You know, I have a special place in my heart for our [Asian] students, who exhibit few of the troublesome traits you lament. The American students are nice kids, and I like them, but I don’t respect them. I guess that’s the thing.
China knows what to do about Egypt. The United States does not. China is already engaged in a policy that will aggressively and effectively reduce their risk of exposure to regime instability in the Middle East. The US amuses the rest of the world as out Feckless Leader desperately wads the toilet paper in a laughable attempt to cover his posterior.
Both China and The US are increasingly dependent upon countries such as Egypt and its neighbors for a stable supply of oil. The Suez Canal is a life-sustaining artery for each nation’s economy. Recent unrest in Egypt is resulting in speculation that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will be replaced by the chosen candidate of The Muslim Brotherhood (and their cuddly freedom-fighting subsidiary; Hamas).
President Obama has informed us that he told President Mubarak two years ago to moderate Egypt’s stance on domestic human rights. This is totally useful. Condoleezza Rice explained this to the Egyptians during Bush II’s terminal term in office. It’s a pleasure to see President Obama agree so condignly with his GOP predecessor. The warmth of American bipartisanship will certainly make the jail Hosni Mubarak dies in a happier, more amenable place.
China, on the other hand, has developed some actual ideas that would render much of the Egyptian Crisis mute. The People’s Republic of China has initiated an ambitious project to develop nuclear reactors that leverage thorium molten-salt technology to produce electrical power. Details follow below.
Led by Dr. Jiang Mianheng, a graduate of Drexel University in electrical engineering, the thorium MSR efforts aims not only to develop the technology but to secure intellectual property rights to its implementation.
In America, meanwhile, our President advises us all to own tire gauges and routinely check our air pressure. Doing this leads to improved gas mileage. This becomes exceedingly timely advice for all American motorists if petroleum shipping vessels begin having to pay The Muslim Brotherhood a $50/bbl toll on all oil shipments through the Suez Canal.
Now China still has way more people than it has energy producing resources. They will remain heavily dependent upon fossil fuel power generation which gives them the worst air quality and highest CO2 emissions on the planet. What the Chinese are doing, unlike the US, is attempting to solve their problems.
Dr. Jiang Mianheng is like a lot of Americans with high IQs. He went to a selective American University. What sets him apart (other than a few thousand miles of ocean) is that he actually uses that education for something. James Fallows describes what Dr. Jiang’s native-born classmates at Drexel increasingly are doing with theirs’.
“A study of more than 2,300 undergraduates found 45 percent of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years.”
“over the past five decades, the number of hours that the average college student studies each week has been steadily dropping.”The study found this to be true not just of a particular demographic, but across the board: “No matter the student’s major, gender, or race, no matter the size of the school or the quality of the SAT scores of the people enrolled there, the results are the same: Students of all ability levels are studying less.”
Why is the Chinese scholar from Drexel University in charge of the most exciting nuclear research project occurring in the world? Why are his American counterparts in a position to do positively nothing in the event that The Suez Canal utterly closes for business as a potential shipping lane for vital natural resources? We could follow our leader and make excuses here. The Chinese dude has a Tiger Mom. What can you expect?
The time has come for our population to involve itself more in where American is going. We used to be able to figure things out like MSR first. But, as Robert Heinlein despairingly told Congress, “There is no such thing as American Ingenuity, there is only ingenuity, and Americans hold no monopoly on it.”
Molten Salt Thorium Reactors, in and of themselves, won’t make any of us taller, smarter or more likely to enjoy peace on Earth. But the fact that China can and will develop that option athwart the increasingly tenuous supply of crude oil from The Middle East, while America dicks around with Obamacare, and whines that only mean people won’t raise the debt ceiling is indicative of why we are devolving into a servile nation of pseudo-sapient, Twiddiot Morons.
Jimmy Carter, with his typical perspicacity, advises us that Hosni Mubarak has to be replaced by the latest howling mob of America-Haters. Why not? This worked so well when Then-President Carter sawed off The Shah of Iran. And then, just like now, this will hit the American economic, and foreign policy governing apparatuses like a sledgehammer. Blame will be cast to the winds while solutions are as rare nutrients in field lying fallow.
Meanwhile, American-trained scientists in China will develop the technology necessary to protect their people from the fallout of the coming disintegration in Egypt. It’s amazing what an education from an American university can accomplish; when it isn’t being wasted on an American.
In the end, as they say on the playground courts, “Ball don’t lie!” The Chinese are playing it. The Americans, like our pathetic Fop-In-Chief, are just making excuses; while the world increasingly smacks us around.
Though his political, “parentage,” is obvious by his policy and actions, Obama the man acts like a child who is still trying to discover who and what he wants to be when he grows up. His identity is still, after two years in office, a mystery to the public and it would seem to himself. There is the still lingering controversy over the birth certificate with seldom a day passing when it does not make the news and frankly because of its lingering stamina is more of an embarrassment to those on the right seeking it than to Obama.
With every wind that blows Obama tries to identify himself with someone from history whether that person is a President or a famous individual from the country that he is visiting. For instance when he was in India, Obama thought himself to be Gandhi as he tired to emulate the Mahatma’s path and compared his beliefs to those of India’s greatest hero.
When he campaigned, especially after winning the Democrat nomination he thought himself to be messianic making reverences to his hope and change mantra being an almost religious experience even to the point of Greek columns and a church like atmosphere when he made his much taunted acceptance speech in Denver at the end of the Democrat convention. Then he took his,” messiah,” complex with him on the campaign trail basking in the light as the worshipful media helped create this false identity.
After the election during the weeks of transition Obama thought himself to be Bill Clinton as he made staff appointment with nearly two thirds of those appointments being former Clinton administration staffers. As new staffers were named nearly every headline or soundbite started off with, “former Clinton administration……,” the the blank was filled in with whatever position held under Bubba.
When he was inaugurated he thought himself to be Abraham Lincoln. He boarded a train and followed the route taken by our 16th President as a security measure for Lincoln to Baltimore first then to Washington. He used the personal bible of Lincoln to take the Oath of Office and ate many of Lincoln’s favorite foods during Inaugural banquets. He compared himself to Lincoln during the buildup to the Inauguration and in his Inaugural address.
When pushing the failed stimulus bill he thought himself to be Franklin Roosevelt supposedly saving the country from a great depression. Creating the 21st Century version of the New Deal and using You Tube for this generations, “fire side chats.” And like Roosevelt his much taunted, “New Deal,” failed to deliver what was promised and rather than solving the problem actually exasperated it taking the country deeper into recession and unemployment.
Now Republicans have taken over the House, almost evened up the Senate, hold a majority of Governorships and State Houses and a conservative surge is sweeping the country as anger over Obama’s failed policy, massive spending, debt creation and deficit busting is causing voters to run from Obama and embrace the Constitutional conservative policies and values that have made our country great since its birth.
Now the proverbial Chameleon of politics is seeking a new identity and has chosen Ronald Reagan. Although the evidence shows otherwise both he and the media claim that Obama is making a move to the center to respond to the results of the mid term election and the new make up of Congress all of which are claimed to be Reaganesque. Even though Reagan was a staunch conservative who unlike Obama politically never wavered, he did use compromise occasionally to get passed those items he needed for the betterment of the country. So now that Obama is supposedly willing to work with Republicans, a move we have yet to see, he is emulating Reagan.
His State of the Union address was touted time and again as Reaganesque since he uncharacteristically made a few, very few, patriotic references in the midst of his praising China for becoming a world power. Something Reagan would never have done because of the threat that power now poses to The United States. During his Christmas vacation in order to begin this Reagan charade that Obama is now trying, Robert Gibbs made it a point to mention the Reagan biography Obama was reading complete with pictures of him reading it.
He has met with White House historians to look at the Reagan Presidency and sought advice from former Reagan staffers. All in an attempt to identify himself falsely with one of our greatest Presidents who he knows is still beloved by the people. This combined with the centennial celebration of Reagan’s birth makes for great headlines for Obama and the attempt to create the illusion he is following the Reagan philosophy.
Yet he continues to seek expanded government which Reagan fought, increased spending which Reagan sought to decrease. Appeasement to our enemies a stance polar opposite of Reagan who stood strong opposing our enemies and fought to defeat them not appease them. Obama sees government as the answer to everything while Reagan knew government was the problem not the answer.
Reagan was an actor who became a great President. Obama is a failed politician who is trying to act like other Presidents and famous individuals from other countries. Failing to meet the grade on every account and always seeking a new identity to try and make a legacy and create a persona that satisfies everyone while failing to satisfy almost no one, including his liberal base.
Obama suffers from an identity crisis in trying to make a public personality that hides the real and dangerous truth of his political philosophy which is destructive to our country, seeks to eliminate the Constitutional principles that have sustained our Nation throughout our history and create an America in his leftist image that is weak and bows to the rest of the world. He talks compromise but only if those who disagree with him make the compromise. He says he stands for the people while seeking to control the very people he claims to champion.
This is what happens when someone is given power without anyone truly knowing who he is before that power is acquired. Obama remained a complete mystery throughout the campaign and in many respects except for the political stances he has taken is still a mystery as a person and the media only helps this mystery continue as they are a willing accomplice to the continually evolving identities Obama tries to take on to hide the truth of his agenda to destroy and then rebuild America into a socialist state.
Ken Taylor The Liberal Lie, The Conservative Truth
Tuesday night, President Obama gave his State of the Union Address. Then afterward, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan gave the official GOP response to the president’s SOTU address, and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann gave the unofficial Tea Party response. Most in the political world expected fireworks from Ms. Bachmann’s response, but, in the end, her speech proved to be highly unprovocative. In fact, many Republican pundits, like Redstate’s Erick Erickson, wrote that they were pleasantly surprised at how well Congresswoman Bachmann came across. As Da Tech Guy pointed out, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, there was “not a single word of snark from the panel” when the topic of her speech came up. However, perpetual GOP critic, Meghan McCain, found a way to say something, not just critical of Ms. Bachmann’s speech, but over-the-top and mean-spirited as well. To be specific, Ms. McCain said the following to Laurence O’Donnell when he inquired as to whether Michele Bachmann giving the Tea Party response to the SOTU was “your worst dream come true” :
Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer of Not evil Just Wrong have a new offering that exposes Robert Redford for the Hypocrite he is on this issue!
Sundance Kid, Robert Redford exposed as Hypocrite
The film Robert Redford – Hypocrite shows how the actor/environmentalist is opposing an eco-village near his property whilst quietly selling $2 million lots in the Sundance Preserve for luxury vacation homes.
Robert Redford is one of the main opponents of a plan by the Pacific Union College to build an eco-village in Angwin, California. The college says it needs the funds because of a dire financial situation.
The village is close to Redford’s vineyard in the Napa Valley so he has launched a campaign against it. However whilst publicly opposing this development “to preserve the rural heritage” Redford has been quietly selling development lots in the Sundance Preserve for $2 million. These lots are intended for vacation homes close to Redford’s Sundance Ski Resort.
The film is not criticizing Redford for selling his property.
We think it is great that in a recession Mr Redford can find so many buyers. It is good to know that the houses will be built, creating jobs and vitality in a remote area but it is sad that Redford would deny others similar opportunities to make a profit and create jobs.
The film also shows how Redford claims to be opposed to fossil fuels but was happy to do a lucrative voice over for a series of United Airlines commercials.
It is sad but perhaps not surprising that Redford has such double standards. As you all know from our previous films Not Evil Just Wrong and James Cameron – Hypocrite, celebrities and activists seem to have no shame with their constant demands that the rest of us live with less (to save the planet) whilst they live a life of luxury.
Last night I worked with Blue Collar Muse to host a conference call with Congressman Marsha Blackburn.
The call was short, to the point, and very informative… Enjoy!
Our friend Kerry Picket has the story:
Nearly 800 unions and companies are now exempt from the new health care law as a result of being granted a waiver by Health and Human Services. The Senate Health, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing on Thursday morning and questioned HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the impact of the new health care law.
Audio of McCain’s challenge to Secretary Sebelius:
SEC. SEBELIUS: The goal of the law in the area of annual limit of the benefits granted our department with the discretion to look at situations which would cause not only market disruption but a dramatic increase in premiums, and what we have done on a case-by-case basis is receive information particularly about the so-called mini med plans that are employer-based coverage throughout the country and grant waivers where the employer indicated that there would be…
SEN.MCCAIN: I understand how it works. I’m asking why you wouldn’t want to make them permanent. I’d appreciate it if you’d keep your answer short.
SEC. SEBELIUS: Why we wouldn’t want to make it permanent? We’re taking a look at the market place, and they have assured us that they can gradually phase into the annual limit.
SEN. MCCAIN: They’ve assured you of that?
SEC. SEBELIUS: That’s my understanding. Yes sir.
Audio of Kerry’s interview with Secretary Sebelius:
“I think there have been 90 plus percent waivers that have been applied for and that have been granted,” Ms. Sebelius replied. “They are basically employer based plans that have difficulty in meeting the $750,000 annual limit benefit, and I think nothing could be further from the truth. It has people come in. If they meet the guidelines, waivers have been granted.”
The Song goes well with all the RED Clothing worn by the Obama’s!
The US was humiliated in eyes of Chinese last night by a song the Chinese Communists use to inspire anti-Americanism. Lang Lang, the pianist, says he chose it. Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it. Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online. Early morning TV viewers in China knew it would be played an hour or two beforehand. At the White House State dinner on Jan. 19, about six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War: the theme song to the movie “Battle on Shangganling Mountain.” The film depicts a group of “People’s Volunteer Army” soldiers who are first hemmed in at Shanganling (or Triangle Hill) and then, when reinforcements arrive, take up their rifles and counterattack the U.S. military “jackals.”
The movie and the tune are widely known among Chinese, and the song has been a leading piece of anti-American propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for decades. CCP propaganda has always referred to the Korean War as the “movement to resist America and help [North] Korea.” The message of the propaganda is that the United States is an enemy—in fighting in the Korean War the United States’ real goal was said to be to invade and conquer China. The victory at Triangle Hill was promoted as a victory over imperialists.
The song Lang Lang played describes how beautiful China is and then near the end has this verse, “When friends are here, there is fine wine /But if the jackal comes /What greets it is the hunting rifle.” The “jackal” in the song is the United States…
“Whither is God,” he cried. “I shall tell you. We have killed him – you and I. All of us are murderers…. God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him…”
Nietsche, The Gay Science, section 126, 1882
Economist and Washington Post editorialist Robert Samuelson pointed out the obvious in his condign criticism of Barack Obama’s State of The Obama Address. We, our nation’s church, mosque and synagogue attendance stats aside, are profoundly a nation of heretics. The average Americans, whoever they are, seem convinced, as an article of faith, that they can ascend to heaven without the terrible cost of having to die. He lays out our apostasy below.
Americans think deficits are someone else’s problem that can be cured by taxing the rich (say liberals) or ending wasteful spending (conservatives). Obama indulged these fantasies.
Thus, we get offered a “common-sense” position that I’ve seen intelligently articulated here. It holds that we could still raise our country’s deficit ceiling and pass a balanced budget amendment. A gradual increase of the spending, combined with the good arts of the Economic Growth Fairy, will make this mess come right. There is no sense amongst “intelligent” or “well-read” Conservatives that we our leaving our future generations with an untenable, failing socialism, held together with frayed and slipping Duct Tape.
Here’s why I’m an absolutist, fanatical Wingnut (cue the horror show music!) on NOT raising that debt ceiling.
Proponents support doing this at least partially with a Doomsday Threat. Raise that debt ceiling or the welfare checks stop, the troops don’t get paid, the ATMs spew funny-money. Anarchy, red of claws and teeth, prowls the alleys whilst the Scarlet Whore of Babylon whelps forth her foul offspring in the street. This is the argumentation of charlatans.
I’m reminded of what happened when a reporter asked “Scientist” Dr. Benjamin Santer what Americans could do about Global Warming. His reply: “They’d better be scared as Hell!” That; is not a legitimate form of argumentation. TARP was passed on the basis of a threat. So was the Stimulus (if we didn’t; unemployment could have gotten as high as 8%!!!!!).
They are both monumental policy disasters. They were both major transfer payments from the less well-off to the rich. I see this proposed raise in the debt ceiling as nothing except the same.
Another reason to slam that debt ceiling down hard comes from my total and fundamental lack of faith in this Congress, even with a few Tea Partiers, to meaningfully abide by a Balanced Budget Amendment. It will work just like Glorious and Sanctimonious Pay-Go. What I mean by that is that we’ll have a balanced budget for all fiscal years that don’t have “certain contingencies”. We’ll balance it in years where no “unforeseen emergencies” or “military necessities”, or “environmental disasters” or “acts of God” take place.
Once all these caveats have been included, the balanced budget amendment will have as much effect on the commonweal as naming another nature park after the Late Senator Byrd. Quite, simply put I don’t trust these iniquitous children of dubious progeny. They will not take the deficit problem seriously until reporters find out what these various and sundry Senators have actual sent to the Scarlet Whore of Babylon via their Twitter accounts. Nobody in the US Senate really believes that deficit spending leads to any long-term negative consequences.
So what we’ll get with a balanced budget/ raised deficit ceiling bargain between Boehner, McConnell, Reid and Obama is the status quo we have right now. This brings me to my third and final argument against giving in to bureaucratic inertia. As I blogged a few days ago, we are heading down a slow but steady road to Hell, paved with every good intention that can possibly be crammed into a Federal Budget. We will end up less well defended, more in debt and run by a larger and more domineering government. “In the long run,” Said Lord Keynes. “We will all be dead.”
And in the long run, as a result of the Conservative Movement’s compromises with our destroyers, so will our republic. To paraphrase Nietzsche’s mad-man with a lantern: “The Republic is dead. The Republic remains dead. And we have killed it.” Unless, of course, we grow the spine, say to Hell with the political and financial risks and make our glorious stand upon conviction somewhere. I believe that that somewhere is right here and right now.
Ah, Kyoto. The name invokes the very essence of the exotic east. And for Global Warming religionists, the signature church council that attempted to lay down the law to humanity about their nasty carbon emissions.
Trouble is, a prolonged bout of biting winter weather, on full view again this weekend, is leading those souls to question the fundamentals of the faith. Not to mention its practice in those foreign lands the left loves so much. For instance, when one leaves the real Kyoto, and not the mystical one of the progressive imagination, one comes across, like, factories. Traveling northeast towards Tokyo on Japan’s famed Shinkansen, the bullet train traveler sees them spread out in plain sight under the gaze of iconic Mt. Fuji, in an area known for its pulp and paper business. Plain, unambiguous, unapologetic factories. But then Japan, despite its well deserved reputation of appreciation for the beauties of nature, is in the business of business. The plants, offices, shopping centers and other manifestations of urban sprawl dominate the Tokaido corridor that stretches from Osaka to Tokyo, a corridor that has been buzzing since the days of the shoguns.
But that’s life in one of the world’s great economies. Don’t tell the libs. And enjoy the view!
Back on January 5th I posted an idea regarding raising the debt ceiling. Some might have thought it to be radical, but in my mind it is necessary given the grave situation we are with regards to the federal budget.
I proposed then that we should, in fact, compromise with Democrats who want to raise the debt ceiling. The catch: it must be attached to a balanced budget amendment (or law).
Senator Mike Lee is poised to present such a proposal; taking it a step further and threatening to filibuster any other piece of legislation which does not contain the language.
I always believed the fight over earmarks was frivilous when given the 800 pound gorilla in the room, and that the budget as a whole is what we should as a nation fight to the end over. Senator Lee exemplifies this.
Washington must understand that we, the people, are demanding accountability with what is spent.
To that end I believe since Washington cannot be trusted to use common sense in one of the most basic functions of government, that we excercise our rights as the governed and demand spending limitations.
That is why Senator Lee is correct in taking what will be an unpopular, but necessary risk. He understands the consequence for raising the deficit limit and the importances of throwing government spending in shackles.
It is also why we must support him.