Sunday, June 30, 2013

Asked and answered

1- Why Is US Inflation So Low?

2- Presenting Inflation...

That is, inflation isn't low.

However, as long as the ire can be re-directed to Big Oil, Big Insurance and the Wall Street 1% (almost entirely Democrat supporting rent seekers), Big Government won't get the blame. Same deflecting technique as applied to Benghazi, IRS corruption and NSA spying on Americans.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Despite talking points, the IRS did NOT target Progressive groups

Our audit did not find evidence that the IRS used the "Progressives" identifier as selection criteria for potential political cases between May 2010 and May 2012…

The inappropriate criteria used to select potential political cases for review did not include the term "Progressives."
J. Russell George
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
June 26, 2013

Full letter here.

The Democrats' attempt to make the IRS corruption appear apolitical is worse than the original crime, "We know they did it, but we don't care."

Sunday, June 09, 2013

National Snooping Algorithm

"The program [NSA's PRISM, the record of all the phone calls you've ever made] does not allow the Government to listen in on anyone’s phone calls. The information acquired does not include the content of any communications or the identity of any subscriber."
-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
DNI Statement on Recent Unauthorized Disclosures of Classified Information - June 6, 2013

Translated: "We don't eavesdrop, we merely develop a map of everyone you talk to, everything you search for on the Internet and everything you buy with a credit card. And, by the way, your identity is obvious when we have that data. We promise not to look."

Make sure you read this -
Why the Metadata the NSA Has on You Matters

Sufficiently thorough correlation reveals content. "Data mining" is Google's raison d'ĂȘtre, Obama's Narwhal (2012 campaign software) and NSA's PRISM. Consider the following in that context.

"The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."
-Barack Obama,
Weekly national address - August 21, 2010

"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."
-Google CEO Eric Schmidt
CNBC interview - December 3, 2009.

"Google’s chairman is investing millions to fund a consulting firm for businesses staffed by Obama’s former data analytics team."
Google's Eric Schmidt Invests in Obama's Big Data Brains
Bloomberg Businessweek - May 30, 2013

Can you think of a word for a form of government that describes this sort of cooperation between giant corporations and government?

Friday, June 07, 2013

"Will No One Rid Me of This Meddlesome Priest?" -Henry II, 1170

This Kimberly Strassel piece documents the most recent behavioral conditioning of the IRS: To regard the words "tea party" as Winston Smith regarded rats. Read it, and see why things haven't much changed since 1170, or 1949; when Smith was the protagonist in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Nobody had to give any direct order to even barely conscious union members astute employees of the IRS (EPA, OSHA, et. al.) whose self-interest is so exquisitely aligned with that of Big Government politicians.

Read the Strassel piece, but I must note this particularly risible quote from the man heading the most opaque administration since FDR; and who employed Richard Windsor Lisa Jackson, still employs Eric Holder and just promoted Susan Rice: "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide." -Barack Obama, 2010
(How can I fit a reference to Lois Lerner in here? Oh.)

The Democrat harping on mysterious "foreign contributers" is hard to take from a guy who accepted credit card donations from anywhere; not bothering to employ simple, and standard, ways to prevent such illegal donations.

On the NSA surveillance of every phone number ever dialed, and where and for what every credit card is used: No doubt this is a result of the Patriot Act - i.e., Big Government under George Bush. Seriously, it's what Big Government does. George and Barack are just following the lead of Woodrow and Franklin. And Henry, of course, but we did break with That Sort of overreach circa 1776.

George Orwell labeled one manifestation of this tendency "Thought Police." Many other things were illegal in Orwell's Oceania, you'd be surprised by the similarities.

While what the Obama Administration has done with the NSA appears 'legal' to me, the president is certainly open to the charge of hypocrisy. George McGovern didn't whine so much about Constitutional violations as did Senator Obama.

Obama's hypocrisy, however, isn't the point. The point is that Big Government will unfailingly use whatever powers it has to increase the power it has - whoever is in charge. None of these scandals are failures of our current system, they are the system. None of it is overreach, it's how serfs are treated.

This is the simple point the tea party has been politely making. It's why they were targeted.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

June 6, 1944

Just after midnight on June 6, 1944, 1,200 transport planes and 700 gliders delivered over 23,000 American and British paratroops behind the German coastal defense in Normandy.

At dawn, 4,000 transports and 800 warships, plus innumerable smaller craft, began an amphibious assault that landed 130,000 soldiers at beaches code-named Sword, Juno, Gold, Utah, and Omaha.

These names will live as long as mankind studies military theory.

We are not likely to see anything so audacious or so necessary to the continuance of Western civilization ever again.

In remembrance of the men who died at Sword, Juno, Gold, Utah, and Omaha - the soldiers who died there defending the West against totalitarianism - I offer some further reading:

D-Day on the Web

WWII Museum

American D-Day