Monday, March 30, 2009

New Car Dealership in the DC Area

From exurbanleague.com.

Al Gore's Mansion Skips Earth Hour

I'm pretty sure we could have predicted this, but here it is anyway: the guy who rides in private jets and stretch SUV limos to gripe about people burning too much fuel left his Tennessee mansion lit up like a Christmas tree during the laughably idiotic farce known as Earth Hour. I pretty sure my neighbors observed this global event. Sure, they turned off all the lights (saving literally ounces of carbon emissions). Then they started a bonfire smoking up into the heavens. I guess they could have meant it to be ironic, but then, how could you tell?

Global warming (and cooling) is caused by solar activity, NOT MY TINY LIGHT BULBS!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday Thought

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. -Vaclav Havel

Bonus Tax Unconstitutional?

Richard Epstein makes the case that the AIG bonus tax is unconstitutional, but that the Supreme Court will not be likely to see it that way. A snippet:

Thus any sensible system of limited government should consider the proposed bills unconstitutional. Special taxes on some forms of income (but not others) and retroactive taxes put in place after business transactions are complete both merit strong condemnation. The bills in Congress are rife with both elements.

Nevertheless, a constitutional attack against any such law that might emerge faces an uphill battle. Since the New Deal, if not earlier, the courts have allowed Congress and the states to decide which economic activities to tax, and how.


Two basic principles that animated our Constitution appear to have no traction today. One holds that property is the guardian of every other right. The second asserts that voluntary exchange is the source of general peace and prosperity. Today's Supreme Court looks to neither principle for guidance.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Good News - Bad News

The good news is that a high government official is finally standing up to runaway government spending. The bad news: it's all happening in the UK. It must really stink to be Gordon Brown.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Orlando Tea Party

This one had about 4,000. There needs to be more of these. Keep it going!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

1984

Redstate being clever. BTW, if you haven't read the classic dystopian Orwell novel 1984, now's a good time to do it.

Consequences

Actions have consequences, particularly if said actions are blatantly unconstitutional. Mark Steyn adds more (especially the second page).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Thought of the Day

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

- Winston Churchill

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tea Party Video

Do You Live in a Free State?

This is an interesting study. I haven't had time to read it all, but I've already noticed that Philip and I live in one of the least overall free states. (The study says so and I concur.)

On the other hand, the state we grew up in (Tennessee) is in the overall top 10 Free States. Maybe that's where our independent streaks come from? Or not.

So, I suppose it could be worse. We could live in New York. *shudder*

Where's your state in the rankings? And do you agree or disagree?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Banking Queen

The AIG bonuses should not be a surprise to anyone. Democrats (including Chris Dodd, recipient of significant AIG cash) approved them months ago when AIG first went on the dole. Larry Kudlow points out some of the real questions to be asking. Chuck Schumer said that he wanted to "return the $165,ooo,ooo in bonus money to its rightful owners: the American taxpayers." I missed the part where he explains which form lets you reclaim the money! His real definition of "rightful owners" tends to look a lot like Democrat Committee Chairmen. Here's an idea: stop taking so much money from the American taxpayers in the first place.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cincinnati Tea Party

Today I attended what is currently the largest Tea Party event in the country. Nearly 4,000 (update: 5,000) peaceful (and suitably hygienic) citizens lawfully gathered at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati to protest the completely out-of-control spending in Washington. "The Bear" got extra credit for accompanying me. I believe he was happy on the inside.

Truly a grassroots movement, this event was planned in someone's kitchen only three months ago (Cincinnati Tea Party site). I'm not sure he had any expectations of drawing so many. I went to the Palin rally in Lebanon last year, and that was indeed exciting, but this one seemed to have even more raw energy. Nearly everyone had a sign. The overall feeling was not one of hatred. Yes, we hate Obama's policies (and, yes, we want his misguided aims for the country to fail), but today I witnessed a crowd of people overwhelmed by another emotion--love.

These people love their country. They love their families. You could sense it as we sang the national anthem. It wasn't like a ballgame; it was sacred and straight from the heart. You could feel it as they applauded a former resident (prisoner) of communist East Germany who immigrated to this country (legally) because he knew this is the Land of the Free. And it swept over you as many quoted the great men of our nation's history. Reagan's sober reminder that freedom is only a generation away from disappearing provoked utter silence.

These people just want to be left alone to raise their families, worship their God and enjoy the fruit of their labor. Taking money from one citizen and giving it to another citizen does nothing to stimulate the economy--how could it? Rather, it entrenches a welfare mentality and turns hard workers into suckers.

Mike McConnell (700 WLW) dissected the phrase "redistribution of wealth." Literally, this would have to indicate that the wealth is to be distributed again. But when, asked McConnell, was the wealth distributed the first time? Good question! You probably missed that day, too. The fact is that wealth is not "distributed" at all (unless you run Fannie Mae or ACORN); in the real world it is earned. In many ways, this is at the heart of Obama's (and Pelosi's and Reid's) policy of wealth destruction.

Our country it at a great crossroads: on the right hand is capitalism, freedom and prosperity--on the left hand is socialism, wealth-confiscation, and misery. Conservatives are out of power. We cannot stop what will happen in the coming months. But we will still get another chance in the near future. We must find conservative leaders to run for high office. We must impress our great displeasure upon currently serving politicians. This tea party, and others like it, seems like a good place to start. Don't miss the April 15th events!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

No Hard Choices

The $410B omnibus bill represents everything wrong with Congress, starting with an utter disregard for the state of the economy and the taxpayers enduring it. Mitch McConnell details the many reasonable and intelligent amendments (one humbly asked that money given to the reconstruction effort in Gaza be monitored so as not to fall into the hands of Hamas) proposed by Senate Republicans, all of which were summarily dismissed by the Democratic leadership in favor of an unrestrained, irresponsible and blatantly socialist spending spree with money which does not exist (except in the future paychecks of hardworking American families).

The Democrats refuse to make any hard choices based in reality, and so have ultimately made the hardest choice of all--to transform our country into a mindless welfare state. This choice won't be so hard for the elites at the top, but the consequences will become all too clear for those struggling at the bottom, who will lose both the freedom and ability to improve their lives.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Nordlinger on Rush

Yet another take on the "Rush" situation.

It doesn't mean much (or anything) but I have to say: although I know next to nothing about Frum, I was not impressed by his work during the last election. Take that for what you will.

Dress Like the Great Depression



Looking on the bright side, Jeffrey Tucker over at Mises hopes "the second Great Depression turns out to be as stylish as the first, in which even the bums sleeping in the park benches looked better than the average workers and even CEOs today."

Gordon Brown: He's Just Not That Into You

Mark Steyn hits the nail squarely on the head in wrapping up last week's funny-but-sad foreign relations blunders. Although, "blunders" implies that Obama's shoddy treatment of our number one ally's prime minister was some kind of accident. It's hard to image crafting a series a events more calculated to telegraph (er, teleprompt?) such a high level of disrespect and contempt. It almost makes me sorry for all those left-leaning euro-socialists who supported the Messiah's rise to power. Almost.

Friday, March 6, 2009

It's Worse Than I Thought

The Brits are not amused.

Seriously. Not amused.

I'm guessing I'll have to apologize to every Brit I meet next month. Just how I planned to spend my vacation.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Some People Are Givers, Others...

Not so much. Please let this be a joke. No? Movies? Two models of Marine One? Are you kidding me?

The gifts PM Brown gave our president included a seven volume (First Edition) set of Martin Gilbert's classic biography of Winston Churchill.

I seem to recall Obama kicking the bust of Churchill out of the White House recently. Gotta love that dry British humor.

(Oh, and if our president doesn't want the books, I'll take them!)

H/T: RedState

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Conservatives, Liberals, Moderates, Oh My

Elsewhere on this blog one of our contributors (OK, it was Philip) has posted a spirited support of Rush Limbaugh in the Limbaugh vs. Steele dog fight. I can't say I agree with everything Rush says but what he says isn't ugly. It may be divisive, but since when is that a bad thing? If words are to have meaning and if actions have consequences then divisiveness is a good thing. And, no matter how you look at it, it hasn't been a good week for Steele.

Which may be one reason why I'm not jumping on the "they must be equally wrong" bandwagon. And I'm not falling all over myself to see what other members of the mainstream media think about this little brouhaha.

Oh, and note to Townhall: get Kathleen Parker off your contributors list. The woman is unhinged (that is merely one example of her recent work) and the role of David Brooks is being filled by, well, David Brooks. If that's what passes as a "conservative" commentator these days, then I must not be a conservative. (Little hint: I am a conservative.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Banking Crisis Explained . . . Mostly

I listened to this very entertaining audio file today from PRI's This American Life. Right now it's a free download. Anyway, they do a nice job of explaining what's happening with the banks and their dubious balance sheet antics. It's a public radio production, but it's not as liberal as the usual fare. It fails to mention why banks got into the mess to begin with (i.e., being forced to make bad loans by the Community Reinvestment Act and their ACORN thugs), but they mange to tell a compelling story from that point on. This program will definitely help you better understand this complicated and perilous situation.

Ironic quote of the day

"In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists’ tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process."

-- Alan Greenspan in 1966

Monday, March 2, 2009

$249,999 is the New American Dream

Excellent post by Michelle Malkin with an interesting quote from ABCNews. Also, check out her coverage of the various "Tea Parties" being held throughout the country. The signs are great!

Rush's Response to Michael Steele

Rush had a great speech at CPAC in which he defined true conservatism. As you may have heard, Michael Steele, RNC Chairman, got challenged the comment on Rush's speech. He ended up saying that Rush is just and "entertainer" and that his rhetoric is "incendiary . . . ugly." Today, Rush responded with more than his usual wit and wisdom. Rush concludes by saying that a great conservative awakening is at hand. I have my doubts, but it sounds good! Anyway, read the response--it's vintage Rush.

Also, Karen and I wanted Ken Blackwell for RNC Chairman. Why does nobody ever listen to us?!?