Yes, we certainly could and can absorb another 9/11 sized attack but I wonder if Obama understands what that could unleash in America ?
Up until now we have released the lean, mean dogs of war against the terrorists. What we have not done is deal with their state sponsors in Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria or unleash our big dogs or war.
Another attack could easily cause Americans to demand that our government take on the puppet masters of terror and that would mean letting the big dogs of war off the leash.
People talk about the terrorists like they are the crazy ones.
Well, just put this in your pipe and smoke it ... America is the only country to use nuclear weapons. Not only did we drop them but we hit civilian targets, twice, days apart. That means we dropped the second bomb AFTER we saw what the first one did.
Now does that sound like a country that you want to keep fucking with ? They think our (weak) humanity keeps us from ever unleashing our military might down on those that would harm us.
Keep thinking that and the day will come that America will show you what the wrath of God really is.
No, I'm not say we would ever use nuclear weapons again. We don't have to ... A dozen MOAB's will reduce any city in the world to gravel.
We wouldn't go all in right away of course. We would work up to it over weeks, months or even years. Push us too far and ignore our escalating response at your own peril.
Yes, we certainly could and can absorb another 9/11 sized attack but I wonder if Obama understands what that could unleash in America ?
Is Government taxing and spending the same thing as private earnings and spending ?
I think not ... private spending comes from earnings of production which has an inherent feedback loop that destroys the unproductive ... government spending comes from taxes which are not earnings of production and are not inherently sustainable, like a shark it must keep moving forward or die ... there is no feedback loop ...
Think about it ... our current individual (mostly) free market economy activity (I don't call it capitalism as that is a marxist construct used to re-label a free market economy and attack it) is not simply confined to money. What we see in day to day economic activity like price discovery and supply and demand also occurs in nearly every facet of our life. Our freedoms and the choices we make are just other forms of feedback loops. What to buy, what to do with our non working time, who to associate with, where to live, where to work, what to watch on tv, where to surf on the internet, how much exercise we get, what we eat, what we go to school for and who we try to sleep with, all of these activities involve complex feedback loops. That is why the government uses the tax code to try and effect social behavior. They understand the feedback loop and get involved in it.
But Government taxing and spending ? Does it really have a robust feedback loop ? Is government spending adjusted by its prior spending and prior results ? I think not.
Yes, every 2 years we get to vote for the House of Representatives and some of our Senators but is that a real feedback loop ? The government doesn't behave in a rational way because the people doing the spending are not in the actual feedback loop but we are, and as we have seen lately, even when we scream stop all we get is "talk to the hand".
In a real feedback loop the person expending the asset, be it time, money, affection or attention is the same person that receives the experience and lesson from that expenditure and adjusts future behavior accordingly.
So when private individuals expend their hard earned assets they pay attention because they are in a real feedback loop. When the government taxes you they have certainly interfered in your feedback loop but unlike a private enterprise that sells you a product for your money and has its own feedback loop the Government has no feedback loop. The Governments behavior is not adjusted by your behavior because you didn't have a choice in your interaction with it.
This is true of local Government but is even worse for the Feds. On the "income" side of the ledger they can simply print money to cover "excess" spending.
The point of this is that some forms of "spending" are different. Money spent without consequence, i.e. Stimulus, will always fail to work on the feedback loops the private sector works with.
Given the proliferation of Zombie books and movies in the market today it got me to thinking what was driving this growing Zombie obession.
I think I have hit upon the reason. We actually have Zombies among us today. They move slowly, are very difficult to kill and infect a growing number of heathy people with their disease.
Who are these Zombies ? Government workers of course.
Just think about it. They don't act like normal people. They contribute almost nothing to society and they seem to multiply no matter how many are killed. People who come into frequent contact with them, welfare recipients mostly, seem to pick up many Zombie like characteristics.
The Zombies Among Us
I've taken data from NASA for temperature station State College Pennsylvania and compared the raw data vs. the adjusted data.
I then charted the resulting adjustment data (see below)
O-6bama has been putting up beautiful 3 point shots all year (his speeches about health care) but just can't seem to get one to fall (no poll bounce ever). The GOP is terrified that eventually one of these shots will get lucky. But what the GOP and O-6bama don't realize is this. The rim (reality) is now smaller than the ball. He can't sink one because his solution won't fit into the real world anymore. The GOP has nothing to fear from his fake summit. Let him loft up those elegant speeches as much as he wants.
They will just keep clanking off the rim.
Many pundits on the right are calling for a boycott of the summit.
What are they afraid of ? That Obama will be able to shoot down the GOP's heath care ideas with another rethorical florish and a wave of his hand ?
He has been giving speeches for this last year doing just that and look where it has gotten him. Its is a myth that he can talk his way out of anything. Reality doesn't work like that.
Guess who else will be talking at this summit ? Harry and Nancy. Obama may be smooth but those two are simply not up to the task. Could we ask for a better source of campaign ads for November ?
I would love to see how Obama shoots down three of the basic GOP ideas.
1) Tort reform
2) Portability - i.e. across state lines
3) Ownership - you own the policy, not your employer
If he can manage to come up with a valid reason that these reforms should not be considered then let him. I'm not afraid of an open debate on those ideas because they are market driven and everyone in America understands them farily clearly.
Obama may try but in the past his arguments have always been based on faulty assumptions that Americans see right thru and I don't expect he'll have better ones this time around.
If Obama won the GOP gathering Q&A then why are his polls still trending down ? He may have won that days battle but all he did was box himself into a corner. His deeds and the deeds of Harry and Nancy never match his words. The more words he puts out the more chances to show his deeds not matching up.
From the Obama Budget we see the following new taxes on oil and coal.
Oil and Gas
Repeal Credit for Oil and Gas Produced from Marginal Wells - we used to give a tax break to producers to help make pumping oil out of marginal wells profitable. Now more of those wells will be shut down and our domestic production of oil will drop as a result.
Repeal Expensing of Intangible Drilling Costs - If you run a non oil and gas or coal business and spend money on these same type of expenses you deduct them as business expenses. Now oil and gas companies will reduce their exploration budgets to a bare minimum because they can't write most of it off. Less exploration equals less domestic production.
Repeal Domestic Manufacturing Deduction for Oil and Gas Production - Now producing things overseas will be on a level playing field with domestic production. Should ship a few jobs overseas.
Repeal Expensing of Exploration and Development Costs - If you run a non oil and gas or coal business and spend money on these same type of expenses you deduct them as business expenses. Now oil and gas companies will reduce their exploration budgets to a bare minimum because they can't write most of it off. Less exploration equals less domestic production.
Repeal Domestic Manufacturing Deduction for Coal and Other Hard Mineral Fossil Fuels - Now producing things overseas will be on a level playing field with domestic production. Should ship a few jobs overseas.
I think this is simply Cap 'n Steal in sheeps clothing. Obama wants to destroy the oil, gas and coal industries and this budget is clear evidence of that.
Oh by the way, if you buy electricity, gasoline, or natural gas or fuel oil YOU will be paying more so while you are not techinically being taxed it feels just like you are.
Always remember when Obama speaks on camera without his telepromter he boxes himself in. The best lines from the Obama campaign in '08 have become the very things that are killing him today. The more he promises the more he looks bad in the future. The more he moderates on camera the more the left goes nuts.
It doesn't matter if Obama looked better than the GOP today. He made statements and claims that can be checked and re-checked for months to come. He is a walking contradiction and no matter how well he presents himself eventually that shows thru.
Obama is the like a great farm team player being promoted to the majors. All the scouts (the MSM) raved about his long ball and opposing pitchers (Clinton, McCain) refused to challenge him. Now we are late in the game (his first year) and there is no pitching around him.
So what happens ?
He steps up to the plate twice (Virginia and New Jersey) and strikes out in 3 pitches.
Just a couple bad at bats all the pundits proclaim.
In the field at the bottom half of the inning 2 simple ground balls (Copenhagen x 2) bounce thru his legs for errors.
Those balls must have hit a rock proclaim the pundits.
Now later in the game with the bases loaded and 2 outs Obama again steps up to the plate (State of the Union/Unicorn). Everyone just knows Obama will choke up on the bat and punch a single thru the infield to score the winning runs. Everybody is certain because Obama is such a smart player and he got smoked the last two times up on three straight pitches.
So what does this brilliant player do ? He must have learned a lesson from his last at bat ?
Three pitches later and three flailing swings later Obama strikes out badly chasing three balls in the dirt.
Gee, maybe those original scouts (the MSM) saw Obama hit some dying quail singles in the minors and thought they saw line drives. Maybe his fly outs were always against the wind and the scouts were sure he's hit them out of the park in the majors.
All I see is that he is big talking (I've got game) rookie who chokes EVERY SINGLE TIME the pressure has been on him in the majors. His excuses are all valid reasons for a player not to perform except that no other player has ever had ALL of those things go wrong at the same time in the history of the game.
It appears he may have gotten his Rookie of the Year picture taken even before the season began and now he'll lucky to finish the season as a starter.
Updated: O-5bama is now O-6bama (NY KSM trial to move)
Much of commentary on Right lately feels alot like the color man of a baseball broadcast trying to show just how smart he is. Lots of statistics, lots of "inside scoops" from anonymous "staffers" on the hill. Wow, you guys have contacts in the know.
What I'm not seeing enough of is ideas to beat Obamacare. THAT IS ALL I CARE ABOUT. These "pundits" seem to be more interested in playing games because apparently they can't stay focused on the task at hand.
This Red on Red fragging going on at too many of the right side of the blogosphere is simply nonsense on stilts and needs to stop.
Who gives a damn who is or isn't going to CPAC ?
We need millions of people to get out to the polls in November to stop Obama and all you guys can write about is who is attending CPAC ?
See, now you've made me waste 30 minutes and a blog post ...
Of course nobody reads my blog so it doesn't make one bit of difference.
What excuse does AmSpec or Dan Riehl have for fixating on Palin and CPAC ?
Great leadership guys ... great ...
Ok, its not really a review, more of a list of questions ... let's get started ....
1) Look at the size of that spaceship ... HUGE ... with no crew ??? That's right, no crew. How does that make sense ? Nobody to help out from space in case you run into trouble down on the planet. What could go wrong ?
2) They know there were 125 colonists. Ripley has told them them use humans as hosts. So they have to assume there are 125 aliens at the location. So why would the company and the military send a dozen Marines ? A dozen ??? Really showing alittle too much confidence in those jarheads I'd say. What, not enough room in that ginormace spaceship ?
3) They know from Ripley that these beasts have acid for blood. So what sort of ammunition would you choose to shoot into big bags of acid ? EXPLODING ROUNDS of course. Why would you want to use simple bullets ?
4) The Marines body armor ??? Did they expect the aliens to shoot stuff at them ? Of course the stuff was USELESS against acid. Nothing like matching your equipment to the job at hand. (also see #3 above)
and finally ...
5) What's up with the sleep chambers ? Is the trip that long ? I mean wouldn't it have to be years long to make putting you too sleep worth it ? Do you really need to sleep thru a 2 week trip ? A trip that you'll be going into a potential big gun fight at the end of ?