Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Closer Look at Herman Cain

Closer Look at Herman Cain

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In case you missed it, I'm using he new header to run interesting (to me anyway) videos.  Currently it's about ants. You can normally go full screen by clicking the full screen icon.   In addition, Archives were fixed.  You're welcome.  As a matter of curiosity, did anyone watch the TOP GEAR drive to the North Pole while it was up?

Billfold 2012

Wait!  Will you have enough to get some lettuce too?

New Wallet


MISH'S 10-Point Credibility Scale

Rating the Obama, Reid, and Boehner Deficit Reduction Plans on Mish's 10-Point Credibility Scale


$4 trillion sounds like a lot but it is only $400 billion a year, while the deficit is $1.4 trillion. Thus it's tough to give that plan a rating higher than Jello, and impossible to give it a rating higher than fudge. 

10-Point Credibility Scale

  1. Golden
  2. Rock Solid
  3. Fudge
  4. Jello
  5. Marshmallow
  6. Cream Puff
  7. Nauseous
  8. Gaseous
  9. Imaginary
  10. Delusional

Scoring the Proposals
  • Given a $1.4 trillion deficit, the latest plan from Boehner to cut a minuscule $85 billion a year (and back-loaded at that) is somewhere between nauseous and gaseous. It's no wonder that various Tea-Party members will not vote for it.

  • Obama's plan is imaginary or delusional depending on whether or not the President actually believes he has a plan, when he doesn't.

  • Parts of Senator Reid's plan are gaseous and the rest is clearly imaginary.

  • In contrast, the gang-of-six $4 trillion deficit cutting plan has something of the consistency of Jello, fudge, or marshmallow depending on details that were never disclosed.

There you have it. Boehner has proposed a $850 billion reduction over 10 years, a minuscule $85 billion a year on a deficit of $1.4 trillion.

Bear in mind it is far worse than it looks because it is heavily back-loaded. The 2012 reduction is only $4 billion.

Marc Miller

Late Night Obama

Late Night Obama

Tea Party Wants Boehner, Obama Fired



If House Speaker John Boehner or his senior leadership team thought they had the support of the Tea Party movement, they better think again. An internal poll of the largest group in the movement, the Tea Party Patriots, found that they are dissatisfied with the House leaders, Boehner in particular, and simply can't stand President Obama.

Co-Director Jenny Beth Martin told Whispers bluntly: "We're really not satisfied with any of them." [Check out editorial cartoons about the Tea Party.]

This is keeping me from losing hope:
--81.5 percent are not satisfied with the House GOP leadership.
--74.1 percent, asked if they want a new House speaker, said yes or maybe.
--71.7 percent are not satisfied with the performance of the House.
--97.6 percent are not satisfied with the performance of the Senate.
--98.8 percent are not satisfied with Obama's performance.

When is an Ideology Responsible For Murder?

When is an Ideology Responsible For Murder?

Can We Talk Mr. Nazi?

The left wing media was only too eager to point to [Anders Behring Breivik's] ideology as the rationale for the shooting. David Neiwert of CrooksandLiars [...]

A more rational answer would require an ideology to fulfill two basic criteria in order to be blamed for a particular act of violence. First, the ideology must itself promote the sort of violence
get in their faces  at issue and the type of violence that takes place must bear some resemblance to the violence being promoted. This makes sense. If a group of pacifists shot-up a school, we could say with accuracy that they'd clearly misinterpreted pacifism. The same does not hold true of neo-Nazi ideology and Jews.

Second, a large number of adherents to the ideology must engage in or support the form of violence in question. It is possible for formerly violent ideologies to change over time -- no one, for example, save Timothy McVeigh, thinks that Constitutional ideology is violent anymore, despite Thomas Jefferson's proclamations about the tree of liberty and the blood of patriots. [Ben Shapiro cont.]

Well said, but let's not get carried away Ben.

Wunderkind Ben Shapiro has a mind like a steel trap, and is a member of that rarest of breeds—   hardcore Jewish conservatives.  But,  I don't remember Timothy McVeigh citing Constitutional purity  as motivation for his OKC bombing.  Instead,  it was being pissed off at the  government for WACO.    So here is my quibble, a rather large quibble— If  "Thomas Jefferson's proclamations about the tree of liberty and the blood of patriots" is no longer valid in his world,  at what point would he suggest taking forcible action to defend against a demonic government (on the off-chance one should ever emerge, of course)?

Gun Holder

Gun Holder
 A [real] journalist's guide to 'Project Gunwalker'-Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four

" ... ignorant of the fact that it was not tax cuts that made America great...." ...

A "Best Ever" Selection  
Left Crack-up cracking me up

Oh the Banality"Oh, The Banalty"

Alas, that is the Tea Party. It is so lacking in any aspiration for American greatness, so dominated by the narrowest visions for our country and so ignorant of the fact that it was not tax cuts that made America great but our unique public-private partnerships across the generations. If sane Republicans do not stand up to this Hezbollah faction in their midst, the Tea Party will take the G.O.P. on a suicide mission. No American politician was more allergic to debt or taxes than Thomas Jefferson, but he also appreciated the need to have the resources to make the Louisiana Purchase and insisted that on his tombstone it be written that he founded the University of Virginia.  - By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Bad Boner Emerging

Bad Boner Emerging

"Speaker of the House John Boehner was dealt a potentially devastating blow Tuesday when a Congressional Budget Office scoring of his debt limit proposal showed the plan would save significantly less than the $1.2 trillion promised. According to the CBO, the plan would only cut $840 billion. When the dismal score was made public, Michael Steel, a spokesperson for Boehner, said staff members were busy rewriting the legislation. 'We're here to change Washington,” no more smoke and mirrors, no more "phantom cuts,"' said Steel. [When is a cut not a cut?]

First-off, if one wishes to strike the pose of new breed, no no more smoke and mirrors Republican leader, one does not employ Michael Steele as spokesman. 

Harry Reid's Americans

Harry Reid's Americans

Teaparty not Americans

Obama admits - "No Default" ...

The Great Prevaricator: Pssst.  We're not defaulting.

In a series of phone calls, administration officials have told bankers that the administration will not allow a default to happen even if the debt cap isn't raised by the August 2 date Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner says the government will run out of money to pay all its bills, including obligations to bond holders. Geithner made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows saying a default is imminent if the debt ceiling isn't raised, and President Obama issued a similar warning during a Friday press conference after budget negotiations with House Republicans broke down.   Read more:

In fact, what will cause the ratings services to downgrade U.S. bonds is failure to produce a budget " that results in $4 trillion in savings, the result of the massive debt load the country has accumulated in recent years."   Throwing Obamacare off the train will account for $2 Trillion.  I expect Liberals to lie about everything, but when the Republican Speaker of the House plays along, enough is enough.