Thursday, April 22, 2010

Flotsam & Jetsam In The News

Thousands of public sector union employees rallied at the Illinois state capital to demand that the state raise income taxes on all Illinois residents in order to fund their jobs and pensions - all of which vastly outstrip the private sector average.

This is exactly in line with what I have written about public sector unions previously.

From across the pond, with elections but a few weeks away, Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats - committed socialists all - claimed that "the British people have a 'more insidious cross to bear' than Germany over World War II" and that Brits "suffered 'delusions of grandeur' and a 'misplaced sense of superiority' over having defeated the horrors of Nazism." What a complete ass. This is precisely what I was writing about when addressing the insanity of Britian's socialists here.

During his campaign for President, Obama made a central plank of his election the promise that he would not raise taxes on the middle class.

Apparently, what he meant to say was no new INCOME taxes - the teleprompter had it wrong. As for an incredibly regressive VAT tax that will completely screw the middle class and the poor, well, that doesn't sound so bad to him.

The Mexican government is mad because Arizona has passed a tough new law that allows them to arrest illegal immigrants. They really can go pound sand. We need the an Infantry Division on the border, preferably one with ties to Gen. Pershing.

The eunuchs at Comedy Central will now not even let South Park use the word "Mohammed" after receiving a threat reminding them of what happened to Theo Van Goh. So Comedy Central will allow comedy aimed at Christianity but Islam - well, that is now verbotten. My disdain for these people could not be any greater.

A rapper addressed school children as part of a sanctioned school event in Henry County, Ga. Parents found out after the fact and complained to the principal, believing the rapper not to be an appropriate role model and asking in the future to be appraised of any such speakers so they could keep their children home that day. The principal responded: "I thought about asking a guy who snorted cocaine and got arrested for DUI when he was 30 to come and speak to our kids, but President George W. Bush was not available." This ass should be fired so fast his head should spin.

I liked Michael Steele when he was a candidate for Congress in Maryland. As the RNC Chairman, I was inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. But he is doing more to hurt Republican's with black voters than all the Democrats put together. A few weeks ago, he played the race card against those on the right critical of his stewardship of the RNC. And the latest:

Why should an African-American vote Republican?

"You really don't have a reason to, to be honest -- we haven't done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True," Republican National Chairman Michael Steele told 200 DePaul University students Tuesday night.

I can think of a thousand reasons why blacks should be supporting Republicans rather than Democrats. If this clown can't think of one, he has to go. Now. Today. Send him to the DNC and let him screw them up.

Nicholas Kristoff, one of the NYT's stable of left wing columnists, has some very harsh criticism of the Obama's weak foreign policy, particularly as regards Sudan:

Until he reached the White House, Barack Obama repeatedly insisted that the United States apply more pressure on Sudan so as to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and elsewhere.

Yet, as president, Mr. Obama and his aides have caved, leaving Sudan gloating at American weakness. . . .

Actually, Mr. Kristoff, they are laughing from Tehran to Moscow and all points in between. Well, all except Israel.

And lastly, a recent U.S. military report speculated that we could reach peak oil by 2015, after which demand will forever outstrip supply. Well, perhaps there might be something we could DO ABOUT THAT . . .


OBloodyHell said...

> They really can go pound sand. We need the an Infantry Division on the border, preferably one with ties to Gen. Pershing.

...Or Patton.

> The eunuchs...

I believe the actual word you're searching for is "Dhimmi". These chickenshit weasels are all lined up to get their dhimmi cards.

> Send him to the DNC and let him screw them up.

I came to the conclusion that he was working for them already long ago.

> a recent U.S. military report speculated that we could reach peak oil by 2015,

Y'know, at some point, we might actually encounter that point, but the simple fact is, NO ONE is going to know it until it's happened 5 to 10 years in the past. And that's only in the sense of "demand" not getting neutered by some major economic or technical development, either of which is far more likely just around the corner than "Peak Oil".

At this point Peak Oil is about as relevant and valid as AGW.

OBloodyHell said...

P.S., over at Coyoteblog (any relation? :oP ) there's a short note about this, too. There's a great response in the comments section:

Captain Obviousness:

Sounds good to me! If they want the government to “Raise OUR Taxes” the government should pass a new tax only on the incomes of public union workers. From what I hear the multiplier on government spending is greater than one, so the government should be able to pay for public union worker salary increases with the new revenue generated by higher taxes on public union worker incomes. Keynes would be proud of their solution.

GW said...

Went over to coyote blog - like the pic, even though I consider coyotes lesser cousins of the wolf.

As to eunuchs or dhimmi - I think the words interchangable.

Patton was actually working for Pershing at the time of our foray into Mexico, if I recall correctly. That said, either would work.

OBloodyHell said...

> As to eunuchs or dhimmi - I think the words interchangeable.

I would argue that notion.

First off, and unfortunately, dhimmi retain the ability to reproduce, and propagate their cowardice onward. That's probably the worst difference.

As I understand it, being a eunuch does NOT necessarily make you a coward, weak, or submissive -- this partly ties to when "it" was done... And many eunuchs are apparently quite nasty, for rather obvious reasons. You would probably not want one as an enemy. Some of them have even been fairly fierce warriors. One of the reason for them being eunuchs is that they were males who helped defend the harem, but were rendered unable to, um, "take advantage" of their privileged access. But they were still expected to be capable warriors.

I think it's safe to say that "fierce warrior" and "dhimmi" only belong in a sentence like, "The dhimmi were killed by the fierce warriors", or "The dhimmi surrendered to the fierce warriors"... In this way, "dhimmi" is kind of remarkably like "French".


Paul Gordon said...

On the whole subject of taxation...

I remember a Robin Hood movie, some years back, with Patric Bergin as RH and the late Richard Harris as King John.

After one of John's tax collections has been highjacked by RH, John almost waxes philosophical about the injustice of losing those necessary funds needed to provide for his subjects, but ultimately comes clean in the last line of his rant...

"I -- WANT -- MY -- MONEY!!!"

Truly, the bottom line.

Paul Gordon said...

My bad; it was Edward Fox (the assassin in the original "Day of the Jackal") who played John.

I'm still confident about the money quote.