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Monday, November 30, 2009

Police Seek Warrant For Tiger's Medical Records

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that Florida police are seeking a search warrant to peek into Tiger Woods' medical records?

Yes, people is curious to know the full story but there has been no crime and no charges - solely a traffic violation. Therefore, Tiger is not required to even speak to the police, which he has not. This seems to have created some resentment among the police and they want to get Tiger's private medical records anyway. Either the police are trying to get into the paparazzi business or there are too many police officers in Orlando with nothing better to do.

Honduras Defeats Chavez, Obama

There was a strong turnout in Honduras' elections, whereby the conservative candidate beat the liberal party candidate, largely as a referendum on the party to which ousted leader Zelaya belonged. Obama and Chavez supported Zelaya's return to power.

Who Says Obamanomics Isn't Working?

I think Obama's policies are working precisely as planned. The number of Americans on food stamps are soaring and Obama officials said that another "15, 16 million could benefit."

That would mean 50 million loyal Democrats, dependent upon Obama and Pelosi for their survival. And of course, they are trying to coerce mortgage companies and banks to rip up mortgage contracts and re-write them as well, whether or not it is a sound business decision.

Meanwhile, some judges are simply eliminating mortgage balances for borrowers with a stroke of the pen.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Punishment: IAEA Censures Iran

Iran's leaders must be quaking in their boots - the White House endorsed an IAEA censure. Oh, the humiliation to Iran. That should teach them a lesson...

Obama: Private Sector Experience Need Not Apply

I think this chart is as telling as any in terms of his Obamanomics philosophy. If you have private sector experience, you won't be part of running the country. Only clueless bureaucrats and cronies are wanted.

Any wonder why the economy is still in the grips of a disaster?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Reward For Capture of Major Iraq Terrorist: Courtmartial

Three Navy seals who captured an Iraqi terrorist who masterminded the mutilation and torture of U.S. contractors in 2004 are being rewarded for their service.

They are being court martialed for giving the Iraqi a bloody lip. Truly unbelievable.

India Leery of Obama

Where are those diplomacy skills? India isn't impressed. First, with Obama's introduction of Prime Minister Singh:

"Yours is the first official state visit of my presidency, its fitting that you and India be so recognised," 48-year-old Obama told the 77-year-old Indian leader.

The general reaction in India has been: Who the heck does this guy think he is? Note to the Great Diplomat: When you do a head of state an honor, you don't remind him, in public, of the fact that you have done him an honor, particularly in self-aggrandizing terms of this sort.

India was already miffed with Obama for his neglect of any mention of India while discussing Asian allies on his recent trip. The first post-foreign relations president, I guess.

The Real First Thanksgiving

I stole this from Rush Limbaugh, who reminded us of the real first Thanksgiving last year. Even in 1620, the earliest Americans knew that socialism and communism were big failures.

"The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store,' when they got here, 'and each member of the community was entitled to one common share. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belong to the community as well.

"They were going to distribute it equally. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. ... [William] Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives.... Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism,' and it had failed" miserably because when every put things in the common store, some people didn't have to put things in for there to be, people that didn't produce anything were taking things out, and it caused resentment just as it does today.

So what did Bradford's community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property. Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result?"

Here's what Bradford wrote, the governor of the Massachusetts colony. "'This had very good success,' wrote Bradford, 'for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.'

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Yeah, But His Golf Game Really Needs It...

What would the media outcry have been if President Bush played golf 25 times (never mind in his first 9 months!) while U.S. soldiers were waiting for his decision that might save their lives.

Oh yes, we already know what the media outcry was with President Bush...which was why he gave up golfing entirely during his second term.

From Gateway Pundit.

IBD's Analysis of Obama's Bows

IBD's interesting take on Obama's bows.

Obama At An All Time Low Approval

Rasmussen reports an all-time low for Obama's approval at -15 (strongly approve - strongly disapprove). It's getting harder each day for the media to gloss over this fact.

Even Liberals Agree: Obama Foreign Policy is Amateurish

Forget about policies. The Obama team is incompetent (maybe it's a good thing). From Leslie Gelb:

President Obama’s nine-day trip to Asia is worth a look back to fix two potent problems, past and future. First, the trip’s limited value per day of presidential effort suggests a disturbing amateurishness in managing America’s power. On top of the inexcusably clumsy review of Afghan policy and the fumbling of Mideast negotiations, the message for Mr. Obama should be clear: He should stare hard at the skills of his foreign-policy team and, more so, at his own dominant role in decision-making. Something is awry somewhere, and he’s got to fix it.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Global Warming Evidence Is Fraudulent

It appears that the liberal scientists perpetrating the global warming fraud knew it was a myth all along. From Red State.

  1. Prominent environmental scientists organize a boycott of scientific journals if those journals publish scholarly material from global warming dissidents.
  2. The scientists then orchestrate attacks on the dissidents because of their lack of scholarly material published in scientific journals.
  3. The scientists block from the UN’s report on global warming evidence that is harmful to the anthropogenic global warming consensus.
  4. The scientists, when faced with a freedom of information act request for their correspondence and data, delete the correspondence and data lest it be used against them.
  5. The scientists fabricate data when their data fails to prove the earth is warming. In fact, in more than one case, scientists engaged in lengthy emails on how to insert additional made up data that would in turn cause their claims to stand out as legitimate.
Interestingly, the NY Times said they won't release any leaked emails if they were not intended for public use. That's a joke if I ever heard one.

38% of Americans Support Obamacare

Who cares if only 38% of Americans want Obama's and the Democrats' health care plan?

Ram it down Americans' throats, whether they like it or not - and if you don't like it, you can go to jail.

The Silver Lining of Obama

Victor Davis Hanson has a good overview of the public's growing disdain for Obama and sums it up best:

...I think not merely the thrill is gone, but a righteous anger about an Obama trifecta— of serial apologies and bows abroad, massive borrowing and deficit spending, and government-take overs of private spheres of life—is swelling up in the electorate. I haven’t seen in my lifetime anything quite like it. And this furor of being had has the potential not just to take Obama down, but also his ideology and supporters along with him for a generation.

So if the country isn't bankrupted or completely destroyed by 2012, the truth about Obama's liberalism will render it into the trashbin of history for a long while.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

RI Bishop Forbids Communion for Patrick Kennedy

Patrick Kennedy was told by RI bishop Thomas Tobin not to receive communion because of his bashing of the Catholic Church for its pro-life stance.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Obama's Caterpillar Case Study

Fred Barnes has an interesting piece that lays out Obama's philosophy on economics and it begins with the story of Obama's speech in Illinois back in February with Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens.

Aboard Air Force One, Obama chatted amiably with Owens and [GOP Congressman Aaron] Schock. Owens showed Obama two pages of a PowerPoint presentation. The first gave the details of China's stimulus, devoted mostly to infrastructure. The second was Obama's stimulus (drafted by congressional Democrats), with far less money going to building and repairing roads, bridges, and other projects. That was the problem, Owens told Obama: too little for infrastructure and thus too little to engage companies like Caterpillar, which had just furloughed 20,000 workers.

When Obama delivered his speech in Peoria, he either hadn't understood what Owens told him or simply refused to accept it. The stimulus package, he said, would be "a major step forward on our path to economic recovery. And I'm not the only one who thinks so." Owens, the president said, had told him that "if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off."

This was not only untrue, but proved to be embarrassing for Obama. After the speech, Owens talked to reporters at the foot of the podium. No, he wouldn't be bringing back any workers. (Later, Caterpillar announced that 2,500 of the layoffs would be permanent.) Owens and Schock flew back to Washington on Air Force One. This time, Obama ignored them. There was a chill. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and adviser David Axelrod walked past Owens and Schock repeatedly to speak to the press pool in the rear of the plane. They didn't stop to chat either.

Once again, Obama is a very cold, calculating president who is either the most ignorant president in history or he is succeeding in his civil socialist revolution.

Obama Says His Asia Trip To Boost U.S. Economy

Obama sure has an interesting view of his foreign trips. Despite no tangible results from his trip last week to Asia, he claims that he might have helped create thousands of jobs. Just in case there were businessmen who didn't know that Asia existed and they were capable of buying U.S. products:

"Asia is a region where we now buy more goods and do more trade with than any other place in the world -- commerce that supports millions of jobs back home."

According to the AP,

The president pitched his trip as a way to reintroduce the U.S. to those trading partners, including China.

This too makes complete sense because there are probably millions of Asian businessmen who had no idea that the U.S. was a large market open to buying their goods. By the way, since when did Obama support free trade? He certainly didn't vote for any of President Bush's free trade bills.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pelosi: Karzai An "Unworthy Partner"

Maybe this is what Obama had in mind when he proudly said he personally repaired U.S. relations with our allies?

In Obama's mind, he believes himself because of who he views as friends and allies (capitalist, free market countries don't belong).

Journalistic Priorities

From James Taranto of the WSJ:

Number of AP reporters assigned to story:
• ObamaCare bills: 2
• Palin book: 11

Number of pages in document being covered:
• ObamaCare bills: 4,064
• Palin book: 432

Number of pages per AP reporter:
• ObamaCare bill: 2,032
• Palin book: 39.3

On a per-page basis, that is, the AP devoted 52 times as much manpower to the memoir of a former Republican officeholder as to a piece of legislation that will cost trillions of dollars and an untold number of lives. That's what they call accountability journalism.

Naive Americans Believe Cutting Taxes Will Promote Jobs

Oh, those silly Americans. According to Rasmussen, a majority of Americans think that cutting taxes and reducing government spending is the best way to create jobs.

And the Democrat plan is oh, so close.

Scientists Facing Facts About Global Warming, Sort Of...

Scientists have at least acknowledged that global warming has stopped in the past 10 years, although they still fail to mention that the earth has actually cooled by the same amount in the last 10 years as it has cooled in the previous 90.

My question is simple: if 90 years of gradual warming is a long enough statistical time period to make the case for global warming, then why isn't a 10-year period long enough to make the case for global cooling?
Compared to the earth's age, they carry the same statistical significance.

Dems Buy Obamacare Vote of Sen. Landrieu

Who says politicians can't be bribed with taxpayer money? That's the case with Dem Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”

The section spends two pages defining which “states” would qualify, saying, among other things, that it would be states that “during the preceding 7 fiscal years” have been declared a “major disaster area.”

I am told the section applies to exactly one state: Louisiana, the home of moderate Democrat Mary Landrieu, who has been playing hard to get on the health care bill.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dems: Financial Transaction Tax On the Table

Dems want a bill to "create jobs" and they're thinking of taxing all financial transactions to do so.

First, wasn't the "stimulus bill" designed to create jobs? Second, why would increasing the burden on all stock and bond investments be good for the country? Any nitwit with half a brain knows that when you tax something, you get less of it. And capital is in dire need these days in order to create jobs, so why restrict it further?

Just another idiotic idea from a party and an Administration that is beating the U.S. economy to a pulp.

Lindsey Graham Schools Eric Holder

Eric Holder was a complete embarrassment yesterday on Capitol Hill, getting schooled by Lindsey Graham, who as a former military prosecutor, is right on about the KSM case. Holder is not only an incompetent AG, but a terrible bulls*** artist as well.

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM, (R-S.C): Can you give me a case in United States history where a enemy combatant caught on a battlefield was tried in civilian court?

ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: I don't know. I'd have to look at that. I think that, you know, the determination I've made --

GRAHAM: We're making history here, Mr. Attorney General. I'll answer it for you. The answer is no.

HOLDER: Well, I think --

GRAHAM: The Ghailani case -- he was indicted for the Cole bombing before 9/11. And I didn't object to it going into federal court. But I'm telling you right now. We're making history and we're making bad history. And let me tell you why.

Now, the real focus of this NPR piece was Graham's subsequent question concerning whether or not U.S. officials would have to Mirandize Osama bin Laden if he was captured:

GRAHAM: If bin Laden were caught tomorrow, would it be the position of this administration that he would be brought to justice?

HOLDER: He would certainly be brought to justice, absolutely.

GRAHAM: Where would you try him?

HOLDER: Well, we'd go through our protocol. And we'd make the determination about where he should appropriately be tried. [...]

GRAHAM: If we captured bin Laden tomorrow, would he be entitled to Miranda warnings at the moment of capture?

HOLDER: Again I'm not -- that all depends. I mean, the notion that we --

GRAHAM: Well, it does not depend. If you're going to prosecute anybody in civilian court, our law is clear that the moment custodial interrogation occurs the defendant, the criminal defendant, is entitled to a lawyer and to be informed of their right to remain silent.

The big problem I have is that you're criminalizing the war, that if we caught bin Laden tomorrow, we'd have mixed theories and we couldn't turn him over -- to the CIA, the FBI or military intelligence -- for an interrogation on the battlefield, because now we're saying that he is subject to criminal court in the United States. And you're confusing the people fighting this war.

Obama Says He's Restored America's Standing in the World

Obama says that "America's standing in the world" is now restored, thanks to him.

It must be true - just ask Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Russia or China.

January 20, 2013 can't come soon enough...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Obama's Recovery Czar: We Can't Support Jobs Numbers

From ABC News:

The chairman of the Obama administration’s Recovery Board is telling lawmakers that he can’t certify jobs data posted at the Web site -- and doesn’t have access to a “master list” of stimulus recipients that have neglected to report data.

So where do these "saved or jobs" numbers come from that Obama keeps touting? Completely made up. If Obama and Pelosi were CEOs of companies, they would be in jail for fraud.

Obama: Too Much Debt Could Erode Confidence

In today's irony file, Obama says that too much debt would not be a good thing for the U.S. economy.

"It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession," he said.

Why anyone takes this guy seriously anymore is beyond me.

Obama Creates Yet Another Fraud Task Force

Obama has never seen a new bureaucratic multi-agency task force he didn't like. He just created a new one to prosecute "fraud" that occurred during the financial crisis, whatever that means.

Somehow I think that every financial company that turned a profit will end up in Obama's crosshairs. But while he is investigating fraud and Ponzi schemes, perhaps he should have the agency start up on Capitol Hill.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Dangers of the KSM Trial

Andy McCarthy prosecuted the Blind Sheikh who helped plan the first World Trade Center bombing. Via Powerline.

During the 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (aka the "blind Sheikh"), standard criminal trial rules required the government to turn over to the defendants a list of 200 possible co-conspirators.

In essence, this list was a sketch of American intelligence on al Qaeda. According to Mr. McCarthy, who tried the case, it was delivered to bin Laden in Sudan on a silver platter within days of its production as a court exhibit.

Bin Laden, who was on the list, could immediately see who was compromised. He also could start figuring out how American intelligence had learned its information and anticipate what our future moves were likely to be.

Nevermind that if this were a real trial, it would be thrown out by the judge - KSM was never read his Miranda Rights. This is precisely why it has taken a radical Leftist to provide the first time in U.S. history that we have granted U.S. constitutional rights to enemies at war with the U.S.

U.S. Postal Service Loses $3.8 Billion

The government-run U.S. postal service lost $3.8 billion in the latest fiscal year and is projected to lose twice that amount next year.

Unfortunately, even if it were to lay off employees, it won't help much due to the hundreds of thousands of retirees receiving lucrative retirement plans. But you can trust them, Obamacare will be different...

Time For SecDef Gates to Go

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates needs to go - he's either a yes-man for Obama or inept - or both. When Obama killed the F-22 fighter program earlier this year, Gates argued that the gulf was so huge between us and China and that China wouldn't have a 5th generation fighter that could compete until 2020.

Gates was off by 11 years - China will test its new fighter jet this year. From Red State.

Obamacare: Forget Those Previous Breast Screening Guidelines

As if on cue, the new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a study that says most women can ignore those previous suggestions for a mammogram until they're 50 - and even then, only get one every other year.

I'm pretty sure this is what Obama and Pelosi meant when they said they would make healthcare cheaper, but I think people will agree that this is anything but more rationing.

Monday, November 16, 2009

KSM in NYC Show Trial

Red State reminds us that the last time we put terrorists on trial, many of the discovery documents that were supposed to be confidential later showed up in Al Qaeda hideouts. He also argues that this is nothing more than a show trial:

Barack Obama would not risk a civilian trial without being sure of a conviction. This then amounts to a show trial, but one where the prosecutors will have to comply with discovery requirements that will potentially put classified material into the hands of Al Qaeda.

I hate to say it, but I don't agree with his first sentence. I think Obama would not be all that upset by a non-conviction here. In fact, he might think it's preferable, as it would show the world how non-biased and non-judgmental we are.

Obama's Plan For 3,000 Jobs in Illinois

Obama has a magical jobs plan to create 3,000 jobs in the state of Illinois. He plans to shut down the prison at Gitmo and move them to Illinois.

Anyone with even a sense of economics understands that all this amounts to is taking extra taxpayer money which the government doesn't have and giving it to people in Illinois that Obama chooses (hence, no overall economic impact). No matter - Dick Durbin called the plan "a dream come true." Really.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

How Many Reporters "Fact Checking" Palin's Book?

Sarah Palin has a very good point:

We've heard 11 writers are engaged in this opposition research, er, "fact checking" research! Imagine that – 11 AP reporters dedicating time and resources to tearing up the book, instead of using the time and resources to "fact check" what's going on with Sheik Mohammed's trial, Pelosi's health care takeover costs, Hasan's associations, etc. Amazing.

If just a few reporters fact checked anything about Obama before the election, our country might not be headed off a cliff into bankruptcy.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Shocker: Newsweek Despises Palin

Ok, the U.S. economy is being destroyed, we have record deficits for years and years to come, unemployment is over 10% and headed higher, short, Obama is destroying America.

Yet Newsweek has the audacity to say that Sarah Palin, who holds no position in the government and who was trashed mercilessly by the Left, is "bad news for America."

Obama Bows to Japanese Emperor

When Obama bowed to King Abdullah, the White House denied it because American Presidents aren't subservient to other individuals. But there's no denying Obama's bow to Japan's Emperor this week. From Powerline.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Obama Declines to Defend Bombing of Hiroshima

When asked twice if the U.S. decision to bomb Hiroshima was the correct one, Obama declined to answer. No surprise - especially since Rev. Wright was so opposed to the bombings.

Anita Dunn Resigns, But Her Husband Moves In

White House communications director and Communist lover Anita Dunn resigned this week, but her husband Bob Bauer was just named new White House counsel. He will likely just take Anita's old office, Mao Tse Tung portrait and all.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Be Tried in New York Court

Stunning. The terrorist mastermind of the 9/11 attacks gets the full protections and privileges of a New York civilian court, courtesy of the sympathetic Obama administration.

Reid Bows to Unions; Explores Medicare Tax Increase

It must be nice for unions when they can tell Harry Reid what to do. Instead of an original proposal to tax "Cadillac" health plans, which unions hate because they are the beneficiaries of the plans, Reid is now proposing a general Medicare tax increase for any family or small business making over $250K from 1.45% to 1.75%. Yes, this is in addition to the "wealthy" surtax - and yes in addition to the income tax increases - and yes, in addition to the capital gains and dividend tax increases - and yes in addition to the carbon tax increases.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

TARP Funds To Bring Taxpayer Loss: Reviewed:

Neil Barofsky says that the TARP program will almost certainly bring about taxpayer losses. However, let's see who is really responsible for these losses. (Hint: they're not the banks.)

The NY Times has a useful guide from June that shows all of the TARP recipients, which fall into the following categories:

Citigroup: $50 billion
B of A: $45 billion
Other banks: $79 billion
AIG: $70 billion
Automakers: $85 billion
Homeowners: $50 billion
Small business: $15 billion
PPIP: $100 billion
TALF: $55 billion
Unused: $80 billion
Already returned: $70 billion (likely higher today)

I'm confident in saying that the Treasury will make money on its bank investments (after factoring in interest and gains from warrant sales). The government will likely get a large portion of its AIG investment back, despite running the top talent out of the company.

There is not a lot of info on PPIP and TALF funds, so it's hard to estimate what the return will be.

That leaves the automakers, homeowners and small business investments of $150 billion. This is what we used to call pork - and the money is already gone. Hey, I could actually live with this if the government took the remaining funds (and that amount to be returned by banks) and "retired" the money. After all, TARP was supposed to be a temporary program to help the financial institutions.

Unfortunately, Obama thinks the money belongs to him and he is determined to spend every last dime that gets returned. And for that reason alone, taxpayers will likely see a huge loss from TARP.

Inspector General for Fannie, Freddie Remains Unfilled

Obama has yet to fill the vacant position of inspector general for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - likely because an independent IG would see all of unsound financial practices of the two government entities.

Think about it - if there's no inspector general, then the agencies can carry out Obama's political agenda without any repercussions. And that agenda is a de facto nationalization of the mortgage industry.

Obama: No Republicans Allowed in Civil Service

Obama wants to rewrite the rules for the Civil Service and purge the agency of all political appointed Republicans.

Venezuela seems to be Obama's template for eliminating all opposition.

Obamacare Would Destroy Tort Reform On the Books

Texas was one of 30 states to pass tort malpractice reform that helped it reduce its premiums by as much as 50%. Obamacare would practically force states to eliminate those reforms. According to the WSJ, there are benefits to states that develop "alternative medical liability law" but only if the law "does not limit attorneys' fees or impose caps on damages." It then sums up Obamcare well:

The hidden Pelosi tort bomb is one more example of the stealth radicalism that defines ObamaCare. If it passes in anything like its current form, we are going to be cleaning up the mess for decades to come.

Obama Wants Another Afghan Option (The White Flag)

The generals on the ground in Afghanistan are all united - the U.S. needs additional troops. But Obama isn't convinced and apparently wants another "option" for the country.

Fair enough - the generals haven't yet offered up Obama's favorite option - waiving the white flag and going home. No doubt we'd be speaking German or Japanese today if Obama was commander during World War II.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Emerson CEO: Democrats "Destroying Manufacturing" in U.S.

Unlike GE's liberal CEO Jeff Immelt who seems too happy to support Obama, Emerson Electric Co. CEO David Farr doesn't mince words at an industry conference:

“Washington is doing everything in their manpower, capability, to destroy U.S. manufacturing,” Farr said today in Chicago at a Baird Industrial Outlook conference. “Cap and trade, medical reform, labor rules.”

Companies will create jobs in India and China, “places where people want the products and where the governments welcome you to actually do something,” Farr said.

But of course, we are supposed to trust Obama and Pelosi instead...

Incidentally, GE's stock price is down 59.7% over the past two years, while Emerson Electric's stock price is only down 23.9%. I'll take Farr over Immelt any day.

More Stimulus Job Creation Exaggerations

According to that ultra right-wing publication, The Boston Globe, the "stimulus jobs" that were reportedly created in Massachusetts were wildly exaggerated.

So where did the money go? Just the usual - government spending.

Barney Frank's Next Cramdown: Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Everyone knows that Barney Frank loves a good cramdown. And his next victim will be the U.S. military, which Frank claims will have to eliminate its "don't ask, don't tell" policy as part of the defense funding bill.

I think Frank will be making more visits to war zones if he can't eliminate don't ask, don't tell...

Obama Calls Americans "Selfish"

Obama took the solemn occasion of a speech at Fort Hood to bash Americans as being selfish.

I wish he explained why Americans live in an "age of selfishness." I suppose people who work hard to try to become successful are selfish...

College Labels Gulag Exhibits Too Offensive

A group of conservative students at Washington University put up a gulag exhibit to remind people of the dangers of communism on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The University found the exhibit to be "too offensive" and shut it down. A reminder that protest is long as you agree with liberals.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Obama's Next Beer Summit: Racist Columbia Professor

A black professor at Columbia University punched a white woman in the face after a discussion about race relations.

Time for Obama to hold a press conference and announce that, although he doesn't have all the facts, the woman acted stupidly.

Pfizer Closes "Kelo" Campus in New London

How about that - Pfizer sparked a controversial constitutional decision (Kelo) by allowing the takeover of private land by the government in New London, Connecticut.

Now Pfizer is abandoning the plant in New London and laying off the workers. Go figure.

Obama AG Defies FBI; WIll Speak to CAIR

The FBI formally severed ties with the radical Muslim group CAIR. But Obama's attorney general loves radicals - and has given the figurative finger to the FBI by volunteering to speak to CAIR anyway. From American Thinker.

Hoping For Big Wall Street Bonuses

Once even the politicians get finished bashing prosperity, they might be inclined to follow the following advice from the WSJ:

If you are a taxpayer in the Northeast, here is some advice: Get down on a knee, clasp your hands and pray.

Pray for banker bonuses this year. Big ones. Cash, preferably.

New York's state government, and its dysfunctional neighbors in New Jersey and Connecticut, already are in deep financial crisis. Without the tax revenue from Wall Street pay and bonuses, they could find themselves closer to the brink.

Yup, even though revenue from Wall Street taxes (due to bonuses) doubled between 2002 and 2007, the Democrats who run New York and New Jersey state governments thought this was a never-ending money train...and spent themselves into crisis. And only big fat bonuses can help bail them out now.

Berlin Wall Annivesary: Thanking Reagan vs. Thanking Gorbachev

On the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Angela Merkel stood side by side with Mikhail Gorbachev and thanked him, saying to him:

You made this possible — you courageously let things happen, and that was much more than we could expect.

Now I haven't seen much of the ceremonies so I have no idea if people like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher have been given their credit for opposing the Soviet Union and communism. I sense not.

Here's what I don't get: So the Soviets built the wall, cut Germany in two, and enslaved them, much like they had already enslaved the rest of Eastern Europe and the Baltics. Finally there was one Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, who was under immense pressure from Ronald Reagan, and also under huge economic pressure as the Soviet Empire was collapsing from beneath him (also forced by Reagan in the arms build-up). Finally, Gorbachev gave up and was forced to end the enslavement. And what happens: he get showered with praise! One thousand times over!

I remember when Ronald Reagan was soundly criticized by most Europeans when he gave his 1987 speech saying "MR. GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THAT WALL." Most called him a war-monger. But it was precisely this pressure which helped bring it down. Sure Gorbachev deserves some credit for not stopping it, and for not sending in murderous thugs to beat the demonstrators, like they did in Hungary.

But to thank Gorbachev for the wall falling is like thanking a kidnapper for finally releasing you and not thanking the police who may have rescued you. I don't get it. Merkel must have a bit of Stockholm Syndrome.

But Reagan would not have cared. He kept a slogan on his desk that said:

There's no limit to what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit.

Well said Ronnie. Look what's been accomplished.

Monday, November 09, 2009

EU Objects to Oracle-Sun Merger

Does it bother anyone else that, even after U.S. companies have to jump through hoops with the U.S. Justice Department to get acquisitions approved, the European Commission now has a veto over such deals? It almost seems like we have an International Commission that can overrule U.S. actions - something that Obama and the Left have wanted for years.

General Casey Reiterates "Zero Tolerance" Against Diversity

In light of the terrorist massacre at Fort Hood by a radical Muslim officer, you would think that General Casey might rethink his attitude about "zero tolerance" when a soldier even legitimately questions the abilities or red flags of a member of minority-protected group.'d be wrong.

Hasan Attended Same Radical Mosque

The Ft. Hood terrorist attended the same radical Virginia mosque as the 9/11 terrorists.

But of course, his religion had absolutely nothing to do with his shootings.

By the way, like the 9/11 hijackers, Hasan loved the strip clubs.

DHS Biggest Issue: Preventing Muslim Backlash

In classic Obama tradition, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke in the UAE and assured Muslims that she would work hard to make sure there wasn't an "anti-Muslim backlash" in light of the Fort Hood attack.

Perhaps her goal should be to crack down on terrorists instead.

Ft. Hood Killer Tried to Contact Al Qaeda?

More disturbing news from ABCNews. A stunning display of ineptitude or political correctness if this is true.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

SEIU Bloodies State Worker Ready to Expose Corruption

It appears to be like a scene from On The Waterfront, but Obama's and ACORN's favorite union, the SEIU, does not want its corruption exposed and is willing to do whatever it takes to those who threaten it.


Obamacare passes House 220-215. Welcome to the bankruptcy of America.

How long before Obama starts recording the lives that he personally "saved or created?"

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Obama/PelosiCare: $3 Trillion Just in the Next 10 Years

The CBO says that the communist healthcare bill will cost $3 trillion in just the next decade alone...after that, calculators don't have enough digits.

But just trust Obama and Pelosi - it's going to cut the deficit and create jobs...

Friday, November 06, 2009

On That AMA Endorsement...

Not only did Obama fail to mention the 20 or so doctor groups that are vehemently opposed to Obamacare, but he seems to have spoken too soon about the AMA as well.

It's clear to me that no one with any reasonable knowledge of medicine, the economy, or math would actually support such a travesty.

More On Fort Hood Terrorist

With all the new information now coming out against Hasan, how in the world was he still in the Army?

Perhaps our forced political correctness is making us to overlook those obvious white flags...

Reich: Focus on Jobs, Obama

When liberal Robert Reich says Obama's priorities are screwed up, you know it's bad.

Health-care reform is critically important. But when one out of six Americans is unemployed or underemployed, getting the nation back to work is more so.

But in fairness, Reich must not have received the double-secret information about those jobs Obama "saved or created."

The Unspoken Secret Religion of Malik Nidal Hasan

Dare I say it... Nidal Malik Hasan was a Muslim who reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" while on his rampage. But Red State makes a good point - if he were a radio talk show listener, it would be his biographical highlight:

What we know so far is that the soldier was a Muslim and began yelling at his fellow soldiers statements in Arabic...What is known is that the media will more likely than not seek to downplay the soldier’s religious convictions since he was not a Christian, but, should they find a Glenn Beck book or find out he watched Fox News or listened to Rush Limbaugh they will blow that through the roof.

Obamanomics: 10.2% Unemployment

Obama and Pelosi continue to wreck the U.S. economy. Unemployment rose to 10.2%, far worse than expected. I guess Obama's projection about his "stimulus bill" limiting unemployment to 8.0% was just a tiny bit off...and the worst legislation is still in front of us.

Let's see how many jobs Obama will proclaim he "saved" last month.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Democrat Response to Today's Obamacare Protest

This response to the thousands of people protesting Obamacare at the Capitol is funny - perhaps the Democrat National Committee spokesman missed Tuesday's elections:

"If the Republican Party wants to make Michele Bachmann the voice of the party, that's more than fine with us," Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan said in a statement. "It's their extreme right-wing, rigid ideological agenda that has Americans leaving the Republican Party in droves -- and so, if displays like today are what they think is a smart political strategy, all we can say is: Go for it."

By "right-wing, rigid ideological," he means they are opposed to Marxism and communism.

Interesting Case Study on Obama's "Saved or Created"" Jobs

If this weren't true, it would be funny.

How did Kentucky shoe store owner Buddy Moore save nine jobs with just $889.60 in federal stimulus money? He didn’t, and that’s turning into a big headache for him.

Moore apparently sold 9 pairs of shoes to the Army Corps of Engineers, which had received federal "stimulus" funds. The shoemaker had to fill out cumbersome forms which took hours to complete. To answer the all-important question of how many jobs were "saved or created," Moore's daughter answered 9 because she assumed she was helping 9 people do their jobs with the new shoes.

“The question, I would like to know is: How do you answer that? Did we create zero? Is it creating a job because they have boots and go out and work for the Corps? I would be really curious to hear how somebody does create a job. The formula is out there for anyone to create, and it’s just so difficult,” she said.

The sad truth is that the only jobs that were created were to process these idiotic forms.

Still Sending Mixed Messages to Banks

Once in a while even Barney Frank can be right, as he is warning regulators against getting too tough on banks out of fear that lending will completely dry up.

Mr. Frank's letter complains examiners are enforcing "unofficial" capital requirements that are higher than the normal standard. Secondly, it says examiners are focusing bank reviews mainly on asset quality and not other measures of a bank's health. Third, it says "banks are being forced" to write down the value of assets to their market value, which can lead to "artificially low prices."

Congress wants banks to lend, while regulators don't want banks to hoard capital. Meanwhile in the Senate, Countrywide Dodd wants a new regulatory bureaucracy to oversee banks instead of the Fed and the FDIC (which begs the question, what do we then do with the FDIC and Fed?)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Corzine the Next B of A CEO?

John Corzine's name is being whispered as a potential candidate as the CEO of Bank of America.

I wonder...Corzine is hugely in favor of wealth redistribution, loan modifications, capping profits and credit card rates. This could be a way for him to take a trillion dollar-in assets bank and remake America in the Obama vision. I know he was former head of Goldman Sachs but now he is in his second life as politician. I don't know if I would want him as CEO if I were a shareholder.

Credit Not Tight Enough; House Wants to Expedite Credit Card Rules

Apparently consumer credit hasn't been tight enough in the Obama economy. For that reason, the House voted to expedite credit card fee changes to December 1 from February 1.

Just in case the Dems haven't tanked the economy quickly enough, this move should certainly help. Seriously, aren't there more than 90 members of the House that have even the slightest clue of how an economy works?

Obama Watched Re-run of His Own Election Instead of Results

Obama didn't bother watching the election results last night. Instead, he watched the HBO documentary of himself on his own election trail last year (which he had supposedly already seen).

This story was apparently misreported.

Italian Judge Sentences 23 Americans to Prison

Europe has sent a message to Americans, and does not want them fighting islamic terrorism in their part of the world. As we all know, the greater threat is the Americans themselves!

What's happened is that an Italian judge has convicted 23 American suspected CIA agents for aggressive interrogation techniques of a muslim cleric who had been preaching violence from his mosque. (Likely story... everyone knows all muslim clerics are non violent and thus innocent! Duh!).

I love the reaction from the far left group, Human Rights Watch. Joanne Mariner says that

The verdict sends a strong signal of the crimes committed by the CIA in Europe.


Massive Iranian Protests

Huge student protests in Iran today, with guards resorting to violence to disperse the crowds. Meanwhile, Obama issues a weak statement:

We have heard for thirty years what the Iranian government is against; the question, now, is what kind of future it is for. The American people have great respect for the people of Iran and their rich history. The world continues to bear witness to their powerful calls for justice, and their courageous pursuit of universal rights. It is time for the Iranian government to decide whether it wants to focus on the past, or whether it will make the choices that will open the door to greater opportunity, prosperity, and justice for its people.
I guess a weak statement is better than usual for Obama.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

NY-23 Results Might Be Delayed

Voting machine breakdowns might delay the results of NY-23 until tomorrow (plus, ACORN needs additional time to stuff the ballot boxes)...

Hoffman, the conservative candidate (who in my opinion was an average candidate but was better simply because he wasn't a liberal), seems to be down a few points at this stage. The GOP candidate's endorsement of the Democrat probably carried him over the finish line if he actually wins.

Eric Ericson of Red State tweets that he just talked to the Hoffman people and they think he won, as Owens big vote areas are already in. We'll have to wait and see, as Hoffman is down about 3.5% with 74% in.

Lib Corzine Gets Thrown Out On His A$$

Goodbye Corzine; don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Hopefully Chris Christie doesn't pull a Schwarzenegger and screw things up by trying to be Democrat-lite.

Liberals Getting Absolutely Crushed in VA

Bob McDonnell wins. As of now, he is up by 26%. Even though I expect that number to shrink, keep in mind that Obama won VA by 6% just last year, so even a 15% margin of victory would be huge...and that number is looking conservative as of now.

Liberalism was defeated handily tonight. Conservatism won. I guess people don't want the government to control every aspect of their lives after all. The media will be shocked.

McDonnell appears to win by 20 points. To put this victory in context, VA's last two governors, Kaine and Warner, were media darlings and always described as "popular governors," won by 5-6% each. This is nothing short of a good old fashioned, butt-whooping...of Deeds, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.

Watching the cable news networks try to make sense of this loss is hilarious. One of the CNN commentators was at pains to point out that Americans really love Obama but they're upset that Obamacare hasn't passed yet. If this is really what Dems take from this blowout, the GOP will win in a landslide in 2010.

Election Day Predictions

The editors at NRO have their predictions on today's races.

My own predictions: Republicans sweep in Virginia, with McDonnell winning by 16 points; Hoffman wins in NY-23 by 6 points; Christie (R) wins by 2 points in NJ, which offsets the 20,000 illegal ACORN and dead voters' ballots and gives him a victory but only after Corzine tries to pull an Al Franken and steal it; and the Democrat wins in northern California by 10 points (come on, this is California).

Planned Parenthood Director Resigns After Watching Abortion Ultrasound

After working for Planned Parenthood for eight years, Abby Johnson resigned after watching an abortion ultrasound.

According to Johnson, the non-profit was struggling under the weight of a tough economy, and changing it’s business model from one that pushed prevention, to one that focused on abortion.

“It seemed like maybe that’s not what a lot of people were believing any more because that’s not where the money was. The money wasn’t in family planning, the money wasn’t in prevention, the money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that,” said Johnson.

NEA Recommends Alinksy's Rule For Radicals

The National Education Association, which has control over America's school curriculum and our children, recommends on its website Saul Alinsksy's Rules For Radicals.


Monday, November 02, 2009

Obama's Visitor Log: SEIU Has Obama in Their Pocket

With 22 visits to the White House in just 9 months, SEIU president Andy Stern is at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as much as Obama. But hey, General McChrystal got one 30-minute visit too. At least we know where Obama's priorities are. From Michelle Malkin.

Naturally, Andy Stern is a Marxist believer too. Does Obama know anyone who believes in capitalism?

AP: GOP Wins Tomorrow Wouldn't Mean Anything

Take it from AP's Liz Sidoti: even if the GOP wins any or all of the high profile races tomorrow, it doesn't mean anything.

The media spin has already begun.

Obama: We Must "Get Serious" About Reducing Debt

Obama says that we must now "get serious" about reducing debt.

And this "serious" effort will begin once we pass the multi-trillion dollar Obamacare and cap-and-tax bills. Sounds serious.

A Runaway for Hoffman in NY-23?

The latest poll numbers from PPP in NY-23 are remarkable. Based on 1,747 likely voters (different than adults, which tends to favor Democrats), Doug Hoffman leads by 17 points, 51-34 in a 3-way race and by 16 points in a 2-way race against Owens. This, along with wins by the GOP in Virginia and New Jersey, would send a clear message to both Democrats and Republicans alike - enough with tax-and-spend policies.

The Politico believes that Owens will win the race. But then again, the Politico is about as unbiased as MSNBC.

Could Bush Take Down Charlie Crist?

In an early primary poll for the U.S. Senate seat in Florida, conservative Marco Rubio trails Charlie Crist by a significant margin, even if it's narrowed in the past several weeks. It seems clear that one man could help take down Crist - former popular governor Jeb Bush. From the Miami Herald:

...71 percent of Republicans would pick Bush as governor today, while only 22 percent of Republicans said they would pick Crist over Bush. ``Is there a path to victory for Marco Rubio? Yes, but it involves the support of Jeb Bush,'' pollster Tom Eldon said. ``Crist may have appointed the last senator, but Bush has it in his hands to appoint the next one.''


Sunday, November 01, 2009

Scozzafava Supports Liberal Dem

Not a surprise. The liberal who claimed to be a Republican has officially endorsed the liberal Democrat in the NY-23 race. Looks like conservatives made the right choice in throwing her butt off the ballot.