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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tea Party 3/31


Why should you attend the ContinuingA New Dawn Rises  Revolution Rally? We spoke loudly in November, but the political memory span is apparently extremely short term. It is time for us to remind Washington that we mean business.

Our country is in critical financial despair, our economy is stuck in recession, and all Americans are feeling the effects. Meanwhile, it's business as usual in Washington. They are continuing their resolutions which don't seem to be resolving much of anything. It's time that Washington start making the tough decisions by cutting unnecessary federal spending, eliminating the unpopular and unconstitutional Obama Care, and creating a budget that will place us back on the road to prosperity. This is no time for stopping! We must continue our Tea Party Patriots revolution! Will you join us?   


Event Details
Taft MapWhen: Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 12pm - 1:30pm
Where: Robert A. Taft Memorial, Washington, DC (see map >>)
Speakers: 
Tea Party Patriots Co-Founders Jenny Beth Martin & Mark Meckler
Rep. Mike Pence (IN)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN)
Rep. Steve King (IA)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX)
Rep. Jim Jordan (OH)
Rep. Tom Graves (GA)
Rep. Joe Walsh (IL)
Andrew Langer, President of The Institute for Liberty
Colin Hanna, Founder of Let Freedom Ring
Dick Morris, NY Times Best Selling Author and Commentator
What if I can't make it to DC?
TP Rally
If you can't make it to DC this week there is plenty you can do to participate in the Continuing Revolution.

1. Go to the Continuing Revolution page at www.teapartypatriots.org
2. List your local rally/protest on the CRR page.
3. Find a local rally/protest at the CRR page.
4. Call, email, or fax your representatives.
5. Update your Facebook status to show your support of the Continuing Revolution Rallies.
5. Tweet about the Continuing Revolution Rallies.
6. Tell your friends and family how important it is that we hold our representatives accountable.
7. Donate to help offset the costs involved in running the event.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ohio Union Bill Approved By House Panel


Wow the statists in the Democratic Party lost the house even with stolen union dues to finance their campaign.



How bad will they lose the Senate without their campaign loots?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Fairfax VA Tax Protest tonight


‎3/29 - Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Tax Rate Hearing (yes, this is different from the Budget Hearings) - 3:30 PM. To sign up to speak, please call (703) 324-3151

3/29 - Anti-Tax Rally - 6 PM, at the Fairfax County Government Center to kick off the budget hearings. Call: (703) 502-0161

3/29-3/31 - Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Public Budget Hearings - To sign up to speak, please call (703) 324-3151

Poll: Who is your current favorite choice to be the 2012 GOP presidential candidate?

Poll: Who is your current favorite choice to be the 2012 GOP presidential candidate?

VOTE!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mitt Romney | Tea Party support | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

Mitt Romney | Tea Party support | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

I suspect NOTA or undecided would out poll him. Tea partiers are independent and still waiting for someone good to emerge (Chris Christie? Rand Paul?)

“If a thousand [people] were not to pay their tax bills this year, ...


“If a thousand [people] were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.” — Henry David Thoreau, 1848

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Obama's compassionate conservative dysentery

For those of you too young to have seen "Annie Hall" (1977), who are amused by the MSNBC/DNC hypocrisy of supporting (a less well planned) Bush Iraq policy when done by Obama in Libya:

Alvy Singer: I'm so tired of spending evenings making fake insights with people who work for "Dysentery." 


Robin: "Commentary." 


Alvy Singer: Oh really? I had heard that "Commentary" and "Dissent" had merged and formed "Dysentery."



Bruce Majors

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011


Human Achievement Hour 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
On Saturday March 26, 2011, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, some people will shut off their lights and spend an hour in darkness as a symbolic vote against global climate change. Observers of Earth Hour want world leaders to “do something” about pollution and energy use.  What this means is that they want politicians to use legal mandates and punitive taxes to prevent individuals from freely using resources, hindering our ability to create the solutions and technologies of the future. Instead, the Competitive Enterprise Institute asks you to spend that hour with your lights *on* in celebration of Human Achievement Hour. Learn more and RSVP at our Facebook event page Join our Facebook group Follow us on Twitter Also, keep your eye on OpenMarket.org for the daily “Human Achievement of the Day
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The Human Achievement Hour (HAH) is a celebration of individual freedom and appreciation of the achievements and innovations that people have used to improve their lives throughout history. To celebrate Human Achievement Hour, participants need only to spend the hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 26 enjoying the benefits of capitalism and human innovation: Gather with friends in the warmth of a heated home, watch television, take a hot shower, drink a beer, call a loved one on the phone, or listen to music.
You can also utilize one of man’s greatest achievements, the Internet, to join CEI’s in-house party, which will live stream right here at CEI.orgbeginning at 8:00 pm EST. You can use the chat function to tell us how you are celebrating human achievement in your neighborhood
HAH is an annual event meant to recognize and celebrate the fact that this is the greatest time to be alive, and that the reason we have come is that people have been free to use their minds and the resources in their environment to experiment, create, and innovate. Participants in HAH recognize the necessity to protect the individual persons from government coercion, so that we may continue innovating and improving our lives and the world around us.
See how far we’ve come.
This event is co-sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights

A message for Lindsey Graham from the tea party


JOHNNY:
Guess it's over, call it a day
Sorry that it had to end this way
No reason to pretend
We knew it had to end some day, this way

Deniece:
Yes, it's over, the kicks are gone
What's the use of tryin' to hang on?
Somewhere we lost the key
So little left for you and me and it's clear to see

Both: Too much, too little, too late to lie again with you
Too much, too little, too late to try again with you
We’re in the middle of ending something that we knew

Johnny: Was over
Deniece: Oh, it was over

Both: Too much, too little, too late to ever try again
Too much, too little, too late, let's end it being friends
Too much, too little, too late, we knew it had to end

Deniece; And, it's over
Johnny: It's over

Deniece:
Yes, it's over, the chips are down (whoa)
Pitty all our bridges tumbled down
Johnny:
Whatever chance we try, let's face it why deny It's over
Deniece: (It's over)
Johnny: It's over

Both: Too much, too little, too late to ever try again
Too much, too little, too late, let's end it being friends
Too much, too little, too late, we knew it had to end

Johnny: And it's over
Deniece: And it's over
Johnny: It's over
Deniece: And it's over
Fade
Both: Too much, too little, too late to ever try again
Too much, too little, too late, let's end it being friends

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/j/johnny_mathis/#share

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

LOC on Miller

Greedy Hand in the Cookie Jar: How the Democrats Lost Wisconsin

I just learned how the Wisconsin government unions are responsible for their legislative loss:


Republicans could have separated the non-budget aspects of the bill (the parts denying the unions the power to force people to join the union in order to get a government job and to have the power to have the State collect dues from government employees against their will as with-holding from paychecks) from day one...


.... but Rinos in the legislature didn't want to.

That is until the Democrats and unions started giving them death threats and harassing their children.



Then they decided that rather than wait nicely for Democratic legislators to participate in the voting, they didn't want to be threatened any longer.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tsunamis and Obama's Keynesian necro-nomics

From John Papola's great website:

http://butwhatthehelldoiknow.com/2011/03/11/about-tsunamis-as-stimulus/

about tsunamis as “stimulus”?





It THIS “stimulus”?



Larry Summers thinks so. Here’s Larry, the former director of the White House National Economic Council for President Obama and a strong believer in Keynesian so-called “stimulus”, commenting on the economic impact of the tragic tsunami which has struck Japan…



…It may lead to some temporary increments, ironically, to GDP, as a process of rebuilding takes place. In the wake of the earlier Kobe earthquake, Japan actually gained some economic strength…



This is a shocking statement, or at least it should be. Though he takes pains to wrap this preposterous claim with concern about the loss of life, there is simply no getting around the fact that Mr. Summers is equating destruction with “economic strength”. He is, however, simply following directly in the footsteps of John Maynard Keynes himself who, in his 1936 treatise The General Theory, wrote:



Pyramid-building, earthquakes, even wars may serve to increase wealth, if the education of our statesmen on the principles of the classical economics stands in the way of anything better.



Keynes repeated the “destruction as stimulus” fallacy often. In a 1940 issue of The New Republic, he wrote:



It is, it seems, politically impossible for a capitalistic democracy to organize expenditure on the scale necessary to make the grand experiments which would prove my case — except in war conditions



Keynes was renowned for his sharp tongue and quick wit to be sure. But destruction-as-stimulus is not a mere shock-value rhetorical device for expounding the Keynesian doctrine of aggregate spending. No, it is at the absolute CENTER of the ideology. Paul Krugman, ultra-partisan pundit, was and remains so committed to destruction-as-stimulus that he was willing to actually break partisan ranks and agree with former President Bush (another Keynesian):



Hate to say this, but [Bush] is right when he says:






“I think actually the spending in the war might help with jobs…because we’re buying equipment, and people are working. I think this economy is down because we built too many houses and the economy’s adjusting.”






In fact, I’d say that the sources of the economy’s expansion from 2003 to 2007 were, in order, the housing bubble, the war, and — very much in third place — tax cuts.



Krugman also infamously declared the following on September 14th, 2001, regarding the destruction of the 9/11 terror attack:



These aftershocks need not be major. Ghastly as it may seem to say this, the terror attack — like the original day of infamy, which brought an end to the Great Depression — could even do some economic good.



If that doesn’t turn your stomach, it should. It IS as horrible and misguided as it seems. Still, none of this is new for Keynesians. World War II is, almost without fail and as Krugman alludes to above, THE example of Keynesian-style government spending “working”. I can, in fact, recall no other example which is brought out in support of Keynesian economics by its supporters other than WWII.



It’s wrong, of course. Wars only destroy and only stimulate war-related industries at the expense of everything else in the process. And it should be noted that as WWII was ending there was consensus by Keynesians that the economy would fall back into a depression due the enormous drop in spending. In 1943, Super-Keynesian Paul Samuelson wrote:



…were the war to end suddenly within the next 6 months, were we again planning to wind up our war effort in the greatest haste, to demobilize our armed forces, to liquidate price controls, to shift from astronomical deficits to even the large deficits of the thirties–then there would be ushered in the greatest period of unemployment and industrial dislocation which any economy has ever faced.



He couldn’t have been more wrong. Instead, the economy grew and unemployment remained low even with millions of soldiers returning home and getting back to peaceful work. Keynesian economics should have been relegated to the dustbin of crackpot and crank economics fifty years ago. Instead, it lived on to help cause the 1970s stag-flation (another event deemed impossible by Keynesian doctrine) and other boom and bust cycles around the world… including Japan.



Going back to Japan and its economy, one of the many irony’s in this entire tsunami episode in keynesian follies is that the Japanese government remains perhaps the single biggest peace-time experimenter in Keynesian economics, with nothing but nation-crushing, debilitating debt left as the result. In the 1990s, after an easy-money fueled stock and real estate boom and bust, one virtually identical to our own this past decade, Japan embarked on massive Keynesian “stimulus”, paving the country in concrete including many unnecessary “infrastructure” projects like trains to nowhere. What followed was a malaise known as “the lost decades” or, as I like to call it, the Keynesian hangover.



The lesson here is as simple as it is old. Waste is waste. Destruction is destruction. Costs are costs, not benefits.



We live in a world of scarcity and choice. The resources which must go into rebuilding after war or natural disaster are resources which could and would have gone into other things. The costs associated with this process are not offset through some magical “mutiplier” into net benefits. Prior to 9/11, we had two sky scrapers and a pile of raw materials. After 9/11, we lost the buildings. At some point we may have new building completed there, but the net loss to our society should be obvious. Destruction is destruction.



The Failure of Aggregate Thinking

How is it that anyone believes this destruction-as-stimulus fallacy, especially people who are considered by many to be brilliant minds?



I believe the public at large buys into the idea because the experience of crisis on a personal level often does bring about a kind of re-examination and renewal. And so a psychological sense of rebirth makes these keynesian fallacies feel right. But good economics isn’t about what feels right. It is often, if not usually, the job of good economists to explain why it is that something which feels right is actually quite wrong. For example, mandating that a certain vital good, like oil or healthcare, be sold at a low price (a price control), often feels like the right thing to do. But economists almost universally recognize that price controls have punishing and negative effects including unnecessary shortages, rationing, wait lists and the emergence of black markets as we’ve seen during the 1970s oil crisis and socialized healthcare systems. Economics isn’t an emotional nor a morality play. It’s not about what feels right. It’s about how people respond to incentives and use information.



The keynesian economists I’ve quoted above are not likely guilty of this emotional analysis. Rather, theirs is a peculiar failure of methodology. They are trapped in their own mathematical models and blinded to what economics really is all about. Summers conflates GDP, and specifically Nominal GDP (NGDP), alternatively referred to as “Aggregate Demand”, with healthy economic activity and wealth creation. NGDP is simply an accounting of the transactions over the past quarter or year. Those transactions are, in normal times, signs of exchanges for mutual gain. I trade my $500 for an iPad. I want the iPad more than my $500. Apple wants my $500 more than their iPad. Mutual gain. $500 gets added to NGDP.



Over the long run, NGDP does correlate strongly with real growth and increased material well being, including happiness. But in the short run, the period which is the focus of Keynesian analysis, the spending which makes up NGDP accounting does not necessarily provide an accurate measure of real wealth creation.



For starters, government spending is included in NGDP, even though the funding is extracted from taxpayers in a zero-sum transfer. I certainly don’t want to fund wars and bailouts, yet that is what is done with my money. That is a zero-sum transaction, not wealth creation, and there is dead-weight loss involved which NGDP fails to recognize or subtract. I am not better off for the government taking my money and giving it to Goldman Sachs nor using it to occupy Afghanistan. Governments can and do produce things of value, from roads to schools, but the nature of the transaction is quite different from voluntary trade, and yet it’s just added in to NGDP.



Similar to government spending, the transactions/cost of rebuilding after a catastrophe are also tallied up in NGDP. This is where the fallacy finds its analytical root. Because the clean up efforts in Japan are transactions (or 9/11, or the BP oil spill, or you name it) they are added to NGDP. The destruction of wealth was never SUBTRACTED, however. NGDP doesn’t include the loss or the cost. It also has no means of measuring what was never made instead. This is the “unseen” loss. Instead of rebuilding destroyed schools and neighborhoods, the same work and resources could have gone into the building of NEW ones which would ADD to the existing supply, making the society truly MORE wealthy.



And so, guided by a blind analysis of the economy in terms of simplistic accounting aggregates like NGDP, Keynesians far and wide conclude that destruction and war can, in the words of Larry Summers, gain you “some economic strength”. They’re wrong. Economics is the study of means by which human beings act and choose in pursuit of their own ends within a world of scarcity. Economics isn’t about money. It isn’t (bad) accounting or finance. Larry Summers, Paul Krugman and their intellectual brethren aren’t practicing economics at all when they claim that tsunamis and war stimulate the economy, they’re propegating one of the oldest and most dangerous fallacies in human history…



…but what the hell do I know?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wisconsin GOP Senators Pass Stand-Alone Anti-Union Bill Without Democrats Present


But Democrats are really irrelevant­, troglodyte­s facing extinction­.



Without compulsory union dues theft to fund their campaigns (NJ educrats alone gave $7 million of stolen loot to try to defeat Christie), their party will die. They need stolen money. Without it they will fracture. Establishm­ent Democrats will no longer have the funds to control their antiwar left flank.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tedium Tatters: They Don't Like Black People -- Ronald Schiller/NP...

Tedium Tatters: They Don't Like Black People -- Ronald Schiller/NP...: "I update this list of major 'progressives,' or as I call them, pro-regressives, who can live anywhere they want who almost always choose t..."


I update this list of major "progressives," or as I call them, pro-regressives, who can live anywhere they want who almost always choose to live in all white neighborhoods, and only on rare occasion choose to live in a gentrifying neighborhoods where upper middle class, mainly white, bureaucrats and politicos are displacing black people.


This edition's demonstrated-preference-racist is NPR's former fundraiser Ronald J. Schiller, who lives in a zip code with 9,000 inhabitants, 6(!) of who are black. No word yet on if there are any Jews.


Like MSNBC, National Public Radio is also almost all white hosted, with at most one black female host with an afternoon, non-drive time show, with a very small audience. Now NPR fires its one black male commentator. The two NPR executives involved, Vivian Schiller and Ellen Weiss, also fit the mold: both live in lily white zip codes of a majority black city. Schiller lives in Bethesda's 20817, which is 3.01% black. Weiss and famous leftist rabbi husband David Saperstein live in Chevy Chase DC 20015 which is around 9% African American (in a city that is 55% African American).


From MSNBC to the Washington Post to the Democratic Party, the flaks and cogs of the Obama regime all choose to live in lily white neighborhoods. Even the few people of color among them.


I guess running the modern day slave trade, where you sell black kids to the educrat unions for Democratic Party campaign contributions, makes you feel too guilty to face your victims! (See: "Waiting for Superman.")


Paul Begala (Democratic strategist, Clinton advisor, CNN chatterer, Freddie Mac lobbyist)

1.8% African American

1581 Highland Glen Place

McLean, VA 22101


David Brock (Media Matters for America)

0.53% African American

2310 California Street

Washington, D.C. 20008


and


73 Park Avenue

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971

Rehoboth is actually almost 6% African American, though as everyone who spends the summer there knows, the African Americans who live there are heavily segregated in areas farther from the beach, in homes worth less than $200,000, while whites like Brock live near the beach in properties averaging $450,000 that can easily be worth several million.


The founder of the smear and distraction group Tedium Tatters has two homes, one owned with his restraunter/interior designer partner James Alefantis. Both his Embassy Row home in DC's Kalorama neighborhood and his vacation home in the gay DC colony in Rehoboth Beach are as free of black people (save the help) as they can be.


Hillary Rodham Clinton (Obama regime flak)

0.53% African American

3067 Whitehaven Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20008



Anita Dunn (Obama White House)

3.2% African American

4413 Stanford Street

Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Karen Finney (Democratic National Committee)

2020 12th Street NW #717

Washington DC 20009

Ms. Finney's zip code, 20009, is plurality white in a black majority city, but her neighborhood, Dupont Circle, within that zip code is overwhelmingly majority white (http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Dupont-Circle-Washington-DC.html). Her building, 2020 Lofts, are infamous for having been initially purchased largely by speculators (http://bubblemeter.blogspot.com/2005/12/lockbox-glut.html). Her loft and many surrounding lofts of the new "U" were built by displacing lower income black homeowners. I suspect she thinks she is living an urban, integrated life (she blogs often about her bi-racial family). But like the other Democrats and Obama regime flaks she does not live in a historically black neighborhood like LeDroit Park or Crestwood or a working class black neighborhood like Anacostia or Riggs Park.


David Ignatius (The Washington Post)

0.53% African American

3400 Ordway Street NW

Washington, DC 20008



Rachel Maddow (all-white hosted MSNBC)

2.7% African American

130 Jane Street (West Village)

New York, NY 10014


Chris Matthews (all-white hosted MSNBC)

3.2% African American

9 East Kirke Circle

Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Andrea Mitchell (all-white hosted MSNBC)

0.6% African American

2710 Chain Bridge Road

Washington, DC 20016



Nancy Pelosi

4% African American

3030 K Street NW #214

Washington DC 20007



Anthony Podesta

0.53% African American

2438 Belmont Road NW

Washington DC 20008

Podesta funds Tedium Tatters, ThinkRegress and other websites that regularly libel the tea party movement as racist.



Harry Reid

6.8% African American

1155 23rd Street NW N2E

Washington DC 20037

Reid's neighborhood has about half as many African Americans as the national average. But since it is in a majority black city, it is viewed by local black residents as an all white neighborhood. It has a slightly higher percentage of African Americans than those of the other Democrats because it has a transient black residents who are students at George Washington University.


Eugene Robinson (The Washington Post)

2.5% African American (i.e., his own family)

5302 18th Street North

Arlington, VA 22205

http://www.city-data.com/zips/22205.html



Ron J Schiller

100 Mountain Laurel Ct

Aspen, CO 81611-2371

(970) 544-3549


Zip code 81611 races chart



There are 6 blacks in Mr. Schiller's neighborhood. No word yet on whether they allow Jews on Mountain Laurel Court.


Races in zip code 81611:

White population: 7,646

Black population: 6

American Indian population: 0

Asian population: 151

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population: 0

Some other race population: 0

Two or more races population: 134

Hispanic or Latino population: 531





Vivian Schiller (NPR)

3% African American

7361 HEATHERHILL CT

BETHESDA, MD 20817-4668


Ellen Weiss & Rabbi David Saperstein (NPR)

9% African American

5351 29th Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20015