Harsh rhetoric is back with a vengeance…

Yesterday Tucson congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) cast her first vote since she was critically injured in a January shooting. That was wonderful and would have been hard to imagine at the time of her injury. You know what also would have been hard to imagine in the aftermath of that shooting? That it would only take a few months for the left to not only abandon their crusade against “harsh rhetoric” but to dramatically up the ante. Arizona Daily Star cartoonist David Fitzsimmons is betting on hard core hate and he is all in, baby!

I don’t want to hear one more damned word about “harsh rhetoric” from the left.

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Red Hour Festivities Canceled

Damn, I came all the way from the valley and prepaid for a place to sleep it off too.

Obama signs the deal with ink made from the blood of an unsullied virgin.*

President Obama on Tuesday signed into law a months-in-the-making plan to raise the debt ceiling, putting an end for now to the partisan crisis that risked the first-ever national default.

Before reaching the president’s desk, the package cleared the Senate on a 74-26 vote. The deal was approved just hours before the Treasury was otherwise expected to exhaust ways to pay all the nation’s bills.

The president, who spoke in the Rose Garden after the vote, urged Washington to return its focus to the economy, saying the debate over the debt ceiling has proved “unsettling” for businesses and suggesting it has overshadowed the “quiet crisis” over jobs.

We should ready ourselves for the next debt ceiling impact. The left will approach the next round of negotiations as if engaged in an existential battle for their eternal souls.**


*Okay, not really. As far as I know he used regular ink.

**If they believed in eternal souls.

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Ann Barnhardt: “On Mexico, Guns, Drugs and Borders”

Is this too much Conspiracy theory or could there be something to it? On July 30 Barnhardt posted this on her website. These are the first two paragraphs. See for yourself why she says this:

This is speculation, so take it as such. It is impossible to know for certain what another person or people are going to do until they do it, but when Vanna turns enough letters around on the board, you don’t need to buy any more vowels.

I think the Obama regime is intentionally trying to get the Los Zetas drug cartel to overthrow the Mexican government, and do it fairly soon. This thesis is nothing new. If you want citations, do a google search of the terms “los zetas overthrow” and read up. What I want to address is the question of WHY.”

I tried a search of ‘los zetas overthrow’. She is not alone in this line of thought. Google gave me 144,000 results. Try it yourself.

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Setting the stage for an American Kristallnacht

As we watch those on the left lose their minds over a deal that WE don’t even care for that much, there is one thing we have to always remember. These people, properly motivated become VERY dangerous. There is something else we must always remember. When Communists start losing a political battle they encourage acts of violence among their useful idiots in hopes of changing their losing paradigm.

Big Union Thugs have huddled at the White House once again (Read it HERE)

Here we see Richard Trumka setting the stage for justifying the takedown of their opponents by whatever means. The mentally unstable thugs he represents won’t need much encouragement to rationalize whatever means have been made morally justifiable to them by their Communist leaders. This is simply History repeating itself. This is how it goes, this is how they operate.

“We intend to hold everyone in public office accountable, regardless of their political party, and yet, brothers and sisters, let’s be crystal clear about who has consistently launched and relentlessly pursued attacks on working people,” Trumka said. “Tea party Republicans — again and again and again — have been a united front against us, against all working people in America, to do all the harm they can.”

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Gasoline Is Twenty Cents A Gallon In Ashland, Oregon

Inflation? What inflation?

Here is a graph to go along with it that shows inflation adjusted gas prices:

H/T: IOTW

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“The real story of the US debt deal is not the triumph of the Tea Party but the death of the Socialist Left “

That is the title of an article in the UK Telegraph by Toby Young. It is interesting to get the viewpoints of those who view this debt battle from afar. A few points made by Young:

Most pundits are crediting this U-turn to the political muscle of the Tea Party and it’s true that President Obama would never have agreed to this deal if the Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives hadn’t engaged in the brinkmanship of the past few weeks. But to focus on the Tea Party is to ignore the tectonic political shift that’s taken place, not just in America but across Europe.

Yet in spite of sweeping to power in 2008 and ensuring the Democrats won in both the House and the Senate, Obama has proved unable to sustain that coalition. Last night’s debt deal represents the moment when he acknowledged that trying to maintain the levels of public spending required to fund ambitious welfare programmes is political suicide.

What the Left hasn’t grasped – and what Obama has – is that for the foreseeable future no political candidate or party will be able to increase public spending and win re-election. Socialist welfare programmes have become politically toxic. A sea change has taken place within the West’s most developed countries and last night’s debt deal is a reflection of that.”

I don’t know if Mr. Young is right or not – it is an attractive thing to think – but it does appear that the left in the United States is in the process of self destructing. The ongoing capitulation and erratic behavior coming from the White House, coupled with the public perception that Speaker Boehner has beaten the ‘Smartest Man In The World’, has those on the left screaming with impotent frustration. At the same time the Conservatives have developed a new respect for Boehner and an increased disdain for the President.

Boehner managed to pull this off – he says he got 98% of what he wanted – even though he has a weak majority in only one house of Congress. Mr. Obama failed in spite of the fact that he has a strong minority in the House, a majority in the Senate, and the White House as well.

Performances like this have been the standard for this Administration. There is just one word I can come up with that describes his performance. That word is ‘Inept’.

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Florida Follies on a Tripendicular Tuesday

Law Enforcement Officers found 10 Marijuana Plants growing in the back yard of the Mayor of the Florida town known as Oak Hill.

The 84 year old Mayor says that the plants are not hers because she would have done a better job and the plants would have looked more healthy.

Apparently there has been a history of problems between Oak Hill City Hall and their Police Department. A meeting was held to see what solutions could be found. The Mayor gave it a lot of thought, as she apparently has been doing for some time now.

The Mayor then fires the ENTIRE Police Department – Read it HERE

Marijuana is the number two cash crop in the State of Florida. It holds second place behind Oranges.

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What is Obama doing?

The left is turning on Obama like Old Yeller turned on Arliss Coats. He is losing their support in droves but it isn’t like suddenly Revoistas are supporting him. He is losing his base without appealing to conservatives. What the hell is his strategy here?

The conventional wisdom among some Democratic circles is that the ability to work with the Gingrich House saved Bill Clinton’s presidency. It caused him to track to the center and made him look moderate and presidential. Recall that Clinton signed that bill that supposedly ended “welfare as we know it.”

I think that Obama is attempting a similar maneuver. I also expect it to fail. Obama is no Bill Clinton. Clinton had that bite-his-lip, I-feel-your-pain thing that made people like him. To a certain group of people, Clinton could do no wrong. They loved him because they believed he loved them.

Obama has none of that mojo. Nobody believes that Obama loves them and, deep down, nobody much likes Obama. Oh, they like the “idea” of Obama. As Will Smith famously said, “Barack Obama as a person is a fantastic individual, but Barack Obama as an idea marks an evolutionary flash point for humanity.” They raised the man to demigod status who would save them. That, however, isn’t the same as having him feel your pain. Where Clinton was a friend, Obama is a symbol. Where Clinton had flaws that made him endearing, Obama’s flaws make him seem like a traitor. When Clinton stumbled, he seemed human and likable. When Obama stumbles he is an arrogant king revealing his flaws.

Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton. The left was willing to let Clinton trend right because he was a good ol’ boy and, well, “that’s just Bill.” Obama set himself up to be the Obamessiah who would redeem us, make us whole and usher in a new socialist era. Failing that, the left sees nothing but a failure and/or a traitor.

Obama’s biggest political mistake will be to try to be Bill Clinton. Let’s watch, shall we?

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Punk Ass Pricks with Badges

Of ALL the assholes with a Badge that I have encountered, Fish and Wildlife Officers seem to be the worst. They have the broadest powers of search, siezure and arrest of any Law Enforcement Agency. They let you know it too, at every opportunity.

Here is just ONE MORE opportunity for one of our humble public servants to act like an Asshole and the opportunity was well siezed.

I look forward to the day when this whole house of cards comes crashing down and assholes like this won’t have a paycheck anymore.

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So, what happens next?

I can’t hide my satisfaction at witnessing the panic that ensues when reported numbers tell the story we already know. I’m not taking pleasure in the suffering it represents. I take pleasure in the panic it causes among those who are well removed from the economic realities we all face and have to depend on others to report to them in order to be informed.

The news today is causing Panic – HERE it is!

So what happens next???

With the new Debt Deal the money addicts in DC are going to borrow more because that\'s all money addicts know how to do.

Now then, what happens when somebody who is in such debt that they can barely service it, borrows EVEN MORE???

U.S. Credit Rating WILL BE downgraded but the money addicts won\'t care.

Inflation is about to kick in even harder. Americans, if they are lucky enough to still have a job won’t be getting a raise to keep up with inflation. They will have to get by with even less. I don’t have to be able to do BMans Manic Monday Mathematics to know this. MOST people will be able to understand it as well. November 2012 is still a long way away and most people actually understand the lesson today. This is gonna be ugly. They aren’t going to go away quietly but they WILL go away!

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We are still in deep trouble…

While it is fun to watch the meltdown of the left and their socialist dream nightmare, it is important to remember that we are still in deep trouble.

…even if the deficit reduction mechanisms outlined by this weekend’s plan work, it won’t be nearly enough. In the long term, the biggest driver of the federal debt growth is health spending, and while the deal that’s now hurtling toward a vote might result in some tweaks to the payments the government makes to health care providers, it essentially does nothing to combat the unsustainable long-term growth of health spending. Some of the potential health reforms that might come out of a deficit commission package might be worth doing, but none represent the sort of fundamental reforms that will be necessary to head off the basic math of the budgepocalypse.

Nothing is fixed. The budget deal just pulled us back from the ragged edge of the brink. Make no mistake, however. We are still on the brink of economic collapse. What has been going on the last several weeks is just the start of the process.

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Fratricide on the Left

Founding Member and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) turns on Obama.

“My response to him is to mass thousands of people in front of the White House to protest this.”

It is pretty much an incoherent rant, but the above line is the gist of it.

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We are all realists now

The story this week isn’t really about the Tea Party, per se. The story of the debt ceiling battle is about the fall of socialism. This from the British Telegraph.

In both Britain and America, the Left has been reduced to hoping that cutting public spending on this scale will snuff out economic growth and plunge our respective economies back into recession. Not only will the Coalition be turfed out as a consequence, but if Obama can somehow blame the Tea Party for the “double dip” he might be able to persuade the people to grant him four more years. What the Left hasn’t grasped – and what Obama has – is that for the foreseeable future no political candidate or party will be able to increase public spending and win re-election. Socialist welfare programmes have become politically toxic. A sea change has taken place within the West’s most developed countries and last night’s debt deal is a reflection of that.

In 2009, Newsweek declared that “We are all Socialists now.” Just over two years later it is all over. The gravy train has been derailed. The socialist program a bust. We have paid cash for clunkers, cash for first time home-buyers, cash for broadband, cash for rail, cash for bailouts, cash for unions, cash for government growth, more cash than can be imagined and what did we get? Two years older and deeper in debt. People around the world are waking up. You cannot sustain an economy on debt.

We are not all socialists. All over the world, we are all realists now.

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Memphis resident is cool behind the wheel

Rachel Fisher of Memphis, Tennessee has a reptilian encounter while traveling down the Highway. She handles it alright. I’m not sure that most residents of Memphis, Tennessee could have survived this encounter unscathed.

Happy Terrific Tuesday!

Hat Tip to The Blaze

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Putin: America is a parasite

At first on reading this, I got defensive. Then I had to accept reality. In many ways, Putin is correct.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States Monday of living beyond its means “like a parasite” on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets.

“They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy,” Putin told the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi while touring its lakeside summer camp some five hours drive north of Moscow.

“They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar,” Putin said at the open-air meeting with admiring young Russians in what looked like early campaigning before parliamentary and presidential polls.

Being right doesn’t mean he isn’t a prick. He grew up in the largest cargo cult every nightmared up.

More here.

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269-161

The Budget Control Act of 2011 has just passed the House 269-161. Republicans provided about two-thirds of the yes votes, along with 66 against. The Democrats were split right down the middle, 95-95. The Senate will vote tomorrow.

It is what it is. Anybody who believed that this could end any better was just kidding himself. This wasn’t going to be a watershed moment when suddenly everyone had a simultaneous epiphany and the debt would be voted away amid bi-partisan applause. The Republicans control 1/3 of the government and the Tea Party controls a fraction of the Republican Party. If the Democrats had to play the odds the Tea Party just played, there would NEVER have been an Obamacare.

This does virtually nothing to solve the debt crisis. That battle continues but at least the battle continues.

Six months ago, at the State of the Union Address, Obama spoke in glowing terms of the great spending he had planned. It was to be a socialist utopia. That speech might as well have been in the Jurassic Period, it is that dated. The Tea Party this week pretty much destroyed the Obama Pork Producers. His agenda is dead. Against all odds, a minority of a party that controls 1/3 of the government just derailed the Hopenchange express. That is something to be proud of.

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The most appropriate addition I could make to this Manic Monday

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Gabby Giffords Voted For Debt Deal

It had to be her first vote on the floor of the house and it was a big deal.

The vote was 269-161, but all eyes were on Giffords, who drew thunderous applause as she walked into the House chamber and cast her vote in favor of the bill.”

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Cabeza Gordo

Hugo Chavez appears on State Television sporting a new look – Read about it HERE

Due to his declining health, I have been able to determine that even as he starts losing weight he will still be able to pull off the old tough guy image…

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They Say There Is No Left-Wing Bias In The Media

Norah O’Donnell is the Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News. Here is a one-minute clip of her asking a couple of questions of Jay Carney, WH Press Secretary. The text of her final question shows it was not a question at all but rather a statement of her frustration:

You gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing!”

Now if that isn’t revealing.

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“This is what American politics looks like when there’s no left-wing movement and no war”.

Yes, that is what Peter Beinart seems to believe describes the politics of today. There’s no left wing movement and no war. That in itself is astounding.

As I read the piece that was published on the Daily Beast today I don’t get far into it when I have to begin asking myself if…

A – This guy has come completely unhinged.
B – He actually believes what he is saying.
C – Is part of some organized effort among mainstream media journalists to engage in an effort to somehow make the Tea Party and Republicans who have not yet voted on the deal believe that they REALLY put the screws to the progressive agenda of the Obama administration.

Or “D” – All of the above.

I\'m not even going to take this apart, I\'m just going to marvel at it. – Read it HERE

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“Terrorists”

This is inexcusable.

These are the guys the Department of Homeland Security warned us about

These pieces of shit have got to go.

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Manic Monday Mathematics Mania

I wouldn’t call myself in no way a nerd, and not that being a nerd is a bad thing, but I do regularly visit the website Math.com, (that’s M-A-T-H, not Match.com).  On that site, you can practice math equations such as quadratics or systems and equations of all sorts.  It’s something I like to do.  It’s a challenge similar to  completing a crossword puzzle or one of those Kudoko number puzzles.  I think it’s good for the brain.

Years ago I taught basic math and basic algebra at an alternative high school for at-risk (a term they used) kids.   When I was a school kid, I struggled with math from the getgo.  In kindergarted, the teacher like to use peanuts as a reward for getting simple addition/subtraction problems right.  If you got the problem right, you got to eat the peanuts you used to count with.  I purposely got the problems wrong. 

“Why are you getting all these problems wrong, Bman?” asked the teacher.

“Because I don’t like peanuts,”I replied .  The teacher rolled her eyes and gave me a bunch of bottle caps to use instead of peanuts which left me quite confused.  Since I didn’t want to eat those either, I continued to get problems wrong.   It wasn’t long, because of my finicky appetite, that I started falling behind the rest of the class.  I never really caught up either throughout my whole school career.  It was by far my weakest subject.  When it comes down to it, peanuts are to blame.

I didn’t start getting good at math until after college.  In fact, as a college student, I was still terrible at math.  I was required to take Algebra II as one of my class requirements in order to get a BA in education.   The only reason I passed Algebra II was because of the flood of ’97 which closed the campus a month before finals.  I would have failed the final, thus, failing the class.  Instead, I walked away from Algebra II with a gentleman D-.  I passed!  They didn’t give out many D minuses in those day I was told.

The most important thing in my opinion about teaching math is to be able to effectively teach the “why” factor.  Many of my math teachers in my school daze showed the steps of say, a two-step equation, but still I wasn’t understanding the “why”.  Why do we do this and why do we do that?  What does it mean?  If you do not understand the “why” in math, your’e sunk.  One thing I was very proud of is the fact that I could teach low-skilled alternative school kids, who needed a calculator for 12 divided by 3, and teach them linear equations with 100% understanding on their parts, (linear equations were part of the state standards so I had to teach them).   I’m not bragging.  They were able to do this because they understood the “why”.

Since we just had a post that related to math, I thought it would be fun to give you all a math homework assignment. No doubt for some of you it has been a long time since you’ve actually had to do any of this stuff.  Just be sure to keep your eyes on your own paper!

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Free For All!

Why can’t people figure out that there is no such thing as free medical care?  Someone has to pay for it, and that someone will be us.  HHS has announced that all women’s preventive services and all FDA approved birth control will have to be covered 100% by insurance companies.  Of course, when asked how this would be covered the response was:

As for who is picking up the extra cost, White House advisors say they don’t believe the changes will impact premiums — but ultimately, that decision will be made by insurance companies.

There is no way insurance companies (or any smart businesses) are going to take a loss on this.  They will increase premiums on everyone to cover these “free” services.

 

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The Deal Includes Tax Increases

From the White House fact sheet about the budget deal is this gem:

5. A BALANCED DEAL CONSISTENT WITH THE PRESIDENT’S COMMITMENT TO SHARED SACRIFICE

The Deal Sets the Stage for Balanced Deficit Reduction, Consistent with the President’s Values: The deal is designed to achieve balanced deficit reduction, consistent with the values the President articulated in his April Fiscal Framework. The discretionary savings are spread between both domestic and defense spending. And the President will demand that the Committee pursue a balanced deficit reduction package, where any entitlement reforms are coupled with revenue-raising tax reform that asks for the most fortunate Americans to sacrifice.

The Enforcement Mechanism Complements the Forcing Event Already In Law – the Expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts – To Create Pressure for a Balanced Deal: The Bush tax cuts expire as of 1/1/2013, the same date that the spending sequester would go into effect. These two events together will force balanced deficit reduction. Absent a balanced deal, it would enable the President to use his veto pen to ensure nearly $1 trillion in additional deficit reduction by not extending the high-income tax cuts.”

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