Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Obama, in his community "organizer" days, along with similarly-minded Democrats, led the fight, starting with the Community Reinvestment Act, to force banks to give mortgage loans to potential borrowers with bad credit. Well, some would say that ended very badly, in , oh, about 2008. Since then lending standards have returned to the time-tested, rational way of doing such things.
However, if one takes the view that the true goal of some politicians is to bring the system down upon itself, expecting then that the "people" will clamor to give more power to those who seek to control the proletariat, then this comes as no surprise:
Headline from the very-liberal, no less, Washington Post (link):
When at first you don't succeed, ....
John M Greco
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
As if we need any more evidence past the 20th Century that the enforced equality of "socialism" is just a smokescreen to fool the rubes for what amounts to control by self-appointed bosses who do not expect to actually live by the rules (and the consequences) they impose on the proletarian masses otherwise known as the mythical "people", comes this out of France (link):
France's former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac admitted [on April 2] that he had held a secret bank account .... in Switzerland [and siphoned money there] in order to avoid paying taxes in France.Remember it was his team of socialists who just last year dramatically raised taxes in France.
How quaint -- in France, being a tax cheat actually disqualifies one for high office. Recall how much trouble Obama had in finding Democrat potential cabinet appointees who had not cheated on their taxes; obviously not being bothered by such trivialities the way actual taxpayers were, Obama went ahead and appointed a confirmed tax cheat to head the Treasury and IRS (links below).
Democrats and Tax Evasion, Like Sterling and Silver -- Tax Law Writer Rangel Joins Tax Collector Geithner and Former Senate Leader Daschle in the Tax Cheaters Hall of Fame
Geithner Tax Evasion Story Indicates the Severity of the Democrat & Media Double Standard in the Age of Obama
For the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” File: Obama Tax-Challenged Democrats Worried About Other People & Companies Not Paying Their Taxes
John M Greco
As evidence mounts to undermine human-caused global warming fanaticism and as well to reveal widespread fraudulent manipulation of data (see, for example, the now infamous "hockey stick" chart and also the "hide the decline" emails from the British climate hypesters), the need to quash the truth grows ever more urgent for the fanatics. With medieval religious zeal, they seek ever more to silence the non-believers (link):
[A] petition ... by the League of Conservation Voters ... is aimed at executive producers of nightly news programs for major broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, and NBC — who the groups say don’t focus enough news coverage on climate change issues and, when they do cover the issue, portray the issue as a “two-sided debate” by featuring climate skeptics.A "two-sided debate". How blasphemous!
I am a strong supporter of responsible, evidence-based environmentalism, but faked data, grossly exaggerated claims, fear-mongering for profit, and repression of debate is not good for anyone, the environment included, because, weary of all the lies and hype, we may actually be slow to respond to real dangers and true opportunities.
Monday, April 1, 2013
The Chicago police seem powerless to prevent or control these events, and stay stuck in reactive mode; even at that, their response has been criticized as inadequate. Chicago's police chief, one McCarthy, who soon after being appointed by Democrat Mayor Emanuel blamed Sarah Palin (link) in part for the city's escalating violence, thinks his police department is doing a pretty good job. The Chicago Tribune reports (link):
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said ... that his officers responded effectively to a number of disturbances ... involving large groups of teens on Saturday night that led to nearly 30 arrests ranging from bumping into passersby on sidewalks to attacking women aboard a CTA train.... He echoed the same sentiment regarding an incident that occurred an hour after the CTA attack in which 17 more teens were arrested for causing a series of disturbances along the Magnificent Mile. “We were on top of it, and we dispersed it immediately,” McCarthy told reporters. “And I also want to be clear that there were no assaults, robberies or property damage that was reported.....Hey, what's the beef, says McCarthy. Once the violence started, we dispersed the youths and arrested a relative few. And after all, "there were no assaults, robberies or property damage that was reported", so no harm no foul. Emanuel might want to hold yet another "take back the streets" rally (link). At the rate of escalation of murder and mayhem since he and his hand-picked team have been in charge, soon he'll be holding one a day.
April 3, 2013 Headline at Chicago Tribune web site:
"Schmich: Let's turn down the alarm over loud teens downtown"
Hey, that wasn't a dangerous situation or anything..... A few assaults, some terror, some pushing of some elderly and tourists, a few robberies, some "attacking of women".... Hey, that's just urban life, what's the big deal...... Those complainers must have been from the suburbs...... They overreacted..... Just some "loud" Chicago teens..... Nothing to see here, move along..... There's no problem here, really. Now just move along.... Nothing to see here...... Everyone don't stop coming downtown to shop, there're no safety issues, really....... NOW MOVE ALONG, NOTHING TO SEE HERE.......