For the most part, ships are great beasts of burden. They do work and in order for them to do that work there is a crew doing work to make it work. Unless you serve in the United States Navy there is no such thing as a “Pleasure Cruise”.
Bucking all conventional thinking on the subject, there is my Brother-in-Arms, Captain Goober of the Gail Marie. When he could afford a vacation he would take his wife on a “Pleasure Cruise”. I could not understand why a Shrimp Boat Captain would ever conceive of such a thing, especially when I’ve seen him request a table in a restaurant that has no view of the water. He says it’s nice to be on a boat ride where somebody else does all the work while he eats, drinks, gambles and lays up with his wife.
As for me, I’ve always considered ships to be floating Prisons. The Inmates are people who, in the best of times pretty much only concern themselves with themselves. There are kinds of behavioral issues that go with that mindset that don’t work well on a ship. As I understand it, most people are well past ready to get off the ship at the end of their “Pleasure Cruise”, and typically they are broke and pissed off. That’s when things go good.
The Obama Administration said they knew that several of the companies would fail.
They built in $2.4 billion into the program for potential failures. But the expected losses will be much greater according to Sharyl Atkisson.
I have sat back and assessed the incident with the video of our Marines urinating on Taliban corpses. I do not recall any self-righteous indignation when our Delta snipers Shugart and Gordon had their bodies dragged through Mogadishu. Neither do I recall media outrage and condemnation of our Blackwater security contractors being killed, their bodies burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah.
“All these over-emotional pundits and armchair quarterbacks need to chill. Does anyone remember the two Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were beheaded and gutted in Iraq?
“The Marines were wrong. Give them a maximum punishment under field grade level Article 15 (non-judicial punishment), place a General Officer level letter of reprimand in their personnel file, and have them in full dress uniform stand before their Battalion, each personally apologize to God, Country, and Corps videotaped and conclude by singing the full US Marine Corps Hymn without a teleprompter.
“As for everyone else, unless you have been shot at by the Taliban, shut your mouth, war is hell.”
“The Greek phrase Molōn labe!, meaning “Come and take them” is a classical expression of defiance reportedly spoken by King Leonidas I in response to the Persian army’s demand that the Spartans surrender their weapons at the Battle of Thermopylae.
In America, both the original Greek phrase and its English translation are often heard from pro-gun activists as a defense of the right to keep and bear arms.”
We all know about the Komen Race For The Cure. Supermarkets in our area have been collecting donations for them when you check out. I have given to them. I thought the group was dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer.
New figures directly from the Komen for the Cure foundation show 18 affiliates of the breast cancer charity gave a total of more than $569,000 to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2010.
The donations will certainly prompt the continued boycott of the Komen breast cancer group by millions of pro-life Americans who find it disingenuous that the women’s organization would partner with an abortion business when abortions are linked to an increase in breast cancer and when Planned Parenthood has been proven to mislead the public by falsely claiming it performs mammograms.
The new figures come from an American Life League study of Susan G. Komen affiliates’ federal forms 990 and they show 18 Komen affiliates gave $569,159 to Planned Parenthood in 2010, the latest year for which figures are available. That’s down from the $731,303 Komen officials publicly confirmed in October 2010, when they acknowledged that 20 of the 122 Komen affiliates gave to Planned Parenthood during the 2009 fiscal year.
The Komen spokesman confirmed last year that Komen affiliates contributed about $3.3 million to the abortion business from 2004-2009. That and the longtime ties between Komen and Planned Parenthood have resulted in some backlash from the pro-life community. “
It seems like a day never goes by without another disappointing revelation coming along. Guess what? Next time the check-out clerk asks if I want to donate to the cure I’ll say, “No, thank you”.
Not really but the Obama and the media want you to think so. In fact, that is the point. Here is James Taranto…
In fact, Pew does not claim to have found, as the AP falsely asserts, that “tensions between rich and poor are increasing.” It finds, rather, that “perceptions of class conflict” and “the belief that these disputes are intense” have become more prevalent, especially since 2009.
It isn’t hard to understand why that might be the case. After all, what have Americans seen when they turned on the news over the past few years? In the White House, a president who, for want of political or managerial competence, has nothing to offer but bitter partisanship and ideologically driven class resentment. In public parks around the country, professional protesters and ignorant college kids ranting about their grievances against “the 1%.” Now, in New Hampshire and South Carolina, even Republicans, led by nonsensical old Newt Gingrich, are getting in on the act.
The perception of “class conflict” has grown because the media have paid the putative conflict so much attention. They have done so in part for ideological reasons–lefty journalists have had a weird preoccupation with “income inequality” for as long as we can remember–but also in part because it’s newsworthy, especially when the president of the United States is trying to foment class war.
It would also be newsworthy if he succeeded–and that is the story the AP is trying to peddle. But Pew’s findings show it is a phony war. If underlying “tensions between rich and poor” were really rising, the survey would have found some evidence of actual hardening of attitudes across socioeconomic lines.
Recall that Obama ran a campaign on the promise that he would heal the breach that divides us. Instead, he has done the opposite. He has pitted American against American in the most divisive presidency since the Civil War.
Righthaven has been reduced to rubble, but they aren’t done yet.
Las Vegas-based copyright enforcer Righthaven has been losing in court for months, even as opposing lawyers go after its bank accounts, computers, and office chairs. Righthaven lost its own domain name, which was auctioned off last week for $3,300 in order to pay the court judgment against the company. Righthaven even had to submit to a “debtor’s exam” on Monday in which opposition lawyers got to go through the company’s books and grill company leaders over where all the cash went. Surely, the indignities can’t get much worse. Or can they?
For those of you who haven’t yet advanced to Inner Circle status, now is your chance. The Revoista Inner Circle will be meeting down around Branson Missouri in May. Think family reunion… Food and family fun. We had a blast in Memphis last May.
Our own Sortawitte and Jim22 set up the arrangements. Sorta has been to the rally point and set up accommodations including identifying a nearby rifle range.
Expect good food and good talk. In fact, I have been cataloging war stories. Most start something like this: “There I was, knee deep in grenade pins…”
The Inner Circle folks are on top of this. If you are a commentator who want to join us for a good time in the Ozarks, email me. Be sure to include your Revo handle so I can recognize you. I will send you details and, if you are a regular commentator, I will promote you to Inner Circle status.
It’s been four months since the FBI raided bankrupt Solyndra. It received a half-billion in tax dollars and became a political lightning rod, with Republicans claiming it was a politically motivated investment.
CBS News counted 12 clean energy companies that are having trouble after collectively being approved for more than $6.5 billion in federal assistance. Five have filed for bankruptcy: The junk bond-rated Beacon, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy and Solyndra.
Others are also struggling with potential problems. Nevada Geothermal — a home state project personally endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — warns of multiple potential defaults in new SEC filings reviewed by CBS News.
Actually, Obama’s venture socialism isn’t even half as nice as Romney’s venture capitalism. Romney used funds that were voluntarily given to him by investors who approve of his investment strategy. Obama uses funds that are taken from people without their consent and under color of law. Unlike in the case of Bain Capital, the people from whom Obama takes funds have no say whatsoever in how he uses them.
Furthermore, venture capitalists get only a few chances to succeed. Once they fail, few are willing to given them more money to invest. Jon Corzine isn’t likely to convince many to allow him to invest on their behalf in the future. Venture socialists can fail over and over and over and the funds never dry up. Since they aren’t given voluntarily, they just keep on coming.
Finally, a venture capitalist who fails spectacularly is shamed and, possibly imprisoned. Venture socialists may get voted out of office, but will go on to make millions in book deals and speaking fees.
Next time a leftist complains about private equity investors, you can tell them how much worse their venture socialism is.
Damn. It is getting so hard to keep those three straight on this issue.
As Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry attack Mitt Romney over his business record, the re-election campaign of President Obama is joining the fray with a jab that slams Romney’s economic record as “Profit at any cost.”
The memo, sent on Friday morning by the Obama campaign, echoes the attacks by a Super PAC linked to Newt Gingrich, as it accuses Romney of destroying companies and good-paying jobs in order to reap huge profits.
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Man oh man! [Wipes tears of laughter from cheeks…] You can sure tell it’s an election year, can’t you?
It happened on C-Span. Below is the segment of a half-hour interview with the two. They also talk about the fact that neither has been invited to the White House. There is a bitterness underlying the comments.
Smiley also explains why the left ignores Obama’s faults. He claims he has a strong headwind to overcome. The left seeks to provide him with a ‘Tailwind’ to help him be great.
Obama’s presidency has been an economic disaster of epic proportions. Three years in, the damage is hard to calculate. At Forbes, Peter Ferrara lays it out. Here is a sample…
Supposedly a forward looking progressive, Obama proved to be America’s first backward looking regressive. His first act was to increase federal borrowing, the national debt and the deficit by nearly a trillion dollars to finance a supposed “stimulus” package, based on the discredited Keynesian theory left for dead 30 years ago holding that increased government spending, deficits and debt are what promote economic growth and recovery. That theory arose in the 1930s as the answer to the Great Depression, which, of course, never worked.
That was the beginning of President Obama’s Rip Van Winkle act, pretending not to know anything that happened over the previous 30 years proving the dramatic, historic success of the new, more modern, supply side economics, which holds that incentives for increased production are what promote economic growth and recovery. Indeed, that Rip Van Winklism pretended not to remember the 1970s either, when double digit inflation and double digit unemployment proved Keynesian economics grievously wrong.
As should have been long expected, Obama’s trillion dollar Keynesian stimulus did nothing to promote recovery and growth, and almost surely delayed it. That is because borrowing a trillion dollars out of the economy to spend a trillion back into it does nothing to promote the economy on net. Indeed, it is probably a net drag on the economy, because the private sector spends the money more productively and efficiently than the public sector.
Heritage has its annual ratings up. The United States continues its slide into un-free territory. Chile and Ireland are now freer nations than the United States.
Globally, the 2012 Index noted a general decline in economic freedom across the board, with nations throughout the world unsuccessfully trying to “spend their way out of recession.” The United States itself dropped from ninth to 10th, continuing a slide that last year knocked the U.S. out of the category of “free” nations for the first time since the Index’s inception.
Check it out. There are tools to look at individual aspects of freedom and compare nations.
Calling the president’s illegal non-recess appointments “an escalation in a pattern of contempt for the elected representatives of the American people,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, dismissed a Justice Department memo on Thursday that sought to lend retroactive constitutional weight to the president’s move.
Grassley hinted at Senate “action to check and balance” the president’s power grab, though he declined to go into specifics.