More venture socialism failure

GM laying off 1,300 on Volt line.

General Motors Co. announced the temporary suspension of Chevrolet Volt production and the layoffs of 1300 employees, as the company is cutting Volt manufacturing to meet lower-than-expected demand for the electric cars.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” GM spokesman Chris Lee said. The car company had hoped to sell 45,000 Chevy Volts in America this year, according to the Detrot News, but has only sold about 1,626 over the first two months of 2012.

Of course this isn’t really a failure of green products, per se. This is a failure of the government attempting to drive markets through force of will. Planners in the Central Bureaucracy attempted to force the market for this vehicle by offering production incentives, mandates and purchase credits to buyers. It didn’t work.

Centralized planners cannot detect consumer preferences, shortages, and surpluses with accurately and therefore cannot efficiently co-ordinate production. It just can’t be done.

This is the “economic calculation problem” and it was first proposed by Ludwig von Mises in 1920 and later expanded by Friedrich Hayek.

Mises and Hayak argued that the only rational way to allocate resources in any market is through price. Socialist planners lack the the information provided by market prices and, therefore, lack a method to rationally allocate resources.

Obviously Volts would sell if they cost, say, $5,000. Unfortunately they cost many times that to produce. The disparity between price demand and cost creates a net loss in production. The Administration believed they could overcome this via subsidies to producers and tax incentives to buyers. They were wrong and have, as a result, socialized the lost of billions to tax payers and the loss of hundreds of jobs that have proved to be unsustainable.

Remember, corporatism is not capitalism.

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iOTW: “Rush Limbaugh Apologizes To Sandra Fluke”

iOwnTheWorld:

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Kira Davis Explains Life To Sandra Fluke

Kira Davis is another conservative spokesperson. We are seeing more like her. It’s a good thing. I think Andrew Breitbart helped them find their way to effective expression.

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Stayin’ Classy

The woman holding the sign is Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre of Tulsa. The story is at Tulsa World.

Hundreds of people gathered on the north steps of the Capitol on Tuesday to protest legislative efforts to declare that “personhood” begins at conception.”

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First Kid Rock, now Ted Nugent

Mitt racks up the rockers.

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Woman begs to be dependent and curses any who stand in her way

These are some sad, pathetic women. They are just dependent tools really.

No one, anywhere has suggested that they can’t use contraceptives. No one, anywhere has suggested that they can’t have easy access to contraceptives. No one, anywhere, has suggested that they be prevented from purchasing insurance that provides no co-pay contraceptives.

The only thing that is being suggested is that those who have a moral objection to contraceptives shouldn’t be forced by the state to pay of her contraceptives.

Again NOBODY is saying she shouldn’t have access to low cost, easy to acquire contraceptives. Nobody is even saying they should be banned from insurance plans.

Over this non-issue, this fool goes into full apoplectic meltdown mode.

There is something seriously wrong with these people.

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RIP Davey Jones

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What you must believe to be a Revoista

1) You must believe in freedom and that the best society is one which citizens are fiercely independent, largely self-reliant, skeptical of government power, fearful of the passions of the public at large and modest in their national ambitions.

2)

That’s it. There are no other requirements.

You can be a member of the Christian Right or you can be an atheist.

You can be gay or straight.

You can support Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich or none of the above.

You can be a drinker or a not.

You can be white, yellow, black or green.

You can be a girl or boy.

You can like rap music or polka.

You can be a dope smoker or a smoke hater.

You can be labor or management.

You can be an American or a citizen of any other nation.

I don’t know what how to run your life. You don’t know how to run my life. None of us know how to run the lives of anyone else.

We are the last people in the world who don’t want to organize the lives of everyone else.

This is what makes us who we are and we don’t have to agree on the little shit to be friends. There is no dogma. There is no right answer there is only opinions and we share them here. Sometimes we agree. Sometimes we disagree. Sometimes we get pissed. That is okay. Other than #1 above, nobody has to agree with a damned thing I or anyone else here says to be welcome in our big tent.

Dogma and political correctness are for leftists. Revoistas believe in free minds. Nobody here has to agree with me and I don’t have to agree with anybody else.

So keep the debate going. That’s what this is all about.

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Understanding Saint Sandra

Here are some thoughts now that Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke is being portrayed by the left as Rose Parks, Joan of Arc and the Virgin Mary rolled into one unassailable, pristine, moral heroine.

1) Nobody cares if she uses contraceptives. In fact, I hope she does. I hope she goes for the whole enchilada and opts for tubal ligation. I’d pitch in for that. This IS NOT about her use of contraceptives.

2) This is about her demand that other people pay for her contraceptives. Even more outrageous, this is about her demand that people who believe that contraceptive use is a systemic sin pay for her contraceptives.

3) She is demanding that the federal government mandate, under color of law, that private entities, against their will, purchase optional services to enhance her sexual activity. This isn’t critical care like dialysis or insulin. She is talking about accessories that are unnecessary but for optional behavior.

4) She isn’t demanding the least expensive option for birth control, either. Daily sex for a year using Durex Love Condoms would cost $219 which could be split with her partners for a grand total of $109.50 for a year of daily sex. She is demanding the Catholic Church pay for the far more expensive bareback option and that she and her gentlemen collaborators pay nothing.

5) Ultimately she testified in order to support a further expansion of Barack Obama’s power to take from others and give to her. She supports the central bureaucracy using its monopoly on force to compel her fellow citizens, against their will, to support her recreational sexual activities.

That is what this is about.

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CIA Heart Attack Gun

From Examiner.com:

A CIA secret weapon used for assassination shoots a small poison dart to cause a heart attack, as explained in Congressional testimony in the short video below. By educating ourselves and others on vitally important matters like this, we can build a brighter future for us all.

The dart from this secret CIA weapon can penetrate clothing and leave nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin. On penetration of the deadly dart, the individual targeted for assassination may feel as if bitten by a mosquito, or they may not feel anything at all. The poisonous dart completely disintegrates upon entering the target.

The lethal poison then rapidly enters the bloodstream causing a heart attack. Once the damage is done, the poison denatures quickly, so that an autopsy is very unlikely to detect that the heart attack resulted from anything other than natural causes. Sounds like the perfect James Bond weapon, doesn’t it? Yet this is all verifiable in Congressional testimony.”

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Supply and demand fail? Nope, it’s inflation…

Deliveries of gasoline to retailers are by far the lowest they have been in my 32 year driving career.

Domestic oil production, however, is the highest it has been in more than ten years.

So demand is down, supply is up and price is…. up?

Of course the price graph assumes the no inflation, doesn’t it?

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Obama’s Unnatural Selection

Barred Owl

Obama decides who will be economic winners and losers. Now his administration will decide winners and losers in what used to be called “natural selection.” Leftist environmentalists have decided that killing the timber industry isn’t enough to save spotted owls, the administration must now require the killing of rival barred owls.

To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside.

The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago.

The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline — a 40 percent slide in 25 years.

I guess some animals really are more equal than others.

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‘Go to hell, Barack’

An advertisement in a DC Metro statio tells it as it is:

“Barack Obama wants politicians and bureaucrats to control America’s entire medical system. Go to hell Barack,” the ad says.

The advertisement is for “Sick and Sicker: When the Government Becomes Your Doctor,” a documentary that interviews Canadian doctors and patients in the hope of showing how dangerous “Obamacare” is for the American people.

Seems not everyone is happy about the ad:

Telling the president to “go to hell” — goes beyond the pale, says Jim Moran, a Democratic congressman from Virginia.

“The ad is deeply disrespectful of the President of the United States and does not belong in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) network,” he wrote in a complaint letter.

“WMATA advertising has been ruled by the courts as a public forum protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution, and we may not decline ads based on their political content,” the Metro authority replied in a written statement.

Of course, it’s not the office we disrespect, it’s the man sitting in the chair.

Go to hell, Barack.

 

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The Cain Train Rolls On?

Wierd.

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“So?” Gavin McInnes’ Tribute To Andrew Breitbart.

This is a good lesson for all of us. Be fearless and stand your ground. Do not accept the premises of the leftists. Breitbart’s courage, as McInnes says, was not only an example to the rest of us, it was contagious.

From Taki’s Magazine:

When I was on Greg’s show Red Eye with Breitbart we were asked what we thought of Trump sponsoring a GOP debate. Greg and I had the knee-jerk reaction of scoffing at the whole thing. When Breitbart asked us what was so funny we said, “Well, it’s obviously just some rich guy showboating.” Then he taught me a word I never really paid attention to before: “So?”

This word defines Breitbart to me more than any other. At a bar one night I was whining about the allegation that all libertarians are funded by the Koch brothers. “So?” he replied. Andrew didn’t play the PC left’s game. Libertarians don’t get magical checks from the Koch brothers, but so what if they did?

What a word. It’s only two letters but it shows the PC left they’ve never thought past the silly hysteria that surrounds their accusations. Oil companies have had record profits this year. So? That’s what they’re supposed to do. Up in Canada, my father has been fighting with the local schoolboard because they are hiring fundamentalist Muslims as guidance counselors. The trustee in charge of the program said my father’s comments could be construed as anti-Islamic and I was surprised to see him explain why they are not. “You need to learn Breitbart’s magic word,” I said in an email. “When she calls you anti-Islamic, say, ‘So?’”

Thomas Paine once wrote, “He who dares not offend cannot be honest” and as far as I’m concerned, that’s what Andrew Breitbart was all about. When a journalist accused him of carefully editing an NAACP speech to make a black woman look racist, Andrew relentlessly hammered the guy and proved it was the media who had cherry-picked the quote. When the liberal media was hemming and hawing about rape accusations at OWS, Breitbart ran up to the protestors and screamed, “STOP RAPING PEOPLE” in their faces. You don’t forget a guy like that.”

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The GOP is going to steal your vagina!!

The Republican Party is engaging in warfare against women as they attempt to avoid their duty to subsidize the accessories necessary for recreational sexual intercourse! This war on women is the centerpiece of the Republicans’ 2012 election strategy. Around the country, women are being told that they shouldn’t expect the Catholic Church to pay for the parts and accessories of coitus. They are being told their employer is not, in fact, responsible for subsidizing their sexuality and that they should use their own funds to attain easy-to-access contraceptives. This is a disgusting assault on women who do not want to use their own money or the money of the men they sleep with to pay for contraceptives!

Take a moment. Try to envision the disgusting mindset of a legislator who would enact a bill the sole purpose of which is to prevent churches from being required fulfill their responsibility as full partners in women’s sexual activities. Churches, Catholic and otherwise, must be mandated by the state to pay for any and all sexual activity supplements demanded by citizens or we have indeed lost our way as a nation.

The rights of women to require their fellow citizens to pay for their sexual activity are under systematic assault. This is evident in the hysterical Republican response to the suggestion that women’s sexual behavior should be paid for by the Catholic Church and her fellow citizens. Simply put, the Republican Party has declared war on sexually active women who demand that a massive bureaucracy require private entities to pay for their consequence free sexual activity. Will misogynistic Republicans next demand women pay for their own tattoos? If we allow this attack on people who demand government involvement in their sexual activity to go unchallenged, who will be next?

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The first ever Real Revo comment contributor award goes to the Outback Hanyak

The creative talent involved with making an “Award Ceremony” of sorts, related to the performances turned in by the Superstars of Conservamania 2012, never envisioned making the kind of award being presented today. The Awards presented at that time were part of a humorous gimmick designed to (aggravate RD for making disparaging remarks about Pro Wrestling in a failed attempt to humor at my expense) liven up the numerous videotaped presentations that came out of CPAC, ALL worth watching. Had we just published each of the videos alone it would have become tedious. In order to add some flash and bang to the presentation, each speaker was awarded an Alter-Ego based on a WWE Superstar and because the arena of ideas known as CPAC was being referred to as “Conservamania”, the Superstars selected from the WWE were all well known ringworkers who have performed at a Wrestlemania show, many of whom are in the WWE Hall of Fame. Of course the trick was finding the correct Alter-Ego to fit the Conservative Superstar. It’s kind of like a twist on the old “Separated at Birth” game but one that envisions a collection of action figures in competition for a championship in a toy ring, the likes of which children have amused themselves with for decades.

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Breitbart’s Obama tapes in ten days…

Filmmaker Steve Bannon told Sean Hannity last night that the Breitbart group is going to release the Obama Harvard tapes in a week to ten days. Andrew Breitbart announced at CPAC that he was given tapes of Barack Obama from his college years that would be devastating.

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The wall of separation is a good thing

In Crisis Magazine in an article called “Rick’s Degrees of Separation” author Stephen M. Klugewicz makes a compelling case for the separation of church and state.

Church-state separatists are in fact viewed more dimly in our contemporary world in that they are seen as enemies of religious belief itself. I suspect that is why devout Catholics like Santorum have a knee-jerk negative reaction to the doctrine.

Social conservatives across the religious spectrum tend to downplay the concept of the separation of church and state, and many dismiss it entirely. They are fond of pointing out that the Constitution does not contain the phrase “separation of church and state,” and that the terminology about a “wall of separation” originated first in America in Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 Letter to the Danbury Baptists. Conservatives generally like to think that this proves that the Constitution contained no such idea and, consequently, the American political tradition does not.

This is a mistaken notion. Certain concepts are in the Constitution even if the phraseology we use to sum up these ideas is not. Religious Americans (of all stripes) ought to embrace the concept of church-state separation, for as John Carroll understood, it works to protect the church from the state, and in keeping the church out of state affairs, it keeps the church from being corrupted.

I am a rigid supporter of the separation to the extant than I was uneasy the GOP precinct caucus was held in my church in January. Introducing politics to my house of worship almost felt like it was dirtying up the place. Politics would corrupt religion long before the inverse could happen, the fears of liberals notwithstanding.

Members of the Christian Right often say that there is no separation in the Constitution. I think they are playing a dangerous game that could result in the Leviathan at the pulpit. That would not be a positive outcome for the church.

There is much more including the history of Catholic support for the separation in American history. Read it all.

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Freaky Friday Caption Contest

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Breaking: “Bomb Squad Responding To Rush Limbaugh’s House”

WPBF:

PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad is en route to Rush Limbaugh’s Palm Beach home to assist the Palm Beach Police Department, WPBF 25 News has learned.

The nature of the emergency at 1495 N. Ocean Blvd. is not known at this time.

This information just came in to the WPBF newsroom moments ago.”

Good of them to make Limbaugh’s street address known to the world.

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WA Times: “Sheriff Arpaio: Obama birth certificate a ‘forgery’”

From the Washington Times:

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Thursday he suspects the birth certificate President Obama released last year is a “computer-generated forgery” — and also raised questions about the authenticity of the president’s Selective Service card.

“Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic,” Sheriff Arpaio said. “My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in paper format as claimed by the White House.”

Sheriff Arpaio said at least two crimes could have been committed in his view through the forgery. He repeatedly said he is not questioning whether Mr. Obama was born in the U.S., but instead is challenging the authenticity of the documents themselves.”

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One man against the mob

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63 percent of voters back Obama free shit policy

A recent poll tells the story.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans favor President Barack Obama’s policy requiring employers to provide free shit to employees, including clear majorities of Roman Catholic, Protestant evangelical and independent voters, a poll showed on Thursday.

Sixty-three percent of Americans overall supported receiving free shit, according to the data.

Adopted earlier this month as part of Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law, the policy requires most employers to provide free shit without co-pays or deductibles.

The Kaiser poll was released hours before the U.S. Senate was due to vote on a Republican measure that would exempt insurance plans and employers from being required to offer free shit if it violated a religious or moral conviction.

The February 13-19 poll, with an overall sampling error of 3 percentage points, shows that 67 percent of independent women voters and 58 percent of independent men support their employer being forced to give them free shit.

Once again, the Vichy Media acts surprised that the plebes want free shit.

I changed a few words to clarify the realty of the poll. You can read the original here.

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So much for the Blunt Amendment

Tabled. That pretty much kills the issue unless the SCOTUS takes it up.

The Senate defeated Sen. Roy Blunt’s amendment to allow employers to refuse to cover health services Thursday, dealing Republicans a high-profile setback in the fight over the Obama administration’s contraception coverage mandate.

Sen. Olympia Snowe, the Maine Republican who this week said she would not run for reelection, joined nearly all Democrats in a 51-48 vote to dispense of the amendment, which would have allowed employers to decline to cover certain health benefits that conflict with their religious beliefs.

Those who believe the federal government should force the Catholic Church to take an active role in their sex lives and purchase consequence free sexual intercourse on their behalf are, no doubt, pleased.

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