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Green Police Super Bowl Ad – Truth is Stranger than Fiction?

By Cassandra Effect, February 7, 2010 8:44 pm

If only this commercial was a spoof on reality.  

Washington DC has a tax on plastic grocery bagsMany, many , many other places have similar laws

In San Francisco people are required by law to compost waste and recycle.  Offenders are subject to fines. 

The city by the bay also has a ban on plastic water bottles.   Other countries are reaching this madness level as well.

Incandescent light bulbs will be phased out in the US starting in 2012.     In Europe they already have banned these and are offering money to people to snitch on stores which sell the outlawed bulbs.  You will be stuck with those crappy compact flourescent blubs (CFLs) in the near future.

And in this madness, Audi is selling its “green” car.   Somehow I am not comforted.  And I feel a lot less free.

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The Ultimate Irony from Obama’s State of the Union Speech

By Cassandra Effect, January 28, 2010 9:55 pm

Of all the things that were wrong with Barack Obama’s SOTU speech yesterday, nothing could hold a candle to his tout the Stimulus Bill

“The plan that has made all of this possible, from the tax cuts to the jobs, is the Recovery Act. That’s right — the Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus bill. Economists on the left and the right say this bill has helped save jobs and avert disaster. But you don’t have to take their word for it. Talk to the small business in Phoenix that will triple its work force because of the Recovery Act. Talk to the window manufacturer in Philadelphia who said he used to be skeptical about the Recovery Act, until he had to add two more work shifts just because of the business it created.”

This window company he mentions is Serious Materials, which is a firm which has benefited from focused lobbying to get government money for the Stimulus money for “Weatherization” and   The Weatherization program is a simply a wealth transfer, income qualifed program

The irony is how this relates to Bastiat’s Broken Window Fallacy:  specifically – the tax money being used to “weatherize” homes and offer tax credits on replacement windows.  These tax credit are wealth transfers of taxpayers to individuals who purchase qualifying windows, and then ultimately a wealth transfer to the window company.   All well and good for the window company and the homeowner with the new windows, but a loss of wealth that could have been used for other things by all the other taxpayers.  Thus is the taxes were lowered, then the money may have been used to go out to dinner, buy a new TV, or anything else.   Read below to truly grasp the horror and irony of President Obama’s examples:

I. THE BROKEN WINDOW  

Have you ever witnessed the anger of the good shopkeeper, James B., when his careless son happened to break a square of glass? If you have been present at such a scene, you will most assuredly bear witness to the fact, that every one of the spectators, were there even thirty of them, by common consent apparently, offered the unfortunate owner this invariable consolation – “It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. Everybody must live, and what would become of the glaziers if panes of glass were never broken?”

Now, this form of condolence contains an entire theory, which it will be well to show up in this simple case, seeing that it is precisely the same as that which, unhappily, regulates the greater part of our economical institutions.

Suppose it cost six francs to repair the damage, and you say that the accident brings six francs to the glazier’s trade – that it encourages that trade to the amount of six francs – I grant it; I have not a word to say against it; you reason justly. The glazier comes, performs his task, receives his six francs, rubs his hands, and, in his heart, blesses the careless child. All this is that which is seen.

But if, on the other hand, you come to the conclusion, as is too often the case, that it is a good thing to break windows, that it causes money to circulate, and that the encouragement of industry in general will be the result of it, you will oblige me to call out, “Stop there! your theory is confined to that which is seen; it takes no account of that which is not seen.”

It is not seen that as our shopkeeper has spent six francs upon one thing, he cannot spend them upon another. It is not seen that if he had not had a window to replace, he would, perhaps, have replaced his old shoes, or added another book to his library. In short, he would have employed his six francs in some way, which this accident has prevented.

Let us take a view of industry in general, as affected by this circumstance. The window being broken, the glazier’s trade is encouraged to the amount of six francs; this is that which is seen. If the window had not been broken, the shoemaker’s trade (or some other) would have been encouraged to the amount of six francs; this is that which is not seen.

And if that which is not seen is taken into consideration, because it is a negative fact, as well as that which is seen, because it is a positive fact, it will be understood that neither industry in general, nor the sum total of national labour, is affected, whether windows are broken or not.

Now let us consider James B. himself. In the former supposition, that of the window being broken, he spends six francs, and has neither more nor less than he had before, the enjoyment of a window.

In the second, where we suppose the window not to have been broken, he would have spent six francs on shoes, and would have had at the same time the enjoyment of a pair of shoes and of a window.

Now, as James B. forms a part of society, we must come to the conclusion, that, taking it altogether, and making an estimate of its enjoyments and its labours, it has lost the value of the broken window.

When we arrive at this unexpected conclusion: “Society loses the value of things which are uselessly destroyed;” and we must assent to a maxim which will make the hair of protectionists stand on end – To break, to spoil, to waste, is not to encourage national labour; or, more briefly, “destruction is not profit.”

What will you say, Monsieur Industriel — what will you say, disciples of good M. F. Chamans, who has calculated with so much precision how much trade would gain by the burning of Paris, from the number of houses it would be necessary to rebuild?

I am sorry to disturb these ingenious calculations, as far as their spirit has been introduced into our legislation; but I beg him to begin them again, by taking into the account that which is not seen, and placing it alongside of that which is seen. The reader must take care to remember that there are not two persons only, but three concerned in the little scene which I have submitted to his attention. One of them, James B., represents the consumer, reduced, by an act of destruction, to one enjoyment instead of two. Another under the title of the glazier, shows us the producer, whose trade is encouraged by the accident. The third is the shoemaker (or some other tradesman), whose labour suffers proportionably by the same cause. It is this third person who is always kept in the shade, and who, personating that which is not seen, is a necessary element of the problem. It is he who shows us how absurd it is to think we see a profit in an act of destruction. It is he who will soon teach us that it is not less absurd to see a profit in a restriction, which is, after all, nothing else than a partial destruction. Therefore, if you will only go to the root of all the arguments which are adduced in its favour, all you will find will be the paraphrase of this vulgar saying – What would become of the glaziers, if nobody ever broke windows?

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Michael Moore’s new movie attacks Capitalism

By Cassandra Effect, September 6, 2009 8:07 pm

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For those who have followed Michael Moore’s documentaries, attacking the capitalist system is the logical conclusion of his directing efforts.  Starting with Roger and Me and displaying the “corporate greed” that saw the slow death of the town of Flint, Michigan, to ever expanding topics such as Guns – Bowling for Columbine, and Health Care – Sicko.

Now Michael is releasing Capitalism: A Love Story, which is a complete and direct attack on the capitalist system.  Its a shame that Mr. Moore doesn’t get that capitalism, while imperfect, is unsurpassed in economic systems.

Bloomberg has a review here, but if you’ve seen any of his films, you know the routine.

“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil,” he lectures in the final voiceover. “You have to eliminate it and replace it with something that’s good for all people, and that something is called democracy.”

We all know that Democracy is not what he is really talking about – but rather communism.

“This is capitalism,” says the Moore voiceover, “a system of taking and giving, mostly taking.”

I can assure you that he will be quite happy taking you $10 for the movie ticket and not giving you much in return.

 

UPDATED 9/7/2009 with film trailer – see 2 minutes for free!

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New Orleans asks Feds to pay for hurricane shelters instead of evacuations

By Cassandra Effect, September 1, 2009 9:18 pm

In a stunning stroke of chuztpah, New Orleans has  decided that it costs too much to evacuate people from hurricanes, and that the Federal government (you and me) should pay for a hurricane shelter for people who can’t evacuate on their own.  From the Times Picayune

 Ultimately, that strategy may be replaced by the construction of a fortress at home: a hurricane-resistant shelter that city officials want the federal government to finance. Some believe that tack could be cheaper, safer and easier for the city’s most vulnerable.

“The evacuations probably cost us around $100 million last year, ” said New Orleans Emergency Preparedness Director Jerry Sneed, referring to federal and state money that paid for buses, trucks and Amtrak trains used to move people and their pets to faraway shelters, also government-financed.

Unsurpringly they also found:

Neither race nor gender made anyone more likely to die, only a failure to evacuate and a location near a levee breach.

I’ve got an idea – how about you MOVE AWAY from a city that is below SEA LEVEL!  Oh wait – half the population of New Orleans has already made this decison!

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Obama goes Atlas Shrugged in health care debate

By Cassandra Effect, August 19, 2009 8:45 pm

Today, President Obama, our Dear Leader, has declared that health care is a moral obligation.  He held a conference call with 1000 rabbis, and after telling them he’d love to hold more calls like this to talk about Israel (because he’s such a big fan don’tcha know!) he then pressed them to lead the charge in the moral obligation of health care coverage.

Read all about it in the NY Times

President Obama sought Wednesday to reframe the health care debate as “a core ethical and moral obligation,” imploring a coalition of religious leaders to help promote the plan to lower costs and expand insurance coverage for all Americans.  

“I know there’s been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness,” Mr. Obama told a multidenominational group of pastors, rabbis and other religious leaders who support his goal to remake the nation’s health care system.

Politico adds these quotes:

 “These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation: that is that we look out for one another, that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. In the wealthiest nation on earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call,” Obama said. 

We are God’s partners in matters of life and death,” Obama said during the call with Jewish leaders, according to a post on Twitter by Washington-area Rabbi Jack Moline. 
 

I’m not even sure what to make of that super creepy last quote – maybe Ezekiel Emanuel and his DEATH CHART can add some more clarity?

Folks -we are truly living in the world of Atlas Shrugged -as John Galt said in his radio speech:

And then there’s your ‘brother-love’ morality. Why is it moral to serve others, but not yourself? If enjoyment is a value, why is it moral when experienced by others, but not by you? Why is it immoral to produce something of value and keep it for yourself, when it is moral for others who haven’t earned it to accept it? If it’s virtuous to give, isn’t it then selfish to take?

I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

We must take the same oath that John Galt did – before it is too late…

Watch this video  – we are living Ayn Rand’s frightening future-world of Atlas Shrugged!  Wake your friends and neighbors before it’s too late!

 

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Townhall to Senator Arlen Specter: This is about the systematic dismantling of this country

By Cassandra Effect, August 11, 2009 10:33 pm

I watch my fellow citizens challenge their elected leaders and speak TRUTH and I am humbled, filled with awe, and inspired!

Hard to hear at the end but she says “George Washington is turning over in his grave right now!”

Turncoat Arlen looks pretty close to joining old George soon – maybe he will let us know….

 

 

Update:  The amazing woman, Katy Abram has already been harrassed — view her interview with Sean Hannity.  Bless this woman!  “I’m just a normal person”

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Obama takes credit for Recession Recovery

By Cassandra Effect, August 1, 2009 10:00 am

The man must indeed be a miracle worker – with only 6 months in office, he has taken credit for the “recovery.”    He also carefully points out that it’s not “his” recession (emphasis mine)

“Today, I’d like to talk with you about a subject that I know is on everyone’s mind, and that’s the state of our economy. Yesterday, we received a report on our Gross Domestic Product. That’s a measure of our overall economic performance. The report showed that in the first few months of this year, the recession we faced when I took office was even deeper than anyone thought at the time.  It told us how close we were to the edge.

But it also revealed that in the last few months, the economy has done measurably better than expected.  And many economists suggest that part of this progress is directly attributable to the Recovery Act.  This and the other difficult but important steps that we have taken over the last six months have helped put the brakes on this recession.”

He’s also getting bolder about revealing his Socialist agenda:

“I also want to make sure that we don’t return to an economy where our growth is based on inflated profits…”

From the Weekly Presidential Radio Address (doesn’t that sound like such an anachronism nowadays?)

Read the whole thing HERE if you can stand it

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Pope calls for One World Government!

By Cassandra Effect, July 8, 2009 11:30 pm

Now thats weird -  can’t say I saw that one coming!  Reported in the AFP:

The Pope yesterday condemned the “grave deviations and failures” of capitalism that have been exposed by the financial crisis, calling on the eve of a summit of rich nations for a “true world political authority” to oversee a return to ethical values.

Pope Benedict’s emphasis on the need for “forms of redistribution of wealth” is likely to stir debate at the summit, which will be attended by 39 heads of government and international institutions, over the failure of rich nations to honour their aid commitments.

Sadly, the Pontiff rails heavily against capitalism, denouncing Globalization, Outsourcing and Short term Profits as all very bad things.  The reality is globalization has helped lift up poor countries by introducing trade that they did not have, and lowers consumer costs in the countries importing the goods.  A Win/Win.

The Guardian has a brief summary of other topics from the Encyclical HERE

Notably, he also calls out a number of tyrannical regimes especially China in issues including Sex (no government should be forcing mandatory contraception) and Secularism (governmental promotion of atheism or repression of religion)

Initially, I was not entirely clear how a conversation between Obama and Pope Benedict XVI will go since Obama is pushing abortion, stem cell research and contraception, all of which are not pro-church topics.   But the socialistic topics in the new Encyclic should provide stirring conversation between the two of them.

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