July 27, 2009

Allen County Govt. (OH; County Seat Lima) Wants a Sales Tax Increase; Bad Idea

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:50 pm

Well, if they want to drive shoppers out of Lima in particular and Allen County in general over to neighboring counties, increasing the sales tax to 7.0% would help do it. Governments need to cut costs in a recession (actually they should always be doing this), not taking more money from it citizens, many of whom are struggling mightily in the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy, now known as the POR Recession/”Repression” As Normal People Define It.

Proving that the Stupid Party hasn’t gotten any smarter, two Republican county commissioners voted for the increase.

There is pushback by www.yourvotecountsallencountry.com (link forwards to the org’s FaceBook page). There should be. The group aims to get the sales tax on the November ballot, at which time it will likely be crushed, and two Stupid Party commissioners will have well-deserved egg on their faces.

Special props go to reporter Bob Blake at LimaOhio.com, who employed the correct language of taxation I advocated a week ago:

The measure means consumers will pay 7.69 percent more for taxable items.

That is of course correct. Raising the tax from 6.5% to 7.0% IS a 7.69% (0.5/6.5) increase in the sales tax. No one should let the tax-raisers say it’s a “0.5% tax increase” — because it isn’t.

This Video Makes a Lot More Sense Now, Doesn’t It?

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 3:20 pm

Items:

  • Fox/AP — “Obama: ‘Victory’ Not Necessarily Goal in Afghanistan”
  • AP — “Obama: ‘Victory’ not right word for Afghanistan”
  • Neo Neo-con at American Thinker — “Obama on Afghanistan: victory is a four-letter word.” Money quote: “Even if LBJ and McNamara felt that way about Vietnam, they didn’t state it.”

This is not surprising, but it is still deeply offensive and outrageous.

Obama won’t even talk about “victory” in Iraq, let alone Afghanistan, despite the fact that it has been achieved in Iraq — twice.

George W. Bush didn’t recognize, and should have recognized, the second victory over the insurgency in late 2008, 5-1/2 long, painful years after the original “Mission Accomplished” triumph in 2003. That the triumph occurred at all over three determined enemies (terrorists, Old Media, and peaceniks such as Old Medea) is a tribute to Bush’s persistence and David Petraeus’s late-game brilliance.

After Bush left, the evidence of victory became indisputable, though unrecognized by our own government, when we handed over military control of Iraq to the Iraqis in late June of this year). Sadly, there’s plenty of reason to believe Obama will fumble or give the Iraq victory away.

Now to the related video, from several months ago:

Some whiners at the time this vid appeared claimed that the circumstances of the Bush and Obama appearances were different. Well, maybe — but that doesn’t explain the lack of enthusiasm at the end of Obama’s appearance, when protocol was no longer (as) relevant. Even the CNN newsperson at the end of the vid noted the lack of positive response from the soldiers who were present.

Update: Sadly, this news is hardly coincidental, when a President who remains a punk at home and an appeaser abroad is in charge  – “U.S. Deaths Hit A Record High In Afghanistan.”

Would YOU be enthusiastic about a President who doesn’t even seem to understand that he is aiding and comforting the enemy, whose mission in life is to kill you — or worse, that he does understand it, and is doing so anyway?

Pass the Word, the PUNK President Is Back

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:07 pm

Actually, he never went away.

But the last time I referred to the confirmed punk who happens to be our president as a punk was on April 29, responding to CNN’s characterization of Obama’s alleged “SWAGGA.”

While there has been plenty of outright thuggery since (see: Chrysler’s secured creditors; GM’s secured bondholders), Barack Obama’s behavior generally didn’t descend ever further to the punk level until he reacted thusly to the arrest and release of “Professor” Gates in Cambridge, Mass. last week at his nationally televised press conference:

I don’t know all the facts. What’s been reported, though, is that the guy forgot his keys, jimmied his way to get into the house; there was a report called into the police station that there might be a burglary taking place.

So far, so good, right? I mean, if I was trying to jigger into — well, I guess this is my house now, so — (laughter) — it probably wouldn’t happen.

….. Now, I’ve — I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.

And number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcing disproportionately. That’s just a fact.

Pure, unadulterated, self-admittedly ignorant bunk from a longtime, unrehabilitated punk.

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Addendum: Brickbats also go out to Punk Jr., aka Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

Addendum 2: From Breitbart the Brilliant

….. Less than a month after being confirmed as the nation’s attorney General, Eric H. Holder Jr. called out the American people as “essentially a nation of cowards” for refusing to talk openly about race.

Of course, the attorney general is essentially right in his assessment. Much of America is petrified to bring up race, especially in public forums – the media, in particular. But for exactly the opposite reasons Mr. Holder, the Obama administration and the brain trust of modern liberalism assert.

Americans, especially nonblacks, are deeply fearful that the dynamic is predicated on an un-American premise: presumed guilt. Innocence, under the extra-constitutional reign of political correctness, liberalism’s brand of soft Shariah law, must be proved ex post facto.

Think not? Ask the Duke lacrosse team, which had 88 of the school’s professors sign a petition that presumed their guilt before their side of the story was known. Even though the white athletes were exonerated and the liberal district attorney who pushed the case was dethroned, disbarred and disgraced, the professoriate that assigned guilt to its own students still refuses to apologize.

Being a professor, or a community organizer cum Punk President, apparently never means having to say, “I was wrong, I am sorry” — in the latter’s case, while apologizing to the world for every real and (mostly) imagined slight our country may have inflicted on others in its entire history.

Lucid and Lickety-Split Links (072709, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:47 am

Lucid Link (just one):

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From the New London Day in Connecticut — “Coast Guard museum plan on hold; Shelving of project disappoints city officials still looking for Fort Trumbull springboard”:

Citing lackluster fundraising figures and a stagnant economy, the National Coast Guard Museum Association and the Coast Guard Foundation voted unanimously Thursday to postpone the $65 million project.

…. This doesn’t mean we’ve given up on the project, it means we’ll put it on the shelf until the economic climate improves,” said Anne Brengle, foundation president. “The idea that this can be accomplished purely on private individuals’ dollars is just not a viable reality.”

For what it’s worth, I actually think that a Coast Guard Museum could be a rare example where the use of public funds might be appropriate, consistent with the other military related monuments and museums that already exist.

But that’s beside the immediate point. The Day’s subheadline indicates that there is officially nothing relating to property development going on in the area that was the subject of the Kelo v. New London ruling four years ago. The final settlement agreement between the City, the New London Development Corporation, and the two final holdouts, the Cristofaros and Susette Kelo, happened three years ago.

The Supreme Court’s decision was heavily influenced by the existence of a so-called “(master) development plan,” as this key paragraph from the ruling illustrates:

The city’s determination that the area at issue was sufficiently distressed to justify a program of economic rejuvenation is entitled to deference. The city has carefully formulated a development plan that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including, but not limited to, new jobs and increased tax revenue. As with other exercises in urban planning and development, the city is trying to coordinate a variety of commercial, residential, and recreational land uses, with the hope that they will form a whole greater than the sum of its parts. To effectuate this plan, the city has invoked a state statute that specifically authorizes the use of eminent domain to promote economic development. Given the plan’s comprehensive character, the thorough deliberation that preceded its adoption, and the limited scope of this Court’s review in such cases, it is appropriate here …. to resolve the challenges of the individual owners, not on a piecemeal basis, but rather in light of the entire plan. Because that plan unquestionably serves a public purpose, the takings challenged here satisfy the Fifth Amendment.

Do you laugh or cry? The answer is laugh at the stupidity, cry at the results of said stupidity.

The Court’s majority was scammed. The ruling remains a national embarrassment and disgrace.

Meanwhile, the politically-connected, high-powered Italian Dramatic Club, which was allowed to stand while all homes in Fort Trumbull were condemned, remains. The IDC’s continued presence mocks the very idea that there was any justice in this matter.

Maybe someone ought to ask Kelo-supporting Supreme Court nominee Judge Sotomayor if the fact that absolutely nothing has been done in New London, with little near-term prospect for anything else positive occurring, might make her think differently in future rulings. There are strong indications from previous rulings that the answer is “no.”

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Lickety-Split Links:

And Democrats called Bush Hitler?

Filed under: Education,Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 9:28 am

Matt Barber’s perspective is not near as overreaching as that of the new moonbat “Science Czar.”

From his piece on Friday:

Is there a co-pay with forced abortion?
Exclusive: Matt Barber

…In the name of population control, Holdren has advocated both forced abortion and compulsory sterilization through government-administered tainting of the water supply. In a book he co-authored, entitled “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment,” Holdren calls for a “Planetary Regime” to enforce mandatory abortions and limit the use of natural resources.

…Holdren further suggests that since “[a]dding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control,” such an approach would have to “meet some rather stiff requirements; … be uniformly effective; … free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects;” and pass both PETA and AARP muster by having “no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock.”

…He concludes that “sterilizing women after their second or third child” may be more practical than sterilizing men, and proposes a “long-term sterilizing capsule that could be implanted under the skin” at puberty and then “might be removable, with official permission, for a limited number of births.

But that’s not what’s so unsettling. There are plenty of nuts in the world. In fact, Harvard alone accounts for a significant percentage of them. What’s utterly horrifying is that our president – the leader of the free world – would even think, if only for a moment, “Hey, I just gotta have that Planetary Regime guy in my administration!” That says a lot more about him than it does Herr Holdren. Indeed “birds of a feather flock together,” and these perching political pigeons look down upon our unique American freedoms only to see a newly washed windshield.

…I’m not saying that forced abortion and compulsory sterilization are an express part of Obamacare … yet. But once again, look who’s baking. They’ve already mixed the batter, we’ve licked the spoon and it tastes like … well, see for yourself:

First, it provides a federal bailout for Planned Parenthood and the rest of the multi-billion dollar abortion industry through taxpayer funded abortion on demand; ostensibly to include reanimation of the horrific and currently banned practice of partial-birth abortion.

…Secondly, and as Obama has fundamentally admitted, it will, undeniably, necessitate “Animal Farm” style health care rationing for the elderly and infirm. Don’t forget: “Some animals are more equal than others.” Or as Obama put it, Grandma may have to forgo “additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care. … Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.” (Got that? Sorry, Granny, you’re 66 years old – no kidney transplant for you. Here’s some morphine, now go lie down and die.)

But if all that’s not enough, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee’s official summary of the bill additionally authorizes a CDC-funded “Community Preventive Services Task Force … to improve immunization coverage of children, adolescents, and adults … through the use of evidence-based interventions,” up to and including, “home visits.”

Mom, Dad – decided against a potentially deadly Gardasil injection for your fourth-grade tween? Well, get ready for that needle-ready knock at your door from the government vaccination “task force.” It’s time for your “evidence-based intervention.” I wonder: Do jackboots go well with scrubs?

Where are the NAGS with regards to this missing link wanting to control the “reproductive rights” of women and children?

I guess it would be too consistent to expect all those who agree with Mengele Holdren and the “Gee, he looked good on paper” president to lead by example and be the first to enlist in his programs…or do they think their families would/should be exempt?

Yet further proof that liberals are what they [falsely] accuse others of being.

If This Is ‘Diversity,’ You Can Have It…

Filed under: Activism,General,Scams,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 8:09 am

…along with the entire western seaboard for that matter. Just don’t give them back…

The video is at CNN

More from StatesmanJournal.com (interesting comments).

Let me guess…if you disagree with cross-dressing Siverton, Oregon Mayor Stu Rasmussen, then you’re a homophobe? Just like if you disagree with Josef Stalin Barack Obama, you’re a racist and if you disagree with Mitt Romney, you’re a “religious bigot?”

And we’re supposed to take those allegations seriously after watching that video?

Give me a break.

Positivity: Teen Thanks Man Who Saved Him From Drowning

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:06 am

From Golden, Colorado:

Jul 19, 2009 12:57 pm US/Mountain

Teen Thanks Man Who Saved Him From Drowning

There were hugs and tears of relief in Golden on Thursday after a teenager was rescued from Clear Creek.

Ryan Evans slipped on a rock while trying to cross the creek Tuesday evening. Evans was able to thank the man who saved his life on Thursday.

Matt Mulicka was tubing and saw Evans face-down in the water. He pulled him out and performed CPR on Evans.

“Thirty to 40 feet in front of me I see a body floating down about 6 inches under the water, face down,” Mulicka said.

Mulicka says everything happens for a reason. He says if he hadn’t stopped a few minutes earlier to open a gate and help a goose get to her flock he wouldn’t have been at the right place at the right time.

“All I could see is pictures of my family in my mind and I kind of felt myself dying … some kind of angels are watching me,” Evans said.

Golden fire awarded Mulicka a “Distinguished Citizen Award.” The fire department has rescued as many as five people from the creek this summer.

Go to the link for pictures and video.