A congressman unclear on the concept

April 1, 2010

When asked about the constitutional basis for ObamaCare, Illinois Representative Phil Hare (D-Combine) replied: “I don’t worry about the Constitution.”

Oh, really?  Waiting

The oath of a member of the House reads thus:

“I, …, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Emphasis added, since Phil seems to need a reminder.

Sigh. So many bums to throw out of office, so little time.

(via Big Government)

Small businesses hurt by ObamaCare

April 1, 2010

I’ve joked among friends about the tax on salon tans included in ObamaCare, but, to the small businesses that comprise much of the tanning business, losing another ten-percent of their income during a severe recession, when customers are cutting back, is no joke. KHAS-TV of Nebraska presented this report:

People are already cutting back on their spending and, unless you’re George Hamilton, tanning is a luxury that can be cut. For tanning salons, this new tax will mean even less income, leading to letting employees go or, for some, going out of business altogether.

The very real costs of ObamaCare are a story that is already playing out in large businesses and small, and, no matter how much they try to suppress it, the thugocracy cannot keep the people in the dark. There are too many sources of information, the effects will be too widespread, and everyone will know who did this to them.

And they’ll remember in November.

(via Fausta)

Why disasters do not spur economic growth

April 1, 2010

This video presents a good explanation of Bastiat’s “broken window”  parable:

(via International Liberty)

Dumb Crooks of the Month, international edition

April 1, 2010

An important safety tip for all would-be pirates: it is perhaps not conducive to your long-term (or even short term) career success and personal well-being to shoot at a US Navy warship when you’re in a skiff.

Compare and contrast.

American Navy frigate USS Nicholas:

Representative Somali pirates in skiff:

We used to call this “evolution in action.”

(via The Jawa Report)

But they’re civilized

April 1, 2010

Saudi Arabia is set to behead a Lebanese TV personality tomorrow for being a “sorcerer:”

Lawyer: Beheading planned in Saudi sorcery case

A Lebanese man charged with sorcery and sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is scheduled to be beheaded on Friday, the man’s lawyer said Wednesday.

May El Khansa, the attorney for Ali Hussain Sibat, told CNN that she and Sibat’s family were informed about the upcoming execution. She said she heard from a source in Saudi Arabia with knowledge of the case and the proceedings that Saudi authorities “will carry out the execution.”

The Saudi Ministry of Justice could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter.

One hopes they’re too ashamed at the medieval backwardness of their country to answer the phone.

Note that Mr. El Khansa Sibat was arrested by the Mutaween, the Saudi religious police, who enforce the rule of sharia law in the Kingdom. This is the same police force that forbade young girls to escape a burning building, thus letting them burn to death, because they lacked proper head covering according to sharia law.

The same sharia law jihadists wish to impose over us.

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.

(via The Jawa Report)

UPDATE: Yesterday I identified Mr. Sibat by his lawyer’s name, May El-Khansa. My apologies for the mistake.