Peace In Our Time

Good News!  We have elsewhere noted Dear Leader’s Dopey Diplomacy and Clueless Clinton’s plan to secure a “lasting peace in the Middle East” –  in part by imposing “Smart Power” silly sanctions to whip those irky Iranians into line and make them stop playing with nukes!

Bad News:  It is having zero effect. Iran’s nuclear ambition continues.

Gooder News!  “Be joyous my heart, miracles of the Messiah will soon be here.”  Unfortunately, this is not in reference to Christ, but a poem by Mahmoud Ahmadinijad in reference to the “Twelfth Imam” or “Mahdi”.  Per Mr. Ahma-dim-jerk and the Mullahs, “when [the Mahdi] reappears, peace, justice and security will overcome oppression and deceit and one global government, the most perfect ever, will be established.”  Sounds pretty spiffy!

 

Bader News! Said global government will of course be Muslim, and among the portents that must take place prior to Mr. Mahdi’s grand entrance are some rather ominous events:

  • Before his coming will come the red death and the white death. The red death is the sword and the white death is plague.
  • The Muslims will throw off the reins and take possession of the land, throwing out the authority of the foreigners.
  • Death and fear will afflict the people…A fire will appear in the sky and a redness will cover them.

In a word, Israel’s gotta go, and Shia Islam rule the world.  Other than that, no worries mates!

Baddest News!  Iran is developing nuclear weapons, and the principle of “Mutually Assured Destruction” – which has held nuclear weapons in check for 65 years – does not deter Iran.  If they have it they will use it.  For this reason and others – Israel can not, must not and will not allow Iran to posses nuclear weapons.  Alas, an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities – triggering a world war involving the USA – seems inevitable.
 
 

Goodest News!  Said strike has already been launched and has rendered Iran’s nuclear enrichment program in ruins for the foreseeable future!  No boom was heard because it was a cyber missile!

Stuxnet Virus.

 
“It was ‘like the arrival of an F-35 into a World War I battlefield,’ says Ralph Langner, the computer expert who was the first to sound the alarm about Stuxnet. Others have called it the first ‘weaponized’ computer virus…Simply put, Stuxnet is an incredibly advanced, undetectable computer worm that took years to construct and was designed to jump from computer to computer until it found the specific, protected control system that it aimed to destroy: Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.”
 
When this little critter found the control system for thousands of centrifuges, it changed the RPM of the units, seriously damaging them and rendering the uranium useless.  The latest news is that it will take years for the Iranians to purge this little fella from their computers and their nuclear weapons program is for all intents and purposes dead on arrival.
  

The source of this awesome new weapon remains unknown  (heh, yeah right), and may never be found. There were only two scientists in Iran who were even close to being capable of dealing with Stuxnet – one was killed and the other disabled when motorcyclists happened by and attached magnetic bombs to their car doors.  Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad is of necessity the best intelligence operation on the planet.  Latest imminent threat to Israel neutralized – not a shot fired – no collateral damage – no war – no nukes – no mas.  Just. Freaking. AWESOME!
 
Mission accomplished.
 
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Thankful the Constitution is bigger than Obama

We’re thankful for a lot of things today, not the least of which is that this country has survived and thrived through far worse than the present crises – and is finally on course to derail these cretin in Washingtoon who are intent on removing our constitutional freedoms.  While the Obama government model would certainly get you an A on a Poli Sci paper at Harvard or Columbia – it can not, does not and will never work in the real world – only on Ivy League blackboards.  POTUS has repeatedly suggested that the European model is pretty spiffy, and we ought to move in that direction.  Say there EU, “how’s that Hope & Change workin’ out for ya?”

Strike Outs:

  • Greek Tragedy  ($150 Bil)  A nice reward for gross mismanagement, massive government entitlements, graft and corruption.
  • Ireland Bailout  ($85 Bil)  Already a failure.  Ireland is on the brink of collapse.

On Deck:

  • Portugal Bailout – Public sector debt, at about 80% of GDP, combined with a 9.3% budget deficit.  Worse still is the private sector debt, at 240% of GDP. Foreign investors account for about 40% of all bank funding and concerns about the economy have already “shut Portuguese banks out of the international markets”.
  • Spain – Right on the tail of Portugal, but 8 – 10 times larger.
  • France – Coming unglued over raising retirement from 60 to 62. The move will alleviate about 2% of their future debt crisis.
  • Belgium has not even had a sovereign government for the last 6 months!  EU runs the show there.
  • Most disconcerting of all – none of the bailed countries have any realistic prospect of paying back these bailouts in the forseeable future.

The fundamental design of the EU was intended to eclipse the United States and ultimately lead the global economy.  So why the epic fail of the EU where the U.S. has thrived through 200 years of crisis?   Pretty simple really – The framers of the Constitution never intended Washington to amass the level of power it is now reaching (over-reaching) for – and the 10th ammendment further protects the states sovereignty.

Nigel Farage was a Conservative Party MP in Britain until Thatcher resigned. Now he chairs the Independent Party and is a Member of the European Parliament.  His recent message to the EU is just plain extraordinary.

Who has the kahonas to stand before our Congress and say with conviction, “Just who the hell do you people think you are? You are very, very dangerous people indeed!” He’ll be my man for the Whitehouse. Chris Christie is close I guess – but who else? Boehner? McConnel? Romney? Palin? Not even close.

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Asian people also apparently to ignorant to appreciate Obama’s awesomeness

You might have thought having his a$$ handed to him on a mid-term platter would humble the Narcisist in Chief.  Think again.  Once again Dear Leader jumps into Ego One and demonstrates his utter cluelessness across the globe.  Three goals for the trip – per ABC – and three strikes…

  • Trade deal with South Korea? Thanks so much for the visit, but nope.
  • Convince China to stop manipulating their currency (the same week the Fed drops $600 Bil into circulation)?  Thanks for the lecture, but go f%& yourself. 
  • Convince G20 nations to pressure China and buy more American stuff?  Thanks for the offer, but nobody wants American stuff.  Too expensive.  Union labor.

Obama Post G20: ‘Instead Of Hitting Home Runs, Sometimes We’re Going To Hit Singles’

Jonathan Last at The Weekly Standard has a good take that helps solve the mystery of how this man can possibly be so dense.  His field of vision is completely obscured by himself, and he can’t understand how anyone could possibly see anything other than him either.  American Narcissus – The Vanity of Barack Obama.

But hope is in sight.  “We Just Won A Battle, Not The War”.  If anything, it’s time to turn up the pressure.  Balance the budget.  Kill the earmarks.  Repeal Barry Care.

http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=hdSUSUqG2G

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If I Only Had a Brain

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Sherrif Joe Bozo perpetuates one of humanity’s most perplexing phenomenon:  If a lunatic goes crazy, does it drive him sane?

Seems Joe is all in a tizzy because the GOP is spending “$200 Billion” and “none of it is accounted for?”  The FEC keeps track of every dime there Joe, and it’s available to anyone.

Via Open Secrets – here’s who’s spending what, where it comes from and what it’s spent for.  Totals here include 2010 election cycle expenditures made both by the main committee and by all its affiliated committees.

Raised
Spent
Cash on Hand
Republicans
$508,313,280
$483,862,629
$47,919,083
Democrats
$776,481,630
$542,636,091
$79,308,557

Where’s the money coming from?  Note six of the top ten are unions!  Click on the “Hitters” to see which party benefits – as if you didn’t know

Top 10 Heavy Hitters:
$45,656,394
$43,026,011
$42,628,917
$37,617,499
$32,878,402
$32,681,779
$32,680,295
$31,113,780
$29,816,800
$28,889,132
Return to your seats and shut up.  We are in complete control.

Vote please!

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The Gov Motors Not So Green Machine

What could go wrong?
Via Allahpundit – hot off the Hot Air Presses!  Seems the proletariat’s greenishly awesome car of the future (A.K.A Chevy Volt) is “even more lemony than thought.”

In days of old when chrome was gold…the titans of Motown could take some iron ore and chrome and nimbly fashion it into a marvelously magical – yet affordable phenomenon.  People wanted V8s and chrome, gas was $.19/gal and the earth needed more carbon in the stratosphere.   Detroit also had an awe-inspiring concept of the future.  Journey with me into a wondrously mystical vision of the future from the past!  Which would technically be now, I think.  Behold the future – then!  Whatever…
  
Better Living Through Technology
These stunning concept cars never seemed to cross the threshold into reality because – according to the gods of Automotivia – they were simply too advanced for their time.  I might suggest another reason.  They were just, ah, what’s the word?  Silly.  Detroit in the 50’s and 60’s couldn’t build cars fast enough to meet demand and had mountains of money coming out of their exhaust manifolds– so they made silly but interesting concept cars for people to go Oooo and aaah about, but mostly for grins and giggles.
 
Advertising models also seem to have evolved
But now it’s different.  The government is using our money to develop the car of the future.  We have now evolved from silliness to insanity!  Seems a few glitches have popped up. This planet saver was promised to deliver 230 MPG!  But hold on…Gov Motors and Barry O may have overestimated the performance a wee bit – like about 1000%.  Via Jalopnik:
  • Popular Mechanics saw just 37.5 MPG in city driving.
  • Car and Driver found with all-electric driving “…getting on the nearest highway and commuting with the 80-mph flow of traffic-basically the worst-case scenario-yielded 26 miles; a fairly spirited back-road loop netted 31; and a carefully modulated cruise below 60 mph pushed the figure into the upper 30s.”
  • Motor Trend, like the rest of the trade press other than Popular Mechanics, didn’t appear to do any testing in city conditions, but did find that  “Without any plugging in, [a weeklong trip to Grandma’s house] should return fuel economy in the high 30s to low 40s.”
Well that’s just spiffy.  In 1974 I had a Datsun econobox that got 35 MPG.  My, how we’ve advanced!  Another veracity challenged Voltish problem. Since the Volt was first unveiled as a concept car, GM engineers and executives have claimed adamantly that the internal combustion engine did not motivate the wheels.  This meant that the gasoline engine was nothing more than a “range extender” designed only to charge the batteries which would allow the electric drivetrain to continue to move the car.  We’re now told by Volt’s engineering team that when the Volt’s lithium-ion battery pack runs down and at speeds near or above 70 mph the Volt’s gasoline engine will directly drive the front wheels along with the electric motors.”
 
This means that our tax funded, futuristic, cutting edge green dream machine is nothing more than a glorified hybrid.  Alrighty then.  When deciding on my next vehicle purchase, I’ll need to consider:
 
  • The Volt econo-box will sell at $41,000 or the same range as a mid-level Mercedes, BMW or Lexus.  But I’ll feel all green inside.
  • Serviceability, reliability, maintenance costs?  Unknown.  (But the batteries will need to be replaced eventually for about $5,000 to $9,000.  The theory is that when we all buy these, the economy of scale will kick in and the price will come down.  Heh. Right.
  • Resale value?  Unknown.  Would depend upon the previous points I expect.
  • Electric cost for plugging it in every night?  Unknown.
  • How many tons of coal will be burned to charge this puppy up?  Unknown.  (50% of electric generation in the US is coal fired)
  • Safety?  Unknown.  It seems the Lithium Ion batteries used to power this Buck Rogers bucket have a rather nasty history of spontaneously exploding.  Not to worry.  Volt comes with flame-proof jump suits for the back seat kiddies – in a variety of earth tone colors!
UPS DC-8 – Spontaneous combustion of Li Ion batteries in cargo
Dude, your Dell exploded.

Good enough for me!  Put me down for an LX 4 door in the “Earthy Green” color option.  And a nice sound system.

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Q-lessness

The reason Bin Laden and his evil ilk remain a threat to the civilized world is quite simple. There is no Bond, James Bond.  In a local theater at the age of ten, the Goldfinger revelation proved to us beyond any reasonable doubt that no malevolent evil could exist as long as Sean Connery was on the scene.  No suaver, machoer or more effective anti-crime agent than 007 has ever drawn a breath.  Sorry,  contemporary “Bonds” are wimpy wannabe’s.
 
And his ride?  Get outta here.  The ’63 Aston Martin DB5 is to this day the most awesomest fusion of sophisticated, high-class auto-testosterone and high-tech weaponry ever conceived.  In sixth grade 1965, if you were anybody, you had a 1/24 scale plastic model displayed prominently in your room…like an alter.  Perhaps inhaling the airplane glue during assembly may have added to the mystique.
  
It seems the actual legendary Bond-mobile has been sitting in the Philly home of radio mogul Jerry Lee since 1969, and is going on the auction block this month.  I simply must own this automobile.  My only problem being the estimated auction price will likely top £7 mil ($10 mil US) – and after reviewing my budget, I think I can come up with about $750 – or perhaps $150,750 if I sell my house.  So I am now soliciting donations for the balance needed.  Think about it my friends, this involves no less than the survival of civilization as we know it.
 
Forget nukes, if Ahmadinijad gets his hands on Bond’s DB5 he will rule the planet, and you know it!  Please, either consider giving generously to my cause, or prepare to submit to the Twelfth Imam!  Do the right thing!
 
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Hail Caesar Obamus

Oxford scholar Jack Carlson thinks the rise and fall of The Obamanian Empire is all about image. 
 
“Obama as Roman Emperor — the rise and fall of the propaganda masterPresident Barack Obama’s campaign of images, emotions, and themes won him tremendous popularity – and the presidency.”  Carlson says to understand the ‘ruler cult’ cycle, we must look to the first Roman emperor Augustus, and his use of “portrait-type” images disseminated and recreated for public consumption across the empire in the form of statues, coins, and other artworks. 
  
 
He was also adept at associating his image with the gods and iconic Roman heroes past, and inscribing coins bearing his likeness with lofty “buzz words” like – CONCORDIA (union); RESTITUTOR (restorer or renewer); and, most strikingly, SPES (hope).   No denying Slick Barry used the image machine big-time.
 

While Carlson has an interesting point – there seems to be a serious flaw in this picture.  Augustus Caesar reigned for life and laid the foundation of an empire that lasted for some fifteen hundred years – and his legend only grew larger over time.  Augustus was a man of wisdom, character and heroic accomplishment, while “Caesar Obamus”, it would seem, is a legend soley in his own mind – who has lost his divine radiance in just 18 months.  I rather doubt future generations  will see the month “OBAMUS” on the calandar. 

 
I think a key difference is that in our supposedly “advanced” culture, a guy with a
Jersey accent named Vince can sell millions of folks washrags (mockingly called “Sham” – Wow) and plastic slicer/dicers at $19.95 a pop.
  You don’t need to read the “Consumer Reports” evaluation to know that the majority of folks who “acted now!!” and spent twenty bucks for a dish rag that won’t do what a 50 cent sponge does, feel ripped off – and I’d bet the remainder just don’t want to admit they were so easily snookered.
 

Americans, regrettably comprised unanimously of human beings – and who are mostly products of dumbed-down public education (AND COLLEGES) – have a regrettable penchant to be swayed by slick rhetoric and lofty hyperbole, and to be rather easily misled by faulty reasoning.  It’s interesting that the classic “logical fallacies” used and abused by our mind-numbing politicians, “pitch men” and media elite were known and understood 500 years before Augustus, yet seem even more effective today than then. 

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
  
“This was the moment the rising of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal!”
  
“We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand.  We must build our house upon a rock. We must lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity…”
 
 
The reason for [insert negative phenomenon here] is Bush.  Republicans want you to die quickly.  Obamacare will be deficit neutral.  Tax cuts benefit only the rich.  The science is settled.  Economists / Geologists / Climatologists / Experts agree that [insert your opinion here].  The Tea Party is racist / islamaphobe / homophobe / hateful / dangerous.  9/11 was an inside job.  Obama is not a US citizen….yada, yada.
 
I suspect Shakespeare knew about Obama: 
 
[Obamaius] is but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is
a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
– Macbeth
 
 
“So let it be written, so let it be done!”
Yul Brynner / A.K.A Rameses II
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