The Ballad Of The 53%

“Mama’s don’t let your babies grow up to be #OWS.”

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A new Hayek vs Keynes

With a special appearance by Frederic Bastiat!

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Invest In Chinese Vaseline…Trust Me

This is not good news.

Nine years from now, there may be 40 million more men of marriageable age than there are women in China. That population imbalance, caused by China’s “one-child” policy, has adverse social and security implications, says an annual congressional report on China.

“By 2020, the number of Chinese males of marriageable age may exceed the number of Chinese females of marriageable age by 30 to 40 million,” says the 2011 report from the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a group headed by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.).

Men without women can be very dangerous, especially if these supposed surplus 40 million males are used for military recruits. Imagine how pissed off that army would be.

Don’t worry though. We have these men guys now in our corner….

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The 45% aren’t in the 99%

Obama is fighting for the interests of the 99%…

In a call previewing Obama’s upcoming bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama “will continue to acknowledge the frustration that he himself shares,” about Washington’s laggard response to the financial crisis.

Earnest added that while on the trip, Obama will make it clear that he is fighting to make certain that the “interests of 99 percent of Americans are well represented” — the first time the White House has used the term to differentiate the vast majority of Americans from the wealthy.

Well, except for the 45% of Americans affiliated with the Republican Party. Those assholes in the 45% aren’t part of the 99%.

Here is Obama last month…

“Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republican,” Obama said during a California fundraiser, “but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are.”

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Chicago OWS cheers the Communist Party

Communists represent 99% of Americans?

This post brought to you by the promise of communism wherever it is practiced…

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Politico: Obama engaging in culture war

Obama is going full Nixon including identification of his American enemies list…

Having failed to lower the unemployment rate to a politically tolerable level, Obama cannot run as most presidential candidates do — on the economy. So he and his advisers seem to have decided instead to mount a deeply polarizing campaign based on “values” — suggesting his vision for America is correct even if the economy is not right yet.

But in waging this battle, Obama is saying nasty and dangerous things. He is promoting his own principles — not just by touting their goodness, but by suggesting that Republicans hold to an offensive, even un-American, philosophy.

By painting his opposition as not just wrong but evil, Obama risks dividing the nation in a profound and unnecessary way.

No president since Richard Nixon has so demonized his opposition. Of course we bitter clingers saw it coming, didn’t we?

Read it all: Obama launches cultural warfare

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Monday Morning Madness – You will always remember that day in November

This is getting to be a joke. I’m starting to think that these “Anonymous” videos will soon be parodied as much as the “Hitler in the Bunker” videos. Here’s the latest…

But wait, there’s MORE…

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President Goldman Sachs is on board

The grand champion bailout king, the savior of hedge fund managers, the all time top recipient of Wall Street campaign donations and multimillionaire president supports OWS.

The White House continued its embrace of the Occupy Wall Street protests on Sunday, using the strongest terms yet to identify President Barack Obama with the growing movement.

In a call previewing Obama’s upcoming bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama “will continue to acknowledge the frustration that he himself shares,” about Washington’s laggard response to the financial crisis.

More here: White House Draws Closer To Occupy Wall Street, Says Obama Is Fighting For The Interests Of The 99%

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Listen To A Canadian

A very conservative Canadian friend of mine wrote this. It describes the changes that took place in Canada when they moved from the far left toward the right.

It reminds me a great deal of the story of the rise of Margaret Thatcher to Prime Minister in Great Britain. One of the best histories of that time was written by Claire Berlinski. It’s called ‘There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters’. You can find it here.

Here is the story from my friend:

The Power of Populist Parties – I was a member of one in Canada

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Kinda Says It All

From The Looking Spoon:

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Eventually, This Will Be Mandatory

Record good driving habits, huh? So, you mean to tell me that if you install one of these, there will be some person watching your “good” driving habits. I think not.

“Sorry Miss Jones. You do not qualify for the SnapShot discount this month. We at Progressive Insurance do not think it is reasonable that you were driving at 3am on October 17, 2011. That is a dangerous time to be driving, especially with so many drunk drivers on the road after the bars closed. We encourage safe driving times, in which you were not in compliance. Also, we noticed you eating a soft shell taco from Taco Bell during this time, which indicates that you must’ve been intoxicated while driving.

Thank you for participating in our experimental voluntary program. We will be sending these snapshot to your local law enforcement agency for further investigation.”

Just a thought….

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WSJ: “The Exasperation of the Democratic Billionaire”

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal included an article detailing an interview with Mortimer Zuckerman. Zuckerman is a real estate mogul and owns the New York Daily News newspaper. The article highlights wealthy Democrats who were supporters of Barack Obama in 2008 and are now terribly disappointed with him.

It’s as if he doesn’t like people,” says real-estate mogul and New York Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman of the president of the United States. Barack Obama doesn’t seem to care for individuals, elaborates Mr. Zuckerman, though the president enjoys addressing millions of them on television.

A longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, Mr. Zuckerman wrote in these pages two months ago that the entire business community was “pleading for some kind of adult supervision” in Washington and “desperate for strong leadership.”

When I visit Mr. Zuckerman this week in his midtown Manhattan office, he reports that three people approached him at dinner the previous evening to discuss his August op-ed. Among business executives who supported Barack Obama in 2008, he says, “there is enormously widespread anxiety over the political leadership of the country.” Mr. Zuckerman reports that among Democrats, “The sense is that the policies of this government have failed. . . . What they say about [Mr. Obama] when he’s not in the room, so to speak, is astonishing.”

Obama’s support is rapidly drying up. His fund raising efforts are less productive than they were expected to be. Perhaps the two are connected. The promise he made to raise a Billion dollars for the 2012 campaign seems less likely every day.

Of course the labor unions and green energy companies that have profited from his administration’s largesse will fork over large donations. They were part of the reason they were selected for the stimulus dollars.

The trouble is that Obama has lied to everyone and even his supporters are discovering it.

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I Don’t Know What To Make Of This

One-Year-old baby. Her mother, I assume it’s her mother, says that Steve Jobs coded her operating system. It’s cute, but it looks somehow dysfunctional.

There is no doubt that Jobs succeeded in developing gadgets that little children can operate. It was part of his genius. It appears that this child encountered the iPad before she encountered the paper magazine. She will outgrow the confusion with experience, but there is still something wrong here. To begin with, the parent recorded the entire sequence sideways – and then posted it that way. That seems strangely dysfunctional.

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Chip Bok Gets It

Where is the ‘Cain Train’ getting its fuel?

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History Repeats… And Repeats

HT: Moonbattery.

When you are unable to relate the things you are doing to how similar things worked out in history you are destined to repeat the mistakes made back then.

“Lattes will not be served”. LOL.

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American Jacobins

Make the extinct capitalists pay to educate people for free. Well.

So. Do these signs indicate a profound ignorance based on a lack of education? I don’t think so.

I think the signs exhibit a willful ignorance in which these people are actually ignoring the iron-clad laws of economics and demand that they be given an impossible utopia. These signs make no more sense than would a sign demanding that the laws of gravity be repealed. Yet there they are. Some of these people are certainly uneducated rubes. Some, however, are radicals promoting an impossible revolutionary utopia.

These are the dangerous ones. These are American Jacobins, they believe utopia can be forced and they are marching toward a new Terror.

The Bocquier Law of December 19th 1793 provided a system of compulsory and free state education for all children aged 6 – 13, albeit with a curriculum stressing patriotism. Homeless children also became a state responsibility, and people born out of wedlock were given full inheritance rights. A universal system of metric weights and measurements was introduced on August 1 1793, while an attempt to end poverty was made by using ‘suspects’ property to aid the poor.

However, it is the executions for which the Terror is so infamous, and these began with the execution of a faction called the Enrages, who were soon followed by the former queen, Marie Antoinette, on October 17th and many of the Girondins on October 31st. Around 16,000 people went to the guillotine in the next nine months as the Terror lived up to its name, and around the same again also died as a result, usually in prison.

In Lyons, which surrendered at the end of 1793, the Committee of Public Safety decided to set an example and there were so many to be guillotined that on December 4th-8th 1793 people were executed en masse by cannon fire. Whole areas of the town were destroyed and 1880 killed. In Toulon, which was recaptured on December 17th thanks to one Captain Bonaparte and his artillery, 800 were shot and nearly 300 guillotined. Marseilles and Bordeaux, which also capitulated, escaped relatively lightly with only hundreds executed.

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The misplaced anger of OWS

Imagine you are walking down the street one night and a man with a gun appears. He demands your money and says he will take it by force if necessary. You give him the $100 you have in your billfold.

Later you find out that he took the money and gave it to his sister who, through mismanagement of her own money, couldn’t pay the rent. She didn’t really have any interest in where her brother got the money, but it kept her from getting evicted.

A few days later, you find out what happened. Do you..

    1) Demand that the robber be arrested?

or

    2) Demand that the sister be arrested and the robber be given more ammunition so he can collect more money in the same manner?

When the Occupy Wall Street protesters demand the arrest of the executives of Bank America or Wells Fargo, aren’t they promoting #2?

The government, using its monopoly on force under color of law, reached into their paychecks and took their money. Using bipartisan support for TARP, they transferred the funds to the banks.

Now, three years later, the OWS people are demanding that bankers be arrested and the government be given the authority to take more money in the form of tax increases. Doesn’t that sound exactly like answer #2?

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How the Democrats will be dragged leftward

Let’s talk about Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. He is busy proposing that the Obama use executive power to override the Congress and hire every unemployed American in some sort of nationalized work program. He is also arguing that every bankrupt city and state should be bailed out by the Federal Government.

He obviously believes that the president has some source of power beyond the Constitution from which he can draw that is beyond the reach of the elected representatives of the people. He is not clear from what source this autocratic authority flows, but he suggests Obama wield it aggressively.

He also believes that the government has the ability to create wealth by printing money. In fact, he seems to think that the act of creating currency is indistinguishable from the act of creating wealth. That this is clearly not the case seems to be lost on Jackson.

What Jackson is promoting is a command economy enforced by an autocratic executive. He is promoting economic dirigisme, an economy in which the government exerts strong directive influence. To the limited extent they are able to communicate a coherent philosophy, so are the Occupy Wall Street people.

Economic dirigisme was an inherent aspect of fascist economies of the twentieth century. Fascist dirigisme was a mixture of nationalism, authoritarianism, militarism, socialism and collectivism. Jackson and the OWS groups seem uninterested in militarism and nationalism but they are deeply invested in authoritarianism, socialism and collectivism. As Jackson has demonstrated, this is the logical and inevitable destination for this movement. It has nowhere else to go.

We have seen the Republican Party profoundly affected by the Tea Party movement. The GOP is more conservative now than it was in 2008. We can expect the OWS to have a similar affect on the Democratic Party. They are about to be dragged far into the leftist world of authoritarianism, socialism and collectivism. The coming year should be interesting.

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Well THAT might explain it…

Just when you thought the Zuccatti park owners wern’t going to be pushed around about their private property being trampled they went and caved in to the protesters. Surprised? So was I until this little piece of information slipped through the Obama censors.

Zuccotti is owned by Brookfield Asset Managers, an investment group that just secured a $169 million loan for its wind farm operations from the Obama administration. Surely just a coincidence. Nothing to see here folks, move along. No quid pro quo’s allowed in this transparent administration. Nope, just good ol’ fashioned sound investment strategy. On BAM’s part that is. And I’m sure its just coincidental that mayor Bloomberg’s gal-pal is on the boad of directors of Brookfield Properties. Its not like he was warned off strong-arming the protesters by a woman denying him sack time, right? The very idea of Bloomberg getting laid seems a bit preposterous to me… However, not getting to kiss the President’s ass? Now THAT might be difficult for the mayor to endure.

So fine. When the firehoses come out I hope they scrape every last bit of beauty off that once landscaped park. Just don’t come running to the city for repair costs. I’d say $169 million ought to go a long way to re-sodding the cesspool.

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Fascists throw their support behind OWS

No one should be surprised that both the Nazis and the Communists are throwing their support behind the occupy Wall Street gig. The Nazis, the Communists and OWS occupy the exact same social space. Fascists of every stripe agree: Big government is the answer to every problem.

Ironic, isn’t it? The leftists claim that the small government, constitutionalist Tea Party was made up of Nazis. They, on the other hand, not only embrace the same statist dominance that the Nazis did, bit now have the actual backing of actual neo-Nazis.

Read all about it here.

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The Al Gore Firearms Safety Award Goes To…

Don’t try this at home.

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Yet another Big Mac attack

The news headlines call this a “savage attack by a McDonald’s employee.” Have a look.

My immediate reaction was that if you slap a man, jump the counter and come at him, you are in need of a beat down. She definitely got that. I think the cashier probably overdid it a bit, but I am still having a hard time getting too worked up over it.

Thoughts?

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The Grinch who stole Tricks or Treats

I remember learning as a child about how Christopher Columbus delivered turkeys to the coven of witches and the Indians at Plymouth Plantation on the First Halloween. I don’t see the problem with celebrating it.

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Trailer For Coming Movie About Navy Seals – ‘Act Of Valor’

Coming in February to a theater near you. The actors are active duty Navy Seals.

Act of Valor has an unusual backstory. The film, directed by Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh, started out as a training video for Navy SEALS. The Navy liked what they saw so much that they decided to turn it into a documentary.

Then, they decided to make a feature, and hired screenwriter Kurt Johnstad (300) to create a fictional story about a squad that goes on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent.

Another interesting aspect of the upcoming feature, which will hit theaters on February 17, is that the SEALS are played by actual SEALS. The bad guys, however, are played by actors, including Emilio Rivera and Roselyn Sanchez.”

This looks like a good movie. I am looking forward to it.

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On this date in 1529: Islam retreats in Europe

At Vienna, Islam was denied its plan of conquest in Europe.

The Ottoman failure to capture Vienna in 1529 turned the tide against almost a century of unchecked conquest throughout eastern and central Europe, which had previously directly annexed Central Hungary and established a vassal state in Transylvania in the wake of the Battle of Mohács. According to Toynbee, “The failure of the first [siege of Vienna] brought to a standstill the tide of Ottoman conquest which had been flooding up the Danube Valley for a century past.”

Had the Ottomans been successful, the world would be a very, very different place today.

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