Horemheb is a Romney supporter: I find I cannot be in despair if Romney gets the nomination. Perhaps it is because I am in the final stage of the Kubler Ross Cycle of Grief — acceptance.

I never detested Romney, and can’t bring myself to do so now. He was fully vetted in 2008, and the main flaw found was his flip-flopping technocrat leadership style. Given what we have in Obama, who fully ignores the precepts of our constitutional republic, even this would be a vast improvement. Except for Bachmann, I really don’t bear hard feelings toward any of the Republican candidates. In fact, I am mildly entertained how Newt is trying to court Palinistas. But that does not mean that we should not rattle cages, hold feet to fires, and make our concerns known. The harder YOU make the GOP candidate work for the nomination, the better the result will be.

Vote for the person who is the best match for your views, and work like a dog to get solid congressional representation in 2012 — and don’t forget focusing on key local elections. Start now by getting to know the races; for example, Legal Insurrection is featuring an important Indiana race.

MUT NOTE: Based on the comments, I want to highlight what is being “accepted”. It is not Romney I accept. Rather, this is a call to let go of undeserved anger toward specific candidates and a halt to insulting supporters of these nomination hopefuls. It is an acceptance that these are our choices, so we must make the most of the situation. VOTE FOR WHOM YOU WILL. BUT, let go of the anger, and make the most of the choices we have.

I hear a lot of concern over some current poll numbers related to the General Election. The best advice I can give is:Recover your courage, then prove your wisdom!

While we and the GOP candidates are working, Obama is on another vacation leadership tour. The Once, job killer extraordinaire, just said the US got lazy in attracting businesses! He made the comments at a CEO summit as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference Saturday. After his insults of both French President Sarkozy and Israeli Premier Netanyahu at the G-20 summit this past week, Obama should no longer be allowed to attend conferences with other world leaders: It is demeaning to them and embarrassing to us.

I find it hard to hold anyone in more contempt that he and his wife, who has a $15,000 a day make-up artist!

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Shrine Shout-Outs:

A big thanks to Tammy Bruce for her retweet of my TB rant. She has a link to a wonderful pictorial essay on War Dogs that is a must-see.

Thanks to Anna’s Clue Tank for the link, and a reminder of one of my favorite movie classics — Masque of the Red Death. That is a horror movie classic with Vincent Price. Hilariously, the post is entitled: MASQUE OF ZUCCOTTI!

The post title is a quote from that movie.

Finally, a thank you to B-daddy for the link and his great post: The Weakness of the Occupy Protest Model.

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Dear Readers: I have been following the Herman Cain situation closely, and I am glad I held off on any opinions. It seems one of his accusers is channeling SNL’s Emily Litella:

I do not support Cain more or less now than I did a week ago. What I do want to point out that all the GOP candidates had best learn from this incident — make sure your closets are skeleton free; if they are not, clean them now; and, get ready for leftist lies, smears, and projections so they don’t interrupt the campaign. ALL of the GOP hopefuls have got to improve their game immensely before hitting the general. While I believe that the Politico story was unleashed by Team Romney to deflect from a devastating column from conservative icon George Will – Mitt Romney, the pretzel candidate — I hope Cain learned valuable lessons in how to handle similar situations; Team Obama will be far harsher and not half as truthful.

Politico has covered itself in shame. Legal Insurrection notes the website has posted the most deceitful headline ever — I have to agree, though I am sure there will be more where this one came from in the General Election. I view this as a Darwinian Election — Adapt or Die! Even if Newt is the one who manages to evolve to best counter The Once, then I will support him.

I would also like to say a few words about Occupy Wall Street. I hold that this is an organized event designed to generate a “state of emergency” that would thwart the scheduled elections in 2012. Capitalists everywhere are pushing back!!! This gem comes via Instapundit: Traders From Chicago Board Of Trade Dump McDonald’s Applications On Occupy Chicago Protesters. “In the middle of an Occupy Chicago teach-in this week, traders at the Chicago Board of Trade dumped several sheets of paper on top of the heads of protesters below. Demonstrators were angered to find out they were showered with employment applications for McDonald’s.”

The Goddess of Capitalism is most pleased.

That being said, I am quite aggravated by the entitlement attitude of many OWS participants, who are students or recent graduates under the delusion that they are owed a great job with a crappy major. I have a new client that is a private university, which offers solid technical degrees in meaningful programs. No GLBT Studies for these scholars! So the continued attacks on them by elite politicos and institutions is something I plan to monitor.

If you want a good example of the navel-gazing self-focus of OWS, look no farther than HERE. I think these people forget the first rule of a civil society: That your “rights” end when they impact mine. Truly, unlike B-daddy, I have no need to commiserate and see absolutely NO CONNECTION between Poopstock and the Tea Party movement.

Check out how California’s taxpayers are being ripped off via time theft, all in support of OWS: The Oakland Police Officers’ Association just sent an “Open Letter to the Citizens of Oakland” exposing what appears to be a corrupt effort by the mayor’s office of the City of Oakland to direct public employees to support the Occupy Oakland “Stop Work” general strike on Wednesday, Nov. 2.In fact, a Tea Partier infiltrated Occupy Oakland and filed this report:

Once we reach a Wells Fargo branch, a group swarms in front of the main entrance to find it locked. Next a sizable contingent with signs and costumes sits down to block all entrance and egress while the rest of the mob chants, beat drums, and takes pictures with their iphones. At this stop, I notice several people in light blue tee shirts which read, IFPTE. They are from a City of Oakland agency called the International Federation of Professional Trade Engineers.

I ask one of the women, “Given that your salary is paid by Oakland’s private sector workers, how is it a good thing to shut down commerce here?’

“I’m not the one to ask. I’m just here supporting our group. Why don’t you ask him?” she says apologetically.

When I repeat my question to her designated male companion, he says, pointing at the building, “We’re here because everybody’s hurtin’ except the fat cats.”

“So if the CEO of Wells Fargo is paid $20 million dollars, how does that disadvantage you?” I ask.

“I’d love it the guy’s payin’ 50% of his salary in taxes. But we know he isn’t because of all the loop holes in the tax code,” he says petulantly.

“So, how is that the bank’s fault?” I ask. “Shouldn’t you be picketing Congress?”

“Well, I think the Republicans are mostly at fault. Yes.”

Also, read about the fiasco that is the state high speed train program: The news that the California High-Speed Rail Authority finally revealed its long-awaited business plan only made the state’s residents more suspicious of the monster rail system. With a $99 billion price tag, a 300 percent cost increase since the 2008 voter-approved measure, and a claim of more than 1 million jobs created, High-Speed Rail appears to be taking over as the WPA project of California’s future.

SMART DIPLOMACY ALERT: The Once insulted French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is hosting the G-20 Meeting!

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Dear Friends: A quote from the movie, “The Usual Suspects“. As it seems the usual suspects who are responsible for POOPSTOCK.

Working Families Party of New York, a group that shares the same address as the SEIU and ACORN in New York, posted an advertisement on Craig’s list to find people willing to work the Occupy Wall Street protests. Now, it seems these groups are protesting at New York millionaires home; as a reminder, the Connecticut version of this union and ACORN connected group protested at bankers’ homes in 2009. The usual suspects playing by the same, tired set of Alinsky rules. It is as I always say:

LIVE BY THE ALKINSKY RULES, DIE BY THE ALKINSKY RULES.

I would like to share some great points made by fellow-SLOB, B-daddy:

Here is an agenda that we might all agree upon, because it attacks the root causes that led to both movements.

  • End the bailouts for financial firms and indeed all the failed corporations. Disabuse corporate CEOs of the notion that they can jet to Washington to save their companies.
  • Eliminate the special dispensations for favored groups and corporations in the tax code. Simplify the corporate tax code so that simple profit and loss, as measured by generally accepted accounting principles form the basis of taxation. No more special breaks because you lobbied Congress. Ethanol comes to mind.
  • End the secret bailouts by the federal reserve, which seem to involve more than just banks. Audit the fed.
  • While we are at it, restore the gold standard for our money so that banks can be held accountable and not get federal reserve bailouts.
  • Investigations and possible prosecutions for fraud in the manner in which mortgage backed securities were represented.
  • Prosecutions when banks foreclose on homes when they don’t even own the mortgage.
  • End all government loans to corporations.

 

It sounds nice, but sadly I think that the activists in this movement are more concerned about airing private grievances because they bought into one of the greatest scams of modern times: Assuming paying an outrageous amount of money for a professionally or technically useless degree makes them entitled to a great salary in a dream location.

from Michelle's Mirror: http://www.michellesmirror.com/

The Occupy movement is full of these malcontents, and I am not sympathetic. The reason I blog about Egypt instead of being an unemployed history major is because I worked my posterior off so I could get three separate science degrees in lucrative fields and actually earn a living. When my company closed (because of the banking disaster that dried up credit), I started my own small business.

This takes my to the origin of a lot of the street theater: the Higher Education Bubble. I have been promoting “Mike Rowe Works” for years — there are a lot of great profit opportunities to be had in the trades. In fact, the Young Prince and I were at a Cub Scout camp in one of the most beautiful spots in southern California — Julian. One of the people who worked in the orchard we were at remarked the area was in desperate need of a new mechanic. Think of it — a great living in a naturally beautiful area and no college debt. It screams GREEN LIVING!

MUT and Young Prince at Julian Orchard

There was a discussion on Instapundit related to this:

I should prefer this not be attributed to me. However, in your recent post on OWS and the higher ed bubble, you touched what seems to me to be the core of the issue — in the last paragraph.

“UPDATE: Reader Jonathan Card emails: 的知 a consultant travelling to Kentucky for a contract. I was watching the local news last night and a local machinist shop was being interviewed about not being able to find enough workers. The money quote, that I thought you壇 be interested in, was ‘You can buy gas from a college graduate, but I can’t fill a $70,000/year machinist position.’”

First: This is also my experience as an employer. I have more college graduates wanting to work for me than I can employ — but good machinists, good mechanics, good technicians are hard to find.

Second: When I was growing up, there was shop class with real tools, there were trade schools, vocational education, apprenticeships, any number of ways to train for what used to be called “the trades”. The need for these people HAS NOT GONE AWAY. What has gone away is the belief that they are viable career paths or respectable occupations.

Third: As Jerry Pournelle is fond of pointing out, not everyone enjoys the abstract and symbol-oriented thinking that university education is designed to train. Therefore, whether our objective is having a viable economy OR maximizing people’s happiness, it is simply not true that “everyone should go to college”. For some professions, college is (or should be, see below) incredibly valuable — for some, not so much.

Fourth: The way we distinguish among college graduates is, in part, whether they have developed “hands on” skills, shown signs of being able to complete real projects, built things, and so on. Once upon a time, people would do these as summer jobs or as hobbies before going to college or during college. That is rarer now. Many schools do offer good opportunities for various kinds of projects, competitions, and so forth that demonstrate these things. And of course hobbies and internship jobs still present such paths. The important thing is that these are all things people do VOLUNTARILY — you can get through your college experience and never have actually done any work in your field of study. Such people may be “educated” in some sense but are not often the kind of people we look to hire.

The second reason for my lack of sympathy: The group Anonymous, heavily involved in the Occupy movement, has threatened to hack the New York Stock Exchange.My mom, who is not wealthy, relies on her stock dividend checks to make ends meet. A lot of seniors also rely on their stocks, too. These Occupiers may want to chat with a few seniors before they proceed.

Finally, in terms of work, I want to let everyone know that this Palinista is going all in for Operation Counterweight (being organized over at Legal Insurrection). Basically, it is focusing on the House and Senate races. Truly, for those of us who are disgusted with the current primary process (and I am particularly upset Gary Johnson was excluded), it is the “electoral strategy for the rest of us.” It has already borne fruit:

I would suggest a race to watch: congressional district 36. In a very liberal district, Republican Craig Huey came in a surprising second in the open primary to qualify for the general election. While he lost to Democrat hack Janice Hahn, he made a credible showing, much stronger than usual for a Republican here. With redistricting, CD 36 moves a bit more to the south and becomes more friendly to a conservative candidate. Whether Huey runs again or the candidate is different “R,” in a bad year overall for the Democrats I’d expect him to have a good shot at unseating Hahn. I think it will be a race to keep an eye on.

Tammy Bruce has a column at Newsmax: No GOP Candidate Is Worthy of Palin’s Endorsement. It is, she comes to the same conclusion: The other option for tea partyers is to bypass the GOP primary season entirely and focus on the Senate, which is exactly what leaders at Freedom Works, a tea party group… …have indicated is their intention. Whatever individual Palinistas decide when it comes to “What now?” they will make the difference in this imperative political season.

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all. Sam Ewing

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Dear Readers: My opining has been less than I like, because I have had to focus on profit-oriented work as my beloved husband Horemheb is enjoying the “Obama Economy.” God has blessed me with some good assignments, but I am tired and deeply worried about the future. One treat I am looking forward to is the new version of the classic TV gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. I recall racing home from elementary school to watch the program with my mom. Being of Romanian heritage, we were very attracted to the vampires!

However, there are many shadows darkening the future I would like to mention in this post:

* The North Carolina DEMOCRATIC Governor wants to suspend the 2012 elections. I just heard the audio on the Rush Limbaugh show — she was not joking. Given the fact that elite progressives thing the US Constitution is an antiquated set of rules, I think the current batch would be OK putting our founding document in front of a death panel. I hope the good people of North Carolina call for Bev Perdue to resign, or at least stop her corrupt reelection campaign.

* Thousands line up for food stamps, yet I am suppose to believe that unemployment is under 10% and this line only included people in need because of the floods. I don’t know which aspect is darker — the fact that our elite media is covering up DEPRESSION-ERA STYLE FOOD LINES or that Americans are excited about “free money”.

*OBAMACARE is looking over America’s future: Go to Charles Caesar’s site to find the WH petition the administration will be forced to address if they get 5000 signatures.

* In terms of California, as KT notes — we are living off the decisions made by Californians 40 years ago. This is a dark thing, indeed.

* Race relations are deteriorating, and smears on solid citizens are continuing. Gateway Pundit has the following report: Flash Mob Home Break-In Edition: Philly Mob Busts into “White Mother-F**ker’s” House – Beats Him With Pipes (Video). The account is chilling, and involves a father trying to protect two white teens. Something that is a bit more upbeat comes via Legal Insurrection: African-American Tea Party activist invites Morgan Freeman(who stated Tea Party participants were racist). The money quote is as follows:

My name is Ali Akbar. I’m a 26 year-old African-American small business owner and a tea party activist….

I’ve attended dozens of tea party events. I’ve helped organize them, and I’ve even spoken at a few. … Your comments about the tea party have caused me physical pain. … I work hard, pay my taxes, love Jesus, and I’m good to my family and community. In effect, your comments have stereotyped an entire group of people. And I know in my soul that you must regret that on some level….

I’m hoping that you’ll come to a tea party in Tennessee — the place of your birth. Really anywhere in the country that works for you; I’ll set it up with the one of the thousands of activists I know around our great country. I’d be delighted to introduce you to good people who will welcome you with open arms, disagree with you, and then feed you some of the best barbeque you’ve ever tasted.

Racism is an ugly thing, but I assure you that it is part of our past, not our present… It takes bravery to admit that you may have made a mistake. But, for Geel Piet, bravery is like breathing. It’s just something you do.

* The unrest in Egypt is continuing unabated. Over 90,000 Copts have left Egypt since March; these working-class Christian Egyptians are one of the few wealth producing groups in the country. I can’t say I blame them after the New Year’s slaughter of their people at a church by Islamic extremists — who now seem to be in charge of the region. Additionally, archeologists are striking and closing down sites throughout Egypt and the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities has resigned (he replaced the famous Zahi Hawass).

* The GOP field is not so illuminating. Byron York is an elite pundit — I know for a fact he made up something about the lack of support for Palin at an event while practically seated next to Palinista Supreme, Tammy Bruce. So I take with a grain of salt and a heavy peppering of skepticism that his statement Republicans are happy with the GOP field. SLOB B-Daddy isn’t. And despite the fact I am a Democrat, I know there are many Republicans who clamor to see Palin enter, too.

Getting back to Dark Shadows: It seems Johnny Depp is taking the vampire look back to its earlier, pre-“Twilight” form. He is striving to look like Johnathon Frid, the original Barnabas Collins. I can only hope that Nov. 2012 has citizens returning to some fiscal and small government sanity, too.

RELATED: Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein Moon” Is Real Suggests Texas Astronomer

Texas astronomer Donald Olson says the “Frankenstein shining moon” account Mary Shelley used to sell her book actually existed, going against what other critics said was nothing but a made up story to sell her novel….To verify the story the astronomer and his team performed “extensive topographic measurements of the terrain” at Villa Diodati and then examined the weather records for June of 1816. Olson says while it is normally wet and cloudy during that time in the region it was actually a “bright night” with a “gibbous moon” which would have led to the moon’s light shining through her window at approximately 2 a.m. on June 16.

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Dear Friends: It has been quite a sardonic day in the news. First, Obama claims that he is a “warrior for the middle class”. As a member of the middle class family in which both spouses are severely underemployed, I feel the shrapnel from his administration’s destructive economy policies.

Next, there is the dashing group photo from a “Open Government Workshop”:

Hat-tip Tammy Bruce

I think I have an explanation: The group was being asked who wanted Obama to be re-elected in 2012.

Third: Your “WTF?” Moment of the Day: Obama And His Slaves. This is an original and insightful photo-essay on HillBuzz that is a must see. The centerpiece is Obama and his umbrella. He doesn’t seem to have much luck with umbrellas.

And concluding with a gem of sardonic humor, here is an essay from the Shrine’s economic guru and financial prophetess, Professor Athena, for you to enjoy!

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Déjà vu All Over Again

After the long August break, the newest desperate push from the White House is a two-pronged attack that is being shilled as “not class warfare, it’s math!” The Buffett love is certainly flowing through to the folks now. Capital gains taxes would go up under the President’s plan, because “it is only fair”, along with regular earned income as tax cuts under the Bush administration are reversed and losses of current deductions for higher-income earners are added to the total new tax bill.

This increase, which an article in today’s Wall Street Journal estimates is a ratio of 3 dollars of tax increases for each 1 dollar in spending cuts will cost small business job creation at a time when venture capital and financing is under attack. Doctors and hospitals and drug companies are projected under the President’s plan to see a reduction in their Medicare repayments (which of course naturally translates to higher health care costs to compensate through the private systems for what the government is not paying). There are also more taxes levied on corporate America as it is sanctimoniously explained to those in the room less smart than the President (which is apparently everybody) what we should be investing in, i.e. education, technology, and infrastructure. In other words, the 2009 just-shy-of-a-trillion is all gone and the federal government wants more. They did such an excellent job with that $500 million they loaned to Solyndra!

The problem with the administration’s new war on conservative fiscal policies is that their claim that “it’s math” is misleading in that, while it is indeed math, it doesn’t count if it’s a wrong answer the last time we were in Algebra class. Claiming that rich people need to “pay their fair share” and contending they don’t already pay more in taxes than the middle class is a false contention. A quote from a recent Wall Street Journal article:

An analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center projects that for 2011, households with more than $1 million in income will have an average federal tax rate of 29.1%, compared to a rate of about 12.4% for households with income of $40,000 to $50,000. The center counts all federal taxes, including income, payroll and estate taxes.

Internal Revenue Service data suggest a similar pattern for individual income tax, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan research group. It found that households with income between $40,000 and $50,000 have an average tax rate of about 6.8%, while households with income over $1 million have an average rate of 24.6%.

Let’s examine what is really wrong about this continuation of the class warfare so popular in Omaha and other liberal domiciles. An article in the Sept. 19th Wall Street Journal reported that only 22,000 households in America reported annual incomes of over $1 million. Does anyone honestly believe that we can balance the federal budget on incremental adjustment in just those households? The answer is no, and what the government is coming for are incomes much, much smaller. They are coming for larger than the 35% maximum that households in the $200-250M income pay, because that encompasses a greater number of households and income, and they can continue to spend while blaming someone else for their own lack of understanding about what policies at the federal government level actually enhance creation of private sector jobs. See Ronald Reagan and TEFRA, 1986. Some deductions were lost, but the overall marginal tax rates were lowered, and millions of jobs followed. Even some Congressional Democrats have referenced this point recently.

Paul Ryan said it best to Chris Wallace yesterday on Fox’s Sunday show, “If you tax investment you get less of it”. Investment money is scarce these days. Banks are dealing with a monstrous onslaught of new regulation, potential claw-back fines on their loan servicing (thank you, Richard Cordray), and now the regulatory authority for FNMA and FHLMC (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) is letting it be known that fees being charged to loan originators will go up dramatically next year. Though this change could conceivably be beneficial for taxpayers and FNMA and FHLMC bondholders, the administration has at the same time been prompting refinance for delinquent home borrowers whose loans are GSE-qualifying EVEN if their loans are underwater! To get your arms around this double-speak, you truly have to wade into the swamp that is the mind of a liberal Democrat. They are punishing the borrowers who are current on their mortgages by charging to them the expense of bailing out the deadbeats who are not.

If there is one populist trend in politics now that is getting scant attention, it is this one. Americans who are paying their bills on time deserve to be hopping mad! One takeaway from all this from a business policy standpoint is that federal bureaucrats don’t really want banks to make home loans anymore. The largest banks, all of whom took on subprime debt and are full on non-qualifying loans, have no interest in the narrowly-profitable plain vanilla housing markets. They are exiting that market. That will leave only mortgage companies (the very entities who loaded up on subprime mortgages) originating mortgages, and we have to hope they are not all as bad at assessing risk as Countrywide. Anybody want to call Vegas for odds on that one? Please take my advice and find a loan shark if you have less than perfect credit or can’t afford 20% down payment.

Also in the administration’s plan is a true poison pill disguised as a tax break. It is a continuation of the payroll tax cut, which is paid into Social Security. In other words, let’s give everyone earning a paycheck a small break today to further compromise the Social Security Trust Fund, running it into the red further as more baby boomers become eligible for benefits. To do this, a family earning $50M in annual wages will save about $1500, or 3.1%. This is of course being mirrored in the employer contribution, for a whopping chunk of negative draw-down set aside for Social Security ($240 billion on top of the $80 billion from this year).

But don’t worry. Obama says that he will cover the forgone revenue the Social Security Trust Fund by transferring money from the government’s general fund. Seriously! And, or course we all know what good shape that general fund is in. You can’t make this stuff up! Grandma, we aren’t the ones pushing your wheelchair over the cliff, it’s those Republicans who can’t do math or accounting or anything. Really.

American businesses are smarter than what this administration gives them credit for. They have stopped hiring and are holding onto cash for prudent reasons that remain unobscured to those of us who are in the private sector. Ask any small business owner the main factors that are holding them back, and they say “orders” and “health care costs”. In other words, they cannot hire people when the economy is very weak and when their fixed costs are going up.

The way you stimulate jobs is to make it less expensive to hire new workers, and though the payroll tax has the appearance of being that, it won’t prompt much hiring, first of all because it is so incremental (not enough cumulative front-end effect) and second because it is expected to be temporary. Businesses do not budget workers short-term, and instead do their planning at least a year in advance. For short-term needs, they have overtime and temporary workers who can be used much more inexpensively to meet production needs.

Why is the administration repeating the same mistake, where they attempt to bully Congress into passing legislation designed to increase taxes to order to buy more middle class voter loyalty only to see it fail to make it past the House of Representatives? The answer is either that they are the definition of insanity, where you keep repeating the same experiment and expecting a different outcome. Or, it may be that they genuinely believe they can run against a Congress they can label as “do nothing”. If so, it is a weak political platform indeed, and they deserve to lose because of it.

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Dear Readers: Today’s title comes from one of the worst movies I have ever seen, but seems apt in light of a quote from Bob Turner, winner of NY-09’s special congressional election last night: We have lit one candle today. It’s going to be a bonfire pretty soon.

As Tammy Bruce would say — blame the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS.

It looks like that is going to be quite the conflagration. Obama is under 50% in California. With news like this, perhaps it is time for the President to consider Charles Caesar’s advice!

First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t helping the cause that much, either.

…First Lady Michelle Obama apparently showing extreme disrespect to the American flag at a ceremony in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. As police and firefighters fold the flag to the sound of marching bagpipers, a skeptical looking Mrs. Obama leans to her husband and appears to say, “all this just for a flag.” She then purses her lips and shakes her head slightly as Mr. Obama nods.

Left Coast Rebel is tracking the NY-09 victory and what it means for the 2012 election. While it is exciting to have California go from a slightly more pale shade of blue, I am hoping that we keep Team Obama distracted along the coast so there are larger margins of victory (to cover the Chicago-style fraud) in the other 57 states. Anna’s Clue Tank has a wonderful graphic in line with this news!

Hat-Tip: Anna's Clue Tank

Speaking of California, Beers with Demo is covering the dual problems of no money to fund elite projects AND over-regulation in the Golden State.

Perhaps someone should report all of this to Obama. Apparently, his team has started-up another big-brother-report site, AttackWatch.com, that is being treated with the same amount of respect as the previous versions of this inanity have been (hat-tip, B-Daddy).

Back to California and San Diego: Shane Atwell had a marvelous comment about last week’s big blackout that I had to share: Every time there’s an outbreak of salmonella or even speculation of some minor crisis in an unregulated market, the statists come out of the woodwork to discuss ‘market failure’ and the need for more regulations. But when a heavily regulated industry fails–an industry who’s regulations were supposed to make it cheaper, more efficient and safer–those statists are silent.. Read the full piece; it is excellent.

While New York seems to be sending a good message, California’s Assembly was busy at work servicing themselves: The California Legislature’s last-minute bill binge upended the state. The battle in the Legislature wasn’t just about improving California’s financial stability. It was about establishing Democratic dominance and control over nearly every aspect of Californians’ lives. The way this dominance was accomplished was using massive redistribution tactics. More information, which as another must-read, is HERE!

Concluding with the “Bonfire of the Vanities”: Bruce Willis was the best thing about that film. Turning now to a favorite scene from a far better movie, here is a clip you can report to AttackWatch.com!

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Dear Readers: There has been a ton of brilliant opinion-making today in the sites I normally review. So, today, I am going to point where you should click.

1) Kevin DuJan/HillBuzz Letter to Sarah Palin. This is the origin of my title, as Kevin deems here “American Artemis”. As a myth-loving blogger, I had to share. In this letter, Kevin details why Sarah Palin needs to run, as she is being called to serve during a revolution as was George Washington. MUT Money Quote: You are our American Artemis, when we need an epic hero more than ever.

Hat-tip: All Things Magik

Dialog, tailored a bit from a quote in Richard Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series:

“That politico in Alaska,” Zoe said. “You turned him into a jackalope.”

“Ah, yes.” Artemis nodded, satisfied. “I enjoy making jackalopes…”

And she just completed 3 new jackalopes today: Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and Erick Erickson.

2) Palinista Bashing. Speaking of those 3 jackalopes, I have a few comments to make about the above-named pundits ramblings about Palin’s “electability”. A few thoughts I share with Tammy Bruce (flaming capitalist promotion — Tammy is doing a Mystery Science 3000 review of Obama’s speech tomorrow. Keeping with my Greek-theme today, I liken it to Odysseus tying himself down to safely hear the Siren’s Song: If you are forced to listen, it is a way to keep yourself from dashing against the nearest rocks).

In terms of conservative-divas Coulter and Ingraham waxing negatively about Palin’s electability, I find it utterly fascinating long-time Republican/conservative pundits are now bashing Palin supporters. Coulter likens us to O-bots! After seeing the enthusiasm of the Palin crowds this weekend in Iowa and New Hampshire, shouting “RUN, SARAH, RUN”, they deride our passionate support for our candidate. I sense they now attack us, as Palin has not disappeared as the elites have long desired. They hope WE will go away.

If Palin isn’t “electable”, then what worry about her running or not? If she goes down to defeat, then one of Coulter’s or Ingraham’s approved choices will be the candidate — no big deal. However, until such time I find a person better than Palin to back, I will remain a Palinista. I am not planning to go.

I also understand Coulter will NOT watch “The Undefeated”. Why not, as it is a political documentary covering one of the post important figures in recent events? Coulter prides herself on being fully informed, so it makes me wonder from whom she is now getting her direction.

3) Thoughts from an American Sophocles. B-daddy has a piece on Social Security fixes that are excellent, and I must admit I had not considered the drawbacks of “forced accounts”. It is entitled, Why I Now Oppose Social Security Privatization, and is a must-read. A snippet:

* Current participation is constitutional only under the general power to tax granted Congress. A private account would not fit that definition.
* If private accounts were added, the only constitutional provision under which to compel participation is under the taxing authority. But that would give the government the authority to seize the proceeds for whatever purpose it saw fit.
* Is it a stretch of the imagination for the government, as a “shareholder” to require firms who receive investment dollars to promote social welfare and environmentally friendly policies. The scope for abuse is so great that I am surprised the left hasn’t embraced this idea as their own.
* How can we argue that Obamacare is unconstitutional, while turning around and advocating participation in another social welfare scheme, just because an individual is employed?
* What will compel the government to pay up, when the bill comes due. See Fleming v. Nestor above.

These are aspects I had not considered before. B-Daddy also offers sensible solutions.

4) My thanks to the American Dionysus! Beers with Demo gave one of my hand-crafted images the honor of being selected — Your mid-week, martini-worthy photo image! You need to go over and check which one made the grade!



5) The Oracle of Fiscal Delphi:
W.C. Varones gave the SLOBs a heads-up on Obama’s Solyndra crony-capitalist deal. It seems a company primarily owned by a big Obama donor got a super-sweet interest rate and the taxpayers are going to the BACK OF THE BUS when creditors get paid. Fellow SLOB Dueling Barstools has more thoughts HERE.

6) Gov. Brown is Like Sisyphus: CA Jobs ‘Solutions’ Push Boulder Up Hill There is no way for California to get to quasi-normal employment levels with the regulatory burdens imposed by AB32.

7) Into the pits of Hades: Horemheb has just flipped on the GOP debate. So, I am signing off until tomorrow.

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Dear Readers: The day’s title is a prophesy from the Goddess of Flaming Capitalism (freshly confirmed via Instapundit). It comes to me upon reflection on several news and history items I came across. I am inspired after seeing snippets Obama’s speech yesterday in Detroit, surrounded by race hustlers and union thugs who have decimated my hometown, which has lost over 60% of its population since they took over this once thriving metropolis.

So today, I am going to cite examples of cold, hard racism to remind all my fellow citizens what it really looks like.

Libya Today, Thanks to Obama

This gem comes via Beers with Demo:

Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, accusing them of fighting for ousted strongman Moammar Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.

Virtually all of the detainees say they are innocent migrant workers, and in most cases there is no evidence that they are lying. But that is not stopping the rebels from placing the men in facilities like the Gate of the Sea sports club, where about 200 detainees — all black — clustered on a soccer field this week, bunching against a high wall to avoid the scorching sun.

I will point out that Obama, who used the executive power of his office, placed those jailors into the position of power. How much has the mainstream media mentioned this? No so very much, but clearly this is an example of what real ethnic-endangering racism looks like.

America Yesterday, A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

During my trip through Arizona, I heard a reading from Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham jail:

But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger,” your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodiness”–then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair.”

Race Hustling: A Contributor to Detroit’s Failure

Monica Conyers, wife to Congressman John Conyers, was sentenced to 3 years for bribe taking. While she was on the Detroit City Council, there was a race-based incident during a meeting. Here are the details:

The black nationalism that is now the dominant ideology of the council was on proud display, both at the table and in the audience… whites were advised by the citizens to, “Go home.”

Opponents were allowed to rant and ramble on uninterrupted about “those people” who want to steal Detroit’s assets and profit from the city’s labor.
A pitiful Teamster official who practically crawled to the table on his knees expressing profuse respect for this disrespectful body was battered by both the crowd and the council.

When he dared suggest that an improved Cobo Center would create more good-paying jobs for union workers, Conyers reminded him, “Those workers look like you; they don’t look like me.”

Desperate, he invoked President Barack Obama’s message of unity and was angrily warned, “Don’t you say his name here.”

MUT NOTE: Detroit’s condition is so bad under the corruptocrats that Time featured a photo essay entitled “The Remains of Detroit“.

Flash-Mob Victims Targeted by Race

Flash-mobs, which have used social network media to organize robbery and mayhem, have become so numerous that there is a website devoted to it: violentflashmobs.com. Gateway Pundit has been doing an excellent job covering at well.

“Oh, White Girl Bleeds a Lot” …Black Youth Mob Attacks & Stomps On Group of Whites in Milwaukee

The title sums up the piece, which is a must read. It was to the point that the local newspaper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made the following report:

Witnesses, though, told the Journal Sentinel that the attacks appeared to be unprovoked and racially motivated.

“You could just tell they were after white people. That was the main thing. If you were white, they were coming after you,” said Jon Stikl of Oak Creek.

He said he was stuck in traffic as a group of young people blocked cars near the fair gate on S. 84th St. near I-94 after he picked up family members attending the fair.

“We noticed a group of five to 10 young black males run up and jump a young white male for no other reason then him being white,” Stikl said.

They knocked him to the ground, and then a group of 15 black men kicked and stomped on him, Stikl said.

New Black Panthers and Race Politics at the Justice Department

If you want a real example of race-based citizen intimidation, you need look no farther than 2008 and the New Black Panthers:

Race-based politics meant the clear civil rights case was dismissed; the details can be found Here: Former Justice Department Lawyer Accuses Holder of Dropping New Black Panther Case for Racial Reasons
I guess Team Holder was too busy getting American guns into the hands of Mexican drug lords (perhaps of some sort of expansive race harmony policy?).

Living Guilt Free and Loving It

Obviously, America has had struggles with race. However, as the evidence is clear, no one race is innocent of this activity. It is individuals who choose to be tolerant or hateful; and, Tea Partiers coming together are about the most inclusive group in America today.

I will remind everyone that Andrew Breitbart is still offering $100,000 to anyone who can produce the video showing that members of the Congressional Black Caucus were actually called “N**gers by tea party members (a false charge that went with the lead-up to the 2010 election.

More recently, Indiana congressman Andre Carson slandered members of Congress who are members of the Tea Party by saying that they to see blacks “hanging from trees.” Jesse Jackson recently made up a whole new amendment to the US Constitution in order to smear fellow Americans. A Congressional Black Caucus member from Florida plainly states we, fellow Americans, were enemies.

Tea Party people like myself are working hard to reduce the regulatory strangleholds that cost jobs. We are working toward a sensible tax system and budget that provides the items what we need, identifies those we don’t, and ensures that earners are rewarded for hard work and those people who are truly in need are cared for. Given our goals, I would say Tea Party people care more for the constituents of race-baiting politicians than their representatives.

We will not stop working hard, and optimistically, for positive change. That being said, the spate of hate-language directed at citizen activists is concerning. Tea partiers are being dehumanized, I fear, so that actual attacks will then occur that will silence and frighten those who don’t capitulate.

In parting, I will share the single most racist item I personally ever heard. It comes from the lips of an 8-year old black child, in earshot of my then 4-year old son, while we were visiting Legoland: “There are too many white people here.” The death look I gave that boy was such that he turned around quickly, and his chaperone had the good taste to be embarrassed. However, I will not forget the feeling of helplessness — this entitled boy would get perks and advancements that my own son could only dream of. That young child got that attitude from the same place Conyers and the Black Panthers got theirs. Therefore, I will not allow them to project their racism onto me, and hope others follow this lead. I will also not be silenced by lies.

“For socialists, not just the wealth, but the guilt, must be redistributed”. (Andrew Sandlin)

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WELCOME INSTAPUNDIT READERS!Thanks so much, Professor Reynolds! 🙂

Dear Readers: Beers with Demo put me onto this fabulous post by KT of the Scratching Post —

The looters are all offense and the police are all defense. Because the police have no missile weapons and are too weighed down with armor to pursue their enemy, the looters can engage and disengage at will with absolutely no risk to themselves.

This got me thinking about English history and one of the past’s most significant military upsets. In the spirit of offering allied assistance to the capitalists, conservatives, and wealth producers in Great Britain, I would like to remind English men and women of their heritage. England, if your government doesn’t let you have guns, relearn the wonders of the longbow.

Remember the Battle of Agincourt – 1415!!!!

The two enemies faced one another, exchanging taunts designed to provoke an attack. Henry marched his force close enough to allow his archers to unleash a hail of arrows upon the French. The French knights charged forward only to be caught in a slippery quagmire of mud. To make matters worse, the French attackers were unable to effectively swing their broadswords because of the tight quarters of the battlefield and the continuing forward rush of their comrades behind them. Henry’s archers fired lethal storms of arrows into this dense mass of humanity until the French began to retreat. The archers then dropped their bows, picked up what weapons they could find and joined the English knights in slaying their foe. The setting sun left a battlefield heaped with the bodies of thousands of French knights and the cream of France’s ruling class. The English had dealt their enemy a disastrous blow.

The reason for my post today is that I have been contemplating being a bit more proactive on personal defense recently. It started last week, when I met a dynamic 50-something woman who does medieval weapons training and battles. Her sword skills are fantastic. However, that style doesn’t really match my strengths — whereas I do have some small skills with archery.

Add to it the class-warfare/entitlement mentality that has lead to the troubles in London. I fear that with the open class-warfare being instituted in this country, with additional fear-mongering and hate-tactics being promulgated by the “progressives” in this country, we may be headed that way. For example, Wisconsin pundit and citizen reporter was attacked yesterday. This potential threat to San Diego tea party peeps was on a comments section in one of the SLOB posts: I’d say your lives are in danger at this point, especially when the shit hits the fan. Those in the spotlight as such should be careful.

There is utterly no tolerance among the extreme leftists in this country. As their world view is shown to be built on lies, this misrule, law-breaking, and incivility will continue and increase.

Then, there are the race-based, social-media-organized attacks occurring throughout the country. These are being entirely unreported by our elite media. My family lived through the 1968 race riots in Detroit. My dad won his Pulitzer Prize covering this event. I still vividly recall panic teens coming across the street from the nearby high school to our house, begging for safety and a chance to call the police.

My mom was stunned to learn of the attacks through to country. She is deeply worried and is now carrying pepper spray. I am planning to get some, too.

I am planning to resume archery lessons and training at Performance Archery by Miramar. I will be buying arrows and the best bow for my body type and abilities.

I am not comfortable with guns. I don’t think I could hit the side of an aircraft carrier even with targeting accessories. I don’t like the idea of guns in the same home with my son. I don’t like having to bow down to the bureaucrats in the state to assert my 2nd amendment rights.

However, if these shadows do not change, I may have to upgrade my personal defense line to include this enhanced technology. I admire those 2nd Amendment supporters even more now, who have allowed me to make this choice that our English friends to not have. It is a good think Operation Fast and Furious has been upended, otherwise we wealth producers and conservatives could be much easier targets.

Englishmen, remember why so many of your people are named “Archer” and “Fletcher”. Recall your heroes. You cannot trust your government to defend your property and person with as much vigor as you can. Johnny, grab your bow!

New Version of Ancient Hero, Robin Hood

Lodon, how far your leftists have lead you away from these immortal words of your brave King!

By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.

Do you really want the new English motto to be: Robbing from the earners to let the takers keep?

In honor of KT, I conclude with this graphic:

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