06/27/09

Chuck Muth’s News & Views – June 27, 2009

By: Chuck Muth
Chuck Muth’s News & Views

CAP-AND-TRADE CHARADE

“Here they go again — our faithful representatives in Washington, that is. They’re about to pass, without reading its 1,200-plus pages, an incredibly expensive and destructive cap and trade bill, which has little prayer of accomplishing what it sets out to accomplish but satisfies their urgent need to pay homage to their liberal ideology and secular humanist worldview.”

- Columnist David Limbaugh

RINO ALERT! RINO ALERT!

The rotten, lousy, stinking’ Waxman-Markey national energy tax bill passed in the House yesterday by a vote of 219-212. That should come as no surprise since Democrats enjoy a huge majority. But the bill coulda/shoulda been defeated, because there were more than enough Democrats voting against it that all Republicans had to do was stick together.

Alas, eight Republicans sold out their party and their country and voted with the Democrats. Without those eight GOP votes, the bill would have been DEFEATED by a vote of 211-220. Yes, once again Republicans refused to blow an opportunity to blow an opportunity.

The eight Republican sell-outs were: Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), Mike Castle (Del.), Mark Steven Kirk (Ill.), Leonard Lance (NJ), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), John McHugh (NY), Dave Reichert (Washington), Chris Smith (NJ).

RIP GOP

“Conservatism lives on, just as it has from the time of Thomas Jefferson. But political parties, they come and go. As of today, the GOP cannot get its message heard because too many Americans have turned their backs—or a deaf ear —or are simply laughing too hard at the irony of the party once built upon less government, clean living and family values turned into the sad caricature it has become. It very well might be that, like Lazarus, the GOP must die before it can be reborn.”

- Reagan biographer Craig Shirley

IS IT CONTAGIOUS?

“I’m waiting for the World Health Organization to declare infidelity a pandemic in the Republican Party and then maybe they’d get some help.”

- Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach, KTNV-Channel 13/Las Vegas, 2/24/09

BLACK HOLE ON THE RIGHT

“Until yesterday, Mr. Sanford was head of the Republican Governor’s Association — a spot usually given to top GOP prospects to help build a national network of allies. Grassroots Republicans across the country were quietly forming ranks into a Sanford volunteer army. Conservatives were attracted by his unflinching fight against wasteful government.

“What’s left is a void in leadership as conservatives seek a leader they can believe in. . . . Mr. Sanford was one figure who looked like he might have considerable appeal to both conservatives and moderates. There aren’t too many of those around at the moment.”

- Brendan Miniter, Political Diary, 6/25/09

AND THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL

“Obama’s ongoing promise that he’s “creating or saving” jobs is as plausible as the chess team captain’s claim that his supermodel girlfriend can’t fly down from Canada for the prom.”

- Columnist Jonah Goldberg

AS GOES CALIFORNIA….

“Americans should take a good, long look at the fiscal and social wreck of the Golden Land, because California is at a place to which all of America is heading.”

- Columnist Patrick Buchanan

MEDIA CONTORTIONISTS

“Swamis and carnival contortionists who can fit their bodies into a Happy Meal box could learn something from the press about flexibility, given its ability to effortlessly pat its own back. Silly me, I thought the main job of the press was to challenge slippery answers and ask tough questions…”

- Columnist Jonah Goldberg

HEADLINE NEWS

“Most readers – and an unforgivably large number of political operatives – aren’t aware that in most newspapers, headlines aren’t written by the reporters who write the stories. They’re not even written by their editors. In most newspapers, headlines are written by brilliant people whose only job is to find ways to shrink complex story lines into six-word grabbers. My favorite tabloid headline of all time was the one that ran over a story about a decapitated body found in a gentleman’s club: ‘Headless Body in Topless Bar.’”

- Bill Pascoe, CQ Politics, 6/25/09

FED-EXCESS UPDATE

Those of you who have been reading me for a long time know I’m like a dog on a bone when it comes to some issues – especially issues which legitimately divide conservatives of good conscience.

And I have to tell you, the ridiculous responses by some FedEx folks to my column on this subject a couple weeks ago (“Rush to Defend FedEx Is Wrong”) has moved this issue to front-burner status on my radar screen.

I don’t like it when opponents resort to misleading, if not outright fabrications, to justify their position on an issue – and I especially don’t like it when advocates hide and post insulting and false comments anonymously on the Internet.

So I’ve set up a “truth detector” blog on this issue and today took some of the misleading information posted on another website recently and blew it out of the water this morning.

Catch “FedEx Airline Argument Doesn’t Fly” HERE on FedExcess.info.

06/17/09

Zicam Simply Works…

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

First, let me state that Zicam has never paid me a dime for advertising. I first heard of Zicam a couple of years ago on Rush Limbaugh’s show.

I tried several versions of their product, but wound up selecting the nasal gel swabs. Each time I get a cold symptom, I use these for 48 hours. They are simply incredible! I haven’t had a cold in over 2 years and I attribute this to my use of Zicam. Not only has my sense of smell not been affected, it has actually improved over the last two years. In fact, I can detect scents that no one else in my family can and it, at times, drives them nuts…

When I heard about the FDA ruling yesterday, I went out and bought as many boxes of Zicam as I could find and afford. I will keep buying them anywhere I find them.

It is my belief that whoever is bringing these lawsuits is either in it strictly for financial gain or is in league with the pharmaceutical industry. If they truly do have a problem, it would really surprise me – that just isn’t true for me. Zicam works – it works every time for me and I am a customer for life. A big thank you to Rush for pointing me towards something that really works for me…

06/5/09

‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your New S__t Bag’

By: Bob McCarty
Bob McCarty Writes

The kind of bag Americans might soon need is different than the song-inspiring bag into which they packed all their troubles nearly a century ago — and it’s not a “kit” bag.

In 1915, when George Asef and Felix Powell came up with the lyrics for the song, “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag (click to hear lyrics),” the world was a much different place than it is today. World War I had not begun, and Americans still believed in baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and a four-year-old company that went by the name, Chevrolet.

Thanks largely to the actions President Barack Obama 94 years later, there’s been a dramatic change in the kind of bag Americans will need once after they lose their homes, their jobs and their life savings:

  • Baseball players are “juiced”;
  • Hot dogs are destined to be outlawed due to health concerns;
  • Apple pie is being redistributed regardless of an individual’s ability to pay for it; and
  • Chevrolet is running on rims after its parent company, General Motors went bankrupt.

What kind of bag will Americans soon be using? Hint: “Grandma Obama” would appreciate it, and what you deposit inside the bag might help everything in your “victory garden” grow. Click here for the answer.

Hat tip: Springwise.com

06/5/09

Financial News Update – 06/05/09

Feds To Fire Another CEO? FDIC Plans Citi Beheading

Obama Jobs Deficit Now at 6.4 Million, and Climbing

Jobless rate hits 9.4 percent in May; layoffs slow

White House Set to Appoint a Pay Czar

Should Unions Prevent Your Next Raise?

Temp work helps mask joblessness

UPDATE: MANY STATES FACE WORSENING FISCAL CRISES

Slimming down inmate meals

FAA Proposal Would Close 20 Weather Offices

OBAMA CABINET USES ‘STIMULUS’ TRAVEL TO BOLSTER REELECTION CHANCES

Report: FDIC pushing for shake-up at CITI

Palin: Government Wants To “Control The People”

Survival Blog:

Latvian debt crisis shakes Eastern Europe

Medical bills underlie 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies: study

Julian Robertson’s Steepener Swap Play (Shorting US Treasuries)

V-Shaped Recovery Outlook is in Vain The bulk of the economy’s credit problems are still to come

Handwritten Notes Show Fed Oversight Bill Neutered On Senate Floor

Banks Run the Country

Biden Says Some Waste Inevitable Part of Stimulus Program

Paul Craig Roberts: as The Dollar Falls Off The Cliff

US Retailers Report May Sales Decline

Canada Mint Can’t Account For Missing Gold

Study: US Dollar “Seriously Overvalued”

US Private Sector Axes 532,000 Jobs in May

German Debts Set To “Blow Like A Grenade”

Holes in the China Recovery Story

Financial, Energy Stocks Pull Market Higher

06/5/09

NY AG Cuomo Tries to ‘FOIL’ Blogger’s Efforts

By: Bob McCarty
Bob McCarty Writes

Andrew Cuomo

When New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sent an accusatory letter (pdf) to Chevron CEO David J. O’Reilly May 4, he had to know the effort would position him squarely alongside Philadelphia trial lawyers and radical environmentalists associated with an Ecuadoran environmental group. At least, that’s what I surmised in a post June 2. Today, I have more reason to believe I’m right.

In a May 28 Freedom of Information Law (a.k.a., “FOIL”) request filed with Cuomo’s office, I asked for “copies of all paper and electronic correspondence between Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and any and all representatives of the Amazon Defense Coalition with whom he communicated during the past 12 months.” Seven days later, I received a reply from Amy C. Karp, an assistant counsel in Cuomo’s office.

Karp informed me that “the Office of the Attorney General has conducted a diligent search and does not possess any records” of contact with representatives of ADC, the over-the-top-zealous group behind a $27 billion class-action lawsuit filed against the nation’s second-largest oil company 16 years ago.

Apparently, Cuomo wants me to believe the accusatory tone he’s taken against O’Reilly and his company is based solely upon papers filed in the case and is without any political motivations.

In addition, he wants me to believe he sent the letter to the O’Reilly without any interest in generating future campaign contributions from environmentalists and trial lawyers who might read about it in accounts by Reuters, The Economist, The Houston Chronicle and other publications.

What else do you think Cuomo wants me — and you — to believe?

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06/4/09

Easy Politicians – The Whores of Babylon

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Dr. Melissa Clouthier has written a post that is simply priceless – unless of course you are a slutty politician who would not only sell their own souls for 30 pieces of silver, they would sell their mother’s, father’s, sibling’s and pet’s souls as well. Welcome to the hellmouth folks… If you read one post on the internet, make it this one. As Melissa says, “Americans are so screwed.”

The Democrat Party of Yes, Yes, Yes! – UPDATED With Sound Effects

Not to be indelicate, but screw every last politician up there. Clean house and sort it out later. Stop the wanton syphilis that is spreading through our governments nationally and locally – Democrat and Republican. Stop the brain rot and the soul rot that has been brought on by easy money, power and corruption uncontrolled and left free to taint everything it touches.

What our Senate, Congress and courts need is a giant enema that will free our government of every infected leader in our hallowed halls. And we better eject the expensive, corrupt whores of Babylon soon, before the barbarians beat down the gates and anarchy ensues…

Dude, where’s the cigar…

06/4/09

‘Open Letter’ to Obama Speaks Volumes

By: Bob McCarty
Bob McCarty Writes

Look at the statements below, then try to guess the identity of the person Lou Pritchett was describing as someone who “scares” him in a letter published May 19 at DallasBlog.com:

  • I know nothing about you;
  • I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support;
  • You did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American;
  • You have never run a company or met a payroll;
  • You have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core;
  • You lack humility and “class”, always blaming others;
  • For over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail;
  • You are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd and deliver this message abroad;
  • You want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector;
  • You want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one;
  • You prefer “wind mills” to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves;
  • You want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world;
  • You have begun to use “extortion” tactics against certain banks and corporations;
  • Your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals;
  • You will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people;
  • You falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient;
  • The media gives you a free pass on everything you do;
  • You demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view;
  • You prefer controlling over governing; and
  • If you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

The letter was an open letter to President Barack Obama. In addition to revealing one man’s opinion of the Commander-in-Chief, the letter is, I suspect, reflective of the opinion of millions of others. So why make light of it? Because of the person who wrote the letter.

Author Lou Pritchett is described at the end of the letter as “a well-known public speaker who retired after a successful 36-year career as the VP World Sales for Proctor and Gamble.”

In other words, and as evidenced in the content of his web site, he knows business.

Just thought I would share.

Hat tip: Ron English at Salvation Links

Editor’s Note: The legitimacy of this letter was confirmed by Snopes.

06/4/09

Financial News Update – 06/04/09

Biden: We Are Spending As Fast As We Can

Wal-Mart Opening Stores, Hiring Thousands This Year

Germany Warns of Fed Power, Another Crisis

Facing Billions in Red Ink, Airlines Demand Help

Court to Hear Appeal on Chrysler Deal on Friday

Benefit spending soars to new high

Plan to Help Banks Clear Their Books Is Halted

Bernanke Presses For Fiscal Restraint

Inhofe’s Road to Clean, Affordable Energy

American Workers Deserve a RAISE

Who Needs a Ways and Means Committee?

The Great Obama: Pulling A GM Profit Out Of His ‘Box of Cash’

Microsoft: Obama Tax Hikes Will Cost US Jobs

The Global Government Debt Bubble Is Here

Rove: It’s the Economy, Stupid

1 of every 6 dollars of Americans’ income is government check or voucher

MICROSOFT to move jobs overseas if Obama tax plan goes through

From Survival Blog:

Toxic assets ‘bridge too far’

Is Your Portfolio Ready for Hyperinflation?

Experts Fear U.S. Will Suffer Zimbabwe-Level Inflation

Dollar Declines as Nations Mull Reserve Currency Alternative

Bernanke: Start Work Now to Curb Deficits

Signs of a New Financial Storm for September Coming from Dubai and Saudi Arabia

California’s Day of Reckoning a Warning to Europe

40% Unemployment in the US?

31-Year-Old “Almost Law Student” in Charge of Dismantling GM

Citigroup Stuck with Bernanke Plan Rivals Plan to Refuse

US Newspaper Revenue Slide Continues

GM Shuts Part of US “Arsenal of Democracy”

Chinese Students Laugh at Geithner

Stock Market Dissonance: Why The Market No Longer Reflects Main Street Economics And The Dow Jones Industrial Average

“One of the biggest bankruptcies in history occurred on June 1st yet you would not know this by looking at the stock market. In fact, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) shot up by 220 points. If we look at total assets, this is the fourth largest bankruptcy in history. The Dow is made up of 30 companies that show a supposedly wide cross section of the American economy. The company that filed for bankruptcy was General Motors and was actually one of the 30 components. A company that dates back to 1908 and survived the Great Depression. So how can it be that a company that employs 250,000 filing for bankruptcy is actually good for the stock market and makes the DJIA rally so strongly? The easy answer is the stock market no longer reflects the economic reality on main street.”

The Simple Solution

Northwestern Mutual Insurance Makes First Gold Buy in 152 Years!

06/4/09

Heterosexual Pride Month

By: Nancy Morgan
RightBias.com

Heterosexual Pride Month

Obama came through on his campaign theme of ‘equality’ Monday by proclaiming June as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” Obama lauded what he calls “the determination and dedication” of the LGBT movement.

In the same spirit of equality, I’d like to propose July to be designated as Heterosexual Pride Month in hopes of drawing attention to and appreciation for traditional moral values and marriage as practiced by heterosexuals. Heterosexual Pride Month could be an occasion to focus on the joys of being heterosexual and monogamous. And the determined and dedicated Americans who practice both.

Heterosexuals, whom I’ll call ‘happies’, seldom have their voices heard or their sexual practices mentioned. Although a majority of Americans are happies, they are loath to flaunt their bedroom habits in public. Blame an ingrained sense of outdated modesty.

Most happies are advocates of traditional marriage and cling to the notion that sex should be a private affair. Some even believe that sex is a matter between a man and his wife and believe the government has no right to dictate or influence what they do in the privacy of their own bedrooms.

Some happies go even further and believe that God made Adam and Eve (not Adam and Steve) for a darn good reason. Most happies also believe that their sexual habits should not be thrust into the faces of those who feel differently. They call it, well, just good manners. Both of these views would be excellent topics for discussion during Heterosexual Pride Month.

Since the traditional family has long been considered a vital component of civil society, we could also use Heterosexual Pride Month to emphasize and explore the social compact that traditional marriage used to signify.

Now that Obama has brought tolerance back into vogue, I recommend using Heterosexual Pride Month as an occasion to voice the legitimate moral objections many Americans (57%) have to gay marriage and the plethora of sexual practices that Obama, in the name of equality, is demanding all Americans not only accept, but endorse.

I’d be willing to host a discussion on the topic of homophobia, and explore why 98% of happies are automatically labeled homophobic if they dare to comment on what they legitimately consider an aberrant lifestyle.

Another panel discussion during Heterosexual Pride Month could deal with wether or not gender should be optional. We could then explore the harmful effects of indoctrinating impressionable young children into the idea that gender and/or sexuality is merely a lifestyle option. Special emphasis could be placed on the documented detrimental effects of the gay lifestyle.

We could then go on to discuss the physical and mental health implications of gay vs. happy, and finish off with a quick overview of the Constitution and the role of government in dictating moralality.

Heterosexual Pride Month will necessarily present quite a challenge, as many heterosexual couples these days are so busy working to pay their taxes and raising children that many of them just don’t have the time to devote to activism.

Besides, most happies believe its not right to force their views of marriage and happiness on others. On this point, President Obama concurs. Just last Monday he said that the United States cannot impose its values on other countries. I’m sure he also meant ‘on other citizens.’ This could be another excellent topic for discussion.

In the spirit of inclusion, I’d like to extend an invitation to the LGBT movement to join us happies in making Heterosexual Pride Month a reality. With all of us working together we could have a real multicultural event with lots and lots of dialogue.

You may RSVP to nancy@rightbias.com Looking forward to a rollicking good time.

Nancy Morgan is a colummnist and news editor for RightBias.com
She lives ‘happily’ in South Carolina

06/4/09

Uncle Jay Explains the News: June 1, 2009

By: Bob McCarty
Bob McCarty Writes

Thanks to Nice Deb, I’ve discovered “Uncle Jay.” Every Monday, he provides a recap of the news in a video segment he calls, “Uncle Jay Explains the News.”

This week, Uncle Jay tackles a wide range of subjects, ranging from automakers and the automobiles they make to the Supreme Court, Hot Wheels and John & Kate Plus Eight. In addition, he discusses North Korea, spelling bees, Supreme Court picks and Transformer movies.

Check it out at Uncle Jay Explains the News or at his YouTube Channel.