Saturday, September 20, 2008

Can't remember if we just hate them or want to kill them..... Correction noted

Iran’s Chief Cleric Says Country Is Not a Friend to Israelis
Iran’s supreme religious leader on Friday rejected the notion that his country was a friend to the Israeli people, but he also called on critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stop using the issue to undermine him.

But he did mean to pay his taxes...

Rangel: I Didn't Mean To Call Palin 'Disabled'

No Sh_t.....

We Are Losing Europe to Islam:
"Is advocating freedom of speech 'extreme' or 'fascist'? Is opposing Islam's law, which knows no race, 'racist'? Is supporting Israel (which these parties do far more than other European parties) 'Nazi'? The outrageously empty epithets of the Islamo-socialist left seem calculated to stop thought cold and trigger a massive rejection reflex. In this way, resistance becomes anathema, and Islamic law, unchecked, spreads across Europe."

Another "progressive" use of government?

And so it begins

Michael Totten corrects Obama:

Al Qaeda’s Defeat In Iraq
Senator Barack Obama’s answer to Katie Couric’s question a few days ago about why he thinks there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil since September 11, 2001, was bizarre.

But it's fine if he doesn't know what he's talking about - he's only running for President. It is very upsetting when a VP candidate can't tell Charlie Gibson what the Bush Doctrine is....

Via Instapundit: Can you imagine?

GAS SHORTAGES IN NASHVILLE: "As prices have stabilized elsewhere in Tennessee, least 85 percent of the gas stations in the Nashville area were without gasoline early Friday, according to AAA estimates." Prices in Knoxville, on the other hand, where shortages struck last weekend and then abated, have now plummeted. It's like there's some relationship between supply, demand, and price. Somebody research this, quick!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Who says wives count? Certainly not the Democrats....

How's that Obama "No money from lobbyists" thing working out?
"The campaign has no problem accepting money from the spouses of Washington lobbyists. A database search conducted for this column by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign-finance issues, found that more than 20 spouses of prominent Washington lobbyists have donated to the Obama campaign, including the wives of Dan Glickman, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America; Norman Brownstein, a prominent Denver-based lawyer who has lobbied for Oracle, Toshiba, and Comcast; and Stuart Pape of Patton Boggs, Washington’s foremost lobbying firm, who has lobbied for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and the Smokeless Tobacco Council....."

Wow! You mean they're bitter?

Hounding Palin:
"Yep, a bunch of angry Obama cultists and left-wing ACORN drifters are coming to your neighborhoods to accuse you of racism, call you unpatriotic for not bowing down and forking over more taxes to keep the Mother Ship afloat, and check your tire pressure and thermostats while they’re at it. Feel the power of positive change."

I never would have known.....

And we have a bridge to sell you....

Iran’s President Denies Hostility to Israelis

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I forgot......

If He’d Only Stopped at 85 Wives …

According to an AP article, 84-year-old Nigerian preacher Mohammed Bello Masaba has been arrested for having 86 wives and 107 children in violation of Islamic laws regarding marriage. The article states Muslim principles forbid men from having more than 4 wives but Masaba believes it’s Allah’s will:

“A man with 10 wives would collapse and die, but my own power is given by Allah. That is why I have been able to control 86 of them.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Right on the $$$$$...

Megan McArdle:
"It would be nice if everything that went wrong in the world was a result of the scheming of our ideological opponents. But the sad fact is, stuff goes wrong. All the time. And there is usually no villain behind it."

Ah! The religion of peace.....

Saudi Clerics Issuing Death Fatwas for TV Producers

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More from Megan on the financial crisis:

Hindsight regulation:
"I hope that this will result in deep changes to our regulatory system, starting with unifying the diverse bank regulatory body, and giving them a stronger mandate to watch systemic risk like a hawk. I hope the GSEs will be broken up, stripped of their government guarantee, and regulated like other companies that do the same thing. I hope the central bank will pay more attention to inflation, and less to unemployment."

Megan debunks the blame game...

What should Bush have done:
"Democrats seem unable, or unwilling to grasp, that to the extent that this is a regulatory problem, the seeds were laid under Clinton, not Bush. There simply haven't been any significant financial regulatory changes over the last eight years that we can point to as the culprit; nor does 'stronger enforcement' work as the solution to a crisis when the companies in trouble seem to have been in full compliance with the law."

It's pretty long, but worth reading the WHOLE thing. The inference that Bush could have somehow avoided this financial mess is merely another example of how 1- people think that their (supposed) leaders can make "things better"; 2 - EVERYTHING is George Bush's fault; and 3 - most folks want the government to regulate the hell out of everyone but "me".

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The bright side...

'Nobody Does Evacuations Like Cuba'
The Associated Press's Anita Snow, reporting from Havana on the response to Hurricane Ike, finds the bright side of totalitarianism:

If there's one thing the communist island does right, it's evacuations. And in the end, that saves more lives than anything else. . . .
Of course, this is easier done in Cuba than in the United States because the communist government owns and controls most of the nation's resources. Unlike the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, it doesn't have to buy supplies or contract services from private companies, or pay overtime.
Most Cubans work for the government and don't have to worry about losing wages if they take off from work. And because police keep a close eye on evacuated areas--and because most Cubans have few possessions of value anyway--looting isn't a major concern.
That was the problem in Katrina--the people in New Orleans were too rich! Then there's this:

If anyone has doubts, authorities quickly put an end to them.
Does American journalists really yearn to live in a country in which "authorities" excel at quickly putting an end to doubt?

Let's find out...

Do you worry about what black people will think if Barack Obama loses?:
"1. Much of Obama's success has come from white people who have a very positive attitude about the prospect of the first black President. 2. Some of Obama's success occurred because of resistance to the idea of a woman President. 3. White Democrats have also lost in years when people thought the Democrats were somehow destined to win."

More fun ahead...

First report from Alaska back to the NY Times
"But, seriously now, if the NY Times wants to bring down their favorite hockey mom, they are going to have to do a lot better than this. Forget about sending anybody to Chicago to go through Sen. Obama's record with a similarly fine toothed comb. Or more like a manure fork. I know that's not going to happen. Politics in Alaska is a lot like everywhere else, with friends, enemies, grudges, favors made and repaid, and those who get ahead often have sharp elbows. If Palin does become VP she will need every bit of those skills she may have."