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Saturday Link-O-Rama

Another week, another round of stories I just couldn’t get to in any detail:

-Uh, I don’t think this guy understands what “anti-bullying” really means.  And he certainly doesn’t help his case when he does precisely what he denounces.  Dope.

-I kind of think it has: “Has America Been Crippled By Intellectual Idiots?”

-Investors Business Daily talking about “journalists” (yes the scare quotes are intentional): “It’s Cool To Be In The Tank For Obama”.  But they’ll still want us to laud them for being “objective” and “hard nosed”, right?

-About time.  New professional behavioral guidelines have been issued for the Secret Service.  This only intensifies my belief that this sort of behavior was widespread and fairly common and that leadership was either clueless or did the ole “wink, wink, nudge, nudge”.  Either way, higher heads should roll.  And yeah, I’m a hard ass about stuff like this.

-An interesting exploration of the US labor participation rate.

-Students may love the idea of the redistribution of wealth (when it comes to paying their student loans), but when the example is redistribution of grades, not so much.

-The LA Times carries a story saying the US is signaling a major shift on the Iran nuclear program in which the Obama administration might support letting Iran continue enriching uranium up to 5% purity if it agrees to other U.N. restrictions.  Of course that begs the question as to why the administration has also sent a flock of F-22s, our most advanced air superiority fighter, to bases in the sandbox?

-Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder has declared there’s “more work to do” before his term is done.  Like what?  Scouting out country club jails for his future incarceration?  The guy has got to be the worst and most corrupt AG we’ve seen in quite some time.

-How to win friends and influence an industry – “crucify them”.  Remember, the government is a servant of the people … right?

-I know this will come as a complete shock, but did you know that Social Security and Medicare are going to go broke even sooner than we thought?  Who knew?  According to experts, each household owes $538,000 toward unfunded SS and Medicare liabilities.  Or, $63 trillion, with a “t”, dollars.  Anyone out there want to argue we’ve been well served by our political class?

-I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the Senate race in MA, but Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard professor and darling of the left is finding out that politics is a bit more hard ball than being in the academic in-group.  Especially when you can’t support your claims.

-Finally the Zimmerman narrative has begun to crumble completely.  The man who was portrayed initially by omission as a white man is apparently a man of very mixed race, to include African ancestry.  Also interesting is after you read this story, you’ll most likely have much the same thought as I did – I now know more about Zimmerman than I do about the President of the United States.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO


Saturday Link-O-Rama

Got to tell you, my heart just goes out to the poor baby </sarc>

Booed at Fenway.  More unpopular than the Yankees.

And meanwhile, the big money just isn’t rolling in like it did.

But guess who is still bundling for Obama?

Here we go again.  Why don’t we just get it over with and make it $100 an hour. $500?  They just don’t get it do they?

Guess what industry is driving Ohio’s economic recovery and … jobs?

Is California becoming unaffordable for the majority of people?

Really?

Why blacks die younger.  Hint: It has nothing to do with race.

Why the middle class is doomed.

Is the left committed to “Social Creationism?”

The UN: A case study in failure.

What obstructs the “pursuit of happiness”?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO


Saturday Link-O-Rama

Hard to find the words to find the uh, “winning” in this quote:

“We were winning. We were winning in a very different way because we were touching hearts. We were raising issues that, well, frankly, a lot of people didn’t want to have raised”—Rick Santorum in his concession speech this week.

Um hmmm.

Is Crony Capitalism the reason your cell phone bill is 80% too high?

Factory farm raised beef is horrible, but organically raised beef?  It’s worse.  For what?  Well global warming of course:

Grass-grazing cows emit considerably more methane than grain-fed cows. Pastured organic chickens have a 20 percent greater impact on global warming. It requires 2 to 20 acres to raise a cow on grass. If we raised all the cows in the United States on grass (all 100 million of them), cattle would require (using the figure of 10 acres per cow) almost half the country’s land (and this figure excludes space needed for pastured chicken and pigs). A tract of land just larger than France has been carved out of the Brazilian rain forest and turned over to grazing cattle. Nothing about this is sustainable.

Is the Federal Government making a move to take more control of Natural Gas production in the states by Executive Order?

The federal government is concerned, since natural gas volumetric exploration in 2011 was so large, it eclipsed the all-time high production record of 1973, it must “ensure that we can successfully tap this critical resource for decades to come, we must develop it safely and responsibly.” Translation, we must control it and reduce its production so that our air and water are safe according to the EPA dictates. This is interesting because natural gas is one of the cleanest sources of energy.

Why Obama is no “Energy President”, or, perhaps, is the Anti-Energy President.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright makes the point that he’s never changed his preaching style and that Obama listened to that preaching for 20 years.  Who is lying here?

Secret Service agents misbehaving?

If you’re up for reading about one of the most absurd wastes of money it has been my misfortune to run across, hit the link.  In the big scheme of things, it’s not a lot of money, but when you read the whole story my guess is you’ll be seeing red … just like the financial red ink our country is drowning in precisely because of bureaucratic, wasteful and downright stupid spending like this.

The recent end of one man’s “white guilt”.  Mine died decades ago.

A pretty poor attempt to justify the healthcare mandate legally.

About those “green” jobs.

Farrakhan – Don’t breed with whites!  And get a load of this as well.  And finally, this.

DoJ has become a horrible joke.

Enjoy your Saturday.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO


Saturday link-o-rama

Good for thee, but not for me – this administration is, well, just something.  Apparently, lowering taxes to spur economic growth only works in China.  If you suggest it here, well, you’re an extremist:

While making positive comments about the most recent five-year-plan developed by the Communist government of the People’s Republic of China, Undersecretary of State Robert Hormats specifically applauded China’s decision to lower taxes because it would spur economic growth.

Instead you’re going to hear the left double down on income inequality as a prelude to their tax the rich panacea.  When they do, keep this in mind:

“Any analysis of taxes paid in high tax-and-spend countries shows that the U.S. has the most progressive income tax system in the world.”

Speaking of taxes, the inevitable is about to happen in Germany.  Inevitable what?  The inevitable “solution” to an out of control welfare state.  Germany has been much more successful than some of the other European states in putting this off, but apparently the time has come.

GERMANY is proposing to levy extra taxes on the young to pay for the costs of the country’s growing numbers of old people, under government plans for a ”demographic reserve” levy.

The usual political over promise that’s been woefully underfunded.  Of course the same problem exists here as well.

I always say there are only a few polls to watch between elections.  One is the “right track/wrong track” polls that measure whether people think the country is on one or the other tracks .  Real Clear Politics presently has that at 60% wrong track and 33.7% wrong track.

Can anyone ever again consider NBC a news organization?

John Derbyshire hits bottom with this piece of garbage.

The Hill publishes a piece that just takes your breath away.  It is so poorly written and argued you have to wonder if they have been hacked by a 12 year old and just don’t know it yet.

Anti-Semite MJ Rosenberg, of Media Matters For America, resigns and hits the trail – sort of.

When you chum for sharks, what would you expect to show up?

Best first pitch ever.

Egypt (Arab Spring you know) continues to pursue pro-democracy American NGO workers.  The country has requested Interpol arrest them.  This while Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is welcomed in the White House.

Economic “recovery” is slow and weak due to Obama Administration policies.

The annual silliness surrounding membership at Augusta National is upon us.  In a free country you get to run your business the way you want too … and suffer the economic consequences of your decisions.  Forcing Augusta to allow women won’t empower them a bit.  Women starting their own “women’s only” golf club will.  And it certainly isn’t the business of politicians.

Global warming alarmists have almost become pathetic in their desperation.  James Hansen puts the cherry on top of that desperation.

Obama declares “women are not an interest group” although he and the Democrats clearly believe they are and have spun up this phony “war on women” with that in mind.

Finally – the real unemployment rate, as we’ve pointed out for quite some time, isn’t what is officially touted (8.2%).  Instead it is more like 10.9%.

Enjoy your weekend.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO


Link-o-rama

Sometimes there are a lot of stories out there on a day but few that really spark a need for a lengthy discussion.  Today, at least to this point, is one of those.  Yes, all attention is focused on SCOTUS and the ObamaCare law, but that will be later in the day.

But there are some things I’d like to just hit with a short comment or two.

Such as the fact that Newt Gingrich simply doesn’t know when it’s over.  Hey Newt, it’s over and charging $50 bucks for a campaign photo isn’t going to endear you to those whose support you’re seeking.  And by the way, when the press pulls all their people from your campaign, it’s a sign that even most addle-brained politicians can usually figure out.

Anyone else as appalled at the “love fest” Dick Cheney sparked by having the audacity to accept a heart transplant.  And how about this “bioethicist” who weighed in saying Cheney was “too old” to qualify and shouldn’t have gotten one.  But remember, in the future, there will be no “death panels”.  Newsweek again proves why it’s not worth reading anymore.

Do you remember all the lefties hyperventilating over the rise of militias a while back?  And the Southern Poverty Law Center claiming the they were the internal threat of the future.  That was all driven by a group called the Hutaree militia group out of Michigan.  They were arrested by federal agents and charged with conspiring to commit sedition and conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction among other things.  Yesterday:

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts granted defense requests for acquittal on all charges against five of the defendants and the most serious charges against two others: alleged ringleader David Stone Sr. and his son Joshua Stone.

Acting after prosecutors rested their case, Roberts ruled the government didn’t have enough evidence to back its claims.

Given this DoJ, is anyone surprised?

Under the category, “there is no cure for stupid”, we have some wannabe assassins, to include a former army officer and an active duty soldier, who’ve been plotting to do “wet work” with undercover DEA agents (thinking they were drug cartel members) for a year.  You’ve got to read the story to believe it.  My guess is there are way too many ninja movies in these bozo’s past.

Spike Lee is a dumb ass.

The real reason to push the global warming scare.

Astroturfing Allen West.  Hey, why not?  The professional protesters on the left are always looking for a new gig, especially now that OWS is winding down.

VIPER teams?  Did you know that TSA is now out on the highways and byways?

Zimmerman/Martin case – it has nothing to do with the FL “stand your ground” law.  In fact, it is “legally irrelevant”.

EPA slap down.  Nothing like missing a deadline to act by 3 years.  The court was not impressed.

Have we hit rock bottom on this little charade yet?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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