Just two weeks ago I wrote a post concerning Obama’s Impotence… mostly pointing out the disasters on the diplomatic and world stage (North Korea, Iran, Benghazi, the Middle East). The point of the original Post (Obama’s Tool Impotent) was that Obama strengths were speaking and campaigning and his weaknesses were governing and being an executive.
What a difference two short weeks make. Oh, those world problems are still out there and aren’t going to get any better anytime soon… But NOW we’re seeing the impotence manifest on a domestic front with the IRS and AP snooping scandals. This is not even mentioning the domestic stuff being ignored like jobs, the debt, and the massive printing of money (and spending) that artificially supports the stock market…
Things are so bad; the lap dogs in the media have distanced themselves from their master. Some (like Chris Matthews) are even growling at him. And it remains to be seen if he can call them back. It may be that they’ve decided he isn’t worth it anymore (they’re like that); and are ready to jump in Hilary’s lap in preparation for 2016. (Of course Hillary needs to be careful too. There’s no honor among the MSM, and she too could quickly find herself labeled as jetsam.)
Even (someone as daft as) Chris Matthews kind-of gets it now. THE Chris Matthews who got a “thrill going up my leg” just listening to an Obama speech back in 2008 now realizes Obama is a “ship without an engine”.
It makes me (and the rest of the conservative movement) want to scream “Welcome to the party pal!” (from the movie Die Hard)
“What part of the presidency does Obama like? He doesn’t like dealing with other politicians — that means his own cabinet, that means members of the congress, either party. He doesn’t particularly like the press…. He likes to write the speeches, likes to rewrite what Favreau and the others wrote for the first draft… So what part does he like? He likes going on the road, campaigning, visiting businesses like he does every couple days somewhere in Ohio or somewhere. But what part does he like? He doesn’t like lobbying for the bills he cares about. He doesn’t like selling to the press. He doesn’t like giving orders or giving somebody the power to give orders. He doesn’t seem to like being an executive.” – Chris Matthews leftist MSNBC host
Like I said, Chris kind-of gets it. Yes Obama likes and doesn’t like the things Chris mentioned; but Chris associates the current scandals and disasters to the whims of the President. That’s only part of it. The other part is… Even if Obama had the desire, Obama lacks the ability to lead; lacks the ability to be an executive. He’s an amateur. Until now he’s always had everything handed to him on a silver platter. He expected his Presidency to be the same (foreign and domestically) because of his superior reason and charisma… and when it wasn’t; he had no clue of what to do.
The very thing that gave Chris that thrill up his leg is the same thing that doomed this President to be one of the worst in history. We’re talking on the same level as Jimmy Carter.
I know, I know… it’s hard to see right now in light of the media adoration (which is already dimming) and the constant campaigning, and the spin… but history will tell and it won’t take that long.
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The Internal Revenue Service just admitted that it (illegally) flagged conservative political groups (generally those that included the words “tea party” or “patriot”) for persecution (my words not theirs) in 2012.
But don’t worry the IRS also assured us these decisions were made by lower level flunkies and “was not motivated by political bias”. This information comes to us from Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups.
[Really? Then exactly what in her opinion was this motivated by... the flunkies dislike of Oolong and Earl Grey? The very statement is preposterous and shows that the upper division rulers of the IRS don't take this seriously and don't consider this a problem. I'm not saying that the high level guys were involved and made these political decisions; but someone on some level did AND did so based on politics. I'll be honest... I want to see the pikes that currently support their heads. That might, MIGHT, be enough to dissuade me from wanting the heads of two or three levels of management that didn't keep proper track and control of these internal IRS criminals.]
Am I asking for too much? At least there is an admission of “guilt”. Back in March 2012, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress “There’s absolutely no targeting. (based on political views) This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people” [A lie or complete ignorance... I tend to suspect a lie which by the way would also be a felony.]
Today we find out…
“That was wrong. (targeting based on political views) That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate. That’s not how we go about selecting cases for further review.” – Lois Lerner, IRS Division Head
[Apparently, that is EXACTLY how you go about selecting cases for further review. The questions are 1) Are the people who decided to do this still at the IRS 2) If yes, why? 3) If no, when can we expect prosecution?]
“The IRS would like to apologize for that.” – Lois Lerner, IRS Division Head
[Ms. Lerner proves her leftist leanings by her words and attitude. She's like a Hollywood dope head admitting she was drunk and high when she ran over the cop, nun, and three kids. Admit you have a problem, apologize (no remorse required or expressed), Imply others share blame, but also say you take "full responsibility" and... Your debt is paid... further consequences are inconceivable...]
I have a different scenario in mind. [If comes from a scene in the classic 1980 movie Flash Gordon]
Senator Ted Cruz: And now the apology from IRS.
Lois Lerner: We, the people of the IRS have discovered that we lied to you last year. More specifically we discovered that you could probably prove that we lied so we’re copping a plea that some flunkies did it and accept full responsibility. We’re sorry.
Senator Cruz: We prize nothing more highly. And tell us, how great is your remorse for what your flunkies did?
Lois Lerner: Without measure.
Senator Texas Lynn: We are delighted to hear it. Fall on your sword… Show us this remorse. Throw yourself onto your sword.
[Of course I placed myself and Senator Cruz in the role of the villains in this particular movie but I'm OK with that. My point is the career, leftist, bureaucratic bastards at the IRS have told us they aren't going to do crap concerning this problem and I'm ready for heads (figuratively), lots of heads, to roll. Let's start with Lois Lerner.]
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Obama came to Texas again this week; this time to tout his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour”. It once again demonstrates the Democratic trait that I most admire in the Left. That being their inability to piss on your leg and tell you it’s raining with a deadpan straight face as the do it.
Jobs? Of all the jobs created lately in the United States about half of them had been in Texas. The other 49 (56 by Obama’s count) states share the other half.
How did Texas do it?
- Flatter taxes
- Limited government
- Less spending
- Balanced budgets
In other words, Texas does it by having the exact opposite principles and polices of the President and the Left. The do it through conservative economic principles.
“[Texas] continues to outperform the nation in terms of economic growth and job creation,” noting Texas’ 6.4 percent unemployment rate in comparison to the national 7.6 percent average and the fact that eight of the 15 fastest-growing cities from 2010 to 2011 are in Texas” – Ted Cruz, Senator from Texas (Republican… actually Tea Party)
“As states with high spending and high taxes are losing jobs, Texas is gaining them. In fact, between 2006 and 2012, Texas gained one million jobs, while California lost 359,000 jobs.” – Ted Cruz, Senator from Texas (Republican… actually Tea Party)
Ted Cruz is right on the money. And thus Obama and the Democratic leadership don’t like him too much. You can pretty well bet that the Left will be doing their best in the near and hopefully long term to tar and slander Ted Cruz.
“We’ve heard a lot from the very junior senator from Texas… We’ve known for years that the tea party has full control of the House. But now we understand they have full control of the Republican caucus here in the Senate” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat, Nevada)
This little tantrum came the day after Reid denounced Cruz as a “schoolyard bully” when Cruz had the gall to debate him in the Senate. In this exchange Reid shouted “ENOUTH!” to shut off debate and proceed to Railroad his agenda. I guess real bullies just don’t like it when someone stands up to them. [TL Note: Ted Cruz was the Tea Party maverick who beat the anointed Republican insider David Dewhurst in the primary for the “Junior” Senate seat. Had Dewhurst won instead can you imagine him being a fly in Harry Reid’s Ointment? I guarantee you he’d be sitting on his hands with (most of) the rest of the ^%#$less Republicans in the Senate.]
When it comes to jobs and the economy… Obama (and the Left) are posers. The very definition of their agendas is a detriment to business and by extension jobs (unless you count government jobs which we don’t). But the Left must pretend the very opposite is true despite the absurdity… thus Obama’s visit to Texas and his “Middle Class Jobs and Pony Show”. In Texas we call that “All Hat and No Cattle”.
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Just like a lot of social and political issues, technology can often complicate things. It can also make the best laid plans obsolete… Who would have thought back in the 1970s and 80s that most of us would today be carrying around a Star Trek Communicator. Actually our cell phones are like combinations of the Star Trek Communicator and Tricorder. All Jim Kirk could do was talk to Spock on the Enterprise… we can do that, find the nearest Tai Restaurant, and see what the weather’s like half-way around the world.
So? What’s Next? How about a Replicator, a device that produces something out of thin air? Version 1.0 is here. But there’s a problem with what people are replicating and power that takes away from manufacturers and politicians.
Take the power of gun control for instance. Want to register guns and keep better track of who has what? What if the gun has no serial number? Removing the serial number is illegal you say… What if it never had one? That’s also illegal… manufacturers have to put serial numbers on their guns. What if there was no manufacturer and thus no traceable means of knowing the gun was ever produced? Even better (or worse) what if this functional weapon was made of plastic resign undetectable by airport security scanners?
We are quickly approaching the ability to “print” the components of working weapons (any caliber) as easily at printing the pieces of paper dolls and putting them together.
In the technology world there has been an ongoing debate (for years now) concerning 3D printers. In a nut shell these devices can produce very detailed 3D objects in hard resign. Hard resign is the stuff collectable figurines and such like have been made of for years. Of course this process generally involves molds and factories. But new technology has produced 3D printers that use an additive, layer-by-layer process to create hard, durable, 3D objects. Usually these objects are models and fittings and jewelry; but more and more they are used to create end-user parts. And it has been proven that the possibilities for these end-user parts are wide open.
How wide open?
Lower Assembly for an AR-15 Rifle
Want a new high-capacity clip for your AR-15? Just download the CAD design and print one. Sure you may have to add a spring or other minor component to make it work; but these are available at any local Wal-Mart or hardware store.
Want a gun. The technology is very close to being able to print one. No… not in one piece… but print a few components, grab a minor manufactured component or two, put them together and… You have a gun; no more traceable than the paper dolls you printed for your daughter last night.
Cody Wilson (a University of Texas Law Student) and his non-profit group Defense Distributed have worked towards the controversial goal to “make as many firearm components as possible into 3D-printable, downloadable files.” Where is he at in this ambitious endeavor? After posting hundreds of components… Just getting started.
Cody and his non-profit group Defense Distributed have worked towards the controversial goal to “create the world’s first entirely 3D-printable handgun”. Where is he at in this ambitious endeavor? He’s finished.
This week (5/6/2013) Defense Distributed will release (open source) the printable CAD designs for a gun called “The Liberator”. The whole thing is “printable” except for a single nail, used as a firing pin AND a “six ounce chunk of steel in the body to make it detectable by metal detectors in order to comply with the Undetectable Firearms Act”. Of course, we’re all on our honor to include that chunk of steel that plays no part in the actual functioning of the gun. The gun can shoot standard handgun rounds of ammunition and to change calibers you just change out the barrel component.
Cody is a bit of a libertarian maverick which I can respect. I have to admit I like his attitude of sticking it to the man.
And Man oh Man, THE MAN don’t like Cody.
3D Printing firms hate the guy. Makerbot, who hosts a 3D CAD content website, purged all posts of gun components and other objectionable material. I’m assuming the Hello Kitty resign figures are just fine though.
The company that makes the leading 3D printer, Stratasys, seized a printer it had rented to Defense Distributed after they found out what they were doing with it.
New York (or course) Representative Steve Israel has decided to try and make printing gun components illegal. Like that’s going to work. I can see it now. Guido the gun runner was going to start printing guns, but hey… Steve Israel said he can’t so… oh well… In his defense, Steve Israel claims he only wants to make it illegal to make guns undetectable by metal protectors (which is already the law I think)
This is an amazing technology, with major ramifications for society; and I’m torn between being giddy that “the man” is pissing his pants and wondering if I should be doing the same…
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