Saturday, September 29, 2012

Obama Needs Commissars

Justice Department documents released today by the ACLU reveal that federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly monitoring Americans’ electronic communications, and doing so without warrants, sufficient oversight, or real accountability. It's always been a favorite canard of the left that conservatives are fascists but the graph below shows that Obama's flexibility might be buying him some lessons from ex-KGB manly man Vladimir Putin.

Electronic Surveillance isn't by default some boogeyman, but those are orders on U.S. Citizens and as you can see there has been a rather dramatic increase under the current president. That is the scarey part. Twenty years ago taps required a physical device be installed as an intercept but now the technology is built in to phones as part of keeping records. With that sort of technology it is only more imperative we are careful of precedents.

You can read more about this at Clash Daily here.

I'm Bored, The President Sucks, Here's A Chart On One Of Those

This is still further proof that Obama knows sweet fuck-all when it comes to economics. That is all. Seriously, why are you still reading this?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sounds of Silence

 So my punkish side will come as no surprise to anyone reading it, but I also have a thing for well done, metal and weird covers on classic songs. One of my favorite metal bands (I rate them alongside classic Metallica) came out with an album last year and I never got around to a review but the stand out piece, for me at least, was their cover of the classic Simon and Garfunkel song "Sounds of Silence". I think they managed to strike the perfect balance of respect for the original haunting melody with injecting a hard edged metal sensability, which is no simple task. But I'm done, I'll let the song speak for itself and you, dear reader can give it a listen.

The President Is Either A Liar Or Doesn't Listen

U.S. Intelligence officials knew that the Benghazi attack that resulted in the murder and necrophiliac rape of Ambassador Stevens and the murder of three other Americans was not a spontaneous attack but coordinated by members of Al Qaeda within 24 hours of the event itself. They even had a location for at least one of the involved parties and had connected an affiliate group called Ansar al Sharia to the Libyan debacle.

It raises the question of whether Obama is a liar or just doesn't listen to his intelligence briefings... oh wait, we know he gets less than forty percent of his briefings. Not that the two are mutually exclusive. Obama surrogate and adviser Robert Gibbs, and Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice continued the spontaneous attack meme as recently as this sunday when he spoke to Fox News. How much more of this gross incompetence can the Pax Americana, already showing wear and tare at the seams, hold up against?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Martinis From Hell

Master of Malt is producing what might be the worlds hottest vodka by infusing delicious vodka with naga jolokia peppers to create a beautiful, caramel colored concoction with a mouth burning measure of 250,000 on the Scoville scale which is an impressive fifty times hotter than the average measure for a jalapeno. 

Most people will buy this for the novelty but for hard core heat freaks this opens up some possibilities, like a hot bloody mary or a martini from hell. I'm planning to try both once my bottle arrives not to mention using it to shock my less adventurous friends... though not much of that one, I don't want to waste good booze.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Heinleinian Paradise

In Honduras the Heinleinian dream of a libertarian society with minimal government influence and powers is going to be put to the test as a private investment group is creating it's own city state with the agreement of the Honduran government who hope that the experiment will lead to an economic boom for their small and poverty stricken country.

“Once we provide a sound legal system within which to do business, the whole job creation machine – the miracle of capitalism – will get going,” Michael Strong,  CEO of the MKG Group, which will build the city and set its laws, said.

The MKG group has stated they will base their laws on Texas as it consistently rates near the top of the charts for economic freedom. The major difference will be even greater flexibility in contract law. Unfortunately not everyone is on board as leaders of the local Garifuna tribes are not swayed by projections that the MKG sponsored independent city will created two hundred thousand jobs over the next several years with fifteen million dollars invested in local infrastructure once construction begins. The project might be stopped by those protests, but if it isn't I will be watching this with interest.

Obama Sucks, Now In Chart Form

Feel free to share this chart – with information compiled by Senator John Thune’s office. Show how much Obama sucks to the people in your life who are considering giving the bozo in the white house a second term to to do our economy what Bo does to Biden's leg. In every area we are worse off as a country than we were four years ago. Do the math.

News Dump: Speed Bumps And Other Idiocy

The folks at the Ani-Idiotarian Rottweiler have an excellent article up describing the arrogance and superficiality of the President's response in Pakistan and the rest of the middle east after the Libyan attack on Ambassador Stevens. Read it here if you want to read the opinion of someone who compares themself to a Rottweiler, swears like a sailor, and calls themself a part of the vast right wing conspiracy.

A lot of attention has been paid to Mitt Romney's financials, but word is coming out that top adviser Valerie Jarret has investments associated with real estate going through a Bermuda bank (tax shelter) thanks to reporting by ABC.

Charles Krauthammer is one of those pundits no one can seriously call an idealogue, and he has started really pounding the media bias drum over the way Obama's comments about the embassy attacks have been covered. It is only one more voice in the chorus, but anyone familiar with Krauthammer knows it is a voice difficult to dismiss.

Canada's Fraser Institute has released it's current rankings of economic freedom world wide, and thanks to Obama we have a new position dropping to 18th place bookmarked by Qatar at 17th and Kuwait at 19th.

NFL Unchecked

So, I gave myself a couple of days to chill out about it but.... Where the hell were the refs on sunday? I know they are replacement refs, the regulars are involved in a dispute with the league. Fine, but do you need all that much training to call the multiple head hits that took place in the Patriots versus Ravens. I'll admit I'm a partisan, I have a Bledsoe jersey for crying out loud but sunday was insane. I lost count of the hits to Branch's head, the man had to feel like he was in a boxing match instead of a football game and all the announcers could talk about was how the Ravens had practiced for the dirty style of play under the replacement refs. I like a game with some bang, hard hitting plays and a certain... intensity, but even I am beginning to want the old refs back.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lizzy Warren Gets Slammed In Debate

Legal Insurrection has painted a pretty good picture of the debate between Scott Brown and Fauxcahontas:
Elizabeth Warren’s law license problem
Maintained private law practice at Cambridge office for over a decade but not licensed in Massachusetts
The debate last Thursday night between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren covered ground mostly known to voters.  But there was one subject most people watching probably did not know about, Elizabeth Warren’s private legal representation of The Travelers Insurance Company in an asbestos-related case.  Brown brought the point up late in the debate, and hammered it:
 Warren attempted to deny her role, and referred to a Boston Globe article, but the Globe article supports Brown’s account. The Globe article indicated the representation was for a period of three years and Warren was paid $212,000. The case resulted in a Supreme Court victory for Travelers arising out of a bankruptcy case in New York.
Whatever the political implications of the exchange, Warren’s representation of Travelers raises another big potential problem for Warren.
Warren represented not just Travelers, but numerous other companies starting in the late 1990s working out of and using her Harvard Law School office in Cambridge, which she listed as her office of record on briefs filed with various courts. Warren, however, never has been licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. (emp. mine)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

News Dump: Death, Taxes and Elections

The countdown to Taxmageddon has begun at Free North Carolina and you can read here how we are approaching the single biggest tax hike in U.S. history. Because really, what you want to do in the middle of a bad economy is take even more out of the marketplace.

At the same time Obama's surrogates are having to back off calling Romney a tax dodger since it turns out he paid an effective rate north of thirty percent when his charitable donations of over four million dollars are calculated in. As a contrast Biden donated less than a thousand dollars last year, and the president while donating an impressive donation total over one hundred and sixty thousand dollars still failed to meet the same effective tax rate as his opponent. President Obama paid an effective rate of approximately twenty percent. This year both president and veep paid more, but only a fraction of Romney's giving even when combined.

Despite Anderson Cooper admitting that not only does a journal recovered at the scene of Ambassador Steven's murder in Benghazi state his concerns as security threats, islamic extremism, and al-Qaeda, CNN continues to carry water for the president by perpetuating the false narrative that all of this somehow has to do with an obscure youtube video.

"When your guy left town, Dubya - who nobody asked him to come back by the way at the Republican convention - unemployment was well past ten percent and skyrocketing." That is according to Chris Matthews, the MSNBC schmuck with no ratings or charisma who I like to call Tingles ever since his over emotional gushing at a speech by then candidate Obama. At the time he was talking to a conservative radio show host and I can't believe he got away with it since it is pretty patently untrue. At the time of the RNC in 2008 unemployment stood at 7.8 percent, lower than any single point during his successor's presidency (much lower if you factor in all the people who have left the work force permanently or temporarilly under Obama) which begs the question, how desperate are the libs?

In a bit of more disturbing news the Department of Homeland Security has bout 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition in the last six months alone, including 450 million rounds of .40 hollow point ammunition. That is enough ammo for  and a half years of the Iraq war (70 million rounds annually average) in just hollow point. Two hundred years worth of ammo for the Iraq war in total. Let’s put these DHS numbers in perspective. An Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer displaces (weighs) 9,300 tons.  1.4 billion rounds weigh around 28,000 tons, three destroyers’ worth, so to speak. It takes over 1,200 18-wheel trucks to move that much ammunition. That’s the equivalent to a line of single trailer trucks, parked end to end, almost 14 miles long.