Time for a very hard look at the GOP America (UPDATED)

I am going to take a while to ponder whether the principles of constitutional conservatism and limited government are still best advanced through the structure of the Republican Party.

Things are going to get much, much worse. We need to look at the big picture here. So pardon me as I duck into this cloud bank over here …

3:45 PM Update: The press and the educational establishment and Hollywood have transformed enough of the American people into progressive drones that they outnumber us. The progressive movement started a “Long March Through The Institutions” about a hundred years ago, and they crossed the finish line yesterday. At this moment, I think the republic is mortally wounded.

Ameritopia

These fools we call countrymen will refuse to consider the consequences of utopian statism until they are forced to. That will only happen when this society implodes. Notice I said “when,” not “if.”

Hopefully Mark Levin can convince me otherwise tonight, because I doubt anyone else can.

7:00 PM Update: Hour 1 is done. Hour 2 should get into some real meat. Here’s the live stream.

The October Surprise jobs report (UPDATED)

Obama the MagicianThe Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that U-3 unemployment for September dropped to 7.8% after seasonal adjustment. Good news? No. Employment’s at 92.2% now? No. Surprising news? No, it was completely predictable.

I’m only surprised that they fudged the numbers so blatantly. I thought they’d at least try to be more subtle.

The U-3 unemployment number doesn’t tell the whole story. But don’t just take my word for it. James Pethokoukis explains:

Yes, the U-3 unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, the first time it has been below 8% since January 2009. But that’s only due to a flood of 582,000 part-time jobs.

The broader U-6 rate — which takes into account part-time workers who want full-time work and lots of discouraged workers who’ve given up looking — stayed unchanged at 14.7%. That’s a better gauge of the true unemployment rate and state of the American labor market.

The labor force is collapsing. Confused? Look at it this way.

8% unemployment
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8% unemployment (technically)
8% unemployment

When the BLS plays with the number of people it designates as “discouraged workers,” then you see results like today’s report of 7.8% unemployment. The Obama BLS is cooking the books to make Obama look better.

Scroll back up to the top of this page. Look underneath the banner for a link labeled “Unemployment 101” and read what’s there a few times until you have a good grasp on the accounting tricks you’re being fed by the Obama BLS.

12:05 Update: Yet more accounting tricks, this time with government jobs vs. private sector jobs.

12:25 Update: The total number of unemployed and underemployed people reveals another aspect of the BLS’ deception. Look how it jumped today.

12:55 PM Update: They forgot to cook the rest of the books to hide the trickery.

1:10 PM Update: Busted. Caught red-handed. Utter bullshit.

1:15 PM Update: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.

4:05 PM Update: If the economy really created 873,000 jobs last month, why isn’t Obama crowing it from the rooftops? Because he knows it’s utter bullshit, that’s why.

4:20 PM: Nope, nothing fishy going on. Nothing to see here. Move along. The first positive news for September employment among 20-24 year olds — ever — is completely legit.

BLS fraudulent September 2012 report

Sure, every other September sees these college-aged kids going, y’know, back to college. But not in the 4th Year of Our Lord Barack Obama. Forward, comrades! All is well!

Wanna buy some sweet oceanfront property in Arizona? I can sell it to ya cheap.

What if Republican politicians took foreign money?

Imagine if this news hit the wires in 2004. I suspect the media would have been interested:

According to the sources, a taxpayer watchdog group conducted a nine-month investigation into presidential and congressional fundraising and has uncovered thousands of cases of credit card solicitations and donations to Bush and Capitol Hill, allegedly from unsecure accounts, and many from overseas. That might be a violation of federal election laws.

Now substitute the name “Obama” for “Bush,” and change the date to 2012. Will the media bury the story? Time will tell.

Now that Romney dominated the first debate…

Barack Obama… Barack Obama is going to get meaner and uglier. He’s desperate. His record on jobs and debt sucks, his foreign policy is weak and collapsing before our eyes, he’s a pathological narcissist, and he’s been living in a warm bubble of adoring flattery for four years so he’s unaccustomed to being challenged.

He’s suddenly feeling backed into a corner, so he’s going to revert to what he knows: Alinsky tactics. He’ll play the race card repeatedly, he’ll try to stoke the fires of class warfare, he’ll pit women against men … anything to hold onto power.

Tonight’s debate was a rout. The upcoming VP debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden will be a massacre. If the Obama campaign doesn’t go 100% venomous before then, it definitely will afterward.

Hold on to your hats. It’s about to get very, very ugly.

11:55 PM Update: The chance of unilateral US bombing of Libya, Syria, or some other Third World crap hole in the next two weeks just rose to 99.999999% or so.

Unemployment October Surprise? (UPDATED)

20121003-111419.jpgOct 5, 2012 Update: And just like clockwork, they’ve cooked the books again.

Don’t be surprised if August’s unemployment rate gets quietly revised from 8.1% to 8.0% this week. That would set up a more plausible-looking report of 7.9% unemployment for September, since a drop from 8.1% to 7.9% right before the election would look too suspicious.

The Obama Administration can continue to fudge the unemployment numbers by playing around with the number of “discouraged workers,” who have stopped looking for jobs and no longer count as “unemployed” in the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

If that happens, watch for a last-minute blitz of ads from Obama’s campaign trumpeting that unemployment is finally under 8%, thanks to Dear Leader’s wonderful awesomeness. Low-information voters won’t look past the surface to see that the jobs numbers have been cooked, and some might decide to vote for Obama as a result.

Keep an eye peeled.

At present, Obama’s still voting “present”

Barack Obama is the President of the future. He spends all of his time daydreaming about the glorious utopia to come, while the rest of us are stuck in the crap hole that he and his progressive friends have turned America into.

Mark Steyn’s latest:

No doubt living in Obama’s future will be peachy. But in the meantime we have to live in his present — the one he’s nominally in charge of, the only one available. It is tempting to compare him to a great magician, artfully producing flags of many lands from his breast pocket while misdirecting the audience. In fact, Obama’s misdirection isn’t even that good: In essence, he’s promising to perform spectacular tricks at some unspecified point in the future even as he stands on stage with an empty top hat, and the girl in spangled tights he sawed in half is bleeding all over the floor.

Two weeks ago in this space, I wrote that, in striking contrast to the official line, the Benghazi slaughter was not a spontaneous movie review that got a little out of hand but a catastrophic security breach and humiliating fiasco for the United States. Even more extraordinary, on September 14, fewer than two-dozen inbred, illiterate goatherds pulled off the biggest single destruction of U.S. airpower since the Tet Offensive in 1968, breaking into Camp Bastion (an unfortunate choice of name) in Afghanistan, killing Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Raible, and blowing up a squadron’s worth of Harriers. And, even though it was the third international humiliation for the United States in as many days, it didn’t even make the papers. Because the court eunuchs at the media are too busy drooling over Obama’s appearance as what he calls “eye candy” on the couch between Barbara and Whoopi.

Read it all. Get motivated. Vote early, if you can. Capitalize on whatever good will you’ve built up with your neighbors and friends and family, and ask them to vote Obama and friends out of office.

Most importantly, pray that God will have mercy on us and save America from the would-be tyrants trying to destroy it. If we lose this election, the Republic dies.

Who votes for Barack Obama?

If you don’t get out there and vote against Barack Obama, this bunch is going to put him back in the Oval Office. He’s not only glad they’re going to vote for him, he shares their views.



If you’re still undecided, or if you think Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are two sides of the same coin, do yourself a favor and go see the movie “2016: Obama’s America” and judge for yourself based on Barack Obama’s own spoken and written words:



If you refuse to do that, I have one last suggestion for you.

Proposed GOP rule change would neuter the party’s base (Updated)

If the Rules Committee has its way at the Republican National Convention, the party’s presidential nominee will be able to substitute delegates of his or her choice for the delegates from each of the states and territories duly chosen by the local parties.

Here’s the e-mail I sent to Ohio’s two representatives on the Rules Committee.

Mr. Bennett,

I’m writing to you in your capacity as one of Ohio’s two delegates on the 2012 RNC Rules Committee. I am a registered Republican in [city redacted], OH. I’m also a grassroots conservative activist & blogger. This major problem caught my attention today:

http://michellemalkin.com/2012/08/27/floor-fight-grass-roots-activists-battle-attempt-to-rig-gop-convention-delegate-rules/

I OPPOSE the rules change that will give future presidential campaigns control over who gets to be a delegate (current RULE 15, but being renumbered to 16) and I OPPOSE the new RULE 12 which allows the RNC to change the rules at any time between conventions.

The grassroots members of the GOP should select the delegates, not the party’s nominee. I urge you to sign the minority reports on Rules 15 & 12.

We are paying attention back here.

Mr. Alo H. Konsen
[address redacted]
Blog: http://BrainShavings.com
Twitter: @akonsen

If you’re a conservative Republican and want to take action before the Rules Committee slides this change into effect at 2 PM on Tuesday the 28th, you’d better get moving. Follow that link to Michelle Malkin’s site up above and read the whole post. You can find your state’s two delegates on the Rules Committee here.

Yes, it’s annoying. The RINOs are counting on you being too annoyed, busy, and distracted to resist their power grab. Just copy and adapt my message to your needs and let them know you oppose cutting the grassroots out of the nominating process. Two e-mails from you can yank them back to responsible behavior.

8/28 2:30 PM Update: Bob Bennett (@RTBGOP) just responded. This just hit my inbox.

Thank you for your email. The good news is that with your help we have been able to kill the changes you objected to. The rule would not have had impact in Ohio, however, as usual Ohio’s voice and leadership was sought and you helped provide it.

Tomorrow the full rules committee will eliminate the change in the rules regarding the delegate selection process and thus eliminate the need for the minority report. Your point was well taken.

Thank you again for your email.

8/29 Update: The grassroots have been stomped by the GOP establishment. Again.

Do the rich pay their fair share?

I have questions for people who say “the rich don’t pay their fair share.”

What counts as “rich” to you? Are we looking at net worth? Annual income? Households or individuals? What’s the cutoff for “fair share,” pray tell? 40% of income? 50%? 75%? 100%? Or are we talking about confiscating wealth instead of just income? Should there be salary/wage ceilings?

Effective Federal Tax Rate



fair share

Taxes & Spending

Define the terms you incessantly bleat about, or shut up.