On Hiatus

July 25, 2010

Friends and readers,

We’re going to take a few weeks off–while Stoutcat just had a vacation, both Alan and Gerry definitely need some time off from the heavy political lifting. Also, we’re thinking of some fresh ideas for the blog, and discussing how (and whether!) to implement them.

Please check back on August 9 for more bloggy goodness.

Thanks!
Alan, Gerry, and Stoutcat


Mosquerade

July 22, 2010


Unless we do something, and do it soon, there will be a mosque yards away from Ground Zero in New York City, its grand opening slated for September 11, 2011.

Interestingly, it takes a non-American, Pat Condell, to point out to us in his inimitable way that it we’re not careful, our penchant for political correctness will end up facilitating the loss of our entire nation.

Cordoba. Hagia Sophia. Church of St. John the Baptist. Do we really want Ground Zero included that group?

Stoutcat


England’s Revenge?

July 21, 2010


Hoo boy, times sure have changed, haven’t they? Time was, when heads of state went to visit each other, they presented each other with meaningful and symbolic gifts, embodying not just the bounty and artistic abilities of the country bestowing the gifts, but also the importance and significance of the relationship between the visiting leaders countries and their nations leaders.

Possibly the best known gift of this type is the Resolute desk, a gift from Queen Victoria to President Hayes in 1880. Possibly the second-best known is the set of gifts from Prime Minister Gordon Brown to President Obama in 2009, comprising an ornate pen-holder made from the timbers of a British anit-slave ship, and the original commission papers of the HMS Resolute herself.

Possibly the best known failure of this type of gift was President Obama’s gifts in kind to PM Brown, which consisted of a 25-DVD set of American movies (in an incompatible format for playing in England); included for the PM’s two little boys were off-the-shelf models of Marine One.

Which brings me to today. In an act which could be described as poetic justice (or which could truly reflect both the artistic talent available in the UK today as well as a thoughtful gesture in keeping with the recipient’s taste), Prime Minister David Cameron has presented Obama with a painting by local graffiti “artist” Ben Eine.  While not as well-known as the American serial plagiarizer who helped propel Obama to the presidency, this boost to his career will no doubt ensure Mr. Eine’s continued success.

In the meantime, Eine’s “Twenty first Century City” could now be keeping company with the Resolute desk in the White House. Revenge or reward? You decide.

Stoutcat


One Giant Step… For Islam?

July 20, 2010

Ahhh… the good old days.  Remember way back when NASA focused on things like space and didn’t have to concern itself with the self-esteem of any particular religious group? Back when our Presidents understood that NASA’s charter was about exploring “The Final Frontier” and not radical religious alignment? For example: 41 years ago today:

Recently, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (and several confirming sources), stated The White House wants NASA’s focus, moving forward, to be on making sure Muslims are satisfied their contribution to math and science is being appreciated.

Our Tongue-In-Cheek department reports The White House is now trying to deny they ever told Bolden any such thing, but refused to address a rumor that they plan to rename NASA from National Aeronautical and Space Administration to National Association for Sharia Advancement. Their new motto: “That’s one small step for man, and One Big-Ass Mistake for America (O.B.A.M.A.).

H/T AM Tampa Bay

Gerry Ashley


Sow, Reap

July 19, 2010


What goes around comes around. You reap what you sow. No good deed goes unrewarded. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

That’s pretty much the sum total “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” version of how people should treat each other. While I certainly don’t rejoice in what is described in the article below, I can’t help but wonder if the cosmic scales are sometimes adjusted in ways that even we mere mortals can understand and should heed:

NEW YORK — Authorities say an emergency medical technician accused of refusing to help a dying pregnant woman during his coffee break was fatally shot near a New York City nightclub…

Police say Jason Green was shot in the face near the Greenhouse club Sunday morning. There have been no arrests.

Green and fellow EMT Melisa Jackson had been under criminal investigation for their handling of a distressed woman at a Brooklyn bakery Dec. 9. They were in line at the bakery when 25-year-old Eutisha Rennix collapsed.

Witnesses say the EMTs told workers to call 911 and left without helping the woman, whose prematurely born baby also died…

Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin. Karma’s a bitch, baby.

Stoutcat


Remember In November – Billboard #2

July 18, 2010

Here’s number 2 in our series of suggested Billboards to help people “Remember In November.”

Click to view full size. You are free to download and circulate as you like.

If you missed our first billboard, you can see it by clicking here.

I would only point out that, although the Billboard is a display of satire, please don’t become complacent regarding the significance of this mid-term election. It’s one of the most important and decisive elections this country has ever faced: America is under attack from within. We’ve seen the evidence mounting:

  • After only days in office, President Obama and the Democratic Congress (backed by a few traitor Repubicrats) teamed up to ram through Congress and sign a stimulus package we were told had to be done immediately in order to cap unemployment at 8.5%. The bill was never posted for the 5 days Obama assured the American public (during the Presidential Campaign) on the Internet for us to read before he signed it. To date, unemployment has gone as high as 10% (much higher in areas of the country) and currently sits at about 9.5%. It was recently reported that only about 1/3 of the money has been spent, yet the lame duck congress (after the election and before the new congressmen take their seats in January 2011) is expected to pass yet another stimulus package. Many think Obama is using this money as a slush fund to buy support from legislators.
  • Barack Obama and Congress teamed up to shove health care reform down our throats, against the will of the majority of Americans. In doing so, the government has taken control of over 1/6th of our economy in one fell swoop. Implementation begins with new steep taxes in 2011, but actual benefits will not be provided to the masses until 2019.
  • In a stunnng accusation,  former Department of Justice employee J. Christian Adams details how the Department of Justice (under Obama appointee, Eric Holder) is racially biased against whites claiming that Holder was told by officials in the Obama administration to back off prosecutions of blacks who commit crimes against whites, but aggressively prosecute cases where white(s) allegedly have committed crimes against blacks. A black elected official in Noxubee agreed, during a deposition,  that racially discriminatory behavior against whites occurred. “But you got to understand,” he explained, “now it’s payback time.

No, what we need to understand is that we have a chance in November to START turning America’s ship back to a democracy. But we can only do it if everyone legally eligible to vote exercises that right.

Gerry Ashley


Financial Reform: The Good, The Bad and The Butt-Ugly.

July 16, 2010

You probably heard that the Financial Reform Bill just passed the Senate and is on it’s way to being signed into law by Emp-error Obama, probably some time next week.

“Yes,” you ask, gritting your teeth. “But how, exactly, does it affect me?”

Well, just the fact that it was written by Democratic Senator Chris Dodd, and Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank should have you running, screaming towards the Canadian border.  I find the irony rather horrific: one of the chief proponents of Fannie-Mae and Freddie-Mac (the two programs that are chiefly responsible for the economic mess we’re in regards to banking) is one of the architects of the legislation to get us OUT of the trouble he caused. Think about that: If you had to trade your car in because the mechanic at your dealer ruined your engine, would you turn to that same mechanic to write the service manual for your new car?

As to the impact, in some minor areas, we gain, but as is always the case when government gets involved, it’s gonna cost you at the other end… Translation: Break out the KY Jelly, folks. Try to minimize the pain.

The legislation took well over a year to develop, and it wound up taking slightly over 2,300 pages to contain it. But NOT TO WORRY!  I’m sure His Sly-ness, the Omnipotent Lord Obama will give us 72 hours to look at it on-line before signing it into law, just like he did with the stimul… uh, woops. Never mind… “Nothing to see here, folks. Just keep moving, please.”

Better yet: If you are into Masochism, download it yourself here and enjoy your week-end: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (as a public service announcement, I recommend using a condom while reading it).

If I may, here’s a highly condensed version of some of what you’ll find buried in this legislation:

1.) The legislation creates an agency that can seize and liquidate any bank (including those considered “too big to fail”).

The Good News: We shouldn’t get stuck paying to bail out banks for their failures as George Bush had us do.
The Bad News: It does NOT, however, control just how big a bank can grow. Recipe for disaster? Guess we’ll have to wait to find out. You know, like Nancy Pelosi’s take on health care: “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it!”
The REALLY Bad News: Hello? The government now has permission to seize any bank (and its assets) at any time, based on the whim of… the government. Translation: More power taken away from the people and given to the government (who wrote this legislation again? Hugo Chavez?)

2.) A new federal agency (under the banner of the Federal Reserve) that will impose more regulatory control over credit card companies, payday advance companies and mortgage companies.

The Good News: Perhaps more restrictions on the types and amounts of fees they can gouge customers with. Pre-payment penalties will likely be eliminated or greatly reduced on certain types of loans and mortgages.

The Bad News: Those fees are where these institutions make much of their profit. While the government presents these regulations as “consumer protection, ” that translates into “less profit” for these entities which, ultimately, means more restrictions on their service to you. Look for new fees on other services to make up the difference, harder to obtain credit cards, harder to qualify for mortgages and more restrictions on availability of payday advances…  Yeah, that ought to help the economy recover. If you’re in the construction industry, plan on selling a lot fewer houses. A LOT fewer.

The REALLY Bad News: With new regulations on mortgage companies, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize mortgage money will be much harder to qualify for. With a plethora of unsold homes in foreclosure already flooding the market, that could keep the housing market depressed for years.  Couple this with an economy that’s already on life-support and a job market that is – well, for lack of a better term - flat-lining, in most parts of the country, and we could actually see a society where we could have millions of homeless people living on the streets and hundreds of thousands of empty homes sitting in foreclosure. If and when that happens, how long before the government will write (and pass) legislation allowing the government to seize homes that are sitting empty and redistribute the right to live there.

Who would have thought the pompous idiots  who helped the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle trash our economy could come up with something even more foreboding for the future? Way to go Barney and Chris! Would you like to inject us directly with poison next?

3.) The new legislation requires more transparency in the derivatives market.

The Good News: None we can actually measure. Not until the “bad” news is resolved (which the government has absolutely no incentive to do)..

The Bad News: Fill in your own sarcastic comment here about “transparency,” especially if it’s going to work the same way it has with the Obama administration.  And it probably will, because they have apparently left it up to Bill Clinton to ask for the definition of “transparency.”


4.) New limits on how much Banks  can charge retail businesses when customers use debit cards for purchases and how much they can charge for overdrafts.

The Good News: If you’re a business owner, this means less cost to you when a customer swipes a debit card to make a purchase. So this means the businesses will pass those savings on to us, right?  Nope. Not necessarily.  Nothing requires businesses to do so.

For those of us who live paycheck to paycheck and occasionally overdraft our account, banks will be forced to reduce the penalty for doing so, meaning they would be limited to how much they can gouge you when they (as comedian Gallagher would say), “charge you more of what they already know you don’t have any of.”

The Bad News: Under the old laws, businesses were required to allow you to use your debit card for ALL purchases, no matter how small. Under the Financial Reform legislation, that restriction is lifted. Look for retailers to jump on the bandwagon of having minimum amounts for purchases using debit cards. You may have to forget about buying that McDouble using the debit card. The consumer’s new credo: “Cash: Don’t leave home without it.” Look for armed robberies to increase as a result.

Even MORE Bad News: With banks making less money per transaction with retailers, reduced fees for overdrafts and other fees, look for them to make it up elsewhere. This could mean buh-bye to that free-checking or, perhaps, more or higher fees for using that debit card to obtain cash at the ATM. Where banks are concerned, you may want to keep that KY Jelly handy. If they can’t screw you one way, they’ll screw you another. And, from what I’ve seen, this 2,319 page legislation isn’t going to do a thing to end that.

Here’s a couple of videos that show various aspects of the legislation:
A) The Good

B) The Bad

C) The Ugly: A Paul Shanklin tribute to the man who helped create the banking debacle, and then in true “End of days” fashion, has co-authored the legislation that’s supposed to resolve the very problem he helped create.

Enjoy your week-end, folks. Good news: Stoutcat returns from vacation next week.

H/T Michelle Malkin

Gerry Ashley


Hey, NAACP! Repudiate THIS…

July 15, 2010

“Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.” – Retired Marine Lt. Col. R. J. Widermann

It’s hard to give a whole lot of credibility to the NAACP these days. As a young boy, I eagerly supported their efforts in the 60s as most idealists did in the day. We WANTED equality for our black brothers and sisters. Many of us attended rallies with our African American friends to show solidarity.

But in 2010, the NAACP has become a pathetic, embarrassing shell of the organization it once was, resorting to the ridiculous in an attempt to perpetuate African Americans as victims of racism.  This, of course, has not been lost on First Lady Michelle Obama who, like her husband, is not above playing the race card if it advances their personal agenda.

Tuesday, after a rousing speech by FLOTUS at the organization’s 101st annual convention in Kansas City, Missouri where she implored members to “intensify” their actions,  the NAACP, in dramatic fashion, passed a resolution condemning what it referred to as “rampant racism in the Tea Party movement.” They called on all members of the Tea Party movement to repudiate all the racists that, to them, make up a large part of the purpose of the group.

Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, demanded of the tea party movement: 

“Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take the responsibility for them and their actions. We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards.”

“How’s that again, Ben?

Yeah, Ben, we’ll get right on that. Just as soon as you take responsibility and – God forbid – a stand against the bigots and racists in your own back yard… like those who accuse the tea party movement as harboring rampant racism. Who is really the coward here, Mr. Jealous? How hard is it, really, to stand amongst your own and spew accusations of racism about people who simply see their President as a person attempting to take this country down the path of a form of socialism that has failed wherever it has been tried… and as a person who is striving, NOT to elevate the poor and disenfranchised, but to LOWER the entire country to their status? I would suggest this has NOTHING to do with President Obama’s race (especially in light of the fact that many of the tea party members are those who voted for Barack Obama) but everything to do with his arrogance and steady march towards a value system that is counter to those of us who value our freedom and existing democracy.

Mr. Jealous, it is possible for people of any color to disagree with the policies of the President of the United States without being racist. How many non-whites had issues with our previous President? Did that make them racist? How is it that a large number of African Americans are members of the tea party movement? Are they racist?

This is just the latest desperate plea for attention offered by the same civil rights organization that

  • refused to rebuke the gross anti-white racism of the Reverend Jeremiah “God DAMN America” Wright.
  • remains strangely silent while members of the New Black Panthers encourage the killing of  ” white crackers” and “cracker babies.” Cat got your tongue, Mr. Jealous? And you have the gall to call others cowards? And say… isn’t the NAACP the same group that…
  • accused Hallmark of perpetuating negative stereotypes towards African American women by referring to them as “Black Whores” in the audio chip of a space-themed graduation day greeting card (where the characters were clearly referring to “Black Holes” in the solar system):

Congratulations, Mr. Jealous. I never thought any organization could come across looking more hypocritical or pathetic than the New Black Panthers. But at least they are honest in their racism and hatred.

The reaction to the NAACP Resolution has been, predictably, fast and furious. Former Alaska Governor Sara Palin wrote on her facebook page:

“The charge that Tea Party Americans judge people by the color of their skin is false, appalling, and is a regressive and diversionary tactic to change the subject at hand.”

Michelle Malkin has a run-down on other idiotic acts of desperation by what she refers to as the “National Association for the Advancement of Coddled People” on her blog.

But, perhaps, the best response to this act of what I refer to as “Projectile Racism” (See Barack Obama campaign speech here) The St. Louis Tea Party quickly responded with a resolution of their own. And it says it all:

St. Louis Tea Party Coalition Resolution
July 12, 2010

Whereas, the National Coalition for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded to advance the position of minority groups, and

Whereas a hallmark of the NAACP has been to do the important work of identifying and exposing remaining vestiges of racism and discrimination, and

Whereas the NAACP vocally stands against the discriminatory and harmful practice of labeling people with a broad brush, and

Whereas the NAACP decided to launch their 101st National Convention with a resolution condemning the Tea Party movement and labeling millions of their fellow Americans who subscribe to the movement as “racists”, and

Whereas the “Tea Party movement” is a label applied to patriotic Americans who have expressed their political free speech in the grand tradition of all that is American, that being the spirited expression of viewpoints in a 100% peaceful manner, and

Whereas, it is a hallmark of America that we settle our disputes civilly and avoid the gutter tactic of attempting to silence opponents by inflammatory name-calling, and

Whereas the very term “racist” has diminished meaning due to its overuse by political partisans including members of the NAACP, and

Whereas, the NAACP had an opportunity to preserve some semblance of legitimacy by standing up for Ken Gladney, the victim of a vicious racist battery conducted by a black avowed communist, even labeling him an “Uncle Tom”, but chose instead to use the opportunity to mock the St. Louis Tea Party, and

Whereas, the NAACP has refused to denounce the New Black Panther’s call to murder white cops and their babies, and

Whereas, the NAACP does its entire membership a grave disservice by hypocritically engaging in the very conduct it purports to oppose,

Now therefore be it resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party condemns the NAACP for lowering itself to the dishonorable position of a partisan political attack dog organization, and,

Be it further resolved that the St. Louis Tea Party calls on similar organizations to join in unanimous condemnation of this despicable behavior, and

Be it further resolved that we demand that the NAACP withdrawal their bigoted, false and inflammatory resolution against the tea party for any further consideration, and

Be it further resolved that these organizations call on the Internal Revenue Service to evenly apply their standards and consider the tax-exempt status of the NAACP considering the degree to which they are engaging in habitual partisan political behavior.

Adopted unanimously, this day, July 12th, in the year of our Lord, 2010.

Can I get an Amen!

Gerry Ashley


NASA SCHMASA! What About These Other Hidden Agendas?

July 13, 2010

(From the Tongue-In-Cheek department of Grand Rants)

Washington (GrantRants) – In my many years involved in politics, observed and reported from both sides of the political fence, I’ve learned a number of age-old tricks used by politicians of either party.

One of the most frequently used techniques: “Whenever you receive a difficult question,  validate the question in a way that makes whatever bullsh*t you throw back at them seem believable and appropriate. If necessary, throw someone under the bus as long (as it is a subordinate.)”

In other words, precede your lies with “That’s an excellent question…” then proceed to unload the  boatload of manure.

Photo Source: Zimbio.com

No Press Secretary in recent history has had to do more of that than Robert Gibbs. Last month, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden’s stated that President Obama made it clear that one of his top priorities of NASA under his administration was to (quote):

“find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contributions to science, math and engineering.”

Bolden also made a similar statement in February. The mainstream media must have been sleeping, because it got no press coverage then. Last month, it did. Yesterday, after Gibbs had the week-end to prepare a believable response to the resulting outcry, he finally had to address the issue at the morning White House briefing. When asked if Bolden’s statement was, in fact, the Obama plan for NASA, Gibbs was ready:

“That’s an excellent question,” was his response.

The problem, however, is in the answer Gibbs had. He denied  that Bolden was asked to focus on Muslim outreach altogether.  Apparently Gibbs hadn’t gotten the memo that last week the President backed Bolden’s comment, stating he wants NASA to engage with the world’s top scientists  by partnering with countries like Russia and Japan as well as collaborating with Israel and many “Muslim-majority countries.”

Oops, Gibbsy.

But what, exactly does this mean? Over in realclearpolitics.com,  Mona Charen seems to have it figured out as she writes:

How in the world would NASA help Muslim nations to “feel good” about themselves? Would NASA hold science fairs in Tripoli or Tehran? Produce and circulate propaganda films about Great Muslim Men (careful, never women) of Science? Stress our global debt to Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, the father of algebra? (That’s risky, since al-Khwarizmi reportedly learned his math from the Indians.) How would Obama’s NASA chief undertake to alter the civilizational self-esteem of a billion people?

Of course, it’s entirely possible (pace Bernard Lewis) that the Muslim world does not lack for self-esteem on the matter of science or anything else. Certainly, scientific know-how has not been lacking in nuclear-armed Pakistan or (would be) nuclear Iran. Besides, hasn’t Obama heard? The whole self-esteem myth has been exploded. Though millions of tax dollars and God only knows how many wasted instructional hours have gone toward making American kids think they are really, really special, it turns out that there is zero correlation between such drilled self-esteem and academic performance. (See Scientific American, January 2005)

All this is fine, but what I want to know is what hidden agendas has “The Last Truthbender” established for other government agencies? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far (please note: None of these have been confirmed as of this writing):

National Institute of Health (NIH):
Reach out to the people of Cleveland to assist them rebuilding their self-esteem in the wake of LaBoob James’ bolting to Miami because he feared he wouldn’t win a Championship in Cleveland.

National Security Agency (NSA):
Implement a “Visit The Gulf!” tourism program to encourage all Americans to spend their vacation dollars in the Gulf States to help them rebuild their economy. Note: as Doug powers so adroitly points out at Michellemalkin.com,  final details are being worked out as the First Family vacations in Maine.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):
Reach out to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and point out to them that their credibility ain’t worth squat until the Doobie Brothers are Duly Inducted.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):
Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh: Plug their damn holes!

We will continue to expose more scandals as they are uncovered.

Gerry Ashley


Remember In November: Take 1

July 10, 2010

In my previous post, I featured a billboard that someone with a keen sense of satire in Marshall, Texas put up, skewering “Ayatollah Barack Obama.”

After posting, I thought to myself, “What a great way to get the truth out before the mid-term elections. The President hasn’t yet signed an executive order to ban political billboards. And it doesn’t even have to be sponsored by an opposing candidate. It could just as easily be done by the general public, sick and tired of the current Congress rubber-stamping  the Obama administration’s efforts to “Fundamentally Change America” as we have known (and loved) it. 

The November mid-term elections are just over 3 months away. Now is the time for all good political pundits to come to the aid of their country.

Toward that end, I’m going to do my part and come up with some billboard designs. If anyone would like to “steal” my idea and implement it, please do so with my blessings. Seriously. There is no copyright on my ideas. If you can improve upon it,  so much the better. You get the idea. And if this inspires someone to come up with even better one as well, these will have served my purpose.

Feel free to forward these to your friends to get the message(s) out. We need to build the “resistance” as large as possible and that can only be done by getting the word out: It’s NOW (November) or, quite possibly, NEVER.

That said, here’s my first installment of my “Remember In November” billboard campaign suggestions.  Click on the image to see it full-size.

Gerry Ashley


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