Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
A would-be bomber fails to ignite his shoe. Another would-be bomber sets his underwear ablaze, and a third leaves an SUV packed with explosives in Times Square but gets just a few puffs of smoke for his trouble.
Breaking news today describes the interception of suspicious packages bound for America as either a dry run for a terrorist attack or a foiled terrorist attack.
Is our intelligence gathering this good, or are we lucky, or is it something else?
With the attention given to each failed terrorist attack on American soil, the fear and the new security procedures, it's hard to see how much more "bang for the buck" the terrorists would achieve if they succeeded in killing people.
Some commenters describe Afghani bombers as "hapless," as likely to blow themselves up as blow up a target, and these commenters think the hapless bomber trend will lead to an easy victory in Afghanistan.
I disagree. The bombers might have failed to blow up a target, but I don't think they failed at their mission.
They scare us, they force us to reveal security procedures, and, most importantly, they distract us from the most potent weapon in Islamism's war on Western Civilization: the suppression of free speech.
While we are taking our shoes off in airports and being subjected to increasingly embarassing airport security screenings (raise your hand if your muffin top has been mistaken for an explosives belt), radical Islam is quietly narrowing the scope of topics that can be publicly discussed.
Juan Williams' firing by NPR in the wake of a CAIR complaint is still fresh. How many people know that NPR sent a correspondent to a conference on ensuring positive portrayals of Islam in the media? How many of us remember the name of the cartoonist behind "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" who had to change her identity and disappear after a fatwa was issued against her life? How many of us are familiar with the plights of Mark Steyn and Geert Wilders, who are on trial (in Canada and The Netherlands respectively) for upsetting Muslims?
The Islamists don't need to invest in extensive training for their citizen bombers, because they don't need to bomb us into submission. They are already learning that they can change Western Civilization from within by manipulating cultural acceptance of certain sentiments.
With apologies to Woody Allen, 90% of terrorism is just showing up. Tape some cell phones together in a suspicious manner and put them in a teenager's pocket, and we won't notice that our foundational Constitutional freedom, the freedom of speech, is being eroded, and that there are more and more "out of business" signs in the marketplace of ideas.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
...should not participate in shows electronic forums, or blogs that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
"Political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality."
Monday, October 18, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Don't forget: it's for the kids. If we are irresponsible now, our kids and grandkids will be forced to shoulder the bill.
This week's winner of the small-d democratic moneybomb is Joel Demos, who is running against Keith Ellison in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Please visit Joel's website and donate what you can to this worthy candidate, and don't forget to mention Ten Buck Fridays in the online donation form; the occupation section provides a handy spot, or under "special instructions to seller" if you are using PayPal.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Well, add that to the list of Obama's broken promises, because here comes the AMT.
The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was designed to prevent wealthy households from using deductions and exemptions to completely zero out their federal income tax liability. When it took effect in 1970, it applied to 155 households. But the tax wasn't indexed for inflation, so each year it ensnares more and more taxpayers. Congress regularly passess "AMT patches" to slow its growth, but it continues to grow.
In 2009, 4 million families were affected by the AMT.
Congress has not passed an AMT patch this year, and according to the Congressional Budget Office, 27 million families are going to be affected when they file their taxes for tax year 2010. That's 1 in 6 taxpayers, including 36% of all married couples, and virtually every married taxpayer earning between $100,000 and $150,000.
This additional tax burden is completely independent of, and on top of, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Unless Congress passes a patch quickly, American families are in for a devastating tax season.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Where dust is their sustenance, and clay their food.They see no light and dwell in darkness,they are clothed like birds in wings for garments,and dust has gathered on the door and the bolt.
"Any consumer who sees POM Wonderful products as a silver bullet against disease has been misled."
"Any consumer who thinks they'll look like this after a cut at Supercuts has been misled."
"Any consumer who equates driving a pre-owned BMW with taking a spin with a pre-owned blonde has been misled. No one has ever paid 18 years of child support to a BMW."
"Any consumer who thinks their fragrance will make the world forgive them for a tragic choice of footwear has been misled."With the FTC's vigilance, fragrance ads will proclaim "It smells better than you do," BMW will proudly claim that their vehicles "Get you to your office warm and dry while making some Germans happy," and all Supercuts will be able to say is "People will still be able to distinguish you from the bald guy."
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Slash Government Spending and Force Congress to Live Within its Means
I believe that one of the most immoral things that the federal government has ever done is to saddle future generations of Americans with mountains of debt. Our children and grandchildren didn't incur this debt and yet, they will spend their lifetimes trying to repay it.
Presently, every American man, woman and child owes $40,000 of federal debt...and when you factor in unfunded liabilities, that number jumps to an astronomical $175,000 per person. In 2009, the interest alone on the federal debt was a record $800 billion!
Today, the United States owes Communist China almost $1 trillion dollars - a dangerously high amount that not only jeopardizes our financial well-being as a country, but also puts our national security at serious risk. Many analysts are predicting that our current AAA bond rating will soon be downgraded, bringing about higher interest rates and hyper-inflation.
It is time that the career politicians in Washington stopped trying to buy votes with taxpayers' money and learned to live within their means instead. That is why I support Rep. Mike Pence's proposed Balanced Budget Amendment that limits government spending to 20% of the GDP. I have also endorsed Rep. Todd Tiahrt's bill to place a moratorium on all federal earmarks.
Reduce Taxes for All Americans
Presidents like John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and even Bill Clinton all understood one fundamental financial principle: the key to economic expansion is lower taxes. That's why all three of these men pushed through tax cuts for all Americans. The result was that during President Reagan's eight years in office, revenues to the federal government more than doubled because companies had more money to invest and hire more workers, and average Americans had more money in their pockets to spend as they saw fit.
As a candidate, I have signed the "Taxpayers' Protection Pledge" promoted by Americans for Tax Reform as well as the American Family Business Institute's "Death Tax Repeal Pledge".
Defend and Restore Traditional Family Values
Unlike some Washington bureaucrats and revisionist historians, I believe that America was founded on solid Judeo-Christian principles. Likewise, our Founding Fathers understood that our unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness were endowed by God alone.
For these reasons, I believe strongly in the Sanctity of Life and the Sanctity of Marriage.
I am also a strong advocate for the nation of Israel and its right to defend itself.