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Thursday, June 30, 2011

CNN Slams Obama

Hard to believe but CNN actually said something bad about the President, and I have to agree with them. Gloria Borger slammed him over his lack of leadership, which in all fairness, they could have done 2 yrs ago, but she's right. Obama sounded pretty silly when he criticized the US Congress in saying:

"Call me naive, But my expectation is that leaders are going to lead."

Ummm. Duh. Guess what? The President isn't leading! That might be too much to ask. And the President took jabs at Congress for taking vacation instead of handling the budget mess. Ummm...yes this is the same president who has spent about 12 weeks on the golf course over the past two years.

The President's continued to offer up small-scale and irrelevant solutions, like getting rid of tax breaks for corporate jets. $3 billion of savings is just a drop in the bucket after Obama's spend over the past two years.

Obama surely doesn't look good if his biggest promoter is turning on him.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why is OneUnited Bank Still in Business?

Financial industry analyst and investor Tom Brown asks a good question about OneUnited Bank, the politically well-connected bank favored by Maxine Waters and other high profile Democrats. Why is it still in business? It is insolvent and is not even making loans these days. Using the term "double standard" would be an understatement here.

Suicide Bombing Stymies Obama's "Success" Story in Afghanistan

Just a few days after Obama trumpetted his success over Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, we have a major civilian bombing at a prominent hotel in Kabul.

I'm aware that declaring success in a war is a losing proposition and that one incident can make a liar out of anybody, and maybe this isn't exactly fair.

At the same time, other than Osama's death, what are the successes of Obama's " double surge" in Afghanistan taking US troop levels from 30,000 to 100,000? I don't believe he's addressed this. Don't worry, the media won't ever ask him.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Obama's Afghan Plan Not a Petraeus Recommendation

When Obama's Leftist buddies called the decorated commander General Betray-us a while back, Obama must have been listening. Instead of listening to Patreaus' various military options in Afghanistan, Obama chose his own option.

Unfortunately, Obama lied to the American public by saying this was one of the generals' options that was presented to him.

In response to questioning from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), [General] Allen testified that Obama’s decision on the pace and size of Afghanistan withdrawals was “a more aggressive option than that which was presented.”

Graham pressed him. “My question is: Was that a option?”

Allen: “It was not.”

Allen’s claim, which came under oath, contradicts the line the White House had been providing reporters over the past week—that Obama simply chose one option among several presented by General David Petraeus.

Monday, June 27, 2011

White House: It's Immoral to Stop Spending All This Taxpayer Money

White House spokesman Jay Carney summed up Obama's approach to our fiscal disaster rather well: it's "immoral" to stop spending all of our kids' and grandkids' money that they haven't even earned yet.

Yes, you heard that right. Obama and the Democrats have spent trillions that we don't have, destroyed the economy and claim it's immoral for taxpayers or the Republicans to object. How has this guy not been impeached yet?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Senate Dems to Scrutinize Supreme Court Next Week

Senate Democrats, led by Leaky Pat Leahy, are scheduled to scrutinize recent Supreme Court decisions that they don't like.

Remember a couple years ago when criticizing the Supreme Court was equated to being a catalyst for threats against the judicial branch and a complete lack of civility? As usual, Democrats no longer feel that's the case now that they don't like the decisions.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Another Obama Speech Blunder

Ok. His toast to the Queen of England was a blunder where the President did not understand protocol in England, and he looked like a fool, but that's all it was - he looked like the court jester. His mistake yesterday is more serious and will likely be very offensive to some people.

The President praised the 10th Mountain Division yesterday:

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously."

Blackfive points out the President's fatal error:

As we all know, SSG Sal Giunta, of the 173rd Airborne, was the first living recipient (2011) of the MOH who fought in Iraq/Afganistan. SFC Jared Monti, 10th Mountain Division, was KIA in Afghanistan in 2006. He was posthumously awarded the MOH by Obama in 2009.

That's pretty horrible. Good thing Obama's name isn't Bush or the media would have actually bothered to report it.

Obama Releases 30 Million Barrels of Oil

Ok. Why's he doing it? He thinks it will bring down the price of oil, which is one of the factors key to his re-election. Of course releasing a days's worth of oil might bring down the oil price today, but longer term, it has zero impact.

Historically, releases of reserves were done during period of national emergencies, such as hurricanes, so this release which should be entitled "OBAMA'S RE-ELECTION RELEASE" certainly sets another historical precedent. (Actually, to be fair, Clinton released SPR a couple of times in 1996 - wonder why he did that). Hope and Change!

Will someone please buy President Obama an Econ 101 book?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Geithner Wants Higher Taxes

No surprise why Obama loves the disaster of a Treasury Secretary that Geithner is. Like Obama, Geithner calls it irresponsible not to raise taxes.

No word yet whether Geithner will cheat on his own taxes again when the rates go up, but I think it's a fair bet.

Obama's Perma-Campaign Continues

So over the past couple of months, we've had the President go to Rio, then to Ireland, Europe, Puerto Rico, and now Michelle's in Africa visiting foreign leaders.

Could it be that these trips have nothing to do with actually accomplishing something internationally, and more to do with playing to the masses in the United States for the 2012 election? Call me cynical, but I think that's what it is.

Visiting Ireland was about pandering to Irish-Americans to win a few of their votes. Puerto Rico - same thing - possibly he's trying to win hispanic support in tough-to-win Florida. And now that African-American support continues to wane, he has to pander to them too.

I cringe when I think a President would stoop to these levels, but I think that's what he's doing. Maybe I'm wrong, but this is the Obama I have observed over the past two and a half years.

Operation Gunwalker to Hit Obama Administration

I have to admit I don't have all the details about the Feds "Operation Gunwalker" but after reading this blog from pajamasmedia, it seems pretty damning to the Obama administration. Seems hard to believe that people very high up would not have known about this, including Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, and possibly Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama himself.

Lives were lost because of corrupt US officials, and all for political gain. Nothing surprises me about this administration.

Obama Gets Another One Wrong: Libya

Anyone remember his famous last words when he said US actions in Libya would be:

Days. Not Weeks.

Well, we're now 92 days and counting. For those who are able to count the number of states in the union, that's 3 months, and 2 days.

Still no approval from Congress, which makes it an illegal war. Of course Obama is using legal-speak to justify his uni-lateralism. Much like when Clinton newly defined what "is" is, Obama is defining war as provable boots on the ground, not counting those boots doing the advising, and not counting those planes flying overhead dropping bombs. I suppose Obama doesn't call it a war, because there is less "risk" of US casualties if we're seen from afar or using drones.

But Obama supporter and liberal writer, Eugene Robinson poses an interesting question,

...without risk, can military action even be called war? Or is it really just slaughter?

I'm not sure if it's slaughter. But it is against the law.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Romney Supports Ethanol

There are always some issues that we won't agree with for those candidates running. Unfortunately for Romney, we now have two big issues - healthcare and ethanol. Not sure why anyone would support corn-based ethanol subsidies.

I'd like to hear him elaborate on why he supports subsidies and why that would be better than importing cheap sugar-based ethanol from Brazil.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Obama Dropping

Watch out. Obama dropped again to -19 in Rasmussen's poll. I think this is a trend we'll continue to see over the next year.

It doesn't seem to matter how many trips Obama makes or how many times he tells crowds that he's saved them from a Depression. People aren't buying it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

President Enjoys Puerto Rico: Kept Campaign Promise?

Another trip for Obama. This time to sunny Puerto Rico. When President Obama arrived yesterday he mentioned that he kept his campaign promise made in 2008. Did he?

Back in 2008, Obama said:

I will also work closely with the government of Puerto Rico, its private sector and labor leaders to advance an aggressive agenda of job creation, economic development and new prosperity. The levels of unemployment on the Island over the last three decades are unacceptable...

Yesterday Obama modified his past pledge:

I promised to include Puerto Rico not just on my itinerary, but also in my vision of where our country needs to go.

Unfortunately for Puerto Ricans (and everybody else), Obama's vision has meant higher unemployment for all, especially Puerto Ricans. Since he has been in office, the unemployment rate in Puerto Rico has gone from 12% to 16.4%.

Maybe next time, for the Puerto Rico's sake, Obama can stay home and send a few jobs instead?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Obama Votes Present on Weiner Resignation

Yesterday, when the White House was asked about Anthony Weiner, the spokesman responded that what Anthony Weiner did was "inappropriate," and that it was a "distraction." But when asked whether Obama thought Weiner should resign, Jay Carney reiterated that it was "inappropriate" and a "distraction" and that was as far as the White House would comment.

Well, I'm sure the backlash must have been pretty strong against the White House's original comments because a few hours later, Obama changed his tune as he got on tv himself and said, "it's a decision for him and his constituents, but if it were me, I'd resign."

My problem with this is that it's typical Obama - he has an innate ability not to take a stand on topics, similar to his extraordinary record of voting present on most bills. To me, calling Weiner's actions "inappopriate" is the understatement of the decade. Yeah - no kidding. Likewise, any idiot could tell that it was a distraction. Really Mr. President? You think this was a distraction? Of course he changed his tune as soon as someone did a straw poll (probably) and found that the 92% of Americans thought the White House's comments were pretty ridiculous.

Is this Obama's typical indifference where he really can't tell the difference between right and wrong, or was he covering for a loyal Democratic friend? My guess is it's a little of both.

Typical Obama. Ugh.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Obama's Sinking Ship

Obama's approval ratings have taken a plunge the past few days. How quickly people have forgotten about Osama Bin Laden. It's now all about the economy, and with the stock market down 6% over the past few weeks, and the jobs recovery still nowhere to be seen, people are taking notice. Obamanomics is not fun. It doesn't work. And while the president talks about sacrifice and hard times, he seems to be having a great time, galavanting around the world, toasting to queens, partying in Rio, declaring, war, and playing golf every weekend he can. People notice this stuff.

I for one think he's in real trouble. Just look at the numbers. He started his tenure with a +30 approval rating. Today he's at -16. During that time the stock market was up close to 100% off its low in March 2009. Now it's off 6% in the past month and the shine is off. To me, it's pretty amazing that a man could have lost 46 approval points during a period of such a huge stock market rise. But he has. He won the national vote in 2008 by 53% to 47%. Does anyone believe that the 46 point hit to his approval numbers is not worth at least 3%? I'd say it's worth about 10%.

The Republicans still need to field a candidate of course, and most are dismayed at the choices. But is anyone less dismayed than the prospect of having another 4 years of ridiculousness? I think not. Obama better be hoping for a third party candidate and fast. I believe that even a 3rd party candidate might not be able to save him.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Deval Patrick: Salary Hikes for Government Employees

I don't remember salary increases for government employees being a campaign promise of Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick. But a 3% hike on their average salaries of $83K is what they'll be getting. Never mind that MA is running a deficit.

I guess Deval is taking a page out of big buddy Barack Obama. Everyone has to make a sacrifice in a tough economy, except government workers.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Matt Damon Still Supports Weiner

Damon was supposed to do a fundraiser for Weiner on June 20th, but has decided to postpone it. But when asked about the congressman, Damon said,

Look, I really support his politics...Anybody who fights for the working class and the middle class, I’ll help in any way I can.

Great. Can't wait til Team America II comes out.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Weiner Not a Story in Boston?

If a congressman does something creepy, but a major newspaper doesn't report it, then did it really happen? That might be why the Boston Globe is trying to keep Anthony Weiner's freaky story under-cover (as if it didn't happen). I'm not sure what's on the front cover of the Boston Globe paper copy today but if you go to their online edition, it's VERY HARD to find the story about Weiner.

Go to, the website of the Boston Globe. It is absolutely not found on the first page. If you go to "Hot Topics" category - there are 5 stories. Not Weiner. The Bruins game is covered (fair enough). Then a hacking incident at EMC, then some local corruption story, then there's talk about a storm, then there's a story about what Patrick Kennedy is up to (umm, who cares?)

Then there's 5 more stories - nothing too significant. Even in the headlines under politics on the first page, there are 2 stories mentioned. Who would have thought - Santorum running for President was so important!. No Weiner.

If you go to the Today's Globe section. There is nothing about Weiner on Page One. No worries - scroll down about 57 stories, and there you have it - something about Anthony Weiner. Ok - it's covered if you dare to look hard for it, but for some reason, they didn't deem it important enough to put it anywhere near the front page.

Maybe this will change in the next few hours as websites do, or maybe the Globe has some reasons they think that Romney and Santorum are bigger stories than Weiner today.

Austan Goolsbee Abandoning the Ship Obama

Yet another top advisor is jumping off Obama's sinking ship. Can't say I agreed with many of his policies, but it's interesting that another guy is leaving after only 9 months on the job. Is there some common thread as to why so many people have left his administration in his first two years?

Greg Gutfeld on Weinergate

I'm sure Greg will have more to say on Weiner now that he has confessed to what everyone already knew. But here was his amusing take on it last week:

Lets play a game I like to call "who would you rather be?"
A: a married Republican congressman caught posting swinger ads on Craigs List?
B: a married Republican congressman caught tapping his feet in an airport men's room?
C: a married Republican Governor mired in extramarital affairs, one that results in a secret love child?
D: a Democratic Governor busted with hookers, who now has a show on CNN
E. a Democratic Presidential candidate, who cheated on his dying wife, and tried to cover it up?
F: a sleazy French socialist with a penchant for assaulting the help?
G: a sleazy French politician who frequents Moroccan boy orgies?
Or... A guy with a picture of his junk on his phone

Maybe I'm jaded, but why did weiner panic over the pic? if he just said, "the pic was mine and I accidentally sent it" - this thing would be over. But instead, he strung it out like popcorn on a christmas tree. And i thank him. We've done four shows on it! So why did HE screw himself?Arrogance. He's an idiot who refused to confess his idiocy.

Glenn Beck: Why Weiner Should Resign

I thought the best argument for Weiner resigning came from Glenn Beck. Beck questioned Weiner's judgement, called him "delusional" and then said, "this guy thinks he's hot."

Agreed. That's pretty poor judgement.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Obamacare Effect: 30% of Companies to Stop Health Coverage

Obamacare seems like it will work exactly as Democrats planned, as a new study reveals: 30% of companies will likely drop their healthcare plans as Obamacare is instituted. The feds will then get what it always wanted: control over the entire health sector in the U.S.

Remembering D-Day with Ronald Reagan - 1984

Ronald Reagan gave an incredible speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day. You can feel his sincerity and passion just from the words. Well worth a read.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Obama Solicitor General: Earn Less Money if You Don't Like Obamacare

Does anyone doubt why Americans despise the Obama administration? Neal Kumar Katyal, Obama's socialist solicitor general, has his position summed up nicely:

President Obama's solicitor general, defending the national health care law on Wednesday, told a federal appeals court that Americans who didn't like the individual mandate could always avoid it by choosing to earn less money.

Couldn't this be said of all of Obama's tax increases as well? Don't like paying high taxes? Earn less. Don't like having your money stolen by the government? Don't earn any. Not exactly the strongest defense of socialism.

No Jobs for Teens in Boston: Blame Dems

Boston Mayor Tom Menino is calling on businesses to hire more teens this summer. I can understand this, as the unemployment rate is something like 30% for teenagers. And often a teenager out of work can be a teenager getting into trouble.

But remember back in 2006, when Democrats took back the Congress for the first time? Remember their famous 100 hour plan to increase wages under the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. Remember all the economists saying this would hurt employment, particularly for teens? Well, Democrats didn't listen, and Pelosi and her democratic friends deserve all the credit.

But let's not exclude the President either. President Obama also deserves a fair amount of the credit. Remember he vowed to crack down and investigate unpaid internships as violating labor laws? Is it possible that companies are hiring less because of Obama's threat? Thanks to Obama, a lot of kids that could be getting experience in the workforce aren't.

The economy sucks. I get that. And we can debate why that is and who deserves the credit for that. But it's certainly worse for teens and lower skilled workers because of the anti-business practices set forth by Obama, Pelosi, and many Democrats.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

DeMint to To Run for President?

Game on if this happens! Haven't heard him speak very often but I'd say that other than maybe Ron Paul, I find DeMint the most impressive. It doesn't sound like it's a definite that he will run, but it certainly would shake the race up a bit.