Friday, September 30, 2011

Van Jones: Dude, Like 80% of Americans Are Marxist Crackpots Ready to Launch an "October Offensive" Against the Man

Runner-up headline:

Rabid Communist Van Jones: 80% of Americans Are Rabid Communists Willing to Fight for the Quintessentially American Cause of Rabid Communism

* * * * * * * * *

I think it's safe to say that President Obama's "green jobs advisor" Van Jones majored in Soviet History and not mathematics.

Consider the recent interview of "Conversion Van" on MSNBC (that's the nickname he prefers, I hear) regarding the massive grassroots movement for oppression and tyranny:

We are going to build a progressive counterbalance to the tea party. Eighty percent of Americans agree with everything that you say on this show, but we have no voice. We know that jobs are more important, and this phony, made-up deficit stuff they talk about. We know that people who have done well in America should do well by America and start paying America back in the form of more fair taxes.

Hey, schmuck: here's the phony and made-up deficit, courtesy of Barack Obama, which just happens to have resulted in the first downgrade of United States debt in history:

Here's more of WebVan's wisdom:

People who benefited from the bailouts and from the tax breaks should start paying America back. They're doing great.

Everybody else is suffering. That is 80 percent of the majority. And we're going to now have a voice.

Say, iVan: last time I checked, self-identified conservatives outnumbered progressives two-to-one. And with centrists included, liberals are outgunned nearly four-to-one.

But let's not clutter this post with facts, let's go back to TranVan:

"And you're going to see an American fall, an American autumn, just like we saw the Arab spring. You can see it right now with these young people on Wall Street. Hold onto your hats. We're going to have an October offensive to take back the American dream and to rescue America's middle class."

Arab Spring? So you're gonna start killing Christians?

Or you're gonna take over Wall Street? Like the 33 losers that got pepper-sprayed, tased, stripped nekkid and covered in powdered sugar*?

Dude: let me lay it down real simple for you.

We outnumber you.

Say goodnight, Van. Because in 2012, we're going to flush all of you Marxist crackpots out of office. And you can go back to being the fringe Leftist kook you were before 2008.

And may I be the first to say: buh-bye.

* Obscure Super Troopers reference

MSM Does Damage Control for Michelle Obama: 'She Has a Fondness for Affordable Clothes'

" wasn't until I stepped away from the corporate track and worked in city government and eventually helped to found the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program, a national service program, that I realized how important public service and community service was to my own development... And now that the two of us have moved to Washington, our new home -- (applause) -- we both have continued to stress the value of national and community service..." --Michelle Obama, 17 March 2009

This morning's Today Show devoted an entire segment reconnecting First Lady Michelle Obama with the little people. It featured FLOTUS "stealth"-shopping at Target in breathless terms:

Check this out. Behind those dark glasses, tucked under that Nike cap, one of the world's most famous women. Yes, that is the First Lady of the United States at Target...

...Like any mom, except her aide was juggling not one, but two Blackberries. Secret Service agents were blending in, dressed down in casual clothes. Mrs. Obama spent 40 minutes in the store Thursday afternoon, apparently unnoticed by other shoppers. Sources say she was recognized only by the cashier and a photographer from the Associated Press who worked sources to find out she was there. [Ed: heh!]

[She has a] fondness for affordable clothes.

Oh, my.

Michelle Obama is the very model of selfless public service.

For Michelle Obama, everyday life translates to spending $10 million of the taxpayers' money on vacations in only a single year's time and living like, well, a millionaire or billionaire.

The Mainstream Media Terrorist Translation Guide [Irony Curtain]

Irony Curtain forwards his latest artwork, which is featured at the peerless iOwnTheWorld:

Be sure and forward it to any of the pro journalists on your email lists.

Responding to the President's exhortations to "pass this jobs bill now", Senate Democrats oblige by taking a pass

Chicago's powerhouse WLS-AM radio station has confirmed what Mark Levin surmised last week: when it comes to President Obama's "Jobs Bill", Democrats are running from Obama as fast as they possibly can.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama tried to keep the pressure on Congress to consider his nearly $450 billion jobs bill, saying it had been two weeks since he sent the bill to Capitol Hill "and now I want it back."

...So why have Democrats delayed action in the U.S. Senate on President Obama’s stimulus bill?

WLS Radio’s Bill Cameron reports his own party has delayed action in the Senate and talked with Senator Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, about the reason why.


The oil-producing state senators don’t like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies, “ Durbin tells WLS Radio, “There are some senators who are up for election who say I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people. So, we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bi-partisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”

But so far, Durbin concedes Democrats don’t have the votes in the senate to pass it, “Not at the moment, I don’t think we do but, uh, we can work on it."

Liberalism is most assuredly a mental affliction, but the survival instinct is strong in these drones. So we'll have to pry each and everyone from their white-knuckled grip on power using a crowbar and a taser.

Politically speaking, of course.

Larwyn's Linx: Black and Right

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Black and Right: iOTW
Embarrassing Video of Biden's Speech to Solyndra Unearthed: Ace
The Ongoing Occupation of America: Zombie

Adventures in liberal tolerance, part 999,901: Malkin
“Herb Cain” answers Palin’s flavor-of-the-week comments: Hot Air
Rick Perry Walks Back His 'Heartless' Comments: RWN


Combatting Child Poverty: IBD
Biden: Voters should blame Obama, not Bush, for economy: DC
Issa questions whether White House pressured Ford to pull 'bailout' ad: Hill

Durbin: We Don't Have Votes to Pass Phony 'Jobs' Bill: Ace
'The Chicago Way': NetRight
17% of IL general fund goes to pension costs: P&I

Euro Collapse: Conrad Black
WaPo/Politifact Fact-Checks Pelosi’s Debt Chart: It's a Crock: WZ
Seton Hall to lower tuition rate by $21K matching Rutgers: Mish

Gunrunner & Solyndra

Gunwalker about to break wide open?: Toldjah
More 'Green' for Donor Energy: IBD
Obama evades ‘Fast and Furious’ questions from Latino media: DC

AZ Sheriff Implicates ATF, Eric Holder and Obama Justice Department as Accomplices to Murder: GWP
"Smoking Gun" In Fast And Furious?: Ace
MSNBC Guest: Solyndra is Bush’s Fault! (Despite Truth): RWN

Climate & Energy

Environmentalists Lose Bid to Preemptively Prevent American Energy Independence: ResEarth
Getting ready for more global warming: Heathrow airport triples snow clearance fleet: WUWT
Plants gobbling up CO2 – 45% more than thought: WUWT


Fatwa Alert: Hollywood Titan Frank Miller Releases 9/11 Comic “Holy Terror”: WZ
Michael Bloomberg: Dictating What You Eat Is Government’s Highest Duty: RWN
Hope Isn't Hiring Poster: RWN


Hugo Chavez’s kidney failure: Fausta
U.S. Taxes and the United Nations Money Pit: Rosett
Is Turkey Really a ‘Vibrant Democracy’?: PJM

Is The Obama Administration Aiding & Abetting In The Murder Of Mexico?: LUR
A Muslim President, After All: IBD
Islam’s History of Forced Conversions: Ibrahim


Solar Energy School Propaganda 101: Malkin
And Now IBM Has Also Blown Past Microsoft: Insider
Why the Kindle Fire is Like a Razor: CNet


Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage: Onion
11-year-old football star told not to score too many touchdowns: Hot Air
The Evolution of a Liberal: Ace

Image: Bare Naked Islam
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: Herman Cain for President

QOTD: 'This July, [Steven Spinner] co-authored an article for the Center for American Progress titled "Don't Let Clean Energy Funding Die on the Vine..."

"This 'embattled' program has by all business metrics proven an outright success," he wrote. "Even the most controversial loan guarantee recipient -- Solyndra, a solar manufacturer -- is seeing an operational turnaround."

Little more than a month later, Solyndra fired 1,100 workers and filed for bankruptcy." --Matthew Mosk and Ronnie Greene

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Fast-and-Furious Smoking Gun: Were Obama and Holder Trying to Touch Off a Civil War in Mexico?

Hot Air points us to an article by Michael Walsh in the New York Post.

After months of pretending that “Fast and Furious” was a botched surveillance operation of illegal gun-running spearheaded by the ATF and the US attorney’s office in Phoenix, it turns out that the government itself was selling guns to the bad guys...

...Agent John Dodson was ordered to buy four Draco pistols for cash and even got a letter from his supervisor, David Voth, authorizing a federally licensed gun dealer to sell him the guns without bothering about the necessary paperwork... On orders, Dodson then sold the guns to known criminals, who first stashed them away and then — deliberately unhindered by the ATF or any other agency — whisked them off to Mexico.

...There are two possible explanations. The first is that the anti-gun Obama administration deliberately wanted American guns planted in Mexico in order to demonize American firearms dealers and gun owners...

...A second notion is that the CIA ... feared the los Zetas drug cartel was becoming too powerful and might even mount a coup against the Mexican government. So some 2,000 weapons costing more than $1.25 million were deliberately channeled to the rival Sinaloa cartel, which operates along the American border, to keep the Zetas in check.

I completely reject scenario #2.

Walsh seems to have forgotten that the State Department is alleged to have armed the Zeta Cartel.

Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapon...

The U.S. Direct Commercial Sales program is run from the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. It regulates and licenses private U.S. companies’ overseas sales of weapons and other defense materials, defense services, and military training. This does not include the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, which authorized sales to foreign governments...

An El Paso Times article – as of now ignored by mainstream media — went into much more shocking detail:

“They’ve found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,” Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor."

Scenario #3:

• The ATF arms the Sinaloa cartel

• The State Department arms the Zetas

• The combination helps fuel a full-blown civil war in Mexico

• Civilians start streaming north to safety

The resulting humanitarian crisis is used as a lever for a mass immigration event with hundreds of thousands of undocumented Democrats entering the U.S. seeking asylum.

It's as good an explanation as any I've heard -- and certainly consistent with the mindset of the Holder and Obama duo: the ends always justify the means.

Walsh closes with words of wisdom: Time for a special prosecutor, who’s both fast and furious.

Photos: Anti-Obama Signs in New Orleans Raise a Ruckus

New Orleans' WWLTV reports:

There are several political signs attracting all kinds of attention in one Uptown neighborhood... On Wednesday, crowds gathered at the corner of Calhoun and Coralie streets, looking at several signs depicting President Barack Obama as either a dunce, a puppet or a crying baby in a diaper.

... "This is nothing put pure racism," said Raymond Rock. "This is a disgrace."

The home is owned by Timothy Reily, who declined to be interviewed about the signs. Former Mayor Ray Nagin showed up at the house and went inside to speak with Reily. He emerged later and would not comment on what they discussed.

... "I think it's fine. It's on his property," said Katherine deMontluzin. "He can say whatever he wants."

The signs have created such a firestorm of controversy, though, that police came to the scene-- called in by City Council Member Susan Guidry. She represents the district where the home is located. Guidry said she was concerned about public safety and was trying to figure out if the sign was even legal. She also said she spoke to Reily, but didn't get far.

...Yet, the signs remain in place, fanning the flames of a free speech debate on both sides of the fence.

I love how liberals crow about free speech rights --- until they interfere with their blinkered worldview.

Shock: ABC News Blows EnergyGate Wide Open

Pick your jaw up off the floor.

As one commenter noted after reading ABC News' reporting on EnergyGate and Solyndra:

There seems to be an inverse relationship between the president's popularity and the mainstream media's willingness to tell stories that need to be told. As Obama continues to slide in the polls, I'm sure we will find out all kinds of stuff that may have helped 2.5 years ago. While its too late now for everyone impacted by this administration's economic choices, there's hope that everyone will vote more responsibly next year... on both sides of the aisle.

Here's the reader's digest version:

• Billionaire George Kaiser raised at least $50,000 for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
• Kaiser's company, Solyndra, received a $535 million loan guarantee from DOE.
• Kaiser's company received the loan before DOE received final copies of outside reviews of the deal.

• Steven Spinner raised $500,000 for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
• Spinner then became one of Energy Secretary Steven Chu's key loan advisers.
• Spinner later wrote that he "helped oversee the more than $100 billion" in loans and guarantees.
• Spinner executed 29 stock trades in energy companeis while serving as a DOE adviser
• Spinner held shares in at least four companies that received DOE loans
• Spinner's wife's law firm collected around $2.5 million while representing Solyndra
• Spinner's wife's law firm also represented two other companies that received $34 million from DOE

• Steve Westly raised $500,000 for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
• Westly then became one of Energy Secretary Steven Chu's key advisers.
• Westly was an investor in five firms that received half a billion dollars in energy grants and loans from DOE.

• John V. Roos raised $500,000 for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
• Roos' law firm (the same firm Spinner's wife worked for) collected around millions from DOE-funded companies.

Put simply, if the Climatards are willing to waste billions enriching themselves in the name of green energy, then they can't really take the global warming scam seriously.

In other words, the green tech movement no more believes in global warming than you or I.

And, once again, where's the special prosecutor?

Postscript: The Bush administration rejected Solyndra's requests for loans for two years citing incomplete documentation.

Solyndra employee: from day one, everyone knew that our solar panels were uncompetitive... including President Obama
Bruce Krasting Blows Obama's Solyndra Scandal Sky High
Oh, my: Emails show White House knew Solyndra was a disaster before it issued $535M crony loan

Hat tip: Laughing Conservative.

Larwyn's Linx: Leave Fatty McAwesome! Alone

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Leave Fatty McAwesome! Alone: Leather Penguin
Our White House Bully Problem: Malkin
Pass the popcorn: MA Democrats revolt against Obama: JWF

“A serious plan to replace Obamacare”: ProWis
When Black Liberals Attack (Each Other): Taki's
Obama Insults Jews on Rosh Hashanah: Dossier

Patrick Fitzgerald: Crime Fighter or Politically-Driven Leaker?: ILP2P
Judge upholds key elements of AL immigration law: Malkin
Mrs. Bachmann and the Baptists: Sun


Why Obama Can't Help Unemployed Blacks: Pundette
Professor Warren's Ire: Jacoby
Finally some GOOD NEWS for Obama :ProWis

Obama Enlists IRS for New Union Shakedown of Business: Ransom
All in: DOJ appeals ObamaCare ruling to Supreme Court: Hot Air
4 Reasons to Stick With Gold: Breakout

Gunrunner & Solyndra

MSM Sheep: Ignoring the Scandal of the Century: Owens
Solyndra's multimillion-dollar white elephant: SFgate
Solyndra Said to Have Violated Terms of Its U.S. Loan: WSJ

Climate & Energy

A Glut Of EVs Could Make America's Shoddy Power Grid Even Worse: Autoblog
Obama Subsidizing Hugely Profitable Wind Farm Company: JWF
CIA’s Global Warming Center A National Security Secret: JW


A Tea Party Invitation to Morgan Freeman: Tea Party Brew
“Obamacare Has Arrived in the Supreme Court”: ProWis
Obama non Grata: 'As of Right Now, the Commander-in-Chief is Not Welcome at This Airport': JWF

Friedman, Orszag, Perdue, and the Totalitarian Temptation: Driscoll
No, Sarah Palin Did Not Call Herman Cain ‘Herb’ and Did Not Put Him Down: RSM
Does Rick Perry Have a Performance Problem?: Coulter

NYTimes Sunday Review Again Pushes Lie that Billionaires Run Tea Party: RWN
What Guns Were Made For: Homeowner in Philly Attacked By Mob: RWN
Herman Cain: Black Community “Brainwashed” Into Voting For Dems: WZ

Totalitarian Temptations from Carter to Obama: Ledeen
German Media Now Views Obama as SCOAMF: JWF
6th Drunk Driving Charge For Protected Illegal Alien : JW


Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears ‘Civil War’ Levels: Wired
Misunderstanderer of Islam Arrested in Plot to Blow Up Capitol and Pentagon: Jawa
The Thought Police Win in Oz: Soylent Green

Obama’s ‘Reset’ Legacy: A Return of the USSR: PJM
NC: Muslim in USMC jihad plot guilty on immigration charges: Creeping
Obama: America's 'first Jewish president'?: Al Jazeera


First Thoughts on the Kindle Fire: PJLife
Amazon Fire: iPad Finally Gets Android Competition: AdWeek
Should Toyota's rumored Supra revival look like this?: AutoBlog


Gen-Lost: Pundette
Secret Memo Reveals Which Cellphone Carriers Store Your Data The Longest: Consumerist
American architecture: The oldest surviving house on Nantucket: Maggie's Farm

Image: Solyndra's multimillion-dollar white elephant
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: Herman Cain for President

QOTD: "There’s already plenty of groupthink among American blacks. Over 90% of us vote Democrat with religious regularity, and we have been doing so for over fifty years. For a short time, I was one of them. I realized a few years ago that the Democrats’ promises of equality bestowed by government wasn’t working and will never work. I came to believe that redistributionist policies with the goal of social justice was essentially creating a new plantation within the federal government. Scraps might be thrown our way, but dependence on the plantation would be the inevitable result." --Ali Akbar

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Huge rise in health care costs due to Solyndra-powered MRIs and Obamacare, but mostly Obamacare

Seriously, who could have predicted that a 2,200-page "health care" bill -- rammed through Congress unread -- might have devastating consequences for Americans' health care?

The health-insurance premiums employers pay rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time... The 9% average increase... comes despite a continued trend toward more limited use of medical services in the U.S. Last year, family premiums rose just 3%, the survey found.

Employers' average annual family premium for 2011 was $15,073, up from $13,770 last year. For a single worker, the figure was $5,429, up 8% from $5,049 in 2010. The increase in employees' average premium contribution for a family plan was far less: 3% to $4,129, according to the survey.

...The premium figures aren't in constant dollars but show a significantly steeper rise than general inflation.

Drew Altman, chief executive of the Kaiser Family Foundation, cited a number of possible factors in the employers' premium jump, including projections that employees would use more health-care services than they did, continued increases in health-care prices, insurers' push for profits and, to some extent, the federal health-care overhaul.

Gee, ya think?

Whatever you do, please don't call the 15-member board -- that will decide which treatments you are eligible for -- a "death panel".

I like to call them a "fun panel".

Original Sin

Presented without comment, an email received from Papa B.

Don't shoot the messenger.

Bumper Sticker o' the Day: Biblical Proportions

Papa B relays this suggestion from Dennis Miller:

You can support Herman Cain here.

Say, I wonder if "America's first Jewish president" is aware of this?

Because they so deserve a state.

Clinton: Don't Even Symbolically Recognize Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

New York Sun, 28 September 2011

...Secretary of State Clinton ... is warning that any American action, even symbolically, toward recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel must be avoided for the reason that it would jeopardize the peace process.

Her warnings were issued in a brief she has just filed with the Supreme Court — in which she is arguing that a law she voted for when she was Senator is unconstitutional because it could require the U.S. government to give to an American citizen born at Jerusalem papers showing the birthplace as Israel...

NY Senate candidate Hillary Clinton supports Jerusalem as capital of Israel

CNN, 9 July 1999

...Hillary Rodham Clinton says she considers Jerusalem to be the eternal and indivisible capital of Israel and will be an active advocate if elected to New Yorks Senate seat to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

In a letter that became public Thursday, Mrs. Clinton wrote If I am chosen by New Yorkers to be their senator, or in whatever position I find myself in the years to come, you can be sure that I will be an active, committed advocate for a strong and secure Israel, able to live in peace with its neighbors, with the United States Embassy located in its capital, Jerusalem.

If you hadn't figured it out yet, here's a quick refresher course:

Because most Americans have conservative leanings, Democrats have to lie to get into office.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.

Coinkadink: Three-Quarters of a Billion Dollars in Federal Loan Guarantees Going to Solar Energy Firm Headed by Pelosi Relative

I was never great at math, but $735 million for 45 permanent jobs seems like an, eh, less-than-optimal solution:

It’s as if Solyndra never happened. The Obama Administration is giving $737 million to a Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve. PCG is an investment partner with SolarReserve. Nancy Pelosi’s brother-in-law happens to be the number two man at PCG...

The Energy Department announced Wednesday that is has finalized a $737 million loan guarantee for a Nevada solar project. [This comes] several weeks after a California-based solar manufacturer that received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration in 2009 filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers, setting off a firestorm in Washington.

The $737 million loan guarantee will help finance construction of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, a 110-megawatt solar-power-generating facility in Nye County, Nev. The project is sponsored by Tonopah Solar, a subsidiary of California-based SolarReserve.

Crescent Dunes is the latest solar project to receive a loan guarantee from the Energy Department in recent weeks. The department announced a $1.2 billion loan guarantee to Abengoa Solar for a solar generation project in California and a $150 million loan guarantee to 1366 Technologies for a Massachusetts solar manufacturing project earlier this month... The Energy Department says the project will result in 600 construction jobs and 45 permanent jobs.

Rep. Allen West asserted that President Obama is intentionally trying to destroy the economy.

I don't want to say 'told ya so', but on March 4, 2009 I posted "Mission Accomplished -- President Obama Nukes the Economy".

It wasn't a great feat, because anyone with a rudimentary understanding of economics, history and logic could have predicted the same damn thing. Which rules out Democrats.

Larwyn's Linx: Ford Pulls Ad Critical Of Auto Bailout

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Ford Pulls Ad Critical Of Auto Bailout: Is This Blog On?
Obama Fundraising Suffers Huge Drop-off: Dossier
Should conservatives be clamoring for a Christie candidacy?: Hot Air

NC Gov. Perdue: Say, Let's Suspend Elections for a Few Years: Ace
Gaffetastic: the Team Obama Story: Malkin
Romney Uses Social Media to Hit Perry on Immigration: Events

Barack Obama, Democratic Wrecking Ball: Commentary
Philadelphia: Flash Mob Home Break-In Edition: GWP
Child Brainwashers Focus on Colors: RWN


Paul Ryan's Speech on Health Care Reform: Ace
Elizabeth Warren’s ‘ Social Contract’ an Ideological Fantasy: PJM
Sign of the times: Hallmark cards for the newly unemployed: Malkin

Feds: hundreds of millions go to dead bureaucrats: RWN
Obama Fund-Raiser: Tea Party Not 'Who We Are': NiceDeb
Berkeley Erupts over Affirmative Action Satire: Zombie

Gunrunner & Solyndra

President Obama Raising Money with Stimulus Package Beneficiaries: NewAm
Gunrunner: Cash For Cartels: IBD
Orlow email to ATF brass citing GRE column: Codrea


Six Ways to Fix These Painfully Embarrassing GOP Primary Debates: PJM
Dancing With The Haters: DWTS Slam on Tea Party: RWN
As Liberalism's Approval Drops, Is MSNBC Slipping Into Third Place Behind CNN?: NB

Palin's Enemies Don't Understand Libel Case Against Joe McGinniss: AmSpec
Media Silent as White House Stands Behind New Job-Killing Air Rules: GWP
Koch on board with Obama: JTA

MTV Rejects Obama Campaign’s Request to Help President Connect with Young Voters: Blaze
Obama White House Leaned on Ford to Pull Its Bailout Ad – Ad Pulled From YouTube Too: GWP
Reason #34,878 to eliminate pensions: lawmakers fleecing taxpayers to enrich themselves: BlogProf


Sharia Vigilante Street Justice in America: FPM
20,000 Surface-to-Air Missiles Missing in Libya: Ace
Want Congressional Harmony? Try Free Trade Agreements: Foundry

The Trash of Islam: Knish
The Microscopic Benefits of Appeasing Beijing: AmSpec
The Motives Behind Palestinian Leader's Effort to Gain Statehood at U.N.: Pipes

In Australia, a chilling verdict against free speech: Malkin
Grover Norquist’s New Muslim Protégé: FPM
DOJ Releases Islamic Bank Agreement: IPT


Spotify users steamed over Facebook requirement: CNet
Friday! Friday! Friday! Microsoft Company Meeting 2011!: Mini-Microsoft
Silicon Valley Becomes Rent Seeking Valley Under Obama: ATR


White House Announces $15 Trillion Jobs Plan to Switch Around Wyoming and Colorado: Powers
L.A. Prosecutors Display Photo Of Michael Jackson Dead On Hospital Gurney: TSG
Why the DOJ Gave Up Its Delaying Tactics in the Obamacare Litigation: Foundry

Image: "Troubles seen for Best Buy as Amazon unveils tablet"
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: Connect to the Nation-wide Freedom Movement

QOTD: "Operation Twist will result in over $400 billion in bonds to be sold and another $400 billion in bonds to be purchased. For a total trade of $800 billion. Mr. Bernanke, if you are reading (and we know you are) IceCap humbly volunteers our services to help you execute these trades and since it is for the good of the World we will only charge 0.001% for our services. We are confident this $8 million fee will be considerably lower than what you will be paying Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street primary dealers. You can call us collect if you want. " --IceCap Asset Management, September 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

'The Mother Of All European Bailout Flowcharts'

Tim Geithner hardest hit.

At some point in the very near future (emphasis on the word near) the grand experiment in Keynesian economics will come to a rapid and ugly end.

The laws of mathematics can't be defied any more than can the law of gravity.

As Mike Shedlock patiently explains (for the umpteenth time):

European leaders have their heads in the sand, or perhaps up Treasury Secretary Tim Geithners' a$$ as it was Geithner who actually hatched the ballyhooed leveraged bailout scheme.

Yes, they have hatched a plan to use leverage, but that plan has enormous risks. Moreover, it is questionable at best the German supreme court will allow that plan to stand.

Even if the plan does stand, throwing trillions of Euros around just to prevent Greece from defaulting hardly seems like a sensible policy. The sensible policy would have been to let Greece default two years ago.

Yes, that's what I would recommend for the world's most difficult financial engineering task: rely on the schemes of a man -- Tim Geithner -- who couldn't figure out how to use TurboTax.

Heart-Stopping Chart o' the Day

From IceCap Asset Management, courtesy of the invaluable Zero Hedge:

Fully 20% of all disposable personal income comes from government redistribution of wealth.

It is this money -- borrowed from future generations by the Obama Democrats -- that has fueled the modest rise in consumer spending over the last three years.

It should come as no surprise that this level of wealth transfer is unsustainable.

As for what comes next, rent the movie Road Warrior.

Larwyn's Linx: Herman Cain calls Obama’s plan 'Bulls***'

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Herman Cain calls Obama’s plan 'Bulls***': iOTW
DHS Freed Terror Operative Who Illegally Crossed Border: PJM
Angry Man Attacks GOP At West Coast Fundraisers: RWN

Obama's Randomly-Selected Questioner Major Dem Donor: Ace
Obama Lies about the ‘Do-Nothing Congress’: Murdock
U.S. Supreme Court next stop for ObamaCare: Legal Newsline

Obama’s “new, more combative” tone…same as the old tone: Malkin
SF’s naked protest and the ethics of public nudity: Zombie
Ron Paul: NOT a Serious Candidate: RWN


I knew I had that € 2 Trillion sitting around here somewhere: AT
Scary truth about Obamacare keeps seeping out: Exam
A New Look at Food Crises & Prices: Kedrosky

Doctors and AMA Split Over Obamacare: Forbes
Obama to rich backers: GOP will 'cripple America': JWF
Chicago Fed: Economic activity weakened in August: CalcRisk

Gunrunner & Solyndra

President Solyndra --- And his mean green wealth-wasting machine: AEI (Hayward)
Gunwalker: ATF Walked Guns Directly to Cartel Using Taxpayer Dollars: Owens
Issa on the Current State of Fast and Furious Investigation: VS

Gunwalker: Agent Admits His Testimony ‘Lacked … Completeness’: PJM
Scandals proliferate: Kelly
Solyndra Bankruptcy Docs List California Democratic Party as Creditor: VS

Climate & Energy

EPA Wants to Kill Off 183,000 Private Sector Jobs a Year With New Regulations: GWP
Taxpayer Funding of Chevy Volt to Create Jobs – In China: NPLC
EPA Pushing the Envelope to Prove How Many Jobs New Regulations Could Create: Malkin


The 8 Ways Big Brother Facebook’s New Changes Alienate Its Users: PJM
It Begins. AP Charged with Racism for Accurate Transcription of Obama's Speech.: Ace
Who Says Herman Cain is Unelectable?: IBD

What’s Really Behind The Netflix/Qwikster Split?: OTB
Another Survey Shows Obama's Deteriorating Jewish Support (and Its not Just Because Of Israel): Lid
Disband the Congressional Black Caucus: Simon

Obama cracks jokes about devastating Texas wildfires: Toldjah
Maxine Waters accidentally wanders into a Jewish joke: Bookworm
Palin Lawyers Warn Publisher of ‘The Rogue’ Not to Destroy Documents Ahead of Possible Lawsuit: Malkin


ARAB SPRING… 93,000 Christians Have Fled Egypt Since March: GWP
BBC Speechless As Trader Tells Truth: "The Collapse Is Coming...And Goldman Rules The World": ZH
Dead Sea Scrolls Go Online as Google Joins Israel Museum to Help Scholars: Bloomberg

Sharif El-Gamal, the man behind the Islamic supremacist Ground Zero Mosque: JihadWatch
Raaaaacist! Castro Calls Obama's UN Speech 'Gibberish': JWF
A memo to Europe on idled resources and the opportunity in meltdown: Greenroom


Security Expert: U.S. 'Leading Force' Behind Stuxnet: NPR
Android Use Surges on Mobile Ad Network: CNet
The Facebook Chart That Freaks Google Out: AllThingsD


Stand with Gibson Guitars rally in Nashville on 10/8: Malkin
10 things you didn't know about the witness protection program: Ace
Here's a petition every regular American can support: MOTUS

Image: Black Panther Threatens To Shoot Conservative Student (iOTW)
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: Herman Cain for President

QOTD: "The Solyndra bankruptcy, alas, is not an outlier but a harbinger. This is the kind of economic calamity we will see more of unless the Obama administration sheds its ideological blinders or until it leaves office. Meanwhile, capital will continue to be misallocated through perverse incentives and outright political favoritism, and large amounts of patiently acquired wealth will be wiped out." --Steven Hayward

Monday, September 26, 2011

Green Energy Fail Photo o' the Day

Doesn't this perfectly capture the essence of the "green energy" scam?

Big Government is running a caption contest (hat tip: Sondrakistan), but feel free to suggest candidates in the comments section.

Don't all rush to be first now.

Oops! Illinois Budget Deficit to Hit $8 Billion Despite Huge Tax Hike

Yes, it's another success story for Democrat leadership!

Illinois budget deficit to hit $8 billion despite tax increase

Despite a major income tax increase, the state of Illinois is expected to end the budget year more than $8 billion in the red...

...In all, the state will be $8.3 billion short on June 30 if nothing is done, according to the report. The majority of that money, roughly $5.5 billion, will come in the form of unpaid bills from companies that provide everything from meals for the elderly to toilet paper for prisoners. Another $1.2 billion is composed of Medicaid payments the state will push off until the next budget year, while the remaining $1.6 billion is owed to companies for tax returns and health insurance bills for state workers.

...Msall is calling on lawmakers to rein in pension costs by limiting benefits for current employees. It's an effort led by House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego that has been met with skepticism from some leading Democrats, including [Democrat Governor] Quinn.

...Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Frank Mautino of downstate Spring Valley said lawmakers can ease some of the budget burden by borrowing to pay off the backlog of bills... More borrowing is an idea the Civic Federation has opposed, contending that the state's reliance on loans leads to higher debt payments that ultimately means less money to spend on daily operations.

This is also the Democrats' plan at the federal level in microcosm. Rather than living within their means, these reprehensible hacks instead want to fight the growing budget deficit by... borrowing more money.

But I can understand their reluctance to slash: there's nothing to cut!

Law gives huge pension perks to union leaders: "All it took to give nearly two dozen labor leaders from Chicago a windfall worth millions was a few tweaks to a handful of sentences in the state's lengthy pension code... The changes became law with no public debate among state legislators and, more importantly, no cost analysis...

Twenty years later, 23 retired union officials from Chicago stand to collect about $56 million from two ailing city pension funds thanks to the changes."

One-day rehiring nets former Chicago labor leader a $158,000 city pension: "Gannon is eligible for the lucrative pension deal only because City Hall rehired the former Streets and Sanitation Department worker for a single day in 1994, then granted him an indefinite leave of absence... State law allowed Gannon to retire from the city in 2004, the year he turned 50; since then, he has received about $1 million from his city pension. He stands to collect approximately $5 million during his lifetime...

...Until last year, that pension came on top of Gannon's union salary, which had grown to more than $240,000. He now draws the pension while working for a hedge fund, Grosvenor Capital Management, that does work with public pensions, including the Teachers Retirement System of Illinois. The firm also was one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's largest campaign contributors."

I'm just wondering at what point the electorate revolts. Or do they just surrender and let Illinois collapse without a fight?

Too good to check: Barack Obama's SSN fails E-Verify

This is just too damn funny (if not a bit scary).

For the record: I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. I'm not convinced, however, that Henry Waxman was born on this planet and am hereby officially demanding the release of his long-form birth certificate.

Yes, I preemptively reported myself to

Third World Starvation, Brought to You by Ethanol and the Global Warming Scam Artists™

The "Arab Spring" -- violent revolts in Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen -- can be traced back to rising food prices, food shortages and imminent starvation. Prior to the Yemeni uprising, for example, seven million citizens "were forced to reduce their number of daily meals from three to one."

And what caused these rising food prices?

You guessed it: the global warming scam, which forces otherwise edible crops to be burned as inefficient fuels like ethanol. A new research paper models food prices and arrives at statistical proof that the global warming scam is, in great part, helping starve children in the third world.

The Food Crises: A quantitative model of food prices including speculators and ethanol conversion

Recent increases in basic food prices are severely impacting vulnerable populations worldwide. Proposed causes such as shortages of grain due to adverse weather, increasing meat consumption in China and India, conversion of corn to ethanol in the US, and investor speculation on commodity markets lead to widely differing implications for policy. A lack of clarity about which factors are responsible reinforces policy inaction...

Here, for the first time, we construct a dynamic model that quantitatively agrees with food prices. The results show that the dominant causes of price increases are investor speculation [Ed: market forces, i.e., supply-and-demand] and ethanol conversion. Models that just treat supply and demand are not consistent with the actual price dynamics...

...Both causes of price increase, speculative investment and ethanol conversion, are promoted by recent regulatory changes—deregulation of the commodity markets, and policies promoting the conversion of corn to ethanol. Rapid action is needed to reduce the impacts of the price increases on global hunger.

It's time for the government to get out of the fuel business. It's time to stop subsidizing ethanol; to disband the regulatory state that prevents exploitation of our natural resources; and to let the free market dictate what we use to power our society.

Because the destruction wrought by the environmental, flat-earth, no-growth Marxist left must be stopped.

If for no other reason than to save the children who today starve to death thanks to the likes of Al Gore and the climate grifters.

Related: In the name of global warming, 20,000 Ugandan villagers burned out of their homes.

Larwyn's Linx: Obama to Blacks-Take Off Your Slippers; Stop Complaining

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Obama to Blacks-Take Off Your Slippers; Stop Complaining: ConBlkChk
Obama tries isolating, polarizing Blacks to shore his base: CY
Every Single One: Justice Dept. in Turmoil: PJM

A new Chicago-based minority voter outreach program: Malkin
Obama To CBC: Quit Crying And Complaining: RWN
Obama Mocks Perry, Republican Debates: Hill

Why does the good life end?: Hanson
GOP disappointed in Perry, divided over future: York
Man of the Hour – Herman Cain: NoisyRm


Global Bust-Up: Steyn
Telegraph notes IMF lending limit others ignored: NB
The UAW's Waning Days?: RWN

Gunrunner & Solyndra

Feds used ATF employee to walk guns -- without straw buyer: SSI
Obama Scandal Checklist: Operation Fast And Furious: Wizbang
Mellow Bob on Solyndra: Parkway Rest Stop

Climate & Energy

EPA’s Tighter Ozone Standards Will Strangle Economic Recovery: Foundry
Global Warming Hysteria: Skepticism Is Not “Anti-Science”: FrstThngs
The Amazing Decline in Deaths from Extreme Weather in an Era of Global Warming: WUWT


No to Chris Christie: AmSpec
Tea Party Terrorists? Here's What Should Really Terrify You: RedCounty
Elizabeth Warren - There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own: AnBlkCon

Chicago Tribune op-ed on sweetheart union pension deal: "Yes, this is corrupt": Marathon
When it Comes to Wealthy Campaign Donors, What’s in a Name?: Malkin
RNC Chair Priebus Owns DNC’s Wasserman-Schultz On ‘Face The Nation’: Breitbart


France Bans Muslim Street Prayers; Muslims Protest, Chant 'Death To The Jews': JoshuaPundit
Kansas Pastor Banned From Islamic Center After Handing Out Bibles: Creeping
Mexican woman decapitated by notorious drug gang after posting on the internet about criminals: NYDN

Obama is Dangerous For Piece: Lewis
Cain rips CAIR, ISNA, Muslim Brotherhood--promises prosecution: WZ
Feel-Good Story of the Day: WZ


For Chicago traders, Twitter delivers real-time info — plus camaraderie: ChiBiz
USA Today's Twitter account falls victim to hackers: CNet
Trademark Watch: Windows Phone 7.5 Will “Put People First”: Crunch


Cheech and Chong's Latest Adventure: Front Porch Anarchist
This Week in Automotivators, September 19-25: RWN
UN Choir Sings Somebody to Hate: Viral Footage

Image: Palestinian boy holds a sign against US President Barack Obama
Today's Larwyn's Linx sponsored by: Allen West for Congress

QOTD: "Why is it more moral for a federal bureaucrat in a state-supplied SUV to shut down an offshore oil rig on grounds that it is too dangerous for the environment than for a private individual to risk his own capital to find some sort of new fuel to power his government’s SUV fleet? All affluent societies believe that they are just too rich not to be able to afford another regulation, just one more moralizing indulgence, yet again an added entitlement. But as we see now in postmodern America, idle 250,000 acres of farmland for a tiny fish, shut down an entire oilfield, put off a new natural gas find in worry over possible environmental alteration, add a cent to the sales tax, mandate yet another prescription drug entitlement not funded, or offer yet another in-state tuition discount to an illegal alien — and the costs finally equate to an implosion as we see in Greece or California. And as we know from past collapses, a new entitlement in a matter of minutes becomes an institutionalized right whose withdrawal causes far more anguish than its prior nonexistence. Justinian learned that when he sought to cut the civil service and almost lost his throne." --Victor Davis Hanson

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Former Clinton Appointee: Calling Tea Party 'Racist' Is Just a Cynical Political Ploy

Politico, home of failed Washington Post reporters, offers a feature called "The Arena", which it touts as a daily debate among "policy-makers and opinion shapers".

On July 20, 2010 the topic of the day was "...will branding tea party 'racist' work?". Among dozens of respondents, Mary Frances Berry -- a famous liberal activist and former Clinton appointee -- accidentally blurted out the truth:

Tainting the tea party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats.

There is no evidence that tea party adherents are any more racist than other Republicans, and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats win in November [2010]. Having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness.

The tactic of tarring innocent people as racists is despicable, but not unexpected coming from the sewer-dwelling thought leaders of the hard left Democrat Party. In fact, the current administration has done more to promote racial divisiveness than any White House since the Wilson administration.

The Tea Party is interested in one color: the yellowed parchment of the United States Constitution. You know, Democrats: that antiquated document that you take an oath to uphold, lying all the while.

And keep trying to demonize black Tea Party superstars like Herman Cain, Rep. Tim Scott and Rep. Allen West. Your egregious lies are creating new cadres of strong, African-American conservatives and growing the membership of the National Black Republican Association.

So keep it up, Democrats: 2012 is coming.

Hat tips: Daily Bail and I Hate the Media.

In the name of global warming, 20,000 Ugandan villagers burned out of their homes

It's not enough that the environmental agenda has wasted billions on phony "green jobs"; or made millionaires out of the U.N.'s ethically challenged climate change panel; or helped cause the deaths of tens of millions with its senseless ban of DDT. No, not enough.

Now, tens of thousands of Ugandans have been burned out of their homes to help a company issue "carbon credits", the fraudulent currency of the climate scam.

According to the company’s proposal to join a United Nations clean-air program, the settlers living in this area left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner...

...People here remember it quite differently... villagers described gun-toting soldiers and an 8-year-old child burning to death when his home was set ablaze by security officers... “They said if we hesitated they would shoot us,” said William Bakeshisha, adding that he hid in his coffee plantation, watching his house burn down. “Smoke and fire.”

According to a report released by the aid group Oxfam on Wednesday, more than 20,000 people say they were evicted from their homes here in recent years to make way for a tree plantation run by a British forestry company, emblematic of a global scramble for arable land.

...Across Africa, some of the world’s poorest people have been thrown off land to make way for foreign investors... in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming.

The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations.

The company involved, New Forests Company, grows forests in African countries with the purpose of selling credits from the carbon-dioxide its trees soak up to polluters abroad. Its investors include the World Bank, through its private investment arm, and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, HSBC.

Carbon trading is -- provably -- a scam. The Chicago Climate Exchange went bust late last year. The European Union has seen billions lost to fraudulent carbon trading.

Remember, though, it's all worth it because "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow...."

Hat tip: Climate Depot.