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They say you often don't realize how important some things are until they are GONE.
We better start paying attention, because there are some very important things , that the Powers in Office, seem to find inconvenient.
This in from the incomparable Captain Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air
I don't know about anyone else but this sounds a lot like
" abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
“First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists. For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process. We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program."
Go hither and find out what the PTBs think you no longer need.
Make no mistake friends this is as much of an attack on the basic structure of our Republic as the British attack on Fort McHenry, which inspired these immortal words:
Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
America IS under attack, we must as our forefathers have done down through the generations, spring to her Defense.
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Speaking in passing today with a friend who has been following my Posts, I told him that I would welcome comments.
He then mentioned the registration form in the comments window.
So THAT must be the bottleneck on comments here?
I can understand why some may not wish to fill in their Name, Homepage or Email Address.
Well I have some GOOD News for those who are bothered by that requirement.
You don't have to.
You CAN lie to the Computer and the Blog Software here.
It won't KNOW it.
You can fill anything you want to on those lines.
You can even leave them BLANK
and your comment will show up as from "anonymous"
At the risk of being thought as having a Multiple Personality Disorder
I will create a demonstration,
I will coment under the pseudonyms
and will leave the fields blank in one comment so you can see what happens with the comment software
Warning the above personas may not agree and you might be intering a Flame War Zone.
So Beware. ;-)
The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.
It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought
-- that is, a thought diverging from the principles of IngSoc -- should be literally unthinkable,
at least so far as thought is dependent on words.
Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express,
while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods.
I encountered what might be an example of this during an online debate with one of our local elected officials recently concerning the LOST (Local Option Sales Tax) Ballot initiative.
The Gentleman was delighted and celebrating the Victory of a Tax Increase.
To which I took exception, an occurrence that should come as no surprise to anyone who has been reading the posts on this website.
Now I am sanguine about Tax increases, their major premise seems to have been that it would not have been Fiscally Responsible to NOT support the New Tax since for an estimated $13 Million in Tax Revenue raised the State would remit to the Municipality $20 Million.
Say that again? Spending 54% more than Tax Revenue is Fiscal Responsibility,
In WHAT Universe?
Oh I see, it's fiscally responsible since the extra $7 Million will come from Taxes on citizens who do not live in your Municipality?
Like ME for instance?
My thoughts on these subjects run on the order of
Americans don't save money, as a rule we spend it.
When you spend money, that increases the demand for goods and services.
An increase in demand for goods and services, helps create jobs.
I consider the above on the order of
Run Spot, Run
When you Tax money, the public does not spend it, does not increase the demand for goods and services and does not help create jobs.
But Dan you might say, the STATE and the Municipalities will spend that money and help create jobs.
True, but a portion of it will be absorbed in the Cost of Government.
That will also create jobs, jobs, for Government Employees.
So you can leave the money in the General Economy and create jobs there, or Tax it and create jobs in Government. The size of Government increases in Direct Proportion to an increase in Revenue and Budget,
I know what my choice is..
So to sum up the situation.
This Elected Official believes in
Increased Government Spending
Spreading the Wealth
An increase in the Size of Government.
For 10 Extra Credit Points, the Conservative Principles enshrined in the above ARE??
Did I mention the person is a REPUBLICAN?
Sigh, maybe it's not their fault. Maybe they just don't know any better.
We must EDUCATE them!
As a start in a Remedial Course in Political Philosophy, I think I will recommend.
On the House side, at least one U.S. congressman is also asking questions, and with good reason. Even before receiving his notice from Chrysler, Florida Rep. Vern Buchanan was told by a House colleague that his own Florida dealership is on the chopping block:
"It's an outrage. It's not about me. I'm going to be fine," said Buchanan, the dealership's majority owner. "You're talking over 100,000 jobs. We're supposed to be in the business of creating jobs, not killing jobs," Buchanan told News 10, a local Florida television station.
Where does it all go from here? The tedious and time-consuming work of slamming the safe dealer list -- the complete list, not just a random sample -- has to be completed. Then, and only then, will we have statistically significant answers to the many questions that have been raised by the footloose and fancy free manner in which the Obama administration and MOPAR management appear to have handled the task of pruning down the Chrysler dealership network.
We would suggest that if the auto task force and Chrysler want their criteria and methodology to be believed, both should immediately release transcripts -- or at least the meeting minutes -- of their deliberations on the matter of the dealer closings. But don't hold your breath...
Addendum: We almost overlooked one of the most incredible chapters in the story so far. Almost a month ago, even before the closing Chrysler dealers got their notices, the company said that it was looking for new dealers to replace its "underperforming" dealers in small markets. Underperforming, like the many Five Star dealers (previously touted by Chrysler as its very best agencies) that are being closed. Before the pinks slips were even printed. You can'tmake this stuff up.
A tipster over at Director Blues made a startling assertion. A cursory review by that person showed that many of the Chrysler dealers on the closing list were heavy Republican donors.
A Moment of Silence and Peace for the Next Few Days in Respect for the Fallen
Arlington (Trace Adkins)
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants
Just our Stimulus dollars and work and more of the same to come.
The Worm Ouroboros (1922) is a heroic high fantasy novel by Eric Rücker Eddison. The book describes the protracted war between the domineering King Gorice of Witchland and the Lords of Demonland in an imaginary world that appears mainly medieval and partly reminiscent of Norse sagas.
Though triumphant, the Demon lords find that victory is bitter because there are no more enemies worthy of their heroism, no more great deeds to perform. The Lord Juss says to Queen Sophonisba:
|“||Thou O Queen canst scarcely know our grief: for to thee the blessed Gods gave thy heart's desire: youth forever, and peace. Would that they but give us our good gift, that should be youth for ever, and war; and unwaning strength and skill in arms. Would that they might but give us our great enemies alive and whole again. For better it were we should run hazard again of utter destruction, than thus live out our lives like cattle fattening for the slaughter, or like silly garden plants. (page 392)||”|
Sophonisba, gifted by the gods with the power to grant wishes, returns the world to how it was four years ago; and so, with a blare of trumpets, an ambassador from Witchland arrives, "craving present audience," and
the story starts over again.
Now, I am of course not saying that the Republican Party WANTED things to go back to the way they were, but that does seem to be the Human condition, after Great Trials, Adventures and Adversity, the Ultimate Evil is Vanguished and then
Everything returns to the way it was before and the process starts all over again.
If we look at the ebb and flow of power between the Democratic and Republican Parties over the years we see this repetitive pattern over and over again,.
Indeed the most extreme reverses seem to follow the Greatest Victories.
Let's take a look at a graph of Republican Seats in the Senate over the past 50 years I have two lines for 40 and 60 seats with over 60 you can end a Filibuster, less than 40 you cannot maintain one,.
Upon being informed that a newspaper had printed his obituary, Mark Twain is reported to have said
The rumors of my Death have been greatly exaggerated.
I am beginning to feel that way about the GOP.
We are continuously hearing about the demise of the Republican Party.
Are the reports of the death of the GOP, to paraphrase Mark Twain, "Greatly exaggerated?" Or are we seeing the inexorable demise of a doomed beast -- like seeing the last wooly mammoth go down in tar pits of La Brea?
The defeats suffered in the 2006 mid-term and 2008 Presidential elections, combined with the recent defection of Senator Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party, certainly left a whiff of lingering death in the air. Was Specter's decision a mandatory 10-count that will allow the Republicans to get off the mat and fight on? Or was it the final knockout roundhouse?
I am sorry but there is quite a bit of exageration here. The 2006 Election was the average outcome of a second term bielection. It is true that the Democrtic Party did much better than the Republican Party in that election, but there was nothing out side of the normal range.
Now it is also true that 2008 took that trend further
House of Representatives
All of the above looks daunting, I will be the first to admit that, but if this portends the demise of the Republican Party shouldn't it be as bad or worse than what has gone before???
Let's just take a look and see how the present state compares with say the 1976 Election?
TOTAL members: 100
TOTAL members: 435
Now I might be biased but I don't see much difference in the balance of power in the Senate and the distribution of House seats looks better today than after the 1976 Election.
But what about one might ask the overwhelming victory of the Democratic Presidential Candidate?
Was it really that overwhelming??
1976 Jimmy Carter against Gerold Ford
Carter won with 50.1% of the vote to Ford's 48%
2008 Barack Obama against John McCain
Obama won with 52.9% of the vote to McCain's 45.7%
2008 was better than 1976 but neither compare with 1964
Johnson had 61.1% of the vote to Goldwater's 38.5%
No any prediction of the demise of the Republican Party
needs to explain why it did not curl up in die during the last
40 some years when things looked as bad as they do now or even'
Whatever became of that Carter fellow anyway?
Oh I remember now