Sunday, October 19, 2008

Speaking of slippery slopes

Here is a scary one from ... nope, not North Korea ... the UK.

Human tissue could be taken from the infirm without their consent and used for research

On Wednesday MPs will vote on a bill which would allow the creation of human/animal hybrid embryos to be used for stem cell research, change the conditions for granting IVF, and possibly liberalise the abortion laws.

The passage through Parliament of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill has been dogged by controversy. Failed attempts to outlaw late abortion have dominated the debate, while scientists, medical ethics experts and religious leaders have clashed over the hybrid embryo issue.

Defenders of the bill have repeatedly stressed the importance of gaining consent from anyone whose tissue is taken for the creation of human/animal hybrid embryos.

It can now be revealed that a Government amendment, agreed after the main parliamentary debates, would allow tissue to be used from people who lack the "mental capacity" to give consent, children whose parents give permission, and anyone who has previously donated samples to hospitals for medical research but can no longer be traced.

read the rest

What is the big deal with taking tissue from people "who lack mental capacity" to create human/animal hybrid embryos for medical research? I mean, how could that possibly go wrong?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

RACIST !!!!!111

Joe the plmber is concerned that Obama will hike his taxes; obviously, he is a racist republican SPY!#$$!!! He even compared Obama to another black man! OMFG!@#@!! He also mentions Britney Spears, clearly another racist code word.

From the Huffington Post:

Joe the (unlicensed) plumber's two money quotes to the NYT include:

"You know, I've always wanted to ask one of these guys a question and really corner them and get them to answer a question...."

"I'm kind of like Britney Spears having a headache."

By the way, the extended quote on the first comment helps flesh out and inform Joe's expression in the photo -- squinty Joe in the white light and the earnest Obama literally in the dark. From The Times:

"You know, I've always wanted to ask one of these guys a question and really corner them and get them to answer a question ... for once instead of tap dancing around it. And unfortunately I asked the question, but I still got a tap dance."

He added, "Almost as good as Sammy Davis Jr."

Shades of Mark Halperin's post back in March, Wurzelbacher's intent to "corner" the celebrity tap dancer was motivated by racism. If the McCain campaign had done it's homework before tossing this guy into the national spotlight -- and whether they did or they didn't is a bit concerning either way -- you'd think the chip on Wurzelbacher's shoulder would have been pretty easy to flush out.

He also has a shaved head; clearly he is a skinhead. Only racist skinheads would question the effect of Obama's tax policies on their small business.

If your virus software is up to date and you care to wade on over to the dailykos, where they have a plethora of loosely based accusations (no, I won't do the courtesy of a link):

He may be an unlicensed plumber.
Either that, or he might not be registered to vote.
Maybe he owes back taxes.
He suspects Obama might be a socialist.
He is considering NOT voting for Obama when the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters already endorsed Obama!!!
He could be related to Charles Keating of the KEATING 5.
And... he might even have family ties... TO ALASKA!!!!11

We really have to watch out for all these faux independent racist skinhead small business owners... from Alaska.

The short slippery slope to Socialism

Wheeeeee.... It's like a waterslide, but that's your liberty going down the hole!

Just stop paying your mortgage

While angry voters have labeled the package as a bailout for Wall Street, it is more akin to a “Get out of Jail Free” card for anyone who acted irresponsibly during the boom. Here's why.

Nobody likes foreclosure, least of all politicians. The new law clearly indicates that the government will make major efforts to reduce foreclosures through “term extensions, rate reductions and principal write-downs” of the troubled mortgages that it buys from the private sector. In other words, your new landlord will bend over backward to keep you in your home. The legislation telegraphs this by including a provision that extends until 2013 the exclusion of loan reductions from taxable income.

When a financial institution holds a mortgage, homeowners must live with the fear of foreclosure. Private institutions only have obligations to shareholders. In the case of a defaulting borrower, they will look to recover as much of their principal as possible. If foreclosure is their best option, they will take it in a heartbeat.

The government has no such obligations. Its only goal is to keep voters happy. After supposedly bailing out the fat cats on Wall Street, no politician wants to be accused of evicting struggling families. Once you understand this, all of your anxiety should melt away. Why pay your mortgage if foreclosure is off the table, and if you know that lower payments, and possibly a reduced loan amount, would result? A tarnished a credit rating is a small price to pay for such a benefit.

Pay attention, this is where the "bailout" plans are headed kids.

If you do get the opportunity to live for a while with no mortgage payment, don't make the tragic mistake of using your extra cash to pay down your credit cards. As the growing level of credit card defaults will soon push credit card companies into bankruptcy, we can expect a similar bailout plan for American Express and Discover Financial. When that happens, expect massive balance reductions for Americans who can demonstrate the inability to pay. The bigger your balance, the greater the benefit.

Taxpayers, however, will not be so lucky. The savvy investment strategists who see the government turning a tidy profit on its mortgage purchases have not factored in the incentives that will discourage nonpayment. The only way the government will be able to profit would be to buy the mortgages at deep discounts to actual loan values. However, if the purchase prices are too low, the plan will bankrupt the institutions it is trying to bail out. On the other hand, if it substantially overpays, which seems far more likely, it will bankrupt the nation.

In any event, as more and more borrowers succumb to the allure and safety of nonpayment, look for the number of troubled assets to swell. This will ensure that the $700 billion merely represents the first installment in what will be a multitrillion-dollar plan. Just as government policies provided the primary impetus in blowing up the housing bubble earlier in the decade, its latest attempt at market manipulation will only result in making a terrible problem far worse.

Yup. We have a real problem in our society right now with stating the obvious; instead we want to name some nebulous whipping boy. Home foreclosures aren't caused by "greedy wallstreet fatcats"; they are caused by people taking out loans they can't afford. Like the obesity epidemic in this country, obesity is NOT caused by McDonalds; obesity is caused by people stuffing hamburgers in their face at a greater rate than their body can burn them.

I leave you with this sunny quote:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. --Attributed to ALEXANDER FRASER TYTLER, LORD WOODHOUSELEE. (1747-1813) Unverified.

Anyway, it's been a nice 232 years.

Obama: I did not have sex with that terrorist.

CNN Debate Transcript

Last night's debate definitely has to go to McCain. Obama is too slick for McCain to land a clean knockout or get him completely rattled, but I would judge it a TKO. Where has this McCain been?! Apparently, if enough people at his own rallies tell him he can't out-socialist Obama, he will figure out he can't out-socialist Obama and will turn out a decent debate performance. McCain also gets bonus points -- I only heard "my friends" twice during the whole 90min.

Obama, on the other hand, proved for all to see that he can lie like a Clinton. When confronted about launching his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist* Obama looked into the camera and straight faced, flat out lied:

McCain: Well, again, while you were on the board of the Woods Foundation, you and Mr. Ayers, together, you sent $230,000 to ACORN. So -- and you launched your political campaign in Mr. Ayers' living room.

Obama: That's absolutely not true.

McCain: And the facts are facts and records are records.

Obama: And that's not the facts.

Ummm... yeah, Obama those are what we call 'facts.' Of course, Obama runs into trouble when real facts contradict his wish facts. Obama also issued a bold faced lie on the 'born-alive' act. There was not an identical bill on the books -- that is why a living infant ("pre-viable" in Obama-speak) died in a dirty linen closet in an Illinois hospital -- and the bill specifically contained a clause stipulating that it was not to overturn precedent (i.e. Roe v. Wade). These real facts are a matter of public record. These facts are highly inconvenient for Obama and he wishes they would just go away; therefor, according to wish facts, there is a highly nuanced reason to vote against a ban on killing babies that only Obama is clever enough to figure out.

*Note on Bill Ayers: "unrepentant domestic terrorist" is way, way too much of a mushy PC term for my taste; I believe the more accurate term is "homicidal traitor." Ayers should have gotten the needle right along with Timothy McVeigh; the only difference between the two is that Ayers was less skilled at building bombs but better at eluding the feds.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Prez debate liveblog II

discussions without preconditions with Chavez... FARC terrorists... another good shot by McCain.

Abortion: I guess Obama got a raise; abortion is suddenly within his paygrade.

Education: McCain missed a chance to land one last good blow in regards to Ayers and radical leftist ideological indoctrination of Chicago school kids.

Well, people asked for it; McCain came out swinging, but it may be too little too late. McCain wins on issues (taxes!!!); Obama wins on general telegenic qualities. Unfortunately, telegenics counts way more than it should. Overall winner: Joe the plummer.

Last Prez debate

8:46 central

Wow... McCain has gone at least 30min without saying "my friends." Debate practice must have included electroshock therapy.

He is delivering some body blows - no knockouts - but body blows. Keep hammering on taxes, man. He brought up Ayers skillfully. Obama outright lied... he DID launch his polititcal career in Ayers livingroom.

"I admire Senator Obama's eloquence" heh.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Good column from the Telegraph

Financial crisis: We're all socialists now, comrade

I am such a ray of sunshine today!

Wisdom from our betters

"I had learned not to care. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though. ..." -- Barack Obama

Just Not Smack! That's my philosophy, too.

"Asked how she feels about Bill Clinton's use of the phrase 'fairytale' to describe her husband's characterization of his position on the Iraq war, (Michelle Obama) first responded: 'No.' But, after a few seconds of contemplation, and gesturing with her fingernails, she told the reporter: 'I want to rip his eyes out!' Noticing an aide giving her a nervous look, she added: 'Kidding! See, this is what gets me into trouble.'" -- WorldNetDaily

Clarification: I think Obama wrote the first one before he met Michelle; or not, I don't really know, actually.

"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more." -- Michelle Obama

Thanks for pointing out the obvious!

Weeeeee... the next four years are going to be fun! Blogging will be a cakewalk, though, until they send me off to the re-education camp -- or is the correct term "sensitivity training"?

Quotes from:

Tue Night's Debate

And the winner is...

... Bob Barr

McCain didn't win this round. True, he landed some good body blows: cronyism, links to Fannie and Freddie, and taxes, but there were no knockout punches on Ayers, Obama's plans to send billions of $$$ to corrupt dictators via the UN, or his excessively waxed eyebrows. [Last debate Obama had 'evil wizard' eyebrows... this time he had 'who me?' eyebrows -- valuable political commentary, I know]

Even McCain's grating repetition of his signature verbal tic "my frieeends" wasn't enough to sink it for him. No... this is what made me sick:

So this rescue package means that we will stabilize markets, we will shore up these institutions. But it's not enough. That's why we're going to have to go out into the housing market and we're going to have to buy up these bad loans and we're going to have to stabilize home values, and that way, Americans, like Alan, can realize the American dream and stay in their home.

WTF?!? Why on earth should the government be involved in setting housing prices? Why should my tax dollars bail out greedy 'mainstreet' idjits who bought houses they couldn't afford? Call me a jerk, but I always though, 'if you can't afford to pay for something, then you don't get to have the thing' was sort of like a basic part of being an adult.

Anyhoo... McCain ultimately lost in my mind because he failed to make a basic defense of American capitalist values against a radical left wing socialist. I expected some hand waving populism to appease those elusive centrists, but McCain went way to far. I was briefly excited about McCain after the Palin nomination, but I am not certain that her presence in the VP slot is going to be enough to help me swallow McCain's $300b bitter pill.

My state is nowhere near any kind of swing state so I feel safe casting a protest vote. Maybe it will register with someone, somewhere in the GOP and we see more fiscally conservative, libertarian minded candidates in 2012.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Huh... what?

Watching the pres debate...

~8:45 pm central; Did Obama just say that 'government scientists invented the computer' and throw in something garbled about the defense department communicating with itself?

Wow! I didn't realise that Al Gore was a gov't scientist.


McCain seems pretty on tonight. His attacks are sharp. He keeps saying 'cronyism' and gesturing at Obama... burn. Also, if you are playing a drinking game at home, you should be trashed by now; McCain has said "my friends" at least 50 times.

A handy dandy timeline of disaster!

Obama, ACORN, and our economic meltdown.

Question: what does a community organizer do?

I wish that we could just laugh at this like it was some meaningless bit of fluff Obama inserted into his other wise sparse resume. The truth is, Obama is both highly experienced and devastatingly effective at community organizing; unfortunately, it's not the kind of organizing that most peace loving, self reliant Americans want going on in their communities.

Over at the National Review, Stanley Kurtz has an excellent analysis of the role of Obama and ACORN in the current subprime mortgage meltdown.

Planting Seeds of Disaster
ACORN, Barack Obama, and the Democratic party. By Stanley Kurtz

You’ve got only a couple thousand bucks in the bank. Your job pays you dog-food wages. Your credit history has been bent, stapled, and mutilated. You declared bankruptcy in 1989. Don’t despair: You can still buy a house.” So began an April 1995 article in the Chicago Sun-Times that went on to direct prospective home-buyers fitting this profile to a group of far-left “community organizers” called ACORN, for assistance. In retrospect, of course, encouraging customers like this to buy homes seems little short of madness.

Militant ACORN
At the time, however, that 1995 Chicago newspaper article represented something of a triumph for Barack Obama. That same year, as a director at Chicago’s Woods Fund, Obama was successfully pushing for a major expansion of assistance to ACORN, and sending still more money ACORN’s way from his post as board chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Through both funding and personal-leadership training, Obama supported ACORN. And ACORN, far more than we’ve recognized up to now, had a major role in precipitating the subprime crisis.

I’ve already told the story of Obama’s close ties to ACORN leader Madeline Talbott, who personally led Chicago ACORN’s campaign to intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to low-credit customers. Using provisions of a 1977 law called the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Chicago ACORN was able to delay and halt the efforts of banks to merge or expand until they had agreed to lower their credit standards — and to fill ACORN’s coffers to finance “counseling” operations like the one touted in that Sun-Times article. This much we’ve known. Yet these local, CRA-based pressure-campaigns fit into a broader, more disturbing, and still under-appreciated national picture. Far more than we’ve recognized, ACORN’s local, CRA-enabled pressure tactics served to entangle the financial system as a whole in the subprime mess. ACORN was no side-show. On the contrary, using CRA and ties to sympathetic congressional Democrats, ACORN succeeded in drawing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into the very policies that led to the current disaster.

The above article gives a good timeline of the social engineering programs that led us into this mess.

1977 -- Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)-- Passed by Jimmy Carter, calls on banks to increase lending to poor and minority neighborhoods. This legislation is used by ACORN to intimidate banks into providing subprime loans through a two pronged approach. One, they were able to file CRA complaints to block bank mergers and expansions. Two, they directly intimidated bank employees and executives in what they euphemistically term "direct action." The article describes it:

ACORN protesters will break into private offices, show up at a banker’s home to intimidate his family, or pour protesters into bank lobbies to scare away customers, all in an effort to force a lowering of credit standards for poor and minority customers.

1989 -- Savings and Loan Bailout -- included provisions requiring lenders to compile and make public statistics on race, gender, and income of mortgage applicants. The miracle of statistics provided groups like ACORN even more ammo for their bank intimidation tactics.

1989 - 1991 -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- Until the early 90's local banks were able to fall back on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to avoid making risky loans. Smaller banks could FMae and Fmac's refusals to purchase risky debt as political cover against ACORN's tactics.

1991 -- ACORN representatives testify before congress claiming loan bias and racism, and Democratic Congressmen pressure Fannie and Freddie to loosen lending practices

1992 & 1993 -- $3.5 billion committed by Fannie and Freddie to low income housing; $10 billion "affordable housing loan program" announced by Fannie. ACORN continues to complain of racism and strong arm smaller banks using CRA. Eventually, local banks join the chorus to pressure Fannie and Freddie to loosen lending standards to escape pressure from ACORN and allies.

1993 - 2002 -- Obama serves on the board of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago. ACORN recieved the following grants from the woods fund under Obama's tenure: $45,000 (2000), $30,000 (2001), $45,000 (2001), $30,000 (2002), and $40,000 (2002). [ ]

1993 -- Billy Jeff becomes prez, woo hoo, good times. ACORN reps get monthly meetings with Clinton Housing Secretary Cisneros.

1995 -- Clinton announces the "National Homeownership Strategy" a series of regulatory changes which simultaneously forces Fannie and Freddie to lower standards for potential buyers while making it harder for banks to get a favorable (i.e. non-racist) CRA rating. [More reading on Clinton's Nat. Home ownership Strategy: How A Clinton-Era Rule Rewrite Made Subprime Crisis Inevitable ]

Up until this point subprime loans represented a trickle, but Clinton's home ownership initiatives opened the subprime flood gates and were certainly a "success." They certainly opened up "home occupation" (can it really be called ownership if they have no hope of ever paying off the mortgage?) to huge segments of the population through risky lending practices. A relevant snippet from the IBD article gives a good example:

Among those decisions were changes that let Fannie and Freddie get into subprime loan markets in a big way.

Other rule changes gave Fannie and Freddie extraordinary leverage, allowing them to hold just 2.5% of capital to back their investments, vs. 10% for banks.

Since they could borrow at lower rates than banks due to implicit government guarantees for their debt, the government-sponsored enterprises boomed.

With incentives in place, banks poured billions of dollars of loans into poor communities, often "no doc" and "no income" loans that required no money down and no verification of income.

By 2007, Fannie and Freddie owned or guaranteed nearly half of the $12 trillion U.S. mortgage market — a staggering exposure.

Worse still was the cronyism.

Fannie and Freddie became home to out-of-work politicians, mostly Clinton Democrats. An informal survey of their top officials shows a roughly 2-to-1 dominance of Democrats over Republicans.

Subprime lending and low-income housing schemes also provided a nifty way to funnel tax dollars into Democratic dominated voting blocks.

The Bush administration and the Republican controlled Congress are guilty of the sin of inaction. They could have put the breaks on Freddie, Fannie, and the ensuing housing bubble, but despite a few week attempts, they failed to do so. But then, who wants to get called racist. The voters are to blame, as well, everyone was happy as long as their home values increased at rates drastically above inflation.

It is said the devil's greatest trick is convincing man he doesn't exist. It seems that Socialism's greatest trick is convincing the American electorate that a disastrous experiments in wealth redistribution are somehow the result of Capitalist markets run amok. Meanwhile, Obama seems poised to pull off the biggest trick of all -- convincing the electorate that he had absolutely nothing to do with it and that more wealth redistribution, i.e. "Tax Fairness," is the solution.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Homer Simpson Endorses Obama

... but votes McCain


Via Hotair, here is a leaked clip from the Nov2 Simpsons episode:

No it doesn't really make sense; it's the Simpsons.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The MV Iran Deyanat

Somali pirates hijaked an Iranian cargo ship off the horn of Africa, and now they are dropping like flies from a mysterious illness:

Mystery surrounds hijacked Iranian ship

A tense standoff is underway in northeastern Somalia between pirates, Somali authorities, and Iran over a suspicious merchant vessel and its mysterious cargo. Hijacked late last month in the Gulf of Aden, the MV Iran Deyanat remains moored offshore in Somali waters and inaccessible for inspection. Its declared cargo consists of minerals and industrial products, however, Somali and regional officials directly involved in the negotiations over the ship and who spoke to The Long War Journal are convinced that it was heading to Eritrea to deliver small arms and chemical weapons to Somalia's Islamist insurgents.

It was business as usual when speedboats surrounded the MV Iran Deyanat on August 21. The 44468 dead weight tonnage bulk carrier was pushing towards the Suez and had just entered the Gulf of Aden - dangerous waters where instability, greed and no-questions-asked ransom payments have led to a recent surge in piracy. Steaming past the Horn of Africa, 82 nautical miles southeast of al-Makalla in Yemen, the ship was a prize for the taking. It would bring hundreds of thousands of dollars - possibly millions - to the Somalia-based crime syndicate. The captain was defenseless against the 40 pirates armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades blocking his passage. He had little choice other than to turn his ship over to them. What the pirates were not banking on, however, was that this was no ordinary ship.

And a description of the illness:

The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates - 50 onboard and 50 onshore. Within days, pirates who had boarded the ship developed strange health complications, skin burns and loss of hair. Independent sources tell The Long War Journal that a number of pirates have also died. "Yes, some of them have died. I do not know exactly how many but the information that I am getting is that some of them have died," Andrew Mwangura, Director of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program, said Friday when reached by phone in Mombasa.

Follow the link above, the whole article is worth reading.

Obama Youth

A Youtube musical tribute to Our Dear Leader...

Obama's gonna swoop down from Washington DC on his magic unicorn, Toodles, and bring us all candy and toys. Yipee.

Little Fascists up early this morning...

The Little Fascists are up early this morning with some double plus good ways to make your life miserable:

Meat must be rationed to four portions a week, says report on climate change

People will have to be rationed to four modest portions of meat and one litre of milk a week if the world is to avoid run-away climate change, a major new report warns.
The report, by the Food Climate Research Network, based at the University of Surrey, also says total food consumption should be reduced, especially "low nutritional value" treats such as alcohol, sweets and chocolates.

The general level of agreement in the comments section is equally disturbing. Do these people like being miserable? It kind of reminds me of something... what was it... oh yeah:

We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK
--Barak Obama, May 2008

Good morning! Big Brother is watching you!