Biden Calls TEA Party “Terrorists”
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN JOINED HOUSE DEMOCRATS IN LASHING TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS MONDAY, ACCUSING THEM OF HAVING “ACTED LIKE TERRORISTS” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit, according to several sources in the room.
Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.
“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “THIS SMALL GROUP OF TERRORISTS HAVE MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SPEND ANY MONEY.”
Well at last we know what strikes terror in Democrats. It isn’t threats of violence to Americans, but they not being able to spend money.
DC Adults Top Alcohol Abusers in Country
A new report says that ADULTS IN WASHINGTON D.C. ABUSE ALCOHOL MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY.
According to a new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 8.1 PERCENT OF ADULTS AGE 26 OR OLDER IN D.C. ARE ALCOHOL DEPENDENT. Looking at a long-term sampling, alcohol abuse rate is on the rise for the District, according to the survey….
….D.C. was ALSO AMONG THE 10 STATES WHERE RESIDENTS MOST FREQUENTLY REPORTED SMOKING MARIJUANA within the last month. Alaskan residents inhale the most, according to the survey, with 11.5 percent of residents saying the lit up with four weeks of the survey.
COCAINE USE IN THE DISTRICT WAS ALSO HIGH.
I’m thinking its democrats who are frustrated because they can’t spend money anymore.
What the Debt Ceiling Deal Means
…DEMOCRATS LOST ON VIRTUALLY EVERY ISSUE OF PRINCIPLE (TAXES, A CLEAN DEBT BILL, REAL SPENDING CUTS) BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT INSISTED ABOVE ALL ELSE ON GETTING HIMSELF TO THE NEXT ELECTION WITHOUT ANOTHER SHOWDOWN. (That position became more sympathetic to those who agonized through the last week or so.)
Republicans should be cautious. THE HOUSE HELD OFF THE PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE. It refused to raise taxes, and thereby maintained a stark and compelling distinction between the parties. It made some real, if not overwhelming, cuts. MORE WAS NOT POSSIBLE. You can’t get Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform bill with only the House. You can't insure an adequate level of defense spending with only the House. You can’t get Medicaid and Social Security reform with only the House.
RELIEF IS THE PREVALENT EMOTION FOR CONSERVATIVES — relief that the Tea Party didn’t divide the party, that the speaker maintained the affection and loyalty of his caucus, that taxes weren’t raised and that at least we are moving in the right direction….
If this was World War II, the allies just landed and took North Africa. D-Day is still over a year away and it’s in Fortress Obama.
What the Debt Ceiling Deal Means as Seen From Europe
In both Britain and America, THE LEFT HAS BEEN REDUCED TO HOPING THAT CUTTING PUBLIC SPENDING ON THIS SCALE WILL SNUFF OUT ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PLUNGE OUR RESPECTIVE ECONOMIES BACK INTO RECESSION. Not only will the Coalition be turfed out as a consequence, but if Obama can somehow blame the Tea Party for the “double dip” he might be able to persuade the people to grant him four more years. WHAT THE LEFT HASN’T GRASPED – AND WHAT OBAMA HAS – IS THAT FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE NO POLITICAL CANDIDATE OR PARTY WILL BE ABLE TO INCREASE PUBLIC SPENDING AND WIN RE-ELECTION. Socialist welfare programmes have become politically toxic. A sea change has taken place within the West’s most developed countries and last night’s debt deal is a reflection of that.
The left is dying and most don’t realize it yet.
The Veil Slips
…White House press secretary Jay Carney was clearly in an upbeat mood during today's press briefing. Many of the reporters in the room, however, were not feeling the love.
Specifically, CBS'S NORAH O'DONNELL PEPPERED CARNEY WITH TERSE, ACCUSATORY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LACK OF TAX REVENUE (read: tax increases) in the debt ceiling deal. O'Donnell complained about how many GOP demands were met by the deal, and then said to Carney: "YOU GAVE THEM EVERYTHING THEY WANTED AND WE GOT NOTHING." That "we" is very telling. It was a tense moment in the room, and O'Donnell seemed to give voice to frustrated liberals who feel that the deal gave significantly more to Republicans than Democrats, and included no tax increases-something President Obama had demanded be included for most of the negotiations.
O'Donnell asked Carney about this a couple times, in a confrontational tone. FOX'S ED HENRY BROKE THE TENSION BY FOLLOWING O'DONNELL'S QUESTIONS BY JOKINGLY ASKING, "BUT JAY, WHERE IS THE TAX REVENUE?" to laughter from the room (and especially from a relieved Carney, suddenly more comfortable with Fox than he usually is). The moment encapsulated the left's reaction to the deal. The New Republic's John Judis wrote this morning: "Democrats in Congress, and any Republicans who have not lost their senses, should turn this deal down."…
Obama got what he wanted, an extension that goes beyond the 2012 election, so CBS was wrong when O’Donnell said, ‘You gave them everything they wanted and we got nothing.”
What Good is Obama Now?
PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS HAD A GOOD TWO-PLUS YEARS, HANDING OUT DEFICIT-BUSTING GOODIES TO ALL THE FAVORITE DEMOCRAT CONSTITUENCIES. The EPA has become the monster it always threatened to be, the unions are stuffed full of automakers and have the mighty Boeing trembling at their power. The insurance companies are wards of the state, the medical profession has been saddled and broken. The symbiosis of Washington and Wall Street is complete, each too big to fail and utterly, sickeningly and dangerously co-dependent.
But YESTERDAY’S DEBT DEAL SHOWED THAT OBAMA’S GOODIE BAG IS EMPTY. There’s nothing more to hand out. Santa Claus has left the building, and the Grinch has taken his place.
“HONESTLY,” THE DEMOCRATS MUST BE WONDERING, “WHAT GOOD IS HE TO US NOW?”
BERNIE SANDERS SAW THE WRITING ON THE WALL A WEEK AGO, WHICH IS WHY HE CALLED FOR A PRIMARY CHALLENGER — and Obama might yet get one. Oh, no one to make the few surviving Obamanoids sweat their simple little brows; incumbent Obama almost certainly can’t be beaten in a Democratic primary race. And I doubt he has the magnanimity to pull an LBJ and refuse to seek reelection. In fact, on the off chance the President reads this, I bet he’d have to look up the word “magnanimity.”
And then he’d probably chuckle at it. Anyway.
Today, PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A SHRUNKEN EXECUTIVE, UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING TO INFLUENCE THE DEBT NEGOTIATIONS OTHER THAN TO SCOLD THE GROWNUPS DOING THE NEGOTIATING. And a nation mired in debt and out of work and with little remaining hope for the future, is tired of being scolded….
The incredible shrunken man! Perhaps Hollywood should make a new movie with that title.
Lessons from Match.com
… It is a subtle shift, but one with profound implications. "Before, matches were based on the criteria you set. You meet her criteria, and she meets yours, so you're a good match," Thombre explained. "But when WE RESEARCHED THE DATA THE WHOLE IDEA OF DISSONANCE CAME INTO FOCUS. PEOPLE WERE DOING SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE THINGS THEY SAID THEY WANTED ON THEIR PROFILE."
As a result, Match began "weighting" variables differently, according to how users behaved. For example, if conservative users were actually looking at profiles of liberals, the algorithm would learn from that and recommend more liberal users to them. Indeed, says Thombre, "THE POLITICS ONE IS QUITE INTERESTING. CONSERVATIVES ARE FAR MORE OPEN TO REACHING OUT TO SOMEONE WITH A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW THAN A LIBERAL IS." That is, when it comes to looking for love, conservatives are more open-minded than liberals….
Not an article I would normally post, but the one tidbit I posted fits and I’m not surprised by what they found. However it is an interesting article about human behavior and desires.
Obamacare Strikes Again, Violating Conscience Rights
While everyone was watching the debt-ceiling debate, the Department of Health and Human Services announced mandatory coverage of contraceptives (including ones that may act as abortifacients) and sterilization in new insurance plans, with the narrowest of conscience protection.
In a statement in response to the move, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, who is chairman of the pro-life office of the bishops’ conference in Washington, explained that “under the new rule our institutions would be free to act in accord with Catholic teaching on life and procreation only if they were to stop hiring and serving non-Catholics.”
He asked: “Could the federal government possibly intend to pressure Catholic institutions to cease providing health care, education and charitable services to the general public? Health care reform should expand access to basic health care for all, not undermine that goal.”
The cardinal continued: “HHS says the intent of its ‘preventive services’ mandate is to help ‘stop health problems before they start. But pregnancy is not a disease, and children are not a ‘health problem’ — they are the next generation of Americans.”…
Just more examples of Liberal intolerance to ideas other than their own. Perhaps we should require them to date conservatives.
Keynes is Dead! Thank God
THE REPUBLICANS ARE KILLING KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS WITH THEIR ATTEMPT TO CUT SPENDING AS THE ECONOMY REBOUNDS FROM A RECESSION, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said in a floor speech on Sunday.
"I would say ... that symbolically, that agreement is moving us to the point where we are having the final interment of John Maynard Keynes," he said, referring to the British economist. "HE NOMINALLY DIED IN 1946 BUT IT APPEARS WE ARE GOING TO PUT HIM TO HIS FINAL REST WITH THIS AGREEMENT."
Keynes argued that aggregate demand was not always enough to spur full employment and that outside structures, such as governments, could influence the economy to create jobs and regulate business cycles. His thinking influenced later New Deal spending by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Durbin said the economy is too weak for major cuts in spending, a view that is shared by many economists.
Keynes is like any other medicine. In small doses it may help, but an overdose can be fatal. Better Keynes dies than the American economy.
Why Obama is doomed
…. "OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, WE HAVE BEGUN REBUILDING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, A PROJECT THAT HAS MEANT THOUSANDS OF GOOD JOBS FOR THE HARD-HIT CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. Tonight, I'm proposing that we redouble these efforts._ We will put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on what's best for the economy, not politicians._ WITHIN 25 YEARS, OUR GOAL IS TO GIVE 80 PERCENT OF AMERICANS ACCESS TO HIGH-SPEED RAIL, which could allow you to go places in half the time it takes to travel by car."
THE PRESIDENT IS DAZZLED BY THE VISION OF THOSE SHINY HIGH-SPEED RAIL TRAINS -- AND BY SOLAR PANELS, ELECTRIC CARS AND OTHER PET PROJECTS THAT HAVE CAUGHT HIS IMAGINATION. What he has been unwilling to do is to permit the vast private sector to make its own decisions -- to follow its own ideas.
Instead, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SADDLING THE PRIVATE SECTOR WITH A STIFLING LOAD OF REGULATIONS. The burden of Obamacare, most of which does not take effect until 2014, is mostly in the realm of fear and uncertainty. Employers do not know how much each new hire will cost under the new health care regime. Nor can they estimate how the 129 new boards, commissions and agencies will affect the business world.
Meanwhile, THE EPA IS REGULATING CARBON DIOXIDE AS AN AIR POLLUTANT. THE NLRB IS ATTEMPTING TO PREVENT THE BOEING CORPORATION FROM OPENING A NEW PLANT IN SOUTH CAROLINA. THE FCC IS SEEKING TO EXERT CONTROL OVER INTERNET COMMERCE through the deceptively named "net neutrality" policy. THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR IS STRICTLY ENFORCING RACIAL AND GENDER QUOTAS. And the Federal Reserve, along with the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (created by the Dodd-Frank law) is practically freezing small-business lending.
This president has spun fantasies about the industries of tomorrow, while punishing the industries of today. His fulminations against "millionaires and billionaires" and his wrath about "corporate jets" BETRAY A FUNDAMENTALLY CHILDISH URGE TO PUNISH SUCCESS. UNDER HIS ECONOMIC STEWARDSHIP, THERE IS LESS AND LESS OF THAT AROUND.
Let me see here. Obama has taken away NASA’s space vehicles, but plans to win the future with trains.
7 Examples of Liberals Unfairness
…3) THE RICH AREN'T PAYING THEIR "FAIR" SHARE. It's easy to take shots at rich people. There usually aren't enough of them to swing an election with their votes, nobody really feels sorry for people who have a lot of money, and as often as not, they give contributions to both parties as "protection money." But here's a thought: HOW CAN THE RICH NOT BE PAYING THEIR "FAIR SHARE" WHEN THE TOP 10% OF AMERICANS PAY 69.9% OF THE MONEY WE TAKE IN FROM THE INCOME TAX WHILE 47 PERCENT OF AMERICANS DON'T EVEN PAY A SINGLE DOLLAR A YEAR? Arguing that people -- who probably pay for all the services they'll get from the government in an entire lifetime over any given month -- aren't paying their "fair share" while so many people pay nothing at all, seems more than a bit....."unfair."…
The 10% Phenomenon
Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that WHEN JUST 10 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION HOLDS AN UNSHAKABLE BELIEF, THEIR BELIEF WILL ALWAYS BE ADOPTED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE SOCIETY. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The finding has implications for the study and influence of societal interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the movement of political ideals.
"WHEN THE NUMBER OF COMMITTED OPINION HOLDERS IS BELOW 10 PERCENT, THERE IS NO VISIBLE PROGRESS IN THE SPREAD OF IDEAS. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority," said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. "ONCE THAT NUMBER GROWS ABOVE 10 PERCENT, THE IDEA SPREADS LIKE FLAME…”
Interesting. It may speak to why the TEA Party has become so influential.
Spread the word…
Another Exhibitionist Politician
A politician who emailed a woman nude photos of himself that were posted on a GOP activist's website has resigned and said he will consider all legal options to have the pictures taken down.
NEW JERSEY DEMOCRAT LOUIS MAGAZZU, 53, ADMITTED SENDING THE PHOTOS TO THE WOMAN HE SAID HE HAD BEEN CORRESPONDING WITH ONLINE FOR SEVERAL YEARS.
He claims she requested the pictures but was working with an 'avowed political enemy' at the time and that he did not know.
In an email statement, THE CUMBERLAND COUNTY FREEHOLDER APOLOGISED TO FAMILY, FRIENDS AND CONSTITUENTS BUT INDICATED THAT HE THOUGHT HE WAS BEING SET UP.
I swear anyone stupid enough to take nude photos of themselves and then send them to anyone is not smart enough to represent anyone in any elected office.