Hero Worship: “A lot of the times I write lyrics in the studio and I have no idea what I’m talking about,” Kurt Corbain-Mojo Magazine 3/11/2011. This may mean little to nothing to those of you who consider music nothing more than background noise, but it is a shocking admission to those who consider rock lyrics profound and rock musicians to be the great philosophers of our common era. Most musicians are brilliant, creative, and they use a lot of ingenuity to get a different sound out of their instruments, but there is a huge difference between this kind of brilliance and intelligence. A friend of mine once asked me how I could continue to be conservative listening to the music I do. “Because most of them are baked on something when they create their music, and if they’re not they’re hurrying through their session to get to their next fix. Drugs and alcohol may help rockstars tap into a creative plane I’ve never been on, but it doesn’t help them form sophisticated ideas on world affairs.”
Photography: Photography is not art. Photography is to art what karaoke is to music. Anyone can do it, it doesn’t require editing, and in its worst and best forms it doesn’t change your sense of life. If you’re frustrated that you have no artistic talent, or you have no patience to develop one, pick up a camera, wait for a sunrise or sunset, or go black and white, and take a portrait of someone looking sad. Don’t get your subjects to say cheese though, smiles aren’t artistic.
Budget Deal: Obama’s lying when he says he wants spending cuts, unless those cuts involve cuts in defense and cuts through the spending in the tax code (aka taxes on what Democrats define as the rich). Hide your money man. Hide your money. Boehner’s weak. The Republican leadership is weak. The Tea Party done got used. Further analysis by the CBO says $352 million? Weak. America got fooled by the Democrat leadership and Republican leadership on this one. They pulled a fast one. No wonder Obama is so confident. He knows he can do whatever he wants to this country, and the Republicans don’t have the fortitude to stop him.
The president told his backers that he expects Republicans to continue using their processes to enact their political agenda under the guise of cutting spending. He specifically called into question the sincerity of Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who crafted the House GOP’s controversial 2012 budget which includes significant and controversial cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.
“When Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure, he’s just being America’s accountant … This is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn’t paid for,” Mr. Obama told his supporters. “So it’s not on the level.”
The first question millions of Americans want to ask this president is what have you voted for, attempt to pass via “trick” legislative procedures, passed via budget reconciliation, threatened to have “deemed” passed, bribed Senators to vote for, and put through in the 11th hour that wasn’t paid for?
I understand that Obama doesn’t care for Ryan’s plan, and he doesn’t want Republicans getting any credit for anything, but if he was serious about cuts in spending he wouldn’t do what he’s doing. If he were serious he would do something like hire four different accounting firms and have them formulate the perfect way to cut the debt and eliminate the deficit. These firms could formulate a plan devoid of politics, devoid of agendas, and they could end this debate. The Democrats, of course, would demonize such attempts for the accountants would be without agenda, and their assessments would probably end up a lot like Paul Ryan’s.
Thomas Sowell has a column that says that the key to reducing spending is cutting off transfer payments to billionaires–not the billionaires you think you know–the billionaires who have achieved “most favored billionaires” status in the Obama administration, such as GE and those in the agricultural industry. Sowell also states that ending the compulsory nature of what liberals call the beloved Medicare program. Sowell: “If Medicare is so great, why is it necessary for the government to force people to be covered by Medicare as a precondition for receiving the money they paid into Social Security?”
The love of government: Obama stole what I consider the dumbest quote of last two decades. He stole it from the master of stupid quotes, the incredible Larry King. Larry basically said that America was the greatest country in the world, because of it’s government. Obama’s quote was: “We are a better country because of these commitments (i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and unemployment insurance). I’ll go further – we would not be a great country without those commitments.” These incredible brains either think alike, or Obama owes the incredible intellect Larry King some royalties. We are a great country because of government programs? Will any historians look back on this era of America and say that government programs are the reason this country was the greatest in the world? It’s risky. If the historians are liberal, they might.
Partisanship: Throughout their political careers, Republicans have been called partisan. No matter what they do or say, no matter how hard they appeal to the media to like them, the media will judge them to be on the partisan side of the aisle. Judged throughout their career in this light, Republicans have always attempted to be non-partisan. You can argue with whether they achieve it or not, but you cannot argue the fact that they’ve always attempted to be non-partisan. Democrats, on the other hand, have always been deemed by the media to be the way, the truth, and the light. They’ve never had to do anything to be deemed bipartisan. To the media, they are the definition of bipartisan. This is why when the Tea Party came along and started calling Democrats (gasp) Democrats(!?) partisan, they had to be defeated. Whatever it took, no matter who they were, the Democrats had to defeat the Tea Party members. The Tea Party members had/have to be castigated to the ‘hatred’ pens that Democrats in Washington, and the media, have created for anyone who disagrees. They were called unseemly and uncooth and every other name that the media and the politicians didn’t apply to the mob in Wisconsin that levelled death threats, engaged in hate speech and intimidation, and violently ransacked their capitol to attempt to get Republican state legislators to vote their way.