Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Former Obama Supporter

Language warning:

We suspect we'll hear more of this in the coming year.

Resistance & Oppression

First, Resistance: The Ladies in White.

Heard of them? We hadn't until this past week.


an opposition movement in Cuba consisting of wives and other female relatives of jailed dissidents. The women protest the imprisonments by attending Mass each Sunday wearing white dresses and then silently walking through the streets dressed in white clothing. The color white is chosen to symbolize peace.

WSJ's Mary Anastasia O'Grady suggests this small movement is shaking the regime at its core in her opinion article: Castro vs. the Ladies in White. We're equally hopeful.

Laura Pollan [pictured above], whose husband refused to take the offer of exile in Spain and was later released from prison, is a key member of the group. She and her cohorts have vowed to continue their activism as long as even one political prisoner remains jailed. Last week I spoke with her by phone in Havana, and she told me that when the regime agreed to release all of the 75, "it thought that the Ladies in White would disappear. Yet the opposite happened. Sympathizers have been joining up. There are now 82 ladies in Havana and 34 in Santiago de Cuba." She said that the paramilitary mobs have the goal of creating fear in order to keep the group from growing. But the movement is spreading to other parts of the country, places where every Sunday there are now marches.

This explains the terror that has rained down on the group in Santiago and surrounding suburbs on successive Sundays since July and on other members in Havana as recently as Aug. 18.

Last Tuesday, when four women dressed in black took to the steps of the capitol building in Havana chanting "freedom," a Castro bully tried to remove them. Amazingly, the large crowd watching shouted for him to leave them alone. Eventually uniformed agents carried them off. But the incident, caught on video, is evidence of a new chapter in Cuban history, and it is being written by women. How it ends may depend heavily on whether the international community supports them or simply shields its eyes from their torment.

Here is a strong message for our fellow tea partiers: Seven years of protests before getting the most sympathetic national journalist to take notice.

Conviction, courage, perseverance.

In related news, oppression:


China's state news agency called on Internet sites Tuesday to stop the "cancer" of online rumors, in the latest sign of official unease over the rising popularity of social networking sites.

The Xinhua news agency's call for an end to online "rumour-mongering" came days after a similar warning from a senior Communist Party official and reflects the government's growing disquiet at the rapid rise of China's micro-blogs.

"The Internet is an important carrier of social information, civilization and progress. Rumours will harm the network and are a dangerous cancer," Xinhua said in a commentary published only in Chinese.

And from Reuters at Yahoo:

China wants to cement in law police powers to hold dissidents and other suspects of state security crimes in secret locations without telling their families, under draft legislation released on Tuesday that has been decried by rights advocates.

The critics said the proposed amendments to China's Criminal Procedure Code could embolden authorities to go further with the kind of shadowy detentions that swept up human rights lawyers, veteran protesters and the prominent artist-dissident, Ai Weiwei, earlier this year.

Here is a photo we snapped outside the Democrat's convention in 2008. Her pose is forbidden in China.

Sunday, August 28, 2011



Embarrassing UPDATED

Is there anything more embarrassing than seeing a liberal progressive communist fail at propaganda?

Stalin would never have made this mistake.

This guy is our political enemy, and we catch ourselves saying "Stop doing this to yourself."

Screen capture from Drudge.


Obama's staged photos are today's topic at Michelle Malkin. Click over to see pics and her assessment of the propaganda efforts: Paparazzi President at Work.

Steve Jobs - The Resignation

Few things make us sad.

Elect a liberal progressive communist to the White House? Cool, we'll sell Commie Obama hats!

Cubs finish the season in last place? No biggie. Next year is the year!

The smart people in Washington want to print more money to cover their incompetence? We buy gold!

But Steve Jobs stepping down from his post at Apple? Well, this is something that hurts, as it hurts everyone. Apple is one of the few large corporations where innovation occurs, and the only large corporation where it thrives.

Apple is the only large corporation that improves everyone's lives either directly or indirectly.

Never owned an Apple product, you say? Just go to your Start menu and find iTunes. Do this with your mouse and cursor. When it opens, notice it opens in a window that lets you scroll. Buy your favorite movie for under $10 and start watching it immediately.

Prof. Jacobson expresses the impact of this man, and the company he's led, better than anyone else so far:

Apple in many ways revolutionized and popularized personal computing. But what if….

-- we had been more concerned about the secretarial jobs and typewriter factories destroyed by Apple?

-- we made it so easy to unionize Apple that Apple had to be run like General Motors?

-- we imposed such employment mandates and controls that the cost of Apple expanding was prohibitive?

-- we demonized rather than idolized the new captains of the computer industry even though they became fabulously wealthy?

-- when Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy it had accepted a government bailout rather than working through its problems and emerging stronger than ever?

In other words, what if we had the economically repressive policies of the Obama administration?

We never would have known what we missed. And not just the technological convenience, but the thousands if not millions of jobs created in spin off companies and solo-geeks creating apps and all the other gear which makes computing and listening and viewing and creating what it is today.

Instead, we would have had television commercials with images of typewriter factories saved, and secretaries thanking the government for saving their jobs. Just like we have a President who laments the loss of bank clerk jobs due to ATMs.

Our sadness doesn't come from his departure, but the reason for his resignation. He beat back cancer for many years, which included a liver transplant. But it appears he's losing this long battle.

Call us callous, but we can't help but think of the 50% of this country who voted for free stuff in 2008 who aren't suffering. Who sleep in as others go to work. Who demand more unemployment benefits, or xyz benefits, or just steal because it is easier than complaining. Do any of these people have something better to say at a Stanford graduation ceremony than this?

There is a positive to Mr. Job's resignation now, rather than later. He gets to see the admiration, to read the articles and hear from his fans. There is no shortage of kind words - and he deserves them all. And of all the compliments, the one we'd like to share is: Way to get off at the top! There are too many, all in government and many in corporate America, who cling to their titles, their offices, their perks, their authority. Mr. Jobs, on top of everything else, has shown he is above that too.

Some other worthy articles:

Holman Jenkins - WSJ: The Amazing Steve Jobs Story

Andy Kessler (our favorite business author), also at WSJ: How Steve Jobs Changed the World.

See our Tribute post to Steve Jobs - Here.

Gun Culture

We're proud to be a part of it.

Some anti-gunner gal suggests guns should be banned.

Gunbloggers Robb at Sharp as a Marble and Linoge at Walls of the City respond.

Their posts are much longer and well worth the time. Here are our favorite passages:


See, in this unicorn dander snorting chick’s view, as long as someone says “Ye shall not have this item”, then people will not have that item and peace will reign throughout the land. Remember how we banned drugs and the problem went away practically overnight? Some of you may be too young to remember when there used to be rapes, murders, and muggings but of course when they passed a law against those acts, everyone stopped. And it may shock you to know that in the old days, you couldn’t just leave your wallet on top of your car when you went to the mall like you can today because they hadn’t outlawed theft!

Of course, this brain-trust can’t think past deodands and magic crystals. In her less-than-capable mind she sees the problem as an object and nothing to do with humans. You see, it is the gun that transmits mind controlling waves that forces the person with it to commit crimes. She prattles on about gang members and drug dealers, both of which involve themselves in illegal activities, and yet cannot see the fault in her logic that banning something would stop it.

And Linoge:

So "self-defense" is ignorance?

Accepting and acknowledging the fact that there exist evil people in this world, and taking steps to protect me and mine from them is "ignorance"?

Executing violence against those people who would harm me and mine is wrong?

In truth, you, like most people who want to arbitrarily infringe on individual rights, are intolerant – you are attempting to force your own narrow view of the world on others and keep them from expressing their own views. That is the very definition of intolerance. Thankfully, here in America at least, our individual rights are Constitutionally protected, and your authoritarian pipe dreams are likely never to come to pass.

Here's a recent video post from Wild Bill on the subject:

The anti-gunners have lost every significant court case and blogosphere argument in the past decade. We are lucky there are people like Robb, Linoge and Wild Bill to take a stand when challenged, and we look forward to the day the fight comes to us.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Commie Chavez Hat?

Trevor reports that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is thinking of a visit to Moscow:

“I will certainly come to Moscow,” the president stated. He stroked his head – bald as a result of two rounds of chemotherapy – and added that he would now need more warm clothes, “probably a Russian fur cap”.

It is called an Ushanka, and oppression occurs wherever it is seen.

We suggest the commie dictator avoid the Russian substitutes and instead buy American at CommieObama.com!

Book Endorsement

We've been a little slow in updating our Library list of books at the left here.

As part of our recent re-design we've added links to our own book notes for the books where we've chosen to record lessons learned and favorite quotes.

We've done the same for a book we recently read, The Path To Tyranny, by Michael E. Newton.

How do nations go from being strong, free and prosperous, then fall into darkness and tyranny?

If you are a regular visitor to Ushanka.us, then you already know the answer but we'd suggest this book to reinforce your instincts.

For everyone else - read this book and ask yourself if the last chapter, on the United States, is a call to action.

The author sent us a link to his new 'book trailer':

Here is a link to our notes for The Path to Tyranny - still in progress...

The book, The Path To Tyranny, is under $13 at Amazon!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio visited the Reagan Library in Simi Valley California this week. He escorted Mrs. Reagan into the auditorium and rescued her as she stumbled. It was her fall that made the news, but it is his speech that deserves your attention.

We lived just a few miles from the Library when it was opened up until 2008 when our family escaped California for Ohio. Zero regrets for this move, but two things we miss: the weather and that Library. We would visit the Library 1-2 times a year. Maybe for Reagan's birthday, or maybe for July 4th, or to take friends who were visiting from out of town.

The main pull of the Library is the opportunity to remember the world as it was when Reagan was president. He took office when the Soviet Union was expanding in the world. He was the first president to stop that expansion and reverse it. He was the first president to aim for the Soviet Union's bankruptcy and collapse. He was the first president since JFK to consistently voice his hatred for the communist system and to frame his foreign policies around this concept.

We see Senator Rubio's speech not as much a preview for his future higher aspirations, which is exciting by itself. His thoughts, spoken in that place, are a continuation of Reagan and thus a continuation of all that is great about America.

After the 20 minute mark: He speaks of his Grandfather's decision to leave Cuba for America. Good stuff!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Big Education

Breitbart is launching a new site next week called BigEducation.com in his ongoing battle against "cultural marxism."

We are delighted to hear this. He brings enormous horsepower to the absolute core issue we face as a nation today. Nearly every problem we see in society today can be traced back to our public government education system that favors unions and their members over the students.

Related, the Obama administration recently proposed the end of student testing. Not because of cost or implementation, but because too many students were failing. That's right - stop testing students because the results make the schools unions look bad.

U/T: Andrew. Sir, expose that "rot" in our schools, and let's get accountability and reform!

U/T: Kyle Olson at BigGovernment

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunny Rocks

We think mockery is the best form of criticism. This is why Ushanka.us exists!

Sunny, from House of Sunny, explains liberal progressive communist logic on taxes and shared sacrifice (among a few).

At the 2:00 mark:

10% of the population pays 90% of the taxes.

But really it should be 10% of the population pays 100% of the taxes.

We've offered Sunny a Commie Obama hat. We hopes she accepts!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Obama's Tax Cuts

Desperation has hit the MSM.

Look at today's Yahoo top news link:

In case you can't read the text:

GOP hopes to stymie Obama tax cut

Republicans oppose extending a program that currently helps 46 percent of Americans.


It was the biased selection of headlines on Yahoo that let to Ushanka.us. We were busy working (private sector) and never had time to check the news during the work day. But we'd have a chance to scan the Yahoo home page between meetings and were disgusted with the obvious attempt to spread bias through headlines. Further, we'd pass libs in the halls who would then regurgitate the headlines to us as if they were 1) fully informed, and 2) correct.

In short, Yahoo etal use their visibility to distribute talking points and to reinforce liberal ideology. They do not exist to educate, inform, or offer objectivity.

We expect to see Yahoo and the other MSM outlets to push idiotic headlines like the one above to blur the distinct differences facing voters in 2012. Good luck.

The dirty secret here, however, is the fact that Yahoo is now on record as implying that tax cuts are good for America. The lie is who is pushing for tax cuts, not the positive effect such cuts would have on employment, government revenues or the economy in general.

Call us naive, but we think voters will head to the polls in 2012 with a very focused and educated understanding of exactly what helps the economy, what hurts it, and how each party plans to address the problems. In other words, we expect an election like the one in 1980 - the last time words like "misery" and "malaise" accompanied record prices of Gold.

We'll see.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Cracker Vote UPDATED 2x & BUMPED

[original post 8.17]

Today's WSJ, page A5: Obama Aims to Keep White Voters on Board.

White working-class voters rarely favor Democrats, and Mr. Obama lost this group by 18 percentage points in 2008. But the Republican advantage widened to 30 points in 2010. Mr. Obama will need to narrow that gap to win re-election.

Other segments of the white vote are also moving to the GOP, according to the surveys by the Pew Research Center, including young whites, those with less than a high-school education and voters earning less than $30,000. The latter group favored Democrats by 15 points in 2008; they now back the GOP by four points.

Even when he's not playing the race card, he's playing the race card.

If you disagree, show us some proof of how Bachman divides the population into racial groups and targets certain racial groups for her campaign stops.

Photo above pulled from Drudge, which points to a Washington Examiner story about some comments from Maxine Waters:

The problem, Waters said, is that Obama is not paying enough attention to the problems of some black Americans. The unemployment rate for African-Americans nationally is a little over 16 percent, and almost twice that in Detroit. And yet, Waters said, the president is on a jobs-promotion trip through the Midwest that does not include any stops in black communities. "The Congressional Black Caucus loves the president too," Waters said. "We're supportive of the president, but we're getting tired, ya'll. We're getting tired. And so, what we want to do is, we want to give the president every opportunity to show what he can do and what he's prepared to lead on. We want to give him every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don't know what the strategy is. We don't know why on this trip that he's in the United States now, he's not in any black community. We don't know that."

We know what ya'll mean about being tired.


James Taranto at WSJ dedicates the main part of his Best of the Web to Congresswoman Water's comments:

When Waters asked her audience to "unleash us" and "tell us it's all right" to begin a "conversation" about the president's shortcomings in this regard, York reports, "some members of the crowd immediately voiced their approval."

In truth, it's quite obvious why Obama is "not in any black community": He takes the black vote for granted. Upward of 85% of blacks have voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in every presidential election of the past half-century. We're on record as predicting that will change eventually, but with the first black president seeking re-election, 2012 is certain not to be the year it happens.

As long as Republicans are unable to compete for the black vote, Democrats have no need to do so...

Taranto also reminds his readers that Waters was an instigator in the LA Riots of 1992. We expect to see more of this "unleash us" race-baiting as the election nears and Obama's numbers continue to plummet.


Comrade Lloyd Marcus of Tea Party fame posts an article at American Thinker on this subject: Are the Black Flash Mob Attacks on Whites Obama's Fault?

Something we haven't considered is the impact of Obama's failures as President on black youth. Lloyd:

as America's first black president, fair or unfair, Obama's presidency comes with enormous responsibility in terms of its influence on black youths. This is why it is so unfortunate that American black youths' ultimate role model is a characterless, race-baiting political hack.

While I am not saying president Obama is responsible for the epidemic of black youth flash-mob attacks on whites around our country, his race-baiting has to be a contributing factor.

Lloyd continues by listing the previous uses of race to forward Obama's agenda:

Prof. Gates & Cambridge Police
Embrace gansta rap over police concerns
Tea Party criticism
Arizona Immigration
Debt Ceiling

Clearly, the Obama administration's game plan for his presidency is to use race as a bludgeon whenever anyone opposes an Obama agenda item. Obama obviously considers the loss of harmony between black and white Americans to be acceptable collateral damage.

Friday, August 19, 2011

West, a War Criminal?

So says Miami News journalist Gu Garcia-Roberts.

Gun blog Speaker to Morons caught this and offered his opinion of journalists:

I cannot state enough that reporters are by and large contemptible, lazy, and worthless, which is why most of them don't even earn enough to pay income tax. Still, it keeps them from working at McDonald's, where they'd probably be unable to follow health code rules, and might set themselves and others on fire.


Go read it all - a good read on free speech.

Sarah in Iowa UPDATED

Wow, what an incredible video of Gov. Palin in Iowa. I feel a lot like some envy-drive loser who wants free stuff and wants everyone to know he's not a racist watching a Hope and Change video in 2008.

Prof. Jacobson agrees:

Regardless of whether you support her or not, for President or not, no one does inspirational political (campaign?) videos better than Palin.

U/T: Prof. Jacobson

Click Here to see our thoughts on Gov. Palin.


BigFurHat at IOTW notices Gov. Palin is coming across "more polished" in this recent interview. We concur with our furry hatted comrade. We especially like the "sheeple" comment at the 5:30 mark.


Would Lenin approve of a product bearing his name being sold by a capitalist, for profit?

Would Lenin have allowed a Soviet version of Facebook for the masses to share their thoughts?

Combine the two, and you have Leninade, the soft drink, and Leninade, the Facebook account!

Seen today on Facebook:

Assuming you are one of our 3 loyal readers, you already know that we sell this drink-for-the-masses at our Commie Obama hat store. Here is one of our loyal readers, Conservative Cowgirl, preparing for a feast in Obama's America:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Worker's Paradise

We watch this overview of the advanced economy of North Korea and wonder why Obama can't give us full employment.

One in six work-capable Americans is out of work, yet in North Korea everyone has a job that they go to "merrily," with "conviction and optimism."

Our only logical conclusion: Obama is a lousy communist.


Just another post on the subject of racism, but without comment.

Here are two related videos we found this morning on our daily Internet rounds:

Found at IOTW:

And another Wild Bill video:

We regret only one of these gentlemen own our Commie Obama Ushanka hat.

We'll try to fix that.

Wisconsin - The Aftermath

Layoffs we can believe in.

In today's WSJ Opinion page - On, Wisconsin:

On Monday, the Wisconsin Education Association Council announced it will lay off about 40% of its staff, a change executive director Dan Burkhalter blamed on Mr. Walker's "union-busting legislation." In December the union will face another reality check, as 51% of its members must vote to recertify it as their representative. With members no longer captive dues payers, the union has been forced to begin new outreach efforts, including home visits, to sell its relevance to workers.

The net effect of more than $30 million spent in Wisconsin's recall elections may seem like an exercise in futility, but the real lesson may be that voters were never as enraged by the policy dispute as the political professionals said they were. Unions made Wisconsin a great battleground to send a message to other states that politicians who challenge union power will pay a price. The real price was paid by the unions themselves, in the national demonstration of their diminishing power.

This Tribute post is dedicated to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

England & Guns UPDATED 2x & BUMPED

[original post 8.16.11]

Or Lack of Guns, that is.

Pardon our tardiness with the London riot story, but we didn't want to chime in on the topic when the only input we had to offer was the same input we always offer: Where there are protests, there are Communists.

Remember: Liberals Progressives Communists lie, cheat, steal and agitate, and tolerate others who do as well.

Besides, SaysUncles summed it up best a week ago:

What’s the cause of the riot? I’m guessing lack of incoming fire.

But today Law Professor and author Joyce Lee Malcolm published an opinion piece in the WSJ that motivated this post. This article is great for it summarizes England's gun debate for the interested yet poorly informed American (us). We could pick any paragraph out to quote as the entire article drips with facts. Here are our favorites from The Soft-on-Crime Roots of British Disorder:

If a homeowner protecting himself and his family injures an intruder beyond what the law considers "reasonable," he will be prosecuted for assault. Tony Martin, an English farmer, was sentenced to life in prison for killing one burglar and wounding another with a shotgun during the seventh break-in at his rural home in 1999. While his sentence was later reduced to five years, he was refused parole in 2003 because he was judged a danger to burglars.

In 2008, a robber armed with a knife attacked shopkeeper Tony Singh in West Lancashire. During the struggle the intruder was fatally stabbed with his own knife. Although the robber had a long record of violent assault, prosecutors were preparing to charge Mr. Singh with murder until public outrage stopped them.
Handguns? Parliament banned their possession in 1997. As an example of the preposterous lengths to which zealous British authorities would enforce this law, consider the fate of Paul Clark, a former soldier. He was arrested in 2009 by Surrey police when he brought them a shotgun he found in his garden. For doing this personally—instead of asking the police to retrieve it—he received a five-year prison sentence. It took a public outcry to reduce the normal five-year sentence to 12 months, and then suspend it.

The ban on handguns did not stop actual crimes committed with handguns. Those crimes rose nearly 40%, according to a 2001 study by King's College London's Center for Defence Studies, and doubled by a decade later, according to government statistics reported in the London Telegraph in October 2009.
The lesson from many years of failed criminal justice policies is that deterrence matters, police cannot always protect the public from violence and criminality, and ordinary people must be allowed to protect themselves. Reducing them to baseball bats is unconscionable.

It is as sad to watch England decline as is the knowledge that things will get far worse if she makes the tough choices to save herself. An entire generation there (and here) have been programmed to think they are entitled to free stuff, and that those with more stuff will pay the bills.

There is no telling how far they will go in England, but we find some comfort in the fact that a few muzzle-flashes here in the states will limit the destruction.

U/T: Professor Malcolm.


Found this at Moonbattery:

And White House Insider at newsflavor, through Andrea's Radio Patriot site, suggests the foundation of the Obama campaign strategy in 2012 is white guilt, with the secondary strategy of race riots:

They are willing to go that far – go down that road if need be. If the Obama team can’t guilt enough of White America into voting for them in 2012 – they are just fine with trying to scare the shit out of them to do it. And you need to know that there are a lot of Democrats who are hearing about this and are not on board. We’ve always used the race issue to our advantage – but what the Obama team has planned is something…it’s something else altogether. Off the charts stuff. Remember when I said that Obama ain’t no Democrat? That’s as true now as it’s ever been. And he’s on some kind of collission course now with everybody scrambling to get out of the way, and then some of us trying to do what we can to stop it before it’s too late. He’s already destroyed the party…much of it. Gonna take a long time to recover. Daley can’t stop this from within. He’s moderated the damage, but he’s wearing down. Now it’s the country we are worried about. My kids and grandkids will do all right without a Democratic Party around. They need to have an America though. The whole world does.

We think any Obama 2012-inspired race riots will have the same effect as the stated goals of Stimulus (creating jobs), QEx (stabilizing economy), ObamaCare (reducing health care costs), GM Bailout (restoring GM to profitability), etc. It will backfire and cause a lot of damage.

We were in Los Angeles in 1992. The guilt caused by those riots cannot be duplicated today. The residents of South Central burned the local businesses to the ground, claimed victim status, and were rewarded with new businesses building their stores in the same neighborhoods. They further guilted banks to issue sub-prime loans. We saw how that worked.

The differences today: businesses (except GE, GM and Chrysler) are the true victims. 17% of working-capable Americans who are un-employed are the true victims.

Victims generally don't give charity to people who fake victim status.

Nor does the US government have the money (or enough democrats) to throw money at those who will choose to riot in the next year. If something burns in 2012, it will stay burnt.

UPDATED 8.18 8:30am

And more from Prof. Malcolm at Powerline (through Instapundit):

The most amazing thing about the reaction of English MPs to last week’s terrible violence was how surprised they were. For a country whose criminal law is invariably sympathetic to offenders, nearly always harsh on their victims, and unwilling to pay for adequate policing the surprise is that they were surprised.

She follows with more examples of citizens punished for defending themselves and their property.

Monday, August 15, 2011

A More Enlightened Culture

Seen at an Apple Store in Switzerland.

Found at Expatch through SayUncle.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Envy Explained

Found through Ann Barnhardt:

An excellent review of the conditions of America's rich and poor in first half, and a personal review of the causes in the 2nd half.

Have you ever once, once, seen a person on assistance publicly thank the people whose extra work made that assistance possible? I haven't.

Now I'm afraid this is the real poverty in America. It is a poverty of dependency and entitlement. Entire generations now, without any sense of control over their own destiny, stoked mostly by a Democrat Party whose full time job it is to fan the flames of resentment and envy so they can buy votes by promising people more of what their neighbor has worked for.

Because that is what it has come to today, now that half of Americans don't pay income tax. It is us vs. them.

As we've said before, we think the most compelling campaign slogan for Obama in 2012 would be "More Free Stuff".

Monday, August 08, 2011

1 Downgrade, 1 Upgrade

We watched the sky fall on our iPhone stock ticker on Friday as we were headed into Chicago. Apparently the US debt rating has slipped due to some riskier financial behavior of late.

While some appear to blame the tea party for the new $2T deficit, we're going against the pack and leaning towards blaming the Obama Administration.

Time will tell.

The 5-day DOW chart at today's market close:

Gateway Pundit mentions the recent upgrade for Ohio, and includes this video of our Gov. Kasich. Our Dear Leader says higher taxes will restore America's credit rating, but lowering taxes and cutting spending was what Gov. Kasich did. Only a die-hard commie would ignore this.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Time off for good behavior...

Comrades! We are headed to the Windy City for some baseball.

We might sneak in a post, but otherwise we'll be back on Monday.

Found this cartoon at Townhall:

Monday, August 01, 2011

Lessons Learned

English Russia posts some photos from 1932 Soviet Union. The photographer of this photo was arrested because taking pictures of starving peasants is ok, while photographing the latest in high-speed rail technology is treason.

These people (actually their grandchildren) had 59 more years before having the freedom to choose their own path in life.

Imagine how different it would have been if Stalin and his successors had not repeatedly extended their debt-ceiling.


Chalk one up for those inflexible extremist bigoted Tea Partiers. Endless negotiations and not one tax increase.

Plus we think these debt negotiations were Obama's first actual meetings he's ever attended. Did you get that feeling too?

The details come out tomorrow - and there is no doubt the MSM is working feverishly tonight to find the necessary spin - but from what we've seen this was a solid step in the right direction. They'll pit Boehner supporters against Ron Paul supporters to show dissension and disarray in the ranks, but we'll know better.

Speaker Boehner released a powerpoint deck that summarizes the deal. Like Prof. Jacobson, we liked this slide:

Radio Patriot blogger, Terresa Monroe-Hamilton, posts the list of extremists that refused to vote for this deal.

The Tea Party has been maligned, abused, falsely accused, mocked and derided for standing for freedom and fiscal responsibility. 22 stood against Boehner’s suicidal plan that was nothing more than cover for a revisit to the McConnell/Reid monstrosity. We will remember these heroes and what they stand for.

Justin Amash (Michigan)
Michele Bachmann (Minnesota)
Chip Cravaack (Minnesota)
Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Scott Desjarlais (Tennessee)
Tom Graves (Georgia)
Tim Huelskamp (Kansas)
Steve King (Iowa)
Tim Johnson (Illinois)
Tom McClintock (California)
Mick Mulvaney (South Carolina)
Ron Paul (Texas)
Connie Mack (Florida)
Jim Jordan (Ohio)
Tim Scott (South Carolina)
Paul Broun (Georgia)
Tom Latham (Iowa)
Jeff Duncan (South Carolina)
Trey Gowdy (South Carolina)
Steve Southerland (Florida)
Joe Walsh (Illinois)
Joe Wilson (South Carolina)

Why am I not surprised at the list of names? These people are my heroes. They stood when it mattered. They held the line.

We are as proud of them as we are of those who kept taxes out and kept the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) in.

We see courage in both groups of Republicans, which allows us to stew in our smug, malicious satisfaction.

The BBA debate starts in two months. Prediction: Party line vote.

See you at the dock in Q4...


Just one thing: Every time in the past two years where we felt we had won a battle, our Dear Leader would use the opportunity to take some unilateral action as a way to get us back.

So, Israel, beware. Oil companies - beware. Makers of fine private jets - beware. Today's win for us will mean a loss for someone associated with capitalism, freedom, religion (not incl. Islam), life or guns.

Watch. This man is as petty as he is spiteful.