Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lona Manning - American Thinker

Lona Manning at American Thinker takes a stab as a MSM coorespondent:

Dear Leader Inspects Model Factory on Earth Day

State News wire service, dateline April 23, 2009 - Yesterday the Dear Leader continued his tireless work on behalf of the people of the Democratic Republic. He traveled almost two thousand miles from Washington and back to visit the Model Factory at Newton, where he inspected the factory and then exhorted the workers to build more wind turbines.

How the Dear Leader cares for the people at the factory! Even the running-dog enemies of the people admit that no-one would have their jobs at the wind turbine factory if the Dear Leader did not give them federal tax credits!

In fact, even workers in other countries, such as Germany, are happy to make wind turbines because they are so inspired by the Dear Leader!

The workers at the Trinity Structural Powers Manufacturing Plant also rejoiced when the Dear Leader told them that they, the people, would have the honor of paying for new cars for all the hard-working government servants.

"We are so proud that we will help the economy by paying for these cars," exclaimed one worker. "The Dear Leader explained how we will borrow money to buy cars and then we will pay for them later! This will save the environment and the economy at the same time!"

The factory used to make bourgeois washing machines...

Read it all - here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Afternoon Cigar

Rocky Patel Sun Grown.

We're still making our way through Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. We got a kick out of this paragraph on page 233:

The reporters who came to the press conference in the office of the John Galt Line were young men who had been trained to think that their job consisted of concealing from the world the nature of its events. It was their daily duty to serve as audience for some public figure who made utterances about the public good, in phrases carefully chosen to convey no meaning. It was their daily job to sling words together in any combination they pleased, so long as the words did not fall into a sequence saying something specific.

Copyrighted in 1957, but could have easily been written yesterday.

Stupid Right Wing Nut!

We reached self-actualization as we read these two recent articles.

April 22, James Taranto, WSJ Best of the Web, commenting on AP's favorable comparison between Obama and Gorbachev. His analysis concludes:

Gorbachev was a communist who presided over the disintegration of the country he had been chosen to lead. There are those who say the same thing about Obama, but most of them are right-wing nuts.

April 23, Allahpundit, HotAir, RNC Members to Steele: When are you going to call Obama a socialist? His professional opinion:

If you’re going to drop the S-bomb, I think, you should be very, very sure that that’s the way we’re headed. How lucky (or unlucky) do you feel?

So two leading conservative (?) commentators use labels to convey the inappropriate nature of... using labels.

We offered our brilliant retort to the "Obama is not a Socialist" defense last month - here. And despite our request for clarification from the Princeton economics professor, Alan S. Binder, we have not heard back.

The difference between the lefty professor and the Taranto/Allahpundit pair is that the professor offered a definition of socialism, albeit a weak one. The two righties, who obviously don't want to be seen as righties, offered no definition. So we do not know how they came to their decision not only to not categorize Obama's policies as socialist, but to go the step further and attempt to intimidate anyone who does connect those dots.

Taranto has good analysis of the silliness of the Obama-Gorbachev comparison. It doesn't fit, and if AP had anything to be proud about, they'd be embarrassed. One future comparison Taranto didn't mention: Gorbachev's popularity at the end of his term was at 5%...

Nor did Taranto clarify the "presided over the disintegration of the country he had been chosen to lead" comment. The Soviet Union disintegrated from the bottom-up. If unchecked, this right wing nut foresees an Obama that will do as much top-down damage as his envy and communist-inspirations will allow.

Allahpundit's warning that the "stupid" ones within our ranks will be embarrassed if our "alarmism ... doesn't pan out" if the government intervention in the banks becomes temporary as Obama promises. This is intellectually lazy, as nearly every decision in Obama's first 100 days is the same decision Karl Marx would make under the same conditions. Obama agonizes, thinks deeply, and weighs all the options - then decides the most socialist option he can get away with.

The problem with calling Obama a Socialist or even Communist is that it does shut down discussion. It is the ultimate in name calling and should be reserved for cool places like

However, it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to educate those around us to what socialism is and how it will impact our lives.
Then let others draw the connection between socialism and firing a CEO, taking ownership in a public company's stock, giving money to banks that don't want it then dictating salary caps, taxing bonuses at 90%, refusing the payback of money from banks, identifying political opponents as terrorist threats, and offering government health care. To name a few.

Just because they are liberals doesn't mean they are not smart. If you wanted to convert the US into a socialist country, you wouldn't - you couldn't - require government healthcare, take full ownership of banks or auto companies. But, you could create an environment where private health care would collapse if faced with an artificially-supported government option. (See WSJ Editorial) Or you could keep banks in a near-death state if you tell them they cannot pay back their TARP money until they pass a stress test of your choosing. Or you could take over an auto company if you choose to decline their restructuring plan and instead suggest converting the bailout funds to common stock. See the trend?

The awareness of Obama = Socialist is gradual. Some of us see it now. Some will figure it out soon. Others won't believe it until they are declined an MRI, a hip replacement, a life-saving treatment, or a tire rotation on their GM vehicle.

To see some people that get it now, watch our March 15 Cincinnati Tea Party video.

Karl's Weekend Reading

Our 600th blog post since our Fall 2006 launch! Leninade all around!

The left, including their comrades in the MSM, still has their panties in a bunch over the April 15 tea parties. Estimates range from 300,000 to 550,000 attendees. Kyle-Anne Shiver at The American Thinker makes a great point about our boiling point in MSM's Tea Party Cognitive Dissonance.

This mounting anger, aimed at the tyranny of a federal government -- completely off-the-rails of its Constitutionally-framed limited scope and power -- may be surfacing now due to a tipping in the fragile balance that was upheld during the G.W. Bush presidency. What was that fragile balance between our quietly continuing our personal business and our taking to the streets?

One thing and one thing only, in my opinion. As long as the federal government is doing the one job of protecting our national security and standing up for us in the face of the world's slights, we will take a great deal of folderol from our elected officials. We will suffer the profligate spending and invasions on our personal freedoms when we - at the very least - believe our leaders are stridently bent on protecting our interests and our children from harm.

When a president cuts both those legs off at the knees, as President Obama has shamelessly done for 100 days, then frustration boils over into national protest.

Obama's first 100 days has been the last straw.

Not only has this president pompously promised the wages of our children and grandchildren in a profligate spending spree that guarantees serfdom for the productive class, he has bowed, scraped, fawned and apologized his way across the entire continent of Europe.

For some fun tea party reading, click here to browse the comment section of our April 15 Cincinnati Tea Party video at YouTube. "Unhinged" is an understatement. A sampling:

Why are these people protesting taxes when they are getting a tax cut under Obama. Makes no sense.
Just face the facts.
Republican economics = Fail
Teabaggers = Fail
You and this video = Fail
Fox = Win by getting all the Teabaggers actually think this was a grassroots effort.
This is scary. A lot of people on the streets, not really knowing what they are campaigning about. All they think is that they should be there.

The worlds economy is up the spout and people are calling for capitalism.
Bush left the country on its knees financially, near bankrupt. Obama must be given a chance.

What a bunch of morons!

Dick Morris, that Right Wing Nut, calls Obama a Socialist (again) in his article at The Hill, Obama's Leap to Socialism. When will these people stop calling Obama a socialist, distracting from the real issues at hand, and start being part of the solution? This name calling has to be stopped!

President Obama showed his hand this week when The New York Times wrote that he is considering converting the stock the government owns in our country’s banks from preferred stock, which it now holds, to common stock.

This seemingly insignificant change is momentous. It means that the federal government will control all of the major banks and financial institutions in the nation. It means socialism.
...whoever controls the banks controls the credit and, therefore, the economy. That’s called socialism.
With bank profits up and financial institutions trying to give back their money, there is no need for the conversion of the government stock from preferred to common — except to advance the political socialist agenda of this administration.

Daniel Henninger at the WSJ comments on the recent photos of Obama's apologize-for-America-first tour at the Americas Summit last week. Happy photos of Obama with communists Chavez and Ortega. (You can re-arrange that last sentence if you wish). Obama and the Dictators:

Hugo Chávez is a tin-pot dictator who has debauched Venezuela's democracy. Normally in such circumstances, an American president would show reserve. The weirdly ebullient Mr. Obama did not, and that image was the photo seen 'round the world.

In New York this week, I asked a former Eastern European dissident who spent time in prison under the Communists: "If you were sitting in a cell in Cuba, Iran or Syria and saw this photo of a smiling American president shaking hands with a smiling Hugo Chávez, what would you think?"

He said: "I would think that I was losing ground."
The Obama people seem to believe that talking top guy to top guy is the yellow brick road to progress. Why do they think that? They say Ronald Reagan negotiated over nuclear arsenals at Reykjavik. But virtually all desirable regime change in our time -- Soviet Communism, South Africa, the Philippines -- has come mainly from below, from the West protecting and supporting people in opposition to autocrats.

The maturity shown by WSJ's Holman W. Jenkins Jr. by refraining from calling Obama a Socialist and instead referring to the President as "King Barack the Mild" is refreshing. It gives us hope that we can work out our differences and work together in harmony. His opinion piece, GM Is Becoming a Royal Debacle, continues on the same topic of government ownership of GM shares. Morris calls it Socialism. Jenkins avoids the word with creative writing.

...the rights and privileges of shareholders are not worth diddly when the king is throwing his prerogatives around. He dispensed with the services of GM chief Rick Wagoner, though the king owned not a single share of GM stock at the time. His minions communicated the king's pleasure that GM consider discontinuing its GMC brand, maker of pickups and SUVs that offendeth the royal eye -- though these vehicles earn GM's fattest profit margins.

His minions haven't asked GM to give up the Chevy Volt, even after determining it will be a profitless black hole, because of the king's fondness for green.
King Barack could take a leaf from St. Jimmy the Simple, who faced a collapse of the railroad industry. He signed the Staggers deregulation law, returning power to the industry itself to decide what services to provide and which customers to chase. What had previously been an industrial basket case, halfway nationalized already, fixed itself almost overnight.

Last, Ann Coulter, someone on the right that isn't afraid to wear our Commie Obama hat in public or call Obama names, writes at Townhall about her mother who passed away last week. Click here to read. Very moving. Our condolences.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Internal Enemies

This is our second post on the Dept. Homeland Security report on Right Wing Extremism. Post #1 is here.

Here are some early responses from American citizens right wing extremists to the report:

Judge Andrew Napolitano at FOX:
My guess is that the sentiments revealed in the report I read are the tip of an iceberg that the DHS would prefer to keep submerged until it needs to reveal it. This iceberg is the heavy-hand of government; a government with large and awful eyes, in whose heart there is no love for freedom, and on whose face there is no smile.

Jonah Goldberg at Townhall - (Right) Winging it At the Dems:'s very sloppy about what qualifies someone as "extremist" in the first place. Basically, it's fancy bureaucratese for: We're guessing bad people will do bad things because the economy is bad and the president is black. But we have no real evidence.
... it wrankles a bit that this administration is so squeamish to describe Islamic terrorists as "terrorists" but is promiscuous with the T-word when it comes to right-wing Americans.

The evidence that al-Qaida & Co. are terrorists is widely available, but Napolitano boasts that she calls attacks such as those on 9/11 "man-caused disasters." She says she doesn't want to fuel "the politics of fear." But her own department dubs nebulous and ill-defined Americans as terrorists even though DHS has "no specific information" that they're plotting any attacks.

Oliver North at Townhall - I am an Extremist:
According to the U.S. government, I am an extremist. I am a Christian and meet regularly with other Christians to study God's word. My faith convinces me the prophecies in the Holy Bible are true. I believe in the sanctity of human life, oppose abortion, and want to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. I am a veteran with skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. I own several firearms, and I frequently shoot them, buy ammunition, and consider efforts to infringe on my Second Amendment rights to be wrong and unconstitutional. I fervently support the sovereignty of the United States, and I am deeply concerned about our economy, increasingly higher taxes, illegal immigration, soaring unemployment, and actions by our government that will bury my children beneath a mountain of debt.

Apparently, all this makes me a "rightwing extremist."

Here are the results in our current survey:

Could our Commie Obama Rally Cap be part of the classified version of this report?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Spend & Tax

We can't call em "Tax and Spend Liberals" anymore. The MO has been flipped. Spend $1 Trillion first, then raise taxes to pay for the spending.

The TaxProf blog explains how Obama's spending will result in a doubling of our taxes over time.

Regardless of what politicians tell you, any additional accumulations of debt are, absent dramatic reductions in the size and role of government, basically deferred tax increases. Remember the old saw? "You can pay me now or you can pay me later, with interest."
To help put things in perspective, the Peterson Foundation calculated the federal government accumulated $56.4 trillion in total liabilities and unfunded promises for Medicare and Social Security as of September 30, 2008. ... If $56.4 trillion in financial commitments is too big a number to digest, think of it as $483,000 per American household, or $184,000 for every man, woman and child in the country. ...
Unless we begin to get our fiscal house in order, there's simply no other way to handle our ever-mounting debt burdens except by doubling taxes over time. Otherwise, our growing commitments for Medicare and Social Security benefits will gradually squeeze out spending on other vital programs such as education, research and development, and infrastructure.

U/T: Instapundit

Friday, April 17, 2009

Maybe Oppression Isn't So Bad...

We are long overdue for an Ushanka Babe post. Click Nikita to see the video!

Friday Afternoon Cigar

Too many things to celebrate, so few cigars. Another Sun Grown died a fiery death as we celebrated the excitement for our Cincinnati Tea Party video.

Sweetness & Light, American Thinker and other fine blogs picked up the video and more and more people get to look into the eyes of Cincinnati patriots and discover there is nothing more 'grassroots' than the Tea Parties. Even a Dutch blog posted it - although we're not sure they were praising or trashing it...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thursday Afternoon Cigar

We smoked a Rocky Patel Sun Grown to celebrate our latest video: Yesterday's Tea Party in Cincinnati (link).

We are on Chapter VI of Atlas Shrugged. All we can say is: WOW.

Cincinnati Tea Party, Part II

The liberals progressives communists are circling the wagons around the imagined defense: The Tea Parties aren't grassroots, spontaneous protests. If only they had one example of such a protest on their side!

Here is our video from the April 15, 2009 Tea Party in beautiful Cincinnati. Enjoy!

Links to our video: Sweetness & Light, Cincinnati Tea Party, Cindy Schneider, Proxywhore, American Thinker, Taxmanblog, MAinfo, Right in a Left World,

UPDATE 4.19: Some good articles about the Tea Parties:

Mona Charen - CNN Versus the Tea Parties
When thousands of people in all 50 states assemble to protest government policy, you might suppose that this is news. Not according to the coverage on the front pages of the Washington Post, New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal. The "tea party" rallies went unmentioned.

Michelle Malkin - Million Taxpayer March
What resonated on Tax Day were nonpartisan calls to roll back pork, hold the line on taxing and spending, end the endless government bailouts, and stop the congressional steamrollers that have pushed through mountains of legislation without deliberation. This is a teachable moment for GOP public relations peddlers in Washington. While they search for the Holy Grail of Re-branding in tony salons and country club conferences, the agenda for 2010 is smacking them in the face. It's the three T's, stupid: Too Many Taxes, Trillions in Debt, and Transparency.

Karl Rove - Republicans and the Tea Parties
Derided by elitists as phony, the tea-party movement is spontaneous, decentralized, frequently amateurish and sometimes shrill. If it has a father it is CNBC's Rick Santelli, who called for holding a tea party in Chicago on July 4. Yesterday's gatherings were made up of people who may never meet again (there's no central collection point for email addresses). But the concerns driving people to tea parties are real, growing and powerful. Politicians ignore them at their peril.
In 2008, voters were less worried about taxes than they had been in previous elections. Why? Because the 15 years between President Bill Clinton's 1993 tax hike and Barack Obama's increase in cigarette taxes in February was the longest stretch in U.S. history without a federal tax increase. President George W. Bush's tax cuts also cut 13 million people on the lower-end of the income scale from the income tax rolls -- people who don't pay taxes aren't worried about the tax burden.

Karl's Weekend Reading

Charles Krauthammer reviews Obama's European trip last week in his Townhall article, It's Your Country Too, Mr. President.

Our president came bearing a basketful of mea culpas. With varying degrees of directness or obliqueness, Obama indicted his own people for arrogance, for dismissiveness and derisiveness, for genocide, for torture, for Hiroshima, for Guantanamo and for insufficient respect for the Muslim world.

And what did he get for this obsessive denigration of his own country? He wanted more NATO combat troops in Afghanistan to match the surge of 17,000 Americans. He was rudely rebuffed.

He wanted more stimulus spending from Europe. He got nothing.

From Russia, he got no help on Iran. From China, he got the blocking of any action on North Korea.

And what did he get for Guantanamo? France, pop. 64 million, will take one prisoner. One!

Ann Coulter, wearer of our fine Commie Obama hat, provides her Townhall readers a bit more information on the shooters in the recent public attacks across the nation. Let's All Surrender Our Weapons -- You First!

So far, this year's public multiple shootings were committed by:

-- Richard Poplawski, 23, product of a broken family, expelled from high school and dishonorably discharged from the Marines, who killed three policemen in Pittsburgh.

-- Former crack addict Jiverly Wong, 41, who told co-workers "America sucks" yet somehow was not offered a job as a speechwriter for Barack Obama, who blockaded his victims in a civic center in Binghamton, N.Y., and shot as many people as he could, before killing himself.

-- Robert Stewart, 45, a three-time divorcee and high school dropout with "violent tendencies" -- according to one of his ex-wives -- who shot up the nursing home in Carthage, N.C., where his newly estranged wife worked.

-- Lovelle Mixon, 26, a paroled felon, struggling to get his life back on track by pimping, who shot four cops in Oakland, Calif. -- before eventually being shot himself.

-- Twenty-eight-year-old Michael McLendon, child of divorce, living with his mother and boycotting family funerals because he hated his relatives, who killed 10 of those relatives and their neighbors in Samson, Ala.

It might make more sense to outlaw men than guns. Or divorce. Or crack. Or to prohibit felons from having guns. Except we already outlaw crack and felons owning guns and yet still, somehow, Wong got crack and Mixon got a gun.

Mona Charen responds to the recent visit to Cuba of six Congressional Black Caucus members. Townhall: Useful Idiots Caucus.

"This is the dawning of a new day,'' exclaimed Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. "In my household I told Castro he is known as the ultimate survivor."

Funny how easy it is to survive when you don't hold elections. And when all of your opponents wind up in prison or dead. And when even those who dare to whisper a word of dissent to your absolute rule find themselves harassed, beaten, humiliated, and imprisoned.

Know how to identify an editorial board member at the WSJ? Look for the guy/gal with the blue face. Yet another great editorial about socialized medicine in Monday's Journal: The End of Private Health Insurance.

Above every other health-care goal, Democrats this year want to institute a "public option" -- an insurance program financed by taxpayers, managed by government and open to everyone, much like Medicare. This new middle-class entitlement is the most important debate in Congress this year, because it really is the last stand for anything resembling private health insurance.

This public option will supposedly "compete" with private alternatives. As President Obama likes to put it, those who are happy with the insurance they have now can keep it -- and if they happen to prefer the government offering, well, gee whiz, that's the free market at work. The reality is far different. Not only will the new program become the default coverage for the uninsured, but Democrats intend to game the system to precipitate -- or if need be, coerce -- an exodus to government from private insurance. Soon enough, that will be the only "option" left.

Fully 119 million people will shift out of -- or lose -- private coverage. Everything depends on the payment levels that Congress adopts, as well as the size of the eligible pool. But even if a public option available to all takes the highly improbable step of paying at some midpoint between private and Medicare rates, nearly 68 million people will still be crowded out of private insurance. The nearby table summarizes Lewin's eye-popping findings.

These are the warnings. Are people listening?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Now Recruiting

Left wing extremists need not apply.

Janet Napolitano's Department of Homeland Security has enough spare time from defending Americans from real threats to imagining threats from Constitution-thumping God-loving Gun-clingers.

Really spare time, or part of a liberal progressive communist plan to create internal enemies to blame for a future crisis? Where is the Cheka when you need it?

Rightwing extremists are harnessing this historical election as a recruitment tool. Many rightwing extremists are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use. Rightwing extremists are increasingly galvanized by these concerns and leverage them as drivers for recruitment. From the 2008 election timeframe to the present, rightwing extremists have capitalized on related racial and political prejudices in expanded propaganda campaigns, thereby reaching out to a wider audience of potential sympathizers.

For the first time, Homeland Security has identified a threat without a plot, without an identified group, without a definition. The defining characteristic: Political ideology similar to America's founding fathers.

Unlike left-wing groups like Earth Liberation Front, PETA, and Weather Underground that target people and property to achieve their ends, the Obama administration chooses to raise awareness of a "resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment". Look out for those opposed to immigration reform, abortion or a balance between state and federal power.

Check back often. We will post the addresses of the RightWing Extremist Recruitment Stations here, as we find them. We suspect an enlistment in the RightWing Extremist service will require a membership in good standing at So join today!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Everything is Bon


Team America has once again pissed off the entire world by saving Richard Phillips, the captain of a hijacked boat off of Somalia.

No comment from Alec Baldwin at the Film Actors Guild. Yet.

Our compliments to the SEALS, the US Navy, and President Obama. Let's not stop at 3 dead pirates, ok?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Cigar

HAPPY EASTER! We celebrated with a Rocky Patel Edge.

"We Want Them Registered"

So said Speaker Pelosi of our guns in an ABC interview on April 7th. David Workman at has the full story, with additional perspectives from Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder and other leaders of the Democrat party.

It appears the who's who of the legislative and executive branches are finding their voices on gun control. For the sake of Mexico, they say. A pessimist would say legislation is soon to follow, and we don't like pessimists. Those pessimists are full of warnings like rising unemployment, trillion dollar liberal boondoggles disguised as "stimulus", and a US president firing the CEO of a private company.

One question. If there is such a market for our guns in Mexico, why are we selling them at lower prices at the local gun show rather than at a premium at the border?

We still think if Obama and Hillary were really serious about the Mexicans buying our guns, they'd build a wall. Think of the union jobs!

In other gun news... let us know if you notice any bias in this CNN clip provided by NewsBusters:

U/T: Commie Obama hat owner, John Lott

Last - enjoy this 10-minute clip of NRA President Wayne LaPierre:

Alan Keyes in Pittsburg

At Saturday's Tea Party:

Ambassador Keyes recently called Obama a "Communist", thus lowering the political discourse and distracting from solving America's problems - something we would never do... He elaborates at his blog, Loyal to Liberty (link):

As I consider the reaction to my statement that Obama is a communist, I realize how thoroughly the Obama faction's media claque takes advantage of the ignorance even of those who are supposed to be educated and sophisticated spokespeople for conservative views. In this respect I am somewhat disadvantaged by my relatively small stake in this ignorance when it comes to political theory and ideology. For instance, people tend to associate the term "communist" with the violent takeover of government and society. Yet a thoroughly committed communist like Italy's Antonio Gramsci developed an understanding of the nature of political control, and therefore the path to power over a society, far more sophisticated than Marx's economic determinism.
Reading Gramsci, one senses that he is looking at the intellectual framework for the Obama faction's secret strategic plan. As Sherlock Holmes knew, there's sometimes no hiding place more secure than one that is in plain sight. Especially in an era when the leftist takeover of education produces fewer and fewer people in each generation who bother to read books, especially the ones without pictures in them.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Karl's Weekend Reading

We are dedicating this week's Weekend Reading post to Capitalism's martyr, the victim of envy politics and liberal progressive communist ideology, GM's recent CEO Rick Wagoner.

It took two weeks for our fellow right wingers in the new media to find their voice on Mr. Wagoner's dismissal by key shareholder Barack Obama. There are some acting like this is a "sideshow", to quote Charles Krauthammer (link). But we think the Wagoner dismissal is part of a planned all-out attack on capitalism. We think it is the main course of what could be our nation's last supper.

Victor Davis Hanson touches on this. President Obama's First 70 Days: It Really Does All Make Sense.

If you had little idea of how businesses are created, how they are run, and why they sometimes go broke, and if you thought that the truly talented and sophisticated never go into business but instead gravitate to the Ivy League to be trained as lawyers, professors, writers, and organizers, then you would assume that our present problems are largely the fault of the former, and can best be addressed by putting as many of the latter in your government as possible.

George Will states the obvious in his Townhall article, Car Designer in Chief.

Barack Obama displayed reality-denying virtuosity last week when, announcing the cashiering of General Motors' CEO, and naming his replacement, and as the government was prompting selection of a new majority of GM's board of directors, and as the government announced the next deadline for GM to submit a more satisfactory viability plan than it submitted at the last faux deadline, and as the government kept the billions flowing to tide GM over until, well, whenever, the president said: "The United States government has no interest in running GM."

Actually, his administration prefers to do that rather than allow bankruptcy to infuriate the United Auto Workers union, which was pre-emptively grateful to Obama's administration with lavish contributions to candidate Obama. The president supposedly showed "toughness" in sacking a conspicuous member of a particularly unpopular little cohort, CEOs of big corporations. He will need more grit if, as his administration hints, this time it is serious, that its patience is wearing thin, that someday GM could face "controlled" or "prepackaged" or "surgical" bankruptcy. One suspects that those adjectives intimate that it will be faux bankruptcy, gentle in dealing with the UAW.

Laura Hollis assesses the threat to America and offers some recommendations in her Townhall article Corporation, Sell Thyself. Read it all!

This is the worst climate I can remember for American business in my whole life. Yes, the oil crisis of the 1970s was bad, and yes, the car companies’ reputation at the same time was not much better. But it was viewed as an economic crisis, not an identity crisis. Never have I seen such worldwide antipathy for business and commerce generally.
The presidency of Barack Obama is deplorable, and it is contributing devastatingly to American malaise. It’s long past time that American corporations take matters into their own hands, and take their message directly to the American public. So this, American corporations, is my message to you: STOP PARTICIPATING IN YOUR OWN DESTRUCTION, AND FIGHT BACK!
Stop funding gutless politicians who take your money, and then get on national television and blame you for the problems they themselves brought on. No more campaign contributions, no more lobbying as under the rubric of “special interests.” NOTHING. Cut them off. Deprive them of their lifeblood (which is really your blood). Starve them.

Will they listen?

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

How to Behave Among Commies, Part 1 of Many

Henry Gomez writes Going to Bat for Cuba at RealClearWorld.
Henry blogs at Babalu Blog - a blog dedicated to current events related to the communist prison called Cuba.
Babalu Blog is one of our few daily blogs. The anti-communist force is strong within.

Henry sets the standard for behavior when in the presence of the hammer & sickle crowd (below).
He also sets the standard for behavior when confronted by the commies (article).

Soon I was in the second row behind Cuba’s dugout. Suddenly, I caught a glimpse of Fidel Castro’s son, Antonio Castro, standing about 15 feet from me. For his blogging efforts, my buddy Val was honored with a visit to the White House to meet the president, while my reward was to be able to sit within spitting distance of Fidel Castro’s son.

I didn’t spit at him, though. I heckled him. I said that Dashiell, an ex-girlfriend of his, sent her regards (not true) and that she’s now acting in porno films (true). I yelled that this is a great country because even Fidel’s son can visit. To the team I yelled that it’s a free country. I yelled “Let them stay, let them stay,” referring to the ballplayers who might be thinking of defecting. Then I yelled “Major Leagues, Major Leagues” to tempt them. Then Ichiro Suzuki hit a triple and I proclaimed that he makes millions in the major leagues. I shouted the names of Cuban major league players like Livan Hernandez and Jose Contreras. I repeated all these things many times in Spanish.