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In response to Obama responding to the Pirates

Posted by – 4/13/09

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

How’s that for a disproportional response, gentlemen!?

Does Debra Messing want a King?

Posted by – 3/30/09

Angie Harmon is taking flack for her non-appreciation of Obama, but most of Hollywood is still enthralled with the new leader.

Or ruler, as Debra Messing apparently sees him. In accomplishing what may seem like an impossible task, she explained her appreciation of Obama in a totally substance-free format:

“He is thoughtful and considerate and he gets all the information before he speaks which I think is a wonderful quality for the ruler of the free world to have.”

Ruler of the Free World? We normally say Leader of the Free World, but maybe you’ve never really paid much attention to that, Debra. After all, you apparently haven’t noticed the method he uses to get all the information before he speaks.

Obama takes unprecedented powers, still doesn't understand markets

Posted by – 3/30/09

Many of my friends had major problems with W., and reasonably so. He may have claimed the label of Conservative, but he was certainly not a President with a respect for constitutional limits or free markets. But rather than a positive change, Obama is turning out to be more of the same. If Bush was driving blind, Obama is driving blind down a mountain pass with the clutch wide open screaming, “At least I’m doing something!”

Today we learned that Rick Wagoner is resigning as CEO from G.M. at the request of the Obama Administration. A new precedent of companies acting in response to Government desires rather the desire of the consumer has been set, and it is worrisome.

The auto industry is dying in the U.S. quite simply because the car buying market is not interested in buying enough cars at their current price-point to keep the big auto-makers afloat. So far, the “Big Three” have either been unwilling or unable to adapt. Apparently Obama thinks the problem is that the auto industry just isn’t churning out enough “green” cars. Either that, or he must think that he can both revive the auto industry and force a radical makeover of their product line at the same time, requiring them to flood the market with a product that only a niche market seems to desire. Obama apparently knows nothing of early adopters, those consumers willing to take a hit on price and reliability in exchange for being the first to try a new technology. But why would he know anything about that? He’s never run a successful business. (Or any business, for that matter.)

Require an industry to churn out something that neither the market demanded nor the resources supplied and watch the impending disaster. Government should be in the business of government, not in the business of business. Government cannot intelligently and consistently make the right market decisions. That whole ethanol thing seemed to work out real well for us, didn’t it? Just ask the a few of the 100 million people new to poverty thanks to rising food costs.

The very thing that is so impressive about market forces is that we do not need to have great amounts of Hope that one person or a few small groups of people take a risk and get it right. The market is a vast sea, full of business-owners, managers, and start-ups taking all sorts of risks. The best ideas are rewarded because a sufficient number of people desire the offering, and the worst ideas fail for the opposite reason. That’s the invisible hand Adam Smith wrote about. If it’s all up to the elite in Washington to make the right decisions, I’m worried for our future. I just can’t let them reserve the right to be the risk-taker in this economy. That really would be Too Big to Fail.

The auto industry is simply not in the business of applying the President’s wish-list to its assembly lines. Their compliance will bring us the long-awaited dissolution of those great giants, of course. They already fail to compete in the marketplace race. Now Obama’s broken their legs and wants them to run the race with these brand spankin’ new prosthetics. But it’s promising technology! 

If only we’d ignored the politics of fear, they could’ve reached their demise sooner, cheaper, and, some might even argue, cleaner. Jeffrey A. Miron called for bankruptcy instead of bailout back in September (regarding the banks, but the principle applies), explaining:

Bankruptcy means that shareholders typically get wiped out and the creditors own the company.

Bankruptcy does not mean the company disappears; it is just owned by someone new (as has occurred with several airlines). Bankruptcy punishes those who took excessive risks while preserving those aspects of a businesses that remain profitable.

Friends on the Left, why do you let the leader of your own party run unencumbered with a banner you never would have even let the opposition party’s leader carry? Trust? Do you trust one and not the other? Trust neither! It is our duty as citizens, not to demand the most from Government, but to ensure its constraint! Regardless of our ideological situation, we should all be students of history. And if history shows us a simply remarkable inefficiency in an institution, by a degree proportional to its size, should we not strive against its growth? And if that institution is named Government — an institution which, to be sure, always retains the ugly potential of tyranny and oppression — should the true patriot not then struggle against the very bloat that will lock his children in chains?

What If Bush Had Done That!?

Posted by – 3/22/09

Once Obama made the ridiculous comment about bowling like a Special Olympiad, I decided I’d better start keeping track. In only 60 days, I was already starting to forget some of the better ones. My project? What If Bush Had Done That!?

But seriously, don’t get it into your head that this is some sort of “see, it makes everything Bush did okay!” love-fest. Not so. I’m a fiscal conservative, limited-government, free market kind of guy, and President Bush was one heck of a violator. I actually think it doesn’t MATTER when the President makes a fool of himself. (Most of the time, of course. Foreign policy matters excepted.) We should quit treating every president like some sort of lightworker, godsend, messiah in flesh. He’s not a King. Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and their pals all were pretty dead-set against that.

Give it to him, Mo!

Posted by – 2/4/09

Mr. Obama’s errors on the helter-skelter stimulus package were also self-induced. He should put down those Lincoln books and order “Dave” from Netflix.

When Kevin Kline becomes an accidental president, he summons his personal accountant, Murray Blum, to the White House to cut millions in silly programs out of the federal budget so he can give money to the homeless.

“Who does these books?” Blum says with disgust, red-penciling an ad campaign to boost consumers’ confidence in cars they’d already bought. “If I ran my office this way, I’d be out of business.”

Mr. Obama should have taken a red pencil to the $819 billion stimulus bill and slashed all the provisions that looked like caricatures of Democratic drunken-sailor spending.

Wow. Reading Maureen Dowd hand Obama his backside is like actually watching hell freeze over.

Ha! The Best Rick Roll Ever.

Posted by – 11/12/08

For future reference: Obama's Platform

Posted by – 11/9/08

I’m reposting something I read on Facebook because 1) Facebook is a closed-network, and 2) things posted to Facebook have a way of going down the memory hole. The following is from a friend of a friend, Leslie Taylor. – Kev

Now that we know Obama is going to be president, I wanted to write down some of the things he stood for during this campaign. I want to do this because I want for us to hold him (as well as all our elected officials) accountable. I want everyone to know where he says he stood when he wanted your vote, and to make sure you see where he goes once he gets it. For too long we have forgotten too soon what our candidates have promised and supposedly stood for, so I hope that this will serve as a reminder. I hope to at least look back at this list every year, to review what has been done during that year. I am not going to hit every single subject – but I’m going to try to focus on the main ones. I am also going to try to be totally fair. My goal is simply to plainly state the facts of what he supports. If you feel I have missed something, please let me know, with sources to support your claim, so that I can repair any misinformation I present here. For this to work, it needs to be accurate – so if I am not, please let me know, *with sources*. So now, onto the list of his claims. PLEASE NOTE that all of these are taken directly from his website, unless otherwise stated.  More…

No Purpose in Life

Posted by – 11/6/08

Ha! Come on, you have to agree this is funny.

Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are

“Later in the hour we’ll tell you how to spot and avoid an Obama supporter by looking for clues on their messenger bag.”

Law & Order Shout Out to Obama

Posted by – 11/5/08

Tonight at the end of the season premiere of Law & Order, as McCoy is walking away from the lecturn after a press conference, a reporter can be heard shouting, “Mr. McCoy, is it true you’ve been asked to join the Obama Administration?”

To be honest, I actually have been watching all day for hints of the election results in prime-time shows. With the extremely quick turn-around digital editing has provided, networks can now easily make shows seem quite timely. I suppose they recorded the woman saying both “Obama Administration” and “McCain Administration,” much like Seinfeld did with the Dinkins v. Giuliani mayoral race in The Non-Fat Yogurt.

UPDATE: Whoa… South Park didn’t just settle for a pre-recorded “either outcome” shout out. The Nov. 5th Episode is filled with Obama’s speech and McCain’s concession speech. These boys must have stayed up all night to get this one through. Here.

Congratulations to President-elect Obama

Posted by – 11/5/08

May he always be in the right;
but our president, right or wrong.

 

Americans, this is a fantastic milestone we’ve reached. It can no longer be questioned whether or not a black man can be elected President. Obama was right in saying that we now know anything is possible. While I truly believe that it has always been true, I pray that a real understanding of this truth has sunk into the lives of those people whose faces we saw were wet with tears tonight. It’s a great day that America has proven it’s ability to overcome the base aversion to one man’s race, and hopefully soon we will reach the point where it is fully acceptable to live out Dr. King’s dream, that we judge a man by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin.

My hope for America is that we do not see the Right succumb to the temptation to engage in baseless ad hominem attacks designed to delegitimize the President-elect. We saw this happen eight years ago when the Democrat’s presidential nominee did not prevail on election day, and the Left never allowed George W. Bush to be seen as the legitimate, worthy president that he was. The result has been eight years of derision and unnecessary vitriol, and our Republic is the worse for it.

Friends, you will be met with the temptation to refuse giving your respect to Obama. Do not let this happen. We will fight him on the issues, we will push back against those policies which are detrimental to America. But he will be the President, and rightfully so — regardless of the size of his mandate. Our beautiful republic is not finished, we are not on the precipice of the end. Criticize President Obama for his actions, policies, and promises when it is necessary? Absolutely, but keep your heads about you. Hyperbole has been the tool of the rabid Left, and you’ve thought them unworthy to offer an opinion. Do not yourself be known for the same.

If you’re frustrated, I understand. If your heart sunk tonight, I am with you. But the proper behavior in response is not what we’ve seen from the Left for the last eight years, so do not emulate it. It may win elections, but it is not what it best for America. After all, is that not what the true patriot wants?

So instead, take this time to prepare. You and I both know that we’re going to need some intelligent approaches to handle the problems that are coming. Tomorrow, go to your local library and get a book on American History. Study even more World History. What good is it, after all, to have learned the tragedies of a despot and remain ignorant concerning the mechanisms of his rise? Read up on our civics process, so that you know how it works, in detail. I confess that even I am far too ignorant on the matter than is acceptable for any American citizen.

The remedy is in understanding America as it is rather than as it is assumed to be. Contrary to what we saw this election season from so many fervent supporters of either presidential candidate, our solution is not in one man. Neither do the failures of government come from one man, or even a single branch for that matter. Proper government in America lies in power at the local level. Know this and exercise it. Know your local leaders and watch them. Keep them accountable. Petition them. Know that government is rarely the answer to your problems, but when it is, you will find your solutions locally. Do not thank or decry George W. Bush for your economic situation, and do not apply the same standard to Barack Obama.

By the end of January 2009, Barack Obama will be my President. I will support and praise him for his good ideas, and fiercely oppose him for that which is detrimental. I have not set the entirety of my efforts against him, and neither should you.

As Conservatives, we’ve long said that we are responsible for our own person. The rubber has hit the road, friends. That responsibility, that high calling applies as well to our role in government. It is incumbent upon us “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Do not let us down.