Chronicle of the Conspiracy
Saturday, June 21, 2008HUBRIS Obama isn't even his party's nominee yet, but he already has his own Presidential Seal. Mark Spahn writes us:
The motto of the Republic of Tatarstan is Buldirabiz! -- "We can."Update... Jameson Campaigne sends along this post from Mark Rhoads:
The Great Seal of Obama reminds me of the time many years ago that Mike Royko sponsored his own contest to design a new city seal for Chicago. The winning entry was a picuture of an outstretched palm up with the Latin Motto, "Ubi Est Mea?" for Where's Mine? How I wish again that Mike Royko's pal Slats Grobnik were still around. Slats would have a field day with the breathtaking pretentiousness of Barry Obama. If the Obamaiacs are truly so far out in la la land that they don't realize how ridiculous the seal looks, then we can look forward to a million laughs in this campaign instead of the vague and nasty one we expected. I promise to make a donation of at least $50 to help the next GOP candidate for Trustee of the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago--excuse me, I mean Water Reclamation District-- who manufactures his or her personal campaign seal. In fact, I hope every Republican candidate in Illinois will design a personal campaign seal with the motto: "Pretendamus Ludicrous Democrati sum."Update [6/23/2008] Reader David Cavanagh informs us:
I thought you might be interested to learn that not only is Obama’s “Presidential” seal insanely arrogant, but the “Latin” phrase it contains is actually not very good Latin. “Vero Possumus” contains the dative or ablative of the word verus (truth). First of all this would translate as “to truth”, “from truth”, or “by truth”, not “truly” as was intended by the creator of the phrase. Secondly, “verum” in this context is not the appropriate word. A much better Latin expression for the intended meaning – “truly we can” or “yes we can” would be “Enim Possumus”. Evidently Obama’s Latin advisors are as bad as his economic ones.Update 2... Dave Duval adds:
After Obama changes the Great Seal, he can bring back Nixon's Palace Guard uniforms.
Update 3... Mark Spahn responds,
I got my translation of "vero" as "really" from a dubious site, which lists useful phrases like "Labra lege!" -- "Read my lips!". (I thought that might be a misprint for "Labia lege", but apparently Latin has two words for lips: labrum (plural, labra) = upper lip labium (plural, labia) = lower lip ) But it is no longer easily possible to check whether "vero" is an adverb in itself, or rather a form of "verum" (= truthiness), because all Google searches for "vero" now lead to Obama. Ave Obama! (= Heil Barak!)Update 4... Matthew Harris adds,
Notice that one of the changes from the real presidential seal is that Obama's eagle, just like the man himself, won't wear the red white and blue! Where the flag/shield should be there is instead what looks like a stack of money. This, truly, is what an Obama administration would be all about: taking your hard-earned money, as swiftly as an eagle swoops down from the sky and carries off a smaller bird's nest egg.
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Friday, June 20, 2008JOKE OF THE DAY
Posted by Donald L. Luskin at 10:04 AM | link
NOW HERE'S A REALLY BAD IDEA In case readers haven't been able to figure it out, my DC-insider friend "Mick Danger" leans toward the Republican end of the spectrum. But "Mick" is no dope. He can feel the way the wind is blowing in Washington. So as along as everyone else has a Democrat-driven government solution to every problem, "Mick" wants one, too:
Attention Wal-Mart shoppers!
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A KRUGMAN CORRECTION! Nothing too humiliating, but I can imagine (with delight) the desperate battle Paul Krugman went through with his editor to avoid even this bland correction:
In his June 13 column, Paul Krugman misidentified the Korean official who reversed a ban on American beef. It was the president, not the prime minister.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008WE HAVE MET THE ENEMA, AND HE IS US At least that's true if you live in Zheleznovodsk. And no, this picture is not from a Russian mail-order bride site.
A monument to the enema, a procedure many people would rather not think about, has been unveiled at a spa in the southern Russian city of Zheleznovodsk. The bronze syringe bulb, which weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels, was unveiled at the Mashuk-Akva Term spa, the spa's director said Thursday.
Thanks to Jameson Campaigne for the link.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008BEAUTIFUL! Arthur Laffer quoted in the Wall Street Journal today:
...speaking last month to graduates of Mercer University:Pursuing your dream of prospering will benefit everyone . . . When I graduated from Yale University, we had a serious commencement speaker not like the one you are stuck with today. The commencement speaker was President John F. Kennedy. And the point I'm making today is the same point he made all those years ago. He said, "No American is ever made better off by pulling a fellow American down, and all of us are made better off whenever any one of us is made better off." He concluded by using the analogy that "a rising tide raises all boats." Never forget or be ashamed of the fact that pursuing your own self interest furthers everyone's interest. Without you, the poor would be poorer.
Posted by Donald L. Luskin at 11:27 PM | link
CNBC POWER LUNCH REPLAY I'd call this a knock-out in the first round.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008THOSE EVIL PRICE-GOUGING GAS STATIONS A little sympathy for the devil, please. High fuel prices are hurting gas stations as much as they are the stations' customers.
But the independents are really getting hit. Take Eranell Miller. He has owned a filling station and repair shop in Baldwin, Pa., just outside Pittsburgh, for 31 years. But lately, he has been losing money on every gallon of gas he sells. Some weeks, he can't come up with enough cash to fill his tanks and has run out of fuel. "If it gets worse I'll close my pumps down and just rely on my garage," Miller says. "I don't want to go bankrupt."Perry Eidelbus comments,
People just have no perspective, no understanding that people in the oil and gasoline industries are trying to make a living too, whether running gas stations, manning pipelines or working on oil rigs. Nobody felt sorry a decade ago when oil was a tenth of today's price, but the minute you make a buck, the implication is that you "stole" from the public.Update... Skip Oliva, a strong opponent of antitrust laws, says "On the plus side, the government is finally cracking down on 'Big Ice'." From Skip's blog Consumer Sovereignty:
The Justice Department strikes again:A Cincinnati packaged-ice manufacturer pleaded guilty to allocating packaged-ice customers and territories, the Department of Justice announced today.Um, you know there are other ways to get ice, such as, I dunno, filling plastic trays with water and putting them in a freezer.
Posted by Donald L. Luskin at 11:53 PM | link
PANDORA'S BOX Who knows what will happen if we look closely at ties between members of congress and Countrywide? At first blush, this one looks a lot worse for the Democrats -- especially some big ones.
...financial disclosure forms released Monday, House Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) revealed that Countrywide holds the mortgage on his Washington town house. An aide said Putnam got the mortgage just like any other consumer would: “by calling the 1-800 number and working with the operator for an hour and a half.”
Posted by Donald L. Luskin at 8:41 AM | link
KUDLOW REPLAY Here's the YouTube replay:
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ANYBODY GOT WALMART'S PHONE NUMBER HANDY? Obama yesterday in Detroit:
My energy plan will invest $150 billion over the next ten years to establish a green energy sector that will create up to 5 million jobs over the next two decades. Good jobs...Let's see... $150 billion over ten years is $15 billion a year. Let's see... 5 million jobs. That's $3,000 a year per job. Let's see... that's a wage rate of about $1.40 an hour. If those are "good" jobs, I'll take a bad one if you don't mind.
Does this mean Obama favors repealing the minimum wage?
Posted by Donald L. Luskin at 1:32 AM | link
Monday, June 16, 2008THE "CULTURE OF CORRUPTION" REACHES OUT AND TOUCHES THE DEMOCRATS From Portfolio.com:
Two U.S. senators, two former Cabinet members, and a former ambassador to the United Nations received loans from Countrywide Financial through a little-known program that waived points, lender fees, and company borrowing rules for prominent people.My DC-insider pal "Mick Danger" writes,
So, Senator if the ethics law you voted for prevents me from buying you a cup of coffee, how about a beach house?
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JUST HOW, EXACTLY, DOES ONE "AIM" A PILL? Grasp it firmly between thumb and forefinger, line it up with the target, and flick the wrist? From Paul Krugman's column this morning:
...I realized that the tax cuts enacted by the Bush administration are, in effect, a fiscal poison pill aimed at future administrations.
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