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Idiot of the Week goes to Debra Messing for her comments regarding BHO. She said: “our new President is not only meeting my expectations, but going far beyond…He is thoughtful and considerate and he gets all the information before he speaks which I think is a wonderful quality for the ruler of the free world to have.” Ruler of the free world. What a moron. No wonder the democrats are so fucked up and want America to be a socialist country like the UK: They believe in monarchy. I have news for Debra and her fellow hollywood troglodytes: The President of the United States is not a ruler of anything. He may be considered the leader of the free world, but never ruler. May be you would like BHO to be king, but somehow, I don’t see that happening.
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Written by James Lagnese

March 31, 2009 at 8:33 pm

The Straw Man And The Magician

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Sorry for the delay, but I’ve had the flu and then bronchitis.


I wanted to post this a while ago, and usually such stories are timely, but here goes. Lately we have ben bombarded with populist drivel in an effort to create straw men that keep us from dealing with the real issues and real culprits. Much has been made about the management at AIG getting bonuses, but what has been lost in the miasma is that Senator Dodd was the one that put in the bonus structure in TARP which allowed the AIG management to take bonuses. Wether or not you believe that they deserve it is irrelevant because they did something that was legal, and our congress and senate passed, and the president signed. While I think it is ill-advised for them to take the bonuses, they are legally entitled to them. Too add to the drama, some politicians want to haul the AIG head before congress, but wait, he was appointed by congress to run AIG…
Right now, Paul Shanklin was prescient with his rendition of “Barack the Magic Negro”. I am not endorsing the song per se, but Barack is a magician. He has managed to distract with one hand while deceiving with the other. The demonization of wealth, success, and capitalism go beyond just a plain vanilla socialist agenda. It’s about creating a constituency of voters that will keep Barack in power, by any means necessary. If you look at his election, he did not go the normal route that politicians take: Country Club republicans or Limousine Liberals. He took smaller donations from a much larger base. While the wealthy have contributed to political endeavors, their numbers are small and when it comes to actual votes, their voice is also small. When You look at the past, look at Napoleon, Lenin, and Hitler (lets throw in Castro as well), in this context. They used economic populism as a straw man to galvanize people to a common goal, that in the end was detrimental to their freedom, well being and safety. With the exception of Hitler, their policies in praxis actually set their countries back technologically, and financially on the outset and in some cases down the road as well.
Make no mistake, it is not a mistake in anything Obama does policywise and strategically. Tactically, he makes mistakes, but the press covers up for him. With the latest GM debacle, having Wagoner step down was an effort to one, show who was in charge, and two, to create a straw man to blame for the auto industries problems. The auto industries problems are come in a few flavors. One, they have taken on too much debt with the unions, particularly as with the benefits and pensions with retirees, and non-competitive wages. Toyota and Honda clean the big three’s clock over this issues alone. They kept feeding the dragon instead of killing it. Two, there is too much government regulation which has had a negative impact on the vehicles they build. having to put more money into research to meet ever tightening emissions standards is a waste of time. You could argue the japanese car makers did it, and that is true, but they do not have to eat that all by themselves. Lastly, for a long time, they made cars no one wanted to buy and by the time they did, the perception was that they still couldn’t make a car like that. Too Little too late.
Back to Barry. God is my judge, you will see Detroit, at least in the form of GM and Chrysler, be dictated to on what to build by the government (Right now, Go bless Ford). In that context, I think Obama wants the bailout to fail for GM et al and anything else (Can you say Chapter 11?). If the bailouts succeed initially, the government may not have the control that Obama envisions. Obama needs to create a dependent society for his agenda to succeed. That is the key. The society must look to government for solutions to all its problems. To this extent, Obama will even denigrate and subjugate the United States to the will of other countries. His success depends on destroying the idea of American Exceptionalism, of destroying our very truths, and our values in order to substitute his own. Marx called for the destruction of the whole social order and a call to destroy traditions. This is in contrast to the president we had at the turn of the last two centuries: Thomas Jefferson did not bow before royalty, but insisted on a hand shake, as did Theodore Roosevelt, whose presidency established the United States as a first class world power. This president sees us less that we are in the context of the world at large.
Obama is the first president since FDR to want power at any price. Whereas I am not convinced that FDR was a socialist, at least initially, he came to crave and keep the power even if it meant keeping the country down in the face of rational alternatives. Obama is much more ideologically centered than FDR. Obama wants the power all right, but he also has a dream that most of us would not want, but like FDR will create, foment and promulgate conditions for the attainment of both. Obama is both gangster and crusader, whereas FDR was pure gangster.
What comes next, you ask? Expect more diversionary tactics from the Obamessiah Time is of the essence and I bet he will not wait for the midterm elections to enact things such as nationalized healthcare, forced volunteer service, carbon credit climate plan, nationalized banks, wage control, nationalized auto manufacturers, and the The Free Choice Act, to name only a few. More straw men will be created, and if necessary, his henchmen will be thrown under the bus (Imagine Geitner’s prospects in a year) for the purpose of pushing his socialist agenda on the citizens of the United States, putting us in such debt that we will never be able to get out of it and in the process curtailing our freedoms. It will be indentured servitude for the ages, and unwanted obligations that will destroy innovation, ambition and expectations of generations of Americans to come. While the prospect of becoming a quasi-socialist country like Denmark, Sweden or the UK (at best) may be appealing to some of you, I think that you really have lost the perspective of what it means to be a US citizen and what the US stands for. This loss is due to the fact that what is not earned is not appreciated. Read Eric Hoffer if you want a translation, specifically True Believer.
What can we do? Remain vigilant, vote for candidates that are not simpatico with Obama, and Think Freedom. Don’t be fooled by the straw men that politicians will use to sway you and beware of mass movements in general. Your most powerful asset is your vote and it is your only voice. Also beware of movements that offer symbolism rather than real change. Symbolism is but a vent of your frustrations, whereas real change (and not Obamas type of change) requires personal responsibility, and action. Without action we are just playing with ourselves in the corner. No offense to Glenn Beck and his “We Surround Them” non-sense, but that is just an outlet that has no bite and only serves to peacefully quell the masses. The same with these bullshit tea parties. The signers of the Declaration of Independence did so at their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. They had no intentions of symbolism, especially as it exists today. They were men of action. They were successful. Can you say the same, or is your Playstation and HD TV more important?
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Written by James Lagnese

March 26, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Now For Something Completely Different

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This is my favorite car, bar none. GM knew how to make cars back then. Even as an 8 year old when it came out, I had to have one. At 18, a friend’s brother had one and wanted $1500 for it. Couldn’t afford it then, but $1500 is chump change now. Too bad they go for $40,000 and up, depending on condition. $75,000 is not unheard of at all. Oh well. A boy can dream, can’t he?
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Written by James Lagnese

March 22, 2009 at 6:47 pm

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Get The Tin Foil Hat Out: Justice Roberts Accepts Eligibility Petition

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Chief Justice John Roberts accepted the eligibility petition. Even if he finds there is an issue and it goes before the court, and they agree he’s not a citizen (sending Eric Dondero into rapture), will Obama leave? It’ll be interesting to see what Justice Roberts does, even if I think this is going nowhere.
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Written by James Lagnese

March 17, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Barack Hussein Obama: From Messiah to Inept in Four Easy Steps

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  1. Get Elected
  2. Hire Clueless Socialist Lackeys, I mean Yes Men
  3. Have a Democrat controlled congress
  4. Follow their lead by signing every Keynesian bill into law

Props to Obama for getting elected. Not only did he make it to the top, but he was a mulatto man making it to the top. The problem is, having is a lot different than wanting. Thomas Jefferson said it best: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. ” Obama has Marxist principles, and you could argue that he is standing like a rock with them, but I would say he isn’t. he’s practicing an incrementalism towards socialism and he’s gauging how far and how quickly he can progress, but I digress. For all his imputed intelligence, for all his hope and change, for all his marxist ideology, he really is in over his head. I would say he is more over his head than kennedy was in 1962. The problem is that he has beliefs that are not proven in praxis. Government controlled economies do not work well, particularly on large scales. He also underestimates the average american’s desire to be free. Free from government intrusion, and from taxes. He over estimates the chicken little factor that got him in office. He probably truly believes that he is the answer to our problems.

Here is the scary part. There are two methods used in the business world to accomplish things: Make the right decision, or make the decision and then make it right. You could say this applies to many things in life. So, is Obama a true believer, or a gangster? If he is a crusader, he will continue to push his agenda, no matter what the reality is, and shove it down our throats. If he is a gangster, he will fall in love with power (he already has to a great degree), and it won’t really matter. He will do whatever is necessary to remain in power to serve his ego. FDR is a prime example of this. Still, gangsters can still make bad decisions, it’s just that the decisions suit their success more than their beliefs. Either way, if they make the wrong decision, they will likely try to make it right. I don’t believe Obama has the humility to admit he is wrong. He has politicians disease.
Anyway, the bottom line is he’s floundering, flailing, and looking for a straw man. His decisions will have to be made right and I am sure the membership of the journolist will do everything they can to make that happen. And now that our national debt has reached 11 trillion, He’s going to have to blame someone. Needless to say though, the printing presses at the treasury will be working overtime to pay for all of it, and of course so will we for generations. Thanks America, for electing such a schmuck.
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Written by James Lagnese

March 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Chuck Grassley Is At It Again

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Chuck Grassley, from now on known as The Chuckster, is at it again. He wants the bankers at AIG to commit seppuku, and at the very least bow deeply in apology before doing so. Where have we heard that before? Of course The Chuckster must be deeply honored for winning the IotW award, and is now shooting for the IotY award or at least a nomination. Chuck, I don’t know what planet you come from. I really don’t. You monkeys in congress invented this problem, you made it worse by passing TARP, you feckless pezzo di merda, and now you want the bankers to either kill themselves or apologize like a japanese executive would? You are out of touch. May be you would like to lead by example? The only people on the good ship lollipop that are more delusional than you are Chris Dodd and Barny Frank. I should throw in the vampiress Bella Pelosi. I guess it could be worse. We could have two senator Harkins here in Iowa, or may be Governor Mike Gronstal has designs on your job, but bud, you need to go. You still haven’t made a case for TARP, or ARRA, and you certainly haven’t acquitted yourself well, Mr. Earmark. Being a senator requires more than bringing home the bacon at any cost.

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Written by James Lagnese

March 17, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Some People Are Assholes

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This morning I received an email from a chap, who was so sure of his convictions, that he sent me an email through an anonymizer. Not only that, he knew my personal email address. Besides the feckless attempts at homosexual humor, he compared me to Hitler. I find this fascinating as I have am very anti-nazi, pro-Israel, and I am very fond of my jewish friends. That being said, I’d like to award this person the first Right Guy Asshole Award of the Week. If only he had the courage to confront me sincerely, and I mean that literally from the latin meaning, I could give him his award. So Mr. Anonymous, wherever you are, here’s to you for winning the first Right Guy Asshole of the Week Award. If you keep it up, you could very possibly win the Annual Award, which is an all expense paid trip to Dr. Quincy’s Table. Congrats, and I wish you the best of luck.
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Written by James Lagnese

March 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm