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“Stimulated” to oblivion

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Bloomberg.com: News
The $9.7 trillion in pledges would be enough to send a $1,430 check to every man, woman and child alive in the world. It’s 13 times what the U.S. has spent so far on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Congressional Budget Office data, and is almost enough to pay off every home mortgage loan in the U.S., calculated at $10.5 trillion by the Federal Reserve.

You know, that’d still be obscene and stupid, but it’d be a lot more efficient at stimulating the economy than the twin grab-bags of massive random spending oozing through Congress. But I’m sure glad we have Congress to help us out discover such innovative ways to stimulate the economy.

Via Ace, who put it this into further perspective:

That’s 2/3rds of the entire value of everything produced by the US last year. Not 2/3rds of the federal budget — 2/3rds of the value of everything we made last year. Everything.
And more to come.

Yep, we haven’t even seen what’s in TARP II or this year’s annual omnibus spending bill. And, like the stimulus bill, I have a feeling we won’t see any of those details until after they’ve already been handed over to the President by our new Democrat majority. And our kids, and their kids, and their kids will get to pay it all back. But, hey, with this many bribes to pass around and favors to call in, they’re sure to get re-elected, and that’s what really counts.

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YouTube – The British called – They want their guns back

via Ace, who adds:

The dramatic spike in violent crimes in Britain since enaction of their gun ban has gotten very little press coverage here in the US. Very strange, for such a gun loving nation as ours. You’d almost think the major press was at odds with public sentiment.
It takes a lot of built up trouble before conservatives stage protests. We just don’t do it unless we’re pushed to the wall.
We’re not so good with papier-mache and public tantrums.

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Look, President Obama is in office now, and I’m fine with that. That’s what America wanted.

But, well, some of his more fanatical supporters freak me out. Including this crowd of  celebrities and psuedo-celebs preaching of their newfound zeal to Serve Man:

So, yes, that video is just plain creepy. This year’s hot new celebrity fashion trend will be hooded robes in lovely Lawgiver brown.

Iowahawk’s annotated version is much more entertaining:

Can’t quite place her, but think I maybe saw her on a cosmetics commercial once: [intense glare] to LOVE more.

Black Eyed Peas guy: I pledge.

Evita Lopez or Chiquita Gonzalez or something like that: To help children battle with serious illnesses — by standing here on the far right side of the frame.

Beats the hell outta me: Or here, on the left side of the frame.

Cameron Diaz: Me plemdge.

Nicole Richie: To give up food all together.

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Some thoughts on the inauguration from the bottomless pit of self-pity and entitlement that is the far-left (emphasis mine):

Firedoglake » Worst. Inauguration. Ever.
And then, shear, crushing disappointment descends over the crowd. Unlike the smiles on all the faces you walked by on, say, election night, or in the metro last night, this crowd had to summon up all they had left after multiple hours in the cold to give a tepid ovation to the inauguration of a new president.

I know because this was how I felt. And then I felt selfish for feeling that way. But the disappointment, amplified by the cold, and the overall expenditure of energy over not just this election cycle, but the eight years of Bush misrule, really made it hard not to feel utterly crestfallen

In an unprecidented move for which he took a lot of heat, Bush approved FEMA emergency funding to make sure that President Obama’s Inauguration was better run and safer than any in history. But when the people running the show can’t manage the logistics, fail to communicate, and generally screw things up for all those people, who’s fault is it? George W. Bush, of course.

I do feel bad, on a personal level, for people who came across country to attend and had such a frustrating experience.  Given a huge, hyper-secure, and incredibly complex event like this there are going to be glitches even  under the best of circumstances. With the local DC folks and the Feds in charge you know there are going to be serious SNAFUs, especially in places where there are no embarassing TV cameras pointed.

Perhaps these disappointed folks will take this as a lesson: The government can’t plan away all the problems of the world, and the government cannot and does not care about anyone’s individual happiness. Not even with Obama in charge.

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As I write this, it seems certain that our next President-Elect is Barack Obama. Assuming that’s the case, he has my sincere congratulations. I’m sure I’ll disagree, often vigorously, but I will stand behind him as I would any President. I’ll pray that God gives him the wisdom and courage to make the right decisions for our country.

And he’ll be my President too. I’m not going to act like a whiny baby (aka a Democrat, circa 2000) and stamp my feet and cry. Republicans have to re-engage, not withdraw and take cheap shots. I’m sure I’ll give into temptation now and then, but I won’t make a habit of it.  A weak President is bad for all of us, no matter what side of the fence we’re on, and I will not work to weaken any President this country elects.

McCain made a strong showing against nearly impossible odds and has nothing to be ashamed of. Palin will go far. We Republicans have another shot at it in 2012, and maybe the nation will be more receptive after a few years of one-party rule. With some luck the alliances we’ve formed with the PUMA faction of the Democratic party will be helpful in moderating the Democrats.

As for Mr. Obama, he’s wanted this for his entire adult life. He’s spent his entire career running a sprint to become President. Now his determination and formidable political skills have achieved it. But in the process he’s raised the expectations of his followers far beyond anything he can realistically achieve, and he’s made a lot of promises that he just can’t keep. As a wise man once said, he may find that the having is not so pleasing a thing as the wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.

What I’m most unhappy about is the lengths to which the media went to control the flow of information in this election. In Obama’s favor, of course. I’m very worried about having a media who’s comfortable in any President’s back pocket. We’ll see how that works out.

Anyway, it’s time for bed. Here are some closing thoughts with which I agree:

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The Great Firewall of… Australia?

Yep, following in the footsteps of that beacon of worldwide freedom, China. And no opt-out procedure.

I had not realized that the entire population of Australia was actually composed of delicate elementary-school kids who depend on the government to “protect” them from offensive web sites. But I guess it must be true. Can we send them lollipops? Kids love lollipops.

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The Democrats’ have some wonderful plans in store for us. Just in case you were planning on, you know, saving for retirement or something ridiculous like that they have this unbelievable plan to convert private 401k’s retirement accounts into an even stupider version of Social Security:

“In exchange for $600 from Uncle Sam, you agree to give 5 percent of your income to them each year, which they will increase at 3 percent per year. You die, the government gets half. Some deal.”

I can’t believe they’d even consider this, but it’s true. Why would they do such a thing? Because they’ve wasted and squandered the Social Security funds that they already force us all to pay. And now, dammit, they’re sick and tired of all you deadbeats socking away that wonderful, delicious money instead of giving them the nice big share they so richly deserve! Money works so much better when it’s spread around, you see.

They have other plans, too. For example, Barney Frank just announced that come they’re going to pass a plan to raise taxes to pay for lots more spending. Oh, and they want to cut military spending by 25% too. Because we’re not, like, fighting any wars or anything important like that.

Yep, for Frank,Pelosi and Reid and their pals it’ll all be smooooth sailing as soon as both houses of Congress are completely controlled by the Democrats. They’re just hangin’ loose and chillin’ until January when Obama assumes office and that last pesky bit of disagreement is gone.

Of course, if McCain were to win, their wonderful plans for us would fall apart

But, no, that’s just silly! It’s impossible!

Isn’t it?

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