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If Re-Elected, Will obAMATEUR Blame Himself For What He Inherited?

I hardly would think so.

It gets old.  obAMATEUR takes credit for anything but shirks all blame and responsibility for his failed policies.

I remember four years ago everything on the of the graphic below was BAD!  Now, everything on the right is a good start and he needs more time!

Open thread.  Keep it civil or you are outta here!

Out and About on a Monday Morning

Arab Spring Update:  93,000 Coptic Christians have left Egypt since the revolution.

Euro will be bailed out!!!

Err…maybe not.

A growing US/Russian/Turkish dispute over Cyprus?  I don’t like the idea that we’re going to base drones in Turkey, and I like it even less that we would be on the Turk’s side in a dispute over Cyprus.  In fact, if Russia ever wanted to induce me to want an alliance, a Russo-Turkish war would be a good way to do it.  Don’t trust the Turks, at all…an increasingly Islamist nation with historic designs not just in Syria, but also in places like Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus.  Yeah, can’t stand Putin either…but I can count on Great Russian nationalism in a war against the Turks.

Korea regulator says Korea’s banks are safe.  I’d pull my money out.  Just sayin’.

Introducing the Society to Preserve the Incandescent Light Bulb.  About time someone took a really firm stand against environmentalist idiocy.

Positivism, Ethics and Law: another look at the Troy Davis execution.

Dead men may tell no tales, but under Obamunism they can collect $120 million.

How labor unions work – so, your navy wants to fight bloodthirsty pirates?  Ok, say the unions, but we won’t refuel the ships at sea unless we make bank.  The German navy having labor troubles in their fleet tankers.

 

 

 

Out and About on a Thursday Morning

Just too many issues to write about and, as it turns out, I’m not feeling very well…bad headache, upset stomach.  Can’t explain it.  Haven’t listened to Obama talk for days.  But, since I’m not up to writing anything worth reading, here’s a few bits and pieces for you to ponder and discuss:

Fast and Furious:  Dead border patrol agent is “collateral damage“.

Shocking News:  Even Catholics have the right to free speech!  Who woulda thunk it?

Will the left’s rank anti-Semitism and growing alliance with Islamo-fascism finally propel American Jews in to the GOP?  Time will tell.

Conservative House GOPers kill continuing resolution – and a good job, too.  Democrats want more spending without cutting anywhere…our more weak kneed GOP leaders are willing to go along with it.  Hopefully the leadership will now listen and pass a bill with some genuine cuts in spending.

Cost of raising a child rises 40% in past decade.  Thanks, Federal Reserve!  We really appreciate the inflation!

Arab Spring Update:  Syria slides towards civil war while regional players angle to pick up the pieces.  Glad we don’t have that cowboy Bush in office…much better to have a President like Obama who will just let things fly out of control and allow our enemies to profit…

Not sure how much we should really put in to this, but one financial guy is saying we should watch the Hang Seng stock market…down 17.5% since August and he says it usually leads the rest of the markets…if this is the case, then the S&P (off 9% of late) has a lot further to go down.

Marines ticked off at brass which is more worried about careers than the needs of the Marines…it actually turns on what sort of underwear the Marines want to wear.  As for me:  any Jarhead can wear any kind of skivvies he chooses.  Why are our officers even worried about it?

Only 19% say the US is heading in the direction.  I figure that 19% reflects how many Americans have had three or more drinks on any given day the pollster calls.

From IMAO:

Come to think of it, Obama can still run on pretty much all the platforms he ran on in 2008: Close Gitmo. End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and now also Libya). Turn around this horrible economy. End the incompetent, divisive leadership of the current president. Sucks to be the incumbent, huh?

Enjoy the day!

Labor Day Open Thread

I hope that everyone has a delightful day today – as for me, I have to work.  Being a mindless cog in a faceless, corporate entity does have its draw backs.  Seems that the bosses have a misconception of what “labor day” is about.  Ah, well.  On the other hand, I’ll be earning double time and a half…and my vacation starts after work today!  Two weeks off…including a trip up to Reno to see the new grandson!  This does means that from the 9th on blogging might be a bit light, but we’ll make it all work.

We are, of course, all waiting in breathless anticipation of Obama’s jobs speech…while my leg hasn’t quite started to tingle over it, I’m sure I’ll be fainting dead away when The One tells us how he’s going to undo all the garbage he’s done up to this point.  I’m sure you all feel the same way – so, you can discuss that.  Or, if that proves a bit boring, you can go on to more exciting subjects, like how to clean lint out of the dryer.

So, have at it.

Economy Open Thread

As I write this (8:36 pm EDT, Sunday), the market futures have been swinging from negative to positive and back to negative.  Rumors abound – some saying the Bernanke will print up bags of free money for the banksters, others holding that the end of the Libyan civil war will lower oil prices…but, meanwhile, gold continues its skyrocket towards $1,900.00 an ounce.  So, mixed bag.  Who in heck knows what will happen tomorrow?

Given this mystery, I can’t think of anything particular compelling to write…its all so messed up and so unpredictable that if I wrote something now, then by 9 am in the east, Monday, everything I said might be nonsense.  So, an open thread…watch what happens this glorious Monday…and feel free, even, to comment about non-economic things, if that is what you’d like here.  We’re really just along for the ride, anyways…

Sunday Morning Open Thread

Just haven’t got anything to write about for the AM.  Does it seem to you that we’re kind of waiting on the edge of a precipice?  Like the world is holding it’s breath, waiting for some big event which will clarify and give direction?

We do seem to be in a bit of a bad way…economy faltering, leadership incompetent, enemies strengthening, wars and rebellions in abundance, starvation stalks some lands, disease takes its toll…it is said that grave crisis often throws up the person needed to lead out of it.  One thinks of Lincoln and Churchill and how they were superbly matched to their hour…will we get such?

At any rate, regardless of what happens, remember that all will come out right, in the end.  It isn’t, ultimately, in our hands:

I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple.

I will give thanks to your name,
because of your kindness and your truth:
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.

The LORD is exalted, yet the lowly he sees,
and the proud he knows from afar.
Your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands. – Psalm 138:1-2,  2-3, 6, 8

Have a great day!

Out and About on a Monday Morning

War in Libya Update:  It is still going on, you know?  Oh, you forgot?  Good:  that is just what Obama wanted you to do.

Associate Press report:  China’s policy of slaughtering unborn children is good!  No, really, since a lot of kids are being killed, those who manage to survive have more money spent on them!  So, let’s go kill even more and make the world a better place…

Bachmann would re-instate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Gloom and Doom Update:  Eurozone is doomed.  No, not just Greece, but also Italy…and then France.  It’s not just me, boys and girls – lots of people are seeing the end of the current global financial system.

Hitchens on the London riots putting blame squarely where it belongs – on our Ruling Class which has made a hash of everything.

Rasmussen:  people still think Obama sucks.

Harry Reid:  the TEA Party will fade away.  Yep sure will…as soon as Harry and the rest of liberalism is on the ash heap of history.

Out and About on a Sunday Morning

Poll:  71% support five year ban on ex-Congresscritters lobbying.  I say, make it 10.

Mark Steyn has penned another of his doom-and-gloom articles about the United States.  I’d like to say he’s wrong, but that would be a lie…if we don’t get our debt under control, we’ll suffer a gigantic collapse, and in just a few years (my guesstimate is in 2015).  The bottom line is that we’d better elect someone in 2012 who will see to it that in 2014 we spend less money than in 2012…and I don’t mean “lower rate of growth” in spending, but an actual reduction.  $500 billion would be best, but even if its a mere dollar, it is a start.

Vogue dresses a 10 year old girl like a harlot and we’re actually having a debate about whether this should be.  A healthy society would flog the photographer and the magazine editor and move on  (did you just say, “flog”, Mark?  Yes, I did.  And I mean it – tie them to a post and lay 20 stripes with a bullwhip across their backs…it would carefully instruct them and provide a good lesson to all and sundry).  Add this to that small – but rapidly growing – list of things I’ll keep saying until everyone agrees with me, because I’m right:  we’re poisoning ourselves.  The filth we allow to flow in to our civilization is killing us.  We can easily call a halt…if we just have the courage to do it.

Over at Breitbart TV, a businesswoman carefully explains what is wrong with Obamunism.

Result of the culture of death – the world is short 163 million women.  Really great that we’ve “protected a woman’s right to choose”, huh?  I mean, we’re certain that birth control and abortion aren’t being used by men to determine what sort of children will be born, right?

Downgrade:  Obama will catch the flack.

From IMAO:  All Obama has proved himself to be during the whole time of his Presidency is lazy, ineffectual, duplicitous, pathologically narcissistic, petulant, inarticulate, and – apparently – nicotine-withdrawal-addled.

 

 

 

Out and About on a Tuesday Morning

Putin calls America a “parasite” on the global economy…I’d be offended except this is the opinion of the leader of a kleptocracy presiding over the dying nation of Russia.

We’re broke…but we’re giving out free birth control.  Nothing like having our priorities in order, huh?  You know, really, death and despair really aren’t the answer.

DC residents are America’s biggest boozers…puts a new twist on the “spending money like a drunken sailor” thing.

The Anchoress picks up a timely quote from Chesterton…use it any time you hear a Ruling Class cretin getting upset about the TEA Party or, indeed, any manifestation of popular will:

Our Civilization has decided, and very justly decided, that determining the guilt or innocence of men is a thing too important to be trusted to trained men. It wishes for light upon that awful matter, it asks men to know no more law than I know, but who can feel the thing that I felt in the jury box. When it wants a library catalogued, or the solar system discovered, or any trifle of that kind, it uses up its specialists. But when it wishes anything done which is really serious, it collects twelve of the ordinary men standing round. The same thing was done, if I remember right, by the founder of Christianity.

I got one, too:

Roughly speaking, there are three kinds of people in this world. The first kind of people are People; they are the largest and probably the most valuable class. We owe to this class the chairs we sit down on, the clothes we wear, the houses we live in; and, indeed (when we come to think of it), we probably belong to this class ourselves. The second class may be called for convenience the Poets; they are often a nuisance to their families, but, generally speaking, a blessing to mankind. The third class is that of the Professors or Intellectuals; sometimes described as the thoughtful people; and these are a blight and a desolation both to their families and also to mankind. Of course, the classification sometimes overlaps, like all classification. Some good people are almost poets and some bad poets are almost professors. But the division follows lines of real psychological cleavage.

The next make-believe battle the MSM will say is tearing the GOP apart – a fight between deficit and defense hawks.  Yawn.  Next…