Saturday, December 25, 2010

Manheim Steamroller - Still Still Still

Friday, December 24, 2010

A 'Christmas Moment' Among Enemies

"A Place Where Nothing is Guaranteed…"

"...But, in exchange, a place where everything is possible."

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Take the "A" Train

Imagine There's No Congress...

"[...]In Washington alone, there are hundreds of lawmakers, thousands of congressional staffers, and more than ten thousand lobbyists. Could society possibly be worse off if not one of them had showed up for work over the past four years?
"As politician Al Smith liked to say, let's look at the record. Suppose Congress had not done the following:

  • --Blocked Bush Administration attempts to head off the housing crisis
  • --Approved the Federal Reserve Bank's monetary policies...
  • --Raised the minimum wage...
  • --Funded a "one-time" stimulus payment...
  • --Passed "emergency" TARP legislation as the 2008 Democrat October surprise...
  • --Flushed the 2009 economic "stimulus" funds down the toilet...
  • --Gave away taxpayer cash for "clunkers"...
  • --Nationalized Americans' health care...  
  •  [ANSWERS HERE: The Legislative Branch has Become Poison Oak-By Randy Fardal]
"[...] Among the powers granted to it by Article I of the US Constitution, Congress is required to do just one thing every year: pass a federal budget. Yes, the legislative branch also must handle extraordinary activities, such as ratifying treaties, amending the Constitution, and declaring war, but those occur only a handful of times per century. And yes, it also is required to produce legislation, but the Constitution specifies no minimum number of laws it must pass every session, and the framers probably thought the optimal number was zero.

However, despite its constitutional mandate, Congress did not pass a budget this year, because passing one would have harmed Democrats' chances of getting reelected. As a taxpayer, what does that tell you?[...]" (emphases mine)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

FCC Reaching for "Light Touch"

[...]On Monday, FCC commissioner Michael Copps proclaimed: “Universal access to broadband needs to be seen as a civil right [...]“Broadband is becoming a basic necessity,” civil-rights activist Benjamin Hooks added.[...]" -(Snips from "Internet Access Is Not a Civil Right " -Net neutrality is the Obamacare of the Web. -by Michelle Malkin via National Review Online )

"[...]The net neutrality vision for government regulation of the Internet began with the work of Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor who founded the liberal lobby Free Press in 2002. Mr. McChesney's agenda? "At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies," he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. "But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.[...]" (Snip from "The Net Neutrality Coup:" The campaign to regulate the Internet was funded by a who's who of left-liberal foundations. -by John Fund via WSJ Opinion Journal)

"[...] On this winter solstice, we will witness jaw-dropping interventionist chutzpah as the FCC bypasses branches of our government in the dogged pursuit of needless and harmful regulation. The darkest day of the year may end up marking the beginning of a long winter's night for Internet freedom." (Snip from "The FCC's Threat to Internet Freedom"-Net neutrality' sounds nice, but the Web is working fine now. The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers. -by Robert McDowell via WSJ Opinion Journal

"[...] "Intellectuals" feel threatened by the internet because it has become the tool by which the "total knowledge possessed by the millions" and is able to be shared on an international scale. People at an internet café in Macedonia can read your grandmother's cinnamon bread recipe and the whole world can watch as Iranians post YouTube videos of the violence that racked their country following the 2009 elections.
The World Wide Web is truly an unprecedented phenomena in history- perhaps even more monumental than the invention of the printing press. Books can be burned, but ideas posted on the internet can remain there indefinitely.
The internet gives a power to the masses which they have never before possessed and, as such, it is an influence that inevitably serves to decentralize the grasp of the intelligentsia worldwide."
(-Thomas Lifson, The sinister forces behind Net Neutrality, American Thinker Blog)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"Christmas" is Left's New Expletive

"And I was at –*** forgive the expression – a Christmas party at the Department of Justice and people actually were really worried about this,..." NPR's Totenberg said on PBS this weekend.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Snubbed

"Season's" Greetings
Merry Friendship
"European Commission criticised for omitting Christmas on EU school diary [...]More than 330,000 copies of the diaries, accompanied by 51 pages of glossy information about the EU, have been delivered to British schools as a "sought after" Christmas gift to pupils from the commission.
But Christians have been angered because the diary section for December 25 is blank and the bottom of the page with Christmas Day is marked only with the secular message: "A true friend is someone who shares your concerns and will double your joy".
While the euro calendar marks Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese festivities as well as Europe Day and other key EU anniversaries, there are no Christian festivals marked, despite the fact Christianity is Europe's majority religion.[...]" Read all  HERE ( 17 Dec 2010, The Telegraph) [All emphases mine]