The Falklands of Asia

    It was 1982, Leopoldo Galtieri was doing a horrendous job of running Argentina and hungry, disappointed people had begun to complain about it. Galtieri decided to initiate a war with Great Britain over the Falkland Islands to Rodeo-Clown the attention of the Argentinean public away from his own inability to govern. describes Galtieri’s motivations for adding to the sum total of human misery below.

    In early 1982 the Argentine military junta led by Lieutenant General Leopoldo Galtieri gave up on long-running negotiations with Britain and instead launched an invasion of the islands. The decision to invade was chiefly political: the junta, which was being criticized for economic mismanagement and human rights abuses, believed that the “recovery” of the islands would unite Argentines behind the government in a patriotic fervour.

    The plan, and Argentinean public opinion, both blew up in Galtieri’s face. He lost his war, was driven from power, and is remembered more for his appearance in the lyrics of an obscure Pink Floyd Song than for his impact on human history. However, that hasn’t stopped others from following in his benighted footsteps. As Redstate Front Page Contributor, Jeff Emanuel recently wrote, China and Japan are close to initiating violent unpleasantness over a bunch of Islands in the East China Sea.

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    A or ~A

    Do you want an echo, or do you want a choice? Would you like to participate in an election that meant something other than an additional inconvenience as a part of your morning commute? These are rhetorical questions for my five or six constant readers. For those not already convinced this election offered a stark and compelling contrast, Mother Jones just hit the Easy Button for you with their incomplete but controversial videotape of Mitt Romney claiming that 47% of America was dependent upon government. This election just became a choice of existential gravity. A or ~A. America or Amerika.

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    It’s Not a Good Year in Gadsden, Alabama

    Less Energy Demand Means Less Work For Gadsden, AL (HT: Gadsden Times) America has yet another reason to grow tired of Barack Obama’s failed economic policies. On the same day he released a new campaign ad entitled “Tires,” Goodyear Tire and Rubber Incorporated seems to have cracked an axle. As the travails of President Obama’s failed government corporatism hit home, I | Read More »

    Waiting For Superman In The Windy City

    We all know who could settle the current public school teacher strike in Chicago. Karen Lewis tells us the delegates could settle it by this Wednesday, provided they like the latest proposal from the Mayor. Mayor Emanuel tells us the strike is illegal and the Cook County Circuit Court could order the work stoppage unclogged with a flourish of the judicial pen. The parents of 350,000 children, who sit at home and in some cases unsupervised, thought they had elected Mayor Emanuel to deal with this sort of situation. Yet one man could make one or two phone calls and turn this whole thing off like a light. Unfortunately, that chair sits empty.

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    Bernanke Opens The Spigots

    I’ve taken a deep breath since the Fed announcement of QE III and no longer care whether or not The Ben has a bumper sticker supporting Obama/Biden on the bumper of The Benmobile. I can’t stop the man, so the deeper question is one of whether he has improved my existence or made it worse. I disagree with many here and opine that QE III will make America a worse place in three respects. It will make us all more susceptible to moral hazard, it will make politicians less accountable, and it will fail in its stated objective of ever improving unemployment.

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    Free Speech and Criticism of Religion

    Boy! That was a knee-slapper. The REVERAND Jerry Falwell getting drunk and just a-wailin’ on his momma in the outhouse. Larry Flynt made him look sillier than Sheriff Ros-cooo P. Coltrane. It just doesn’t get any funnier than that.*

    That was free speech, not libel. In Falwell v. Hustler Magazine the US Supreme Court told us all how funny and satirical a parody this truly was. French Wiseman Voltaire tells us that we are ruled by those we are not allowed to criticize. I guess we can all lighten up and not worry about the coming religious theocracy. I’m sure Hustler Magazine will be doing a similar parody involving The Prophet Muhammad next month. It worked so well for Salmon Rushdie.**

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    Why Do They Hate Us? Because It Works Like Hell.

    People seem perplexed as to how to get what they want from our president. They claim he is aloof, out of touch and too busy fundraising with Flo-Rida and “Pimp with a limp” to properly attend to their dearest desires. Fortunately for all five or six of my constant readers, I’ve discovered the key to getting whatever you want out of Barack Obama. You beat the man into submission when he is most vulnerable. If you are nice to him instead, you will be considered weak and urinated upon accordingly.

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    Lounge Against The Machine

    Our nation learned more things we didn’t really want to know this morning. It seems German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble believes the United States will fail to effectively deal with its government debt after this November’s election. Moody’s has also threatened to cut the US government bond rating to AA1. I learned all of this from The Drudge Report.

    What concerns me to no end, is the fact that President Obama apparently learned these things from the very same source. I say that because he certainly wasn’t present very often to hear it from his economic team during his regularly scheduled White House briefings. The Government Accountability Institute reports that President Obama has been truant from his official place of duty more often than Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer combined. The Washington Post forgets whose side they are on and reports details below.

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    Ethelred The Unready Runs Out of Coins For The CTU Danegeld

    I wrote this morning about how the Left is never satisfied with what they have. Regardless of how greedy or evil they believe business to be, they will never accept less than the world. The demands for more and more and more work like a unidirectional ratchet. There is no permanently satisfying these people. There is only paying a Dane-geld.

    Now Mayor Rahm Emanuel has the misfortune of playing the role of Ethelred The Unready. I feel no great sympathy for Rahm (he lived large for decades on the public patronage), but he, like King Ethelred, now can no longer pay up. So what happens?

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    The World Is Not Enough For The Chicago Teachers Union

    I remember several occasions where we were all told that if we didn’t elect the leftmost candidate, there would be rage in the streets. The people would not stand for it! Royale tried the tactic out against Sarkozy with no success. James Carville trotted it out in 2008 as a reason that people should vote for Barack Obama in 2008. It was, you see, a vote for peace. You gotta’ share the wealth! (If you know what’s good for you.)

    That brings us to the latest festivities in Chicago. Chicago has elected an effluvium of Leftist central planners and served as the incubator and cash source to fuel Barack Obama’s radicalism. The city elected Rahm Emanuel Mayor and lets Bill Ayers dabble in the local school system via “initiatives” such as The Chicago Annanberg Challenge. Peace and nirvana have descended in the form of a 400,000 employee strike by The Chicago Teachers Union.*

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    Forward, Really?

    Forward™ reads the DNC motto in delusional Stalinesque grandeur. They are marching beyond traditional boundaries. God is a mere delusion. Strike it from the platform. America’s love for Israel is from that crazy Jeebus Book. We can’t defend that (expletive) country in a Democratic Party platform. Plus, Progressives have moved far beyond mere serfdom or chattel slavery. We don’t belong to the landed gentry, nor are we private property. With successful nationalization; we now only belong to the Government! Big Brother is now watching – even when you skinny-dip.

    The DNC has run all three ideas up the flag-pole and watched with amazement when lightning struck the same flagpole three times. The DNC has now made like Brave Sir Robin and bravely ran away. It started with the “We Only Belong to Government” agitprop from the North Carolina Central Committee. Obama couldn’t proclaim its non-existence, so he disowned the North Carolina State Party by refusing to agree that it was done in his name. This will make it vastly easier for North Carolina Democrats to disown Barack Obama while the run down-ticket this November.

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    The Democrats Going To Charlotte

    The Republican Party lost the White House to a vastly different Democratic Party in 1992 than the lost it to in 2008. The Democratic Party of 1992 represented an effort by the Democrats to communicate with poorer families, living in what are termed “working class neighborhoods.” The modern Democratic Party views these people as a legacy population that the state will just have to support. The difference in composition between the previous Democratic Party championed by Bill Clinton and the newer Democratic Party represented by Barack Obama has led to a situation that has put Barack Obama squarely on the defensive for the past three years of his Presidency. It may well have been the final impetus for The Jacksonian uprising that dubbed itself The Tea Party.

    Joel Kotkin writes in the Daily Beast about this phenomenon. He opines that “Barack Obama’s New Chicago Politics Abandon Bill Clinton’s Winning Coalition.” He makes some particularly valid points about the Democratic Party and its new coalition that properly address the New Left gravamen of the Democratic Party. This explains well the policy choices this organization would make if they were given unlimited power.

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    What Mitt Romney Could Tell You That Jay Carney Can’t Seem To Explain

    The LA Times put up a chart that wasn’t what the Obama Campaign hoped anyone would consider an earth-shattering piece of analysis. As unemployment has stayed over 8% the past 3 ½ years, family income has fallen. Ricardo Lopez of The LA Times offers us an analysis of the carnage.

    American household median annual incomes have fallen 4.8% since the recession ended, from $53,508 in June 2009 — when the recession technically ended — to $50,964 in June of this year, a study found.

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    Pale Horse, Puny Rider

    MSNBC and the rest of hopelessly leftist media lost something when they fired Keith Olbermann. There were moments such as the night Keith covered Scott Brown’s victory over Martha Coakley that I was convinced it was excellent self-parody. John Stewart can do funny artificial news but Keith just went out and killed it!*

    So watching the likes of Chris Matthews, Juan Williams and Chuck Todd try and fill the void is sort of akin to watching AA Ball after an evening of seeing the Yanks play live. But the effort and determination to demonize the GOP is still there! You and 99% of the rest of America probably aren’t watching, but these guys know exactly which lines The Minister of Propaganda want them to trumpet. Only the idiots who vandalized Mia Love’s Wikipedia page have played the Race-Card in a more laughable fashion.

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    How Mitt Romney Can Strip President Obama Of His Teflon Coating

    There exists a fairly significant number of voters who will support Barack Obama in 2012 regardless of what Mitt Romney says or does. There is a somewhat smaller population that will almost indutiably support GOP Candidate Mitt Romney. What remains in the middle will care about both what Mitt Romney says and what he does not say. Hence we get an effort being waged by President Obama’s die-hard supporters to prevent Mitt Romney from saying certain things.

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