What is the difference between stimulus that won’t make a difference and stimulus that will save the economy? Apparently $76 bucks a year.

Via the Anchoress Michelle Obama July 11th 2008

“You’re getting $600. What can you do with that? Not to be ungrateful or anything. But maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn’t pay down every bill every month..

Barack’s approach is that the short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good. And it may even feel good that first month when you get that check. And then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings.”

Apparently this is no longer the case:

Here is our 800 billion dollar stimulus mostly-spending bill we must see passed, and we must gratefully accept as the only possible solution to our “catastrophic” problems and our growing malaise. The ONLY solution.

This other one, over here, brought up by another Democrat? Ignored. Just ignored.

I just have one thing to ask:

What does Michelle Obama suggest we do – how we will stimulate the economy with our $13?

The $13 a week adds up to $676 a year. There are a lot of people who don’t think this will help, I don’t think it will hurt, but I think a lump sum would have a bigger economic effect.

It’s amazing what $76 dollars will do for an economy. Michelle Malkin notices this too and asks:

What sayeth Mrs. Obama now?

Apparently she was against this before she was for it.

Looks like Gert Wilders is going to make the British eject him:

“A newspaper reports that Dutch MP Wilders has been “taken away” from an airliner at Heathrow Airport, no immediate official confirmation.”

And that: A Dutch newspaper reporter describes a “chaotic” scene aboard an airliner at Heathrow airport as banned Dutch MP tries to enter country.

And here is the money quote of all money quotes:

Mr Wilders told The Times on the flight that the British Government was “the biggest bunch of cowards in Europe”. ”It is easy to invite people you agree with, it is more difficult to invite people you disagree with and this is the proof of the pudding,” he said.

“I am going to Great Britain because I was invited by another politician (Lord Pearson of Rannoch). I am a democrat, I am serving freedom of speech. They are not only being nasty to me they are being nasty to freedom of speech.

He added: “They (the British government) are more Chamberlain than Churchill.”

Me I’ve always said that the answer to speech you don’t like is more speech. England is making a huge mistake here. They are afraid of the fight, you’d better have that fight now while freedom of speech and expression is still strong enough to win it. If not then you will quietly sink into Dhimmitude.

Commentary:
Atlas Shrugs

Bye bye England — they are done. They should be kissing his ring for his bravery and courage in doing what they don’t have the spine to do.

Glenn Reynolds:

The lesson to me is that if you want freedom of speech, then, like the Muslims in Britain, you must make the authorities afraid to bother you. If you seem harmless, you will be silenced at the demand of those whom the authorities fear. Once again, I note that this is an incentive structure that the British authorities will likely come to regret.

A few days ago Charles Johnson declared a plague on both your houses:

Yes, it’s a disgrace. Geert Wilders has the same right to free speech as anyone else, and the government of Britain is demonstrating once again that they’ve completely lost their way in a maze of multicultural contradictions.

However, Wilders himself does not deserve to be called an icon of free speech, since he explicitly wants to ban the Koran and make Islam illegal in Europe; in other words, he wants to take away other people’s freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and that is simply wrong. Book banning is what totalitarians do, not believers in free speech.

Update: Bad link fixed.

Update II Diana West:

How can the UK call itself a “civilised society” when it has just proven beyond any doubt to the entire world that it cannot and will not and does not wish to ensure freedom of speech against the threat of Islamic violence?

Update III: Mark Steyn nails it:

As to the judgment of the British Home Office, they have no problem admitting to the United Kingdom the likes of Dr Ijaz Mian, who preached as follows at the Ahl-e-Hadith mosque in Derby:

You cannot accept the rule of the kaffir. We have to rule ourselves and we have to rule the others… King, Queen, House of Commons: if you accept it, you are a part of it. If you don’t accept it, you have to dismantle it. So you being a Muslim, you have to fix a target. From that White House to this Black House, we know we have to dismantle it. Muslims must grow in strength, then take over

Just the guy you want over for dinner.

Update IV: The Times of London echos Charles Johnson:

For all the obvious hollowness of Mr Wilders’ credentials as a defender of free speech, the cause is a good one. It is a common notion that the right to free speech must be held in balance with the requirement to avoid needless offence. That is a mistake. The right to oppose, mock, deride and even insult people’s beliefs is essential to a society where bad ideas are superseded by better ones. There is no right to have one’s emotional sensibilities protected, for it is no business of government to legislate for people’s feelings. Mr Wilders’ views are obnoxious, and (not but) his freedom to express them must be defended. It is regrettable that Mr Wilders faces not just ostracism but prosecution in the Netherlands because of his comments about Islam.

Sort of a reverse of love the sin hate the sinner.

Gates of Vienna translates this Jylliands posten editorial. Those guys know a few things about the dangers of appeasing Islam:

At the end, it is probably not about disagreeing with Wilders that has led to this. Actually, it is apparently based directly on fears that there will be riots in the streets if he shows up.

That is, the British government admits that it would rather break its good international character than risk violent reactions from people who argue with violence. It is a day of shame for Great Britain.

Gateway Pundit:

A blow to free speech. Geert Wilders was not allowed on the plane to England today.
Wilders produced this 10 minute film called “Fitna” that offended Muslims.

Because of this controversial film, England announced this week that Wilders would not be allowed into the country. Wilders was asked to show the film at the House of Lords by UK Independence Party peer Lord Pearson.

He embeds a youtube of the film as well.

Watching all the Valentine commercials they have a single message:

Buy your woman X and she will have sex with you

Let me give my fellow guys a clue. If your lady isn’t willing or interested to give you sex a stuffed Bear, set of pajamas or a rock isn’t going to make her interested.

If you are going to pay for it, pay for it. Craig’s list is full capitalists people who will put out for money without cluttering the house. If you want to give your lady something do so because you love them.

I’ve been complaining the nonsense that is the stimulus bill and the misgoverning moves that the president has made.

And one thing stands out. He DID win. We collectively did vote for Obama we asked for this. To paraphrase President Bush he may have won 54% of the vote but he won 100% of the presidency.

We don’t have the votes in either house so we have to hold a large mirror so when things happen the way they do, we can answer them.

Bit of a headache this morning and starting the day with Joe yelling isn’t the way to go.

6:30 a.m. Joe is very very angry, ready for the Network sequel.

6:40 a.m. Both he and Barnicle make the point that Geitner should know better.

6:55 a.m. I don’t get the fuss about dog shows. I like dogs but this is weird.

7:00 a.m. “Masterful performance?” Did they listen to him promising goodies to people yesterday?

7:03 a.m. Americans don’t care about pork, they do when they are paying for it.

7:08 a.m. Does anyone know what the Atlantic Counsel actually does? Does anyone care?

7:12 a.m. You know I really thought that with a new administration we wouldn’t see much of Hegel anymore since there was no Bush to bash. Wishful thinking I guess.

7:23 a.m. Money party: “He soiled the bed”

7:27 a.m. Joe does his Jack Welch, Mika breaks up.

7:29 a.m. You can’t defer to treasury when he has nothing to say.

7:45 a.m. Boxer says an energy bill and a Global warming bill in a few weeks. Joy.

7:47 a.m. If we can’t do all these things at once Sen why does this bill have so much extra stuff?

8:02 a.m. Here comes the lynchings bank hearings. The news segment says that they guys want to pay back as soon as soon as they can so they can’t be told what to do.

8:05 a.m. Conservatism is dead? Bullshit. You are giving a New York Times guys saying conservatism is dead and you are giving it credence?

8:07 a.m. Weren’t people saying that liberalism was dead a few years back? The NYT is more likely to die before conservatism.

8:15 a.m. Scarborough quotes Andrew Sullivan as a counter, you know it would be nice if they brought on an actual conservative like a Jonah Goldberg or a Michelle Malkin when saying this stuff.

8:25 a.m. Shock democratic strategist decided republicans are wrong to vote against their pork bill.

8:30 a.m. My head is splitting that is enough Joe for today.

Listening to Rush while I work on a customer’s system I’m getting worried as people are asking the government for Stoves, cars, unemployment to cover 100% of pay and extra work benefits.

I’m also worried by college students who can’t talk but I digress…

You know it is very easy to sit back and collect unemployment, particularly if you are able to cover the bills with it. If you make it easy and comfortable then people aren’t going to be inclined to go out and find work.

Once people decide that the government is going to give them everything we are finished, and remember a government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all away.

Had things to do so haven’t livebloged morning joe today.

8:04 a.m. A-Rod is no fool, contrition extends his value as a player.

8:07 a.m. Of course to Bob Herbert to oppose president Obama’s policy you are Taliban, the beheaders.

8:24 a.m. No earmarks? We’re back to the era of the meaning of the word is is.

8:38 a.m. Carol King environmentalism yada yada yada

8:50 a.m. Peter Gammons was as always great. I didn’t miss the best part of the day

There seems to be a fair amount of people who don’t agree with my plan of doing nothing. Who will not be inspired unless actual government action takes place. For all those people here is my personal plan B for recovery:

Step 1 Stopgap measures for immediate relief:

1. Extension of unemployment benefits.
An additional 13-26 weeks of unemployment is funded federally. This will buy time for the other actions to take place and or effect. This will keep people currently looking for a job from defaulting on bills or going on aid, hurting the economy and depressing business.

2. Repeal of payroll tax indexed to the unemployment rate:
Set a sliding scale where the payroll tax would be reduced and/or deleted based on the current unemployment rate. This would not only effect all workers but can be scaled based on the current rate so a proper balance can be made between taxation and relief.

3. 3 month infrastructure review:
Each state will be required to in 3 months present a report on the current state of infrastructure prioritizing the most critical projects. The states will do this individually and will be granted a limited amount of funds to do this. This will accomplish two different things:

a. It will give a list of actual projects and costs that will be publicly presented and prioritized. Considering the emergency this will also allow people on the state level closest to the issues to make these decisions

b. It will give time to study and have hearings on any other potential recovery/stimulus/tax cut ideas without rushing a bill, thus people can make the case for their opinions with proper review.

Step 2 Stimulus funding:

4. Funding:
Once the reviews are done the specific projects will be funded. Projects selected will be based on the priorities set by the states with electoral vote being the tiebreaker projects will be federally funded. States will be given the choice of 90% funding with no adjustment for any future overruns or 75% federal funding with 20% overrun protection.

In addition any other funding/tax breaks etc that has gone through committee successfully can now get their votes.

The advantages over the current situation are huge:

All funding is reviewed and get actual hearing on the local and state level. It is defended or rejected accordingly

Relief to the newly unemployed and the still working takes place at once.

Since major funding is delayed 3 months it gives us flexibility to react to market or other actions that come up before the day.

It gives a specific time table, markets love time tables and certainty.

I still rather have my plan A but never let it be said that I don’t have a backup.

Via Israellycool Rowan Laxton a high-ranking British diplomat. Who made the big mistake:

Stunned staff and gym members allegedly heard him shout: ‘F**king Israelis, f**king Jews’. It is alleged he also said Israeli soldiers should be ‘wiped off the face of the earth’.

His rant reportedly continued even after he was approached by other gym users.

After a complaint was made to police, Mr Laxton was arrested for inciting religious hatred through threatening words and behaviour and bailed until late next month.

His big mistake was not saying publicly what a lot of Europeans actually think. At the rate things are going hated of Jews is going to outstrip Soccer as the favorite sport of Europe. His mistake was saying it while being a white European, not a Muslim.

If he had converted he might have had a chance to avoid charges but believe me if he was not a white European the other people in that Gym would have been too afraid to say a word.

That’s a real horrible thing to say, what’s much more horrible is it is true.

I’m not a fan of speech laws, I think this idiot should have the right to be as much of an idiot as he wants but if you are going to have stuff like this, enforce it on everyone.