Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 11, 2011

On the East Coast it is now the 10th anniversery attack of the 9/11 attacks. I thought about posting related videos but the networks have alreadt saturated the story. Not too many stones unturned.

This is probably the last gasp of rememberance. In another ten years a large segment of the population will either be too young to recall that fateful day or were not yet born at the time of the attack. At times, like when the Ground Zero Mosque is defended or the pundits have tried to blame the US for all of the world's ills I have grown cynical. I have considered posting beheadings and suicide bombers but the Bin Laden job and the following celebrations made me realize that the populace do indeed "get it" at least where terrorism is concerned.

So I am not going to say much about 9/11. It is unfortunate that the monuments that are supposed to make us remember, seem to be designed to make us forget. I would have preferred duplicate twin towers at Ground Zero. And twin towers in most major US cities. And miniature replicas (say twenty stories high) in cities that could not build or fill skyscrapers. But we will have to settle for an artist's rendition of a committee's boondoggle.

Oh but we should not let our spirits be dampened. I will be watching the tribute if for no other reason, than to see if the flash mob singing "Amazing Grace" really does drown out Mayor Bloomberg when he tries to speak. I sure hope so.

Sellebrity Saturday: More From Our Social Superiors


Friday, September 9, 2011

Tea And Sympathy

Watching bits and pieces of Obama's speech last night, I once more find myself feeling sorry for the might mite. Yes, I am partisan but I can also be a coldly objective political commentator. No matter the situation, that coldly objective analyst screams (silently in my head) whenever Obama does anything. "Isn't anyone advising this guy? Isn't anyone offering him some common sense guidance?"

I used to be a fan of prize fighting. I liked to watch young fighters work their way up the ladder. In 1976 both Ray Leonard and Howard Davis won gold medals for the US Olympic team (as did the Brothers Spinks.) At the time of the Olympics Davis and Leonard were of comparable ability even though Leonard was a weight class up from Davis.

The two fighters found different management and as they say, the rest is history. Davis's people padded their fighter's record with unworthy opponents. He ascended quickly but the Peter Principle set in early. He was unprepared when he finally met up with real fighters.

Ray Leonard's people meanwhile, played him like a Stradivarius. Each opponent was a little bit better than the next and each foe was different. Leonard found himself matched against diffferent physical prototypes and boxers with every style imaginable. He was a welterweight but his people matched him against journeymen middleweights. The result: A career that some writers still use words like "legend" and "legendary" to describe. When he is discussed today, it is often to compare him to the greats of other eras.

Obama is Howard Davis. He always had someone pulling strings for him. The Illinois Senate race, the US Senate Race, the 2008 campaign and general election. To go back to Sugar Ray once more, his handlers sometimes fought him in front of crowds that could be gently described as partisan.

Obama never faced any opposition in life and when he finally ran into resistance he was not prepared for it. The media stacked the deck for their guy and in the long run, they might not have done him any favors. I don't know who lobbied for The Pampered One's Nobel Prize but they might have done more harm than good. Now, as their guy faces slings and arrows and atrocious poll numbers, they scream for him to fight. Fact is, Obama has never learned skills like negotiation and leadership. He was thrown into the limelight without ever paying his dues. The results are pathetic.

Thirty one or so years ago P. J. O'Rourke wrote that he wanted Ted Kennedy to defeat Jimmy Carter as he did not feel guilty making fun of Ted Kennedy because he could probably give it right back. Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, was just pathetic. Barack Obama is the new frontier of pathos. I won't be sad to see him go but part of me feels sympathy for his ineptitude and contempt for the people around him.

Barack Obama: Sad But True.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Retro Thurday: Brilliant Montage

Yes, we just posted this July 25 of this year but it deserves another look (and another and another)


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Twofer Tuesday: ladyjade3.

As mentioned earlier, I jumped off the Ron Paul bandwagon but I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Paulists. ladyjade3 sounds a bit like an Obot when she praises her favorite candidate but her choice is based on content and not cosmetics. ladyjade3 appeals to our rational faculties, something a Hope Dope can never do.



Monday, September 5, 2011

Sexism Exists And We Have To Acknowledge It

As much as I love Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann I am not sure I can wholeheartedly support either one of them. We live in a sexist world and we have to come to grips with it if we want to defeat a man who is either the biggest buffoon in American History or the Manchurian President. Obama has got to go and if it means holding my nose for Perry or Romney, I will do so.

At this time we should recognize two truths that are self evident. 1. People are inherently sexist. 2. Women are more sexist than men.

Why are there fewer women than men in elected offices? Because women do not vote for women. In the 2006 Massachusetts Gubernatorial election, Deval Patrick beat Kerry Healey by 20 points. Among male voters, it was a tight race. But the suffragettes turned out in force to put their sister back in the kitchen where she belongs. This pattern is usually repeated when women run male opponents.

If Sarah Palin could run on her record, she would probably win the GOP nomination. She removed unsavory elements from her own party. She negotiated some tough deals with the big, bad oil companies. Perhaps most importantly, she left her state with one of the largest budget surpluses in US History. On a per capita basis, the surplus was Secretariat at a turtle race. There are no close seconds.

The Dems are possibly more sexist than the GOP. Hillary wss infinitely more qualified than the sophomoric community organizer but the latter was more "presidential" (insert laugh track here.) But the NeoCons/Republicans, etc., are even more hostile to women. Rove, Babbin, Krauthammer, et al, hate women candidates in general and Sarah Palin in particular. It's the lay of the land.

Tonight, Jed Babbin was hosting a "Jerry Doyle Show." Doyle is usually unlistenable but he had a guest host tonight so I listened to Babbin bash Palin mercilessly. He hates her to such a degree that I suspect he has a closet crush on Obama. He started the hour bashing Rove and Palin. He then played a clip of Rove bashing Palin. It was MSNBC grade material.

Babbin then blathered on that if Palin was smart she should have studied under historian Paul Johnson or Ambassador Bolton to elevate her intellect. He then praised Perry and Rubio (the Rubio praise is really wearing thin with me.) OK, did Perry trapise off to England to be tutored by Paul Johnson? Did Rubio? Did either of these geniuses have a private office with John Bolton? I kind of doubt it.

When Babbin talks about Rubio he reminds the listener of Chris Matthews discussing his biological reaction to Barack Obama. It is nauseating and he isn't the only one. I used to like Rubio but all this balderdash about Rubio being a VP candidate gives me the chills. He is possibly less experienced than Obama was when he ran for president. He might be qualified to be the president in waiting in a few years but for now, he is too green.

The Rubio fan club sound a lot like Obots. He's so good looking and he's so smart and he would be the first Hispanic...Take a cold shower, boys. America got an inexperienced HISTORICAL FIRST in 2008 and are we better off because of it?

Rubio, Christie, Perry and every other Y-Chromosone political figure will be viewed more favorably than Palin or Bachmann or Brewer. I'm not sure there's anything we can do about that. But America is on the road to Hasbeensville and if Obama wins another election, there will be no turning back. We will join Portugal and Spain and the Dutch on the shelf of once-powerful nations and we will remind passersby that we used to matter. We used to be somebody. Somebody important. We used to be.

If the choice is so stark that we must decide to defeat sexism or to defeat Obama, I will choose the latter. Sexism is sometimes a drag but truth is, we get used to it. But can we get used to Mr. Smug and his legions of destroyers?

Not me!

Not ever!

Mooseman Monday

Sent to me 6/21/2008. I fell behind in my email.

Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh
largest country in the world, Mexifornia,formerly known as California .

White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language.

Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10
more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica . No
other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation!

Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported
legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and
reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive
year in Mexifornia and Floruba.

Japanese scientists have created a camera with such a fast shutter
speed they now can photograph a woman with her mouth shut.

Abortion clinics now available in every
High School in United States .

Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR even though gas is selling for
4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet, seven inches.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly
swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2030.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Floruba voters still having trouble with voting machines.

I Love This Country!
It's The Government That Scares Me !

Sent to me August 12 of this year.

Subject: Fw: [Entitlement my ass... what the hell is wrong???(WxF)]
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:55:42 -0500


not only did you contribute to Social Security but your employer did too. It

totaled 15% of your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your

working life, that's close to $220,500. If you calculate the future value of

$4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a simple 5% (less

than what the govt. pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of

working (that was me) you'd have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year,

you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until

you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on that

final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year,

you'd have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. The folks in

Washington have pulled off a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madhoff ever


Entitlement my ass, I paid cash for my social

security insurance!!!! Just because they borrowed the money, doesn't make

my benefits some kind of charity or handout!! Congressional benefits, aka.

free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays,

three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days, now that's welfare,

and they have the nerve to call my social security retirement


We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless


In the

last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , and Turkey . And now

Pakistan......home of bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!


retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they get any

breaks while our government and religious organizations pour Hundreds of

Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!

They call

Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been

paying for it all our working lives and now when its time for us to collect, the

government is running out of money. Why did the government borrow from it in the

first place?

Imagine if

the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other countries.

Sad isn't


99% of

people won't have the guts to forward this.

I'm one of

the 1% -- I Just Did

Sent to me April 17 of this year.

Subject: When Your Friends Vote Democrat But Can't Explain Why

As an American I am not so shocked that Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize without any accomplishments to his name, America gave him the White House based on the same credentials."
- - Newt Gingrich

When Your Friends Vote Democrat But Can't Explain Why,.... please provide this list of reasons from the "TOP 12"........ particularly # 12!

1. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

2. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

3. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

4. I voted Democrat because I'm way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

5. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving a Prius.

6. I voted Democrat because I'm not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

7. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits.

8. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

9. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few weeks to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

10. I voted Democrat because I think that it's better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher.

11. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised "HOPE AND CHANGE".

12. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass, it's unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.

We hope to make Mooseman Monday a regular feature at POS.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Worship: Jonestown Sunday School (Part 1)

The "Obama Baby" phenomenon provides fertile ground for discussion. Are there parallels where Republicans teach their youngsters to say "Romney" or "Perry" or "Bush" ? Not that I know of.

The phenomenon shows a schism in mental processes. I see indoctrination and a not even a little bit healthy indoctrination at that. Which is to say I am willing to keep an open mind on "indoctrination for a good cause." It goes against my grain but I am keeping an open mind.

However, indoctrination to revere and yes, even worship, a man--any man--is dangerous. To indoctrinate children to revere a petty and petulant and absurdly mysterious community organizer is creepier than any splatter film and scarier than any Steven King novel. It weirds me out in a big, big way.

But I am aware that not everyone shares my fears. If you look at the commnents on Youtube, they are overwhelmingly positive. Lots and lots of "How cute!" Of course, I was cynical long before viewing these vids and comments. But once more, these vids serve to remind us of the shortcomings of logos.

Good luck finding a single video where a baby is taught to utter "McCain." The Obots perceive this as a weakness, proof of McCain's (or anyone not named Obama) appalling inabilty to inspire. There is the saying, "Democrats want to fall in love, Republicans want to fall in line." I would agree with the first part of that slogan.

Whereas the Republicans treat the electoral process as a grueling job interview, the Democrats treat it as a rite of beatification. Reason is lost on some people. Celebrity and iconography rule the day. We might be able to persuade the chorus of "Four legs good, two legs bad" to chant "Four legs good, two legs better." It will take a lot of work but we might win a few converts.

But wouldn't that be a hollow victory? The tragedy is that some, if not most, people want to be ruled by a charming overlord. Just drink the Koo-Aid. Of all the signs and slogans of the 2008 election, none are more emblematic of the weird zeitgeist than the one displayed in a following video: "My 23 month old has figured it out...shouldn't you be able to?"

That summary speaks volumes!