Thursday, November 18, 2010

Terrorism and other minor problems

Another Leftist Experiment Fails

How many things can the left be wrong about? So far it looks like most everything.

The ACQUITTAL OF GUANTANAMO DETAINEE AHMED KHALFAN GHAILANI YESTERDAY ON ALL BUT ONE OF 285 COUNTS in connection with the 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of the U.S. embassies in Keyna and Tanzania has once again demonstrated that the LEFTIST LAWYERS’ EXPERIMENT IN APPLYING CIVILIAN TRIAL RULES TO TERRORISTS IS GRAVELY MISGUIDED and downright dangerous. The soon-to-be House Chairman on Homeland Security Peter King issued a statement blasting the trial outcome and the nonchalant response from the Justice Department:

“I am disgusted at the total miscarriage of justice today in Manhattan’s federal civilian court. In a case where Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani was facing 285 criminal counts, including hundreds of murder charges, and WHERE ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER ASSURED US THAT ‘FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION,’ the jury found him guilty on only one count and acquitted him of all other counts including every murder charge. This tragic verdict demonstrates the absolute insanity of the Obama Administration’s decision to try al-Qaeda terrorists in civilian courts”

Does White House Have a 'Messaging' Problem?

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT HAS A "MESSAGING" PROBLEM when it comes to health care reform -- as in a "you're-not-buying-our-message" problem. And this week's news, to say the least, was no help.

You'll remember that one of the most common and potent rationales for passing reform was the claim that insurance companies routinely deny coverage to innocent Americans with pre-existing conditions.

Obamacare features a $5 billion program designed to stem this profit-ridden epidemic. And to ensure vibrant participation -- by both those legitimately in need and those who couldn't quite grasp the theory behind "insurance" -- 65 percent of premiums are subsidized by taxpayers.

But as The Wall Street Journal reported this week, even with generous inducements, SINCE JULY ONLY 8,000 PEOPLE -- RATHER THAN THE WHITE HOUSE'S PROJECTED 375,000 -- HAVE SIGNED UP FOR A NATIONAL PROGRAM That is theoretically going to add another 400,000 citizens in each upcoming year.

Perhaps advocates confused their own dismal view of American ingenuity with reality. But I'm not worried. IF THIS ADMINISTRATION EXCELS AT ANYTHING, IT'S GIVING AWAY STUFF. No messaging problem there. And the Department of Health and Human Services has promised to cut premiums by 20 percent more and enhance benefits to encourage enrollment.

In other words, we have another $5 billion relentlessly searching for a problem.

It appears facts don’t seem to discourage this administration or the Democrats. They gave us healthcare and we are going to appreciate it and them or else.

When is a hybrid, not a hybrid?

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a mouse, right? Such is the case with the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist, GM’s latest hybrid. Just don’t call it a hybrid.

First, the nitty gritty on the not-hybrid BUICK LACROSSE eASSIST. As the LaCrosse accelerates, a 15-kilowatt electric motor kicks in, providing 15 horsepower and 79 ft-lbs of torque to get the car going. When slowing down or coming to a stop, the electric motor kicks in again, shutting off the fuel supply and applying regenerative braking to the 115 volt lithium-ion battery pack. At cruising speed, a 2.4 liter four-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower and 172 ft-lbs of torque takes over.

This looks interesting.

Lost Religion Leads To More Brand Loyalty?

Do the nonreligious worship brand names?  I guess everyone needs to believe in something.

Prof. Ron Shachar of Tel Aviv University's Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration says that a consumer's religiosity has a large impact on his likelihood for choosing particular brands. CONSUMERS WHO ARE DEEPLY RELIGIOUS ARE LESS LIKELY TO DISPLAY AN EXPLICIT PREFERENCE FOR A PARTICULAR BRAND, while more secular populations are more prone to define their self-worth through loyalty to corporate brands instead of religious denominations.

This research, in collaboration with Duke University and New York University scientists, recently appeared in the journal Marketing Science.

Low-tax states will gain seats, high-tax states will lose them

Migration from high-tax states to states with lower taxes and less government spending will dramatically alter the composition of future Congresses, according to a study by Americans for Tax Reform

Eight states are projected to gain at least one congressional seat under reapportionment following the 2010 Census: Texas (four seats), Florida (two seats), Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington (one seat each). THEIR AVERAGE TOP STATE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RATE: 2.8 PERCENT.

By contrast, New York and Ohio are likely to lose two seats each, while Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be down one apiece. THE AVERAGE TOP STATE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RATE IN THESE LOSER STATES: 6.05 PERCENT.

Whatever you reward you will get more of. Whatever you punish will go away. It seems this simple fact of human nature is beyond the left’s comprehension.

The triumph of Hope (and Change) over Experience

Nancy Pelosi was elected Minority Leader in the House yesterday. This is great news for Republicans and shows how completely out of touch the Democrat party truly is.

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