Friday, January 22, 2010

Cost of Obama Spending

Here is a unique perspective on the proposed increase in the US Federal Debt limit by $1.9 Trillion to $14.3 Trillion.

Thats a lot of money.

I mean, a LOT of money.

Like, money being sprayed out the nozzle of Old Faithful, albeit far more regular and more expensive.

This is just the debt, not any variety of spending within the federal revenue.

So, without further ado...

This debt expansion is equivalent to more then 20 Hurricane Katrina's.
This Debt ceiling is equivalent to more then 150 Hurricane Katrina's.

Thats a lot. of. debt.
May our children forgive us.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hitler's Reaction to Brown

"Rush Limbaugh swore a pact with the Devil, so he knew Obama would fail. True story."

This is a video put together by a fellow right winger, subtitling a clip from the German film Downfall.
Hysterical work.

Beam Me Up Scotty

We have found intelligent life in this state.

"“I never thought I’d see the day when a Republican replaces Ted Kennedy,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino told the Herald last night. “I think Scott Brown caught the wave of anger that’s out there, and the wave of anti-Obama.”

A Rasmussen Reports poll found one in five Democrats supported Brown, who benefited from high suburban turnout to beat Coakley by 52 to 47 percent.

Coupled with the New Jersey and Virgina elections in the recent past, the interim elections have become a surprising measurement of the discontent in the electorate.

So Kennedy dies while in the senate, after doing incalculable damage to my country over the years. His last dying wish is to pass the Bolshevik health care legislation. His seat is taken by an upstart republican, surging into the senate on the wave of a Boston Tea Party. There is a good chance the senate bill will stall, marking Kennedy's double defeat.
The Lord does work in mysterious ways.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Fresh Take on Airport Security

NY Times: "“Meet Mikey Hicks,” said Najlah Feanny Hicks, introducing her 8-year-old son, a New Jersey Cub Scout and frequent traveler who has seldom boarded a plane without a hassle because he shares the name of a suspicious person. “It’s not a myth.”

Michael Winston Hicks’s mother initially sensed trouble when he was a baby and she could not get a seat for him on their flight to Florida at an airport kiosk; airline officials explained that his name “was on the list,” she recalled.

The first time he was patted down, at Newark Liberty International Airport, Mikey was 2. He cried.

After years of long delays and waits for supervisors at every airport ticket counter, this year’s vacation to the Bahamas badly shook up the family. Mikey was frisked on the way there, then more aggressively on the way home.

"Up your arms, down your arms, up your crotch, someone is patting your 8-year-old down like he’s a criminal,"
Mrs. Hicks recounted. “A terrorist can blow his underwear up and they don’t catch him. But my 8-year-old can’t walk through security without being frisked.”
Before leaving for the Bahamas on Jan. 2, she reached out to Congressman Pascrell’s office, which then enlisted a T.S.A. agent to meet the family at the airport. Even this did not prevent Mikey from an extra pat-down.

On the way home last Friday, Mikey’s boarding pass showed four giant red S’s at the airport in Nassau. “Oh, random screening,” Mrs. Hicks said. ... Mrs. Hicks said she wanted to take pictures of her son being frisked but was told it was against the rules."

In the words of Paine's Common Sense, "Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. "

TSA has become naught but a ponderous, intolerable, unsustainable blight upon the world.
To wit,
Mandatory removal of shoes
Inhospitable 4oz of liquid limit
Exclusion of all blades, tweezers, ect...
Now, coming to you from the main stage...
Terahertz Scanners that provide full color nude images of each Human passing though,
Terahertz Scanners that have the potential to rend your DNA into base proteins.

Under the guise of security, we are being adjusted to a posture of acceptance of draconian checkpoints, invasive regulation of inconsequential items, and a violation of all claims to physical space, even regarding children.

All of this misses the real point however, and it is a simple one. Why should the government me operating a Transportation Security Administration? The principle is that because the transportation in air is public space, then the government must maintain its security.
To follow this to its logical conclusion, we should be subject to screenings for the purposes of driving, biking, walking, riding a bus or train as well. These are in public and often on public roads, yet we would consider the suggestion foolhardy and wasteful.

Yet, air travel is regarded differently, for reasons I have yet to fathom.
Perhaps the numerous government bailouts of the failing industry has lashed them so tightly together that no other option is weighed beyond the onerous force of centralized governmental control.
If the airlines want pre-screened security, let them provide it themselves. I have no doubt they could do no worse then my government is doing now.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Real Question

Some questions ring eternal, echoing down the chambers of history with no reserve.

My president, Mr. Obama, has asked just such a question.

"“How many times is Biden gonna say something stupid?”"

Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, told Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham to stand up. Graham is confined to a wheelchair.

Friday, January 08, 2010

NFL Wild Card Weekend


Bengals over Jets

Eagles over Cowboys

Ravens over Patriots

Packers over Cardinals

Well, saturday did not go well for me.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Numbers that Speak Good News

Among other sites, I enjoy reading The American Blog, run by the American Enterprise Institute. I found this today, and it is one of those cases where the numbers speak for themselves, and neat little colored bars only help with that.

Look at 4 of the more influential particles of legislation in American history.
Now, look at the astronomically large bills passed by this congress.
(Hat tip to Nick Schultz)

Also interesting to note is the congressional approval rate of this current congress, especially when compared with congresses of yore.
Here's a helpful chart for that too!

As the hope of the right is that Obama will repeat the days of Carter & Reagan, so to the hope burns that this congressional election will be similar to the 1994 collapse of a democrat majority in Congress.