Jerry Brown: Admitted Liar

I remember Brown well. I was in my late teens, early 20s when he was governor. He was terrible and has not shown any signs of improvement. He should lose and lose big. I hope he does.

Thanks to Brown the state’s employees got unionized and that is a large part why the state is going bust. The insane salaries and pensions of state workers is killing the budget.

Ouch DuJour: The Stewart Rally

Those Taiwanese commentators have struck again, mocking the Stewart/Colbert astroturf rally this weekend. We’ll see if they do as well or better than the pathetic One Nation rally which trashed the National Mall with mountains of litter. I’m thinking it’ll be less. Even though Ariana Huffington is busing in people. So did the unions for One Nation. Didn’t matter.

Elections Have Consequences

60 Minutes did a devastating piece on the economy and the lack of jobs. We’re in a situation that mirrors the great depression. They don’t mention that Obama’s policies have made things worse, not better, which is what happens when Keynesian economics are used. The public will put two and two together next week. The polls seem to show they already have.

We really have to make some serious changes and not the kind Obama wants to do. Let’s hope the people elected will make it so.

Wikileaks Reveal: USA Found WMDs in Iraq

Yes, kids. In an attempt to make the US look bad, Wikileaks found some things that make anti-war lefties look worse. Iraq war casualties were much lower than anti-war activists said. And they found WMDs in Iraq. Whoops!

By late 2003, even the Bush White House’s staunchest defenders were starting to give up on the idea that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

But for years afterward, WikiLeaks’ newly-released Iraq war documents reveal, U.S. troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins, and uncover weapons of mass destruction.

An initial glance at the WikiLeaks war logs doesn’t reveal evidence of some massive WMD program by the Saddam Hussein regime — the Bush administration’s most (in)famous rationale for invading Iraq. But chemical weapons, especially, did not vanish from the Iraqi battlefield. Remnants of Saddam’s toxic arsenal, largely destroyed after the Gulf War, remained. Jihadists, insurgents and foreign (possibly Iranian) agitators turned to these stockpiles during the Iraq conflict — and may have brewed up their own deadly agents.

In August 2004, for instance, American forces surreptitiously purchased what they believed to be containers of liquid sulfur mustard, a toxic “blister agent” used as a chemical weapon since World War I. The troops tested the liquid, and “reported two positive results for blister.” The chemical was then “triple-sealed and transported to a secure site” outside their base.

Three months later, in northern Iraq, U.S. scouts went to look in on a “chemical weapons” complex. “One of the bunkers has been tampered with,” they write. “The integrity of the seal [around the complex] appears intact, but it seems someone is interesting in trying to get into the bunkers.”

The people opposed to the war had good arguments they could have used, but instead chose to lie about things and in fact made a lot of absurd and extreme claims to try to make the US and the Bush administration look bad, just like the protesters during Vietnam lied about atrocities committed by US soldiers when most were committed by the NVA and Viet Kong. Whatever you may think of the Iraq war, it’s important that people deal with the reality of it and not believe the lies.

UPDATE: The press spins the Wikileaks numbers.

Obama Kills Free Checking

Thanks to the insane regulations in the new financial bill, which President Obama wanted rammed through, free checking accounts will end in banks across the country. This is because of new regulations will cost banks money and they’ll have to find ways to stay profitable.

It’s happening because a raft of new laws enacted in the past year, including the financial overhaul package, have led to an acute shrinking of revenue for the banks. So they are scraping together money however they can.

Bank of America, which does business with half the households in America, announced a dramatic shift Tuesday in how it does business with customers. One key change: Free checking, a mainstay of American banking in recent years, will be nearly unheard of.

“I’ve seen more regulation in last 30 months than in last 30 years,” said Robert Hammer, CEO of RK Hammer, a bank advisory firm. “The bottom line for banks is shifting enormously, swiftly and deeply, and they’re not going to sit by twiddling their thumbs. They’re going to change.”

The financial regulations are said to make it extremely hard for credit unions and small banks to operate. Just one of many terrible things the president has done to bring about “change”.