Sunday Links Fiesta: Takin’ the day off edition

February 17, 2013

hammock nap day off

It’s a beautiful day here in Southern California: sunny, not too warm, and a bright cloudless sky. A good day for getting out and about and maybe having a late lunch down by the beach.

Or just taking the first of several naps. smiley snoring

But, fear not! You’ll not be bereft of reading material today! Below are several links I think you’ll find interesting:

Our dangerous neighborhood:

Most everyone’s heard about the near miss Earth had with a good-sized asteroid recently, and the fireball that crashed down near Chelyabinsk, Russia. There was even a fireball over San Francisco Friday night. JoNova asks a good question: are we watching for the next one? Someday, one of these is going to come down in  a populated area, with horrific casualties likely. Rather than wasting time and energy on the man-made global warming nonsense, we should be spending more to track the real hazards in our planet’s path and figuring out ways to divert or deflect them.

The Democrats’ dangerous economics:

Fausta presents a chart and analysis demonstrating very clearly how the President’s proposal for a $9 minimum wage would shaft teens and other people entering the workforce for the first time: “The Young and the Jobless.” Meanwhile

Meanwhile, in the “we tried to warn you” department, young workers will very likely see their insurance premiums double, thanks to Obamacare. Democrats are desperate to avoid the blame for this, but the nature of the PPACA’s passage makes it all theirs.

Mixing pseudo-science with bad economics, Christopher Monckton at WUWT writes that the Boxer-Sanders “carbon tax” bill, yet another “solution” for a problem that doesn’t exist, will cost America 15 time more than if we simply let warming happen. Of course, the real goal of such a bill isn’t fighting “climate change,” but getting their hands on more money to redistribute to their favored clients and cronies.

The Democrats’ dangerous politics:

The Democrats (and some Republicans) are scared of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), just as they were of Sarah Palin: both represent forces that put truth above “just going along,” and both refuse to, as Palin once put it, “sit down and shut up.” You can tell because, just two months after taking office, the hit pieces against Cruz have already begun. Politico reports on how he has upset his Senate colleagues for speaking out (Cue the world’s smallest violin!), and the New York Times has gone birther against the Senator. Matt Vespa has more on this coordinated assault.

In a Valentine’s Day love letter to President Obama, the always must-read Michael Barone claims victory: Obama’s actions as president prove he is running a gangster government, holding itself above the law. Not a good thing for a nation that prides itself on the Rule of Law.

The assault on the Bill of Rights marches on. Colorado Democrats have taken the first step toward passing another useless gun-control bill that does nothing but punish law-abiding citizens. Meanwhile, Democrats holding hearings on their gun-control proposals before the Minnesota legislature walked out, rather than hear evidence contrary to their beliefs. They might as well have clapped hands to ears and shouted “WE CAN’T HEAR YOU!!” Finally, the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby has an interesting article on how crime soared in Massachusetts after the passage of its 1998 gun law.

And, the miscellany:

Daniel Hannan, a Conservative MEP and a genuine small-government conservative, points out again something the Left just hates to hear: the Socialist origins of Fascism. Sad thing is, the Left’s dominance of the media culture is so thorough that most people just assume what they’re told, that Fascism is a demon of the Right.

At PJ Media, my friend Michael Ledeen wonders what happened to Obama’s “three valkyries” and their beloved “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine of foreign affairs and concludes, cynically but accurately, that the real Obama Doctrine is something else, altogether.

At the USDA, they’re holding some fairly creepy training indoctrination sessions.

Finally, Charles Krauthammer writes in defense of Obama’s drone-war policy.

Enjoy your day, folks. smiley happy

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Saturday Links Fiesta

March 3, 2012

Time to clear out some backlogged links; I think you’ll find something worth reading under each category:

MEDIA:

If you’ve ever doubted that the MSM is full of hypocritical cowards, this should clear things right up: BBC Chief admits Christianity treated worse than other religions. And by “other religions,” I don’t think they mean Judaism… (via Howie)

ECONOMY:

I’ve said before that the Democrats’ policies (“Quantitative easing,” aka “printing money;” a devotion to radical environmental agendas) will cause inflation, for example in the cost of gasoline. But the Consumer Price Index (CPI) pegs inflation at a modest 3.1%. So, was I wrong? No, I wasn’t. Real inflation for the things you buy everyday is at more than 8% for the previous year. And it will get worse. (via Fausta)

Meanwhile, James Pethokoukis rips into Treasury Secretary Geithner’s arrogance and financial ignorance. I’m so glad Turbo-Tax Timmy is watching our money. Aren’t you?

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

The One has warned Iran not to call his bluff over his opposition to their development of nuclear weapons. Ed Lasky asks “Why shouldn’t they?” Hey, it’s worked so well in the past!

In light of the coming election, George Will has argued that Republicans should concentrate on capturing Congress, making Obama a relative lame-duck with a limited opportunity to do harm for the next four years. While I agree we need to take Congress to implement much-needed reforms, I strongly disagree that Obama would be a gelded president. So does Bryan Preston, in a must-read article. Three words: Supreme Court appointments.

As part of his class-warfare campaign to get reelected, Obama likes to excoriate oil companies for the supposedly obscene profits they rake in. And gullible people lap it up. At Power Line, John Hinderaker shows how much ExxonMobil puts back in to the American economy, making them a good corporate citizen, not evil.

OPERATION FAST & FURIOUS:

Here’s an excellent summary of what we know about “Gunwalker’ and the scandalous behavior of the administration, so far. Long, but very worthwhile. (via Moe Lane)

In what is one of the better examples of chutzpah I’ve seen in a while, Attorney General Eric Holder wants credit for stopping Fast and Furious. Really, this guy knows no shame.

CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson, one of the few MSM reporters giving Gunwalker serious coverage, reports that the gun used to kill ICE Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico in 2010 also came from an ATF undercover operation. That is, it was ultimately supplied by our Department of Justice. That makes two US federal agents and over 300 Mexicans killed by “walked” guns.

I wonder if Eric Holder wants credit for that, too?

Oh, and as Mary Chastain points out, the gun that killed Mr. Zapata came from a second Gunwalker-style operation. Just how many of these fiascoes lie waiting to be discovered? Well…

MEXICO:

A potentially larger problem than Operation Fast and Furious is the danger of our southern neighbor becoming a failed state, or, at the least, the Mexican government losing control of large swathes of its territory on our mutual border. Some say that’s overstating the problem. But, what if the warning is coming from the governor legislators of a Mexican state bordering Texas? “Nuevo Leon on the verge of collapse.”

But, that’s okay. Obama and Napolitano say the border is more secure than ever.

I feel reassured, don’t you?

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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