If the press had been even remotely skeptical of anything said by the Obama campaign, Ms. Dunn would be singing a different tune. But the press never asked Obama a single tough question, nor did it ever try to get the real story behind the obfuscations. And when a live broadcast inadvertently caught an average American citizen asking Obama a question which made him look bad--I'm talking about Joe the Plumber here--the press circled the wagons and did its level best to protect Obama.
This administration is fortunate to have a press which is willingly sacrificing its credibility with the American public in order to support their Dear Leader. Sooner or later the press will realize what they're doing to themselves, and the hagiographic coverage will end...but by then it'll be too late.
Or, who knows? Maybe they'll realize what's happening and not give a rat's ass.
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As a demonstration of this principle, the mainstream media are not bothering to report Ms. Dunn's praise for Mao who is one of the most murderous communist thugs in history.
Mao and Mother Theresa are her two favorite "philosophers"? How the hell do you manage that with a straight brain? Mother Theresa was an unparalleled humanitarian and Mao was a power-mad psychopath. WTF?
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The White House claims Fox News is not "news". Well, when you're purposely excluding a major media outlet which is the top cable news channel I guess you've got to have some excuse....
Moron.org is telling Democrats not to appear on Fox. (Sorry, did I say "moron.org" when I should have typed "Moveon.org"?)
The Democrats and their loony left supporters are telling us exactly where we are strongest again. Fox is the only organization saying "boo" to Democrats; naturally they are trying to do their damnedest to marginalize it.
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Feminists burned their bras to show their independence of the "patriarchy". Now I understand why leftist feminists support islam and Sha'ria: because it mandates that women may not wear bras, so everyone has to sag equally.
Doesn't this sound like gender equality to you?
The insurgent group Al Shabaab has sent gunmen into the streets of Mogadishu to round up any women who appear to have a firm bust, residents claimed yesterday.WTF where the hell can I get that job? You get to make women take off their tops and shake their boobs at you and you don't have to shove money into their G-strings? WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR THIS GLORIOUS ENFORCEMENT OF EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN?
The women are then inspected to see if the firmness is natural, or if it is the result of wearing a bra.
If they are found wearing a bra, they are ordered to remove it and shake their breasts, residents said.
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It is probably not far off the mark to say that the "economists" who are always quoted by the media are probably alumni of the Ivy League.
I bring this up because "economists" are saying "Higher jobless rates could be new normal".
Only an alumnus of the Ivy League could take a situation which is the result of high taxes, government intervention in markets, and stupid energy policies--all of which are bulwarks of the Democrat party--and try to tell us that it was because of:
• The auto and construction industries helped lead the nation out of past recessions. But the carnage among Detroit's automakers and the surplus of new and foreclosed homes and empty commercial properties make it unlikely these two industries will be engines of growth anytime soon.Point one came about because of high taxes, an energy policy which focused on conservation rather than increased supply, government policies which artificially expanded the markets for housing, and a vastly expanded money supply leading to inflation.
• The job market is caught in a vicious circle: Without more jobs, U.S. consumers will have a hard time increasing their spending; but without that spending, businesses might see little reason to start hiring.
• Many small and midsize businesses are still struggling to obtain bank loans, impeding their expansion plans and constraining overall economic growth.
• Higher-income households are spending less because of big losses on their homes, retirement plans and other investments. Lower-income households are cutting back because they can't borrow like they once did.
Point two happened because high taxes means fewer workers, "conservation" doesn't help when the demand for energy increases too much, and the artificially inflated housing market collapsed.
Point three is the result of high taxes and the housing collapse.
Point four: housing collapse, high energy prices, high taxes, and inflation. The dollar has lost 15% of its value since the beginning of this year, which is why gasoline jumped $0.25 in one week.
I should not have to recount the history of the past three years to explain why we are now in a huge freaking recession, one bad enough that--were there a Republican in the White House--it would be reported as a "depression" rather than a "great recession".
The worst part of all this is that we haven't hit rock bottom yet. The budget deficit for 2009 is $1,850 billion dollars and next year's deficit is projected to be $1,500 billion. The US government is printing money; people who formerly held US currency as a good investment are rethinking that and starting to move into other currencies such as the Euro and Yen. This is only going to result in a falling dollar.
Understand this: it cannot be otherwise. There are too many dollars in circulation.
The Democrats are not unaware of this; they're planning to pull back those dollars just as quickly as they can by increasing taxes. But that's where their plan falls down: higher taxes won't fix the problem; in fact it'll only make it worse, because higher taxes drive prices up. If you are trying to prevent inflation, an inflationary measure is not the way to go.
The people who are telling us that the worst is over are blowing sunshine up our skirts. And they're only telling us that because their guy is in the Oval Office.
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Tomorrow two trees are being removed from the front yard.
One is a maple tree which has graced the south side of the driveway since the house was built. It got bumped by the Blue Bomb and got a chunk knocked off of it; and that proved the avenue for rot and disease. Even so, it was doing fine until 2005-ish, when all the maple trees around here got some weird fungal disease which made these weird puffy white growths pop out from under the bark on the thin branches. It drizzled sap on everything and this tree was greatly weakened by the disease.
It got better, but about a third of the three is dead; we already had the tree guys come once and take out a bad chunk, and we can't keep having them do that. It'll cost too much, and the end result will be the tree being taken down anyway--better to have it removed in its entirety in one "swell foop".
The other tree is an elm. The elm tree is in fair health but it's just too damn close to the house, and we're worried about the foundation. So it's got to go, too.
Anyway, in preparation for the work, I needed to clear out the driveway. The Escort needed a can of Fix-a-Flat but was otherwise simple to move, and once the ailing tire was inflated I drove it around a bit and parked it in the back yard. The Jeep merely needed me to drive it aroud the block.
The Fiero, though--the Fiero needed a new battery. The one that was in it died; lead-acid batteries dislike being fully discharged and the car had sat, immobile, for months. The battery wouldn't even take a charge any more, and if I wanted to start the car, I had to jump-start it.
Today I went and got a battery. $80 with tax and a new pair of terminal posts. The Fiero uses side-terminal batteries, and the cable ends were missing their original posts. I had a couple of charging terminals which did the job, but I wanted the right parts.
Put battery in, Fiero started right up.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to move the Fiero and park it on the south side of the lawn. That ought to do.
Damn it, I want to drive that car.