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…





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Out and About on a Monday Morning

If we had to lose the World Cup, better to lose it to Japan than any other nation – they really need the tonic right now.

Just as discretion is the better part of valor, so is cowardice the better part of discretion – so, Obama bravely hid the Dalai Lama when he came to visit.  Come on, Barry – you get a thousand points for meeting with the Dalai Lama in spite of Chinese whines about it, but you lose a million by keeping it low key.  Show some guts, for crying out loud.

Turns out that it’s not illegal to peacefully demonstrate in favor of life.  Who knew?  This whole personal freedom thing could spread like wild fire if this gets out…

Just how dumb is the President?  Mark Steyn takes note:

For the Most Gifted Orator in Human History, the president these days speaks largely in clichés, most of which he doesn’t seem to be quite on top of. “Eric, don’t call my bluff,” he sternly reprimanded the GOP’s Eric Cantor. Usually, if you’re bluffing, the trick is not to announce it upfront.

One wonders:  Did Obama ever live in the real world?  I mean, did he ever have a true friend?  Someone who would rake him over the coals when he was being an idiot?

As Governor Perry is all but in the Presidential race, anyone still thinking that Palin will get in?  They’d both be going after the same constituency along with Bachmann, Cain and Pawlenty.  If I were Palin, I’d stay out of it now – victory over liberalism is more important than any personal ambition, and TEA Party/social conservatives are well represented in the race.

Islamic fashion festival in Milan.  Question:  how would any one know they’re not guys in drag?

Obamunism!  Banks continue to fail.  But now that the economy is all better, the worst is behind us.  Oh, wait…

Venezuela’s dictator, Hugo Chavez, sought the Catholic sacrament of Anointing the Sick.  Yes, that used to be called “last rites”, but it was always just about helping the ill. But, odd that this man who has so ardently fought the Church should run home to it when he hears God calling…or, not so odd.  And hopefully it will cause him to reflect.

Victor Davis Hanson on Obama:

So Obamism did not work, and now is the politically opportune time, before the 2012 election, to follow the famed Obama reinvention stratagem: Cite straw men and extremists on both sides, and put St. Obama plop in the middle as the sober, great dragon slayer, who blames both his contemporaries and his predecessor. Hard to do, I know, when you wasted $5 trillion, but do it nonetheless he has. In the word of Obama, wasted borrowed money is “stimulus,” not so shovel ready jobs are “investments,” and hiking taxes on someone else is “revenue enhancement.”




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