The Big Alienation

"If the federal government and our political parties were imaginative, they would understand that it is actually in their interests to restore peace and order to the border. It would be a way of demonstrating that our government is still capable of functioning, that it is still to some degree connected to the people's will, that it has the broader interests of the country in mind.

The American people fear they are losing their place and authority in the daily, unwinding drama of American history. They feel increasingly alienated from their government. And alienation, again, is often followed by deep animosity, and animosity by the breaking up of things. If our leaders were farsighted not only for themselves but for the country, they would fix the border."

Peggy Noonan..

The Big Alienation (Uncontrolled borders and Washington's lack of self-control)

Worth reading.  

Dilbert explains why the Obama administration is doing well in the press


But anything that changes the slope of the failure rate in a bad way is Bush's fault so it's a win, win...

Unless, of course, you actually work for a living.

Socialism. Try it out..

Real Progress (ive)

So how is it that one of the remaining "no issue" states has had 113 murders so far THIS year?
Must be the guns.  
Time to ban them...  No wait..
They already do ban them.
Time to ban them even HARDER

But They NEED health care

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt

San Francisco bans travel to Arizona

(somewhat stolen from IMAO blog)

San Francisco has banned travel to Arizona. So if you want to do something that requires the help of a San Franciscan (and I really don’t want to hear what that is), don’t pass a law they find mean.

Also, illegal immigrants are vowing to leave Arizona over its new law. I guess an unintended consequence of the Arizona law is to make illegal immigrants feel unwelcome in the state.


With all this plus liberals vowing not to go to the state, could Arizona soon become a utopia? Perhaps.

In five years, we’ll probably visit the state to find it full of shiny towers and flying cars.

Damn, and I was thinking of Texas..

The Insurance Mandate in Peril

First Congress said it was a regulation of commerce. Now it's supposed to be a tax. Neither claim will survive Supreme Court scrutiny.

Read more..

One small step at a time.

Forget Viagra, scientists develop what women REALLY want, a spray to make their men cuddle more

So I guess they've made a spray that turns men into women?

Read more..

Expect this to be given to boys at school soon.  

Proposal: All New Yorkers Become Organ Donors

Assemblyman Brodsky Introduces Bill That Would Give State The Right To Decide If You Are To Give The Gift Of Life

Not exactly a GIFT now is it?

Where is John?

Forget "WHO" My question is "WHERE" because it's almost time.

So what is the problem with AZ?

At present, Article 67 of Mexico's Population Law says, "Authorities, whether federal, state or municipal ... are required to demand that foreigners prove their legal presence in the country, before attending to any issues."

So, if we merely matched Mexico's own laws in a tit for tat manner, the mexicans would demand what, exactly?

IF a US citizen found himself in Mexico illegally and needed, say, access to an ER for treatment, just how would he be treated?

How about if he wanted a drivers license?

Massachusetts law would turn doctors into serfs

Read it all.

Massachusetts law would turn doctors into serfs

"Every health care provider licensed in the commonwealth which provides covered services to a person covered under “Affordable Health Plans” must provide such service to any such person, as a condition of their licensure, and must accept payment at the lowest of the statutory reimbursement rate…"

To quote my Dr. Wife.

"Massachusetts is going te start hemorrhaging doctors"

From Any Rand..

"let them discover the kind of doctors that their system will now produce. Let them discover, in the operating rooms and hospital wards, that it is not safe to place their lives in the hands of a man they have throttled. It is not safe, if he is the sort of man who resents it—and still less safe, if he is the sort who doesn’t.”

As well it should.

My question is where do we go when there is no place to go?

I've been thinking about congress.

Just to be sure.

Have some more snake oil

"It'd be easy to say we told you so, but what would be the point? After all, anybody who argued that ObamaCare would actually reduce health care costs was either lying, wishfully naive or in possession of a newborn's critical thinking skills."

Why "or"?   I "All of the above" not an option?



If it were true that men could achieve their good by means of turning some men into sacrificial animals, and I were asked to immolate myself for the sake of creatures who wanted to survive at the price of my blood, if I were asked to serve the interests of society apart from, above and against my own—I would refuse. I would reject it as the most contemptible evil, I would fight it with every power I possess, I would fight the whole of mankind, if one minute were all I could last before I were murdered, I would fight in the full confidence of the justice of my battle and of a living being’s right to exist. Let there be no misunderstanding about me.

 If it is now the belief of my fellow men, who call themselves the public, that their good requires victims, then I say: The public good be damned, I will have no part of it! (Atlas Shrugged, Pt. II, ch. 4)

Somehow I don't think Obama understands.

The Dreadful Equation

This is the dreadful equation of socialism. Money can be used to create value, or it can fuel the exercise of power, but not both...It is possible to ration subsistence, but not prosperity. Americans are slowly, painfully beginning to appreciate the difference between those two levels of existence. 

We’ve been so prosperous, for so long, that we lost sight of how far our economy would collapse when value was traded for power. The arithmetic of poverty and unemployment is simple, and merciless. Free people multiply. The all-powerful State is only good at division. -- Hot Air, The Dreadful Equation

The Gun is Civilization by Marko

The Gun is Civilization by Marko

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another:
reason and force. If you want me to do something for you,
you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or
force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every
human interaction falls into one of those two categories,
without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively
interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid
method of social interaction, and the only thing that
removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as
paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You
have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have
a way to negate your threat or employment of force.

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound
woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year
old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang
banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a
carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes
the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers
between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the
source of bad force equations. These are the people who
think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed
from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a
[armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only
true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed
either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no
validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic
rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's
the exact opposite of a  civilized society. A mugger, even
an armed one, can only make a successful living in a
society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there's the argument that the gun makes
confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in
injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways.
Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the
physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury
on the loser.

People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't
constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people
take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at
worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier
works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the
stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.

The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands
of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight
lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force
equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for
a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun
at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded.
I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it
enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of
those who would interact with me through reason, only the
actions of those who would do so by force. It removes
force from the equation...and that's why carrying a gun is
a civilized act.

By Marko

These are my people. Americans.

A most polite bitch slap and a brilliant answer.


I hate race baiting and I'm so glad he answered her in a perfect sound bite that truly reflects reality.

He is, indeed, with "His people"

Tax Day Thoughts

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation." --John Marshall

A couple from Sam Adams

"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds."  -- Sam Adams

"The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule."

and, finally, Ayn Rand

“Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns–or dollars. Take your choice–there is no other–and your time is running out.”

Ayn Rand.  Atlas Shrugged

60 Hospitals Cancelled Due to New Health Law...

60 Hospitals Cancelled Due to New Health Law...

My favorite comment.

"We're talking about improving the availability of quality healthcare... even if it means reducing the availability of quality healthcare.  Its so retarded it has to work."

Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action. (taken from Ian Fleming's novel Goldfinger)

So the question really is "Is Congress and the Obama administration this retarded or is it enemy action?"

I can accept an argument that they are simply pursuing the ideological tenets of their education assuming that "It has to work" since they have believed that it would their entire life.  

OTOH, they may be trying to collapse the system in pursuit of a much larger and nefarious goal involving the direct or indirect control of everyone.  If they bury us in massive, debt then trigger a crisis based on that debt then they may believe that the sheeple will call for more and more government control as the only possible solution.   Massive debt requires massive cuts or massive taxes and for every tax dollar you send in, it is one dollar less of real freedom you have.

I put the odds of massive spending cuts at less than zero, therefore we are in for a huge political battle as the divide between those producing and those looting widens and pushes us closer and closer to a "resolution" on way or another.

Gird you loins, it's going to get bumpy

In the mean time, I guess it's time to go with "Moscow Rules" of spy craft.

  1. Assume nothing.
  2. Never go against your gut.
  3. Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
  4. Don't look back; you are never completely alone.
  5. Go with the flow, blend in.
  6. Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
  7. Lull them into a sense of complacency.
  8. Don't harass the opposition.
  9. Pick the time and place for action.  (aka "Is THIS the hill you want to die on?")
  10. Keep your options open.

Question of the day.

Will Obama-time be a transitory experience or an enduring tragedy?

Victor Davis Hanson.

"Keynesians have sermonized for decades about a truly appropriate mega-debt. Now we’re quickly on the way to achieving that vision, to testing just how much debt a country can incur and still survive. If Reagan and Co. talked about “starving the beast” — cutting needless government spending by first reducing tax revenue — this is the age of “gorging the beast”: borrowing and spending as much as possible to ensure later vast increases in taxes, and with them proper redistributive change."

My vote is to starve the beast, but I'm afraid that I am now in the minority.

And so it begins.

Medical Schools Can't Keep Up

"Doctors' groups and medical schools had hoped that the new health-care law, passed in March, would increase the number of funded residency slots, but such a provision didn't make it into the final bill.

"It will probably take 10 years to even make a dent into the number of doctors that we need out there," said Atul Grover, the AAMC's chief advocacy officer."

Wait!  I was promised unicorns and cupcakes by Obama..

 Of course if I put my tinfoil hat on then I see that this is a planned shortage to create a crisis and we know those are never "wasted".  Such a crisis could be used to nationalize more parts of the health care system or even as the justification to control the licensing of doctors.

A Gun Ban By Any Other Name...

A right that you cannot exercise without undo restrictions is no right at all.

Read it all here

Segway bots for sniper training

at 43 seconds in..

Oh My.. I feel a project coming on..

Since Obama loves the CBO..

 "U.S. fiscal policy is unsustainable, and unsustainable to an extent that it can't be solved through minor changes".

  1. A record $220.9 billion deficit in February alone
  2. For every dollar in taxes and other revenues
                 the federal government took in, the government
                 SPENT $3.05.
  3. Five-month deficit total: $651.6 billion, more
                 than 10 percent higher than last year's record.
  4. The five-month total is larger than any YEAR in
                 American history prior to 2009.
  5. The FY2010 budget deficit is now projected to
                 be $1.56 trillion AFTER stealing from the Social
                 Security Trust fund.

  6. The CBO projects that interest payments on the
                 debt will total $916 BILLION annually by the
                 end of the decade.

 "It's a matter of arithmetic."

to paraphrase SNL..

Pelosi, you ignorant slut..

Progressives can't get past the Knowledge Problem

Glenn Reynolds nails it in Progressives can't get past the Knowledge Problem

As Ronaldus said.  It's that they know so much that isn't so.

Obamacare was supposed to provide unicorns and rainbows: How can it possibly be hurting companies and killing jobs? Surely there's some sort of Republican conspiracy going on here!

"This became apparent when various large businesses responded to the enactment of Obamacare by taking accounting steps to reflect tax changes brought about by the new health care legislation. The additional costs created by Obamacare, conveniently enough, weren't going to strike until later, after the November elections.

But both Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations require companies to account for these changes as soon as they learn about them. As the Atlantic's Megan McArdle wrote:
"What AT&T, Caterpillar, et al did was appropriate. It's earnings season, and they offered guidance about , um, their earnings."So once Obamacare passed, massive corporate write-downs were inevitable."

How far we have fallen

"I wasn't a great communicator," President Reagan said in his farewell address, "but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation -- from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in the principles that have guided us for two centuries."

We sorely need those with belief in OUR principles once again.

In "A Time for Choosing":  The great man said "You and I are told we must choose between a left or right," Reagan said, "but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right, There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism."

Something to ponder.

Wiser Words have rarely been spoken.

The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails us. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

Damn, I wish I had written that.

In 2065 years we have not learned ANYTING

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

- Marcus Tullius Cicero - 55 BC

Free Shot Timers for iPhone/iPod


Find it here.

Lady Gaga Versus Mideast Peace

Bret Stephens writes about the "father" of al Qaeda "Sayyid Qutb" he was a student in America in the 1940s and wrote a 30 volume set called "In the Shade of the Quran"  (Jeese why is it that nut jobs never write a 2 page position paper?  Nooo they always have to expound their wisdom over volumes and volumes..)

Anyway.  In his 1951 essay "The America I Have Seen" goes on and on about how offensive we are.

In a nut shell, they have hated us for a long long time.

" the America Qutb found so offensive had yet to discover Elvis, Playboy, the pill, women's lib, acid tabs, gay rights, Studio 54, Jersey Shore and, of course, Lady Gaga. In other words, even in some dystopic hypothetical world in which hyper-conservatives were to seize power in the U.S. and turn the cultural clock back to 1948, America would still remain a swamp of degeneracy in the eyes of Qutb's latter-day disciples."

SO...   There is nothing we can do, save convert to Islam, that will EVER be enough to get them to leave us alone.

Well alrighty then...   Let's stop pretending otherwise.   Let's stop bending over backwards trying to placate a group that simply and completely intends for our demise.

Let's rub their noses in it.    Start an All Lady Gaga Gaga all the time channel in the middle east.  Run nothing but the trashiest of our TV, nothing but "Sex and the City" reruns.   Real Housewives..    

We should judge the programming by the howls of protest.    The more they howl the more we give "IT"  to them..

That's why I don't get to run things..


Over at grouchyoldcripple there is a post from a doctor friend of his.

Worth your time to read.

Prosecutor: Agent infiltrated Christian militia

On first blush, this would be a good thing no?   Who the hack wants Christian militia or anyone else plotting the violent overthrow of the government?    If they were planning to hurt police officers just to foment rebellion then of course I want my government to step in and put a halt to it.

This comment is not about that.   First, read the AP story, summarized here..

"three unspecified arrests of unspecified persons for unspecified crime/s in unspecified places, insinuating that unspecified persons may belong to an unspecified militia."

What bothers me is the timing of it all.   Sure it could be a chicken and egg problem, but have you noticed how the  media has associated "tea party" and Christian militia.    Google   this   Christian militia tea party
 and take a look at the hits.    As for timing, how is it that the health care bill passes, black lawmakers "claim" that racial slurs were hurled at them, even though no video shows it and then the FBI suddenly finds a militia that wa just about to attack the police.     In their words, just days away.   (side note.. if it really was just days away, they waited too long)

I'm not into conspirices.  Generally the political side of the government couldn't keep a secret if it had to, but that doesn't preclude sops trying to curry favor with their masters by timing a raid and leaking "tea party" thoughts to the slobbering media hacks.

Just say'in that something about this raid stinks..