Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Panetta as SecDef? 

While he certainly knows his way around Washington, what, exactly, in Panetta;s background makes him the best qualified person to be SecDef? His tenure at CIA has been lackluster at best.

Maybe the reference to onetime CIA official Ishmael Jones' remark contains a clue: (paraphrasing) because of his close personal connection to the President and lack of exposure to the CIA [Defense] bureaucracy. Or maybe his involvement in the fair employment practices issue is the key--he's going to have to preside over the demise of "Don't ask, don't tell."

At the rate we're going, he might have to preside over the demise of the entire United States military establishment.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Title for POTUS 

After that speech yesterday, which will be exceeded in quality, clarity, honesty and earnestness by 98% of the high school valedictorian addresses in the country this year, Mr. Obama now deserves, in my heartfelt opinion, the title "Dumbass-In-Chief."

That's the only charitable explanation for the steaming pile of male bovine excrement that Mr. Obama delivered.

One less charitable explanation is that Mr. Obama has as his goal the destruction of the United States of America as we know it. I made this point before, on 5 April. In a way, the President's performance on Wednesday suggests to me that ineptness (or "dumbassity" as my teenage daughter might say) is the most likely alternative, because it was so poorly done.

So, overcome by charitable spirit, henceforth I shall add "Dumbass-In-Chief" to my list of epithets for Mr. Obama.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Same Old Song 

So now Sen. Durban of IL thinks it's a great time to institute internet sales taxes. Yet another brake on the economy. As I have said before, the Dems might not be trying to bring down the United States, but they wouldn't do anything different if they were.

Same old song: It doesn't matter what the question is, the Dems' answer is always "more taxes," and the teachers unions' is "more money."

At some point, it gets as boring as it has always been wrong.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Rare Earth Metals From California Mine 

A mine in California's Mojave Desert has recently resumed production of ores that are rich in 15 rare earth elements, according to this Fox News story. These elements are used in all kinds of high-tech devices, including cell phones and military electronics and China has pretty much cornered the market for them in recent years, achieving 97% penetration worldwide.

This mine is a good thing for lots of reasons--defense, jobs, providing raw materials to the economy to name a few.

But ... based on past performance, Obama will probably have the EPA shut the operation down so that we'll continue to be dependent on China. Especially since this stuff has strategic military value.

Can't have the US in a position of military and  economic strength, now, can we?

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Budget Battles 

In the face of all kinds of forecasts that predict fiscal disaster for the United States if current spending levels are allowed to continue, the Democrats in Congress, especially the Pelosi-Reid bloc, together with the President, are adamantly opposing any serious spending cuts. Apparently they believe that they can raise taxes to balance the budget, but at the rate we're borrowing, it will be impossible to balance the budget by raising taxes, because unless something is done, spending will exceed the GDP before too long.

This leads me to the regrettable conclusion that Obama, Pelosi and Reid and their followers either have the goal of bringing this country down, or they are imbeciles. I don't think they're imbeciles. Historically, when democracies have self-destructed they are inevitably replaced by dictatorships, going all the way back to ancient Rome. This sequence of events typically occurs during a crisis, and it appears that the aforementioned Democrats have created and are bent on perpetuating a fiscal crisis of epic proportions. This cannot be allowed to continue because it constitutes an existential threat to the United States of America that is at least the equal of anything that the Axis powers of WWII or the Soviet Union could have mounted.

Wake up! In the words of Thomas Paine, "These are times that try mens souls ...." Americans of all political persuasions need to acquaint themselves with the facts--ALL the facts, not just the ones they want to hear, then think hard about what future they wish for the United States and vote accordingly.

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