The crazy-man speaks. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predictably rails against the E-vil Amerikan Empire. The really bizarre and frightening aspect of this particular harangue is the utter lack of deracination. This time, the Nut-Job can back his assertions with quantitative data. This time the crazy-man may not be so crazy. Ahmadinejad delivers what he hopes to be a japing eulogy below.
“How long can a government with a $16 trillion foreign debt remain a world power?” he asked at a press conference with Kuwaiti media personnel. “The Americans have injected their paper wealth into the world economy and today the aftermaths and negative effects of their pseudo-wealth have plagued them.”
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson, Allysen Efferson and Ben Domenech are joined by David Pietrusza to discuss the parallels between this election and that of 1920, one of Ben’s favorite presidents Calvin Coolidge, and how history should view the major players from the 1960 election. We’re brought to you by Stephen Clouse and Associates | Read More »
In Florida, a new ad is playing highlighting just how badly President Obama has bungled things with Israel and with Iran. The ad uses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s words and makes for a pretty sharp message.The same group doing that ad, Secure America Now, has up another ad also playing in Florida. It highlights U.S. Government funding of the Muslim Brotherhood.Want to know why | Read More »
The Heritage Action for America (HAFA) scorecard, until the day I get around to doing one, is pretty much the gold standard for conservatism in Congress. The average House Republican has a score of 66%. In Louisiana, thanks to redistricting, Congressmen Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry have been put in a district together. Louisiana has a jungle primary where everyone piles in together on November | Read More »
Google is a target now. The EU is threatening to do its people a disservice by trying to fight Google innovation as hard as they fight Microsoft innovation. Because here’s the thing: people who voluntarily use Google software are not at all the same as people who were snooped on by Google Street View vans. They’re not victims. They’re people choosing to sign their privacy away. The EU, in attacking Google, is restricting choice for Europeans.
Meanwhile, in the US, I have to disagree with Scott Cleland on Google’s FTC issues. Regular readers know I’m hard on Google when it’s warranted: in the Wi Spy mess, and in the Safari hack, I supported regulatory action against the firm. But the antitrust and Search Neutrality disputes are stupid, and are themselves political power grabs. The Obama regulators are themselves political power seekers. Google is not politicizing any process. Obama and his people already did.
Tuesday evening, Mitt Romney summed up his opponent nicely: “[President Obama] has not been Mr. Oil, or Mr. Gas, or Mr. Coal.” With a little less ideology and a little more pragmatism, Barack Obama might have forged a legacy as the Energy President. Much as Bill Clinton rode the groundswell of the 1990s internet boom, Mr. Obama might have been able to translate his good fortune into political capital. But he didn’t.
Anyone descending to Earth from Mars to view last night’s presidential debate would come away with the impression that rich people are free loaders and swindlers who pay no taxes, while the poor/middle-class shoulder the lion’s share of the tax burden. Obama incessantly repeated the fallacy that the rich don’t play by the rules. Anyone who lives on planet Earth should be asking, “what planet | Read More »
For the past couple of months I’ve been under attack from users here and conservatives elsewhere for refusing to believe the polls were rigged. I’ve certainly agreed they’ve been weighted too much for the Democrats and were, consequently, wrong, but I have never thought it was intentional. I saw no sense whining about it as it just makes conservatives sound unhinged and detached from reality. | Read More »
To me, the Facebook IPO is a perfect metaphor for the Barack Obama Economy. It has the awesome sales-pitch. Everybody is excited and nobody had better dare talk it down. All the experts touted the cutting-edge science explaining why it was the best idea for the current situation. Then, we’ll let Christina Romer explain bluntly* what exactly happened next.
…while at the same time eviscerating Barack Obama. Below are two video clips, and the relevant transcript. I created a shorter and a longer version: some people like the thirty second clips, and some people want the full version for full effect. Also, note that I’ve cut out the bit where Romney hammered Obama for lying about Romney’s contraception position, and the bit where Obama | Read More »
Last night, during the second Presidential debate, President Obama and Mitt Romney engaged in one of the most heated exchanges of the campaign yet. When asked by an audience member about the lack of enhanced security in Benghazi prior to the attack on the Libyan embassy, President Obama stammered through a lame response that ultimately failed to address the question.
In less than 2 weeks, Ukraine will hold a historical election with 36.7 million registered voters going to the polls. Their parliament, Verkhovna Rada, recently adopted a new electoral law that is more in line with international standards and builds on Ukraine’s successful efforts to move towards Westernization. The election, set for October 28th, will be a mixed voting system with 250 members of Verkhovna | Read More »
Last night Barack Obama claimed that he had attributed the Benghazi attack to terrorism. This is a shameless lie. Both the video and the transcript prove Obama blamed the Mohammed video and “senseless violence.”
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech discuss last night’s presidential debate, Romney’s missed opportunities, how Candy Crowley helped Obama on Libya, and what to expect from the final debate next week.