Tuesday, January 27

CBO: Obamacare will cost taxpayers $50,000 for every person who signs up ??

The Congressional Budget Office is a supposedly non-partisan agency charged with "scoring" how much a propose government program will cost.  It just released a ten-year forecast of the economic outlook for the U.S.  Buried in that report is this nugget:

They estimate Obamacare will cost taxpayers $50,000 for every person who signs up.

They further estimate the total cost of Obamacare over the next decade at almost $2 Trillion.  A portion of this will be offset by $600 Billion in new taxes and fees imposed by the ghastly law.  And guess who pays those fees?  Us.

But wait...I have this vivid image of the emperor promising he wouldn't raise taxes on middle-class folks by even a dime.  And it was gonna "bend the cost curve" or some such bullshit.  Were those statements just lies?

BTW, the newspaper that bothered to do the hard work of actually reading the CBO's report was not a U.S. paper, but Britain's Daily Mail.  Glad to see overseas journalists still have a work ethic.

Sunday, January 25

New Leftist Greek government rejects austerity measures, demands lenders forgive loans

Three years ago I wrote several pieces on the Greek debt crisis (here and here, for example).  For those who don't remember it, the problem was that the government of that country had been spending a lot more money every year than its government took in in taxes--mainly due to huge welfare payments and ridiculously generous government pensions.

Back then Greece owed its lenders about $161 Billion, which it couldn't repay.  But because the government was addicted to deficits it needed to keep borrowing money to cover current expenditures.  (Sound familiar?)

Let's review:  Country has huge debt which it won't repay, but still looks to the nations it's already stiffed to loan it even more money to cover current expenses.  Hard to imagine any creditor agreeing to do that, right?  You can't repay what you owe now, but you want me to loan you even more cash.  Sorry.

But of course in the EU Leftist politicians force their countries to do all manner of bizarre things because hey, it's not their money.

So lender nations sat down for a month of negotiations with the Greek government, and as a condition of loaning it even more cash they got the government to agree to a number of "austerity measures" to cut expenditures a few million annually.  Thus reasured, lenders resumed lending.  Can you guess what happened?

Sure you can:  Greek politicians--all wanting to stay in office--agreed with Greek protesters that "austerity" was for dummies, and the government junked most of the austerity measures it agreed to make to bring spending more in line with revenue.

So three years ago I predicted what should have been obvious to anyone:  The long negotiations and resulting "austerity" charade had merely postponed the inevitable.  As long as the government insisted on spending more than it took in, a crash was inevitable.

Now, three years later, Greek government is now $270 Billion in debt--a cool $100 billion higher than it was when the crisis first hit.  (It's a modest amount by U.S. standards but Greece is a very small country.)  Nothing has changed except the amount owed, which is a lot more.  The Greeks could not--and didn't want to--repay then, and that hasn't changed either.

A Leftist party just won an election, on a promise to "renegotiate" the nation's debt to keep the welfare and pension base happy.

Back in 2012, nations like Germany that were the major lenders to Greece agreed to write off billions in loans because the Greek government in effect demanded that as a condition for agreeing to repay *anything.*  It'll be interesting to see how many more billions the Greeks can con out of gullible European governments after fooling them three years ago,

You'd wouldn't think leaders of Germany and other EU nations would let Greece con them a second time--especially so soon!  But astonishingly, I predict the Greeks will succeed in conning Europe yet again.  Because the Leftist governments of Europe, and the thoroughly socialist ministers of the EU, cannot bring themselves to bring the hammer down on fellow leftists--even those who have conned them for $270 Billion.

Saturday, January 24

How Pelosi and Dems rigged the report on the mortgage meltdown

Wanna know how government really works?

Actually most of you really don't, because it's sordid and depressing and corrupt, but a tiny few of you have a strong sense of honor and propriety and are probably curious, so here goes:

It's widely known that people who own their own homes take better care of both the homes and their neighborhoods than renters do.  Accordingly, Democrats and liberals came up with a "great" plan:  If more people owned their own homes, cities would be better places!  Great!

But what's stopping renters from buying homes *now*?  Oh yeah: Banks knew from lots of experience that if a potential borrower had a lousy credit record, or not enough income, the chances of them defaulting on the mortgage went way up.  If a business wanted to *stay* in business it didn't make sense to give mortgage loans to such borrowers.

Democrats--being Democrats--had a great solution for that one:  Just pass a law (or issue banking regulations, which is a lot easier) forcing banks to give mortgages to people with poor credit!  

Genius, eh?  What could possibly go wrong?

Of course banks and other lending entities weren't stupid:  They knew (from long experience) that such mortgages would have a high default rate, so as a condition of not opposing the law (or regs) they got a provision inserted into the bill allowing them to sell high-risk mortgages to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.  (Some of you may not be aware that both those were "government-sponsored enterprises"--an orwellian term meaning that they could be bailed out with taxpayer bucks.  Oh, and they also paid huge salaries to see-no-problems Democrat "executives.")

The result was an explosion of what came to be called "ninja loans"--no income, no job, no assets.  The word came down to loan officers from banking execs to give mortgages to anyone who applied, because of the risk of a huge government penalty if anyone was declined.

So around January of 2008, after years of the gummint forcing banks to make mortgage loans to borrowers who normally wouldn't have qualified for a mortgage, and then the banks selling most of this "paper" to Fannie and Freddie, the absolutely inevitable and predictable happened:  Defaults on sub-prime mortgages started going exponential.  This triggered the "subprime mortgage crisis," in which a massive wave of mortgage defaults crashed both the banking system and the housing market in most major U.S. cities.  (Wiki has a decent summary if you're curious.)

The wave of defaults (foreclosures) threw tens of thousands of homes on the market.  This had the effect of driving home prices down--which then had a more pernicious effect:  People who *had* to move (as in job transfer) found they were "underwater"--they couldn't sell their home for enough to pay off the mortgage.  In that situation many borrowers with decent income and credit defaulted rather than having to pay tens of thousands of dollars at closing.

With homes now a glut on the market, new-home construction--a huge component of the economy-- cratered.

The immediate result of these three events was a huge wave of government spending (TARP) to bail out some government agencies that held the paper, and some of the too-big-to-fail banks.  A second result was new laws that greatly increased government control of parts of the mortgage industry.

All that is background to my topic today, which is how then-House-Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats who were mainly responsible for creating the conditions that led to this implosion conspired to rig the so-called "investigation" into what caused the meltdown.

After the implosion of the mortgage industry--an event which shook the U.S. economy to its roots--most Americans wanted to know how the hell it happened so we might avoid repeating it.  So in 2009 a congressional committee was formed, called the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

In 2009 Democrats had total control of both houses of congress, meaning they were able to appoint all the members of the commission and allocate funding, staff and other resources.  The appointment process was controlled by then-House speaker Pelosi, who appointed her California pal Phil Angelides, a long-time Democrat operative, to head the commission.

According to a just-released book by one of the ten members of that commission, here's what happened:

• Angelides provided no staff to help Republicans interview witnesses, conduct research or draft the report. But Angelides gave Democrats on the commission almost 80 staffers to help demonstrate the Dem narrative that bank risk-taking and greed unleashed by deregulation caused the crisis.

• Angelides never notified Republicans on the commission about the hundreds of witnesses he called to testify in closed-door interviews with his staff.  As a result, none of these witnesses was cross-examined--something that might have changed their testimony had it been done.

• Angelides staffers never put most of these closed-door witnesses under oath.

• Angelides buried evidence that by 2008, 75% of all high-risk mortgages had wound up on the books of HUD-controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac or agencies such as the Federal Housing Administration. Although a memo by Fannie Mae's former chief credit officer showed that government, not the private sector, drove risky lending, the memo was never formally made available to the Republican members of the FCIC.

• Angelides withheld the 900-page final draft of the report from the Republican commissioners until eight days before sending it to the printer.  Like the 1,300-page bill that became Obamacare, no one on the Republican side had time to find out what was in it.

• After a Republican member of the commision filed a 43,000-word dissent, Angelides removed all but 9,000 words of it from the report widely distributed in bookstores.

The effect of all these maneuvers was to hide evidence that the main cause of the implosion was the government's policy of forcing banks to make sub-prime loans.  The commission's report was designed to support Democrat demands for a "new New Deal" that would put even more of the banking industry under federal control.

Sure enough, in July of 2010 Democrats passed the Dodd-Frank Act--which shockingly left Fannie and Freddie untouched.

As a result, Fannie and Freddie, now under full federal control, are back to making low down payment loans to high-risk borrowers, and the Dodd-Frank-mandated Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is forcing banks to ignore credit risks when evaluating potential borrowers.

The lesson here is that the party in power can pass a law that causes huge damage, but then totally escape all responsibility (yes, all), simply by rigging the subsequent "investigation."  There is no mechanism for punishing the corrupt riggers.  No scorn or loss of income or prestige will ever be attached to any of them.

And yes, that principle applies to both parties.  It's just that the Repubs can never get away with anything because the lying media will instantly jump on the slightest hint of Repub malfeasance.

And I'm okay with that.  Too bad they can't do that job for both parties.
A great article on how Barney Frank--who was a constant pusher for forcing banks to give mortgages to high-risk borrowers--lied and dodged to avoid any blame for the role he played in the crash is here.  As late a a month before the crash Frank assured an audience (captured on video) that Fannie and Freddie were completely financially sound and that any rumor to the contrary was simply Repubs trying to do damage to the innocent Democrats.  Yeah.

Monday, January 19

NASA press release claims 2014 hottest year, but they didn't tell you...

How many of you heard on the TV or radio "news" Friday that 2014 was the hottest year on record?

That made it onto lots of local weather segments, and lots of newspapers--because it would allegedly confirm the Great Global Warming Fear!  (WaPo: "It's official: 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history.")

Let's take a closer look:  The claim was made in a press release from NASA's "Goddard Institute of Space Studies."  What the headline didn't say was that the alleged--that's a critical word--increase in global temperature was just 0.02 degrees.  But the data itself has a margin of error five times greater.

If a scientific paper alleged an effect or trend based on the two numbers above, no reputable journal would publish it.

Let me say that again:  If your alleged results show an effect only one-fifth of the margin of error of your data, no reputable scientist would claim that as "showing" anything.

Problem is, the director of Goddard is a powerwhore by the name of Gavin Schmidt.  He's a True Believer that the Earth is being fatally warmed by humans because we burn carbon fuels.

When questioned by a UK newspaper NASA admitted that the alleged warming of just one-fifth of the margin of error means it is far from certain that 2014 set a record at all. Yet the NASA press release failed to mention this, as well as the fact that the alleged record was just two-hundredths of a degree.

Schmidt has now admitted that the probability that 2014 was the warmest year since 1880 is just 38 per cent. However, when asked by the UK newspaper whether he regretted that the press release failed mention this, Schmidt didn't respond.

That should tell you everything you need to know about Schmidt--and the scam known as "anthropogenic global warming."

And it also confirms a suspicion about the new definition of "journalism": "Reprinting government press releases."

Sunday, January 18

Sign held by Muslim

The sign below is *not* photoshopped.  Muslims actually believe it.

Do you honestly think the West can coexist with people who hold such utterly alien beliefs?

Saturday, January 17

Muzz protest against cartoons "in the name of freedom of speech" ??

After Muslim terrorists murdered 17 unarmed Parisians last week--murders ostensibly "triggered" by the publication of cartoons of Mohammed--a mob of 7th-century goat-humpers expressed their outrage--not about the murders, but about the publication of those cartoons satirizing their sacred religious figure.  Take a look:

The banners read "We condemn the blasphemy of Muhammad in the name of media liberalization and freedom of speech."

I suggest this phrase is either a lie of Orwellian proportions, or absolute proof that these people are utterly impervious to reason.  It's easy to see how followers of a bloodthirsty, rapacious, conquest-pushing religion would be offended by cartoons satirizing their key figure, but by what bizarre twist of logic can they claim their condemnation of said "blasphemy" (i.e. the publication of the cartoons) is "in the name of media liberalization and freedom of speech"?

The members of this mob--and apparently almost all Muslims--are totally opposed to freedom of speech, at least as any rational person understands the term.

Like leftists and dictators around the world, they demand that nothing be uttered or drawn or published that offends them.  Sorry, that's not freedom of speech.  It's the opposite.

So why the wording on the banners?  I suggest it's pure propaganda, designed to fool other morons into believing that the muzz mob is right--that free speech should NOT include the right to say or publish certain things.  And I suspect about half of Americans would agree with that.

The same half that voted for the emperor.  Twice.

Tuesday, January 13

The media's spin on why the emperor didn't attend the rally in Paris

A commenter at Ace's has identified the media spin on the emperor's decision *not* to attend the gathering of national leaders in Paris Sunday.  Three choices:

i) "It was a really gutsy call for obama not to go to Paris, since that would have taken so much of the world's attention away from the rally itself;" or
ii)  Obama actually was in Paris...in spirit; or
iii) Look, over there!  Republicans!  And they're trying to deport innocent undocumented immigrants!

Muslim cleric whines that new Charlie Hebdo issue is "racist," will upset Muslims

Tomorrow--a week after Muslim terrorists armed with machine-guns executed 17 unarmed civilians--the remaining staff of the satirical mag Charlie Hebdo plans to publish a defiant issue again featuring cartoons lampooning the violent killer-warlord Mohammed.  Except instead of the normal press run of 60,000 copies, other printing houses are cooperating to print a total of 3 million copies.

This prompted some muzzie "Grand Mufti" asshole to warn the French that the planned printing was a "racist act" that would "incite hatred and upset Muslims around the world."

Wait...did I get that right?  Armed muzzie terrorist scum assholes execute 17 unarmed civilians (way to go, you braaaave chickenshits; takes lots of courage to execute unarmed civilians) and this Mufti chickenshit is warning the country whose citizens were executed that the mere act of printing cartoons was "a racist act"?

I'm sorry, asshole, but your playing the bullshit race card doesn't count for shit against what your people did in Paris.  But worse yet is that you are so completely disconnected from reality that you THINK playing the race card will work to cow the countrymen of the people your chickenshit murderers just killed.  That's some serious insanity there.

Here's the quote from the office of Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, who is billed as one of Egypt's most influential Muslim clerics:
This edition will cause a new wave of hatred in French and Western society in general and what the magazine is doing does not serve coexistence or a dialog between civilizations.  This is an unwarranted provocation against the feelings of … Muslims around the world.
The statement called on the French government to reject what was termed the "racist act" by Charlie Hebdo, accusing the newspaper of seeking to provoke "religious strife... and deepen hatred."

Sorry, asshole:  The act that provoked religious strife was your unhinged chickenshit murderers executing 17 unarmed civilians.  If you're worried about "religious strife and hatred" I think it's beyond question that those murders--committed by your fellow muzz--utterly overwhelm the injury of any cartoon. 

Meanwhile the president of Muslim Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, accused the West of hypocrisy for its stance over the two attacks, while allegedly failing to condemn anti-Muslim acts in Europe. "The West's hypocrisy is obvious," said this lying sack of shit.  "As Muslims, we've never taken part in terrorist massacres. Behind these [??] lie racism, hate speech and Islamophobia," he said.

Oh yes, always the alleged "Islamophobia."  And to say that Muslims have never taken part in terrorist massacres?  What a crock.  Obviously Erdogan has either forgotten 9/11 or believes the propaganda that the towers were not brought down by passenger jets hijacked by...Muslims.  Again, totally disconnected from reality.

I really don't see how we can coexist with people like this.

Venezuela's socialist regime: "Long lines just prove stores have food!"

When events in a nation start to turn to shit, politicians start making excuses.  Always.  Because they're determined to deflect any blame from themselves.

If a pol is part of the ruling party, and their governing philosophy or principles are utter crap--like socialism--the excuses always defy logic and common sense.  And the worse things are, the more unbelievable the excuses.

This is the situation in Venezuela now.  Plagued by shortages of most foods as well as things like detergent and toilet paper, Venezuelans have been waiting in huge lines outside every store in the capital.  These lines start forming before dawn and are still there when the stores close.

The constant sight of these lines has been an irritant to the socialist regime, which has blamed the shortages on American sabotage--it's "an economic war waged by opponents seeking to topple the socialist government," see?  Another boogeyman the regime blames is "greedy businessmen."  In short, the regime blames anything *except* the system of price controls which the regime itself imposed.  They either don't grasp--or probably simply ignore--that business aren't eager to sell at or below the cost of their goods.

Now a regime asshole bureaucrat with the grand title of "Food Security Regulator"--one Carlos Osorio by name--has stumbled on what he believes is a way to fool the people yet again.  He appeared on state TV to lay out one of the most brazen "explanations" for the huge line: 
“If there was no food in Venezuela, there would not be these lines we see here,” he said on state television. “We wouldn’t have so many people gathered at these installations. It’s the best demonstration we can have.” 
As this bureaucrat would have it, the huge lines outside the stores are simply proof! that those stores have food and/or other necessities.  It's just wonderful!

"Line?  What line?  Oh, this line just proves the stores have food!"

You have to admire the disconnect from reality that can turn long lines into some sort of positive indicator--no matter how absurd.  It's like Cuba or the old Soviet Union or the former East German regime claiming there were no shortages.  Amazing.

Meanwhile others in the socialist regime were attacking the problem of long lines from a different angle.  Not by lifting price controls or currency restrictions, of course.  Not by doing a single thing that would increase the supply of anything.  But by...wait for it...issuing a "directive" (the U.S. equivalent would be one of the emperor's executive orders) ordering that citizens can only shop at government-run food stores twice a week.

One imagines that if the new directive leaves the lines longer than the regime deems proper, they'll issue a new directive limiting citizens to shopping just once a week.

For socialist governments this is what passes for a brilliant solution.

The directive allows citizens to shop on certain days according to the last digit on their national food ID card.  Oh, did we not mention that earlier?  Yeah, the regime directed that all "ordinary" Venezuelans would have to have a food ID card.  Of course if you're a member of the regime--the ruling class--this isn't an issue.  Sort of like here in the U.S, where politicians in the ruling party can do whatever they like, without regard to silly "laws."

Oh, and did that regime "directive" solve the problem of long lines?  Well, not exactly:  The directive only applied to government-run stores.  Meaning that people who were out of something simply went across the street and lined up at the few remaining non-government stores.

But not to worry:  New directive in the works will cover them too.  After all, we have to be fair about these things, eh comrade?

Monday, January 12

After Israeli PM opts to attend Paris rally, Fwench prez invites Palestinian prez

You need to know what dangerous, traitorous, lying scum are running nominally civilized western nations now.

No, I'm not talking about the socialist muslim in the White Hut, but rather French socialist president Hollande.  Here's the story:  With Muslim terrorists having killed four Jews in the Paris attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned to join the leaders of 40 other nations at Sunday’s massive rally in Paris.  But Hollande asked him not to come, claiming...now pay attention here...his presence would be "divisive."

Yep.  Muslim terrorists executing unarmed civilians is just random workplace violence, but the presence of the Israeli prime minister would be "divisive"--and Lord knows we can't risk hurting the precious feeeewings of Fwench Muslims.  Cuz they might, y'know, kill somebody.

Netanyahu initially agreed not to attend, but later changed his mind.  Shortly after his administration notified Hollande's office of the new decision, something curious happened:  Hollande's office notified the Israelis that in light of Netanyahu's decision to attend the rally, the French government was formally inviting Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to attend the rally.  Which he did.

Why did Hollande invite Abbas?  Is it because the "brave" Muslim killers who executed unarmed journalists accidentally shot a palestinian in the attack?

Of course not.  It's because Hollande--like all socialists/Leftists--hates Israel.  If Israel's PM was coming, Hollande wanted to offset this by inviting the terrorist protector Abbas.

France is in what's called an "existential crisis" right now--if they make the wrong decision the country will cease to exist in anything like its current form.  [Sorry, I do that because a lot of my readers are college students who don't always know what terms mean.]   Obviously Hollande believes it's crucial to appear scrupulously even-handed, inviting terrorist-protector Abbas to the rally even though he's historically been on the pro-Muslim-terror side.

If the French people want to be Muslim-ruled that's their choice.  I really don't care, any more than I care whether Pakistan or Afghanistan or Goatfuckistan is Muslim ruled.  Their choice, and enjoy the fruits thereof.  What's important is that everyone SEE how the track is being laid to bring about this outcome, so no one can wail "OMG, I had no idea this was happening!  If only I'd known!!"

I feel so sorry for people who are honest, hard-working, well intentioned and good, but are betrayed into slavery by their politicians, with the crucial help of the Lying Media.  It's sad, like sheep being led to the slaughter.  The don't have a chance.

That's why I write this stuff:  If I can educate just a few hundred good people, and show 'em the inevitable outcome of political betrayal, it will have been worthwhile.

Best of luck to the people of France--indeed, to all non-Muslims.  You're in an existential fight, even though most of you don't know it yet.

Sunday, January 11

Govt and media: "This has no connection whatsoever with Islam!"

In Paris two men armed with AK-47s burst into the office of a French magazine and methodically executed eleven people, including the editor and several cartoonists.  They separated the men and women, then called names from a list.  As each person called came out, he was executed with a shot to the head.  One woman was similarly killed.

On leaving, they killed an unarmed policeman outside.

The killers were caught on cell phone video yelling Allahu akhbar and "We have avenged the honor of the prophet."

A woman in the office who was spared said one of the killers told her to "read the Koran and convert to Islam."

The magazine that was attacked had published cartoons satirizing Mohammed.

Despite these key facts, barely an hour after the shootings the Lying Media and governments were laying down suppressive fire, claiming (you know what's coming, right?) "This had nothing whatsoever to do with Islam."

Apparently you people think all of us are stupid.

A short time later in another Paris suburb another...person...armed with two AK-47s entered a deli, shot and killed four young male customers and took a number of people hostage.  The killer later talked extensively with his captors, telling them he was "al-qaeda."  He was eventually killed by police.

And once again, the allies of Islamic conquest claimed "This had nothing whatsoever to do with Islam."

Curious, isn't it:  When someone claiming to be "avenging the honor of the prophet" and shouting Allahu akhbar, and admonishing captors to "study the Koran and convert" shoots, blows up or beheads innocents, the reaction of the U.S. government and media is always the same.

Every case is dismissed as an isolated event, perpetrated by "lone wolves."  Politicians and the mainstream media fall all over themselves in the rush to claim that the murders had nothing at all to do with Islam.  Public discourse about the murders--the stuff in print and over the air--is obsessed, not with the acts of the terrorists, but with warning American against "Islamophobia" (cute, huh) and a "right-wing reaction" to the murders.

This is beyond stupid.  It's a willful lie--suppressive fire designed to make ordinary citizens keep their mouths shut and not demand an end to Muslim immigration and generous welfare benefits for people who want to rule us and kill those who don't convert to Islam.

Now just so we're perfectly clear, no one believes all Muslims want to kill non-Muslims.  And it's almost certainly true that some of the terrorist murderers are literally crazy--and everyone knows that crazy isn't exclusively confined to Muslims.  But both of these facts are scant comfort to the families of the victims.

I'll have to admit I don't know the solution.  Attackers who don't wear uniforms will always have a huge tactical advantage over civilians--especially unarmed ones.  So as long as Muslims are allowed to live in non-Muslim nations, and refuse to help the native population root out terrorist murderers, the lethal risk will remain.

I predict both Europe and the U.S. will see a few Paris-style attacks per year for the next few decades.  Because the actual risk will be on the order of getting struck by lightning, people will come to regard such attacks as a normal part of life--much the way those of us in Tornado Alley regard tornadoes.

Christians will tolerate random murders indefinitely rather than deport Muslims.  No surprise, really.

European leaders walk in "unity rally" in Paris; Obama, Kerry, Holder no-shows

The leaders of most European nations attended a rally in Paris today to honor the victims of the latest Muslim atrocity.

Obama didn't attend.  Nor did his Secretary of State, Kerry.  Nor did his attorney general, the nominal head of the Department of Injustice, Eric Holder...even though Holder was in Paris.

The excuse was that Holder was at a meeting of ministers discussing security.  Many observers found this odd since all the heads of state of Europe, and their assistants, were marching in the streets with about a million Parisians.  So who could Holder have been meeting with--if indeed the story is true?

Here's how the French news agency AFP reported it:
US Attorney General Eric Holder, who was in Paris Sunday to attend a meeting of interior and justice ministers discussing measures to combat jihadist attacks, was meant to have participated in the rally according to the White House on Saturday, but did not do so, the US embassy in Paris confirmed.
The embassy did not say why Holder did not attend the march.
Wow, they didn't even have an excuse ready?  Talk about tone-deaf!  Talk about a thumb in the eye of a potentially valuable ally.  Way to go, Obama/Kerry/Holder and all you dumb sons-of-bitches.

Gotta say, after the endless string of years of lies, at this point I wouldn't believe anything Obama or Kerry or Holder or Psaki said.  Useless wastes of skin.

McDonalds in Venezuela can't get french fries?

Ah, socialism!  In socialist Venezuela, McDonalds has run out of french fries.

That should make you curious:  Was there a potato famine in Venezuela?  No.  McDonalds imports its fries from either the U.S or Argentina.  Apparently Venezuela doesn't grow enough potatoes to be a reliable source.

Okay, we know the rest of the world didn't run out of potatoes, so what's the explanation?  Turns out that Venezuelan companies wanting to import goods must get official permission from the government to exchange the local currency for dollars, at one of three official exchange rates set by the regime. 

Different commodities qualify for either more or less-favorable rates.  And if a government bureaucrat doesn't like you, you'll have a much harder time getting a favorable rate.  In which case your imported goods could cost two or three times what they did last time.

But wait:  Other fast-food chains in Vz are still selling fries.  How did they manage to keep getting imported fries at a good rate but McDonald's couldn't?

Gee, it's a mystery.  I suspect that if you contributed ten thousand dollars to Maduro's slush fund your request for dollars at your previous exchange rate would sail right through.

Meanwhile in Venezuela, McDonald's has adjusted by offering fried cassava.  Customers aren't impressed.

Cuban regime announces experimental "Wi-Fi" system at killer price

The regime ruling Cuba has announced that it will install an experimental Wi-Fi system in one city this month, at "killer prices." 

The price to use the system will be five dollars an hour.

Five dollars is an entire week's salary for Cubans.

But you have to understand that the regime is forced to charge this outrageously high hourly rate because the eeevil Bush government jams electronic transmissions in the poor island nation, which means the regime must use special, incredibly expensive jam-resistant wi-fi routers.

Yeah, that was sarcasm.  It costs a week's salary per hour because the regime controls everything.  Supply and demand, baby:  Keep supply low and prices will stay high.  And since wi-fi costs very little, where do you suppose all that profit will go?  Why, to the Castros and their lackeys, of course.

Socialism is bad enough.  Add totalitarianism and you get damn near the worst of all worlds. 

Oh, the link at the top is to a site called Havana Times, which gets stories from contributors in Cuba but has to be posted from off the island, since the operators would prefer not to spend life in prison.  Surprisingly the ops don't seem to be angry about the infinite shortages and scams and deprivations of life in Cuba but seem to have sort of a resigned good humor.  Worth reading.

Socialism, baby!  Your emperor is doing everything possible to bring you more of it, cuz it works SO fucking well.

Saturday, January 10

Most Western media refusing to show cartoons that prompted Paris attack

From The Federalist:
In reporting on the executions in Paris, Western news organizations are falling all over themselves to censor images that have angered Muslim terrorists.

This is the "murderers' veto":  Because Muslims kill people who offend their delicate feewings, western media self-censor to avoid risk.

Which brings us to CNN.  Following the Charlie Hebdo attack, CNN allegedly issued a memo to staff detailing what types of images and words would be allowed by the network and what would be banned:
Although we are not at this time showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet [sic] considered offensive by many Muslims, platforms are encouraged to verbally describe the cartoons in detail. This is key to understanding the nature of the attack on the magazine and the tension between free expression and respect for religion.

Video or stills of street protests showing Parisians holding up copies of the offensive cartoons, if shot wide, are also OK. Avoid close-ups of the cartoons that make them clearly legible.

It’s also OK to show most of the protest cartoons making the rounds online, though care should be taken to avoid examples that include within them detailed depictions of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
Where to begin?  For starters, note that the network is apparently afraid of even using the word Muhammad. Instead CNN refers to him as “the Prophet.”  Not a prophet.  Not even the prophet.  But “The Prophet,” capital P.

CNN’s language implies that no other prophets existed before or after Muhammad.  As if he's the only one. 

Does CNN refer to Jesus Christ as “the Messiah”?  Does it spell God “G-d” out of respect for Jews who believe it is sinful to utter His name?  Of course not.  They defer only to Islam, because Muslims have repeatedly shown--literally thousands of times--that they will kill people who don't defer.

CNN--supposedly a television network--instructed its employees to avoid the use of pictures and instead use words to describe the cartoon images that presumably moved Muslims with machine-guns to execute ten unarmed civilians and two unarmed policemen.

It's a situation loaded with irony: CNN is a TV network, and the unique aspect of TV is the ability to show images.  Unless you’re CNN. And how did CNN justify its ban on pictures?  They said it was necessary because verbal descriptions were "key to understanding the nature of the attack on the magazine and the tension between free expression and respect for religion.”

CNN wants us to believe the key to understanding a murderous attack over cartoon images is to…only use spoken words to describe the images, rather than showing the actual images.
C.S. Lewis saw this nonsense coming--how the deliberate corruption of language leads inexorably to the degradation of society. We are seeing it now:  Maybe if we in the Mainstream Media call Mohammed “The Prophet” and sneer at non-Muslims under our breath, murderous Muslims will leave us alone and instead attack those less enlightened than we are. 
ABC/CNN's Christiane Amanpour called the killers "activists."  (Click on the link for the exact quotes below.)
AMANPOUR (on the day of the massacre): On this day, these activists found their targets, and their targets were journalists.

Editors worrying, not about terrorism but about right-wing reaction to terrorist attacks:

NICHOLAS KRISTOF (on MSNBC the day of the executions): I think [the magazine's staff] should have been more sensitive.  I don't believe in gratuitously offending people.  They practically forced those poor masked fellows to kill them.  [Last sentence may have been garbled in transmission.]

KRISTOF again (on MSNBC, same day): We have to be really, really careful not to respond to the extraordinary intolerance of these jihadis with our own intolerance.  And by "extraordinary intolerance" I mean those fellows with the scary guns were...um...never mind."

DAVID ROTHKOPF (again, MSNBC on the day of the executions): I think we have to be just as worried about the reaction to the attack from nationalists, from right-wingers, from people who have sought to drive this wedge, as it was described earlier, between the Islamic communities and the mainstream communities in Europe.  Because if not for the people who have sought to drive this wedge between the peaceful Muslim community and the rest of Europe, the savage, intolerant cartoonists would hardly be dead at all.

How stupid Republicans can smarten up and beat the emperor

There's a classic move in chess called a "fork," in which one player moves to a square that will let him take one of two pieces on the next move.  The opponent can move one piece out of danger, but will still lose one of the two pieces.

The emperor's new proposal to "give" two years of "free" community college to all is such a move.

Prudent politicians don't just ad-lib shit like this.  Rather, it was carefully crafted with his advisors.  The reason it's so canny is that even if congress doesn't pass a bill enacting it, the emperor wins the support of naive low-information voters.  And of course if the McCon and Orange-man-led congress does pass such a bill, Obama gets the credit. 

So, a win-win for the emperor and his Democrat advisors.

Of course if the Repubs were smart (I know, I know) they'd be playing the same game:  Deliberately sending not just one or two bills to the Kenyan bastard, but *dozens*--all of which contain a single provision that the Kenyan says he'll veto.  Let him.  When that happens enough times--and that's the key--then it'll slowly start penetrating some skulls that the Democrat/emperor claim that *congress* is shutting shit down is bullshit.

If I were strategizing for the Repubs I'd have three dozen such bills all drafted and ready to go, and I'd hit the Kenyan with one every week--enough to keep the issue at the front of the news cycle (I know, I know).  Well, at least the internet and bloggers.  We know the Lying Media won't say a word to embarrass their Precioussss.

Post the full text of the bill on the internet three days before the vote, to contrast real transparency with the lie Obama told that his administration would do just that, and then of course didn't.

Each time the bastard vetoed one, a dozen repubs should give speeches in the well of the senate or floor of the House, explaining what just happened. 
We passed this *short*, *simple* bill--with the help of [two or five or ten] Democrats--to [add jobs, help defense, reduce taxes on middle class, simplify/reduce regulations, make govt more transparent, improve care at the VA, reduce government waste...you get it].  Unlike the "Affordable Care Act" we didn't use 1,800 pages of fine print to hide provisions that not a single person in congress had time to read, let alone understand.  What we've done here is government doing what it should.  And your emperor vetoed it out of pique.

Go ahead and ask him why he vetoed such a simple, short, easy-to-understand bill.  He won't give you a straight answer, any more than he followed through on his *promise* to post all bills for public inspection three days before a vote.  You'll notice we did that.  But he's a liar.

You get the idea.

Fork him.

Two challenges facing us--and an emperor who rules by decree

As civilization struggled to come to terms with the dozen executions in the capital of one of the world's most civilized nations, the Nigerian Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram killed two-thousand (2,000) men, women and children in the town of Baga in northern Nigeria. 

Business Insider calls it “one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in history.”  Probably true but western elites won’t notice because it happened in Africa.
According to a senior government official who spoke to the BBC, Baga, which once had a population of about 10,000 people, is now “virtually non-existent.”  The terrorist thugs razed an estimated 16 towns around Baga, according to the BBC.
“These towns are just gone, burned down,” Borno State Senator Ahmed Zanna told NBC News. “The whole area is covered in bodies.”
Meanwhile in Venezuela, the socialist government has dispatched the military to keep order in grocery stores.  The Guardian gives voice to the puzzlement of Venezuela’s central planners: ‘No one can explain why a rich country has no food.’

These two news items give a hint of the challenges facing us right now.  In response the emperor offers what he says is "free" community college to all.  And our "progressive" media laps it up. 

The last 30 years have lulled us into thinking there were no more storms, no more icebergs at sea. The long peace, prosperity, the dissolving of the Soviet Union, the fading of the threat of nuclear war convinced at least half of Americans that we no longer needed the sailors who originally operated our vessel.  Instead voters appointed the cruise director as captain.

No longer did we need to be concerned about navigation or seaworthiness--all we needed was lots of deck games, special events and other entertainments.

How else to explain the emperor's proposal for “free" community college for everyone?  Of course it wouldn't actually be "free"--someone would have to pay, just not the students.

At a time when Medicaid payments to doctors are being slashed to make budget deficits look better; when insurance premiums are being raised 30 percent to garner money for “subsidies” for others, when the defense budget is being cut to the bone and beyond, it is astonishing that people at the highest levels of government can propose yet another program to give prospective voters "something for nothing."
The shocking thing isn’t that Obama would propose a free lunch.  What's shocking is that he may actually believe it's "free."  It's how he's operated his whole life.

And if you think about it, that’s socialism in a nutshell:  In Venezuela nobody in the government seems to know where things once available in stores come from.  In Washington nobody in government knows how anything is paid for. 

Team Obama (and a lot of congress, for that matter) is filled with people who think they can make reality by decree.  They blithely ignore the laws of economics, supply and demand, human nature--and cling to the notion that reality will be whatever they personally order. 

None of them realizes they’re now passengers on a vast ship they’ve forgotten how to sail.

Hat tip to the very perceptive Richard Fernandez.

Venezuela's regime has imprisoned political opponent; can't happen here

Abuse of power really pisses me off.

I'm talking about any situation where one person or side has relatively unlimited power, and uses it unjustly (that is, not in accord with law or ethics) to punish a domestic opponent or threat.

In Venezuela the opposition to the socialist regime found a rising star--a former mayor named Leopoldo Lopez.  The guy has double the approval rating of the country's socialist president, which pretty much tells you the regime regarded him as a threat.

So last February the regime jailed Lopez on some crap charges, and has held him in near-total isolation since then.

I think the U.N. and Human Rights Watch, both of which usually support leftist governments--are pretty useless, but in this case the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions, HRW and the European Parliament have ruled that Lopez "has been jailed arbitrarily" (i.e. not in accord with legal process) and should be freed immediately.

Given the consistent reluctance of all three of these organizations to oppose socialist governments, these opinions speak to the outrageousness of the guy's imprisonment.

Here in the U.S. it would be unthinkable for the government to imprison someone simply because they had information that would embarrass the administration.  Our emperor is MUCH craftier than that.

Thus we have Holder's Department of Injustice very publically announcing it is considering charging a former head of the CIA and former Army 4-star general Petraeus with a felony for leaking secrets to his mistress.

This probably doesn't seem odd to you.  After all, leaking national secrets to unauthorized persons is illegal.  Like when the NY Times printed details about a secret program that enabled the U.S. to follow funds raised in the U.S. and sent to terrorist groups overseas.  In that case the government immediately charged...wait, no one was charged.

No one on the Left is ever charged for leaking secrets.  And in Petraeus' case no one has alleged that any secrets actually leaked (as in, published or turned over to an enemy).  So why is he being threatened with a felony charge?

To use a naval term, it's a shot across the bow--a threat intended to keep the guy from telling the new Republican congress something that would make life more difficult for the emperor.

Understand that the government does NOT intend to actually try to convict the guy at a trial.  That would make his defense public record, which the emperor doesn't want.  Rather, it's the threat of loss of pension that will keep the secret long enough for the emperor to be untouchable. 

I doubt the DOI will actually file charges, but if it does, they'll be quietly dropped when we get closer to the end of the emperor's term.  Another likely outcome--with the same effect but quieter--is that the DOI will simply let the clock run without making any sort of declaration one way or the other, leaving the next president to dismiss 'em.

See?  Much better than those socialist thug bastards running Venezuela.

Venezuela: Food so scarce the socialists have troops guarding stores

Shoppers thronged grocery stores across Caracas today as worsening shortages prompted Venezuela's socialist government to put Venezuela’s food distribution under military protection.

Interior Minister Carmen Melendez said yesterday that security forces would be sent to food stores and distribution centers to protect shoppers.

“Don’t fall into desperation," she said on state television.  "We have the capacity and products for everyone. The stores are full.” 

That statement was a stunning denial of reality:  As Venezuelan shoppers could see for themselves, yesterday in Caracas shelves were mostly bare. Customers struggled and at times fought for items. 

A security guard demanded that shoppers not take photos of empty shelves.

A supermarket in east Caracas on Jan. 9, 2015.
President Nicolas Maduro last week vowed to implement an economic “counter-offensive” to steer the country out of recession, including an overhaul of the foreign exchange system.  Predictably, he didn't provide any details.

Between price controls and fear of a currency devaluation, companies don't know how they'll be able to restock merchandise--a situation that would instantly worsen the already dire situation.

In the past month the price of oil, which accounts for nearly all the country’s export earnings, has plunged.  It's now selling for less than half of last year’s peak, cutting the amount of imported goods the government can buy.

“This is the worst it has ever been -- I’ve seen lines thousands of people long,” said a shopper in east Caracas. “People are so desperate they’re sleeping in the lines.”

Here's how Reuters reported it:

(Reuters) - Lines are swelling at Venezuelan supermarkets, with some shoppers showing up before dawn in search of products, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the nation's shortages.

Lines snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of National Guard troops posted to maintain order.

Business leaders have said the situation will improve soon as distributors return from the often extended Christmas holidays, though many consumers blamed the socialist economic policies of President Nicolas Maduro.

"I don't know what the government is doing. It gets worse every day," said Elizio Velez,  who arrived at 5 a.m. at a Caracas supermarket in search of chicken and toilet paper.

"This is insane, it's like the end of the world," he said, noting that troops had fired shots in the air as scuffles broke out in the line.

I've been writing about the situation in Venezuela for years now because the plight of Venezuelans so perfectly shows two crucial things you need to know:  First is that socialism so predictably leads to shortages of everything.  This happens in large part because to keep the support of their base, socialist leaders set price controls on virtually every necessity.  If the real-world price is higher than their arbitrary ceiling, the socialist government will often pay the difference ("subsidy") to keep from angering their base.

What few low-information people realize is that that subsidy money has to come from somewhere.  So some other sector of the economy must be looted to keep the game going.  But eventually all the cash cows are killed off.

Now what?

Well, says the socialist, if we can't afford to import some commodity, we'll just force domestic businesses to sell it below cost.  Yeah, dat's da ticket.

Let us know how well that works, would ya?  In Venezuela, fertile farmland seized from farm families by the government now sits idle.  Having taken the productive land from those who knew how to produce food, the government finds no one willing to step in.  And those that do lack the knowledge and skill.

Now, if a socialist nation has a foreign benefactor willing to pour in cash and goods--as the former Soviet Union did for Cuba for decades--an illusion of deliriously happy socialist success can be played out for many years.  Again, Cuba is a great example

Or for nations that had developed a strong private sector before going socialist, a new socialist gummint can survive for decades by looting the wealth of that sector.  Of course they don't call it "looting" but "paying one's fair share" of taxes.  Or "spreading the wealth"--a favorite of the emperor.  You've heard a dozen euphemisms for this.

When foreign benefactors tire, and after the socialists have killed all the cash cows, socialist governments know they can still con their people into docility for another year, and then another, by claiming shortages are not due to the moral and economic insanity of socialism but are being caused by a Sinister Foreign Conspiracy.  Both the current and previous presidents of Venezuela have repeatedly claimed shortages are due either to U.S. sabotage or eeeevil businessmen who are hiding goods somewhere.  Same deal for Cuba.

The second lesson Venezuela can teach those with an IQ above room temperature is how astonishingly fast the implosion can happen.  In Venezuela's case things went from prosperous to universal shortages in about 15 years, but other socialist thugs have done it much faster.

Why do I write about Venezuela for American readers?  Because you have a choice:  You can keep watching American Idol (or whatever the current popular TV fad is), keep voting for Dems and RINOs, and reap the faabulous socialist paradise now on display in Cuba, Venezuela, Russia and a dozen other countries; or you can get mad as hell and take this country back.

If you have kids--or if you're a college student and think one day you might--you might want to consider those options carefully.

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Friday, January 9

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Yeah, that's a fucking *scream*.

Liberal Maher says Muslims (gasp!) killed those people in Paris??

Transcript of Bill Maher discussing the execution of ten members of a satire magazine in Paris with Jimmy Kimmel.  Note how Kimmel resists attributing the attack to Muslims as long as possible:
JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST: A terrible thing happened today in Paris.

BILL MAHER: Yes. Tell them.

KIMMEL: People were killed.  [So far it's just like Chicago.] I know a lot of people are on vacation so maybe they don't know what's going on.

MAHER: You're the host so you have to tell them the bad news.

KIMMEL: The bad news is cartoonists, journalists, some other people, a police officer were killed in Paris.  [Again note the passive tense:  "...were killed." Got hit by a meteor maybe?]

MAHER: This was really big sh*t.

KIMMEL: Yes, especially in our business in particular. Especially in your business in particular.

MAHER: Right. And we have to not avoid who did this. Who did this, Jimmy?

KIMMEL: Well, we presume, and I think it's safe --

MAHER: No, no, it's not a presume. No, no. It's Muslim terrorists.

KIMMEL: Yes, Muslim terrorists. 
Interesting.  How can Maher maintain the support of fellow liberals if he keeps blaming those po' innocent Muslim boys for things like this unfortunate "people were killed" event in Paris?

Wait, wait!  I know!  Liberals will just pretend he never said it!  And if you show 'em the vid they'll claim it's photoshopped. 

Yeh, dat's it.

Did hostages "die" or were they "killed"? And does it matter?

Words mean things.  Specific things.

Here's how London's "Mirror" reported the seige of a kosher deli in Paris:
Fifteen hostages were eventually freed alive and four died at Porte de Vincennes.
"Died."  Such a neutral, antiseptic word.

People die in car crashes.  In hospital operations.  Every day people die of old age--a common, unremarkable, normal occurrence.

While it's certainly undeniable that four hostages "died" at the deli, a much more accurate account would be that "four hostages were killed."

This changes the dynamic altogether.  "Killed" accurately implies an external agent did the killing.  The lives were ended not by old age or disease, but by the acts of an evil, malevolent Force.  If you don't understand that you're too stupid to reproduce.

This is a war.  It's just that one side know it and is fighting it, and the other side isn't.

That is all.

Keystone pipeline again: Nebraska court punts, removing one more bullshit "obstacle" cited by the emperor

Wanna see brazen, naked hypocrisy by the emperor and most Democrats?

Actually most of you would probably prefer to believe that the emperor and Democrats are NOT hypocritical pieces of shit.  I don't blame you.  But you can either live in your pretend world or the real one.  Your call.

Oh, and would you mind letting me know how that pretend world works for ya?  Thanks SO much. 

Today the House passed a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone pipeline.  This happened just hours after Nebraska's Supreme Court declined to rule on a lawsuit challenging the proposed route.

The $5.4 Billion, privately-funded project, which would move oil from Canada to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, was first proposed in 2008.  The asshole in the White Hut has been blocking it since then.

In case you've been living on the planet Clueless, the emperor has promised to veto the House bill.

Nebraska's governor opposed the pipeline's original proposed route that crossed the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.  But the company altered the proposed route to avoid the Sandhills, and the gov approved the new path.  He noted that the proposal was also approved by Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality.

It's *really* worth noting that the main *stated* objection cited by enviros was the huge, HUGE danger the pipeline posed to the fragile Sandhills.  Because, you know, pipelines just break ALL the time.  You hear about these crazy things every week or two, right?  Some pipeline breaks and pours oil into everyone's basement and swimming pool.  Right?

The Nebraska court's ruling was significant because the emperor had said one of the main reasons he refused to approve the route was that he wanted to let the court decide the case.  Of course all of you with more than room-temperature IQs knew this was utter and complete bullshit:  The emperor was simply hoping the court would allow him to dodge the decision (again).

He's canny and cunning like that, ya know?

The House approved the bill by 266-153 vote, with 28 Democrats joining Republicans in voting for it.  Unfortunately this is just a few votes short of the two-thirds needed to override the emperor's promised veto.  And of course Republicans don't have 2/3 of the senate, so unless a few Dem senators defect (fat fucking chance) the senate won't have enough to override a veto either.  Which is why 28 Dem representatives could vote for the bill, cuz they knew the senate wouldn't be able...you get the idea.

Although the Nebraska court case was one of the reasons the emperor had been ducking, the court's ruling earlier Friday did little to change the president's position.  Spokesman Eric Schultz made clear Obama still wants to wait for a State Department review process to "play out."   Schultz said regardless of the ruling, the House bill...mumble mumble bullshit bullshit babblespeak squidcloud.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said "argle-bargle bullshit bullshit irrelevant posing POS," urging Obama to reverse his veto threat in light of the court decision.

House Speaker John of Orange (RINO/Dem-Ohio) made the same appeal, saying "argle-bargle bullshit bullshit irrelevant POS" veto would put [Obama's] political interests ahead of the needs and priorities of the American people."  Like his own.

Obama has long resisted moving forward on the project, citing both the Nebraska lawsuit and a State Department bullshit review process.

I mean, c'mon:  What earthly, for fuck's sake, reason is the fucking State Department involved in this question?  Does it know dick about energy?  Geology?   Aquifers?  Metallurgy?  Pipeline technology? 

Of course not.  The secretary of state is an expert in marrying wealthy women, dodging taxes and making dumbass statements to foreign journalists.  The emperor's use of State is an effort to make other agents responsible for a NO decision, pure and simple.

So, so transparent.  So...responsible.  So...liberal/Democrat/Obozo.

Welcome to the emperor's America.

Hypocrisy much?

Who said this: 
The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion dollars for the first 42 presidents — number 43 added $4 trillion dollars by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion dollars of debt that we are going to have to pay back — $30,000 for every man, woman and child.  That’s irresponsible. It’s unpatriotic.

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America 's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Why, that would be senator and presidential candidate Barack H. Obama, March 2006.

Hypocrisy defined.  And have you seen how the Lying Media are all over this blatant, in-your-face hypocrisy?  Yeah, they're ignoring it totally.

But after all, "What difference, at this point, can it possibly make?"  (Hillary Clinton, testifying before the House on the killing of four Americans at Benghazi)

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Emperor announces plan for Democrats to "give" everyone "free" community college! Yay, FREE !

Wanna see yet another example of the emperor (like all Democrats) promising "free shit" for voters in exchange for their vote?  Here's the headline at the leftist website "The Hill" today:

Obama pitches free community college plan

Anybody see anything blatantly, ridiculously wrong with this headline?  Oh, yeah:  When the government "gives" a group of citizens something, IT'S NOT FREE. 

Not even close.  What it really means is someone else has to pay for it.  And usually more than twice what it would cost if the government wasn't involved.

And yet these ignorant, evil sons of whores at the Hill dutifully fellated the emperor yet again by simply printing the press release verbatim:  It's FREE, FREE, FREE!!!   Whee!!!  Without pointing out something kids and college students and low-information voters don't know:  It's NOT free.

Here's more from The Hill's Democratic press release:
"A college degree is the surest ticket to the middle class,” Obama said.
Yeah, like they told you owning a home was the surest ticket to the middle class.  They've got the cause and effect ass-backward:  If you're a hard worker you can figure out how to go to college, and you do have an excellent chance of doing well in life.  But if someone simply *hands you a college "ticket" at no cost to you,* do ya think the recipient will actually work hard, study, get good grades and so on?  Maybe, but much less likely than someone who's busted their ass to be able to afford it themselves.

The details:
the federal government would pay three quarters of tuition. States would be required to chip in the remainder of the cost — an additional $20 billion over the next 10 years.
Does anyone believe that if a Democrat-controlled state wants to jump on this Democrat vote-getter but can't afford it, that Dems in congress [spit] won't push to have all taxpayers fund the whole deal?  Of course they will.  "It's only fair," right?

I mean, if "giving" every young person "free" college is a good idea, wouldn't that logic say all citizens nationwide should fund all students nationwide?  Why should we let a state's temporary lack of funds "punish" their students?  That just wouldn't be fair!  Why, that would be as bad as forcing people who want to stay in the U.S. to apply for an immigration slot, or a visa or something.  AWful!

The Hill again:
Even if the program has long-shot odds of being passed into law, the announcement has some utility for the White House.
Damn, ya think??  Like, the votes of all low-income young people?   After all, "It's FREE!!!!!"
White House officials have also noted that the proposal has generated substantial attention online since being unveiled Thursday.  “There’s intensive interest in this since we announced it last night, which I’m gratified by,” Schultz said, noting that a Facebook video announcing the initiative posted Thursday night was the most successful video post to the social network in White House history. More than 6 million people had viewed the video as of Friday afternoon.
No shit.  Because, remember...."It's FREE!!!!!"

Country is dead, dead, dead.  Because of bullshit like this, times a million.

Well-meaning RINOs say shit like "Oh c'mon, everyone knows that our wunnerful president doesn't really mean "free"-free.  Everyone knows he really means taxpayer funded."

Bull shit.  Low-info voters do NOT know that.  And if you tried to prove to 'em that *someone* has to pay for "free" gummint shit, they'd NEVER believe you.  If they aren't literally Too Fucking Dumb, they've been so brainwashed that they would see it no matter how slowly you explained it.

But Obama knows it ain't free.  And the sons of whores at The Hill sure as hell know it ain't free.  But not only are they perfectly happy to re-print the emperor's vote-grabbing press release, I suspect they actually laugh at the "rubes" as they're doing it.

Ah well.  Not my problem anymore.  I don't have kids, and you don't have...oh, wait, do you have kids?  Oh.  Well, not to worry--in two years the Democrats will have changed the U.S. to a system of "fiat currency" and then deficits won't matter.

Yay!  "Free!!"

Thursday, January 8

What if all the murders and atrocities by Muslims had been committed instead by...

What if …

  • the 12 journalists murdered in Paris in today’s massacre had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the December 2014 execution of 150 women by ISIS had been for refusing to marry Christian crusaders instead of Islamic fighters, and…

  • the 500 school girls kidnapped, raped, and sold into slavery by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014 had been raped and enslaved in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 121 people murdered in the 2014 Borno massacre had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa had been carried out in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2014 stabbings in Endeavour Hills, Australia had been in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 59 people murdered by the 2013 shooters at the Kenyan mall had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 127 people murdered during a worship service at the church in Peshawar in 2013 had been murdered as “enemies of Christianity” instead of “enemies of Islam,” and…

  • the 3 people murdered by the 2013 Boston bombers had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the two men who killed British soldier Lee Rigby with cleavers in Woolwich, England, had been shouting “Jesus akbar!” instead of “Allahu akbar!”, and…

  • the 2012 murder of the US Ambassador in Benghazi had been in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2012 Toulouse and Montauban (France) shootings had been carried out by someone describing himself as a “crusader” (as opposed to a “mujahid”), and…

  • the 2011 Christmas Day bombings of 4 churches in Nigeria, leaving 41 dead, had instead been bombings of mosques during Ramadan, and…

  • the 2011 knife attacks in Hotan, China, had been carried out instead by 18 Christian men shouting Christian slogans instead of Muslim men shouting Islamic slogans, and…

  • the 2011 firebombing of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo had been in response to an insult against Jesus instead of Mohammed, and…

  • the 2011 Frankfurt Airport (Germany) shooting, which killed two US airmen, had been carried out by someone shouting “Jesus akbar” instead of “Allahu akbar!”, and…

  • the 2010 Times Square bomber had been acting in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2010 Stockholm, Sweden bombings had been in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • Christians, rather than Muslims, had claimed responsibility for the 2010 Varanasi, India bombings, and…

  • the Ft. Hood shooter had killed 16 in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2009 bombing of the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta had been for the purposes of establishing a “Christian state” instead of an “Islamic state,” and…

  • the 2006 murder of 209 people on the train in Mumbai had been in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 52 people murdered by the 2005 London subway bombers had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2005 plots to kill the Danish cartoonist Jyllands-Postern were because he had drawn a caricature of Jesus instead of Mohammed, and…

  • the 385 school children murdered in Beslan in 2004 had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 191 people murdered by the 2004 Madrid train bombers had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2004 Uzbekistan Embassy bombers had been acting in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2004 massacre in the US diplomatic compound in Saudi Arabia had been in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • Dutch film director Theo van Gogh had murdered by a Christian in response to a film criticizing Christianity instead of by a Muslim angry at the film's depiction of Islam, and…

  • the 10 people murdered by the Beltway sniper in 2002 had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2002 Calcutta, India Cultural Center shooters had been acting in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2002 Karachi, Pakistan Consulate bombers had been acting in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2002 Denpasar Indonesia Consulate bombers had been acting in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 202 people murdered by the 2002 Bali bombers had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 17 US sailors murdered by the 2000 USS Cole bombers had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 1998 Nairobi Kenya Embassy bombers had been acting in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 1998 Dar es Salaam Embassy bombers had been acting in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the 2977 people murdered on Sept. 11, 2001 had been murdered in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the (at least) 18 churches bombed in Indonesia on Christmas Eve, 2000 had instead been mosques at Ramadan, and…

  • the 19 people murdered and 498 people injured in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing had been murdered or injured in the name of Christianity instead of Islam, and…

  • the death sentence pronounced on Salman Rushdie in 1989 had been issued instead by a Christian “supreme leader” for insulting Christ,

  • Would you think someone who saw a pattern in all those events was unreasonable?  Intolerant?

    ISIS thugs behead amateur magician, claim tricks "insult Allah"

    Yet another story about Islamic practice that you won't see in a U.S. paper.  From Britain's Daily Mail:

    In Raqqa, Syria, an amateur magician was beheaded by Islamic State thugs for entertaining passers-by with his tricks.
    The man was arrested by IS thugs, who claimed his tricks were insulting to God because they created 'illusions and falsehood'.  They said it was forbidden by the Koran because it was idle entertainment and kept locals from praying and attending the mosque.

    Raqqa was once one of the most liberal and tolerant places in Syria with a mix of religions living side-by-side.

    ISIS thugs have even ordered the local barber shops closed to prevent men cutting their beards.

    Islamic "cleric" defends Paris executions

    After the murders in Paris you'd think that Muslim leaders would be condemning the murderers as not representative of "real" Islam.  Aberrations.  Lone wolf attacks, and the usual bullshit.

    Guess again.  Firebrand Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary supports the murders.

    USA Today published an op-ed by Choudary on the murders, in which he explained that
    Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression.
    That's a direct quote.  Far from condemning the murders, Choudary wrote
    the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. ... The strict punishment if found guilty of this crime under sharia (Islamic law) is capital punishment implementable by an Islamic State. This is because the Messenger Muhammad said, "Whoever insults a Prophet kill him."
    Having just told us that the murders were justified by the words of Muhammed himself, Choudary doubles down by writing that the "sanctity" of French citizens--apparently his euphemism for their lives--was "placed at risk" by the French government because it allowed the magazine to "provoke Muslims."
    So why in this case did the French government allow the magazine Charlie Hebdo to continue to provoke Muslims, thereby placing the sanctity of its citizens at risk?
    Do you finally get it?  Do Choudary's written statements leave any possible room for a benign interpretation? 
    When Muslims have killed unarmed civilians in the past, as at Fort Hood, the emperor has quickly proclaimed that such murders do not represent "real" Islam.  This will be a lot harder to do after Choudary just wrote that Muhammad himself said Muslims should kill those who insult "a prophet." 

    Since it's obviously hard to claim that Mohammed himself doesn't represent "real" Islam, you'd think that would have pretty much ended that constant defense.  But the emperor seems to agree with his Grubers that "the American people are stupid," so we may well hear this bull trotted out again in a week or so--after 90 percent of the public has forgotten about the executions of unarmed cartoonists in Paris.

    Wednesday, January 7

    Terrorist attack in Paris intimidates editors in London and New York

    Frightened western editors reporting on the executions by Islamic terrorists of the editor and nine staff members at a French satire mag in Paris have illustrated the story by showing their own staffers reading an issue of the satire magazine--but with the cover illustration carefully pixellated out.

    Some issues of the magazine had covers featuring cartoons of Mohammed.

    Point of this story is that Muslim terrorists executing journalists in France have intimidated editors in London and New York.  Organizations choosing not to show the mag's covers include the NY Times, CNN, NBC and its subsidiaries, the Associated Press, Fox and others.  Hmmm...interesting.

    Wait, I thought the emperor and the mainstream media have been telling us for farking ever that Islam was "the religion of peace" and that all violent extremists were right-wing former military or some such horseshit.

    Do you suppose they're gonna change their story now, and recognize the real threat?

    Not a chance.  In two weeks this story will have vanished from the mainstream media altogether.  The excuse-makers and appeasers have already started their familiar song:  "Just another lone wolf."  "Nothing at all to do with Islam."  "All religions have people who murder."  "We need to empathize with their situation."  "Root causes..."  "Religion of peace."

    Naive morons.  But you'll all learn.  Eventually.

    The NY Times ran a story that started with this 'graf:
    The sophisticated military-style strike on a French newspaper staggered a continent already seething with anti-immigrant sentiments in some quarters, feeding far-right nationalist parties.
    No mention that Muslim shitweasels armed with machineguns executed ten unarmed civilians in cold blood.  Rather, the executions were described as a "sophisticated military-style strike."  Indeed, the lede by the Times didn't mention executions at all, just a "strike on a French newspaper."  Oh, and the continent is "seething with anti-immigrant sentiments"?  Really?

    Folks, the appeasers are already out in force, moving quickly to convince you this was a non-event having nothing to do with Islam.

    In the category of "Blissfully unaware of the irony" is this quote from the AP on their policy of not printing any cartoons depicting Mohamhead (misspelling intentional):
    “None of the images distributed by AP showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad,” an Associated Press spokesman said, according to the Daily Beast. “It’s been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images."
    What's that again?  Y'say your policy "for years" has been that "We refrain from moving deliberately provocative images"? 

    Excuse me sir, but it's clear that either you are a lying sack of shit, or you know nothing about the organization you purport to represent.  Because for years the AP has sold photos of a crucifix submerged in a tray of the artist's urine.

    What you should have said is "We don't move images that will provoke Muslims but have no qualms about pushing images that insult or degrade Christianity.  Because we know one of those groups is peaceful while the other is extremely dangerous."

    Yes, I think that's it.

    UPDATE:  The emperor's helpers have already swung into action to convince you that the Muslim murderers in Paris aren't representative of "true" Islam, and have promised to redouble their efforts to "be clear about what the tenets of Islam actually are."  Here's spokeswhore Earnest:
    “There are some individuals that are using a peaceful religion and grossly distorting it, and trying to use its tenets to inspire people around the globe to carry out acts of violence. And we have enjoyed significant success in enlisting leaders in the Muslim community, like I said, both in the United States and around the world to condemn that kind of messaging, to condemn those efforts to radicalize individuals, and to be clear about what the tenets of Islam actually are.  And we’re going to redouble those efforts in the days and weeks ahead.

    Told ya.

    Appeasement will give "Peace in our time." Yeah, that's a crock.

    For those under 30 or so who haven't studied history, "appeasement" is a policy of making concessions to aggressive dictators.  The theory--actually a rationalization--is that if you give dictators what they demand, they won't demand anything else.

    And with a deft flourish of a pen, a bloody conflict is avoided.  Prizes for all the diplomats!

    Except the conflict is never averted, only postponed.  Because soon the aggressive dictator will be back with another demand, and then another.

    When appeasement is phrased as "give dictators what they demand and they won't demand anything else," almost everyone instantly sees the problem:  The theory is utter crap.  Nonsense.  Horseshit.  Anyone with a lick of sense knows that giving in to demands from megalomaniacs absolutely guarantees more demands.  After all, it worked so beautifully for the guy before, right?  Because making demands costs a dictator nothing, conceding to those demands--even fractionally--actually encourages them to keep making more.

    You'd think intelligent people would instantly recognize the futility of appeasement, but Leftists/socialists/"progressives" just *love* the tactic, for many reasons.  First, they're absolutely certain that "War is never the answer."  Appeasement avoids war--at least for today--so it must be the right tactic.  It lets the elites pat themselves on the back and feel good about how compassionate and moral they are compared to the folks warning about the inevitable consequences of their appeasement--namely eventual war on far less-favorable terms.

    The problem is worsened because the Elites are absolutely certain that they're smarter than everyone else.  After all, they went to elite schools, and have important positions in government and the media.  They say appeasement works (though they don't call it that), all their friends agree, and that's the end of what passes for "debate" on the Left.

    Another reason appeasement is so popular with the Left is that it's a vote-getter:  Building up a nation's military to prepare for war is scary and expensive.  Who wants to do that when the Left can simply claim it's not necessary?  Far more productive to spend the money on...um...free gender-change surgery for people on medicaid.  Yeah.

    The appeasers can get away with claiming that preparing for war is "not necessary" because the future, by definition, isn't known with certainty.  They claim--correctly, of course--that despite the repeated lessons of history, the people warning about the dangers of appeasement are only speculating about a possible bad outcome. 

    No matter how many times we've seen appeasement end with the bad outcome, appeasers insist that if we just avoid war today...and tomorrow, and so on...war will never be necessary.

    See how well that works?

    Except when it doesn't.  Example:  In 1938 Adolph Hitler demanded that Czechoslovakia give Germany a big chunk of its territory bordering Germany.  The pretense--there usually is one, to allow appeasers to propagandize the demand so it doesn't seem so outrageous--was that many people living in Czechoslovakia near the border were ethnic Germans who were being persecuted in some way.  So it was only right that...mumble diplomatic-bullshit nonsense doublespeak.

    The region Hitler demanded was called the Sudetenland.

    Sudetenland was of immense strategic importance to Czechoslovakia, as most of its border defenses were situated there, as well as many of its banks and heavy industries.  But the Czechs were hopelessly outgunned by the German military.  Their only hope of keeping their nation intact was if other European nations made it clear to Hitler that this was not gonna happen.  The Czechs were part of a "military alliance" with the U.K. and France, so they were optimistic that those two nations would back them.

    So in September of 1939 appeasers from Britain, France and Italy held a conference with Hitler in Munich.  (They're always having conferences, eh?)  And in the early hours of 30 September, the appeasers signed an agreement giving Hitler the Sudetenland.

    The Czechs weren't even invited to the conference--thus depriving them of a very public forum to demonstrate Hitler's aggression and the perfidy and betrayal by the Allies.  And of course that "formal military alliance" the Czechs had with France and Britain proved utterly useless, as you could have guessed.

    But wait, it gets better.

    The "negotiator" (tell me, what was actually "negotiated"?) for Britain was its prime minister, Neville Chamberlain.  On returning from the Munich conference--the one where he and the French gave away territory of another nation in the utterly deluded, foolish, naive notion that this would satisfy the maniac Hitler--Chamberlain faced a crowd of supporters at the airport and proudly declared
    The settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name.... I would like to read it to you: ' ... We regard the agreement signed last night...as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.'
    Later that day he stood outside 10 Downing Street and again read from the document, concluding:
    For the second time in our history a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.
    Who do you suppose he was thanking?  Hitler?

    German troops promptly marched into the Sudetenland.  And that would ensure peace in our...oh wait: on 16 March 1939--less than six months after Britain and France ceded the Sudetenland to Hitler--German troops took over the rest of Czechoslovakia.

    The demands never stop.

    Six months after that, i.e.less than a year after Chamberlain brilliantly ceded the Sudetenland to Germany--on 1 September 1939 Hitler invaded Poland and the Second World War was on.

    "Peace in our time," eh? 

    But, says the Left, "no one could have predicted...."  Spare me.  Hitler's demand that Germany be given the Sudetenland was not even remotely the first aggressive demand that the allies surrendered on.  The guy did it again and again.  Example:

    After the vast carnage of "The Great War" (later simply "the First World War") the treaty that ended it banned Germany from stationing troops in a region known as the Rhineland.  This was followed in 1925 by a second treaty reaffirming the same terms.  The treaty explicitly provided that any violation would be considered as a "hostile act...and as calculated to disturb the peace of the world."  Which is as clear as diplomatic language ever gets.

    One historian called the demilitarized status of the Rhineland "the single most important guarantee of peace in Europe," claiming it made it impossible for Germany to attack its neighbors.  Of course Hitler also knew this--but also that agreements made years earlier could be...modified...if sufficient pressure was applied.

    The Treaty of Versailles stated that the Allies would withdraw all troops from the Rhineland by 1935, but in 1929 Germany announced that it wouldn't pay any more reparations unless the Allies withdrew their troops immediately.  The British agreed, and managed to persuade a very skeptical French government.  In 1930 the last Allied forces withdrew.

    Six years later, on 7 Mar 1936, Hitler ordered the German army into the Rhineland.  In interviews later he admitted that if Britain and France had sent troops to oppose the move, he would have had to withdraw because the German forces weren't yet strong enough to prevail.  And in fact his commanders were given orders to withdraw if they encountered military opposition. But the Allies did nothing.  And bit by bit, Hitler became convinced he would always win, because his enemies lacked the courage to oppose him.

    With the benefit of hindsight all Hitler's moves can be seen as part of an overall strategy.  For example, in March of 1935 Germany had unilaterally repudiated the provision of the Locarno treaty that it not re-arm.  But then just two months later (21 May 1935) Hitler gave a so-called "peace speech" in which he Grubered that Germany would "uphold and fulfill all obligations arising out of the Locarno Treaty, so long as the other parties are on their side ready to stand by that pact."

    This is breathtakingly brazen:  Just two months earlier Hitler had violated the same treaty, but was now pledging to uphold "all obligations" in it, if the other parties would do the same.  This is the same brazen Grubering we see in Obama's "promise" on 25 occasions that "If you like your health insurance you can keep it," while knowing full well that this was a Gruber.

    A history of the many, many instances of appeasement of Hitler by Britain, France and with the explicit support of  the U.S. Democratic party can be found here.  It's long, but you really need to read it all to begin to understand how utterly naive the appeasers were.  But the linked article (Wiki--yeah, I know) does exactly what the left-dominated Wiki empire always does: sugar-coats appeasement. Here's a typical passage:
    James P. Levy argues against the outright condemnation of appeasement. "Knowing what Hitler did later," he writes, "the critics of Appeasement condemn the men who tried to keep the peace in the 1930s, men who could not know what would come later. ... The political leaders responsible for Appeasement made many errors. They were not blameless. But what they attempted was logical, rational, and humane."
    Yeah, baby:  They "could not know what would come later"--I guess because they had no knowledge of history or psychology or negotiation.  They were easily outmaneuvered by the canny Hitler.

    Okay, fast-forward to today:  History is repeating itself yet again.  Western appeasers are making endless concessions to Islam, either due to outright treachery or naivete.  And yes, Obama is in one of those two camps.  While I suspect most of us would prefer the latter, the end result is the same either way.

    Iran is pursuing uranium enrichment and atomic bomb design.  Obama wanted a deal that would showcase him as the brilliant negotiator.  Iran's mullahs told him to fuck off, and he responded by unilaterally ordering the removal of economic sanctions against Iran.  Is there any way that can be interpreted as *other than* appeasement.

    The alleged "deadline" for reaching a comprehensive deal has come and gone twice, and each time Obama has extended it.  Same question:  How can anyone interpret that as anything other than appeasement?

    A Muslim U.S. Army officer kills 13 U.S. soldiers and wounds 30 others--while screaming Islamic phrases--yet Obama absolutely insists it has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam.  Appeasement.

    Nine months ago Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 mainly Christian school girls--who haven't been seen since--and Obama claims it has nothing to do with Islam.  Appeasement.

    Over the next few years, every time a group of Muslims kills ten or 20 or 50 unarmed civilians in France or Belgium or Sweden--or here--listen for the chorus of appeasers.  It starts instantly and is repeated endlessly by all the mainstream media and Democrat politicians (and RINOs too).  No countervailing voices are allowed in the mainstream media.

    Just remember how well appeasement worked in preventing WW2.  And the appeasers didn't just work with Hitler:  The same pattern of aggression and concession was repeated with Japan and Italy.  It would be repeated again starting just a year after the end of WW2 with Soviet demands (the Berlin blockade was an attempt by the Soviet Union to starve West Berlin into voting to join communist East Germany; it failed only because good Americans marshalled an airlift and flew thousands of tons of food to the beseiged city for a year, until the Soviets realized they were getting clobbered in the PR war).

    But don't worry, citizen:  The left (and socialists/"progs") assure you that despite what you think you may have heard, history really doesn't repeat itself.  They tell you normal common sense doesn't apply to international conflicts, and that appeasement really will work this time.

    And you can trust them because they really, totally interested in your welfare.  Period.