Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Way to go, Norway!
According to the Associated Press Jimmy Carter says the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Barack Obama is a "bold statement of international support for his vision and commitment." Well, if'n ole Jimmah sez so it mus' be, ain't that right, Lem?
Just the thing for a pathological narcissist's wounded ego. What next, Blasting Caps for Babies Week?
It appears Obama will accept the Prize (with all due humility, of course) in recognition of the goals he has set set for the United States and the world.
May I suggest these other prestigious awards also richly deserved:
- The Elmer (statuette), awarded in recognition of glutinous ubiquity in media
- The Blue Mini (Order Pour le Petit Merit) awarded for meritorious accomplishment in the face of overwhelming lack of accomplishment.
- The Iron Double-Cross, First Class, awarded for notable foreign policy achievement in Eastern Europe
- The Most Illustrious Order of the Gold Fleecing, granted in recognition of Supreme Acts of Valor against personal wealth, financial independence, bond portfolios and 401K accounts.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I was preparing a long post about strategic options on the question of Iranian nuclear weapons when events caught me up, specifically a spate of news and opinion pieces which have come on the heels of last Wednesday’s meeting between Under Secretary of State William Burns and Iran’s chief negotiator at the Geneva IAEA talks. First there was this piece by Juan Coles, which basically argues that Iran is not so bad and a nuclear-armed can be contained Kennan-style, as the Soviet Union was “contained” during the Cold War. Never mind that containment spawned a titanic arms race, elevated the Soviet Union to super-power status with all the concomitant red-fingers-in-pies which helped make the developing world so miserable, and nearly got us all killed on at least three occasions. Coles’ article has since been linked and promoted on several O-bot blogs as received wisdom. The second was this item from China’s Xinhua news agency about Mohammad El Baradei’s comments about Israel made while on a visit to Tehran. Lastly the Boston Globe informs us that Hillary Clinton’s State Department has cut off funding for the watchdog Iran Human Rights Documentation Center.
Obama is planning a Munich-style sellout.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Unemployment Reaches 26-Year High
Why did Obama waste his time and our money flying to Copenhagen? The graphic above explains it all. Much better to have the Sunday talk shows dominated with the Olympic debacle than this much more important (and damaging) story. The stimulus program has been a catastrophe, and the still ascending unemployment curve proves it.
Judging by the slope we can project measured unemployment to plateau at 10 - 10.5 percent sometime in 1st quarter 2010 (the actual figure may approach 16 percent), this forecast assumes that other liquidity shoe doesn't drop between now and Christmas. Notice that Obama's without stimulus curve has a considerably steeper negative slope than the recovery plan curve. The huge stimulus borrowings must unavoidably compete with private-sector finance, thus slowing the recovery. The argument was essentially "better to have prolonged moderate unemployment than to have very high peak unemployment followed by a more rapid recovery."
The Obama program has done nothing to cap the grow of unemployment and may well have stimulated job loss. Economist will study this for years before an informed opinion is possible. However the expected shallow negative slope is very likely to manifest as predicted but later in time (unemployment reductions in early 1st quarter 2011) and starting from a much higher maximum. This means that in the best-case scenario unemployment in 3rd quarter 20012 will be about 8 percent.
8 percent unemployment coupled with the high inflation that is sure to follow this Administration's absolutely mad deficits bodes ill for the Democrats. In short, BHO is toast.
Obama Requests Torch Receives Bird
But I thought they all loved him.
Of course all those who oppose Obama's wishes are motivated by racism. The great and the good have told us ignorant unwashed proles about this self-evident truth time and again, most recently from the lips of the Second Greatest President in History. Now we have another despicable crew of bigoted, cross-burning, bedsheet-enrobed klansmen who must be destroyed for their racially motivated humiliation of our noble Lord Zero.
Let us analyze. Two are obvious Asians, and as any homeboy in South Central can attest: Asians hate blacks. Then there's the tall Nordic-looking guy second from right -- Nazi, without a doubt. Hell, except for the gooks they're all white males! No wonder.
1942 - Reinhard Heydrich sez "Kill all the Jews."
2009 - Garrison Keillor sez "Kill all the Republicans."
Keillor likes to revel in his Nordic heritage, in fact it's his stock in trade and the foundation of whatever adenoidal, mouth-breathing humor he's able to mumble into a microphone. This guy has been living off the public weal for thirty-five years, you'd think common decency would at least make him grateful. Republicans usually have jobs (well, before Obama anyway) and, unlike many prominent Democrats, pay their taxes -- the source of Keillor prosperity.
Now he's staked a claim on another aspect of Nordic heritage.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Anchoress, thy thumbs prick thee not in vain
We wonder how the "great and the good" of Hollywood's elite (fervent Obama acolytes all) can so blindly leap to the defense of confessed child-rapist and fugitive (no more!) Roman Polanski.
Luckily high-powered producer Harvey Weinstein has given us the answer, a superior moral compass that assures the Left elite that whatever they want (which apparently includes sex with little girls) is true and good, and by the same token, those who disagree, i.e. anyone who believes that child-rapists must face the sanction of law, are false and iniquitous.