New Nationalism, Rough Riding over America

Why does everyone love Teddy Roosevelt? He began the national progressive movement that has plagued us now for over 100 years.

Republicans & Democrats alike, revere this guy. His faced is carved into a mountain in South Dakota. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & him?

Our current politicians claim their reverence for him. John McCain said he was his idol. Hillary Clinton likens herself to a turn of the last century progressive. That would be Teddy (maybe Wilson). Newt told Glenn Beck he liked what Roosevelt did.

Roosevelt was a big government, anti-business progressive. He believed in social justice, the establishment of the progressive income tax, death tax, farm aid, minimum wage, the Federal Reserve & social security. In short, the government control of our lives.

On taxes, Roosevelt said, “I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and in another tax which is far more easily collected and far more effective, a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion, and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate.”

Shortly after taking office he tried to take control of many large corporations via 40 anti-trust lawsuits. He trusted that only the government could control the “Free Market”. (GM, anyone?)

Now Obama has delivered his version of Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” speech. I’m sure he is counting on no one knowing the original “New Nationalism” speech given by Old Teddy Bear in 1910. A pretty good bet considering the woeful ignorance of Americans regarding our own history. Real American history isn’t taught in our schools. The fact that progressives write the history books may have something to do with that.

With all this Newer, New Nationalism being thrown about, maybe we should examine the original speech given by Theodore Roosevelt.

From what I can derive, the progressives of yesteryear differed from todays in one way. They didn’t appear to loathe the military. Other than that, they had the same hatred of the wealthy & business. They are identical in their want of total government control & regulation.

The following are excerpts from Old Teddy’s famous speech in Kansas, August 31, 1910.
(Once again, editorial comments will be prefaced with an ‘EC’)

“…control necessaries of life, such as meat, oil, and coal, or which deal in them on an important scale. I have no doubt that the ordinary man who has control of them is much like ourselves. I have no doubt he would like to do well, but I want to have enough supervision to help him realize the desire to do well.” EC: Just enough government there to guard against any possible shortcoming of mankind. We wouldn’t want him to screw up and become wealthy or anything.

“It is necessary that laws be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws be thoroughly enforced.” EC: In other words, corporations should have no voice in being governed. Shut up & take it. Sounds fair. Business = Bad, Government = Good.

“The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they themselves have called into being.” EC: Does this sound like the recent rant of the present day socialist, Elizabeth Warren, currently running for senate in Massachusetts? No one or no company has made it on it’s own? They must be regulated & must give back to all of us.

“We grudge no man a fortune which represents his own power and sagacity, when exercised with entire regard to the welfare of his fellows.” EC: You can make money, only if we deem it is for the betterment of all.

“No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned –not gambling in stocks, but service rendered.” EC: Anyone who has made money in the market, has an IRA or 401K, give it all back. You stole it.

“Now, the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics.” Does this sound at all familiar? John McCain could have written it, my friends!

There is a lot more, but I think we all get the gist. Progressives of today, like their predecessors, hate the rich (despite most of the government overlords being rich), hate business, love government & love the collective,

Resistance is Futile!

as long as they are in control of the collective. Sounds like the Borg. A little Star Trek lingo there.

Jokes

1) While attending a Marriage seminar dealing with communication, Jack and his wife, Barb, listened to the instructor. “It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other.” He addressed the man, “can you describe your wife’s favorite flower?” Jack leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “Its Pillsbury isn’t it?”

2)
A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. “I couldn’t help noticing how happy you look,” she said. “What’s your secret for a long happy life?”
“I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day,” he said. “I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise.”

“That’s amazing,” said the woman, “how old are you?”
“Twenty-six,” he said.

Yahoo for the RNC!

The following article is from Mondays Yahoo News titled:

On private call, Republicans say attacking Obama personally is too dangerous: Yahoo News exclusive By: Rachel Rose Hartman

(My editorial comments are represented by ‘EC’)

Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday that party surrogates should refrain from personal attacks against President Barack Obama, because such a strategy is too hazardous for the GOP.

EC: Here we go again. It’s the McCain campaign round 2.

“We’re hesitant to jump on board with heavy attacks” personally against President Obama, Nicholas Thompson, the vice president of polling firm the Tarrance Group, said on the call. “There’s a lot of people who feel sorry for him.”

EC: Who is talking about attacking the President personally? I don’t care about him as a man. I care about how his policies are killing America, on purpose. It doesn’t matter what is said. If it casts Obama at all in a negative light, the major media will consider it a personal attack.

Recent polling data indicates that while the president suffers from significantly low job approval ratings, voters still give “high approval” to Obama personally, Thompson said.

Voters “don’t think he’s an evil man who’s out to change the United States” for the worse–even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should “exercise some caution” when talking about the president personally.

EC: That’s what losers always do, “Exercise caution”. This is exactly the problem with the Republican Party. It is still run by inside the beltway, elitist Republicans, not conservatives.

On the call–which Yahoo News was invited to attend because of a mistake by someone on the staff of the Republican National Committee–Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary for George W. Bush, encouraged Republicans to turn around Democratic attacks lobbed at the GOP presidential candidates (Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, for starters) for “flip-flopping.”

“I don’t like playing defense,” Fleischer said. He suggested the listeners to Tuesday’s call label the president as a flip-flopper on the following issues: opposing tax increases for those making under $250,000, opposing the Bush tax cuts, opposing raising the debt limit, and opposing a health care mandate.

“When it comes to flip flopping, Barack Obama is the king of flip flopping,” Fleischer said. “You can offer that to anybody,” he suggested.

EC: Fleischer is correct about that. Obama is a major flip-flopper, but then so are Romney & Gingrich. I wouldn’t fully trust Fleischer knowing he was attached to the Bush Administration.

Thompson noted that Obama may be boxed in by similarly strong personal approval numbers for Republican lawmakers as he ponders attacking the GOP House majority during the 2012 campaign.

“Obama running against Congress is not going to work,” Thompson said.
EC: Really, Mr. Thompson? The drive bys will print & air anything Obama wants put out.

In a poll conducted in early November by the Tarrance Group and the Democratic group Lake Research for Politico and George Washington University, voters gave their personal member of Congress a 46 percent approval rating–even higher than the 44 percent personal approval numbers for Obama in the survey, Thompson said. (The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.)

Fifty-eight percent of the voters surveyed disapproved of how Obama is handling relations with Congress, according to Tarrance’s November poll.

“It’s a tough road for him when you look at those numbers,” Thompson said of the president.

Thompson said that his group’s research suggests that voters are giving Obama higher approval on foreign policy than on the issue of jobs and the economy.

Voters aren’t simply looking at the president as the symbol for a “broken Washington,” Thompson said.

Update 3:40 p.m.: Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer followed up with Yahoo News to say the story “misses the point” and that Tuesday’s call wasn’t about ways to avoid attacking the president, it was about sharing the best strategies for attacks. “It makes more sense to focus on his failed policies than on personal attacks,” Spicer told Yahoo News of their data regarding the president.

Ari Fleischer also emailed Yahoo News to share his complete list of Obama flip-flops, which, in addition to the points above, includes: promising to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term; vowing to lower unemployment below 8 percent following the stimulus; falling short on shovel-ready jobs; contradicting himself on constitutional rights– condemning Bush but then supporting “warrantless wiretaps, indefinite detentions, secret renditions and kept [Guantanamo] open; giving lobbyists waivers to work at the White House after saying they wouldn’t work there; and refusing public financing in 2008 after vowing to accept it.
End of Article

EC: The bottom line is, in recent history, moderates always lose national elections. Real conservatives always win. Those who pretend to be conservative (Bush 43) also win. I was fooled by Bush the first time & held my nose the second. Evidently, the smarter than us crowd, don’t get that. Or maybe they do, but because they are moderates or liberals also, they cannot subscribe to that fact. I suspect it is the latter.

Look at the results of the 2010 elections. The true conservatives won, even being out spent exponentially. Their own party bushwhacked those who didn’t prevail. Thanks Karl Rove, et al.

This election is the most important in recent history, maybe going back 60 to 70 years. Enough with the dopey polls. All the polls do is sway public opinion & make the pollsters wealthy.

The public must be educated. Most people don’t have the first clue how or why America was set up the way it was. Most have never read the Constitution or know the difference between a democracy & a republic or which one we are.

We need to be positive & demonstrate why conservatives have the recipe for success. No one wants to hear their president is a bad guy, even if he is.

This is why Newt has taken off. He is a smart confident guy & a great speaker. He is positive & gives historical context to his statements. Like Trump & Christie, he also doesn’t take any crap & gives it right back when someone tries. He is educating the public. Unfortunately, he is not a conservative. He just sounds like one.

RNC Fundraising Letter

I am disappointed, although not at all surprised; the RNC would think this way. This is the same strategy they employed 3 years ago. They have been spineless worms for as long as I can recall.

Speaking of recall, that’s what should happen to everyone at the RNC. They should all be recalled & replaced with real conservatives.

Joke of the Day

A couple had two little boys who were always getting into trouble. The parents knew that if any mischief occurred in their village, their sons were probably involved.

The boys’ mother heard that an elder in town had been successful in disciplining children. He told her that God is everywhere & sees everything they do. She asked if he would speak with her sons. The elder agreed, but asked to see them separately.

So, the next morning, the mother sent her youngest son in first.

The elder, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the boy down and asked him sternly, “Where is God?” The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response.So the elder repeated the question in an even sterner tone, “Where is God!!?” Again the wide-eyed boy made no attempt to answer.

The elder raised his voice and bellowed, “WHERE IS GOD!?” The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into a closet, slamming the door behind him.

When his older brother found him hiding, he asked, “What happened?”

The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, “We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing, and they think WE did it!”

Black Friday Boon, for Guns

USA Today reports that “Gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests for prospective buyers last Friday, smashing the single-day, all-time high by 32%, according to bureau records. Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day, far surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008.”

NICS Firearm Background Checks — Friday, November 25, 2011:

Total NICS Checks—129,166 (highest day ever) 32.01 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008

Federal Checks—81,609 (highest day ever) 26.69 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008

POC State Checks—47,557 (4th highest day)

Other Records:
NICS Contracted Call Centers—69,497 (highest day ever) 16.30 percent over Friday, November 28, 2008

NICS E-Check—11,953 (highest day ever) 119.76 percent over Friday, February 11, 2011

Some people have “attributed the unusual surge to a convergence of factors, including an increasing number of first-time buyers seeking firearms for protection and women who are being drawn to sport shooting and hunting.”

Yes, that’s it. It’s not due to the world on the brink of a meltdown or ever-increasing violence countrywide.

Wisconsin’s concealed carry law isn’t even a month old, but thousands already have permission to pack heat and they’re buying up the hardware to do it.

Yes, of course. Concealed carry permits for hunting & sport shooting. I know, when I’m out hunting, I want to conceal my firearm. That way, my prey can’t figure out what my intentions are until it’s too late. I walk up to the deer. “Hey how’s it going? I’m just here to talk.” Then, when he least expects it, I draw my concealed 45 & Blamo!

Reports confirm gun sales have increased across Wisconsin and the state Justice Department has been deluged with so many permit requests it’s already scrambling to keep up.

The Justice Department’s handgun hotline, a number gun sellers can call to initiate background checks on would-be gun buyers, had received 7,355 calls in the first weeks of November.

Roger Wendling, owner of Monsoor’s Sport Shop in La Crosse, estimates he’s seen a 25 percent to 30 percent increase in handgun sales this month. About 70 percent of the concealed carry clientele have been women, he said.

The nerve of some women, wanting to protect themselves.

In fact, it is not just the Black Friday phenomena that is the cause for the increase.

According to the FBI’s NICS records, from 2000 through most of 2006 the number of firearms purchases remained remarkably stable, averaging around 8.5 million transactions per year. But toward the close of 2006, gun sales began to rise dramatically, ending the year at over 10 million. The following year, 2007, sales again rose to over 11 million.

Why the increase after 2006? What happened that could effect such change?

The (what’s a second amendment?) Democrats took control of Congress and we all know how gun-friendly they are. Sheer coincidence, I assume.

It was the election of Barack Obama that really ignited the current sales frenzy. With Obama’s election, over 3 million guns were purchased in the last two months of 2008 alone, ending the year at 12.7 million. Then, in 2009, the very first year of the Obama administration, Americans bought a record, 14 million guns, a whopping 40% increase over the first year of George Bush’s presidency. Another coincidence.

If this business boon were happening in any other industry, the media talking heads would be all over it. But alas, they can’t, for it is counterintuitive to their worldview & is anathema to their gun control mantra.

John Caile states, “It is often said that what people actually do, especially with their money, is a far better indicator of what they are thinking than what they say. If that is true, then the growing number of Americans who are buying guns for the first time are showing quite clearly that they are increasingly distrustful of their government’s ability to protect them.” I couldn’t agree more.

Attribution: Godfather Politics, Postcrescent.com, Redstate.com

A Few Jokes


1)
The artist tried to concentrate on his work, but the attraction he felt for his model finally became irresistible. He threw down his palette, took her in his arms and kissed her.

She pushed him away. “Maybe your other models let you kiss them,” she said.

“I’ve never tried to kiss a model before,” he swore.

“Really?” she said, softening, “How many models have there been?”

“Four,” he replied, “A jug, two apples, and a vase.”

2)
A lawyer walks into a bar and sits down next to a drunk who is closely examining something held in his fingers. The lawyer watches the drunk for a while till he finally gets curious enough to ask what it is.

“Well,” said the drunk, “it looks like plastic and feels like rubber.”
“Let me have it,” said the lawyer.

Taking it, he began to roll it between his thumb and forefinger, examining it closely.
“Yes,” he finally said, “it does look like plastic and feel like rubber, but I don’t know what it is. Where did you get it?”

“From my nose,” the drunk replied.

3)
This Pun is so bad it must be shared!

Some friars needed to raise more money for books for the school, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds.

Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair.

He asked the good brothers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him.

So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to “persuade” them to close.

Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he’d be back if they didn’t close up shop.

Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that “Only Hugh can prevent florist friars.”

It’s Not the Jobs Silly, It’s the Number


We’re back. It’s done and they got the headline: “Unemployment, 8.6%!”

He did it. As promised, Obama is pulling us back from the brink. His policies are finally taking hold.

Well, as usual, nothing is as it seems.

The Labor Department says that employers added about 120,000 jobs this past month compared to the 80,000 added the previous month when we saw only a 0.1% drop in the unemployment rate. So an additional 40k equals 0.3%? I’m no mathematician, but…

I’m confused. In June of this year (a mere 5 months ago) the New York Times reported it would take 150,000 jobs added per month just to keep up with population growth & to keep the unemployment number from rising. Yet it went down. Huh?

There must be a reasonable explanation. I don’t know about reasonable, but here it is.

What was underreported was the number of people who have quit looking for work in the last month. It is 315,000, dwarfing the amount of hires.

So, just like magic, they’re no longer counted. Therefore, the universe of jobs available in the country is down by 315,000. That is the labor force participation rate. The labor force (workforce) participation rate is a meager 64%. It fell to 64% from 64.2%. So the 0.2% drop equals 315,000 people leaving the workforce.

I’ve written of the Workforce Participation Rate. It’s a measure of the active portion of an economy’s labor force. The participation rate refers to the number of people who are either employed or are actively looking for work. The number of people who are no longer actively searching for work are not included in the participation rate. In a poor economy, such as this, many people get discouraged and stop looking for employment and as a result, the participation rate decreases.

That small number of jobs created can lower unemployment rate 0.4%, almost one half of a percent? Creating 120,000 new jobs can do that? Yep. Isn’t fuzzy math fun?

That alone tells us how small the labor force participation rate is.

It also tells us how small the universe of available jobs in the country is, when creating 120,000 can have that seemingly large effect, and we still had over 400,000 applications for unemployment compensation reported yesterday. So just 120,000 new jobs can lower the unemployment rate almost a half a point.

Also, as always happens, that 120,000 number will be quietly revised down at a later date. Don’t look for it to be reported.

I’d bet, if one were to look at that 120k, they would find most of those jobs are seasonal hires. That means they won’t exist in January.

It will be interesting to see, after the Holidays, what kind of wacky accounting tricks the Administration uses to keep that already bogus number under 9%.

Maybe they can hope that many more people just give up?
That would work.

Attribution: Calculated Risk, Godfather Politics, Drudge

Couple of Jokes


Joke 1: During a bank robbery, one of the robbers mask slid down.
He looked at a man and asked, “Did you see my face?”
The man said, “Yes!” The robber shot him.
Then he asked a woman, “Did you see my face?”
She said, “No, but my boss over there did.”

Joke 2: Two friends, Jim and Paul are in a bank, when, suddenly, armed robbers burst in.

While several of the robbers take the money from the tellers, others line the customers up against a wall and proceed to take their wallets, watches, etc.

While this is going on, Jim slips something into Paul’s hand. Without looking down, Paul whispers, “What is this?”

Jim replies, “It’s that $50 I owe you.”