January 9 –


Washington's Republicans, mostly in the House, having folded over the “fiscal cliff,” now claim to have the leverage to push for less borrowing and spending cuts in the forthcoming debate about further raising our already-insane ceiling on the government's borrowing. We're already well on our way to becoming the largest deadbeat nation in history.

    We'll see soon whether the R-party has any real enthusiasm for reviving that fine old Mafia term introduced to Americans by “The Godfather:” “Go to the mattresses,” meaning to go to war.

    If not, the GOP has effectively gone the way of the Whigs. A footnote to political history.

    (You may find the origin of the “mattresses” term interesting, if you care to explore it on the internet.)

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The left's ill-concealed taste for tyranny is further revealed in their growing enthusiasm for the use of “executive orders” by the president to achieve their goals, instead of relying upon the constitutional process of legislation by Congress.
    The power-madness of the left is further illuminated by the repeated effort by a nutcake congressman from New York to repeal the constitutional two-term limit on presidents. Such a move would enable what a dictator-worshipping left would dearly love: A “President for Life,” as found in so many third-world dictatorships.

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“In one respect Barack Obama's reelection is historically appropriate. He's a weak leader and, by reports, an idle one. Such a man is well chosen to lead America into a period of decline.
    “Just prior to World War I the U.S. became the world's largest economy, a position it has held for more than a century. But the latest report from a European think tank suggests that China will overtake U.S. output within four years. Obama will close a long and glorious chapter in world history, not with a bang but a whimper.” – British Historian Paul Johnson in Jewish World Review

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Like anyone else, if I knew the future with certainty, I'd be spending my time at the roulette wheel in a casino. But since some folk do ask my opinion about America's future, permit me the luxury of candor.
    If I were the oddsmaker at that casino, I'd say it's about 60-40 that America doesn't have one. At least not a future that will be envied by the rest of the world in the way that has historically been the case.

    Within a few decades, it is possible – even likely – that this nation will be about as relevant as, say, today's Argentina or Portugal or Netherlands – the later two having once been world powers.

    A public that permits itself to be ruled by politicians who pander to fools and freeloaders cannot rationally expect anything more.

    Size alone does not automatically translate into power and influence. If that were the case, Brazil, Argentina and Canada would be superpowers.

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What happens when silly adults allow the monkeys to run the zoo …
    Voters in a New Jersey school district elected a 19-year-old avowed socialist to the local school board. Doubtless with the enthusiastic support of the teachers' union.

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A snap judgment …
    The detestable Chuck Hagel is questionable for confirmation as Secretary of Defense. Because Hagel's Senate hearing will be so contentious, it's likely that the utterly incompetent -- and untrustworthy -- John Brennan will be confirmed to head the CIA by a distracted Senate.

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The new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” may turn out to be a fabulous success once the kinks have been worked out, but those “kinks” have caused some alarming news reports about mechanical problems both in-flight and on the ground.
    I posed the bottom-line question to a longtime airline captain friend of mine:

    Would you fly the 787, either as pilot or passenger? His answer: No.

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Your moronic government in action …
    After spending $850,000 to demolish a small dam in Tennessee for “environmental” reasons, the same crazies are now spending $1,400,000 of your tax money to build several smaller dams to prevent the flooding caused by the destruction of the first dam.

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To correct an ongoing internet myth …
    It was NOT current Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard who made the admirable statement about immigrants having to adapt to Australian culture and values. In fact, she's a knee-jerk liberal.

    The statement was made by the Education Minister in the cabinet of former Prime Minister John Howard who said it – seven years ago. Mr. Howard was subsequently voted out of office.

    Like many things too good to be true … it isn't.

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Inflation is the form of taxation/thievery preferred by politicians, because the masses of dopes are only vaguely aware of what's happening to their money. That's why they laugh at prices in the past, blissfully unaware that as the calendar pages turn, the same thing is going to happen to the prices they pay today; increasing by staggering sums.

Cindy Adams (NY Post) did some price-tracking thru the years as of New Year's Day ...
    "1935. New Year’s dinner was salmon cocktail, curried lamb, salad, vegetable, dessert, beverage — $2. Beer, 15 cents. Lunch, 40 cents.
    "1941. Prices soared. New Year’s Eve. Filet Mignon, 65 cents. Hotels, $2.95 per night. Flights, NY to LA” with caviar, smiling stewardii, nobody searching your bags, your behinds or your shoes — $88. Round-trip, another $72.

    "1942. Greta Garbo’s classy New York East Side apartment was an astronomical $125 a month. Fifth Avenue’s double-decker bus, a dime.

    "1952. New Year’s Day lunch was 70 cents. The Park Sheraton Mermaid Room, Special New Year’s Midnight Supper — no tax, no cover, no minimum, $6."
    Only the ignorant and foolish think it won't continue.

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Conan O'Brien -
    "The National Hockey League has settled its contract dispute. So finally Americans can get back to not watching hockey."

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Reader Robert contributes a tale of the west … about the cowboy who appeared at the Pearly Gates and is interviewed by St. Peter …
    “Have you ever done anything of particular merit?” asked St. Peter.
    “Well, I can think of one thing,” the cowboy offered. “On a trip to Kansas, I came upon a motorcycle gang threatening a young woman. I told them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen. So, I approached the largest and most tattooed biker and smacked him in the face, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring, and yelled, 'Now, back off or I'll kick the hellout of all of you!'
    St. Peter was impressed. “When did this happen?'

    “Couple of minutes ago.”
Lee Rodgers"...and now, if you'll excuse me..."