There’s a lot of haze in the air tonight and clouds, I had to catch a gap to get this, the focus took the clouds and not the moon, and the ASA was wrong. Ah well, kinda pretty anyway.
Everyone is my friend until they prove otherwise.
IVAW, and their socialist friends from Code Pink demonstrated against the war in DC today, John Lilyea was there to capture it all in photos. Please stop by.
Site has reported that a new message will be forthcoming from Osama Bin Laden. From Reuters:
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is expected to release a new message, the U.S.-based terrorism monitoring service SITE Institute said on Wednesday.The message is entitled, “The Response Will Be What You See, Not What You Hear,” SITE said in a release.
This is interesting in the wake of four attacks in Pakistan since we hit Al Libi – will Osama be telling us who we got, and is the speculation that Ayman Al Zawahiri is dead correct, or did we hit Baitullah Mehsud?:
Jawa has the video, it’s a static pic of Uncle Binny with a voice over Motoon rant.
UPDATE: Osama Bin Laden is dead, and has been for a while. I agree with Rusty’s analysis at Jawa, this is old retread tape from ’06. If Uncle Binny (I spit in the milk of his mother) is alive, then he needs proof of life for the Taliboys and Jihooties, they are certainly getting not only demoralized, but killed in droves.
The tape is generic mentioning zero current events that are important (Wilder Film, Pakistan elections, assasination of Bhutto, death of Al Libi, Yemen attacks, the Yeshiva attack, the list of things that could have been mentioned goes on and on.) This appears to have been made during the period of the first Motoon uproar, when the Pope was more in the news, and as such the tape is a fraud.
With the dollar in free-fall and Congress providing bread and circuses rather than action (the “stimuli check”, the Waxman Steroid Witchunts) you have to wonder why we elect these people. The best thing Congress could do tomorrow to stop the bleeding would be to make the Bush tax cuts permanent.The pundits aren’t telling you this because they don’t think it possible.
Our dollar, and our economy are based on trust and confidence in the future. With the tax hike coming, the future has become uncertain, so the economy has slowed. Why did it happen now, why’s it seem so sudden?
Businesses and financial institutions plan quarter by quarter in two year cycles, and the bean counters at every Fortune five hundred company in America have looked two years ahead to tax hikes this quarter. They see less money in the economy as consumers feel the pinch, and they see marginal businesses failings downroad from the tax hike that will occur if congress doesn’t act. They see uncertainty, and they see less confidence.
If congress wants to stop the bleeding, they should make the cuts permanent and they should do it today, not tomorrow. One of the best things about life is security and hope for the future – if that future becomes uncertain then security and confidence both wilt, and we all know that bean counters are not the bravest souls to begin with.
The legislative loons in the Democrat party think they have time to wait until after the election, but confidence in the future and security must be granted now by congress because bean-counters plan ahead, and the accountants are taking that future accounting right now.
Demagogues like Pelosi and Obama can try to blame “big business” all they want, but big business has to deal in the real world of cause and effect, balance sheets and cash-flow, because they hold the trust of their investors and that’s a trust they must keep faith with.
If you are in a 401k or other retirement investment plan, that means they must do their best to keep your trust, regardless of the sound and fury of Congressional Theater. This didn’t happen suddenly, or out of the blue. It happened as we entered this quarter for a reason – the business planning cycle. It’s time for congress to restore the faith and confidence in the future, they need to make the tax cuts permanent.
UPDATE: Here’s a fine example of how Democrats crush security and confidence through taxation.