Archive for February, 2011

Quote of the Day

This isn’t really a quote, its headline, but too good to pass up:

Protesters Refuse to Leave Capitol; Police Melt Like Wisconsin Cheddar in a Fondue Pot –  Doug Powers


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Breaking: Iran Has Several Military Bases in Libya

In an interview today on the Al Arabyia news network, an informed source within the Revolutionary Guards Corps revealed that Iran has several military bases in Libya.

One, this is not exactly a surprise.  Two, it can’t end well.  As with the Egyptian upheaval, I am very afraid that Libya’s turmoil will likely lead to another Islamist country.  There is nearly zero chance that “DUDE” will say boo about it.   (Sometimes I wonder if he does not secretly encourage it, but that would make me a conspiracy nut job, right?)

Still, if there was ever a reason to turn the screws on Iran(amok), here would be a good one.   Too bad our “leadership” has had a spinedectomy.

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Northeast senators seek rejected Fla. rail funds

Senators from Maryland and Delaware are asking the federal transportation secretary to redirect high-speed rail funding rejected by Florida’s governor to projects in the Northeast corridor.

If high speed rail is such a good idea, let the private sector do it.  Of let the taxpayers in the states that have it do it.  Don’t charge the rest of country for such things, which to us, look like extravagance – if not kickbacks to blue state unions.

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Another bullseye from Da Techguy. I have been railing on this whole liberal hypocrisy meme for almost as long as I have had this blog.  Just check the tags.

I could whine “Why doesn’t the media pick this up?” but we all know why… the media is the left and the left is the media. Thanks, Techguy, for another great post (and raising my blood pressure some more…)

Over at the blog Mind Stain and Firedoglake they tell the story about a restaurant that choose to discriminate against a patron based on his political views : Wisconsin blogger Naomi Houser reports tonight (via Howie Klein on Twitter): The M******t [a restaurant] in Madison, WI confirms that on Friday night, ******* (one of the owners) politely asked Scott Walker to leave the establishment when other customers began booing him. A bartender at The … Read More

via Da Techguy’s Blog

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Of course it was:

Despite EADS’ ally in Northrop Grumman, Boeing’s alliance with the International Machinists and Aerospace Workers Association was the differencemaker in this process.  Boeing plans to build its tankers in Washington state, which relies heavily on union labor, contrasted with EADS’ plans to build in a state that does not rely on union labor — Alabama.

This is about the new present to the unions Air Force Tanker that was awarded to Boeing.  Yea I know Boeing is supposedly an US company.  Yeah, I live in Alabama.  We had high hopes.  We have a great workforce.  But you see, in “The Won’s” eyes, we are redneck hicks because we are not too keen on labor unions.

Was it a payback?  Does GEICO sell insurance using a cute gecko?

As EADS looked for answers Friday, Boeing celebrated its win. In comments that reinforced the notion that politics may have played a hand in the decision, a top official from Boeing’s biggest labor union credited President Barack Obama with delivering the victory to the Chicago-based company.

Rich Michalski, general vice president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said he was convinced that EADS was poised to beat Boeing for the coveted deal.

Barak Hussein has been doing everything he could to trash the economy of the south since he darkened the doorway of the White House for the first time.  And this time he did it in a way to really screw over conservative who have themselves twisted in knots trying to a) defend Boeing, and b) sound like they are supporting the military.

In reality, the EADS project would have produced more actual lifting capacity, poured more money into the local economy (remember Alabama is also a low-tax state) and provided jobs for people in a hard-hit area.  But that’s doesn’t fit the agenda, does it?  Smashing the South in the mouth has been the “Mouth”‘s style all along.  “DUDE” bleats endlessly about how he is all about the common man, while living large in the “Big House” and shopping for arugula.  He has meetings with Union officials in the Blair House, where no records are kept, and says he runs the “most transparent administration – EVAH!”

Had he been President during Katrina, I have little doubt the response would have been far, far worse than it was under Bush.  Between his essentially shutting down our petroleum industry in the Gulf, pulling the rung from under Southern states business deals, and God knows what else, he want’s to make the South as horrible a place to live as possible.

P.S. In the interest of fairness, and perhaps to prove my point about the annoying conservative tendency to put their targets in the midst of a circular firing squad (that was a matephor in case any literal minded libtards are reading this) here is another view:

If the European Aeronautic Defence and Space’s (EADS) bid had won, Boeing’s supporters would have pointed to the fact that the European-based company’s initial low price for its plane, the Airbus 330, was made possible by unfair government subsidies. And because Boeing has won, EADS’s fans are now pointing to Boeing’s lobbying campaign on behalf of its offer based on Boeing’s 767.

But some critics of the Pentagon’s choice of Boeing’s offer have gone further, suggesting that because Boeing’s headquarters are in Chicago and Obama is from the Windy City that somehow “Chicago Politics” determined the outcome. As the Wall Street Journal editors opined: “The fuel tanker debacle has undermined a competitive and open market for defense purchases free of political pressure.” Or as one Washington Times and American Spectator writer penned even more acidly: “Boeing gets the tanker contract. I smell a rat.  A crooked rat.” Pretty serious charges, if true. But is there any evidence to support them?

For what it’s worth,  Gary Schmitt’s article is not bad.  It’s just that I cannot be persuaded that the Obama White House did not deliberately throw the competition to the People’s Republic of Washington as a reward to his union pals and in exchange for Boeing’s promise to throw millions of dollars at his re-election campaign.

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Fantastic summary of why we need to push on. Unfortunately, when you look around, you see repuglican squishes who are ready to fold on a royal straight flush. It’s infuriating.

By the way, I check out DaTechguy’s blog frequently. He is definitely different and growing on me. You should check him out too.

The Democrats in a Wisconsin mine field Our democratic friends and the media are stepping on so many land minds these days its hard to count them all, but a few things instantly come to mind: Boom! We all love school in July Every day that the Wisconsin teachers choose to take off is a day that parents around the state have to find sitters for theirs kids. Parents all around the nation relate and understand this. One of the things people are also forgetting is that an awful lot of scho … Read More

via Da Techguy’s Blog

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Quote of the Day

Here stand the Democrats, avatars of reactionary liberalism, desperately trying to hang onto the gains of their glory years — from unsustainable federal entitlements for the elderly enacted when life expectancy was 62 to the massive promissory notes issued to government unions when state coffers were full and no one was looking. – Charles Krauthammer

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