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Obamination: State of the Union: Investment?


In this installment on the STOTU we turn to growth and investment.  [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]

” To reduce barriers to growth and investment, I’ve ordered a review of government regulations. When we find rules that put an unnecessary burden on businesses, we will fix them. But I will not hesitate to create or enforce commonsense safeguards to protect the American people.  That’s what we’ve done in this country for more than a century. It’s why our food is safe to eat, our water is safe to drink, and our air is safe to breathe. It’s why we have speed limits and child labor laws.  It’s why last year, we put in place consumer protections against hidden fees and penalties by credit card companies, and new rules to prevent another financial crisis. And it’s why we passed reform that finally prevents the health insurance industry from exploiting patients.”

Common sense says that economic goods and services have prices, they are not free. Prices are set by the market; the balance of supply and demand, with fixed and variable costs as a lower limit.  Attempts to lower the price by fiat will result in reduced supply. Attempts to subsidize consumers who can’t afford the goods will raise the price to everyone.  Third party payers are part of the problem, not part of the solution.   Reforming the insurance industry does not require 2700 pages of new legislation.  That is a power grab, not reform.

Investment requires an economic surplus, and it involves risk. Everything that reduces real disposable income or artificially increases expenses reduces the potential for investment.  Increased taxation and inflation are counterproductive to investment. Everything that reduces consumer confidence or investor confidence or threatens economic stability and predictability decreases the potential for investment and risk taking.

A President who genuinely desires investment & growth would not seek to increase taxes, he would seek to make the “Bush tax cuts” permanent instead of extending them for two years.  He would not ban domestic oil exploration & production, instead he would increase leasing &  issuance of permits. He would not impose new costs on consumers by mandating purchase of health insurance.

“Now, the final step – a critical step – in winning the future is to make sure we aren’t buried under a mountain of debt.

We are living with a legacy of deficit-spending that began almost a decade ago. And in the wake of the financial crisis, some of that was necessary to keep credit flowing, save jobs, and put money in people’s pockets.”

Deficit spending did not originate by spontaneous generation nor did it begin in the last decade, it has been going on for much longer.  Money thrown down the stimulus & toxic asset toilets was wasted.  It was borrowed and must be repaid with interest.  We can not repay the principal, and when interest rates rise, we will drown in the interest burden which will rise like a flood.  Credit was not kept flowing, jobs were not saved and money was put in the wrong pockets.

“I recognize that some in this Chamber have already proposed deeper cuts, and I’m willing to eliminate whatever we can honestly afford to do without. But let’s make sure that we’re not doing it on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.  And let’s make sure what we’re cutting is really excess weight. Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you’ll feel the impact.”

A competent pilot does not take off with an overload. He knows the weight of his cargo & fuel, the capacity of his aircraft and the wind and weather conditions on his intended route; he calculates a margin of safety.

“The bipartisan Fiscal Commission I created last year made this crystal clear. I don’t agree with all their proposals, but they made important progress. And their conclusion is that the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it – in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending, and spending through tax breaks and loopholes.”

“Excessive spending” can not be defined and measured. Social Security will soon be bankrupt. Obama Don’t Care will drastically increase health care costs and  we are facing the threat of wars on three fronts at once. The first World War  was supposed to be the war to end all wars. We reduced our military capacity after it ended, so that the second Word War caught us unprepared.  In the age of missiles, we won’t have time to make up the missing capacity.

“And if we truly care about our deficit, we simply cannot afford a permanent extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Before we take money away from our schools, or scholarships away from our students, we should ask millionaires to give up their tax break.”

That is class warfare at its worst. Obama is pandering to envy and greed. Investment does not come from strapped consumers who can barely meet their mortgage & utility obligations.  Investment comes from those who have more money than enough money to meet their basic needs. Punishing them with higher taxes will  result in decreased investment, the opposite of what Obama claims to want.

” So now is the time to act. Now is the time for both sides and both houses of Congress – Democrats and Republicans – to forge a principled compromise that gets the job done.  If we make the hard choices now to rein in our deficits, we can make the investments we need to win the future.”

Compromise does not get the job done. One side wants to administer poison, the other wants to administer therapy. Combining the two will not cure the patient.

” In the coming year, we will also work to rebuild people’s faith in the institution of government.  Because you deserve to know exactly how and where your tax dollars are being spent, you will be able to go to a website and get that information for the very first time in history. Because you deserve to know when your elected officials are meeting with lobbyists, I ask Congress to do what the White House has already done: put that information online.  And because the American people deserve to know that special interests aren’t larding up legislation with pet projects, both parties in Congress should know this: if a bill comes to my desk with earmarks inside, I will veto it.”

Anyone with any common sense knows that promise to be null & void. Free spending Democrats & RINOs are already conjuring up a clever replacement for earmarks.   In any case, they will find ‘veto proof’ or ‘must pass’ bills to hide them in.

January 31, 2011 Posted by | Earmarks, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obamination: State of the Rebuilding America?


In this installment on the STOTU we turn to rebuilding America.  [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]

” The third step in winning the future is rebuilding America. To attract new businesses to our shores, we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and information – from high-speed rail to high-speed internet.”

Attract new businesses from where exactly?  Does Obamination prefer foreign owned enterprise to home grown enterprise?   Railways are too inflexible and too capital intensive to compete with trucks and passenger autos. Without federal subsidy, Amtrack would be priced out of reach.  Internet connections are being made by private enterprise, why should the government get involved?

” Our infrastructure used to be the best – but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater internet access than we do. Countries in  Our infrastructure used to be the best – but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater internet access than we do. Countries in Europe and Russia invest more in their roads and railways than we do. China is building faster trains and newer airports.  Meanwhile, when our own engineers graded our nation’s infrastructure, they gave us a “D.”

Whenever Obama says “invest”, it is code for wasteful spending; flushing trillions down the crapper and adding to the debt & deficit without any commensurate benefit.  Telephony is not a government function, neither is the internet. Private enterprise is taking care of that and making a profit. Lets leave it that way.

While people are losing their homes to foreclosures because they can’t pay their mortgages, Obamination wants to raise taxes and inflation,  putting even more strain on real disposable income.  We said “NO!” last November; he did not get the message.

” We have to do better. America is the nation that built the transcontinental railroad, brought electricity to rural communities, and constructed the interstate highway system. The jobs created by these projects didn’t just come from laying down tracks or pavement. They came from businesses that opened near a town’s new train station or the new off-ramp.”

Translation:  ‘If you build it, they will come.”  The town where I live has high speed internet access, a minor state highway passing through, a major state highway 12 miles away and a major federal highway thirty five miles away.  It does not have any new major employers as a result. Instead, factories are closing or moving away both locally and region wide.

” We will put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what’s best for the economy, not politicians.”

Shovel ready projects“; is anybody stupid and gullible enough to believe that  slogan again?  “Fully Paid for.” How Gd’d stupid does this clown think we are?  $4 Trillion in debt and he pitches “fully paid for”.  Profanity fails me. No execration can match that insult to our intelligence. America leads the world in one class: arrogant demagogues.

“Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail, which could allow you go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying – without the pat-down. As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway.”

The current rail bed will not support the top speed of current locomotives.  How does Obama hope to upgrade the tracks and pay for it?  How can he hope to do it, increase the speed and make the tickets affordable?

Terrorists have not yet attacked our rail stations or trains as they have in Europe and India.  The low traffic volume makes them unattractive targets. If you increase the traffic, they will be attacked, then the security measures will be imposed, after the blood and guts of a few hundred people are splattered about.  No thanks.

“All these investments – in innovation, education, and infrastructure – will make America a better place to do business and create jobs.  But to help our companies compete, we also have to knock down barriers that stand in the way of their success.”

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The barriers to success are, in order of importance: unions, taxes, regulations, uncertainty and foreign competition.  Obamination will make three of those problems worse.

“Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries. Those with accountants or lawyers to work the system can end up paying no taxes at all. But all the rest are hit with one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. It makes no sense, and it has to change.”

Who was in charge of the House Ways and Means Committee while that tax code was written and amended?  What makes any sane and sober person hope that system will change?

January 30, 2011 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Islamic Revolution: Undesirable Change!


An egg farmer went to his hen house, to the nest of his best layer, and discovered that instead of an egg, the nest contained a quarter, a dime, a nickel and a few pennies. He took the change and the chicken to the vet and told his tale. The vet answered ” Its not a big deal, she’s just going through her change.”.

Not all change is improvement. Our elected leaders need to learn the difference between the two concepts, they are not identical.  Replacing one tyrant with another does not solve the problem of tyranny.  Replacing a monarch with an autocrat is not an improvement.  Replacing the Mubarak regime with the Muslim Brotherhood will not improve the lot of the mill run of Egyptians.   What good did replacing the Shah with an Ayatollah do for Iranians?

Rioting peaks on Friday afternoons. That is not a coincidence; the riots result from the sermons preached at Jumah Salat. It is an Islamic movement, not a democratic movement.

If the believers succeed in overthrowing Mubarak & Hussain, there will be consequences. The peace treaties with Israel will be abrogated and a new war will result in the near term future, likely resulting in widespread death and destruction.  The economies of Egypt & Jordan will decline, resulting in starvation for many on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder.

If those revolts succeed, more will follow against other regimes. The price of oil will escalate, resulting in damage to our economy. It is a matter of momentum.  If the rioters think they can get away with it; if Mubarak does not use sufficient force to quell them, then all is lost. If he cracks down, his regime will lose face. If not, he will lose his sinecure.

Shutting off the internet and cell phone communication is vitally necessary to interrupting the revolution’s command, control, coordination & intelligence functions. To us, it appears to be an outrage. To the regime, it is a basic necessity for survival.

To Muslims, success is a function of obedient submission to Allah in all details. They perceive failure & suffering to be the fruits of disobedience to Allah. Reimposing strict enforcement of Shari’ah is their proposed solution.  The Qur’an & sunnah condemn revolution against a just ruler who enforces Shari’ah.  To rationalize revolt, they must commit takfir, declaring the regime to be un-Islamic.  Nothing good can come of this in the short run.

January 28, 2011 Posted by | Islam | , , , | Leave a comment

Obamination: State of the Union: Illegal Immigration?


In this installment on the STOTU we turn to Immigration issues.  [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]

“Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws and address the millions of undocumented workers who are now living in the shadows. I know that debate will be difficult and take time. But tonight, let’s agree to make that effort. And let’s stop expelling talented, responsible young people who can staff our research labs, start new businesses, and further enrich this nation.”

Didn’t we say NO already Didn’t we repeat it loudly and clearly?  And when they tried to ram the “DREAM Act” down our throats we shouted our refusal to accept it.  Obamination will not accept a negative answer any more than Shrub did.

Obamination won’t even complete the fence, which drug lords are using a catapault to overcome.  Mexicans are not the only wet backs. Numerous Muslim terrorists are mingling with them but Obamination does not give a damn.  He has his Secret Service to protect himself, the rest of us don’t matter to him.

Illegal immigrants are more likely to organize gangs of street thugs and found Meth labs than to engage in scientific research or found legitimate enterprises. Masses of illegal immigrants are threatening the financial viability of our schools and hospitals.

We need to say it again, to repeat it with higher volume and increased profanity.  We must make the newly elected and installed majority in the House of Representatives fully aware of our absolute, principled and permanent objection to alien amnesty schemes.  Send this link to your Congressman:

LOUD & CLEAR.  

You can easily send an email to your Representative through the handy form provided by http://www.congress.org.  To create the link,  copy and paste this html code  exactly as it appears here:  <a href=”http://snooper.wordpress.com/no-amnesty/#Loud”>Loud & Clear</a>.

January 28, 2011 Posted by | Illegal Immigration, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Obamination: State of the Union: Education?


In this installment on the STOTU we turn to education issues.  [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]

” Maintaining our leadership in research and technology is crucial to America’s success. But if we want to win the future – if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas – then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.”

Race?  Who are we competing against in a speed contest to educate our kids?  Are the Chinese, Russians and Arabs racing to educate our kids?  Has technological innovation created jobs or eliminated them?   Where are cell phones manufactured?   Is the rest of the world educating their children in ten years instead of twelve?

” Think about it. Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school degree. And yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school. The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations.  America has fallen to 9th in the proportion of young people with a college degree. And so the question is whether all of us – as citizens, and as parents – are willing to do what’s necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.”

Where did that statistic about the educational requirement of new jobs come from?  Is there any truth in it?  How does President Obama know what the new jobs are going to be or what level of education they will require?

About those drop outs: are they among the best & brightest or are they from the ranks of the less endowed intellectually?  Why did they drop out? Frustration with inability to learn, boredom, harassment, and bullying & violence in the schools are a few of the possible causes. Or are the drop outs lured away by such attractions as music, drugs, street gangs, hustling and just ‘hanging out’ with their buddies?

How do you propose to solve that problem?  Will you retain the disinterested with a full curriculum of movies, cartoons, concerts and video games and present them with a meaningless, worthless diploma they won’t be able to read?  Or will you pay them a salary while they stay in school?

” That responsibility begins not in our classrooms, but in our homes and communities. It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done.  We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair; that success is not a function of fame or PR, but of hard work and discipline.”

The best masters of propaganda mix a little truth in with the manure. Obama fits that pattern. Nurturing curiosity and directing it into deep rather than shallow, short term channels begins at home.   What does he expect from illiterate welfare queens raising large mixed parentage families in the squalor of our inner cities?  They will yield a few gems and a great deal of gravel.

” If we take these steps – if we raise expectations for every child, and give them the best possible chance at an education, from the day they’re born until the last job they take – we will reach the goal I set two years ago: by the end of the decade, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.”

When  Sputnik went up, the school board raised the standards but we did not learn more, we just got lower grades.  If you want more college graduates, you should look for ways to make post secondary education affordable.  $2500. per year in tax credits does not scratch the surface, it is an idiotic symbolic gesture.

How much do our universities spend on HVAC & illumination?  What impact will government policies that skyrocket utility costs have on those expenditures?  Cap & trade won’t make higher education more affordable.  Using corn to make motor fuel will increase the cost of meals in the cafeteria.

” One last point about education. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of students excelling in our schools who are not American citizens. Some are the children of undocumented workers, who had nothing to do with the actions of their parents. They grew up as Americans and pledge allegiance to our flag, and yet live every day with the threat of deportation. Others come here from abroad to study in our colleges and universities. But as soon as they obtain advanced degrees, we send them back home to compete against us. It makes no sense.”

Case in point: Barack Obama Sr. came to America to study and returned to Kenya. Barack Jr.’s mother went to Indonesia to work. Had Obama stayed here, he would have been part of the ‘brain drain’.  Had he stayed in Kenya, we would probably be far better off today.

Several of the ‘Magnificent Nineteen’ obtained training in America as part of their mission of murder. Perhaps that should give Obama pause for reflection. We are training enemies, not just competitors.

Consider the impact of those illegal immigrants on our schools. How much money would we save if they were not here?  Why are they here?  Why have we left our southern border wide open for so long?

January 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Obamination: State of the Union: Economics?


In this installment on the STOTU we turn to economic issues.  [Click this link for the Prepared Remarks.]

“At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world.”

In keeping with the manure pile concept, that paragraph contains a rich mix.  It begins with politics, with references to the immediate past and near future elections.  President Obama denied the obvious: the State of the Union Address is the first major campaign speech of the 2012 presidential contest.

The establishment of new jobs and industries can not be facilitated by government action, it can only be hindered.  Creating a climate of uncertainty  is the worst possible hindrance to startups.  Business requires the ability to plan ahead, and that implies certainty, continuity & predictability.  When radical changes are threatened, the required certainty & predictability are destroyed.  Investors will keep their assets in cash or readily converted instruments in the absence of predictability.

Mounting deficits & debt load are counterproductive in the worst way. They discourage consumer, investor & entrepreneurial  confidence.  Hard work and industry are not rewarded by proposals to raise taxes on income.  Raising taxes reduces the funds available for investment and discretionary spending. Success is rewarded, failure is punished; hard work does not equate to success.  Most new startups fail within five years.  The success stories we hear about are the exception, not the rule.

Escalating inflation in fuel, food, transportation, energy, insurance and medical services reduce the discretionary income available for investment and discretionary purchases.  We can’t pay more and buy more without earning more.  We can’t earn more without jobs.  We can’t have more jobs unless people are able and willing to purchase the goods and services produced by people working in those jobs.

We do not have any leadership to sustain; we have a misleader in the land’s highest office. Obama is leading us onto the on ramp of the expressway to ruin.

“We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.”

The stock market remains volatile and its gains are reversible.  Which corporate profits are up and how much?  Is that a function of their recent staff reductions?  How much is the economy growing and how much of that is real growth?

“But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.”

Jobs do not offer quality of life.  Jobs yield income which enables us to purchase the goods and services we need and want.  Quality of life is a complex concept involving much more than employment and income.

The small business owner can not make his enterprise thrive and grow while burdened by inflation, uncertainty, foreign competition and multiplying layers of regulations and restrictions.   We can not give the next generation opportunities for a better life while pursuing policies and actions that drag down and promise to destroy our economy.

“That’s the project the American people want us to work on. Together.”

“My way or the highway” would be closer to the real meaning of that sentence.   Those who understand  the elemental laws of economics must submit in silence; go along to get along or suffer condemnation as ‘obstructionists’  who ‘block progress’.

” We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans’ paychecks are a little bigger today. Every business can write off the full cost of the new investments they make this year. These steps, taken by Democrats and Republicans, will grow the economy and add to the more than one million private sector jobs created last year.”

In reality, you were dragged kicking and screaming into extending current income tax rates for two years. If your party would ‘work together’ the tax rate reductions made on Shrub’s watch would be permanent, so that no extension would be required.  The ten year sunset clause was a ‘crat demand.  Yours is the party of raising taxes.

If the Republicans had not won a majority in the House of Representatives last November, you would have happily let the rate reductions expire. Disposable incomes would be considerably lower if you had not been forced to sign the extension into law.  No benefit was done; a great injury was staved off for two years.

How many businesses have the cash reserves or credit necessary to invest in new investments in equipment?  How many  businesses have the sales potential to make economic use of expanded plants and equipment?   If full write offs are such a good thing, why do it for one year; why not make it permanent?

How many new jobs were created last year? How many were destroyed?  What was the real net gain and how does that compare to a normal year?

“Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didn’t always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are you’d have a job for life, with a decent paycheck, good benefits, and the occasional promotion. Maybe you’d even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company.

That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful.  I’ve seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets. I’ve heard it in the frustrations of Americans who’ve seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear – proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.”

The change mentioned above is the result of the golden goose being strangled by by Obama’s allies: unions.  With the retirement of the Baby Boom generation, those hidden costs are threatening the solvency of the government as well as major industries.  ‘More for less; forever more’  does not work in the long run.   Demagogues who deny that fact are part of the problem, not part of the4 solution.

“They’re right. The rules have changed. In a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business. Steel mills that once needed 1,000 workers can now do the same work with 100.  Today, just about any company can set up shop, hire workers, and sell their products wherever there’s an internet connection.”

Computer software and entertainment can be delivered through an internet connection.  Real physical factors of production and consumer goods require physical delivery.  Obama’s attacks on the petroleum industry are making delivery of goods more expensive, increasing inflation.

Steel mills closed because of extortionate union contracts, burdensome government regulations and foreign competition.  Fifty years ago, economic development  was a major foreign policy objective.  It still is.  Those who want to stimulate ‘economic development’ in Africa & Asia seem to be incapable of comprehending the fact that competition with our own industries is an unintended consequence of their foreign policy.

“Sustaining the American Dream has never been about standing pat. It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age.”

“Now it’s our turn. We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit, and reform our government. That’s how our people will prosper.  That’s how we’ll win the future. And tonight, I’d like to talk about how we get there.”

Translation: Pay higher taxes & prices; sacrifice your lifestyle without any present or future benefit because of a power grab by greedy politicians and their cronies in the union movement.

” None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be, or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do – what America does better than anyone – is spark the creativity and imagination of our people.  We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.”

How many people are employed by Google and Facebook?  How many people will they and similar corporations employ?  How does that compare to the number of full time jobs lost in the steel, auto and petroleum industries?  How many of the recently unemployed have a hope of gaining jobs with Google, etc?

You can’t eat innovation, warm your house with it in winter, cool your house with it in the summer or pay your taxes with it.  And when it increases productivity so that jobs are lost, you bitch about it.  You can’t have it both ways.  The internet and other innovations make it possible for us to expose your contradictory statements and litany of lies.

“Just think of all the good jobs – from manufacturing to retail – that have come from those breakthroughs.”

Great! Computer chips designed in Israel and produced in Asia. Computers assembled in Asia.  American jobs, yeah, right.

“This is our generation’s Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space Race. In a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal.  We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.”

We are faced with insolvency, so the President proposes massive new spending. Its like buying a brewery for an alcoholic.  Whenever Obama says “invest” it really means more taxes, more debt, more deficit and more inflation.

“Clean energy” is the biggest boondoggle.  Every day we consume vast quantities of liquid fuel which contains 160,000 btu per gallon.  It is not possible to replace that fuel without matching its energy content and there is no alternative fuel that matches its energy density.  The scope and scale of the problem are incomprehensible.

There is no alternative energy source.  No matter what you burn, you consume oxygen and generate products of combustion.  The problems of industrial scale production & distribution  should be  sufficient to warn off any thinking person.

Electricity is not an alternative energy source. Most of it is produced by burning oil, gas or coal.  We are paying more for food and riots are breaking out in other parts of the world as a predictable consequence of diverting corn from food to motor fuel production.

There is no replacement for oil, and if there was, reducing our dependence of Arabian oil would not increase our security unless we were willing to confront Islam, which no current politician is willing to do.  We need leadership with brains, spines & testicles; those are not functions of reduced oil consumption.

Anthropomorphic global climate change  is a big lie, as an increasing number of people are discovering.  Countless can be a very small number such as zero, it does not need to be a large number. New jobs?  Yeah, right.   Pedicab operators & bike couriers?

“With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”

Assuming 30mpg., the energy consumption is about 5,333 btu/mile. One KWH is about 3412.1416 BTUH. That is about 1.6 KWH per mile.  Assume that each of those million electric vhicles travels 10,000 miles per year.  Where are those 1.2 billion KWH coming from?  Solar cells & windmills, yeah, right.

” We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but they’re doing just fine on their own. So instead of subsidizing yesterday’s energy, let’s invest in tomorrow’s.”

Where is Obama letting oil companies explore for and produce oil?  Where is he permitting the construction of refineries?  Why are we dependent on oil produced in areas ruled by people inimical to our interests?  Considering the current price of $3.20 per gallon, how will Obama’s scheme affect our pocket books?   Where was your head when you voted for him??

” Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight, I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal: by 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources. Some folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal, and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all – and I urge Democrats and Republicans to work together to make it happen.”

Translation: drastic inflation: increased prices for electricity and motor fuel, further reductions in our lifestyles, fewer jobs and another great depression.  Natural gas is a byproduct of the oil production process.  Get a clue, for Chrissake!!  Clean coal?? Obama bragged that he would destroy the coal industry.  Nuclear power?  Litigation, regulations, insurance costs and union rates have made it impossible to build new reactors.

You voted for change; you are getting it. Are you satisfied yet?

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Obamination: State of the Union: Bipartisan Compromise?


State of the Union: Prepared Remarks

Because of the length and drek density of the Obamination, I will spread my disrespectful discourse over several blog posts. The first eight paragraphs of the prepared remarks allude to and tangentially rehash the blood tinged partisan acrimony that has hung like a polluted haze in the atmosphere in the weeks following the ‘Tucson Massacre.  I take that as my starting point.

“It’s no secret that those of us here tonight have had our differences over the last two years. The debates have been contentious; we have fought fiercely for our beliefs. And that’s a good thing. That’s what a robust democracy demands. That’s what helps set us apart as a nation.”

The last two years?  As if only President Obama has had opposition, and contention is monopolar.  Does anyone remember what the nattering nabobs of negativism said about Nixon, Goldwater, Reagan, Bush Clinton & Shrub?  Assertions of warmongering extremism cost Goldwater his hope of election.  Does anyone remember the vitreol spewed at the judicial nominees of Reagan,  Bush & Shrub?

A book and movie about assassinating Shrub and an on the air rant about marching on Congressman Henry Hyde’s home and stoning him to death stand out as examples of partisan hate speech.  But now they accuse those who voice principled criticism of Obama’s policies & actions of inspiring the detestable act of a madman whose political leanings are closer to those of Obama than of his critics.  Indeed, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and Obamination won’t let one pass unexploited.

A fight for beliefs?  Yeah, right.  The mission of political parties is to obtain, retain and expand political power, which they translate into cash flow for themselves and their allies.

Beliefs?  What beliefs?? Candidates are packaged, branded, promoted & marketed, usually without making clear declarations of political principles. The concept of pandering to the left in the primaries & caucuses before “moving to the center” in the general election and following a defeat in the mid term elections should be sufficient to disabuse any thinking mind of the ‘fighting for our beliefs’  shibboleth.

“Now, by itself, this simple recognition won’t usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.”

Cooperation = bipartisanship = Republicans surrender their ‘principles’ and “go along to get along”.  Mixed seating is a matter of symbolism: symbolic of a fallacy.  When one side wants more of the poison that made the nation ill and the other wants a cure, there is no  practical compromise.  If a husband wants to use hydrochloric acid to clear a drain and his wife wants to use sodium  hydroxide, mixing the two may poison them both by releasing chlorine.  Some things should not be compromised.  “Work together” is another expression of the same dishonest concept.

“I believe we can. I believe we must. That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics. “

Expectations?  Sixty percent of the electorate cast their votes for congressional candidates who they believed were most likely to assist in the repeal of Obama Don’t Care.  Governing responsibly involves simple and direct solutions, not 2700 pages of convoluted bafflegab.

We face the threat of a greater depression; the total ruination of the economy.  We face the threat of national insolvency; the prospect of eroded faith & credit. We face the threat of rationing of medical tests & treatments;’ of bureaucrats making  arbitrary life or death decisions. We face increased costs and prices that will make medical goods and services beyond the reach of a growing mass of citizens.  We face the prospect of more businesses closing as insurance premiums become unbearable.

New laws should only pass on their merits, not based on which party proposes or opposes them. Content, substance & effects, including unanticipated consequences and diseconomies must be considered above partisan advantage through emotive nomenclature & propaganda.

January 26, 2011 Posted by | Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Unfairness Doctrine


Renewed calls for restoration of the  ‘fairness doctrine’  & the LibTard chorus chanting the mantra of   ‘civility’ followed the  recent  Arizona Massacre as flowers follow a spring rain.   Blood is the natural fertilizer of  idiotic demands for tyranny.

The heinous act was not solicited, prompted or suggested by ‘extremists’ shouting ‘hate filled’ rants on talk radio. It was not related to the recent political campaign season.  It was the independent act  of a lone gunman acting out his own fantasy.  Local law enforcement had several opportunities to prevent the slaughter. Now they cover their incompetence & misfeasance by falsely assigning blame to others who had nothing to do with the affair.

Remember Shrub’s ‘new tone in Washington’ ?  It was a single flute drowned out by dozens of braying jackasses.  ‘Chimpy McBush’, ‘Bush lied and thousands died’  etc.  There were a book and a movie about assassinating Shrub, both celebrated by the left.  Then there was Dan Rather’s infamous attack with spurious documents.

Does anyone remember a famous actor ranting about wanting to stone Congressman Henry Hyde to death?  Where was the outpouring of outrage over that blood thirsty rant?   There was note, because this issue is all one sided.

Hannity, Levin & Limbaugh spent several days replaying sound bytes of outrageous statements by president Obama and his cronies.  Those sound bytes fall on deaf ears.

The LibTards are determined to squelch opposition voices.  They don’t want tone control or volume control, they want content control.  Their demand is 180° out of phase with the First Amendment.  Political speech must be protected speech because representative government requires the adversary process of debate.

If they can’t get their way in the legislature or the courts, they will turn to regulation by fiat.  Thus we have the FCC’s recent ‘net neutrality’ ruling.  Ostensibly about preventing internet service providers from throttling competitor’s content, it is really about content control and raising revenue.  Incrementally, little by little, they will  expand the rules to regulate content.  At the same time they will impose fees to ‘cover the cost’ of enforcing the rules.

January 20, 2011 Posted by | Fairness Doctrine, Freedom Of Speech, Political Correctness | 1 Comment

Reply to Ryan on What’s Wrong With Islam/Muslims?


The true nature of Islam: a continuing criminal enterprise which propagates perpetual warfare for profit while camouflaged by a  false mantle of religion, is mired in a deep and extensive swamp of denial. I repeatedly attack this issue because it is necessary to drain the swamp one drop at a time.

What’s Wrong With Islam/Muslims? at Islamophobia: Exposing Malicious Malarkey received a visit from Ryan, who left a comment which merits a  better reply  than a simple comment.  Likening my analysis to dog excrement, he  made three points. [Typographical errors original.]

1.) Jihad means “struggle”. That is the literal arabic interpretation of the word. What is more, there have bbeen cases of jihad being conducted AGAINST OTHER MUSLIMS. Not to mentioon that there are muslim scholars who disagree with the definition provided in reliance of a traveller (which is one of many jurisprudence manuals). And there are four types of jihad, and jihad follows set rules (don’t kill civillians, don’t attack civillian targets).

2.) You claim that 60:1 is clear proof muslims aren’t allowed to befriend non musims. verses 60:8 and 60:9 disagree. There are even verses in the quran which state that jews and christians can go to heaven.

3.) You make the mistake of assuming that all islamic manuals agree on what defines jihad. The truth is a hell of lot more complex, and there are scholars who have had differing interpetations. Just because a few guys have that interpreation odesn’t mean all scholars do.

 

  1. When words are translated into actions, the actions give us the clearest possible indication of their meaning.  Turn to page 385 of Guillaume’s translation of The Life of Muhammad, where the story of  Amr b.al-Jamuh   is retold. “He came to the apostle and told him that his sons wanted to keep him back and prevent his joining the army, ‘Yet by God, I hope to tread the heavenly garden despite my lameness.’ The apostle said, ‘God has excused you, and Jihad is not incumbent on you;’ and to his sons he said, ‘You need not prevent him; perhaps God will favour him with martyrdom,’ so he went along with him and was killed at Uhud.” A parallel story is found in Sahih Bukhari 4.52.84, explaining 4:95, which exempts the lame and blind.
    There are 178 instances of “raid” in the Life of Muhammad, and 27 instances of “conquest”.
  2. A search for “take not” in the Noble Qur’an [Hilali & Khan] returns 7 Surahs; these are the ayat prohibiting positive relations with Kuffar: 3:118, 4: 89144, 5: 51, 57, 9:23, 60: 1, 13.  Moe curses us in 2:161 & 9:30Sahih Muslim 6665 & 6666 say that Allah will take Muslims out of the fire, replacing them with Jews and Christians.
  3. Jihad is covered in Ch 30 of Al-Risala, Maliki Fiqh and Al-Hedaya, Vol II, Book IX, Hanifi Fiqh.  Which of them contradicts Reliance significantly? This article samples 4 schools of jurisprudence.  Will you accept the opinion of Prof. Salih Al-Fawzan?  For a broader sample of ancient and modern Fiqh concerning jihad, see the Jihad in Fiqh chapter of FOMIJihad.chm.

The meaning of jihad is not dependent on any single scholar. It becomes clear when we perceive the congruent pattern formed by Moe’s recitation & sunnah.

Surah Al-Anfal treats of perpetual wars of aggression against pagans, the termination of which is conditioned on the cessation of resistance and a global monopoly for Islam.  (8:39:1) And fight them waqātilūhum

Surah At-Taubah treats of perpetual wars of aggression against ‘people of the book’, the termination of which is conditioned on subjugation and extortion.
(9:29:1) Fight qātilū

Get a God blessed clue!

waqātilūhum (وَقَٰتِلُوهُمْ) verb (2)
2nd person masculine plural (form III) imperative verb (فعل أمر)
  • (2:193:1) … And fight (against) them …
  • (8:39:1) … And fight them …
qātilū (قَٰتِلُوا۟) verb (3)
2nd person masculine plural (form III) imperative verb (فعل أمر)
  • (3:167:7) … fight …
  • (9:29:1) … Fight …
  • (9:123:4) … Fight …

Moe said something about that.

Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, “O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?” He replied, “Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’, faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have.”

The Qur’an contains two parallel fight-until loops and the hadith has a similar loop reflecting them.  Is that mere coincidence?  Get a God blessed clue!

The first raid: on Waddan 281
Hamza’s raid to the coast 283
Raid on Buwat 285
Raid on al-’Ushayra 285
Raid on al-Kharrar 286
Raid on Safawan 286
Fighting in the sacred month 286
The change of the Qibla 289
Battle of Badr 289
Zaynab sets out for Medina 314
Abu’l-’As accepts Islam 316
‘Umayr b. Wahb accepts Islam 318
The chapter of The Spoils 321
Raid on B. Sulaym 360
Raid called al-Sawiq 361
Raid on Dhu Amarr 362
Raid on al-Furu’ 362
Attack on B. Qaynuqa’ 363
Raid on al-Qarada 364
Killing of Ka’b b. al-Ashraf 364
Muhayyisa and Huwayyisa 369
Battle of Uhud 370
The Quran on UQud 391

That is a significant sample of the table of contents of Part III of The Life of Muhammad.  What was Moe commanded to do?  What did he do??  Do you remain clueless???

Muslim apologists will assert that Moe only fought defensively, citing 2:190 and  22:39.   What? Does “fight them until” only apply after they attack Muslims?  Get a God blessed clue!

Moe dictated and dispatched extortion letters.  This is among the most explicit thereof.

LETTER TO THE CHIEFS OF AQABA

In the name of ALLAH the compassionate, the Merciful

From Muhammad, Prophet of Allah

To the People of Aqaba

May peace be on you. I praise Allah who is one and except whom there is nobody else to be worshipped.

I do not intend to wage war against you till you receive my written reason for it. It is better for you, either to accept Islam or agree to pay Jiziya and consent to remain obedient to Allah, His prophet and his messengers. My messengers deserve honour. Treat them with respect. Whatever pleases my messengers, will also please me.

These people have been informed of the orders about Jiziya. If you desire that there should be peace and security in the world, obey Allah and His Prophet. Thereafter none in Arabia and Ajam (Iran) shall dare cast an evil eye on you. But the rights of Allah and His Prophet can at no time be waived.

If you do not accept these terms and set them aside, I do not need your presents and gifts. In that case, I shall have to wage war (to establish peace and security). Its result would be that the big ones shall be killed in war and the commoners shall be taken prisoners.

I assure you that I am a true Prophet of Allah. I believe in Allah, and His Books, and His Prophets and am of the faith that Maseeh (Messiah) son of Mariam (Mary), is a Prophet of Allah and His word.

Hurmala (Raziallah AnhoA.) who brought to me 3 wasaq (about 6 quintals) of barley, recommended your case. Had it not been in compliance of the command of Allah and the good opinion of Hurmala for you, it would not have been necessary for me to correspond with you and instead of it, there would have been a war. If you will obey my messengers, you shall immediately have my support and the help and support of everyone who is attached to me.

My messengers are Shuraih-beel, Obaiy, Hurmala and Hurais (Raziallah AnhoA.) and whatever decision they take in respect of you, shall be acceptable to me.

Your people are under the protection and responsibility of Allah and His Prophet.

Supply provisions to the Jews of Maqna, for their journey to their country.

If you accept obedience, may peace be on you.’

Seal: Allah’s Prophet Muhammad .

Moe sent an extortion letter to the Jews at the Khaibar Oasis. Then he sent his army. Who started that war? Did the Jews attack first?

January 20, 2011 Posted by | Islam, Political Correctness | , , | 1 Comment

International Judge the Qur’an Day: Update


A Google search for “International Judge the Qur’an Day” now returns about 27,000 records and they are not all to my blog posts.  The event is now the subject of some media coverage.

The deleted Facebook page has been  replaced; the new page has 333 supporters.  Images of the Qur’an and related texts have been posted in evidence, 31 to date.  Two of its five discussion threads have current activity.

Visitors to my blog previous blog post on this subject include:

  • Gainsville Police Department
  • Alachua County BOCC
  • University Of Florida/university Medical Center
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Justice

That post had 457 page views spread over several blogs. Asia, Australia & Europe are in the mix. One viewer in Tunisia came through a link sent by email.

Rev. Terry Jones discusses the event in this new video, inviting “peaceful Muslims” to provide a defender and evidence in defense of the Qur’an.

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January 15, 2011 Posted by | Political Correctness | , , , | 1 Comment

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