Saturday, February 18, 2012

Quick Hits - February 18, 2012

A working Saturday, so a late start....but on the other hand, it's good to be working...

OK - Let's start with our first critical lesson for today -  HAN SHOT FIRST!

He's right - Han did shoot first - in the original.  Bill Whittle is also right about this being a real metaphor about the moral and intellectual bankruptcy around the liberal viewpoint and mindset.  How can someone actually believe it's 'better to be dead with the moral high ground than alive'?  That evil shouldn't be opposed whenever and as completely as possible when its discovered?  Why are we not, according to the left, to defend ourselves or to stand up for others, using violence, when threatened with violence?

During the debate between the summer of 2002 and the spring 2003 invasion of Iraq, I used the following analogy which committed liberals could not address or adequately answer...
You are walking down a street with your family. From the shadows, a person steps out and stands in front of you. You and your family stop.

As the person menacingly stands in front of you, telling you how he is going to brutally murder you, your spouse, and your children right then and there - he pulls out some items from his pocket.

As he describes what he is going to do, you see that he is assembling those items into a pistol. As the descriptions become more graphic and horrifying, the pistol begins to take form - the slide and barrel onto the grip / firing chamber. He pulls out a magazine from his pocket and when the pistol is complete, he rams the mag into the pistol's grip - seating it snugly. He then pulls the slide back to cock and load the pistol. As he extends his arm / hand holding the pistol to point at your forehead, you hear the click as the safety is released.

At what point of that entire process do you do something? And what do you do?

Do you wait until he is done so he can carry out his threats? Do you and your family try to flee risking being shot down as you run? Or do you confront the evil in front of you anyway possible?
Liberals prefer to flee, or try to talk the assailant from the deed - and lose. Some even stand petrified and unable to move - and lose. But some, regardless of their size, training, or confidence, resolve to themselves to oppose that evil as best they can - right then and there. They may hope for someone to come to their assistance - but they will not go down without a fight. They are the one's who will shoot first if they have the means and opportunity.

Those are the ones that we need to identify with.

John Nolte, writing on Andrew Breitbart's 'Big Hollywood', has introduced me, via his review, to a superb show that is a Netflix original production available to Netflix streaming subscribers.  The series - Lillyhammer. 

Lilyhammer Steven Van Zandt

Starring Steven Van Zandt, of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and formerly Silvio Dante from HBO's classic hit 'The Sorpanos', plays a former NYC mobster who relocates to Lillehammer, Norway under the witness protection program.  He's not Silvio Dante, but fans of 'The Sopranos' will recognize some similarities and some differences.  He's an American who is proud of being American and more likely a conservative than not, attempting to build a new life in the leftist euro-socialist utopia of Norway...and that is where the charm and humor come to play.  Oh, and in addition to those traits, a strong conservative / pro-American message that has its roots around not being passive - but confronting wrong / stupidity when it's seen.  Watch it.

Yesterday, I wrote about the high prices of gasoline - and how $4 per gallon gas was nearly here in San Diego and Los Angeles...with a real potential for $5 per gallon gas this summer because of the policies of the Obama Administration.

In LA,$4 gas was actually here yesterday...The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the Los Angeles - Long Beach area reached $3.996 a gallon overnight Thursday / Friday, up nearly 2 cents since Thursday morning, and 15.9 cents in a week.

Locally, in the SCV that I call home, I filled up last Saturday for $3.899 at the local station adjacent to the Golden State Freeway.  Today, filling up on my way to today's client, $4.099 at the same local station.  20 cents a gallon in a week.  Hows that 'hope and change' working for you?

One of the most common traits our President offers on a regular basis are the elements of his own hubris and hypocrisy - the focus on himself and being willing to say or doing anything to get elected.

While on a $8 million plus fundraising tour through the Left Coast - President Obama interrupted his blegging for cash to visit the Boeing facilities in Everett, Washington to make nice to his union buddies there - and provide a few sound bites for the sycophantic media [more of this meme later...]
"We've gotta make sure we're making it easier for companies like Boeing to create jobs here at home and sell our products abroad," Obama said, addressing workers at Boeing's cavernous plant in Everett, Wash., noting that "business is booming" for the company, which hired 13,000 people nationwide last year.
'Making it easier for companies like Boeing to create jobs here at home...' - Wasn't it this President's National Labor Relations Board who worked to block Boeing building a 2nd 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina because South Carolina is a 'right to work' state - and would use non-union labor?  That the NLRB wanted to block the 2K+ jobs hired for that facility?

unviable 'alternative' energy programs like Solyndra?

While on the road, President Obama also spoke out over Congress passing the temporary 2% Social Security Payroll Tax Reduction for the balance of 2012, in addition to the rollback of this year's Obamacare's Medicare cuts and restructuring long-term unemployment benefits to 63-73 weeks of benefits.  He did so my mentioning himself 5 times in just 2 paragraphs.
In his statement Obama said the not-yet-passed extension legislation would mean a lot to "millions of Americans who are out pounding the pavement looking for new work to support their families." The Democrat didn't have time to explain why so many millions of Americans are still unemployed despite his spending nearly a trillion dollars in not-really shovel-ready stimulus money that was supposed to keep the unemployment rate below 8%, but didn't.

The stubbornly sour economy has produced a record 36 consecutive months of official unemployment above 8%, longest since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Congressional Budget Office recently said that high rate would continue into 2014 and that the actual unemployment rate, including those who've abandoned job-hunting, is actually 15%.

With unemployment above 8% and his healthcare legislation and new regulations crimping job creation so effectively, President Obama had time this week to take three days off for a collection run on the West Coast, where he's expected to rake in about $8 mil.
Friday means another Friday evening - and that means another Friday evening late night documentation dump from the Obama Administration.  This week's?  Solyndra - and the connections between the WH, the DoE, and most favored / friendly treatment given using taxpayer funds to Obama's supporters either running those institutions or invested heavily in those institutions.

In this latest dump, WH economic advisers, including Larry Summers, raised questions about the financial viability of Solyndra in March 2010 - just as the decisions were made to grant the company half a billion in taxpayer dollars - and well before the companies late 2011 failure.  Why weren't these warnings and questions addressed?  Friends of Barack?

The thing about these late Friday doc dumps is that they are done to avoid media scrutiny - and even when the docs raise real questions about the Admin - or it's motives and less than ethical dealings.

Could some of this be around media bias?  You tell me...
For some Washington reporters and media execs, cheering their team from the sidelines just isn’t good enough: Tugging on a red, white and blue Team Obama jersey is the answer.
That’s the case for a whopping 19 journalists and media executives, including five from the Washington Post and three each from ABC and CNN, who’ve gone into the administration or center-left groups supporting the president.

How many journalists and media executives joined the Bush Administration?
Not 19 in the first term.

But that's not the only or best measure either. How about the words and actions of leading media personalities and the networks they represent?

NBC's Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd makes clear that he is not only openly supporting the left, but that Occupy disruptions of GOP events will make the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams each and every night..

So let’s break down what Chuck Todd is intentionally doing to encourage Occupy to disrupt GOP events:

1. Todd is sending a loud and clear message of approval to Obama-endorsed Occupy thugs: If you successfully disrupt a GOP event, not only will we reward you with media coverage, we’ll start a narrative about how your thuggery proves the GOP challenger isn’t ready for prime-time.

2. Todd is telling Occupy: If you successfully disrupt a GOP event, I’ll be sure to report it with a chyron that reads: “Occupy Protesters Draw Santorum Off Message.”

3. Todd is encouraging Occupy with this message: If you successfully disrupt a GOP event, the only clip I’ll run of the GOP challenger’s message and speech is the one where he’s futilely attempting to speak over you.

4. Todd is telling Occupy to keep it up with this message: If you successfully disrupt a GOP event, I’ll blame the hapless GOP challenger for allowing you to throw him off message.

5. With this message, Todd is telling Occupy they succeeded: If you successfully glitter-bomb a GOP challenger, I’ll be sure to report it while shaking my head at how unready the GOP is for the bigtime.

NBC News, the former home of icons like Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, and John Chancellor, now is known for the bias of Brian Williams, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, and via their even more off-the-wall network MSDNC, and their hosts Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Chris 'Thrill up my leg' Matthews, and Laurence O'Donnell... NBC News - a full fledged member of the re-elect Obama Campaign. (Doesn't that remind other of my fellow old folks of the 'Re-elect Richard Nixon' campaign? Obama makes the Nixon's look like amateurs.)

Remember the ethics investigation in the House of Representatives into Democrat / Liberal Maxine Waters?  Some new twists on this never ending process...
The tumultuous ethics case against Rep. Maxine Waters, one of Los Angeles’ most enduring politicians, took another strange turn Friday as six members of the House Ethics Committee recused themselves from considering the charges against her.

Committee Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) said that all five of the panel’s Republicans, including himself, and one Democrat were taking the unusual action of recusing themselves from further involvement in the long-running Waters case "out of an abundance of caution and to avoid even an appearance of unfairness." Six new House members immediately were named to the bipartisan panel to consider all matters related to the Waters case.

Waters, a South Los Angeles political fixture since the 1970s, has been accused of intervening on behalf of a bank where her husband owned stock and served on the board. She has denied wrongdoing. The case has taken on greater importance for Waters, who is in line to succeed retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) as the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee.

The investigation against Waters has been anything but usual. It has been sidetracked twice -- once by the committee's decision to put off a trial to conduct further investigation and then by allegations of misconduct against the ethics staff.

On This Day in History

1878 - The murder of rancher / merchant John Tunstall ignites the Lincoln County War in Lincoln County, New Mexico

1885 - Mark Twain's 'The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn' is published

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