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11 May 2012

Picture of the Day: President SCoaMF






 
Stuttering Clusterfuck of a Miserable Failure.

 
 
SCoaMF:  An empty suit propped up by the media reading old tired Marxist tripe from a teleprompter.

A vapid celebrity or politician incapable of originating or uttering a coherent thought without a teleprompter or cue cards.

Someone demonstrably stupid and yet convinced of their own infallibility, even though unable to think or emote.

A politician or celebrity who has no resume, no plan, no clue, and cannot speak without someone telling them what to say.
 
Did you hear that Obama has decided food stamps create jobs?

Yeah. What a SCoaMF.
 
 

Squaw Nose On - Squaw Nose Off!




Princess Little Big Liar



1973:  Fauxcahontas listed 'white' on her application to Rutgers Law School and when asked  'Are you interested in applying for admission under the Program for Minority Group Students?' Warren answered 'no.'

1981-1986:   A University of Texas personnel document shows that Warren listed herself as 'white' when she taught at the law school there.  Warren’s employment document at the University of Texas allowed her to check multiple boxes specifying 'the racial category or categories with which you most closely identify.' The options included 'American Indian or Alaskan Native,' but she chose only white.

1987-1995:  According to Penn’s 2005 Minority Equity Report, it too identified Warren, as a minority.

1995:  Fauxcahontas began listing herself as 'white' ... again.




Why is the Left celebrating this white fraud, who took the place of a well-deserving, real-life Native American?

How is what she did 'fair' to actual Native Americans and other minorities?




10 May 2012

THE BRADLEY EFFECT & GAY MARRIAGE



“In a 2010 paper, for instance, the New York University political scientist Patrick J. Egan compared polling in advance of state same-sex marriage referendums to the actual results, and found that the share of voters in pre-election surveys saying that they will vote to ban same-sex marriage is typically seven percentage points lower than the actual vote on election day.

That seven-point gap between appearances and reality may help explain why same-sex marriage supporters lost referendums they expected to win in liberal states like Maine and California. And it explains why a savvy White House might take polls suggesting that the issue is a political winner with a very large helping of salt.”

 http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/obamas-marriage-maneuvers/

http://www.pdfdownload.org/pdf2html/view_online.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.haasjr.org%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2FMarriage%2520Polling.pdf


“Put simply, the issue of gay marriage remains highly contentious in a number of swing states: a majority of voters in North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida continue to be against same sex marriage.

The state-by-state data from polling conducted by Public Policy Polling show that a majority of voters in key swing-states like Virginia (53%-34%), Florida (53%-37%), North Carolina (61%-31%), Wisconsin (50%-30%) and Ohio (52%-32%) oppose the legalization of gay marriage.

And according to a recent Pew poll, one in three Southern swing voters are strongly opposed to gay marriage.

All of this in light of the fact that ballot measures to legalize gay marriage have been rejected by voters nearly every time over the course of fifteen years by voters in more than 30 states — often by large margins.

Among the 30 states that have constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriages are key battleground swing-states like Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and North Carolina. These states have a combined 114 electoral votes up for grabs.

In light of these numbers, while yesterday’s move may be a political winner for President Obama among his progressive base, it may very well cost him the support of swing voters whose vote will be central to his success in winning reelection.”


http://douglasschoen.com/why-obamas-gay-marriage-endorsement-could-ultimately-be-more-harmful-than-helpful/


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Sophie:

Yes, it is true that polls show that a majority of Americans support SSM, but I would take them with a few grains of salt for a couple of reasons.  First, there is very obviously a Bradley Effect going on because the polling data never reflects the actual vote tallies.  No one was surprised that the constitutional amendment passed in North Carolina.  Nearly everyone was shocked by the margin of the victory for the opponents.

The other reason is very simple:  SSM is not at the top of the overwhelming majority of Americans' list of priorities.  I support SSM, but if it were the only issue on the ballot, I seriously doubt that I could be bothered to make it to the polls.  It is just not that important to me.  On the other hand, people, who are opposed to SSM, would be very much inclined to make it to the polls to vote if that were the only issue on the ballot.

09 May 2012

This Is The Dawning Of The Age Of "Austerity"?


Music to read by:










This is the dawning of the Age of Austerity
The Age of Austerity, Austerity, Austerity
Austerity, Austerity, Austerity



I think that, somewhere over the Atlantic, the definition of "austerity" was lost in translation for "austerity" in Europe does not mean what Americans think it means.



Portugal:

A €2.2 billion stimulus package 2009, 1.25% of GDP, resulted in economic growth that stayed negative and 3 million more unemployed Portuguese workers.  The country's finance minister told the New York Times, “it didn’t turn things around, and may have made things worse.”


 France:

In France, "austerity" almost entirely meant tax increases:

A 3% surtax on incomes above €500,000.

A 1% increase in the top marginal income tax rate (40% to 41%).

The automatic indexation of tax brackets for inheritance, wealth, and income taxes ended.

Corporate taxes were raised 5% on businesses with revenues of more than €250 million.

There was a hike in the capital gains tax rate. (Currently, capital gains are taxed at the rate of 19%, plus 13.5% social charges. The social charges will increase to 15.5% on 1 July 2012, giving a total rate of 34.5%).

Several corporate tax breaks were ended.

The VAT increased from 19.2% to 21.2% and reduced VAT went from 5.5% to 7%.

Excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol were hiked.

There were some reforms to entitlements and welfare programmes, but they haven't yet taken effect.  For example, France raised its retirement age from 60 to 62.....but that reform will not take effect until 2017.  Also, the cap on government spending on healthcare doesn't take effect until next year.

It is kind of hard to blame cuts that haven't taken effect for France's slowing growth while ignoring tax increases that have.








Britain:

One of the first "austerity" measures taken by the Cameron-led coalition was the imposition of a 50% income tax on the "evil rich."  This hike resulted in a £509 million decrease in tax revenues to the Treasury.

The Coalition did trim some government payrolls and cut back on a few government programmes, but government spending still consumes a whopping 49% of GDP.

Most importantly, actual government spending increased by £59.2 billion from 2009 to 2011.   


Spain:

Imposed a wealth tax on citizens with €700,000 of assets.

Imposed 7% income tax on those earning more than €300,000 per year.

Hiked the capital-gains tax rate.


Italy:

Imposed a Solidarity Tax of 3% on all taxpayers earning more than €300,000.



image33-Today’s cartoons: France goes for broke


Greece:

Increased taxes nearly twice as much as it cut spending.

5% surtax on the wealthy.

VAT hiked to 23%.

Fuel, alcohol, and tobacco taxes were hiked.

As Michael Tanner of CATO has said, "It should come as no surprise that all those new taxes, combined with a lack of spending restraint, has threatened to throw Europe back into a double-dip recession. Is it any wonder that French, Greek, and British voters were anxious to “throw the bums out”?  Wait, this sounds familiar. Tax hikes on the rich accompanied by vague promises of future spending restraint, while refusing to restructure entitlement programs. That sounds a lot like . . . Barack Obama.  Maybe the U.S. can learn something from Europe after all."

Too bad that Obama is too stubborn and ignorant to heed the lessons of "austerity" in Europe.


Below is the OECD data, as is clearly apparent, no country is spending below its 2004 level.


Government final consumption expenditure in US dollars
At current prices and current PPPs
Billions of US dollars
‌‌
‌2004‌
‌2005‌
‌2006‌
‌2007‌
‌2008‌
‌2009‌
‌2010‌
‌2011‌
Australia
117.7
123.5
132.6
141.2
149.3
161.6
168.3
e 
..
Austria
49.5
50.8
55.3
57.0
61.9
64.4
65.0
..
Belgium
73.6
76.7
81.0
84.4
91.7
97.4
99.2
..
Canada
201.0
214.1
229.8
242.4
256.0
281.9
290.0
..
Chile
20.8
21.9
22.6
25.2
29.0
33.4
33.7
..
Czech Republic
44.1
46.6
49.5
52.1
53.2
58.2
56.8
..
Denmark
46.3
46.9
50.8
53.5
58.1
63.0
64.8
65.6
Estonia
3.5
3.8
4.2
4.8
5.7
5.8
5.7
..
Finland
34.7
36.3
38.8
41.2
45.5
47.8
48.1
48.3
France
418.5
442.0
467.3
488.1
510.0
537.7
549.8
..
Germany
462.0
481.4
507.2
522.8
557.6
591.4
603.6
630.1
Greece
48.2
e 
48.9
50.8
55.3
60.2
67.8
58.4
..
Hungary
36.7
38.7
42.4
41.2
44.8
45.8
44.9
..
Iceland
2.5
2.5
2.7
2.8
3.1
3.1
2.9
..
Ireland
23.8
25.6
29.1
33.1
35.2
35.3
34.3
..
Israel 1
42.3
41.6
44.4
47.0
49.4
49.3
52.1
..
Italy
315.2
334.0
357.8
371.5
399.8
415.1
407.0
..
Japan
665.6
699.3
727.3
766.5
798.0
820.2
861.9
e 
..
Korea
138.4
152.1
170.2
186.4
199.7
211.8
218.4
..
Luxembourg
5.0
5.2
5.7
6.0
6.4
7.0
7.3
..
Mexico
127.6
138.7
149.9
160.3
175.0
185.7
194.1
..
Netherlands
130.8
135.8
156.0
167.9
181.4
194.7
199.5
..
New Zealand
17.6
18.9
21.1
22.8
25.0
25.7
26.8
e 
..
Norway
41.3
43.4
47.4
50.7
55.8
59.5
61.7
60.8
Poland
87.4
95.1
105.1
114.6
127.2
133.1
143.4
147.6
Portugal
42.3
47.7
49.9
50.9
53.2
58.5
58.3
..
Slovak Republic
15.0
16.0
18.6
19.3
21.9
24.3
24.5
24.1
Slovenia
8.4
8.9
9.6
9.5
10.7
11.2
11.5
11.7
Spain
196.8
213.6
240.8
265.2
294.4
315.1
309.8
306.6
Sweden
77.4
77.3
84.3
89.8
95.2
96.1
98.7
104.1
Switzerland
30.2
31.1
33.3
35.2
38.3
40.4
41.6
..
Turkey
82.3
92.1
110.4
124.8
136.7
152.6
162.8
..
United Kingdom
396.7
421.7
455.0
457.6
484.9
500.4
511.9
..
United States
1 862.4
1 981.4
2 099.9
2 225.9
2 399.8
2 433.3
2 522.7
..
Euro area
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
OECD-Total
5 865.6
e 
6 213.8
6 650.6
7 016.8
7 514.3
7 828.6
8 039.5
e 
..


Last updated: 14 March 2012


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Not available
e
Estimated value
1.
The statistical data for Israel are supplied by and under the responsibility of the relevant Israeli authorities. The use of such data by the OECD is without prejudice to the status of the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and Israeli settlements in the West Bank under the terms of international law.
Source: Annual national accounts: Gross domestic product, OECD National Accounts Statistics (database)





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Aquarius lyrics
Songwriters: Gerome Ragni;James Rado;Galt Mac Dermot

When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius, Aquarius, Aquarius

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions

Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the minds true liberation

Aquarius, Aquarius

When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius
The age of Aquarius, Aquarius, Aquarius
Aquarius, Aquarius, Aquarius