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Hypovehiculated: Obama's young voters

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That younger generation that turned out in force and powered Obama to victory?

Thrown under the bus!

What did the young get for their critical outpouring of support? Though most of his youthful backers would be hesitant to admit it, the President has betrayed them on three issues of great importance to their wallets and sympathies: health care reform, the federal budget and gay rights.

As the first year of Obama's administration draws to a close, the gap between promise and policy is astonishing, and all the more so considering how critical the young were for his victory. Early primary wins in Iowa and South Carolina owed much to his massive support from voters under 30; in the former state he carried them by a 5-to-1 margin.

"Meep, meep."

photo credit: Ace of Spades

All I want for Christmas

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UPDATE- I'd also accept one of these:

Huckabee's Body Count

Those four cops massacred in a coffee shop in Washington yesterday? It turns out the suspect would have been in prison in Arkansas if he hadn't had his sentence commuted by religious nut Mike Huckabee.

People of faith are an important part of this nation's history and its future. I could see myself supporting people of faith such as Mitt Romney or Jerry Brown. I even know people who voted for Barack Obama despite his membership in and regular attendance of a radical hate-mongering church. But nutty religious ideas cannot be allowed to override common sense and the Constitution in setting public policy. Huckabee led the region in pardons and commutations, apparently taking the Bible's message of forgiveness to mean he should put dangerous criminals back on the streets.

Huckabee's economic views are a similarly twisted interpretation of the Bible. He is a big-government leftist, apparently taking the Bible's message of charity not to mean that individuals should …

Bailouts: So hip, even Dubai can't resist.

Are bailouts like a new international dance craze or something?Everybody's doing "The Paulson Shuffle", even Dubai.

French weasel uses political influence to free child rapist

Damn. Just as I was starting to like the Frenchies.

And the weasel bastard looks like Timmy the Tax Cheat to boot.

South Park Whale Whores

South Park is always funny. This episode exceptionally so. If you don't have time to watch the whole thing right now, at least watch the first three minutes.

Dead Tree Media and Climategate

Yesterday I sent this e-mail to James Rainey of the L.A. Times.
I enjoyed your column this morning.

One angle missing from the story, I think, is what has caused the rise of right-wing pseudo-journalists. I believe the answer is that traditional journalists have left a huge void by failing to cover stories that don't align with their institutional biases. Stories like ACORN, Van Jones, NEA propaganda all were largely or completely ignored by traditional media until entertainers, commentators, or bloggers exposed and spread them. I'd add the belated and minimal coverage of ClimateGate.

If the MSM did its job and "spoke truth to power" even when those in power are Democrats, there wouldn't be such a vacuum for right-wing partisans to fill.
Rainey didn't bother to reply. Today Mark Steyn has similar thoughts:
If you rely on the lavishly remunerated "climate correspondents" of the big newspapers and networks, you'll know nothing about the Climate Rese…

She'll make us famous!

Jr. Deputy Accountant mentioned the Varones blog on Liberty Pulse radio. You can listen here.

Happy Buy Nothing Day!

Don't forget to get out there and buy nothing!

Communist Body Count

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let's be thankful for what we have and hopeful we'll still have it next year.

May your company and conversation be as rich as your Tofurkey and cabernet.

Soul mates

Global warming hoaxer to New York Times reporter: "You've taken the words out of my mouth."

Mixed emotions

Q. How can we not be ecstatic when our primary investment is going parabolic?

A. Because that investment is gold, and it's only going parabolic because Timmy the Tax Cheat and Zimbabwe Ben are flushing our dollar, and our country, down the toilet.

Black Card cont'd...

W.C. Varones originally posted about the new Barclays Black Card here. Well my wife got the same offer in the mail yesterday and I was just curious to find out a little more about it before I drop $500 on a credit card. so I gave them a call, twice.

First Call after being on hold for 10 minutes:NL - "Hi Dottie, can you explain to me how the luxury gifts work?"
Dottie - "Hi, the luxury gifts are gifts that you get because you are a member of the card. They are luxury items from the top vendors in the world."
NL - "Can you name some of the vendors for me?"
Dottie - "No I don't have that information."
NL - "Well, Dottie, you can see how it might be considered a scam if you don't know what the gifts are before signing up don't you think?"
Dottie - "It definitely isn't a scam."
NL - "So I'm going to pay $500 for something you just can't tell me what it is?"
Dottie - "Please hold" - [Puts me …

Greenspan's Body Count: census worker Bill Sparkman

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Remember that dead census worker who MSNBC wingnut Rachel Maddow and dementia sufferer Andrew Sullivan hyped as possible evidence of anti-government sentiment leading to violence?

Yeah, it turns out it was just another case of Greenspan's Body Count.

Police: Census worker made death look like homicide to get money:
Authorities cited a number of reasons supporting the conclusion that Sparkman killed himself.

For instance, there was no evidence that Sparkman had struggled with anyone. There were no defensive wounds on his body and no trauma such as a blow to the head, authorities said.

Tests ruled out any theory that he was drugged and unconscious when he was tied to the tree, making the lack of signs of a struggle more significant.

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Authorities say they don't think there was any single event that triggered Sparkman to take his own life, but rather a combination of problems. He had significant debt and didn't have a full-time job, Rudzinski said.

Sparkman, a native of Florida, …

Collectivization Watch?

Armageddon Watch

Liberal Policies = 3rd world in America

Liberal Policies produce such strange results as this.

Saturday Night Live is funny again!

As Temple of MUT says, when you've lost Saturday Night Live and Chrissy Matthews, it's the end of the beginning.

I'll make ya famous! SF Muni accident fraud

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I was on the 45 from Union Street to the gold show at the Jukebox Marriott. It was about 10:35 am on Saturday 11/21, and we were stopped in Chinatown on Stockton Street. The doors were closing after people got off the bus, when this guy behind me jumped up and sprinted for the door. It was so unusual and obviously premeditated that he hadn't gotten up earlier that my first thought was that he was a purse-snatcher running off with someone's bag.

His true purpose became obvious when he pretended to get caught in the door, then started screaming and making a scene. I guess he was hoping the bus would pull away so he could pretend to be injured by being dragged, but since the bus wasn't moving, he had to settle for pretending to be injured by getting his jacket stuck in the door.

If that incompetent hack of a District Attorney Kamala Harris gave a shit about the city, she'd start prosecuting frauds like this before they catch on even further. I'd offer to testify, b…

Chicago's "End the Fed" Protest 11/22/09

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Hm, who were these people gathering in Chicago yesterday, 11/22/09? Oh! they're the "End the Fed" Protesters! Let's take a closer look. Nice Skyline. These signs are getting a workout!
I hope this sequel's as good as the original was. I mean, at least the script of the original was pretty darn amazing. The reality of it was pretty good, too, for the first 137 years or so. But I wasn't so fond of the original's 3rd act, to be honest. They apparently went shopping along State Street. Passersby like Walter Payton were a little confused at first, but took the literature anyway. Some were so confused they didn't even take the literature. K9s got it, though. It's a fact that in the middle of 1963, JFK was starting to develop a plan to eliminate the Fed Reserve. I like this T-shirt. I'm just sayin'.... As the song goes, "Reflections of, the way life used to be." Sunday in the Park Some of the signs sat down to listen to the speakers. A stop at t…

You've lost that loving feeling

Obama groupie Chrissy Matthews has lost that tingly feeling in her pants.

End the Fed roundup

I have some pics I'll try to put up later. In the meantime, JDA has SF pics here and the San Francisco and national stories.

From the Past: A Parallel to the SEIU?

"Soviet" is the Russian word for "council". In the period leading up to the 1917 Revolution, there were Unions that were largely behind the movement towards that Marxist/ Communist Revolution. There were even "Unions of Unions", (kinda like the AFL-CIO). Meetings of these Unions' elected delegates were called "Soviets". There were multiple Soviets, the "St. Petersburg Soviet of Worker's Delegates" being the most significant because Lenin and Trotsky were members of it. In 1905, new Unions were springing up all over Russia, including the "Peasants' Union" and the "Union of Russian People". The Soviets and other Unions won concessions from the Tsar in the 1905 Revolution. That produced some temporary stability, but it ultimately proved to be too little too late. After the 1917 Communist Revolution, in order to reflect the importance of the Soviets to the Marxist government he had helped create, Lenin deci…

Just say what you really feel...on a billboard?

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Wow- the owner of this billboard does not mince words! Mr. West seems to not give damn if he ever sells another car or not. "Since Fort Hood, I've had it," owner Phil West told FOX 31 News Friday. "You can't suggest things. You can't profile. You gotta call a spade a spade."

"Everything I have read about Mr. Obama points right to the fact that he is a Muslim. And that is the agenda of what Muslim is all about. It's about anti-American, it's about anti-Christianity," West said.

Patient trapped in a 23-year 'coma' was conscious all along

Full Story HereBy ALLAN HALL Last updated at 1:59 AM on 23rd November 2009A man thought by doctors to be in a vegetative state for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time, it was revealed last night.Student Rom Houben was misdiagnosed after a car crash left him totally paralysed.He had no way of letting experts, family or friends know he could hear every word they said.
'I screamed, but there was nothing to hear,' said Mr Houben, now 46.Doctors used a range of coma tests, recognised worldwide, before reluctantly concluding that his consciousness was 'extinct'.But three years ago, new hi-tech scans showed his brain was still functioning almost completely normally.
Mr Houben describes the moment as 'my second birth'.Therapy has since allowed him to tap out messages on a computer screen.Mr Houben said: 'All that time I just literally dreamed of a better life. Frustration is too small a word to describe what I felt.'His case has only just been revealed…

End the Fed today!

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

CNN: Global warming hoax? What global warming hoax?

It looks like the greatest scientific hoax of the century has been exposed.

Number of mentions among the dozens of stories on the front page of CNN.Com: 0. For Pete's sake, even MSNBC is front-paging it, though they only link a tepid WaPo story that doesn't mention the most damning stuff (which you can and should read at Mish).

UPDATE: Here's CNN finally, four days after the story broke. And they relegate the story to the backwater "Tech" section on CNN.com. I wonder if that's where they've posted all the credulous global warming stories over the years.

ClimateGate: Global Warming Hoax Exposed

Wow.

A hacker cracked into a major Global Warmist research center, and found all kinds of damning documents.

It's still possible that we'll learn that the docs are an elaborate hoax. But I doubt it.

UPDATE: Not a hoax! Hadley CRU confirms it. Read Australia's Andrew Bolt for updates.

Timmy the Tax Cheat goes on the defensive on Capitol Hill

That's funny. I knew Geithner was a crook and an incompetent hack, but I had no idea he had this partisan streak in him:
The “worst financial crisis in generations” happened after “almost a decade, certainly eight years, of basic neglect of basic public goods, in health care, in education, in public infrastructure, in how we use energy,” Geithner said.
Really? The financial crisis had nothing to do with the leverage and the lending practices of banks that were under Geithner's supervision as head of the New York Fed? The whole financial crisis was a direct result of George W. Bush's spending too little on education and energy?

I guess Geithner's been spending so much time with Obama that he's absorbed the "we inherited this mess; nothing is our fault" theme. But to actually try to persuade people that the financial crisis has more to do with Bush's education spending than the Wall Street banks under Geithner's regulation? The guy is cracked.

My new Facebook friend Lindsey Graham

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Damn. I forgot to bring up his support for the Cap 'n Trade fraud. Oh well. We're BFFs. I'll bring it up later.

Dean of Harvard Medical School: ObamaCare sucks!

We need to improve cost, access, and quality. ObamaCare improves access, but raises costs and hurts quality.

Meanwhile, the Democrats plan to ram through a vote over the weekend on their 2074-page bill over the objections of medical experts, budget analysts, and the majority of the public.

CA seeks way out of "Statehood"? Wants to return to "Territory" status?

CA looked for a way to return to "territory status" due to budget problems. Michigan is in similar trouble, and Illinois and New York are right behind them. Could it be any more obvious that wherever Unions are dominant, they end up collapsing a state's finances? If the Federal Government starts to bail out states, we'll be that much closer to "National Socialist" status (not meant as an inflammatory reference to WWII Germany), as opposed to a "Federal" system. The word "Federal" will mean nothing once we start bailing out individual states and allowing Washington, DC to run them, to gobble them up like vultures gobble rotting flesh. From a WSJ OpEd 11/13/09.
"We're facing a cliff in 2011 when stimulus dollars run out," said Mitchell Bean, director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency. "There is not an end in sight, even in recovery."As of July 2009, California's budget shortfall was 49.3% of its general funds.…

Former Leftist Radical explains Obama's ilk and their tactics.

David Horowitzknows radical American Communists better than any other political commentator you'll see out there. Why? Because he used to be one of them. Then he converted and adopted a more reasonable political stance. This is a very interesting interview with him, wherein he comments on the tactics and goals of the radical Communist left, of which Obama is clearly one. He knows these people. He knows what they're doing, and how they're doing it. Listen to him, because his former ideological brothers are now in charge, and they're very busy converting our nation into something it was never meant to be. Here's the interview in 2 parts.

Part 1


Part 2

Glorious

Only in San Francisco

End the Fed -- San Francisco Protest, Sunday 11/22/09

End the Fed! In conjunction with nationwide End the Fed 11/22 protests, we'll be in downtown San Francisco this Sunday.

Join us at the Federal Reserve Bank, 101 Market Street at the Embarcadero at noon (some people are even starting at 11:00).

Pre-game festivities at the Ferry Building starting around 10 am.

Last year's protest covered at Jr. Deputy Accountant.

Links to rallies around the country here. More resources at endthefed.us.

Stimulus Fraud: Jobs "Saved or Created" in Congressional Districts That Don't Exist

Obama is making up imaginary Congressional Districts and "saving" jobs in them! From ACB news:
abcnews.go.comIn Arizona's 9th Congressional District, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that's what the website set up by the Obama Administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says. But there is no 9th district in Arizona. And that isn't the only district listed on that site that doesn't exist. Read the full ABC article here.

In related news from ABC, The Obama Administration is spending $18 million to Redesign the Recovery.gov website!
ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: For those concerned about stimulus spending, the General Services Administration sends word tonight that $18 million in additional funds are being spent to redesign the Recovery.gov Web site.The new Web site promises to give taxpayers more information about where their money is going than the current version of the site.Is it becoming clea…

ObamaCare preview: No mammograms for women under 50

I am not making this up.

WaPo:
Women in their 40s should stop routinely having annual mammograms and older women should cut back to one scheduled exam every other year, an influential federal task force has concluded, challenging the use of one of the most common medical tests.

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"Tens of thousands of lives are being saved by mammography screening, and these idiots want to do away with it," said Daniel B. Kopans, a radiology professor at Harvard Medical School. "It's crazy -- unethical, really." Now, now, Dr. Kopans. You're probably just a shill for the radiology special interest group. You've been ripping off the people for too long. It's about time we stop the rampant over-prescription of mammograms!

And on a totally unrelated note, it would be a great cost control!
Some questioned whether the new guidelines were designed more to control spending than to improve health. In addition to prompting fewer doctors to recommend mammograms to their patie…

Obama meets with this man more often than anyone else.

Anyone here planning on seeing the new movie made by the SEIU? It's called "Labor Day: Winning is the only option."

Or would you rather just watch this "movie" below featuring Andy Stern, the head of the SEIU, in his own words? Would you be more interested if you found out that Andy Stern visits the White House more frequently than anyone else? In this video, he says,
"'Worker of the world unite'? It's not just a slogan anymore. It's the way we're gonna have to do our work."

He also says, "We're trying to use the power of persuasion. And if that doesn't work, we're going to use the persuasion of power."




That one was pretty good. But is this a better SEIU movie? Ooh, doesn't he look angry? All good Communists are, I guess.

Obama to spend $10 Trillion on Welfare

$10 Trillion? Can anyone say, "Cloward-Piven Strategy"?
This from CNS news via LancasterOnline.com.

CNSNews.com) – As a candidate for president, Barack Obama decried the financial toll that the Iraq war was taking on the economy, but Obama's proposed spending on welfare through 2010 will eclipse Bush's war spending by more than $260 billion.

"Because of the Bush-McCain policies, our debt has ballooned," then-Sen. Barack Obama told a Charleston, W.V., crowd in March 2008. "This is creating problems in our fragile economy. And that kind of debt also places an unfair burden on our children and grandchildren, who will have to repay it."

During the entire administration of George W. Bush, the Iraq war cost a total of $622 billion, according to the Congressional Research Service.

President Obama's welfare spending will reach $888 billion in a single fiscal year--2010--more than the Bush administration spent on war in Iraq from the first "shock and a…
"What most folks call maturity, you and I might call giving up."
-Charlie McDanger's page-a-day calendar

Del Mar CRE update

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It's been 9 months since our last Del Mar CRE update. Catching up, this one's a doozy. Some of the places will look familiar; that's because they are the same places that are still vacant more than a year after we first posted about them.

Remember Measure G, "The Garden," wherein Del Mar residents were asked to approve yet another strip mall? Well, here it is a year after voters approved it:





It turns out the developers didn't actually want to own another strip mall. They just wanted to build one and flip it to some greater fool. So now they are going to leave a vacant lot until someone pays them up front.

Which brings us to our next strip mall disaster, "4sale-lease.com," also known as 1201 Camino Del Mar. Remember this picture from October 2008? We commented on the open slots.


Here's what it looks like today:



A look at the catchily-named 4sale-lease.com web site reveals the problem. They are trying to get $4.00 - $4.80 per square foot, when …