Month: October 2011

Snatching Defeat From The Jaws of Victory

Is everything screwed up enough for everyone yet?

In the high profile wake of Iraq’s new corruptocracy kicking us out of the country we liberated from Saddam Hussein and Hamid Karzai’s candid admission that he would rather side with Pakistan against us is there any other reasonable conclusion to arrive at other than our troops should not wait until the end of the year to evacuate?  The hardline Iranian tied backers that constitute the new Iraqi Caliphate are grudgefucking their goats at the opportunity to put US soldiers on trial.  In Karzai’s case, the man would have been killed long ago had we not been the shield to protect him from the eternal poppy field in the sky.

And this is the thanks we get?

Not one soldier should expect to waste another drop of sweat to pay for Obama’s re-election campaign and his spin for this unmitigated cludterf*ck will be magnificent.  He killed Osama Bin Laden with the special forces and intelligence apparatus he inherited from his predecessor and assassinated Qaddafi in Days, Not Weeks(tm) (in many months actually) for the crime of him not being the ruler of Syria.

Excuse me.  Obama killed Qaddafi once Qaddafi was killed.  It was a NATO operation when he was still at large.

He brought our troops home from Iraq (after getting us kicked out) and Afghanistan is siding with the people he’s been bombing with drone strikes.  It is truly amazing what can be accomplished when the media doesn’t hound the President for following the letter of international law.

Pouring water on the head of a non-uniformed terrorist captured on a battlefield?  High crimes ready for impeachment!  An extra-judicial killing of a US citizen who was a propagandist for our enemies?  Courage.  Leadership.  Hemming and hawing about means to an end if that.  John Walker Lindh was lucky he wasn’t caught in Obama’s time.  Since he was caught under Bush he’s a hero to the Left.  If it were a few years later his bloody mug would be pasted at the top of the NY Times with a “Got Him!” 72-font headline.

This could have all gone very differently.  Instead, China and Russia got the Iraqi oil contracts (thanks to John Kerry) and the Taliban was overthrown so that we could build the country up and hand it back to them better than new. This is what, somehow, qualifies Hillary Clinton as some kind of foreign policy expert.  At the State Department, she’s moved from Carrot Top “Reset Button” prop diplomacy and now we’re on to charades.

It’s enough to make you want to vote for Ron Paul.



Dear 99 Percenters

Please knock it off. You entitled, obnoxious, self-righteous brats and burnouts do not represent us.

– 99% of “the 99%”.

Panini and Company Cafe normally sells sandwiches to tourists in Lower Manhattan and the residents nearby, but in recent days its owner, Stacey Tzortzatos, has also become something of a restroom monitor. Protesters from Occupy Wall Street, who are encamped in a nearby park, have been tromping in by the scores, and not because they are hungry.

Ms. Tzortzatos’s tolerance for the newcomers finally vanished when the sink was broken and fell to the floor. She installed a $200 lock on the bathroom to thwart nonpaying customers, angering the protesters.

“I’m looked at as the enemy of the people,” she said. The anticorporate participants in Occupy Wall Street, which began three weeks ago, say they have no intention of leaving soon. The protest has been building in size, with sister demonstrations erupting in other cities, and politicians, labor leaders and celebrities adding their support. But for many neighborhood businesses, the protest’s end cannot come soon enough. In interviews, business owners said they were especially annoyed that the organizers of the grass-roots movement neglected to include portable toilets in their plan to bring down Wall Street.

I know that sympathy for this cause is found mostly from the wealthy liberals and the media, or as they’re also known, folks who don’t have to smell them. However, I think that the majority of us who comprise the actual 99% don’t really appreciate them. I just hope that the media, in trying to glorify the parasites, cement their and the Democratic party’s fate to them. Come election time, we working-class stiffs will clearly see which party rewards those who produce and who rewards those who not only consume, but doesn’t give you so much as a “thank you”.

Fret Not, America: ***LIVE*** From the We Stand With Gibson Rally

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn warns the bikers over their carbon emissions.

Live simulcast starts at 1PM CST through the official We Stand With Gibson site.

What is it about American Exceptionalism that the soon-to-be ex-President Urkel H. Anti-Christ, Jr. hates so much?  Much like the impetus for the astroturfed “Occupy Wall Street” mob scenes, it has a lot to do with whether your check cleared the DNC.  Like the radio payola scandals, it also appears that federal agents are taking requests with mercenary aplomb from the far Left end of your dial.

The abbreviated version is that earlier this year Obama’s eco-stormtroopers at the hilariously misnamed US Dept. of Fish and Wildlife attacked the guitar manufacturer during a daring daylight raid, guns draw on employees, out of fear that Gibson’s inventory of awesome would have been flushed down their toilets had they simply knocked on the door with a search warrant.

Makes you proud to be an American, doesn’t it?  I mean it’s not selling automatic weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels in order to pin gang violence on US gun owners but it’s a nice touch.

At issue seems to be that Gibson employs documented American citizens to do some fit and finish work on the wood used in their instruments.  Americans who should be drawing patriotic unemployment checks. 

In an interview with Beck radio affiliate KMJ 105.9 in Fresno, California, Juszkiewicz told host Chris Daniel that the government made the point “explicitly:”

CHRIS DANIEL:  Mr. Juszkiewicz, did an agent of the US government suggest to you that your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of American labor?

HENRY JUSZKIEWICZ:  They actually wrote that in a pleading.

CHRIS DANIEL:  Excuse me?

HENRY JUSKIEWICZ:   They actually wrote that in a pleading.

CHRIS DANIEL:  That your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?

HENRY JUSKIEWICZ:  Yes, yeah. They said that explicitly.

It’s not that the wood is harvested from the Tree of Souls from Avatar though if it were it would probably rock your face off and simultaneously get your cats pregnant.  And it’s not that a foreign government lodged a complaint.  No, US Fish and Wildlife decided to pro-actively enforce another country’s laws and pervert one of our own when the other country did not think it was a problem.  Gee, I wonder why.

One of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Company. The C.E.O., Chris Martin IV, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the DNC over the past couple of election cycles. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain “East Indian Rosewood.” In case you were wondering, that is the exact same wood in at least ten of Gibson’s guitars.

The Gibson facility wasn’t raided over allegations of tax evasion, charges of embezzlement, or even something as drab as child labor. Not even close. It was raided over what the DOJ deems an inability to follow a vague domestic trade law in India (one that apparently the Indian government didn’t seem too concerned about enforcing) regarding a specific type of wood. Not illegal wood, just wood with obscenely specific procedural guidelines.

While armed federal agents assert prosecutorial discretion to enforce another country’s protectionist laws.  We all know what this is.  The same thing that happened to car dealerships that contributed to Republicans after the bailout.  The same thing that happened to Ford when the White House demanded that they retract their anti-bailout commercials.

The Chicago Way may be fine for blues music and deep dish pizza but it’s  un-American in a Presidency.

Everybody lend your support to this international icon today being forced to decide whether they should  layoff all of it’s US employees to stay in the good graces of our Gangster Government or fight the good fight until this administration is thrown out on its red diaper rash in 13 months.
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Occupy Wall Street In A Nutshell

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Picture courtesy of my awesome Iranian pal, Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi whose Planet Iran blog will return soon.

But we’re all angry about something, so I guess it’s OK.

There you have it; white kids pissed off at a symbolic mom and dad who never gave them what they thought was owed to them.

By the way, isn’t the raucous activism of the disaffected and unemployed at the very heart of “community organizing”? Nice to see the circle of life complete itself.

We’re From The Government, We’re Here To Help (Ourselves)

You want to help the children right? Only a heartless Rethuglikkan Teabagger would gut government spending. Because as we all know from watching Good Morning America, the government does nothing but help the disadvantaged and employ first responders.

I mean, if you work for the government to help the disadvantaged realize the dream of home ownership or care for children, then the noblest of hearts must beat in your chest, no?

…perhaps most damaging, the Fanniegate mess illustrates the potential for even the best government programs with the best of intentions to backfire expensively and disastrously. Lobbying by advocacy groups like ACORN allied to banking interests helped warp Fannie Mae’s programs from sound housing finance for the middle class into a toxic disaster that helped bring about the Great Recession. This is the Tea Party case for small, limited government wrapped up into a comprehensible package and blames Democratic special interests for much of the country’s economic woes.

And, if you run a non-profit called After School Matters, what kind of b*stard would you be if you denied them a nickel in funding? Well, you’d probably be the b*stard who would be run out of town for indicting the mayor of Chicago for directing kickbacks to his wife’s organization.

According to Mr. Ferguson, the city — often to the surprise of even grant recipients — required firms that got tax increment financing subsidies to donate a share of that money to specific non-profit groups.

Of the 27 grant agreements signed between 1985 and 2009 that directed cash contributions to private non-profits, at least 16, or 59%, specifically designated After School Matters or an affiliate.

Altogether, After School Matters received $915,000 through such “public benefits” clauses, according to the report. This is on top of more than $54.5 million in direct city grants since 2004.

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(sirloin tips to Doug Ross)

Your David Mamet Quotes of the Day

We’re adding a little something to this month’s sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize?
[Holds up prize]
Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired.

Blake, Glengarry, Glen Ross

Why are taxes high? To fund programs proved failures decades ago, and to spawn new programs to correct the errors their predecessors proved incapable of addressing. But the fault was not the nature of those previous programs but their systemic inability not only to affect, but to name affectable goals.

Government is only a business. Past the roads, defense, and sewers, it sells excitement and self-satisfaction to the masses, and charges them an entertainment tax, exacted in wealth and misery.

It cannot make cars, or develop medicines. How can it “abolish poverty”, or Bring About and End to Greed or Exploitation?. It can only sell the illusion…

It does this, first of all, by stating inchoate goals, “change, hope, fairness, peace,” and then indicting those who question them as traitors or ogres; finally, it explains its lack of success … because of insufficient funding.

David Mamet, The Secret Knowledge

Your David Mamet Quotes of the Day

You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way! And that’s how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I’m offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?

Jim Malone, the Untouchables

Socialist Europe is help us as a model of “just behavior”; but the Left forgets that for seventy-five years America defended Europe from the Communist threat, and bore the cost, would have bankrupted Europe… The Left looks at the peace in Europe since World War II and forgets that is was not only ensured, but created by American military strength and determination. And now the Left has elected a president who thinks it good to go to Europe and apologize for our “arrogance,” who proclaims the benefits of appeasement both at home and around the world.

David Mamet, The Secret Knowledge