Monday, 16 September 2013

Cowan on inequality

American inequality grows again. Economist Tyler Cowen says it's going to change us, and describes how.

In this Aug. 29, 2013, file photo, protestors demonstrate outside a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles. Thousands of fast-food workers and their supporters have been staging protests across the country to call attention to the struggles of living on or close to the federal minimum wage. (AP)

In this Aug. 29, 2013, file photo, protestors demonstrate outside a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles. Thousands of fast-food workers and their supporters have been staging protests across the country to call attention to the struggles of living on or close to the federal minimum wage. (AP)

US inequality is hitting record highs again, we learned last week.  Higher than Gatsby levels.  The USA pins the needle for inequality globally.  Higher than China.  Higher than India.  Americans have generally been unruffled by that, but then the 20th Century brought our greatest time of equality.  In this century, says my guest economist Tyler Cowen, inequality will explode in the US.  You'll be rich or you'll be Mexico-style poor.  He's OK with that.  Nobel Prize-winning economist Joe Stiglitz is not.  They're both with us.  Up next On Point:  equality and inequality in America.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Tyler Cowen, Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University and chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, co-author of economics blog Marginal Revolution and author of "Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation" and many other books. (@TylerCowen)

Joseph Stiglitz,  Economist and professor at Columbia University, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001, former senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank and author of "The Price of Inequality" and "Making Globalization Work."

From Tom's Reading List

NPR: Tired of Inequality? One Economist Says It'll Only Get Worse – "It's a radical change from the America of 40 or 50 years ago. Cowen believes the wealthy will become more numerous, and even more powerful. The elderly will hold on to their benefits … the young, not so much. Millions of people who might have expected a middle class existence may have to aspire to something else."
Washington Post: Gap in employment rates between rich, poor at widest levels in records dating back a decade – "The gap in employment rates between America's highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press. Rates of unemployment for the lowest-income families — those earning less than $20,000 — have topped 21 percent, nearly matching the rate for all workers during the 1930s Great Depression."

Wall Street Journal: Wanted: Jobs For the New 'Lost' Generation – "From Oakland to Orlando—and across the ocean in Birmingham and Barcelona—young people have come of age amid the most prolonged period of economic distress since the Great Depression. Most, like Mr. Wetherell, have little memory of the financial crisis itself, which struck while they were still in high school. But they are all too familiar with its aftermath: the crippling recession, which made it all but impossible for many young people to get a first foothold in the job market, and the achingly slow recovery that has left the prosperity of their parents' generation out of reach—perhaps permanently."

Excerpt: 'Average is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation' by Tyler Cowen

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Fwd: Stand Your Ground Hearing Postponed



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Fwd: U.S. at risk of being laughed off world




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Sept. 16, 2013/ 12 Tishrei, 5774

U.S. at risk of being laughed off world stage

By Mark Steyn

For generations, eminent New York Times wordsmiths have swooned over foreign strongmen, from Walter Duranty's Pulitzer-winning paeans to the Stalinist utopia to Thomas L. Friedman's more recent effusions to the "enlightened" Chinese Politburo. So it was inevitable that the cash-strapped Times would eventually figure it might as well eliminate the middle man and hire the enlightened strongman direct. Hence Vladimir Putin's impressive debut on the op-ed page this week.

It pains me to have to say that the versatile Vlad makes a much better columnist than I'd be a KGB torturer. His "plea for caution" was an exquisitely masterful parody of liberal bromides far better than most of the Times' in-house writers can produce these days. He talked up the United Nations and international law, was alarmed by U.S. military intervention, and worried that America was no longer seen as "a model of democracy" but, instead, as erratic cowboys "cobbling coalitions together under the slogan 'you're either with us or against us.'" He warned against chest-thumping about "American exceptionalism," pointing out that, just like in America's grade-school classrooms, in the international community everyone is exceptional in his own way.

All this the average Times reader would find entirely unexceptional. Indeed, it's the sort of thing a young Sen. Obama would have been writing himself a mere five years ago. Putin even appropriated the 2008 Obama's core platitude: "We must work together to keep this hope alive." In the biographical tag at the end, the Times editors informed us: "Vladimir V. Putin is the President of Russia." But by this stage, one would not have been surprised to see: "Vladimir V. Putin is the author of the new memoir, 'The Audacity of Vlad,' which he will be launching at a campaign breakfast in Ames, Iowa, this weekend."

As Iowahawk ingeniously summed it up, Putin is "now just basically doing donuts in Obama's front yard." It's not just that he can stitch him up at the G-8, G-20, Gee-don't-tell-me-you're-coming-back-for-more, and turn the leader of the free world into the planet's designated decline-and-fall-guy, but he can slough off crappy third-rate telepromptered mush better than you community-organizer schmucks, too. Let's take it as read that Putin didn't write this himself, any more than Obama wrote that bilge he was drowning in Tuesday night, when he took to the airwaves to argue in favor of the fierce urgency of doing something about gassed Syrian moppets but not just yet. Both guys are using writers, but Putin's are way better than Obama's – and English isn't even their first language. With this op-ed, Tsar Vlad is telling Obama: The world knows you haven't a clue how to play the Great Game or even what it is, but the only parochial solipsistic dweeby game you do know how to play I can kick your butt all over town on, too.

This is what happens when you elect someone because he looks cool standing next to Jay-Z. Putin is cool mainly in the sense that Yakutsk in February is cool. In American pop-culture terms, he is a faintly ridiculous figure, with his penchant for homoerotic shirtlessness, his nipples entering the room like an advance security team; the celebrities he attracts are like some rerun channel way up the end of the dial: Goldie Hawn was in the crowd when Putin, for no apparent reason, sang "I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill," which Goldie seemed to enjoy. In reality, Putin finds his thrill by grabbing Obama's blueberries and squeezing hard. Cold beats cool.

Charles Crawford, Britain's former ambassador in Serbia and Poland, called last Monday "the worst day for U.S. and wider Western diplomacy since records began." Obama set it in motion at a press conference last year by drawing his famous "red line." Unlike, say, the undignified scrums around the Canadian and Australian prime ministers, Obama doesn't interact enough with the press for it to become normal or real. So at this rare press conference he was, as usual, playing a leader who's giving a press conference. The "red line" line sounds like the sort of thing a guy playing a president in a movie would say – maybe Harrison Ford in "Air Force One" or Michael Douglas in "The American President." It never occurred to him that, out there in the world beyond the Republic of Cool, he'd set an actual red line and some dime-store dictator would cross it with impunity. So, for most of the past month, the bipartisan foreign policy establishment has assured us that, regardless of whether it will accomplish anything, we now have to fire missiles at a sovereign nation because "America's credibility is at stake."

This is diplomacy for post-moderns: The more you tell the world that you have to bomb Syria to preserve your credibility, the less credible any bombing raid on Syria is going to be – especially when your leaders are reduced to negotiating the precise degree of military ineffectiveness necessary to maintain that credibility. In London this week, John Kerry, America's secretary of state, capped his own impressive four-decade accumulation of magnificently tin-eared sound bites by assuring his audience that the military devastation the superpower would wreak on Assad would be "unbelievably small." Actually, the problem is that it will be all-too-believably small. The late Milton Berle, when challenged on his rumored spectacular endowment, was wont to respond that he would take out only just enough to win. In London, Kerry took out just enough to lose.

In the Obama era, to modify Teddy Roosevelt, America chatters unceasingly and carries an unbelievably small stick. In this, the wily Putin saw an opening, and offered a "plan" so absurd that even Obama's court eunuchs in the media had difficulty swallowing it. A month ago, Assad was a reviled war criminal and Putin his arms dealer. Now, Putin is the honest broker and Obama's partner for peace, and the war criminal is at the negotiating table with his chances of survival better than they've looked in a year. On the same day the U.S. announced it would supply the Syrian rebels with light arms and advanced medical kits, Russia announced it would give Assad's buddies in Iran the S-300 ground-to-air weapons system and another nuclear reactor.


Putin has pulled off something incredible: He's gotten Washington to anoint him as the international community's official peacemaker, even as he assists Iran in going nuclear and keeping their blood-soaked Syrian client in his presidential palace. Already, under the "peace process," Putin and Assad are running rings around the dull-witted Kerry, whose Botoxicated visage embodies all too well the expensively embalmed state of the superpower.

As for Putin's American exceptionalism crack, he was attacking less the concept than Obama's opportunist invocation of it as justification for military action in Syria. Nevertheless, Democrats and Republicans alike took the bait. Eager to mend bridges with the base after his amnesty bill, Marco Rubio insisted at National Review that America was still, like, totally exceptional.

Sorry, this doesn't pass muster even as leaden, staffer-written codswallop. It's not the time – not when you're a global joke, not when every American ally is cringing with embarrassment at the amateurishness of the past month. Nobody, friend or foe, wants to hear about American exceptionalism when the issue is American ineffectualism. On CBS, Bashar Assad called the U.S. government "a social-media administration." He's got a better writer than Obama, too. America is in danger of being the first great power to be laughed off the world stage. When the president's an irrelevant narcissist, and his secretary of state's a vainglorious buffoon, Marco Rubio shouldn't be telling the world, don't worry, the other party's a joke, too.

 



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Fwd: Vladimir Putin: Leader of the Free World?






Vladimir Putin: Leader of the Free World?

Posted By Robert Spencer On September 13, 2013

When even the New York Times admits that Barack Obama has been outfoxed, outsmarted and outplayed, you know he has really been outfoxed, outsmarted and outplayed.

But there it was, in Wednesday's edition: "suddenly Mr. Putin has eclipsed Mr. Obama as the world leader driving the agenda in the Syria crisis." Putin, wrote Steven Lee Myers for the Times, "appears to have achieved several objectives, largely at Washington's expense." Chief among these was that "Russia has at least for now made itself indispensable in containing the conflict in Syria, which Mr. Putin has argued could ignite Islamic unrest around the region, even as far as Russia's own restive Muslim regions, if it is mismanaged."

Barack Obama, meanwhile, has been revealed as being spectacularly dispensable. The Syrian jihadis who were counting on his aid are bitterly disappointed that he has (at least for now) backed off on committing the U.S. to intervening militarily; true to form as ever, they are blaming it all on Israel. He and his administration's top officials, most of whom spent years excoriating George W. Bush for lacking sufficient evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, are definitively unmasked as hypocritical, self-serving and partisan in repeatedly glossing over the fact that Obama still has not proven his central contention, that it was Assad who used the chemical weapons unleashed in Syria on August 21.

Putin talked a lot of sense, while simultaneously issuing Obama a veiled threat, in his op-ed. He warned, quite accurately, that a U.S. strike in Syria could risk "spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders" and added: "Is it in America's long-term interest? I doubt it," without quite getting around to mentioning that if the U.S. intervened, Putin himself would be one of the prime movers behind the escalation of the conflict.

Putin also scolded Obama for his reference Tuesday evening to "what makes America different. It's what makes us exceptional." Putin pontificated: "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal."

The irony was thick. Putin may have been aware that Obama notoriously denigrated American exceptionalism at a town hall meeting in Europe during his first Presidential trip there in 2009. Obama denigrated American exceptionalism by equating it with nationalistic chauvinism: "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." In other words, every country is exceptional, and so none is.

And now Putin was rubbing his face in this, admonishing him that America itself was not exceptional, and driving the point home by saving the world from a wider war in Syria when Obama was itching to get in it, despite failing to provide any proof of his claims that Assad used chemical weapons.

That proof proved to be more elusive by the day. Jason Howerton reported Wednesday in The Blaze that "two Europeans who were allegedly abducted and held hostage for several months in Syria claim they overheard a conversation between their captors suggesting the Syrian rebels were behind the deadly chemical attack in Damascus.…Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin and Italian journalist Domenico Quirico both say they were able to eavesdrop on an English-language Skype session between their abductors in which they allegedly revealed that it was the Syrian rebels who perpetrated the attack so that the West would intervene."

Likewise, Matthew Schofield reported for McClatchy on Tuesday that Assad "has repeatedly rejected requests from his field commanders for approval to use chemical weapons, according to a report this weekend in a German newspaper."

These were just the latest additions to a growing mountain of evidence that, as Putin put it in his op-ed, "there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists." In support of that claim, Russia submitted a detailed 100-page report to the United Nations; the Obama Administration, by contrast, has offered only circumstantial evidence that hasn't convinced even our closest allies to join us in a military strike on Syria.

On May 29, 1453, Ottoman jihad warriors finally conquered Constantinople after a prolonged siege (and seven hundred years of trying) when a careless city worker left a gate open to the city after taking out the garbage, thereby offering an entrée to the Muslim forces, who rushed into the city and laid waste.

What happened this week could prove to be just as accidentally momentous. Russia has suddenly reemerged as a major player, if not the major player, in the Middle East and on the world stage in general. And it has happened not because Putin's plan for a resolution to the Syrian conflict is particularly imaginative, or even workable (how will anyone be able to be sure that Syria has turned over all its chemical weapons?). No, Russia's reemergence is due not to Russia's power or Putin's statecraft, but because Barack Obama left the gate open for them. The consequences of their rushing into the city have yet to be determined, but they're unlikely to be good in the long run for free people.

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Fwd: Islamist Showdown






September 16, 2013

Islamist Showdown

By Pamela Geller

I am scheduled to speak in Markham, Ontario along with my colleague Robert Spencer Tuesday evening. Apparently the opposition couldn't get the police to do their dirty work this time, as they did last spring, when members of the York Regional Police force strong-armed a rabbi into canceling my scheduled talk at his synagogue. That talk went on as scheduled in a different venue, and now that those cops are under investigation, Muslim Brotherhood proxies are trying to get Spencer and me banned from Canada now.

In connection with my earlier police-induced cancellation, Mark Steyn pointed out that Canadian officials have turned a blind eye to real preachers of hate: "Pamela Geller, tireless campaigner against Islamic imperialism (and a lady I had the honor of being introduced by at CPAC a few years back), was scheduled to give a speech at a Toronto synagogue on May 13. Miss Geller is not a convicted terrorist or terrorism-supporter or someone who argues for the execution of all homosexuals. If she were, she could speak at any Canadian venue with impunity."

As always, the media eagerly carries water for Islamic supremacists and Sharia thugs. Nevertheless, every time it happens, it's astounding. The Huffington Post carried a Canadian Press story about this "controversy" over the upcoming talk, with the headline "Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer Toronto Talk Flagged By Canadian Muslim Leaders." The story said: "The National Council of Canadian Muslims worries Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer will spread 'hate and misinformation' about the Islamic faith when they speak at a Toronto-area hotel Tuesday evening, the group's executive director said."

Our talk has been "flagged by Canadian Muslim leaders" who are worried that we will spread "hate and misinformation." "Canadian Muslim leaders"? "Hate and misinformation?" Actually, the group that is complaining, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, was up until recently known as CAIR-Canada. It is still the Canadian branch of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The NCCN is not "Canadian Muslim leaders," it's Hamas-CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood front group, named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding trial.

And even if they were legitimate "Muslim leaders," what moral authority does that give them? Osama bin Laden was a Muslim leader, as was Anwar al-Awlaki, and as are Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mohamed Morsi, and Anjem Choudary. It is not Spencer and I, but "Muslim leaders" like these who are the ones who are really spreading hate. Their bigotry and racism is real, the human toll incalculable.

Truth is now hate. And what misinformation exactly do I spread? I merely quote devout Muslims. Fighting for freedom, equality for all and individual rights is "hate and misinformation?" Only under the Sharia. But that's how far down the rabbit hole the media and the culture have crawled.

Here's a video of my previous talk in Canada that these vicious thugs tried to shut down. Where's the hate?
And they didn't just "flag" our talk: these brutes and thugs are attempting to destroy freedom of speech and impose the blasphemy laws under Islamic law.

Why aren't these Muslim organizations denouncing the hundreds of jihadist groups that are waging holy war across the world? Why isn't this Muslim group that is so intent on keeping our message from reaching Canada taking on jihadists across the world?

And why aren't I called for comment on stories like this, instead of their always being a completely one-sided presentation of the views of the enemies of freedom? Why isn't Robert Spencer given an opportunity to respond to the defamation and lies from these friends and allies of the Muslim Brotherhood groups that are waging jihad across the world? Why do these thugs have such unfettered access to the press, while those who are defending freedom never can get a fair hearing?

The outrageous media double standard has to end. Free people must not stand idly by while our most basic, fundamental freedoms are silently seized and destroyed.

Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of AtlasShrugs.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here.


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Fwd: The Elites Stumble on Syria








September 16, 2013

The Elites Stumble on Syria

By Lee Bright

As our nation contemplates the awful assault on innocent Americans on September 11th twelve years ago, elected officials in the Washington beltway elite are contemplating an attack in Syria, an attack which will aid the very groups who perpetrated those 2001 attacks. These elites are supposedly the best and brightest among us, but this situation with Syria reminds us, as so many other issues have in recent years, that they are no longer capable of leading us. I submit they are not the best and the brightest, but simply the most arrogant and isolated.

Consider: in the past year, we have seen a president threaten Syria with a 'red line' dare involving chemical weapons -- an ultimatum he now appears unfamiliar with, and astonishingly credits to Republicans in Congress and even the world community at large. At the same time, he ignores the very real possibility that this phony challenge was a tip off to al Qaeda rebels in Syria -- a tip on how to bring the United States to war against their enemy, Bashar Assad.

Then earlier this week, that same president spoke to the nation to propose an attack on Syria that he himself had already abandoned -- all for the dramatic theatre of appearing simultaneously wiser than everybody else and above the fray, even while stymied by a Congress he has rarely bothered to consult. This high-stakes playacting, with so much on the line, fooled few. That is, outside of our Jurassic mainstream media and a few senators such as Lindsey Graham. Apparently captivated by a dreamy middle school crush, Graham emerged from the recent presidential speech as one of the few people on the planet still under the teleprompter's spell.

And let's not forget, in the interim, another elitist, Secretary of State John Kerry, bumbled off teleprompter and gave an opening to Vladimir Putin to step in and play international hero in even more Kabuki theatre: the notion that Putin and the Syrian government can be trusted to monitor Assad's chemical weapons stockpile. While the interests of the United States were murky here from the beginning, it does not take an honorary degree from the Kennedy School to understand that strengthening Putin's position in the Middle East was not among them, and that a deal with Putin and Assad to safeguard weapons is a case of the fox guarding the henhouse.

I suppose you have to have lived in Washington a long time for this fairy tale to make sense.

And frankly, some elected officials have lived in Washington for far too long. We must remember that in addition to Senator Graham, John McCain -- who like Graham was elected to be the loyal opposition -- rushed to the Oval Office weeks ago in support of Obama's Syria policy. In fact, after meeting with President Obama, McCain and Graham emerged confident -- even cocky -- that they had the entire Syria scenario figured out.

Keep in mind that these are two senators who have supported the most radical and anti-American of all of Obama's cabinet and judicial appointments. I would ask these two senators: if they are so concerned about America's place in the world and in foreign policy in general, how do they justify their support for Samantha Power and Susan Rice? What in the name of Benghazi were they thinking?

Many of us outside the beltway have never fallen for this administration's foreign policy drivel. We understand our current president is another 'blame America first liberal,' and has been for years. We understand that there are no good guys in Syria and that American interests are far from clear-cut. As such, many of us remember how we were manipulated into Sarajevo, and thus doubted the evidence of just who had used the chemical weapons on civilians in Syria in the first place. Besides, what is the end game? Can we bomb just enough? What is just enough?

We also believe, as that great American Senator Ted Cruz believes, that our military should be used only to protect American interests, and never in the service of international norms. In other words, we doubted that Barack Obama, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham had all the answers in Syria in the first place. Now it appears that those three are finally catching up to what we instinctively knew all along. Our instincts have not been dulled by years of Potomac Fever.

It is said that politics should stop at the waters' edge, and I believe in my heart that it should. However, we have a president with a lifelong history of anti-American and anti-liberty views, one who sat through a sermon that blamed our nation for the attacks of 9-11, to raucous cheers. We have a president whose entire administration coordinated a breathtakingly amateurish and dishonest response to the Libyan attack. In light of this, and other factors, I think it's fair to question just where are his politics with relationship to that waters' edge?

This is a reasonable, if bold and controversial question. America is a set of ideas and ideals just as much as it is a piece of land, and I am on firm ground with regard to those ideas and ideals in questioning the actions of our beltway wizards on this issue. The ideals of America dictate that we must draw a red line of our own, a red line against an out of control governing elite. Made up of all Democrats, and far too many Republicans, this governing glitterati is playing an unwinnable game in Syria the same way they forced an unworkable health-care plan down our throats -- with ignorance paired with isolation from reality and the consequences of their actions.

And as they stumble around now, coming up with one excuse after another to support action in Syria, it is our duty to call them out. As a Republican, it is especially my duty to call out wayward Republicans like senators McCain and Graham. These two long-time insiders are always wrapping themselves shamelessly in the banner of Ronald Reagan, and yet they almost never handle an issue the way Reagan did. He always understood who our enemies were, and what our interests were. Ronald Reagan would have never contended that Barack Obama was competent enough to solve the Syrian conundrum, and he would never trust Putin to safeguard the international community. He would never use the U.S. military to bring chaos to yet another Middle Eastern country, endangering not only our country, but the entire globe.

And Reagan would have never considered the foolishness from the teleprompter earlier this week as "compelling" and an "impassioned plea for moral outrage."

And yet, this is the result of what our elites, including Lindsey Graham, have accomplished over the past few weeks. There are many people who need to be retired from public life, and Senator Graham is among them.

Lee Bright is a South Carolina state Senator who is challenging Lindsey Graham for Senate in 2014.


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Re: [New post] Governor Crispy Creme is more concerned with Muslim civil liberties than he is with the safety of Americans

Good Evening Brine!
 
First,  I shouldn't have said that Cristie was a far left extremist.   Obviously Christie is not,  but he is far from a conservative.  Some of his decisions,  like "taking federal dollars for New Jersey, because if he doesn't someone else will get the money"; or his staunch support for CAIR, or Christie skipping the CPAC convention to instead smooze with President Obama....The list is endless of less than stellar/conservative issues that Crisco has turned his back on.
 
 


On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 7:14 PM, Brian Bednarek <brineb@gmail.com> wrote:
I do not see him as a far left extremist ... perhaps if you lived here ad saw how far right he is based on the insanely left society we have ... extreme pithy statements are always fun, but reality is always a different thing when you are in the same state ... please educate me how Christie is a far left person when 99% of the left here in NJ fear him ... could it be that he is neither left nor right, but pragmatic and will do whatever needs to be done for New Jersey!!! Like I said, he's not perfect on any level, but he pisses off the NJEA and the other unions here, so he's cool to me ... don't forget NJ has over 585 school districts and that has multiple levels of administration paid at a level that i will never achieve, but my taxes pay for them!!! Christie has been at odds with the teacher's union and has fought ot change the system, but it is difficult because the same people keep getting into our state government ... in other words the assholes who ruined my state have to vote to undo their stupidity ... when has that ever happened???


On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 6:12 PM, Keith In Tampa <keithintampa@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello Brine!
 
Yes,  Crisco would be considered a tolerable Democrat.  He's a far left extremist, and good for New Jersey!


On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM, Brian Bednarek <brineb@gmail.com> wrote:
Jeezuz!!! Governor Christie is not the greatest thing on the planet, but he has been the BEST governor my state has had for as long as I can remember!!! No politician is perfect, but he is right on many issues, he must be doing something right the teachers union is lying about him in ads!!!


On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM, Keith In Tampa <keithintampa@gmail.com> wrote:
If I recall correctly, Travis was the first one who exposed Crisco to be the far left asshole that he has turned out to be.  I fully expect Crisco to run for the 2016 Presidential Nomination.....As a Democrat.


On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM, plainolamerican <plainolamerican@gmail.com> wrote:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4X3F5kjkbCs/S82xBLVAxoI/AAAAAAAAAiY/9sKRJ445nqE/s400/israeli+girls+indoctrinated+1.jpg


On Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:38:45 AM UTC-5, Travis wrote:
True.  I haven't seen any 3-yearolds making bombs. Yet.


On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM, plainolamerican <plainol...@gmail.com> wrote:
not everyone thinks all muzzies are terrorists.


On Thursday, September 12, 2013 8:41:28 AM UTC-5, Travis wrote:



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Fwd: Obama's Greatest Asset: Clueless Americans




Or as I prefer to call them:  Retarded Turds.

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Sept. 16, 2013/ 12 Tishrei, 5774

Obama's Greatest Asset: Clueless Americans

By Bernard Goldberg

 H.L. Mencken made Andy Rooney look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. Both gave curmudgeons a bad name. But Andy was shrew; he played to Middle Americans. He would say something like, "Have you ever wondered why we collect string?" — and they would swoon. He was one of them, they thought. I knew Andy. He wasn't one of them and I suspect he didn't think much of them. Mencken, on the other hand, made no secret of his disdain for ordinary Americans, whom he saw as hopeless dolts.

Mencken, a Baltimore newspaperman, once said this about his fellow Americans:

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."

Pretty cold. But given that the great masses of plain people elected Barack Obama twice, maybe H.L. was onto something.

They elected him the first time because he was a historical figure. He wasn't Mondale or Dukakis or Gore or Kerry. He was young and cool and black and liberal. And Americans wanted to make history.

But the second time around? Unemployment was high, a big majority of Americans thought we were on the wrong track, the economic recovery was anemic, and most Americans had little confidence that things would get better anytime soon.

Yet he won again. So how do we explain it? Yes, you could pin it on a weak Republican candidate, but maybe Mencken was right. Maybe Americans — or enough of them anyway — are just not that smart.

I've been thinking about this the past few days as I, along with everyone else, watched how the president has bungled the Syrian situation. First, during his campaign for re-election, he needlessly draws a red line, warning Syria that the use of chemical weapons is something the United States would not tolerate.

So far, there have been no repercussions.

Then, a week or so ago, after the world witnessed gruesome videos of dead children who had been exposed to poison gas, presumably the work of the Syrian regime, Secretary of State John Kerry makes a forceful statement about Bashar al-Assad's immorality and makes clear that military action is coming.

Twenty-four hours later the president, who said he didn't need Congressional approval for a military attack, decides he wants Congress in on the decision. The president says he still wants to attack Syria, but that there's no rush.

John Kerry, mindful that Congress is as war-weary as the American people, explains that any U.S. action would be an "unbelievably small, limited kind of effort," prompting groans and guffaws from all over the place.

Enter Vladimir Putin, who comes riding to Mr. Obama's rescue — rescue, that is, from a certain no vote in the House and perhaps another no vote in the Democratically-controlled Senate. Putin pushes the idea — originally put forth, tongue in check, by Secretary of State Kerry — that Russia would work with the Syrian regime to put their chemical arsenal under international control "for subsequent destruction."

The result of all this is a president who comes off looking like more like a community organizer than a commander-in-chief. I keep waiting for Ted Mack to come out and say: Welcome friends to the latest edition of the Amateur Hour.

At heart, Mr. Obama may or may not be a nice guy. Reasonable people may disagree on that. But when it comes to being president, he's clearly in way over his head.

In a piece for Commentary that runs under the headline, "The Collapse of the Obama Presidency," Peter Wehner makes that very point. This is how he puts it:

"How bad has 2013 been for Barack Obama? Let us count the ways.

"In the first year of his second term, the president has failed on virtually every front. He put his prestige on the line to pass federal gun-control legislation—and lost. He made climate change a central part of his inaugural address—and nothing has happened. The president went head-to-head with Republicans on sequestration—and he failed. He's been forced to delay implementation of the employer mandate, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever, and it's turning out to be a 'train wreck' (to quote Democratic Senator Max Baucus) in practice. The most recent jobs report was the worst in a year, with the Obama recovery already qualifying as a historically weak one. Immigration reform is going nowhere. And then there's Syria, which has turned out to be an epic disaster."

Barack Obama is the man who told us that his candidacy would "ring out across this land as a hymn that will heal this nation, repair this world, make this time different than all the rest." No wonder his acolytes thought he was the messiah.

So why do I think that if he were constitutionally able to run for a third term, despite everything, there's a good chance he'd win? Let's turn again to Mr. Mencken and that observation he made many years ago for an answer.

"Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people."

Or to put it in a slightly different way: Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

 



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Fwd: The Impostor President Gets Caught







September 16, 2013

The Impostor President Gets Caught

By Jack Cashill

During the 2008 presidential campaign, the New York Times ran an article on what psychologists call the "impostor phenomenon." To measure it, they ask test subjects questions like, "At times, I feel my success has been due to some kind of luck" or "I can give the impression that I'm more competent than I really am."

Although the article had nothing to do with Barack Obama, he would surely have scored off the charts had he answered those questions honestly. He was a reasonably bright guy but not the "brilliant" author and savant white liberals thought him to be. His "luck" derived from the fact that he grew up almost exactly as those liberals had but in the body of a black man. Hearing him they heard themselves. Seeing him say what he said surprised them, validated them, delighted them with its very whiteness. Although they would be the last to admit it, they suffered conspicuously from what George Bush has called "the soft bigotry of low expectations."

In speaking of Obama in early 2007, Joe Biden framed those expectations with dunderheaded clarity. "I mean you got the first mainstream African-American presidential candidate who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy." Not to be out-patronized, Senate majority Leader Harry Reid found comfort in Obama's having "no Negro dialect." The always-observant Shelby Steele summed up the phenomenon, "Blacks like Obama, who show merit where mediocrity is expected, enjoy a kind of reverse stigma, a slightly inflated reputation for 'freshness' and excellence because they defy expectations."

Throughout his ascendancy, Obama has had to fake something else besides competence, namely a belief in America. This trumpery was on full display during Tuesday night's Syria speech. "When, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act," said Obama at the conclusion of his disjointed speech on September 10. "That's what makes America different. That's what makes us exceptional."

Exceptional? As Russia's Vladimir Putin promptly made clear in a taunting New York Times op-ed, Obama did not believe in American exceptionalism any more than he did. Indeed, Putin's old KGB pals had been working to undermine that belief since the agency's creation.

Obama's rise was, in no small part, a testament to the KGB's success. From his childhood on, Obama had been learning that just about the only thing exceptional about America was Barack Hussein Obama. In Hawaii, his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, reinforced his mother's casual anti-Americanism. "You're not going to college to get educated. You're going there to get trained," Davis reportedly told Obama. "They'll train you so good, you'll start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that shit."

Obama drank deeply from Davis's well. In his acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama described the Americanization of Hawaii in Marxist terms as an "ugly conquest." Missionaries brought "crippling diseases." American companies carved up "the rich volcanic soil" and worked their indentured laborers of color "from sunup to sunset."

After hitting the mainland Obama surrounded himself with Davis's spiritual heirs. "I chose my friends carefully," he wrote in Dreams. "The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets." With his new friends, Obama discussed "neocolonialism, Franz (sic) Fanon, Eurocentrism, and patriarchy" and flaunted his alienation. Dr. John Drew has confirmed that the Obama he met at Occidental College was a "Marxist planning for a Communist style revolution."

The literary influences Obama cited include radical anti-imperialists like Fanon and Malcolm X, communists like Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, and tyrant-loving fellow travelers like W.E.B. DuBois. "Joseph Stalin was a great man," DuBois wrote upon Stalin's death in 1953. "Few other men of the 20th century approach his stature." In Dreams, Obama gave no suggestion that this reading was in any way problematic or a mere phase in his development. He moved on to no new school, embraced no new worldview.

In April 2009 in Strasbourg, France, in response to a question about America's role in the world, Obama let that worldview slip through. "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism," he said. In other words, he did not believe in American exceptionalism at all.

In these last few months, the world has seen what happens when an intellectual lightweight with no fixed principles beyond the vestigial Marxism of his youth faces off against an unscrupulous post-Marxist survivor like Putin. For those paying attention, it wasn't hard to predict.

In 1975, when Obama was goofing off through his freshman year at an elite Hawaiian prep school, twenty-two year old Putin joined the KGB. The opportunistic Putin stayed with "the organs" until 1991 when he schemed his way out of the abortive KGB-backed putsch against Mikhail Gorbachev. "As soon as the coup began," said Putin later, "I immediately decided which side I was on." That same year Obama -- in his own words, "someone who has undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my academic career" -- secured an unearned berth in the Ivy League at Columbia University,

In 1995, both Putin and Obama got political. The wily Putin, always one step ahead of the law, took control of the Saint Petersburg branch of the pro-government Our Home Is Russia political party. In 1995, terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers, recognizing Obama's puppet potential, finished writing Obama's memoir, got Obama appointed chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge grant, and held a fundraiser for his state senate run in his Chicago home.

For the next eighteen years, the resourceful Putin finessed his way through the occasionally lethal minefield of Russian politics. Obama meanwhile was wafted aloft by his own breezy rhetoric and the overheated passions of his deluded followers, including, unfortunately, most of the mainstream media.

When Putin shot Obama's balloon down over Syria no one should have been surprised. As America first learned at Benghazi, you can fake your way through college, fake your way through the Senate, even fake your way through the presidency, but you can't fake your way through a civil war in the Middle East.


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