Saturday, October 24, 2009

Porculus Illinois

So... how's that $787 stimulus spending bill going?  It's all about jobs, jobs, jobs, right?

According to the federal government's official site for all numbers Porculus,, as of October 10, 2009, Uncle Sam has created a staggering... 30,383 new jobs across the fruited plain.  We have 138 million workers in the US and 15 million of them are out of work yet the full-faith-and-credit of the US government could only create 30,383 new jobs.  That's a city about the size of Woodridge, IL.  Blink and you miss it.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fool Me Twice - Update

The Congress is at it again.  Will we, like Charlie Brown, keep falling for it?

Maybe not.

Lucy's latest rouse was to pull the so-called 'doctor fix' -- a $250 billion provision to increase the fees of doctors who provide medicare services -- out of the massive trillion-plus dollar Obamcare bill in the House of Representatives and pass it as stand alone legislation.  These Lucillian Legislators are used to the Charlie Brown public being too dumb to realize that two spending bills which add up to a trillion dollars are just as bad as one bill that costs the same amount.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rush Drop Kicked

Today Rush Limbaugh was apparently drop kicked out of the investment group attempting to purchase the St Louis Rams.  Limbaugh, always the lightning rod, had drawn flags from owners, players, and the NFL commissioner due to previous comments Rush made about Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The Watchman will leave it to others to debate whether or not Rush was slandered or libeled by anyone during this process.  Ultimately the courts will decide that issue.  Two key conservative principles were demonstrated here: the right of free men to do as they wish with their private property and the right of free men to associate or not associate with others as they please.

Rush had no god-given right to become an owner of a NFL franchise, only the god-given opportunity.  He took advantage of that opportunity and failed.  Such is the nature of the American free market system.

The government played no role in this drama.  When was the last time you could say that about anything.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Forrest Gump, Cracker Jack, and Bo

Some situations are so ludicrous as to leave one's mouth hanging open with no words to speak.  This is certainly the former if not the later.

Award the Nobel Peach prize to Barack Obama?  This has got to be a joke, right?  If not it lays the final ax swing to the once venerable prize.  Soon the Nobel Peace Prize will be given out with each box of Cracker Jack.

Even Obama is trying not to laugh. “I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures”, says the President.  Finally, he speaks the truth!  He doesn't deserve this award and even he, the world's narcissist-in-chief, knows it.

Barack Obama leads a life more charmed than Forrest Gump.

And what is the the justification given by the Nobel knuckleheads? Thorbjoern Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, said the group, “in particular looked at Obama’s vision and work toward a world without atomic weapons."

Work?  What work?  Can one now win the Nobel Prize based on one speech to the UN and a press release?  Obama has made zero progress in jump starting the Arab-Israeli peace process — long the gold standard for Nobel Laureate credentials.  He was elected for his anti-war rhetoric yet he continues to preside over two wars while meeting today to decide how many more troops he will send into battle.  His is hardly a Nobel Peace Prize record.  Even Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa says this is a case of premature immaculation

Hey, you know what?  Today is Bo's birthday!  You know, the President's dog.  Despite desecrating Force One on his trip to the International Olympic Committee (something Obama does ever time he steps aboard), Bo has done at least as much as his owner for the cause of world peace.  They should give the award to Bo — in honor of his birthday if nothing more important.

Maybe somebody should check the addressee on that box of Cracker Jack.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halt Naper Homestead Project

Does Naperville city government have even a nodding acquaintance with reality?  I ask because of the city's fantastic plan to develop a new park on the site of the original Joseph Naper homestead at the corner of Jefferson and Mill.

Where, may I ask, are the funds going to come from for this project?  From the city as it faces a $14 million budget deficit next year?  Or perhaps from the Naperville Historical Society which is so short on cash that they've had to cancel next year's Naper Days event?

Oh, I forgot.  They have the SECA grants.  Great sounding name, isn't it.  Makes you think some wonderful benefactor just pours out this money from the sky.  But that's not how it works.  SECA is funded by a 1% tax on food and beverage in this city.  That money, about $2.5 million per year, is then doled out to various charities for various projects of dubious worth.

The city doesn't live in the real world of financial constraints to which you and I are subject.  Rather than do any serious budget cutting next year, the city proposes to do SECA one better -- to establish a brand new city sales tax or to raise our already astronomical property taxes.  Yes, they plan to raise taxes during the worst economic decline since the Great Depression!

I ask again.  Does anyone in city government have even a nodding acquaintance with reality?  Even ol' Joe doesn't look happy about this!

Don't get me wrong; developing the Naper Homestead site might be a fine idea for another time.  But in the face of large city deficits and growing unemployment, it's a fiscally bone-headed and politically tone-deaf  idea.  What say we take half the SECA money and start putting a dent in next year's deficit.

I encourage all Tea Party Patriots to show up for the Naper Homestead public open house on October 13 at 6pm at the Naperville Municipal Center in order to provide a fiscal reality check to local government.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Honeymoon Souring, Buyer's Remorse, Bloom Is Off the Rose...

Tide Turning, Wall Crumbling, Political Sea Change, Changing Horses Midstream, Thrown Under the Bus, etc, etc.

Pick your euphemism, the times they are-a-changin'!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Did Bill Ayers Write Obama's Book?

During a fascinating airport encounter with Bill Ayers, Chicago blogger Anne Leary (nom de plume: Backyard Conservative) claims Ayers took credit for writing Obama's book Dreams From My Father.

It was a chance encounter at Reagan National Airport and Ayers knew he was talking to a conservative blogger.  So why did he offer this info out of the blue?  And why did he lay down a challenge to Ms Leary to prove the claim true?

Obama's Secret Plan for Victory in Iran

President Obama has been getting a lot of foreign policy flack lately.

First, he was criticized for unilaterally dropping the anti-missile shield in Eastern Europe.  Then he caught heat for being soft on Iran's nuclear ambitions.  There was even a report that the President was being advised to shoot down Israeli planes if Israel acted independently against Iran.  Most recently Mr Obama has appeared weak and indecisive while he delays acting on General McChrystal's request for 40,000 additional troops in Afghanistan.

But what if there is a method to Obama's madness?  What if BHO actually has a secret plan for victory in Iran that goes something like this...