America’s Debt

There has been a lot of political rhetoric thrown about during the recent debates on raising the debt ceiling. Finally I have found a politician that speaks to me on federal debt:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies . . . Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Americans deserve better indeed. The thoughtful politician who uttered those words?

Barack H. Obama on March 20, 2006 as he prepared to vote against raising the debt ceiling at the request of the Bush administration.

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The Audacity of Obamaness

Reading the Saturday morning newbloginess through the Ace filter this afternoon and found a great post on the absolutely absurd assertion by the Obamaredeemer that he’s never heard many of Jeremiah Wright’s, his pastor, friend, mentor, and spiritual yoda, more extreme America hating, race baiting, paranoid conspiracy filled diatribes. Clearly bunk. Ace proves it.

About halfway through the post there’s a link to another great nugget of a post from Doug Ross @ Journal which juxtaposes Wright quotes with those of the Obamassiah. Very well done. But what jumped off the screen at me was this picture:

080315-obama-patriotism.jpg It’s clear from the actions of 3 out of 4 individuals in this shot what is going on. Obviously the national anthem is playing.

Um….excuse me senator but WTF?

Maybe they didn’t teach this at the madrassa you attended but when the national anthem’s playing it is traditional to place your right hand over the place where your heart would be if you weren’t an alien spaceform planted by intergalactic rogues bent on taking over our planet and wiping out the human race so that they could steal our carbon dioxide to cool the dilithium crystals that run their spaceships.

I started out not liking you. This picture ratchets that dislike up by a factor of thousands.

Edwards Statement on the Resignation of Karl Rove

Aug 13, 2007 2:36 PM

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – John Edwards today released the following statement in reaction to President Bush’s announcement that his senior advisor, Karl Rove, will resign at the end of the month:

“Goodbye, good riddance.”

I’m framing that quote for future use when Hairboy’s inevitible drop-out speech comes sometime between now and Super Tuesday. It’s gonna be sweet.

Will Offset Carbon Footprint for Air Miles

Freelance reporter Bigdino sent in a dispatch from the Great White North ™ today referencing this bit of environmental foolishness news. AirCanada travellers can now purchase carbon offsets to assuage their guilty conscience. Now travellers can kick back in cushy business class seats, sip chardonnay and munch on warm nuts without guilt. For instance, it only takes a mere $6.01 USD on a round trip flight between YYZ (Toronto Lester B. Pearson) and DFW to completely offset your lavish lifestyle.

Through a company called zerofootprint you can now completely eliminate your carbon footprint for a pittance. Their website offers this advice for the neophyte offsetter:

So where do I start? The best place to start is with my own emissions. Per capita, the average North American emits about 20 tonnes of CO2 every year. If you fly a lot, or drive a lot, or live in a big house, you may emit more. Maybe you emit less. The only way to find out is to measure your carbon footprint. Then you clean up as much as you emit.

Just so you know how bad you are they even offer a handy dandy calculator so you can fillcarbon-offset1.jpg in your own personal details and come up with your own footprint. The Semitough family weighed in at 34.35 (before adding in our secondary and tertiary vehicles) which according to their little snarky note is “well above average.” Since their handy dandy calculator does not allow for the fact that a person might own more than one car, calculating the secondary and tertiary SUVs brought us up to a grand total of 47.16. OMG we are nothing but filthy carbon pumps!

carbon-offset3.jpgSo what’s a suburban redneck to do? Well for a bit of money zerofootprint will make it all right for you. Travelling? No prob. $16 clears your slate. Got a carbon pumping vehicle? Rest easy. $96 nets you out. Just have that queasy “I’m-a-carbon-emitting-lowlife-ruining-the-planet-with-my-filthy-dirty-emissions feeling?” For only $128 these enviro-saints will absolve your enviro-sins. Just head on over to the Carbon Shop and buy your way to a crystal clear enviroscaped nirvana.

And don’t forget! Carbon offsets make great gifts!

Hat tip: Bigdino

In My Own Trailer Park – Racial Profiling!

I must have missed this story on the local news. Allah be praised that Ace of Spades  is on the interwebs looking out for us down here. It seems that the Dallas Police Department and the FBI are at it again, oppressing Muslim women simply because they wear scarves on their heads.

Sources said in February, Kimberly “Asma” Al-Homsi, 42, and Aisha Abdul-Rahman Hamad, 50, allegedly scoped out Dallas Love Field in a manner classic of surveying an area.

Al-Homsi was already under surveillance and is on the government’s no fly list since being involved in a road rage incident back in December of 2005. Officials said during the incident she held up an inert grenade and threatened another driver. Garland’s bomb squad reported they later found ammunition in her car.

“If I didn’t have a scarf on my head and it was a simple road rage I would not be on the terrorism watch list,” she said.

So let’s review:

  • Two women in fatigues and traditional Muslim headgear are spotted measuring the concourse at an airport. Then observing flight operations through binoculars.
  • Said airport is within sight of the glittering skyscrapers of beautiful downtown Dallas, including the 70 story Bank of America building.
  • One of those women had previously been involved in a road rage incident involving grenades and ammunition which landed her a spot on the no-fly list and ongoing surveillance.

Really. Nothing to see here folks. I mean come on, what Muslim woman in their right mind wouldn’t be wildly interested in the History of Flight museum at Dallas Love Field? And after getting so pumped up by all that aviation history and concourse walking decide to rest a bit while observing take offs and landings through a pair of binoculars they just happened to have handy?

One thing I should point out to Kimberly “aka Asma” Al Hamsi, if she had an encounter with the Garland Police Department and only ended up on the no-fly list she should consider herself fortunate. The GPD has been known to put people on the no-walk or in extreme cases the no-breathe list.