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David Plouffe And The Hallucinogenic Pipe Dream.

I’ve been wondering if that paragon of White House fable fabrication may be on lysergic acid… obviously slipped into his cornflakes by a stealth Tea Party type bent on destroying the Wrong House narrative.

The spin just won’t fly any more. We keep hearing the misadministration’s grandiose statements, just chock full of loaded and misleading terminology. No matter how many times they bleat their Marxist diatribe, no matter how often they disguise their true intent with the language of obfuscation… nothing but nothing will put lipstick on this pig.

Mr Plouffe has announced, “People will not be voting based on the unemployment figures in 2012″. Excuse me while I say, “What?” What universe spawned people like Plouffe and the legion of Obama apologists? Wait! That must be the answer. It’s an alien invasion (another one) and they’ve taken over the administration… lock, stock and vacation schedule.

Eight million jobs lost since the Anointed One assumed his throne. I heard an outrageous statement by some brain-damaged hack that new layoffs had virtually come to a halt. This dude hasn’t been out to California lately, has he? We’re still shedding jobs and businesses at a frightening rate. He threw that desperate thread out there as a ‘comforting indicator’ of the ‘recovery’. Excuse me? I should do an entire article on that alone… great title opportunity, too… “The Recovery That Barack Built”.

Somebody convinced that poor boob that the government’s carefully massaged math was something other than pure fantasy. I guess we can’t be too harsh on poor old David, either… he’s got plenty of company.

Here it is, David. This upcoming election will very much hinge on employment… or far more likely, the lack of. You and the other minions of the Darkside are about to meet the American people… and we’re really sick and tired. But, far more than that, we’re mad… we’re more than mad… the undercurrent in the country is rage.

We have an enraged and highly-motivated populace who intend to see the moral, social and economic destruction stopped… and stopped now. No more compromise, no more deals.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

Another Barack Hussein Obama Achilles Heel In Waiting.

As if a 14 trillion dollar deficit, with his name and that of his party all over it, isn’t enough already. As if the House hasn’t zeroed in on: (a) The outright repeal of health care; (b) Dismantling its various components and provisions and starving more onerous items of funding to cripple them and keep them from harming the people or the economy.

Barack Obama has done everything just exactly as though he was driving our country into economic destruction. And it sure as heck looks to an awful lot of us out here that he’s done everything according to a scripted plan.

My guess is that the Democrat Marxists, in the first flush of victory after Obama was elected, vastly overestimated the political capital that the victory had afforded them. The Marxists in the administration and in Congress misinterpreted the 2008 election results. More importantly, they completely misread the mood of the nation.

One more Achilles heel out there awaiting Mr Obama is the energy sector of the economy. With rising gas prices and the threat of even higher gas prices by next summer, the specter of four dollar a gallon gasoline is not going to endear Obama to anyone.

There are tens of thousands of men who are not working because of Obama’s drilling ban. These men, their families and friends, the very communities that helped elect Obama, now detest him. Obama may just find out that he has sold off so much of his political soul that there’s none left.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Wherever you live on the planet, the jolly red-faced gentleman, hitching up his pants around his portly frame, will have visited you by now. Er… no, I’m not referring to Barney Frank! The Christmas holiday is a time to chill out (or perhaps ‘freeze’ would be a better description, Mr Gore!) and try to forgive those that have done us wrong throughout the year.

There’s certainly a lot to forgive this year. The year started with the news that the number of long-term unemployed was the highest since official records began, back in 1948. While the country suffered the effects of high unemployment, low consumer confidence and failing businesses, the Obama administration was engaged in a war.

This was not the war in Iraq or Afghanistan, not even the generalized ‘war on terror’. This was their private war on Arizona. Forced into taking action at state level, due to the inaction of federal agencies, Governor Brewer was informed that her actions were unconstitutional. An amazing statement, given that the state legislation was, in most respects, a copy of the federal immigration policy.

The administration’s lame excuse was that it promoted racial profiling, even though the Arizona bill prevented such actions. This denial of the facts is the same as that shown by the powers granted to the TSA. Humiliate obviously innocent Americans with naked images and ‘sexual assaults’ (that’s what it is, folks), while allowing groups that are most likely of misdemeanor to conduct their own pat-downs.

Obama’s reluctance to comment on the folly that was the planned Ground Zero mosque was further proof of his fear of alienating his remaining support base. He knew that if he lost the support of the black, Hispanic, muslim and gay sectors (and, dare I say it, the illegal voters), his days would be numbered.

Never mind the unemployment figures and dying businesses – we can fix that with new, clean technology industries (Obama’s fixation with batteries); Don’t worry about the threat on the southern border – we’ll look at giving citizenship to the children of illegals; There’s no reason to be concerned about the spiraling federal deficit – we’ll introduce a VAT-style tax to give us more money for earmarks… after all, your money is the government’s money!

As the year approaches its end and we look forward to a new Congress in 2011, hopefully all this will will vanish like a bad dream… the nightmare before Christmas!

A Merry Christmas to our readers, from Skip and myself.

(Editor Dee is in for Skip today)

It’s The Economy, Stupid!

It’s an amazing thing to see. After Judge Vaughn Walker ruled just exactly as he had telegraphed he would, the resultant uproar was bigger than I even thought it would be. I wrote about this on July 5th and predicted an anti-DeMarxist reaction. I admit it, I was wrong.

People were far angrier about the judicial theft of the legal votes of Californians than I thought they’d be. Comments came in from around the nation from angry people who are getting more angry and more determined every day. If those in the gay movement think that this has gained them any friends, they may need to reassess their strategy.

It’s like this. We were really angry before the Judge Walker ruling. That anger was mostly against the left in general, the President, his Congress, and the rats nest of radical leftists that inhabit Obama’s administration. That the gays happened along with their suit at this time is unfortunate, because a lot of people who would normally be at least neutral towards gays and their issues will be painting them with a wide brush, as the country begins to backlash against all things liberal.

The gays, whether they like it or not, are going to get caught up in this. I don’t see it as advancing their cause any. Americans as a whole are opposed to gay marriage… overwhelmingly opposed. It’s not a referendum on homosexuality. It’s a referendum on judicial activism. The Supreme Court may have a lot to say about Judge Walker’s extravagance in interpreting the law and the intent of the Constitution.

The economy… that pesky non-existent economy, with no job growth outside the government or its unions. This miracle of leftist central planning lost another 131,000 jobs last month. We have Democrat members of Congress ready to launch desperate schemes involving legislating by regulatory fiat. They have a lot to account for. It’s not hard to gauge the level of anger out there in the American hinterlands. With more than twenty million American patriots out there it’s palpable. You can sense it in the air.

It’s way past time for all of you to get active about joining us and taking back our country. I’ll tell it again and again. It’s your country… stand up and fight for it!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Eighteen Million Unemployed: Obama Blames Republicans.

Well, we saw this one coming. I, and other writers, have been warning the Republicrats in the Senate that their foot dragging on authorizing the sorely needed unemployment extension funds was going to come back around to bite them and, gee, what a surprise! Barack Obama made it the thrust of his entire radio broadcast to the nation today.

I warned that Republican stonewalling on this would position the DeMarxists to be able to control the message, portraying Republicans once again as heartless and uncaring about the plight of millions of their fellow Americans. Indeed, that is exactly what has occurred. Hey! Guys! We’re on your side, but you’re not making it any easier for us out here.

Instead of taking stands against things that would resonate with the American people, such as filibustering the nomination of the extreme leftist Elena Kagan, or, wonder of wonders, strongly opposing the ‘financial regulatory’ bill, which not one member of the House or the Senate has read or understands. Another thousand plus pages of job and business killing legislation, and the best the Republicrats can do is to oppose the only lifeline millions of Americans have, during the worst recessionary period in our history since the great depression. In fact, they would have a bunch of trouble convincing many Americans that it isn’t a depression.

A company here in the Bay Area has just been forced to go through a second wave of layoffs. This time they are laying off senior journeymen and production supervisors. These are the guys that produce the money. Another company has been forced to lay off some of their best and most experienced managers. Both of these companies are in areas that before 2008 were considered to be largely recession proof.

No one wants to see a European/UK system of a permanent ‘dole’ for the unemployed. We’ve seen the effects of the welfare plantation system fostered by the DeMarxists. It’s also equally true, as I’ve written here before, that with rare exception unemployment does not make for luxury living… in fact it doesn’t even cover the basics in most instances. Few people look on unemployment as a vacation, unless they are living at Mom’s.

Spare us the pontification of telling us how extended unemployment benefits are an excuse for not looking for work. Tell it to one acquaintance of mine, with an excellent resume, who has sent out 400 plus resumes. Or another professional who has sent out over a thousand resumes, to generate a bare handful of interviews. There are over six point two people for every job opening out there.

The Republican leadership had best do some severe soul-searching. No one wants more deficit spending. But these are not normal times. The unemployment extensions have to be considered a lifeline in a time of great need. The Republican leadership could have picked many issues to stand on that the people of America would have backed them up on.

This is Barack Obama’s economy… it’s his insanely suicidal policies that are preventing job growth. His administration has not ‘saved’ (what the hell does that mean?) or generated 3.6 million jobs! The 300 ‘green’ jobs at a lithium battery factory were paid for lock, stock and barrel by your taxes. At last count, these miraculous ‘green’ recovery jobs cost Americans like you and me a bare 500,000 dollars per job.

Guess what else? China now controls the world’s market on rare earth minerals. These are mineral elements used in strategic materials. We used to have one of the best sources of rare earth minerals in the world, until Senator Diane Feinstein and the late Alan Cranston locked them all away in another DeMarxist environmental hatchet job, so that her husband, Richard Blum, could make sweet business deals with the communist Chinese.

The ugly truth is that well over fourteen million jobs have been lost and Americans need Conservative leadership that’s going to work for us, not against us.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Obama Trainwreck: Racism Reigns Supreme.

Sooner or later, the wolf in the sheepskin reveals its true character or, in the case of the Obamas, their lack of. Yes, we are speaking plural here… Michelle Obama is, if anything, a more strident racist than Barack Hussein.


NAACP President Ben Jealous has accused the Tea Party Movement of racism.

Meanwhile, out here in the real world… the one whose real unemployment rate is pushing 18%, where four out of five Americans can’t find enough work to feed their families and whose extended unemployment benefits have been curtailed by partisan bickering in the Senate, with DeMarxists insisting that unemployment be paid for as part of additional spending… some twenty billion dollars worth (big surprise).

Republicans, for their part, are not unaware of the urgency of the situation, as hundreds of thousands of unemployed have had their only source of income cut since June 12. They want the money to be paid for utilizing spending cuts. They have offered four separate compromises which have been uniformly rejected by the DeMarxists. So, while the Congress dithers and the Obama administration considers more ways and means to gin up racial tension in the country to rejuvenate their severely flagging base, far from uniting the country the Obamas have, by their every word and deed, shown themselves to be the basest of racists.

The crying shame in all of this is that it is so unnecessary. The Democrats and their race-pandering, welfare-peddling policies have tried, and in far too many cases succeeded, in placing minorities, in particular blacks, into the ‘new plantation system’. It is a dark and evil place, where the images of racism have got to be perpetuated in order to foster the requisite mental attitudes of victimization, helplessness and slavish dependence on government.

More than one million two hundred thousand American men have fought and died for freedom, from the Civil War to the present, to preserve and protect the very freedoms the race-haters take so lightly. Since Obama took office, the racial divide in this country has become more and more pronounced. From the institutional racists such as Eric Holder, Representative Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, to professional race haters such as the increasingly irrelevant Jesse Jackson and the never-to-miss-an-opportunity Al (Tawana Brawley) Sharpton. They crawl out of the woodwork at a moment’s notice, to stir the ashes of race and set them alight once more. It’s all they have. They’re a one trick pony and many minorities have come to see how empty their words, and how false the images they portray, are.

Barack Hussein Obama is a badly flawed and failed President with an administration in shambles. DeMarxist politicians are bailing out as fast as possible, to distance themselves as far from Obama as they can while they can. Americans won’t be duped any longer. Oddly enough, it’s been the racists themselves who have expiated the so-called white guilt. We’ve come full circle on the entire race issue now. We don’t owe you a thing. Have a great life.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs… No Jobs! Two Million To Lose Unemployment Benefits.

It’s one of those worst-case nightmare scenarios that every worker from Maine to Hawaii has been experiencing for more than two years now, with one out of five Americans unable to find work in Barack Obama’s wonderland and unemployment benefits about to end for two million unemployed by Saturday.

Once again Congress has descended into partisan bickering, as Congressional DeMarxists attempt to add more spending to existent legislation and Republicans insisting that any additional jobless benefits be paid for by reductions in debt. It’s the classic Democrat-Republican impasse, with the American people trapped in between.

Republicans are correct in doing everything possible to reduce the DeMarxist money juggernaut which is threatening to impoverish the country for decades to come. However, the active principle should be the welfare of the people who have seen their jobs lost, due to the suicidally unwise monetary policies set in place by both Democrats and Republicans.

It cracks me up when I hear hear sage ‘economists’ pontificating that Americans are using unemployment as an ‘excuse’ for not finding jobs. Having spoken to many people over the last two years who have found themselves in the position of having lost their jobs, I can assure you that few, if any, were using unemployment as some sort of paid vacation. With rare exception, unemployment doesn’t pay enough to live or support a family on… much less make mortgage payments. The continuing waves of foreclosures are mute testimony to this.

Any Conservative will tell you that the very idea of dependence on government is repugnant indeed. But these are not normal times… with the actual unemployment figures much closer to seventeen per cent, as opposed to the meek 9.6% the government claims it to be. Job losses are much closer to great depression levels than in any recession we’ve had. Congress should set aside their differences on this.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Jobs Are Bustin’ Out All Over – Obama Said So.

The latest unemployment figures give the big lie to the DeMarxists’ oft repeated claims to job creation. People are getting very weary of the constant drumbeat of propagandized lies coming out of the administration. What is obvious is that the pace of job layoffs has not slowed. The government’s efforts at double and triple book-keeping, to make temporary census jobs look like a huge boost in employment, is typical of how Obama’s operation works. Real job growth has not gone anywhere but down. Obama’s punishing policies toward private business will not abate until we defeat the DeMarxists in November.

The government has grown itself by 400,000, while at the same time a worse than anemic 41,000 jobs were created in the private sector. Any rational economist, heck, anyone who stayed awake through high school economics would look at those two figures and see what an immense disconnect they really represent. 400,000/41,000. It looks for all the world like something we would have seen reported out of the old Soviet Union, not the United States of America.

After TARP… after the 800 billion stimulus… after Cash for Clunkers, which ended up costing taxpayers around $24,000 per vehicle turned in… after all of the other loser ‘programs’ with huge amounts of unaccountable money being diverted to interest groups and political cronies. Don’t they call that fraud?. I guess it doesn’t count if you’re a DeMarxist ‘friend of Obama’.

After all this, another 475,000 jobs have been lost so far this year. The home construction industry took another hit, after the artificially inflated figures supplied by the tax credit which was offered to home buyers expired with the program and those home sales cleared the books.

There are no jobs out there in a lot of fields. I know one guy in particular, who is well qualified in his field with an excellent resume. He’s sent out over four hundred resumes without a single job offer. There are some 900,000 people whose unemployment benefits will run out unless Congress gets its act together. These people want jobs, not unemployment, but right now it’s all they’ve got.

Analysts are beginning to talk about a double-dip recession, a grim prospect for a citizenry that’s been battered by two plus years of economic chaos. The farther we get towards November the more transparent Obama’s schemes become. I have a sense that Americans are waiting with bated breath… when the time comes to go to the polls in November, there is going to be a historic sea change. The American people will lead in taking back our country from the Marxists. We will then turn our thoughts to a one-term Obama.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Welcome Back, I Think.

First of all let me thank Dee, who aside from her own schedule and work on our site, found time to lend her considerable journalistic talents covering for me while I was off for a few days. I was out of touch for much of this week, so it was with great pleasure that I read Dee’s articles this morning. Her essay into the comparison between us and European/Brit socialism was, I think, a very instructive window on where this country is headed if we don’t stop it.

The news cycle ground on while I was gone and I’ve spent most of today just trying to make sense of it. It looks like there’s more of the administration’s bi-polar unemployment figures out there for us, touting a 260,000 increase in employment as evidence that the economy ‘has turned the corner’. This administration has used that same pitch now for over a year. Back then the stimulus was going to do it for us, remember? We had nothing to worry about because the Obama administration had it all under control. A year and four months later and we get a new econo-fantasy-a-day out of Obama’s government.

At the same time as they’re talking about a jobs increase they’re reporting higher unemployment. We are now officially at 9.9 %. The real figure is the one they don’t want you know. It’s the one that reflects the underemployed, as well as the unemployed who have given up and aren’t currently looking. That figure was 17.1% last time I checked. Some sources claim that that figure is much closer to 20%. If that’s true then we are much closer to depression era unemployment than anyone is willing to admit.

The country will only sink farther into this miasma, created by Obama and the DeMarxists, if we as citizens don’t step in and stop them.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Obama’s America… A Not Very Happy Place.

Obama has a very unhappy country on his hands. No matter how the DeMarxists and their ancillary lame stream media spin up the economy, no matter how many times they refer to ‘the recovery‘ with all the earnestness of the committed zealot, the problem is that there’s no ‘there’ there.


California Unemployment Rate (%). Source: Bureau Of Labor Statistics.

Everywhere, there are more and more lost jobs and word of more planned layoffs. California has just now hit 12.7% (that’s about 18% actual) and in certain areas it can be as high as 30%. This state is a Democrat created disaster. It’s a who’s who of what not to do with the economy of a state and its people. It’s a classic example of runaway governance and gross fiscal irresponsibility.

There are no droves of happy smiling construction workers busy on ’shovel ready’ projects, wisely parsing out the government’s largesse. There is only the wasted and missing billions of the stimulus that didn’t, seven hundred and eighty five billion dollars, most of which can’t even be accounted for. The waste in programs initiated by Obama and Congress has been monumental, as have been the failures.

The nation is much closer to the pulse of the economy than, say, two years ago. We had it good for a very long time in this country and to some degree we took it for granted. We used to have an average of around 5% unemployment in America. Much of Europe is chronically above 10%. The extreme taxes and anti-business policies in the European socialist countries have a depressing effect on business and commerce. I have a friend who lives in one of these countries who has told me that the welfare state where they live has families of several generations who have never had a job. The government over there knows full well that were all these people off the dole and out on the streets looking for work that doesn’t exist… well, there might be trouble. Better to shunt them off to the side under the opiate of social welfare.

We see indications of that here as the government extends unemployment payments time after time. It has proven to be a blessing for those out in the workforce who are unable to find work in a business environment that just is not hiring. Business America is holding its breath, waiting to see what Obama’s punitive policies are going to do to their bottom line. Some are evaluating whether to keep their businesses here or move them off-shore. Worse still, some small business people will find that they cannot continue in the current environment and will quit and move on. Other entrepreneurial minded people will choose not to invest in a punitive business environment. The cost of that could be huge… another Microsoft or perhaps a Hewlett Packard. That’s a huge tragedy for this economy and a huge loss for this country.

We have all the DeMarxist heavies out with the entire LSM trying the demonization route to discredit the Patriot Movement and tie us to the militias again. It’s the same ridiculous garbage that Bill Clinton and crew were throwing out back in the 90s just before the United States Government, under Billy Jeff and Janet Reno, barbecued eighty citizens at Waco, Texas. Just so everybody out there realizes where the violence comes from….

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

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