Obama Receives Nobel Prize in Literature Citing Hemingway as an Inspiration

USA Today had a howler today where Obama’s efforts with Health Care Reform were likened to the effort of Santiago to bring home his prized marlina in “The Old Man and The Sea.” The article quoted from the new David Corn book.  A book with a catchy catchy title: “Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party.

The frustrations of the presidency once had Barack Obama reach for a literary metaphor.

“At times he couldn’t help feeling, as he told one associate, a kinship with the protagonist in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea,” writes David Corn in his new book on the presidency.

“He had, against tremendous odds, caught a big fish, but on the long voyage back to shore, his prized catch had been picked to pieces by sharks,” Corn writes.

LINK:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/03/obama-sometimes-i-feel-like-the-old-man-and-the-sea/1?csp=34news#.T2c0S9X5Y4Q

Random House publishing is leaking the title of Obama’s follow up literary effort:  “The Birth Certificates of Kilimanjaro”

Target Rich Literature:  maybe “The Unemployment Also Rises” or “For Whom the SuperPac Tolls” or “A Farewell to Jobs”

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Buffet Rule = Circular Firing Squad of Unintended Consequences

Here’s my take on the fatal flaw of the Obama’s so-called Buffet Rule:

1.  The Buffet Rule is designed to raise tax rates on the wealthy, but it would be better said as raise the tax rates on high income earners.

2.  People with the highest incomes usually make most of their income as dividends or capital gains instead of as wages or salary.

3.  So to be effective the Buffet Rule would have to raise the cut the government takes for dividends and capital gains.

I think there’s nothing controversial here so far but follow me now:

4.  People with wealth often buy Tax Free Bonds so they can avoid paying taxes on the income they earn investing their capital.

5.  Tax Free Bonds = State + Municipal Bonds.   Not all, but usually state and municipal bonds are tax free.  Many are triple tax free.

6.  State + Municipal Bonds finance the construction of schools, roads, bridges, dams and other infrastructure.

That was easy.  These days almost everybody wants more and better schools and infrastructure.  Nothing controversial.  Heck, the tall guy in the good looking suit has been stumping around the country about our need for more of this good stuff.

7.  Here’s the rub:  POTUS wants to build these things but POTUS also wants to raise the effective tax rates of those who buy the very bonds that finance most of these infrastructure projects.

8.  So if implemented, the Buffet Rule would disincentivize people from investing their capital in the types of investments that fund infrastructure projects.

9.  Load Rifles.  Form Circle.  Aim.  Fire.  Repeat Again as Necessary.

The pitch is easy to understand:  millionaires shouldn’t pay a lower tax rate than the working middle class types who make America great.  Check.

Like just about every “Genius” progressive idea, the devil is in the details.  And the end results is often the opposite of that intended by the solons who conjured it.

Especially when it’s done in the name of “Fairness” to the middle class.

Obama’s Recovery Summer Theme Song Contest

Remember “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” as the song that defined the Clinton Presidency?  I wish I could but that song made Clinton voters swoon.  Sorta the same way the economy is swooning in our so-called Summer of Recovery in 2010.

Every Presidential Theme deserves a good theme song, so I’ve been searching to find the right song for Barack Obama’s “Summer of  Recovery.”  So without any further adieu, here is BobNoxious’ Top 10 List of Summer of Recovery theme songs by genre:

1.  Surf Music:  “Wipeout” by the Surfaris

1.  Rock’n’Roll:  “Summer Time Blues” by Eddie Cochran

3.  80’s music:  “Cruel Summer” by Bananarama

4.  Disco:  “Funkytown” by Lipps  (honorable mention:  Any Song by Donna Summer)

5.  R&B:  “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus (new vocals by Robert Gibbs)

6.  Country:  “Flip Flop Summer” by Kenny Chesney (insert John Kerry yacht joke here)

7.  One Hit Wonder:  “In the Summer Time” by Mungo Jerry

8.  Classical:  “Summer (Four Seasons)” by Vivaldi

9.  Crooner:  “Summer Wind” by Frank Sinatra, since there’s no shortage of Hot Air from the White House

10.  Show Tunes:  “Summer Time” by George Gerswhin but with new lyrics below:

Summertime,
And the spinnin’ is easy
Spending is jumpin’
Unemployment is high

Let’s tax all the rich
Oh, that’s how it’s lookin’
So hush teaparty voter
Don’t you cry…

Additional candidates are encouraged so feel free to leave your favorite one in the comments.
(Hat tip to Ed Morrissey of #TEMS for the inspiration)
UPDATE:
How could I forget the Doo Wop classic “Get a Job” by The Monotones?  My bad!

Why Jim Clyburn Won’t #STFU About Alvin Greene

The Congressman doth protest too much.

So I have to ask myself why?  First Alvin Greene was a Republican plant, then it was Elephant dung, now it’s the voting machines.

Clyburn’s position as explained to Willie Geist on MSNBC Morning Joe is it’s plausible some group paid Greene to run and then tampered with the voting machines.

Why does James Clyburn believe so strongly  unnamed conspirators stole the SC Democrat primary for US Senate and foisted Alvin Greene as a stooge on the peeps of the Gamecock state?

Why?  Why?  Why?

I’ve got it:  The SC Primary was a dry-run test of the voting machine fraud that will be used to steal the 2012 election from Barack Obama.

Yep, Jim Clyburn is testing the waters to see if he can get his peeps to believe the story line.

The man’s not crazy he’s just insane so I figure it’s less than 24 hours before someone floats this biscuit of a conspiracy theory.

But if you really wanna know the truth of the matter, the ONLY thing the SC primary fiasco proves is that DemocRats can STEAL elections from themselves…

Frank Rich Fingers The Original Tea Party Racists…

December 16, 1763 was the date of The Original Boston Tea Party.

The following day, December 17, 1763, the Boston Chronicle published the now universally famous essay “Welcome to Colonial History Month” penned by the talented Tory inkstained scribe, Sir Francis Rich.

Rich’s incisive essay no doubt changed the course of Colonial history in the Americas and is still taught in Freshman Journalism class at the King’s Ivy League schools to this day.

In the piece, Rich correctly identifed the Original Tea Party crew as racists for dressing like Injuns to dump crates of legal, lightly taxed tea into Boston Harbor in a faux protest driven by their misguided desire to demonize the King of England.

In his most famous passage, Sir Rich spoke Truth to the Usurpers of Power:

How our current spike in neo-Colonial rebellion will end is unknown. It’s unnerving that Tea Party leaders and the so-called Sons of Liberty now aim to create a new volunteer militia that, as Prime Minister Lord North has put it, would use as yet mysterious means to “help defend against what they believe are illegal and improper infringements by the Crown on Colonial sovereignty.”

This is the same ideology that animated Guy Fawkes, whose attempted strike against the so-called ‘tyrannical’ King’s government will reach its 165th anniversary on Monday in the same city where Parliament meets.

Once correctly educated by Rich, the loyal subjects of Massachusetts united in a backlash against the Tea Partiers.  The deceptively named Sons of Liberty were arrested and prosecuted including ringleader Samuel Adams. 

Upon his release from gaol, Samuel Adams was publicly forced to imbibe copious amounts of his own illegal home brew before being tarred, feathered and ridden from town on a rail  — but not before being levied for the full amount of alcohol taxes due by his Majesty’s tax collector, Sir Timothy Geithner.

As teachers and students know well, the loyal subjects of Massachusetts learned the correct lesson from this episode, including many commoners who may have been initially snookered by the heated rhetoric of Adams et al. 

The good people of Massachusetts rejected the false promises of the Sons Of Liberty and have remained true to the Crown to this day.

With his characteristic wit and insight, Sir Francis forestalled a potential Revolution in the Americas– and no doubt saved The Colonies from a descent into the inevitable chaos of Democracy and Individual Liberty.

 

And that boys and girls is today’s lesson in Progressive Revisionist History…

Aside:  Samuel Adams was once quoted as saying, “I know Lord Charles Blow and Charles Blow is no Crispus Attucks.”

satirical inspiration from this @GovKaineBrow tweet:

HISTORY REVISED: Tories brand the ORIGINAL Tea Party crew as racists for dressing like Injuns & forestall the American Revolution… #tcot

11:51 AM  April 19  via web

 

We Elected the Leader of the FREE World…

… and we got a junior Senator from the state of Illinois instead.

Barack Obama Bows to Bibi Netanyahu…

Signaling a fresh re-start to US-Israeli relations, Bibi Netanyahu took the courageous step today of (a) denying the Holocaust, (b) blocking Google in Israel and (c) jailing hardline Zionist settlers in east Jerusalem.

Barack Obama did his part to return the favor by bowing to Bibi via a Skype conference call and reaffirming Israel as a key US ally in the region along side Iran and Syria.

Press Secretary Booby Gibbsy said, “These constructive actions by Prime Minister Netanyahu will go along way to normalizing US relations with Israel and they also mark a solid step forward in the Middle East peace process.”