Oh, no… it’s not socialism at all!

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I remember some pundit writing some column about how calling the Democrats socialists was technically incorrect, and how those of us who called Obama and his merry band of looters on the Potomac socialist were sadly mistaken.


These days, no one believes in socialism — defined by the late,
left-wing economist Robert Heilbroner as “a centrally planned economy
in which the government controls all means of production.” A socialist
wouldn’t favor government aid to the automakers or the banks. He’d
propose that the government take them over and run them for the benefit
of society. But you haven’t heard Obama or anyone else suggest that.

With all due respect, Mr. Chapman, that’s probably one of the most short-sighted and stupid statements you can possibly make.  As I stated in the comments section of this article, “When
the government gives a bank or a corporation money, whom do you think
the bank or corporation becomes accountable to? By pouring funds into
the coffers of banks or auto makers, the government IS, in fact,
gaining control of said means of production or financial institution.
It’s a minor change from straight nationalization, but the idea is the
same, especially if the government purchases shares and becomes, in
essence, part owner”

This is as it should be.  If I invest my money in an enterprise, I expect that enterprise to be at least somewhat accountable to me.  Government bailouts are no different.  Logic demands if a company receives a gargantuan handout from the government to the tune of billions, the government then has the right to exert its influence and control on said enterprise.  This was to be expected.


U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced legislation Friday
afternoon that will cap compensation for employees of any private
company that accepts federal dollars because of the economic downturn.

Employees would not be able to make more than the president —
$400,000 — until the company no longer relies on federal assistance
from the $700 billion bailout of the financial sector, McCaskill’s
office said.

The cap would include salary, bonuses and stock options.

Demanding fiscal responsibility from companies that receive money from the taxpayers is right and just.  I’m not blaming McCaskill for introducing this bill.  After all, the taxpayers shelled out billions, and they now have a right to make demands.  What I AM excoriating is the very idea of government bailouts! 

And what I AM saying is that those who offhand dismiss claims that those in power aren’t exercising control over the companies whom they “help” when they rightfully make demands on how the companies operate, what salaries they pay and how they are run are either stupid or naive.  And what is socialism, if not government control of the means of production?

Still think this isn’t socialism, Mr. Chapman?

A bit o’ hypocrisy from Barry ‘O… WITH CARTOONY UPDATE

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Well, we all knew that the bankers who received billions in taxpayer dollars for “emergency” purposes to avoid this great, horrifying, scary catastrophe took the cash and boogied down with some righteous parties and bonuses for themselves… all to save the economy, of course!  Because nothing helps a credit crunch like a bunch of naked, pasty, flabby millionaires cavorting in hot tubs filled with champagne.

Um… I’ll give you a moment to utilize the brain bleach…

Now, we have some righteous indignation from the Anointed One(tm), who was only too happy to hand the bankers billions of your dollars during the campaign.

President Obama delivered a blistering message to Wall Street
yesterday, blasting the big-bucks bonuses doled out to fat-cat execs as
“shameful.”

Obama called reporters in to the Oval Office to express outrage over a report on Wednesday by New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli that corporate employees were paid more than $18 billion in bonuses despite the worst economic crisis in decades.

“That is the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful,” Obama
said in the sharpest words he has spoken since becoming president.

That’s a bit of hypocrisy coming from the Marxist-in-Chief, who just a few weeks ago was telling telling us how we’re all going to need to sacrifice, while spending record amounts of cash on his inauguration and chowing down on the most expensive beef in the world at a cocktail party, no doubt to congratulate himself on the passage of a trillion dollar handout that will leave future generations saddled with record amounts of debt.

But I guess he doesn’t have to sacrifice, and neither do the banker beneficiaries of our earnings.  The Chosen One will simply wag a reproachful finger in their direction and continue giving away billions of dollars in cash that doesn’t belong to him.

How do you like your Hope and Change now?

UPDATE: I just found this cartoon that pretty much says it all.  Enjoy!

h/t: Townhall.com

The dumbassery of gun banners

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You guys ever wonder where gun-grabbing politicians get their panty-shitting nonsense?  Most of the time I really don’t like to delve into the rancid depths of their psyche to figure out what it is that makes them soil their undergarments at the very thought of a law-abiding citizen with a gun, but sometimes they present such irresistible targets!

The Virginia Citizens’ Defense League (VCDL) reports that Senator Hanger’s Restaurant Ban Repeal bill, SB 1035, cleared the Senate Courts of Justice committee by 9 to 6.

They also report that gun banners are friggin’ idiots!

First a representative from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission said, “We are concerned that this is a public safety issue… What if  someone carrying concealed has their gun taken away from the by a drunken customer and used to shoot someone.”

When I spoke, I pointed out how ridiculous that argument was – the gun  is CONCEALED, so the drunken customer won’t know the person has a gun or where that gun is. (Additionally, wouldn’t the drunken customer be more apt to notice and grab the gun when it’s carried openly, as the law mandates? But hey, what the hell do I know?)

Senator Marsh took the cake, however.  He said that if a concealed  handgun permit holder came into a restaurant with the intent to “pop” someone in  the restaurant, and the permit holder couldn’t find  someone to declare that he has a concealed gun, he might just go ahead  and kill his victim anyhow, without notifying the restaurant of his  concealed gun.

Senator Cuccinelli had fun with that one, saying, “So, Senator Marsh,  the permit holder, determined to commit murder, would not do so  because he was worried about getting charged with a Class 3  misdemeanor?”

Marsh just sat there with a blank look on his face.

By the way, Marsh is the same guy that has been trying to destroy Virginia’s gun shows year after year with no success.  But that’s not his only claim to fame.  Marsh is also the same guy who tried to ban fake balls… nuts… testicles… you know – the ornamental kind that some of the Crimson Nape like to hang from the hitches of their trucks.  It made me want to get a pair (of the fake ones, you pervs!) and hang them from the bumper of my Sentra and go driving around Richmond just to piss him off.

The pig trough passes

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I’m sure all of you knew it already, and no one is surprised by the fact that Congress has passed the $819 BILLION economic stimulus package… otherwise known as economic Viagara (or a cheap knockoff made somewhere in Thailand by slave labor).

Would you like to know what you’re getting for your tax dollars?

The House stimulus package includes aid to states and localities to
help them avoid cuts in Medicaid coverage and school funding. The bill
also would extend unemployment benefits and give unemployed workers
subsidies for health care coverage. The legislation also would fund
infrastructure improvements and investments in energy efficiency and
alternative energy projects.

Most of the tax relief in the bill would go to individuals,
including a $500 refundable tax credit for low- and middle-income
workers.

What else?

How about $20 million for fish and wildlife service trail improvement?

How about hundreds of millions of dollars for STDs?  Yeah… for screening and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.  Get ready, girls!  If the government gives up millions in public funding to ensure you stay chlamydia-free, they also have a right to ensure their money is being used responsibly.  Prepare to spread ‘em on demand.

Apparently, the Senate version provides something called the Maryland Supercomputer Center with $70,000,000 of your tax dollars to support “climate research.”  I’m sure that the decrepit, socialist bag of vinegar and water who represents Maryland in the Senate, Barbara Mikulski is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science.  But I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.

There’s tons more pork in this bill, but I’m too emotionally exhausted to give you the entire rundown now.  You can read the entire pork-laden thing here.

I wasn’t too worried about our economic future in the fourth quarter of 2008.  I thought we would weather the storm and the market would correct itself like it normally does.  Now, that the Democrats have started seriously screwing with every portion of the economy, I’m not so complacent.

This is what you get for kissing Iran’s ass

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NOW will you remove your tongue from Ahmadinejad’s rectal cavity?

The US should apologise for “crimes” it has committed against Iran if it wants a better relationship with Tehran, the Iranian president said today, after recent overtures to the Muslim world from the new administration in Washington.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s uncompromising tone followed a conciliatory message from Barack Obama,
the US president, earlier this week when he told the Islamic world: “We
are not your enemies.” In his inauguration last week, Obama offered to extend a hand of peace if Iran “unclenched its fist”.

At a rally in western Iran today, broadcast live on national television, Ahmadinejad said Iran would welcome a change in US policy provided it involved a withdrawal of American troops from abroad and an apology to Iran.

If I said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times:  you can’t negotiate with irrational, sociopathic losers.  Negotiating with Iran is much like negotiating with the Brady Center and VPC.  You can’t give an inch, because they’ll open up their maws and swallow you whole.

Have a barf bag handy

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Remember how the NRA used to brag that they’d have an office in the White House with Bush as President?  Well… while we know this was far from the case during the past eight years, I have a bad feeling the Brady Center WILL have an office… perhaps an intern… under the desk of President Obama.

A reader sent this to me last night.  It’s a 19 page memorandum for the Obama Administration created by the misanthropic band of banshee blood dancers at the Brady Center.

You’ll need Adobe Acrobat to read this… if you can stomach it.

Contained in this novella of proposed authoritarianism is a veritable cornucopia of all things over which Helmke and Henigan orgasm in unison.  It includes proposals to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, to once again disarm law-abiding citizens in America’s national parks, to once again allow frivolous lawsuits against legitimate businesses for the misdeeds of criminals, to destroy gun shows and get government bureaucrats involved in every transaction that involves guns.

Then, of course, from the oxygen-stealing simians who brought you the gun show  “loophole,” I now present the “terror gap.”

They want to ban “assault” weapons (let’s ignore the fact that they have no clue what “assault” weapons actually are – merely any gun that makes Henigan and Helmke shit their pants – or merely… well… any gun).

They want to impose licensing and background checks via government force on any and all employees of stores that sell guns.

In other words… they want to create a gargantuan bureaucracy and get government involved in every aspect of a gun purchase and nearly every aspect of a gun purchaser’s life.  They want to treat every person who chooses freedom and their rights as a potential criminal.  They want to destroy the concept of a “right,” and subjugate it to government approval, rendering it into something resembling a privilege.

And something tells me that this little blueprint for oppression will be studiously examined (and probably masturbated over ferociously) by the statist scum that is currently in charge of America.

Read the whole thing.  It’s illuminating and reflective of what Obama has been advocating vis-a-vis gun control throughout his campaign.

Is this the Hope and Change(tm) you were seeking?

So here’s what we have so far…

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We have Cankles as Secretary of State.  She’s a smart woman, but as the nation’s top diplomat???  A former presidential contender who SO felt she was entitled to the crown that she refused to congratulate her opponent on his victory hardly screams “DIPLOMAT” to me.

We have a nominee for Deputy Secretary of State who is so clueless about the nature and definition of a “right,” that he actually believes that someone who decides to have an abortion has a constitutionally protected right to free speech, and therefore is entitled to taxpayer money?  SAY WHAT???

This is not about abortion and whether or not it should be legal.  It’s about whether or not someone has the right to demand that others pay for their medical procedures.  It’s about a completely twisted misinterpretation of the meaning of the right to free speech, that I have no words to properly convey my absolute disgust.  I have my own views about abortion, and they’re personal.  Very personal.  However, I cannot fathom how claiming the right to free speech of free expression entitles someone to a shred of my earnings.

So, once again, I present to you Dr. Walter Williams on rights versus wishes.  I’m not sure how many times I’ve quoted this excellent piece on the nature of rights, but it’s appropriate every time some shrieking banshee demands you pay for their wants and needs.

At least in the standard historical usage of the term, a right is
something that exists simultaneously among people. A right confers no
obligation on another. For example, the right to free speech is
something we all possess. My right to free speech imposes no obligation
upon another except that of non-interference. Similarly, I have a right
to travel freely. That right imposes no obligation upon another except
that of non-interference.

Contrast those rights to the supposed right to decent housing or
medical care. Those supposed rights do confer obligations upon others.
There is no Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy. If you don’t have money to pay
for decent housing or medical services, and the government gives you a
right to those services, where do you think the money comes from?

If you said “From some other American,” go to the head of the class.
Your right to decent housing and medical care requires that some other
American have less of something else, namely diminished rights to his
earnings.

Let’s apply this bogus concept of rights to free speech and the
right to travel freely. If we were to apply it to my right to free
speech, my free speech rights would confer financial obligations on
others to supply me with an auditorium, microphone and audience. My
right to travel freely would require that others provide me with
airplane tickets and hotel accommodations. Most Americans, I would
imagine, would tell me, “Williams, yes you have rights to free speech
and travel rights, but I’m not obligated to pay for them!”

Put simply, this means your right (whether you agree with it or not) to a medical procedure doesn’t entitle you to the earnings of others.  Your right to spread your legs and suffer the consequences doesn’t entitle you to steal my earnings to fix your problems.  You may have a right to an abortion, but you don’t have the right to relieve me of my right to property to pay for it.

Oh, but back to Obama’s nominees…

We have Eric Holder, who apparently wouldn’t know the Constitution if it jumped up, bit him on the ass and used his nutsack for a punching bag.  See, your right to keep and bear arms isn’t really a right, according to Holder.  It’s a privilege to be granted by the government, and taken away at whim.

And this is someone who is supposed to be the nation’s senior attorney?  Someone who is supposed to be an expert on the law?

We have a tax cheat that’ll be heading the Treasury, because the Republicans, having completely lost any backbone they may have had, got down on their knees and rimmed the Democrats’ nominee.

We have a nominee for CIA director with no experience in intelligence and a slew of Clinton retreads.

There’s your Hope and Change ™, people.  Enjoy the ass reaming.

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