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A suicide bomber killed 31 people today, including five or six senior members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Among the remaining dead were other Guard members, or local tribal leaders, and several dozen others were wounded. The story can be found here and here. Besides the Iranian leadership getting a small dose of their own medicine, what was really interesting is that Reuters quoted the Fars News Agency as blaming the bombing on terrorists backed by “the Great Satan America and its ally Britain,” even though a local Sunni group called Jundollah (God’s soldiers), claimed responsibility. According to Fars, a spokesman for Iran’s armed forces claimed Obama is backing the Jundollah in an effort to cause instability in the region.

Not in the distant future, we [Iran] will take revenge…

Of course, our State Department denies any involvement and condemned the attack.

Reports of alleged U.S. involvement are completely false.

Is this what Vice President Biden was talking about when he said the world would test Obama?  Probably not.  It will however damage the talks in Vienna due to begin tomorrow.  We know this because we can  use what we know of Iran’s leadership (i.e. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is flippin’ crazy) to come up with an educated guess of their intentions.  While I would not doubt Ahmadinejad is capable of hiring a bomber to kill his own people in a publicity stunt, and you must admit – the timing is perfect, whether he did or not is irrelevant.  He will use this to his advantage in two ways.  One, it will give him a reason to delay, cancel, or otherwise disrupt the talks being held to reign in Iran’s nuclear arms program.  Claiming one of the nations at the table just killed some of your crew will put a damper on negotiations.  Oh, to be a fly on the wall.  Two, he will also use this to foster additional hatred against the West, and America in particular.  This will make it easier to drum up popular support for an all out war against us, should Obama do what is necessary to eliminate the threat posed by a nuclear armed Iran.

Since Iran’s army is a bit lower class than Saddam’s army, the fight – if you could call it that – would be over quickly, even with Obama’s ridiculous changes to our rules of engagement.  But Ahmadinejad doesn’t need to engage us directly.  He could easily use this as a recruiting tool to find hundreds, if not thousands, of suicide bombers to send against our interests in the Middle East, or against us directly back home.  I picture something like every Iranian driven cab in New York City blowing up simultaneously during rush hour…which would be almost all of them.

Any country crazy enough to lie to their population about the origins of a terrorist attack, to drive them into a frenzy against the most powerful country in the world either deserves the smackdown we would give them, or has an ace up their sleeve.  I trust Ahmadinejad about as far as I can throw a pregnant camel, but at least we can be sure of one thing: Obama had nothing to do with this bombing.  How do I know that?  If he had a suicide bomber at his disposal, and had the balls to use him, I think his target would be something much more prescient…like the Fox News Building.

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Debt is slavery

According to the CBO, at our current rate of borrowing and spending, by 2019 the U.S. debt will be 82% of the overall economy. And this is without adding any more disasters, wars, or new spending programs such as Nationalized Health Care. Think about that for a moment. That’s three quarters, a nickel, and two pennies out of every dollar just to pay for our debt.

If you get paid $1,000 per week, you will actually only have $180 left over of real money. If you sell an item for $200, you’d get to keep only $36 to feed yourself, your family, and your employees. The debt can be stretched out, but the interest is what is killing us, that and too many promises we cannot keep.

Scripture takes a dim view of debt. It was to be avoided at all costs. Passage after passage warns against taking on debt, both personally, and as a nation. It is so bad a situation, that Deuteronomy mentions debt one of the curses of disobedience.

If you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you…You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
Deuteronomy 28:1,2,12

Debt is not just a curse, it is a form of slavery. The indebted has no freedom to work his own will. He is constantly at the mercy of the lender.

Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender
Proverbs 22:7

Our nation’s debt does many things. It increases our stress level as we – the people – fret over our future, and that of our children and grandchildren. It encourages laziness as those who take no ownership of the debt (ie – those who do not pay into the system) feel no obligation towards it. It denies our country the ability to loan to other nations, and therefore collect interest ourselves – which just compounds the money that is lost in this trap. And it denies our nation the ability to give freely to nations which may need our help.

For example, a recently released U.N. report states that hunger in South Asia is at a 40 year high. 100 million more people are going hungry compared to just two years ago. 100 million is just under a third of our population. 1.2 Billion people live on just $2 per day or less. For $3.6 billion dollars, we could quadruple their income. Just not being hungry would have a dramatic effect on the population, increasing their productivity and allowing them to work their way out of poverty.

But the U.S. is actually out of money. It’s gone. Even Obama has admitted it. We are unable to help anyone else because we are in a serious hole with no possible way to dig ourselves out. What is our government doing about this debt? Spending more money, and planning to spend yet more money. We cannot stay on this path. We are spending so much money that people have actually become numb to the word ‘trillion’. It doesn’t mean anything to the average person on the street. We just cannot fathom that much money. So let me try to put it into perspective. In less than 10 years, a 99 cent cheeseburger will cost at least $5.50 – and that is without adjusting for normal inflation. Taco bell is going to have a hard time selling $10 burritos.

I can’t imagine what going to the movies is going to cost.

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Haiku is an interesting form of Japanese poetry. A triplet of non-rhyming verses with a 5-7-5 pattern to the syllables. This has been sweeping Twitter, so I thought I’d take a stab at it.

#pelosiku
Deer in the headlights
My lies pile upon more lies
Bush must have caused this


#obamiku

ACORN gave me cred
I will remake this country
I Won is my cry

~

Spending money now
Spending more money later
ACORN has my back

You can do this with Biden too!

#bidenku
Obama’s right hand
My gaffes are fodder for Rush
Please give me Rogaine

There is more in Hot Air’s Greenroom and Michelle Malkin

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It’s also great to watch if you’re feeling nauseated and would rather not stick your fingers down your throat.

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There has been a massive amount of chatter concerning health care coverage over the past few months. President Obama, and most of the Democratically controlled Congress, believes the solution to health care coverage is to nationalize the system. Nationalizing health insurance itself would be one thing, however they feel the need to nationalize the entire health system, 17% of our economy. Combined with the current increase in government’s size, that would place the Democrats in control of about 40 cents out of every dollar produced.

We know this is impossible to sustain. It is actually impossible to even attempt. Any part of the health care system in this country would do irreparable harm to all those involved, most importantly the patients who depend upon the finest system in the world. It therefore cannot be allowed.

The “problem” the government is attempting to solve, is the claimed 47 million Americans without health insurance. It is not that they are getting poor care, or no care, but that they have to spend their own money on insurance. As someone who has been in that position before, I don’t really see a problem. I have had to go to a “Doc-in-a-box” and shell out $75 for the visit and another $50 for my prescription. I’m a reasonably healthy guy, so no big deal. Now, when I was hospitalized for what seemed like a heart attack, that is where health insurance came in handy.

A “best of both worlds” solution is the type of health insurance I have now. For just about $225 per month (and I’m a smoker with a pre-existing condition), I have $5 million in coverage from a very well known company. Preventative care, like checkups, is completely free, however there is a $5,000 deductible. The deductible is taken care of through the $75 per month added into my Health Savings Account (HSA). The HSA is administered through a debit card that I can use on any health related expense, even aspirin bought at my local grocery store. I can use it for glasses, or to have my teeth cleaned. I have excellent coverage, for right at $300 per month. I can use any doctor, and, the best part is, my rates are guaranteed not to go up for three years.

So, if we gave the assumed 47 million Americans the same health care insurance plan I have, which costs $3,600 per year, the total hit for the taxpayers to cover is $169.2 Billion dollars. That’s it. While expensive, it is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the trillions Obama would need to spend for national health care. And since I’m sure the number is inflated, the cost will only go down. And if the government pays my health insurance company directly each month for the rates, I’m sure a “group discount” would also apply.

We do not need to spend trillions of dollars. We do not need to have our entire health care system ruined in an attempt to provide coverage to 47 million people. All we need is $169 billion or less. Would my plan work? Absolutely. Would Obama accept this plan? Never. The reason is simple, they want power and control over the entire system. They are not looking to solve a problem.

So the next time you overhear some random, Obama bumper sticker wielding Liberal talk about how we need to nationalize the health system, hit him with this number $169 billion.

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It widely known that California has moths in it’s pockets. The state is virtually bankrupt, even after receiving almost $7 billion in stimulus money from the American taxpayer. Last year, everyone knew the state was in trouble, but it took until February for Governor Schwarzenegger and the State Legislators to agree on a new budget which closed a $42 billion spending gap.

Part of the new budget involved $13 billion in new or higher taxes, and $15 billion in total spending cuts, including $8.6 billion in cuts to public education. $1.4 billion was also cut from state payroll costs. Part of that budget was to go into effect immediately, while other sections had to wait until July 1st. Just as an aside, last time I checked, $13 billion plus $15 billion did not equal $42 billion – I’m just saying.

With the state’s coffers in such need of filling, the $7 billion in stimulus spending dangled by Il Duce was happily received – strings, hooks, and all. The money replaced a proposed $0.12 per gallon tax hike, which I’m sure most Californian’s were happy to see left out of the budget. But then the other shoe dropped.

In a show of what can only be described as Brass Balls, yesterday President Obama jerked on the stimulus money, setting the hook, which will now allow him to control the state’s budget. Specifically, $74 million dollar budget cuts to the pay of unionized home healthcare workers. As reported in the L.A. Times,

Schwarzenegger’s office was advised this week by federal health officials that the wage reduction, which will save California $74 million, violates provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Failure to revoke the scheduled wage cut before it takes effect July 1 could cost California $6.8 billion in stimulus money, according to state officials.

In other words, Obama is doing the same thing to California that he is doing to the auto and banking industries. Do what we want, because we gave you money. You took money, therefore we own you. The citizens of California are unimportant. The projects that would be paid for with the $7 billion, also not important. The taxpayers, many yet to be born, that are paying for the stimulus cash, definitely not important. The home health care union workers, who I’m sure would rather take a pay cut than lose their jobs, they’re important.

However, they are important only to a certain extent. The workers belong to SEIU, which is a branch of ACORN. As reported in the L.A. Times, but probably never in the MSM,

The workers, who collectively contribute millions of dollars in dues each month to the influential Service Employees International Union and the United Domestic Workers…

This is an ACORN payoff, plain and simple. ACORN is in large part responsible for the election of Barack Obama, and he owes them big. The state might very well be out of cash by June, so for Obama to put a political ally ahead of they needs of millions of citizens (which, ironically, voted for him in large numbers) is narrow minded, supercilious, and narcissistic.

Sorry California, you just got punk’d by a nut.

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I could have photoshopped a better picture. If this is the best picture they have, the photographer needs to join Louis Caldera in the unemployment line. This is just one more thing which shows Obama’s

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