World’s greatest fisherman decries fishing

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), for the first time in years, doesn’t like the subpoena power of the Congress.

“I am a strong supporter of congressional oversight, and I respect and support the Committee’s right to seek information about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But I do not believe your oversight powers justify going on fishing expeditions or making extensive requests for internal e-mails and other communications where there is no evidence of waste, fraud, or abuse of any kind.”

Coming from Waxman, that line about fishing expeditions is nothing short of hilarious. During his two years in the chair now occupied by Upton, Waxman was Quick-Draw McGraw in demanding documents, issuing subpoenas and dragooning witnesses, particularly if doing so resulted in embarrassment for Republicans, Fortune 500 CEOs, oil companies, or public utilities. In his new role as ranking minority member, Waxman told Upton that he couldn’t understand why the chairman would ask the Department of Health and Human Services for so many documents on Obamacare waivers: “In the absence of any evidence of misconduct, asking for this much information for 222 waivers appears to be either another fishing expedition or an attempt to bog down the agency with excessive document requests.”

Seriously. This sort of thing just cracks me up. When he was in power, he would subpoena anybody or anything. Remember when Caterpillar and John Deere announced that Obamacare was going to cause them to issues a one time cost of several million on their books? This is the clown who subpoenaed and called their CEO’s to Washington.

I have no doubt that he doesn’t like it now that the shoe is on the other food but couldn’t he at least show a modicum of intellectual honesty and self control? After all, isn’t hypocrisy the mother of all mortal sins for the left?

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Al Gore has a super-secret television network

He, evidently, broadcasts it to a tiny group of viewers from his ultra-secret fortress of solitude. Now it appears that Kieth Olbermann will be joining him in his lair.

Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.

Neither Mr. Olbermann, his representatives, or executives from Current TV would comment on the move, but they did not deny that the channel, which counts former Vice President Al Gore as one of its founders, will become at least one partner in Mr. Olbermann’s future media plans.

One of the people with knowledge of the plans said Mr. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV. The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized by their employers to comment in advance of the official announcement.

Olbermann will bring both his viewers to the network.

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What’s life like in a society where not even Cops have guns?

Anybody who wants to become a career criminal should set up shop in Great Britain.

Look at this. Take in every detail. This is almost comical but in fact it is shameful. I could not imagine being in a society where criminals don’t have to worry about getting shot. Look at the stupid punks in suits trying to protect their jewelry store. Where are the Cops?

Waiting for an elderly lady with a BIG set of balls to take care of the heavy lifting for them.

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How to know when you are NOT witnessing a “Popular Uprising”

Folks, I am no prophet but I DID stay at a Holiday Inn a few times. Early on I recognized that what was being reported as a “Popular Uprising” in Egypt may not be as advertised. The first thing I noticed was who is doing the advertising. Then I looked at how what was being advertised was subject to SERIOUS revision. That’s when I smelled BULLSHIT!

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Obama promotes his Marxist agenda

Obama says that investors must share profits with workers. Before we listen, let’s review what profits actually are.

prof·it –noun

1. Often, profits.

a. pecuniary gain resulting from the employment of capital in any transaction. Compare gross profit, net profit.
b. the ratio of such pecuniary gain to the amount of capital invested.
c. returns, proceeds, or revenue, as from property or investments.

2. the monetary surplus left to a producer or employer after deducting wages, rent, cost of raw materials, etc.: The company works on a small margin of profit.

3. advantage; benefit; gain.

Wages and profits are, therefore, not the same. By definition, profit is the return on an investment after all capital costs, labor, interest and taxes are paid. It is the benefit of an investment. It is the return on risk. It is the two birds in the bush that cause individuals to risk the bird they already have in the hand. After all wages and salaries have been paid, after all benefits have been funded it is what is left over to pay the entrepreneurs who envisioned the enterprise and risked the capital to fund it. It is the one and only way that entrepreneurs get anything for their risk.

Obama now says that this must be shared with workers in addition to their wages and salaries.

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See Target. Destroy Target. That is all.

Do NOT piss this guy off.

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Obama to American Business: “WTF”

“Win the future,” that is.

Obama said the role of government is to support the economic foundation by spending public money to improve transportation, education and communications systems. But businesses, which have not added large numbers of jobs even as the economy stumbles toward recovery, must do more to help America as a whole and not just their own bottom line.

“If I’ve got one message it’s now is the time to invest in America,” he said. “Today American companies have $2 trillion on their balance sheets. … I want to encourage you to get in the game.”

Business has one foundational responsibility: to create and sustain a return on its shareholder’s investments. It does this without need for encouragement from this president or any other. Fish swim, bees buzz and business invests and grows. You don’t need to tell business to do that. Business does that instinctively and compulsively. If business is not doing, there is only one explanation: business leaders believe that the risk associated with investment is greater than expected returns.

The Obama Administration has worked diligently to create an economic environment hostile to the interests of investors and heavy with economic unknowns. He did this consciously and with the willing assistance of Democrats in Congress. Now, very late in the game, he is beginning to understand that, if the government creates an environment hostile to business, business will suffer, unemployment will remain high and investment will diminish. He is clearly hoping that his words will cause businesses to ignore his actions and invest based on presidential happy talk. Until those words are backed with action, it is pretty clear that the response of business to Obama’s cheer-leading will be “WTF?”

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My favorite Super Bowl Ad

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Time Magazine Cover Parodies

Full Metal Patriot has several cute parodies of the cover of Time magazine which shows President Reagan embracing Obama. Here are a couple of examples:

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Ultimate Air Superiority Cool

On February 4 Northrup Grumman successfully test flew for the first time their X 47B unmanned stealth bomber. Designed for the Navy it’s smaller than the B2 bomber and carries laser guided bombs and can be fitted for other uses. Tailhook and all it is designed to be deployed from aircraft carriers. Below the fold is another video – computer generated – that shows some of its other capabilities.

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AOL’s Self-Imposed Death Spiral

There is news today that America Online has bought the Huffington Post for $315 million.

For those of you who are tech-savvy and may not recognize the term ‘America Online’ or ‘AOL’, let me explain.

AOL was at one time an innovator in the email and internet access fields. That was long ago and far away. AOL shone when it cost you money to get email service and there was no high-speed access. Believe it or not at one time you had to make all of your connections via the hard-wired telephone lines. AOL had a feature which allowed you to write email and save it, then later connect and automatically upload your mail, download your incoming mail, and disconnect. It was convenient if you had to connect via long-distance.

Today fewer and fewer people even have hard-wired phones and AOL has not progressed out of the electronic stone age. Many older people still use AOL as their principal internet server.

From user fees and advertising AOL has amassed a significant amount of cash. They have used it to do things like buying Time Warner and now the Huffington Post, both left-leaning news sources.

It is plain that the real money in news dissemination is with the center and right of center media. Witness the success of Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, etc., and the failure of Air America, CBS News, NBC news, etc.

It appears that America Online is run by left leaning idealogues who are more interested in the messages they send than the company’s bottom line.

In American business that is a sure road to failure.

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Global Warming caused the Egypt protests

That is the position of Paul Krugman. No really.

We’re in the midst of a global food crisis — the second in three years. World food prices hit a record in January, driven by huge increases in the prices of wheat, corn, sugar and oils.

The consequences of this food crisis go far beyond economics. After all, the big question about uprisings against corrupt and oppressive regimes in the Middle East isn’t so much why they’re happening as why they’re happening now. And there’s little question that sky-high food prices have been an important trigger for popular rage.

Don’t let the snow fool you: globally, 2010 was tied with 2005 for warmest year on record, even though we were at a solar minimum and La Niña was a cooling factor in the second half of the year. Temperature records were set not just in Russia but in no fewer than 19 countries, covering a fifth of the world’s land area. And both droughts and floods are natural consequences of a warming world: droughts because it’s hotter, floods because warm oceans release more water vapor.

But the evidence does, in fact, suggest that what we’re getting now is a first taste of the disruption, economic and political, that we’ll face in a warming world. And given our failure to act on greenhouse gases, there will be much more, and much worse, to come.

The Nobel Prize winning Keynesian economist doesn’t see out of control government spending, huge deficits and the monetizing of the debt by printing money through qualitative easing as the cause of the spike in food prices. The resulting increase in the cost of fuel, seed, fertilizers, equipment, transport, processing, packaging and delivery associated with planned inflation doesn’t cause an increase in the cost of food. No, your SUV causes global warming which causes that increase.

Never mind that across North America harvests were bin busters due to just about perfect growing conditions. Never mind that inflationary pressure is driving up non agricultural prices at the same or faster rate than foodstuffs. Never mind that green policies like ethanol production are consuming a greater portion of agricultural production previously used for feeding people and livestock. It is global warming that is driving up the price of food and driving Egyptians into the streets of Cairo.

The state of Nobel Prize winning economics is not good.

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In support of Palin

How may Islamists the world over would simply self-destruct contemplating that it was this woman thwarting their plans at every turn? That effect, in and of itself, would be a combat multiplier.

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Environmentalists oppose importing Canadian oil

Environmentalists don’t want America to import oil from Iran Saudi Arabia Venezuela Canada.

A coalition of 89 Big Green environmental groups is urging President Obama to reject Canada’s efforts to secure U.S. approval for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would bring millions of barrels of oil extracted from Canadian shale formations.

In their letter, the anti-oil groups based their case on these arguments:

    “When filled to capacity, Keystone XL would import up to 900,000 barrels per day of the world’s dirtiest form of oil and open a new economic drain to send more of our money to Canada.

    “The pipeline would drive further destruction of Canada’s boreal forest, bring the threat of dangerous oil spills through America’s heartland, exacerbate air quality problems in communities surrounding the refineries that the pipeline would service, and significantly increase the carbon intensity of U.S. transportation fuel, which would undercut the emissions reductions achieved by increasing U.S. automobile efficiency.”

At what point can we all just agree that environmentalists want to damage the American economy?

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Daniel and the Lions

This sounds like a story from the Newest Testament.

An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity.

Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards.
Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees.

Execution: Christians pray during a mass at a church in Kabul (file picture). Said Musa is facing execution unless he converts back to Islam
He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan.
He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.

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Why should anyone invest in Venezuela again exactly ?

Maintaining my perpetual state of outrage regarding Hugo “Its MINE Damnit!” Chavez can take some energy to be sure. The man has made stealing foreign-developed assets mundane, hasn’t he? Oil fields, refining facilities, huge commercial land tracts, you name it. Every month brings another seizure in what seems to be a race against his compatriot in the Oval Office to see who can nationalize the largest segments of their economies.

I think Chavez may have taken a commanding lead with his latest aquisition. Oh sure, Hugo will say they haven’t seized ANYthing, they’ve only suspended a company’s right to develop but we all know what that really means.  Hugo has his eyes on a massive 17 million ounce gold mine and now that the preliminaries have been taken care of its just a matter of ignoring international law.  My favorite part is quoting the takover as a matter of “opportunity and convenience”. Oh yeah. Classy.

Then again, as the mine is Canadian operated perhaps he figures nobody will even notice. America’s attic doesn’t exactly command banner headlines but hey, there’s a bright side. Since Venezuela seems to excel at nothing other than mismanaging their assets, the gold market might actually like this.

Fact is, with Chavez handling things that gold will never leave the ground.

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Let’s all cut her some slack, huh?

“It was an honest mistake,” says the general.

Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli — the No. 2 general in the U.S. Army — says he is absolutely not offended that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett mistook him for a waiter at a fancy Washington dinner this week and asked him for a glass of wine.

It could have happened to anybody, Chiarelli tells CNN.

“It was an honest mistake that ANYONE could have made. She was sitting, I was standing and walking behind her and all she saw were the two stripes on my pants which were almost identical to the waiters pants — REALLY. She apologized and will come to the house for dinner if a date can be worked out in March,” Chiarelli wrote in an e-mail.

See? We can all be civil. Well, unless the mistake was made by Sarah Palin. Then, of course, the media would have gone into a week long, 24 hour a day news cycle designed to nail her ass to the wall for being so infuriatingly stupid. “How in the hell could that stupid Palin treat a general like a waiter?” But it wasn’t Palin, it was Jarrett and, therefore, a non issue.

Some mistakes are more equal than others. People in all 57 states know that.

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Illegal invaders being smuggled to US, but none of them are terrorists

It’s amazing to me that we can find the people smuggling pipeline and the people being smuggled, but we just can’t seem to stop them. We don’t know who these folks are, but they can definitely tell you that terrorists aren’t getting through.It’s almost like the Obama Administration doesn’t want to stop criminal invaders from coming here.

Thousands of immigrants from India have crossed into the United States illegally at the southern tip of Texas in the last year, part of a mysterious and rapidly growing human-smuggling pipeline that is backing up court dockets, filling detention centers and triggering investigations.

The immigrants, mostly young men from poor villages, say they are fleeing religious and political persecution. More than 1,600 Indians have been caught since the influx began here early last year, while an undetermined number, perhaps thousands, are believed to have sneaked through undetected, according to U.S. border authorities . . .

The trend has caught the attention of anti-terrorism officials because of the pipeline’s efficiency in delivering to America’s doorstep large numbers of people from a troubled region. Authorities interview the immigrants, most of whom arrive with no documents, to ensure that people from neighboring Pakistan or Middle Eastern countries are not slipping through.

There is no evidence that terrorists are using the smuggling pipeline, FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials said

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What’s causing all this?

When was the last time you saw a presentation of the Declaration of Independence as part of the Superbowl coverage? That would be NEVER! What’s causing all this?

<a href="http://msn.foxsports.com/video?vid=748b4596-e506-4172-b028-588af98111bc" target="_new" title="">SB XLV: Declaration of Independence</a>

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Why I can’t pick a team for the Superbowl

I never pull for a NFL team based on anything other than their fans. This year I don’t know what to do. I like and dislike both teams.

Greenbay – Love the fans. I love fat people who take off their shirts in sub-freezing weather. I like women from Wisconsin because they are easy.

Nonetheless Wisconsin is eat-up with Communists. It is a Moonbat Cave. I could go on and on but I won’t. Regardless, they got rid of Russ Feingold so that makes me want to like them but rules are rules.

Pittsburgh – Okay, “Steelers” are people who work in the Steel Industry. These are all Union Workers. More than likely they voted for Obama and did all they could do to support Obamacare.

Nonetheless their State is prosecuting an Abortionist under multiple counts of Murder.

Okay, here’s my pick…

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Are Republicans trying to “appropriate” Reagan?

That’s what Andrea Mitchell claims…

I mean, he said, “This is–the sound you hear around my feet is the concrete breaking around my feet,” whatever the exact words were. People are trying–Republicans in particular, obviously–trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan for their own political purposes now.

Peggy Noonan ain’t letting her get away with it.

I got to–whoa, whoa, whoa. Republicans are not, I think, trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was a Republican. Conservatives aren’t trying to appropriate him. He was a conservative. Willie, he became a public figure in America two years before he was governor in 1964, and he laid out a speech as stern, if not sterner, in its conservatism in which he explained his views on taxes, “Cut them”; his views on the size of government, “Too big, too bullying”; his views on the Soviet Union, “Hold it back, it is expansionist.” This was all very clear. As a president, as a governor, he was pragmatic in his operation.

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Could anybody possibly be stupid enough to believe THIS?

The Left has really outdone themselves this time…

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The Governor of Alaska asks a question ALL Governors should be asking right now

This is a question ALL Governors should be asking of themselves and their Attorneys General. The question is; Does the Oath of Office mean anything?

Read the story about how Obamacare is causing Governors to question their Constitutional Duties HERE

The Governors didn’t create a Constitutional Crisis. President Obama and his Adminstration have and continue to do so.

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Obamacare 1099 law repealed

This week the Senate repealed the burdensome 1099 provision from Obamacare. As you recall, it required reporting to vendors and the IRS any cumulative purchase or purchases over $600 per year. This was to be a nightmarish paperwork burden on small businesses and would likely have turned many of them into accidental tax scofflaws.

Not everyone is happy. This tax issues blogger is downright disgusted.

This provision was put in the bill as a revenue raiser, because third-party reporting prevents “under the table” payments and non-inclusion of income on tax returns. So the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate (this version of the amendment was introduced by Michigan’s own Debbie Stabenow) have proven yet again that they are not serious about getting rid of the deficit in ways that can be done without causing real economic havoc to ordinary people who are just scraping by.

She is correct in that it would have likely increased tax revenues. That is, after all, why they slipped it into Obamacare. It was one of the ways the Democrats gamed the Congressional Business Office in order to get them to say the health care overhaul was revenue neutral. This, along with the dirty trick in which ten years of tax collections was balanced against only six years of benefits and other slimy tricks allowed them to say that Obamacare wouldn’t cost anything. It was a blatant lie. But I digress…

The 1099 was an example of the Federal Government oozing into every nook and cranny of our lives and affecting every thing we do. Is this the kind of society we want to live in? A society in which a Leviathan government in a far off capital micromanages virtually every interaction between citizens? Free citizens should not be assumed guilty of deceit in every transaction as if they are servants of the state. The 1099 law was passed on the assumption that the income will not be reported without draconian surveillance; even in trivial amounts. The repeal of the 1099 slowed our journey on the road to serfdom.

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Winter Eagle

The boy and I just got back from watching the eagles down by the river. I thought I would share. Click to enlarge.

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