Thursday, April 30, 2009
In an economy teetering on the edge of disaster Biden effectively suggests we shut down the country. He says he would not have his family travel on subways, buses or planes because of the fear of swine flu.
This guy's idiotic flubs, gaffes, off the wall comments made him the "lovable Joe". Hey, everyone makes mistakes. But Biden is just plain stupid. Talk about a loose cannon.
Stop the panic on swine flu! Here's a stat that should show the relevance. Every year, EVERY YEAR, in the United States alone 180,000 people die from nosocomial infections. What's a nosocomial infection? An infection you caught in the hospital that you didn't have before you went in. That's a serious number. One death from swine flu and stay off public transportation?
Watch out folks, Rahm Emmanuel is figuring out a way to "not let a good crisis go to waste". You can bet it will cost you and the country more money than it should.
After all, the word pandemic is PANIC with the word DEM stuck in the middle
Monday, April 27, 2009
But when you become President the problems somehow seem, well, very embarassing. I'd recommend reading from a script. Scripts don't run ahead on you.
I don't know, does reading from a teleprompter about everything tend to lessen the credibility of your strong convictions about the message..just a little?
This little nugget from Harry Reid's new book via Yahoo.com:
Reid, D-Nev., writes: "'That speech was phenomenal, Barack,' I told him. And I will never forget his response. Without the barest hint of braggadocio or conceit, and with what I would describe as deep humility, he said quietly: 'I have a gift, Harry.'"
Provided the telepromter is working correctly.
Remember when President Bush played golf once during the Iraq war? Reporters swarmed and the suggestion was that he should not be able to have time off during war time. Insensitive Republican President.
Obama plays a 5 hour round of golf and no reportage allowed. Also no after-the-fact stories about how insensitive it is during war time. Two wars and an economic crisis at home like we haven't seen in some time but Barack can play all the golf he wants with total protection from the adoring media. Double standard? Of course.
Maybe during his next round the Prez can contemplate appointing a Health and Human Services Secretary to help us with a possible swine flu problem.
By the way that slacker Bush had his entire cabinet nominated and confirmed by Feb 2nd of his first term.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Don't you worry about that Swine Flu Epidemic. J-Nap is in control. Janet Napolitano who:
1. As Governor of Arizona allowed (and endorsed) the crossing of 5,000 illegal immigrants into her state...daily. Now where did that flu originate again....?
2. As Director of Homeland Security has outraged Canadians by suggesting that the suicide bombers of 9/11 came to the US through Canada (untrue of course)
3. As Director of Homeland Security has authorized memos suggesting that returning Iraq and Afghanistan military men and women are highly prone to dangerous "right wing extremism"
Girl's got it goin' on, doesn't she?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Bring it on. It will be the biggest mistake of the already mistake prone One-Party-Washington. Former CIA director Porter Goss thinks there may be just a hint of politics involved as he writes in the WaPo today:
Since leaving my post as CIA director almost three years ago, I have remained largely silent on the public stage. I am speaking out now because I feel our government has crossed the red line between properly protecting our national security and trying to gain partisan political advantage. We can't have a secret intelligence service if we keep giving away all the secrets. Americans have to decide now.
Goss goes on to implicate the leaders of the democratic party as knowing everything about the coercive techniques and in fact asking if more were necessary.
Please read this entire article and at the end you'll find this perfect WaPo caveat:
The writer, a Republican, was director of the CIA from September 2004 to May 2006 and was chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence from 1997 to 2004.
Lest we think a sane democrat would have this kind of opinion.
It's very telling and it mirrors what millions of Americans are also thinking. Here'a a point that hits home:
Obama's problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution. Obama is not at war with terrorists, but with his Republican fellow citizens. He has never abandoned the campaign trail.
That is why he opened Pandora's Box by publishing the Justice
Department's legal opinions on waterboarding and other hardline interrogation techniques. He cynically subordinated the national interest to his partisan desire to embarrass the Republicans. Then he had to rush to Langley, Virginia to try to reassure a demoralised CIA that had just discovered the President of the United States was an even more formidable foe than al-Qaeda.
"The Chicago Way" of Rahm Emmanuel and Barack Obama is dividing this country like never before.
Please read the entire article.
Friday, April 24, 2009
A person normally is judged by the company one keeps and I would think that would extend to the cabinet one selects. Obama's choice for chief financial advisor is clearly asleep at the switch. Maybe he's faking it because to face what Obamanomics has wrought is very scary.
I think those who voted for Obama expected "The One" would bring prosperity to all. Setting the federal engraving office into hyper phony mode by printing trillions of dollars of fake money is easy. It's like having a big green EASY Button. And everyone loves more money - even if it's fake.
But to run a business (something Obama has never done) or to run a government (something Obama has never done)one needs money. Real money. Generated by the producers and workers of your own economy.
This chart shows how we're doing on the Real Money front. And don't look for this chart on the front page of the NYTimes, WaPo, BosGlobe or at HuffPO...
Oh, and the projected drop for April should hit near 50%.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"She is wrong and she knows nothing about true racism-having never spent a day of her life being black in America. I do know something about racism as I and millions of other people of color have endured and experienced its ugly insidiousness. It is not a word that should be thrown around lightly or recklessly.Sophie Nelson, thanks for the clear thinking.
If we dare not stand in defense of our fellow citizens right to protest peacefully against our/their government then we are giving into a sneaky form of Tyranny. Race has nothing to do with the hardworking, decent American citizens who simply got sick and tired of being overtaxed and outspent by their government and showed up to do something about it."
While Garafalo falsely references racism Jon Voight addresses the real racism in this world. The "24" irony is too sweet
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Jourtegrity Lost- Onion style.
Hat tip QuietMan
Thank you President Obama, you did the right thing.
Let's say your family was spending $78,700 a year and you realized at that pace you would basically quadruple your family's current debt. And if left unchecked that debt would go up by a factor of 10 over the next ten years. Disaster on the horizon.
If President Obama was your family's financial advisor he would recommend that you find about $10 to shave off your budget to get things in line based on his request to Congress yesterday.
So if you can have little Bobby hold off on that 3-pack of tube socks things should just be fine.
Update: Paul Krugman of the NY Times suggests this about the concept that "100 million here and 100 million there really adds up":
Except, you know, really it doesn’t. Let’s say the administration finds $100 million in efficiencies every working day for the rest of the Obama administration’s first term. That’s still around $80 billion, or around 2% of one year’s federal spending.
Monday, April 20, 2009
"In 2005, the Senate Banking Committee, then under Republican control, adopted a strong reform bill, introduced by Republican Sens. Elizabeth Dole, John Sununu and Chuck Hagel, and supported by then chairman Richard Shelby. The bill prohibited the GSEs from holding portfolios, and gave their regulator prudential authority (such as setting capital requirements) roughly equivalent to a bank regulator. In light of the current financial crisis, this bill was probably the most important piece of financial regulation before Congress in 2005 and 2006. All the Republicans on the Committee supported the bill, and all the Democrats voted against it. Mr. McCain endorsed the legislation in a speech on the Senate floor. Mr. Obama, like all other Democrats, remained silent."
The bill of course did not pass, and bingo - Government sponsored agencies - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac backed all sorts of nonsense subprime loans with the full faith and resources of the US taxpayers.
Read the whole thing. There is no confusion about where the blame lies.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
"I'm grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old. "
If you think Obama thinks he's our president, president of the United States - you're wrong. He is unwilling to represent us or our past, he wants to be the teflon president who has done and will do no wrong.
Bowing to the Saudi king, shaking hands and smiling with a murderous, freedom squelching dictator such as Chavez, pleading with Raul Castro to let us re-invigorate his communist country and now rolling over for another banana republic scourge tells you all you need to know about Obama.
I'm embarassed by our president.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I'll repeat that none of the Bush Administration's efforts at coercive interrogation -none - including waterboarding constitute torture.
This report could have been issued without essentially revealing all of the details of our coercive interrogation tactics. Obama thought otherwise. Sharing is caring.
The Taliban however, have yet to release their list of coercive techniques.
Al Qaeda has yet to release their list of coercive techniques.
The Somali pirates are keeping mum on the subject too.
I used to carry a Geneva Convention card in my flight suit. The idea was to hand it to your captors so they would treat you with the respect outlined in the Geneva Convention. The joke was always hold it out to the side so the bullet passing through it won't hit you.
Thanks Obama, for putting our military men and women in more danger.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
"...we have responded to an extraordinary set of economic challenges with extraordinary action – action that has been unprecedented in both its scale and its speed."
Scale - that will triple the current deficit in 3 years - quadruple it in 10. All with borrowed money - money we don't have.
Speed - a stimulus package that blew through the Congress with no Republican support because he had the numbers and with absolutely no transparency - no five days for the American people and less than 8 hours for Congress.
Obama's FY09 budget is filled with pork projects something he promised would never happen, yet Obama is on tour touting how great this courageous plan is.
Run out tonight and load up all your credit cards to the max, pay no attention to what you're buying and tell your grandkids they have to pay the bills when they come in. That is what Obama and the thieves in Congress have done.
It's easy. Anyone can do it. But we're supposed to believe it's brilliant governing. It's extraordinary action.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Kurt Vonnegut, often referred to incorrectly, in my opinion, as an author with a liberal bent - generally was quite displeased with war but also with all types of government intervention in our lives.
Two of his short stories are darkly humorous and address just these issues. In the wonderful book of short stories; Welcome to the Monkey House - the title story describes a world where the government is trying to reduce the world population by getting people to commit suicide in government sponsored suicide parlors. Women are numbed from the waist down to prevent them from feeling desirous of sex. The hero in this story, Billy Pilgrim, risks death by breaking into suicide parlors and kidnapping the women suicide hostesses long enough to have the numbing medicine wear off. He attempts to charm them into having sex with him hoping to prevent a few suicides and while impregnating a few to bring some new children into the world. It's a hilarious story and unlike Atlas Shrugged takes a little less time to get you to pay attention to how government wants to control our lives.
Another story in the same book is called Harrison Bergeron and describes the story of a young boy who is much larger than the other kids his age. Normally a bit clumsy he surprises his proud parents by being a tremendous ballet talent. Angry parents, armed with new government regulations arrange to have Harrison weighed down by heavy chains to prevent the children his age from feeling inadequate. A funny, poignant story that draws so many parallels to so many situations in our current paternalistic government. With Obama's plans to further enhance the nanny government the story rings far too true.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
•“I’ve made it clear, Madam President, that the war against terrorism is not a war against Muslims, nor is it a war against Arabs. It’s a war against evil people who conduct crimes against innocent people.” — Remarks by President George W. Bush and President Megawati of Indonesia The Oval Office, Washington, D.C. September 19, 2001
•“The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.” — Remarks by the President at Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. September 17, 2001
•“All of us here today understand this: We do not fight Islam, we fight against evil.” — Remarks by President George W. Bush to the Warsaw Conference on Combating Terrorism November 6, 2001
•“I have assured His Majesty that our war is against evil, not against Islam. There are thousands of Muslims who proudly call themselves Americans, and they know what I know — that the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion. The exact opposite of the teachings of the al Qaeda organization, which is based upon evil and hate and destruction.” — Remarks by President George W. Bush and His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan The Oval Office, Washington, D.C. September 28, 2001
•“Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion.” – Remarks by President George W. Bush on U.S. Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan Presidential Hall, Dwight David Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Washington, D.C. October 11, 2002
And you wonder why people think the liberal media is covering up for Obama?
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sometimes I feel like I'm in the Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie and everyone has popped out of their gooey little pods chanting "the IPCC says so, the IPCC says so". The Main Stream Media has protected this BS long enough and while I'd be the first to say we need to protect our environment and develop alternative energy sources, I'm tired of public policy being developed on false hysteria. And apparently other people are finally starting to catch on.
For just one of several well researched websites that takes a different view go here.
Skeptics of the skeptical, stop being stubborn, wipe off the pod goo and if you'd rather watch a film go here.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
"Just two other allies made firm offers of troops. Belgium offered to send 35 military trainers and Spain offered 12. Mr Obama’s host, Nicolas Sarkozy, refused his request."
That's 347 troops most of whom won't make it out of the mess hall with the restrictions they operate under.
And how's about that missile the North Korean's just launched? Turns out Obama's threat of a "stern" response wasn't too effective.
I wouldn't blame the prez though, my bet is Hillary may have gifted Mr Kim with a "reset button" that was mistranslated again. You know, with the word "launch" instead.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The president's e-mail list of 13-million resulted in just 114,000 individual pledges — a response rate of less than 1 percent. Party workers secured another 100,000 signatures by hitting the streets. The DNC arrived at its 642,000 figure by making three photocopies of each petition so that every signer's senators and representative could get one.
These people must be using the same math in predicting the budget deficit will be cut in half by the end of Obama's term.
Read the whole thing. Believe me, it won't be on the network news tonight.
The front section is Democratic Talking Points 101. I get so angry at the bias in this section that I can only read it if I am in a self flagellating mood. The Op-Ed page is knee-slapping humor since it is written by the ghost of Saul Alinsky. The letters, always from Cambridge or the wealthy suburbs, are apoplectic missives reacting to some "cretin" who had the gall to suggest things may be getting better in Iraq or that this recession would have played itself out without bankrupting our future. I don't know what these letter writers will do if the Globe goes down, but I'd think about putting together a Western Suburbs Suicide Watch team.
I do feel sorry for the production workers at the Globe. They don't have to spill bogus rewrites about Abu Ghraib, or nucular, or Bush the chimp, onto a page each day - they have to muscle the paper out onto the streets from Midnight to 4 AM. I hope they land on their feet.
And there are still a few good writers at the Globe; Alex Beam - apolitical and outrageously clever/funny, Jeff Jacoby a brilliant conservative writer, I suspect feeling like a cashew sent down the wrong tube into a jar of peanuts, and Dan Payne and Todd Domke trading very clever opposing assessments of the political scene. I probably should have given others a chance but something told me it would be a waste of time.
If the Globe goes down I will forever have a fantasy. I will always wonder if all the great writers from that paper ever got together at a local bar over a few beers and denounced the overlords at the Globe and in the editorial departments for making them the exact opposite of the kind of good journalists they thought they could be coming out of J school.
If they ever collaborated to write a book about how journalism died at the Boston Globe it would be a best seller and probably a guide for journalism schools 10 years from now when the pendulum makes a swing back.
Friday, April 3, 2009
So that trillion dollars for the IMF? The frat boys want Uncle Hsu to kick in the biggest amount. Perfect picture.
from the FT.com site
Mr Brown claimed that China had agreed a $40bn contribution to IMF funds. Chinese authorities could not confirm that last night. The IMF declined to comment.
The joke's on us folks. China has bankrolled our current and near future debt. If they stop and call in the loans - the pork-laden, gravy train stimulus bill will bury us.
If George Bush did any one of the things above there would have been calls for impeachment hearings. We would have seen the bow in slow-mo 500 times with James Carville and Paul Begala offering snarky analysis. Leno and Letterman could lay off half their writing staffs for at least a month.
But not here in these United States of Obamerica. Mum's the word. The guy is a genius, the world loves him and man his wife's arms are cut! Please tell me again what the US got out of the G20 meetings other than a promise to deliver on the lion's share of a 1 trillion dollar gift to the IMF. The only person on to BHO is Sarkozy's wife.
I think Jed Clampett would have known better than to bow to an oil potentate.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Obama has authorized: first-17,000 more troops(3 weeks ago) and 4,000 more troops just last week. No complaining from the anti-war left. War is now okay.
Now that's jourtegrity!