I expect Obama to commemorate the occasion by tweeting a picture of himself.
Archives for February 2015
Refresher: The Federal Reserve Bank is not a government agency. It is the world’s largest private bank. Government has given it special privileges to basically:
- counterfeit money (i.e., create it from thin air);
- fix key prices in the economy (interest rates);
- tax Americans indirectly (by creating inflation/money and financing government with the proceeds);
- goose the financial markets for the proverbial “one percent” – which includes government officials themselves;
- bail out irresponsible/incompetent banks – and (via measures of “regulation”) prevent up-and-coming banks from challenging them;
- generally plan the markets (create bubbles, followed of course by crises);
- plan the number of crappy, part-time jobs that Obama’s economy can create for the little people;
- and escape the Freedom of Information Act.
So, from The Hill’s coverage of Janet Yellen’s testimony to Congress on Wednesday:
The biggest challenge to the Fed’s structure is the growing movement to Audit the Fed via legislation from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)…
A GOP-controlled Congress has given the bill its best chances yet of passage, and that renewed interest led Yellen to deliver her most spirited opposition yet.
“I want to be completely clear,” she said. “I strongly oppose Audit the Fed.”
Hat tip, ZH.
Meanwhile, over at Wesleyan University (annual tuition, $47,972)…
Open House is a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf–k, Polyamourous, Bondage/Disciple, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism (LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM) communities and for people of sexually or gender dissident communities. The goals of Open House include generating interest in a celebration of queer life from the social to the political to the academic. Open House works to create a Wesleyan community that appreciates the variety and vivacity of gender, sex and sexuality.
Why not LGBTTQQFAGPBDSMPEDOK9DOA? Why all the hating on pedophiles, zoophiles, and necrophiles? So much for being inclusive.
How far can this go? In the words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “Plenty more letters in the alphabet.”
HT: The Other McCain
Cracked.com (which has started to list decidedly to port) has a pretty good article on how Hollywood misrepresents poor folks. Basically, Hollywood has no concept of the money problems faced by real lower income people. In TV and movies, they live the same consequence free lifestyles as the moneyed Hollywood elite; never fretting about a car repair, a reckless expenditure, or a sudden need to travel.
Our political elite is equally as ignorant of how people in the lower three-fifths of the income quintiles live.
Take Jeb Bush for example. (But this is just as true of Hillary, Biden, Obama, or most any other name-brand politician.) Do you think he has ever had to sweat losing his job because his car broke down and he didn’t have the money to fix it? Do you ever think he was kept at night worrying how he was going to make the mortgage payment *and* pay for his kid’s orthodonture? Do you think any of them has ever seen the discount rack at Kohl’s? (Scott Walker has.) Do you think he’s ever saved money at Food Lion (or as we call it, Nom Kitteh) by buying meat with the orange sticker on it? Or even been inside a Nom Kitteh for that matter?
All the Bushes are Patricians, Gentry with the same view of the American middle class and working class as their openly Progressive Democrat counterparts. They see us as peasants and customers for Government. “Kinder Gentler Gentler Nation” (Bush 41) “Compassionate Conservatism” (Bush 43) “Right to Rise” (Bush Wannabe) are all the same damn thing; lipstick slogans on the pig of Progressive, Big Government, Rockefeller Republicanism.
It’s why they make no distinction between Americans and illegal immigrants; alike, we are all the peasant class to be ruled over. No one in the Bush family is ever going to lose out on a job because an immigrant will work cheaper; nor are they going to miss out on an educational opportunity because Affirmative Action will favor immigrants, illegal and otherwise. Policies that beggar the working classes only mean more dividends in their portfolios.
And, Ra forbid, Bush somehow manages to become President, he’s only going to surround himself with other clueless 1%er elitists. While I am sure the guy means well, like the rest of the political class, he is so detached and insulated from the consequences of his policy choices that he cannot help but be indifferent to damage he causes.
As I’ve blogged before, I have mixed feelings about Edward Snowden and his revelations about U.S. government spying on everybody. I understand why some consider him a traitor – because yes, we do need to fight Islamic terrorism.
And I understand why some consider him a hero – because we need to fight Islamic terrorism with appropriate tools; not tools that expand government power to the point where it could easily be used (and perhaps already gets used?) for purposes of tyranny. With that in mind, here are a couple of news items:
- China drops Apple, Cisco, Intel and other U.S. tech leaders from its “approved state purchase lists”. China’s action may have several motives; but fear of the expansive NSA spying (that Snowden revealed) is surely among them.
- Snowden gets libertarian, arguing for limited government and the right of the governed (us) to reject excessive government control.
There must always be a balance of power between the governing and the governed…
Our rights are not granted by governments…They are inherent to our nature. But it’s entirely the opposite for governments: their privileges are precisely equal to only those which we suffer them to enjoy.
A viewpoint which all Americans ought to support, considering our origins.
While we’re at it: According to The Guardian (a left-wing British paper), Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Police are running their own black site for secret interrogations – and not just for anti-terrorism. True? Exaggerated? From the comments: A Chicago cop says it’s BS.
Every time I tried to get through a magazine, I would come across stories that I didn’t enjoy or that I actively hated or that offended me so much I rage-quit the issue. Go through enough of that, and you start to resist the idea of reading at all.
Then I thought: What if I only read stories by a certain type of author? Instead of reading everything, I would only look at stories by women or people of color or LGBT writers. Essentially: no straight, cis, white males.
Cutting that one demographic out of my reading list greatly improved my enjoyment of reading short stories…
Sidenote: Is it just me, or does it seem like until 1 or 2 years ago, the word ‘cis’ didn’t really exist; but now it’s everywhere throughout the social justice world as their epithet of choice to demean and ‘otherize’ normal people?
Hat Tip: Sondra K
The Progressive Democrat Left continues to promote the myth that Trayvon Martin was an innocent black schoolboy brutally gunned down by a trigger-happy white racist. The only true part of that narrative is that Trayvon Martin was black; but that was the only part that mattered. The rest of it was all “Narrative,” which is far more important on the left than truth. A Narrative of a racist white America where young black men are gunned down with impunity helps advance the socialist, big Government, agenda of the Progressive Democrat Left. The truth, does not.
Harris-Perry’s address, which was captured and uploaded to YouTube by the university’s conservative group, the Cornell Review, continued: “And I hope he whooped the s–t out of George Zimmerman. And it’s not disreputable because he encountered a stranger who was prepared to kill him, and you know how I know? Because he killed him.”
So, Tray-Tray wasn’t just gunned down while innocently walking home with Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea. (cough… purple drank… cough). He was in the process of pounding a man into unconsciousness on a concrete pavement. Isn’t that interesting.
Ms Harris Perry also ranted against ‘Stand Your Ground Laws,’ which had no bearing on the Trayvon Martin case, but which the Progressive Democrat Left despise because ‘Stand Your Ground’ means if you are obeying the law and a criminal thug threatens you, you are allowed to defend yourself. The Progressive Democrat Left prefer the doctrine of “Duty to Retreat,” which means if a criminal thug threatens you, you are obligated to defer to him and let him have his way.
The Progressive Democrat Left consistently sides with criminal thugs over law abiding people, from “Duty to Retreat,” to disarming law abiding citizens through gun control, to making heroes out of thugs like Che Guevara and Mumia Abu Jamal, to granting amnesty and welfare to criminals who break immigration laws, to demanding that violent felons be allowed to vote.
It’s funny when progressives claim that they’re actually normal people.
Secular progressive journalists find themselves baffled by a mysterious phenomenon by which Christians claim to be able to interface directly with God, seek His counsel, and even discern His Will.
When any Christian Conservative politician claims to be seeking the Lord’s counsel, he is relentlessly mocked as some sort of weird mystic rube; although the majority of Americans find prayer to be an important activity within their lives.
But when Obama speaks of having “an ongoing conversation with God” these same secular Progressive journalists don’t bat an eye.
Probably because they imagine Obama relates to God on a peer-to-peer basis.