Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Another 2001-style recount in the making.

I guarantee you that ACORN will be all over this, and given its recent history, well, this election will be decided by the lawyers, I'm guessing.

Nancy Pelosi is a shrewd political operator.

She's seen Obama's poll numbers go up, as the country's financial institutions have gone down the toilet. So, what does she do when it comes time for her to make a speech about the bailout? Why, she gives an utterly ahistoric, completely partisan rant, thereby guaranteeing the bill would be voted down.

Pelosi wants this bill dead, and is judging the sound and fury will raise Obama while signifying nothing for everyone else.

The House will not reconvene until Thursday. The FTSE is up today, while the DAX and CAC 40 are holding pretty steady. DJIA futures suggest there'll be a big uptick in the market today. All this without political intervention. So, she may well get her wish.

Of course, there'll also be a large number of people looking at the US Congress and asking what use it actually serves.

Michael Lewis had some trenchant comments about the current crisis - a year ago.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Did Obama really release an ad. showing McCain as the winner, and giving no reason to vote for, well, Obama? Mind-boggling. What a fool.

Of course, now that Obama has started forming his own law enforcement goon squads, I guess he can do whatever the hell he wants. Come election day, I expect I'll find DeKalb's finest at the polling place, summarikly ejecting all non-Democrats. I mean, how dare anyone vote against The One?

I know he's promising change, but I dodn't think he was planning on a fascist state. Steill, he's a radical leftist, in the Saul Alinsky mode, so what can you expect?

What a complete fascist. And fool For every critic he silences with this heavy-handed, brownshirt tactic, he'll create ten more.

Is it just me, or this popinjay beginning to resemble a latter-day Nixon?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Greatest scene of all time:

"This day we fight!"

Lesson long lost, I'm sad to say.

Thin Lizzy.

Whiskey in the Jar:


The boys are back in town:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

If this were to come out of the Bush Administration, there'd be hell to pay.

But since there was a Democrat involved, well, you get the picture.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Democrats don't like black people!

Huh. Who'd have thought? I thought Democrats didn't like white women.

There is, however, positive news:
On the other side of the racial question, the Illinois Democrat is drawing almost unanimous support from blacks, the poll shows, though that probably wouldn't be enough to counter the negative effect of some whites' views.
Not there there's anything, you know, racial, in that.

This is a sad story.

It seems to me that WW I did a real head-job on the French, as regards military power, and Indochina only cemented the attitude.

Now, it looks like the French cannot even successfully deploy a platoon into combat.

This would normally be the point where I reflect on the dissolution of NATO, but should we now leave the Poles and the Czechs to their fate? Not likely. We'd only encourage those that hate us.

The better option is to demand the French equip and train to American standards. We'd all be better off.

I've been to the Arc de Triomphe. I've been to Les Invalides, I've been to Ecole Militaire. I've seen the statue of Joffre, astride his charger, facing the Eiffel Tower. "Ils ne passeront pas." I've seen it many times, but to this day I cannot see that line without getting goosebumps. I know the French can fight as well as us. They just need to be asked to do so, in a way that shows how their national security depends on it. *That* will get them going.

A moment's respite from the political season.

(Jeez. I hope there are no elections in Scotland.)

Like I said, a moment.

The White House proposed an agency to oversee FNMA and FHMC back in 2003.

It didn't happen bacause a number of US Senators, actually wholly-owned subsidiaries of FNMA or FHNC blocked all atempts at reform.

Money quote:
Dodd - who along with Democratic Sens. John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were the top four recipients of Fannie and Freddie campaign contributions from 1988 to 2008 - actively opposed such measures and further weakened existing regulation.
Obama was notably "present" when FNMA/FHMC were handing out cash.

"A Clockwork Obama".

"I voted 'Present.'" is this year's "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."

Say what you will about Kerry, at least he could make a decision. Obama, well, as he has been for much of his life, he's "present."

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Here's an ad. I'd like to see:

"John McCain. 25 May 2005, speaking to the Senate:
Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were "illusions deliberately and systematically created" by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal.

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac.

The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator’s examination of the company’s accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs-and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay.

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.

I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.
The legislation was blocked by Democrats, with the assistance of a few Republicans.

James Johnson, former CEO of Fannie Mae and current Obama advisor, has cost us many tens of billions of dollars we can’t afford.

Franklin Raines, former CEO of Fannie Mae and current Obama advisor, has cost us many tens of billions of dollars we can’t afford.

Barack Obama: if we can’t afford his advisors, we certainly can’t afford him."

John McCain called it on the current crisis over three years ago. FNMA has given him almost nothing. Barack Obama has had noting to say about FNMA, and has received more money from FNMA than almost any other US Senator.

The One is corrupt, feckless, clueless.


"We're finished."


Sometimes I reflect on the tenacity of the Irish. When I do, the song "Dearg Doom" (pronounced like "jarag dthoom") from Horslips usually comes to mind. It's a song using words attributed to Cu Chullain.

"Dearg Doom" is an Irish/English language mix that means "Red Destroyer," or "Red Death," or "Red Fate." The tune is "O'Neill's Cavalry."

The lyrics are this:

My love is colder than black marble by the sea.
My heart is older than the cold oak tree.
I am the flash of silver in the sun.
When you see me coming you had better run...run...run...
From Dearg Doom.

You speak in whispers of the devils I have slain,
By the fire of my silver Devil's Blade,
And still you dare to flaunt yourself at me.
I don't want you, I don't need you,
I don't love you, can't you see
I'm Dearg Doom.

And when the stars go out
You can hear me shout
"Two heads are better than none,
One hundred heads are so much better than one".

(Ed: Collecting, not thinking.)

I'm a boy who was born blind to pain
And, like a hawk, I'll swoop and swoop again.
I am the flash of hawkeye in the sun.
When you see me coming you had better run...run...run...
From Dearg Doom

Born American, I'd already won 90% or life's race. Born Irish, well, that's another 9.99999%.

UPDATE: Youtube knows all, and sees all:

UPDATE: Horslips interview, What a great bunch of guys.

"...and we drank copious amounts of beer..."

When I die, I will die proud to have been Irish.

President Gaffe-O-Matic.

That name has a nice ring to it. IMO.

I can't help but imagine an Obama presidency as a Terry Pratchett collection of prompts. If that makes any sense.

Sorry, I've come down with some sort of flu thing. Every bone in my body aches, and I can't really think straight, and I'm tired, but I'm in too much pain to sleep. Arrgghh!


UPDATE: McCain vs. Obama on this issue.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Barack Obama is not an American. We know this from his own mouth.

Money quote:
"A lot of people have gotten nervous and concerned. Why is this as close as it is? And what’s going on?" Mr. Obama said, speaking to about 300 people over dinner at the Greystone Mansion. "We always knew this was going to be hard - this is a leap for the American people."
.Note the "We," as opposed to the "American People."

What is he exactly? A "Terran?"


Money quote:
Much of Barack Obama's political success can be traced to a database listing contact information for millions of people, a tool that has proved invaluable in raising record sums of money and organizing a national volunteer network.

Now Obama's presidential campaign is increasingly using the list to beat back media messages it does not like, calling on supporters to flood radio and television stations when those opposed to him run anti-Obama ads or appear on talk shows.
Not that President Obama would, oh, have an enemies list, or send his flying monkeys out to do his bidding, or anything.

Because under President Obama the earth will begin to cool (he is *cool*), the seas will begin to recede, America will be a happy place, with flowery meadows, and rainbow skies and rivers made of chocolate, where the children will dance and laugh and play with gumdrop smiles.

Oh, and the Germans will finally love us again.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Of course, McCain doesn't use a keyboard because he *can't* use a keyboard; the torture he endured at the Hanoi Hilton left him with very little manual dexterity.

Can Obama be so clueless as to slam a badly-damaged vet, throwing into high relief the differences between him and a real hero, while giving us no reason to voter for *him*?

He's really not all that smart, I'm afraid.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Must. Suppress. Urge. To. Buy. Spore.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Obsess much?

UPDATE: Um, no.

No UCMJ Article 90 for these lads.

I think this says more about the writer than it does about Republicans.

Mmmm, changey!

Money table:
Top Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008

Name Office Party/State Total

1. Dodd, Christopher J S D-CT $133,900
2. Kerry, John S D-MA $111,000
3. Obama, Barack S D-IL $105,849
Of course, this FNMA/FHMC debacle is completely the responsibility of Chimpy Bushitler MacHalliburton and his Smirkey Rodeo Ride Through History (tm).

Had American scientists done this, the headline would probably have read something like "Americans Attempt to Destroy Universe, Fail."

Fortunately, only US citizens get to vote.

Expect more of this:

Which is why Democrats are heading to permanent loser status. Insults aren't going to get you many votes.

UPDATE: It's started.

Please, please, McCain/Palin, issue this press release:

"We're pleasantly surprised by Senator Obama's new-found sense of humor, and look forward to watching it develop over the coming weeks."

This is a bit too serious:

Still and all, it is a rapid response.

McCain is inside Obama's OODA loop. Obama is toast.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

More savagery from the Religion of Pieces.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Great slide show of fighter jets.

US out of Chicago! Now!

Thursday, September 04, 2008


Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Palin's daughter's real mistake? Not having John Edwards as the father of her child.

Strikes me that we now know more about Sarah Palin's daughter than we do about Joe Biden's son.

Hell, we know more about her daughter than we do about Barack Obama.

Not that there's any legacy media bias in that.

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