Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Loose Lips Sink Ships Anyone?

I cannot imagine why the Obama Administration would tell the world that we have infiltrated Al Qaeda. Unless it's to prove that they're not really the panty wastes we all think they are. This reminds of Jimmy Carter revealing the super top secret B-2 bomber program to prove to the world that he was actually doing something on behalf of our national defense.

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Friedman Achieve The Dowd Standard

At last, Thomas Friedman has managed to craft a column that rivals Maureen Dowd for depth and insight.

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Obama: Incredibly Egotistical And Grossly Naive

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Obama Disproves H. L. Mencken

H.L. Mencken once observed that "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."

Well, Barack Hussein Obama has proven that you can underestimate the American public.

The public is not as dumb as it's made out to be, and Mr. Obama's public option died a bipartisan death yesterday in the Senate Finance Committee. What's left is a package of "reforms" that are mere trite extensions of what we've been doing for decades. That is, piling up mandates on private insurers and then lying that this somehow isn't driving up the cost of health insurance; piling up subsidies for health consumption and then lying that this somehow isn't responsible for runaway health-care spending.

Indeed. In truth, I don't think that the Democrats so much underestimated the American public's intelligence so much as they overestimated their own. I think that they are among the few people in this country who actually believe Obama's snake oil.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Europe Nostalgic For Cowboy Diplomacy

When the French are saying that it's time for Obama to grow a pair.

President Obama wants a unified front against Iran, and to that end he stood together with Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown in Pittsburgh on Friday morning to reveal the news about Tehran's secret facility to build bomb-grade fuel. But now we hear that the French and British leaders were quietly seething on stage, annoyed by America's handling of the announcement.

Both countries wanted to confront Iran a day earlier at the United Nations. Mr. Obama was, after all, chairing a Security Council session devoted to nonproliferation. The latest evidence of Iran's illegal moves toward acquiring a nuclear weapon was in hand. With the world's leaders gathered in New York, the timing and venue would be a dramatic way to rally international opinion.

President Sarkozy in particular pushed hard. He had been "frustrated" for months about Mr. Obama's reluctance to confront Iran, a senior French government official told us, and saw an opportunity to change momentum. But the Administration told the French that it didn't want to "spoil the image of success" for Mr. Obama's debut at the U.N. and his homily calling for a world without nuclear weapons, according to the Paris daily Le Monde. So the Iran bombshell was pushed back a day to Pittsburgh, where the G-20 were meeting to discuss economic policy.

This takes me back to Jimmy Carter's "Style over Substance" presidency.

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Obama Has Not Time For His Afghan War Commander

But he has all the time in the world to lobby for Chicago.

Obama will lead a delegation that includes first lady Michelle Obama, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Oprah Winfrey and others.
The International Olympic Committee on Friday will choose the site of the 2016 Summer Games. Also in contention are Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Tokyo; and Madrid, Spain.

The president’s apparent last-minute decision to make the trip drew immediate criticism, including from some Republicans in Congress who accused him of getting distracted from health care, the economy, Iran and Afghanistan.

If only the Afghan War were so important.

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The True Human Cost Of War

Suddenly, the mainstream media doesn't care.

Remember the controversy over the Pentagon policy of not allowing the press to take pictures of the flag-draped caskets of American war dead as they arrived in the United States? Critics accused President Bush of trying to hide the terrible human cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"These young men and women are heroes," Vice President Biden said in 2004, when he was senator from Delaware. "The idea that they are essentially snuck back into the country under the cover of night so no one can see that their casket has arrived, I just think is wrong."

In April of this year, the Obama administration lifted the press ban, which had been in place since the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Media outlets rushed to cover the first arrival of a fallen U.S. serviceman, and many photographers came back for the second arrival, and then the third.

But after that, the impassioned advocates of showing the true human cost of war grew tired of the story. Fewer and fewer photographers showed up. "It's really fallen off," says Lt. Joe Winter, spokesman for the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where all war dead are received. "The flurry of interest has subsided."

That's an understatement. When the casket bearing Air Force Tech. Sgt. Phillip Myers, of Hopewell, Va., arrived at Dover the night of April 5 -- the first arrival in which press coverage was allowed -- there were representatives of 35 media outlets on hand to cover the story. Two days later, when the body of Army Spc. Israel Candelaria Mejias, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, arrived, 17 media outlets were there. (All the figures here were provided by the Mortuary Affairs Operations Center.) On subsequent days in April, there were nearly a dozen press organizations on hand to cover arrivals.

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Another Story For The New York Times To Ignore

Well, the New York Times' double secret opinion journalism editor has his first story to ignore.

With the revelation that White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN, Matthew Vadum and Erick Erickson appear to be onto something significant. While the Gaspard matter needs further investigation before we form any hard conclusions, it certainly seems to confirm that President Obama’s ties to a whole series of ACORN-controlled organizations are neither minor nor by any means long-past. In fact, making use of what Erickson and Vadum have discovered about Gaspard, we can trace these links still further.

By the way, Director of Political Affairs is the same position that Karl Rove held in the Bush Administration.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Precisely What Is It About Roman Polanski That The French Find Admirable?

He drugged and analy raped
a thirteen year old.

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What Do You Call A Lawyer Lobby On Verge Of Collapse?

A good start

The trial lawyers lobby has been awash in debt and bleeding members - just as it embarks on a national campaign to block any clampdown on medical malpractice lawsuits as part of President Obama's health care overhaul.

The American Association for Justice, the most prominent group representing plaintiffs' attorneys, has seen a shake-up in its executive suite and has struggled to deal with what appears to be a mounting budget shortfall. To help it fight congressional efforts to make it harder for patients to sue doctors and lawyers, it recently sent out an extra solicitation to its members, asking them to fork over money for a lobbying campaign.

The most striking evidence of its financial woes is a swift decline in income, which resulted in a more than $6.2 million deficit in its operating budget for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2008, the most recent year for which data are available.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

America Sucked

Before the savior was elected.

I can recall no other major American speech in which the narcissism of a leader has been quite so pronounced. It might be compared to Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s “I shall return” -- which made it sound like MacArthur intended to reconquer the Philippines single-handedly. But MacArthur, at least, imagined himself as embodying his country, not transcending it. He did not assert that while the Japanese invasion was certainly excessive, America had been guilty of provocations of its own -- and now, in the MacArthur era, things would be finally different.

Twice in his United Nations speech, Obama dares to quote Franklin Roosevelt. I have read quite a bit of Roosevelt’s rhetoric. It is impossible to imagine him, under any circumstances, unfairly criticizing his own country in an international forum in order to make himself look better in comparison. He would have considered such a rhetorical strategy shameful -- as indeed it is.

At the United Nations, Obama set out to denigrate American goodness so he can become our rescuer. The speech had nothing to do with the confident style of Democratic rhetoric found in Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy. It insulted that tradition. And no one is likely ever to quote the speech -- except to deride it.

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New York Times Confesses To Cocooning

But, they've promised to do better.

Some editors told me they were not immediately aware of the Acorn videos on Fox, YouTube and a new conservative Web site called When the Senate voted to cut off all federal funds to Acorn, there was not a word in the newspaper or on its Web site. When the New York City Council froze all its funding for Acorn and the Brooklyn district attorney opened a criminal investigation, there was still nothing.

Readers noticed. James Jeff Crocket of New Britain, Conn., spoke for many when he said he was sure he knew why the paper was silent: “protecting the progressive movement.”

Finally, on Sept. 16, nearly a week after the first video was posted, The Times took note of the controversy, under the headline, “Conservatives Draw Blood From Acorn, Favored Foe.” The article said that conservatives hoped to weaken the Obama administration by attacking its allies and appointees they viewed as leftist. The conservatives thought they had a “winning formula,” the article said, mobilizing people “to dig up dirt,” then trumpeting it on talk radio and television.

By stressing the politics, the article irritated more readers. “A suspicious person might see an attempt to deflect criticism of Acorn by highlighting how those pesky conservatives are at it again,” said Albert Smith of Chatham, N.J.

But of course, the Times found the Times innocent of political bias.

Despite what the critics think, Abramson said the problem was not liberal bias.

And we can believe the Jill Abramson.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

When The French Tell You That It's Time To Man Up....

Sarkozy tells Obama that it's time so show a little maturity.

Update: Obama didn't get the memo.

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For Newspapers - A Bailout And A Leash

So, President Barack Obama is open to another bailout. This time, he wants to bail out newspapers. Declaring newspapers, “absolutely critical to the health of our democracy,” Obama said of the newspaper bailouts now being considered by the Congress, “I’ll be happy to look at them.”

“Journalistic integrity, you know, fact-based reporting, serious investigative reporting, how to retain those ethics in all these different new media and how to make sure that it’s paid for, is really a challenge,” Obama said. “But it’s something that I think is absolutely critical to the health of our democracy.”

Of course the investigative reporting that Obama wishes to see continued is anti-Republican muckraking. And it is that sort of lopsided scrutiny that most newspapers confine themselves to. For example, it was more than a week after the scandal broke on the internet and Fox News before New York Times readers learned that the Democrat-affiliated ACORN was busted by freelance investigators for facilitating underage sex slavery. And because papers like the New York Times and the Washington Post still serve as navigation beacons for the rest of the mainstream news media, few from that swamp took notice either. For example, when asked about the ACORN scandal recently, ABC news anchor Charlie Gibson confessed total ignorance.

Considering how much taxpayer money ACORN receives and how much influence it wields, “serious investigative reporting” would have been called for. But not even a long series of voter registration fraud cases ignited much interest.

But aside from keeping his allies, foot soldiers and guerilla warriors clothed and fed, Barack Obama has another interest in bailing out newspapers. Adding newspapers to the list of government dependents increases his power. Already Obama has two major US automobile manufacturers hanging on his trophy wall. The Obama Administration owns majority shares in both General Motors and Chrysler. They are obligated to do his bidding. The federal government imposed after-the-fact restrictions on financial institutions that accepted TARP funds. When banks that regained their footing tried to repay their loan and regain their freedom, Obama refused to take the money. He didn’t want to yield control.

But the real reason that Obama might want to bail out newspapers probably came to light late last month. Obama Administration officials were part of a conference call with the National Endowment for the Arts. Artist organizations were encouraged to involve themselves in promoting Obama’s political agenda. In particular artists were encouraged to deploy their artistic skills to promote “a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda – health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.”

In the old Soviet Union, the role of art was to glorify the state. I’m beginning to wonder if we really did win the Cold War.

And once again, this story only came to light through the efforts of the new media. The legacy media has been very slow to report on this. The New York Times first (and as of this writing, only) reporting was to reprint an Associated Press story about Obama’s new rules against awarding NEA grants based upon politics. That AP story emerged a full month after the story broke on the Internet.

The federal government is the single largest patron of the arts in this country. Even if the art community were not already sympathetic to leftwing politics, it certainly would have recognized who buttered its bread. Don’t you think that believers in limitless government power would like to hold similar power over newspapers?

It’s not as though most newspapers are not already eager to serve as Obama’s water bearers. They are. And there is no more glaring an example than the New York Times’ servility. But holding a financial leash is a sure way to make sure that they do not stray from Obama’s shining path.

There are probably numerous causes for the newspaper industry’s difficulties, but certainly one problem has to be the legacy media’s painful reluctance to report news that embarrasses this administration or his party.

The New York Times lost nearly $75 million in the first three months of this year. The Washington Post loses more than a dollar for every paper that it delivers. Without a bailout, they might be tempted to revive themselves by doing real reporting.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

The ACORN Hits Keep Coming

Why are the mainstream media surprised by this?

Documents released by a Senate Republican on Thursday show that leaders of the ACORN community organizing network transferred several million dollars in charitable and government money meant for the poor to arms of the group that have political and sometimes profit-making missions.

ACORN's tax-exempt groups and allied organizations, long a target of conservative ire, used more than half their charitable and public money in 2006 to pay other ACORN affiliates, according to an analysis by the tax staff of Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

If we had honest mainstream news media, this would have been known long ago. In truth, I believe that they did know it all along and intentionally suppressed it.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hey Barack! We Don't Need No Indoctrination

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Obamacare For Jews

Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims that his nation wants to purchase uranium for "medical purposes."

Sounds like Iran's death panels have already handed down their decision.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Grassroots - Redefined

Health reformers targeting 'enemies' - Washington Times

The plan for a series of grass-roots demonstrations Tuesday to promote President Obama's health care agenda calls for tightly scripted events and an "escalation" of efforts against "enemies" of reform.

Organizers insist there is no comparison to rowdy summer town hall meetings and recent "tea party" protests that have challenged White House policies.

But Health Care for America Now (HCAN), which is backed by a coalition of labor unions and liberal groups including ACORN and, organized the protests to target insurance companies and drafted the plan, which describes the demonstrations as part of its "insurance enemies project."

The document, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, details specific talking points, tactics, props and strategies to stage the protests. It lists goals that include action that "mobilizes our base by animating existing anger about private insurers."

How can a grassroots movement be "tightly scripted" by Democratic leaders?

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Obama Knows Nothing About ACORN Scandals

He must get his news from ABC or the New York Times.

Does he know that Van Jones resigned?

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Barack Obama: Racist

Reportedly, Barack Hussein Obama has asked black New York governor David Paterson not to run for reelection.

National Democratic Party leaders have asked Gov. David Paterson to consider withdrawing from the 2010 governor's race, according to two senior New York Democratic advisers.

Both advisers, who are close to the governor, spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for Paterson. The sources said it was unclear what Paterson would do in response.

The New York Times, which originally reported the request on its Web site, said that it was President Barack Obama who asked Paterson to withdraw.

Update: Screw you!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

You Lie!

Obama is caught in another whopper. Will the mainstream media report? You've got to be kidding.

Barack Obama in April 2007 told a group of supporters: Health Care Reform Requires Tax Hikes — Savings Just a Theory.

"Initially you may need another $90-100 billion each year."

Funny. That sure isn't what he told the American public last week during his speech to Congress.

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Jay Leno Monologue On ACORN

The key phrase: "Have you heard about this?" If you listen to network news broadcasts or read the New York Times, you probably haven't.

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Proof That You Don't Have To Smart To Work For CNN

Butt naked last on Celebrity Jeopardy. But, he never lost his haughty attitude.

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Kill Granny

Or the terrorists win.

A U.S. president who fails on his signature issue--health care--won't have the strength and public support to deal with new challenges by Islamists. He will be seen at home and abroad as seriously weakened. Yet neither party seems much bothered by this threat. . . .

Legislators on both sides of the aisle should start thinking beyond their narrow self-interest. If Democrats fail to find a health-care compromise they may doom their president's foreign policy, and their own reelection chances. They will certainly be helping the Taliban, by undercutting Obama's ability to craft a policy that could save Afghanistan.

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It Takes An Amateur

to do the job the mainstream news media is supposed to do.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

You Lie!

He does.

President Barack Obama, seeking to make a case for health-insurance regulation, told a poignant story to a joint session of Congress last week. An Illinois man getting chemotherapy was dropped from his insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn't known about.

"They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it," the president said in the nationally televised address.

In fact, the man, Otto S. Raddatz, didn't die because the insurance company rescinded his coverage once he became ill, an act known as recission. The efforts of his sister and the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan got Raddatz's policy reinstated within three weeks of his April 2005 rescission and secured a life-extending stem-cell transplant for him. Raddatz died this year, nearly four years after the insurance showdown.

The narrative was right. It's just that the facts were wrong.

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Cap And Trade To Bankrupt American Families

This is just what we need in the middle of a recession, a $1761 tax per family tax increase.

And this estimate comes from the Obama Administration which has been notorious for underestimating the costs of its initiatives.

Of course, candidate Obama was briefly honest about this.

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Obama Stabs Allies In The Back

Obama scrapping missile shield for Czech, Poland - Washington Times

The Obama administration on Thursday said it is scrapping its plans for a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic that was intended to protect against the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, but said it is doing so in order to deploy a more flexible system that it said is an "enhancement.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said in an interview that the new system, which will be announced later Thursday, is based on a determination that the Iranian threat is still limited to short- and medium-range missiles, instead of long-range missiles called intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBM's.

Somehow I think that this "enhancement" will make Vladimir Putin happier than our allies. It's the Obama way.

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What Do Nancy Pelosi And Charlie Gibson Have In Common?

Both are completely oblivious to the news.

Charlie Gibson here and Nancy Pelosi here.

More evidence that ignorance is a prerequisite to liberalism.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Not Even Jon Stewart Can Stomach ACORN And The Mainstream Media

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Maybe this will help Charlie Gibson and the rest of the mainstream media catch up on this story.

Or maybe this will.

ACORN, calling the actions of some of its employees "indefensible," has suspended advising new clients as part of its service programs and is setting up an independent review to see what happened.

ACORN chief executive Bertha Lewis said in a written statement that she was "ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN's service programs until completion of an independent review."

Of course, to explain this to New York Times readers will be difficult, considering that this is all they've read about it.

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Big Brother Is Watching (Psst: That's Barack Hussein Obama)

Barack Obama is tracking you on social networking sites

The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet.

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Is this what you Obamatons thought you were voting for?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Approved Democratic Newspeak

In the aftermath of Joe Wilson accurately described Barack Hussein Obama as a liar, the Democrats in the House of Representatives have produced a outline of permissible language for use on the House floor.

Especially useful: The section on how to properly insult the executive branch in the in the chamber.

"Disgrace" and "nitwits" -- okay.

"Liar" or "sexual misconduct" -- ixnay.

Under section 370 of the House Rules and Manual it has been held that a Member could:

• refer to the government as “something hated, something oppressive.”
• refer to the President as “using legislative or judicial pork.”
• refer to a Presidential message as a “disgrace to the country.”
• refer to unnamed officials as “our half-baked nitwits handling foreign affairs.”

Likewise, it has been held that a member could not:
• call the President a “liar.”
• call the President a “hypocrite.”
• describe the President’s veto of a bill as “cowardly.”
• charge that the President has been “intellectually dishonest.”
• refer to the President as “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”
• refer to alleged “sexual misconduct on the President’s part.”

There is much more.

I wish I had the resources to search all the language used in the preceding 8 years to see how well Democrats adhered to this when George Bush was our president.

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Bin Laden Embraces Jimmy Carter

Osama Bin Laden, in the fashion of Oprah Winfrey, has a recommended reading list. Guess who Bin Laden likes?

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” in which former President Jimmy Carter gives his views about how best to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, and criticizes Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the territories. While the voice on the tape does not mention this book by name, it calls on Americans to “read what your former president, Carter, wrote regarding Israeli racism against our people in Palestine,” in a characterization of the book that goes beyond Mr. Carter’s own language.

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Pete Stark Called Bush A Liar - No Apology Required

The Congress's biggest asshole called George Bush a liar (at least twice) without the media lamenting the death of civility.

More on the topic of civility here.

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Obama's Death Panels

Obama is cutting Medicare reimubursements to doctors treating cancer and cardiac patients.

These cuts will force cardiologists and oncologists to limit care to their Medicare patients, withdraw from treating Medicare patients altogether or require their patients to pay more out of pocket to make up the difference in the cost of these services.

Unless these proposed changes are rescinded, current and future cardiac and cancer care patients will suffer the consequences, especially in rural areas where the proportion of Medicare patients is exceptionally high and patients have fewer choices of health care providers.

The changes certainly will force the closing of outreach clinics in rural areas, leaving many people without easily accessible cardiac or cancer care. They will be forced to travel to hospitals, sometimes long distances from home, and to wait for hours, if not days and weeks, for the tests and services they need.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

How Big An Asshole Is Pete Stark?

I don't know. He's either this big an asshole

Or is he this big an asshole?

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The World Condemns Obama Deployment of Hillary Clinton

U.S. Condemned For Pre-Emptive Use Of Hillary Clinton Against Pakistan

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Kanye West - The Cure Didn't Last Long

South Park invested an entire episode into ridiculing Kanye West's bloated ego. He said that the episode hurt his feelings, but that it would help him keep that ego in check.

Well, that cure didn't last long.

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Death Panels

Obama surrogate Evan Thomas is for them.

The idea that we might ration health care to seniors (or anyone else) is political anathema. Politicians do not dare breathe the R word, lest they be accused—however wrongly—of trying to pull the plug on Grandma. But the need to spend less money on the elderly at the end of life is the elephant in the room in the health-reform debate. Everyone sees it but no one wants to talk about it. At a more basic level, Americans are afraid not just of dying, but of talking and thinking about death. Until Americans learn to contemplate death as more than a scientific challenge to be overcome, our health-care system will remain unfixable.

I don't believe that the only solution to solving our supposed healthcare crisis is death panels, although Obama clearly does.

And, there's the other, more subtle forms of rationing.

The normal critique of socialized medicine is to point out that people have to wait a long time for these kinds of treatments in places like Britain. And that's certainly a valid critique. I'm sure my mom and daughter would still be waiting for their treatments, while my father and wife would probably be dead.

The key point, though, is that these treatments didn't just come out out of the blue. They were developed by drug companies and device makers who thought they had a good market for things that would make people feel better.

I do wish that this were more prominent. The fact is that both indirectly, as in the above link and directly (here), Obamacare will stifle the introduction of new lifesaving drugs and treatments.

The argument that Obamacare with smother new treatments by outlawing profits might be a bit cerebral, so we should take advantage of the Democrat's oafishness by pointing out that they are actively attacking medical progress.

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Now will Congress investigate ACORN? | Washington Examiner

Now will Congress investigate ACORN? | Washington Examiner

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ACORN Prostitution Scandals: The Hits Just Keep Coming

Without the slightest bit of evidence, CNN claimed that James O'Keefe tried his prostitution sting on numerous ACORN offices before he managed to fool one.

Not true - again.

Of course, if you want to read about this, you'll have to subscribe to a foreign newspaper.

But liberals are not simply standing still on this. No, they're threatening the guy who exposed ACORN.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

ACORN: It's All About Derailing Socialism

ACORN's chief organizer, Bertha Lewis knows why ACORN has been the target of stings lately that has turned of at least one gravy train.

"It is no coincidence that the most recent attacks have been launched just when health care reform is gaining traction," Bertha Lewis, ACORN's chief organizer, said in a press release Saturday. "It is clear they've had these tapes for months."

Ms. Lewis said conservative forces were conspiring to make ACORN the "Willie Horton for 2009," referring to the convicted murderer who committed more crimes while on work release from a Massachusetts prison and was featured in a 1988 campaign ad criticizing Democratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis as being supposedly soft on crime.

"We are the boogeyman for the right wing and its echo chambers," Ms. Lewis said.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Van Jones And The Media's Dereliction Of Duty

Last Sunday, while browsing my morning newspaper for fresh news, I came across one surprise. On page 3 of this paper I learned that Barack Obama’s so-called green jobs czar, Van Jones, had resigned amid controversy.

“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” he said in his resignation statement. “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.”
America’s long national nightmare was over. And a relieved America exhaled a collective sigh of, “huh?”

Many Americans had two questions. Who is Van Jones? What controversy?

The New York Times, for example, published its first story on the controversy Monday, about 30 hours after Jones’ resignation. On September 4, while the blogoshpere was aflame with Van Jones stories, Byron York, writing for the Washington Examiner, tabulated every word dedicated to the Van Jones controversy by the New York Times, the Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, and CBS news. All these mainstream news services finished in a dead heat with zero.

Since Jones’ early Sunday morning resignation, elite opinion and the mainstream media have been lamenting the fact that the alternative media were able to drive from power someone they obviously admired. The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman called the alternative media an “open sewer.”

But this smear campaign amounted to the vicious and unfair disinterment of videotape and irrefutable documentation of Jones’ radicalism. The most effective witness against Van Jones was Van Jones.

Van Jones claimed that his signature on a document lending support to the notion that President George W. Bush was complicit in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were a result of his not reading carefully what he was signing. But that was not the only time his name and face appeared questioning the government’s involvement in 9/11.

Nor could Jones explain away his racist rants about white boys and mass murder. He did not dispute videos in which he described himself as a communist. He apologized for referring to Republicans in crude anatomical terms. But he could not deny having said it. He was right there, on videotape.

Simply stated, he could not support his accusation that he was the victim of lies and distortions because all his critics really did was post video of Jones being Jones.

Some have questioned the vetting process that allowed Van Jones to slip through. And he was appointed without having to fill out Obama’s much-ballyhooed questionnaire. So no one deserves the blame more than Barack Obama. Barack Obama spent more than two decades in the congregation of the reverend Jeremiah Wright, whose racist, anti-American rants have also been posted to the Internet for all but the liberal media to see. It was Barack Obama who counted the terrorists William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn as “family friends.”

Both were leaders of the 1970’s terrorist group the “Weather Underground” which set numerous bombs around the country. On September 11, 2001, while Americans were watching in horror as the Twin Towers fell, New Yorkers were reading a Times interview in which William Ayers said that his only regret from his terrorist heyday was that the “didn’t do more.”

His wife, Bernardine Dohrn, was quoted in 1969 celebrating the Manson Family mass murders: “Dig It. First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, they even shoved a fork into a victim’s stomach! Wild!”

It was not that someone in the Obama Administration failed to properly vet Van Jones. It’s just that Van Jones fits so neatly into this administration’s view of mainstream. And he’s in the modern Democratic Party mainstream. A 2007 public opinion poll found that 35% of Democrats believed that President Bush had a role in the 9/11 hijackings. Another 26% weren’t certain.

This was a rerun of the Chas Freeman episode. Obama selected Freeman to serve as his National Security Advisor. He nomination was sunk when bloggers turned over rocks the mainstream media did not want to look under. Bloggers exposed Freeman as virulently anti-Israel and possibly anti-Semitic. He argued that China did not crack down early enough or hard enough on Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protestors. The mainstream media looked the other way until Freeman withdrew.

The old media has yielded the job of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable to the new media.

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Joe Wilson Was Right

Barack Hussein Obama is a liar.

"[T}he administration also concedes that hospitals would be compensated with public funds for the care of undocumented immigrants."

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Obama's Death Panels, In His Own Words

Well, since he brought it up, it's worth reminding people that Barack Hussein Obama himself has advocated rationing healthcare to the elderly.

So, who should make these decisions? A panel of experts, according to Obama.

A New York Times interviewer asked Barack Hussein Obama how we should decide who gets health care and who doesn't.

"I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels. And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance."

And Obama makes it clear here where he sees potential savings in health care.

“That’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues,” he said in the April 14 interview. “The chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health- care bill out here.”

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Time For A Saturday Night Massacre?

EXCLUSIVE: Inquiry opened into New Black Panther case - Washington Times

Somehow, I suspect that these folks will suffer the same fate as those inconvenient inspectors general.

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

To The Democrats, This Is Terrorism

Norman Rockwell is surely turning over in his grave.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Why Did The AP Publish A Dying Soldier's Photo?

Because they are assholes.

“I cannot imagine the pain and suffering Lance Corporal Bernard’s death has caused his family. Why your organization would purposefully defy the family’s wishes knowing full well that it will lead to yet more anguish is beyond me. Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put this image of their maimed and stricken child on the front page of multiple American newspapers is appalling. The issue here is not law, policy or constitutional right – but judgment and common decency.”

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Pete Stark Explains How To Get Rich

Borrow money. Your debt is actually a measure of your wealth.


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The Van Jones Hits Just Keep Coming

"You've never seen a Columbine done by a black child."

"The president of the United States sounded like a crackhead."

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One More Reason Why The Mainstream News Media Is Doomed

Should it be news when it is learned that a high ranking Obama Administration official is a communist, a nutcase radical and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist?

Apparently not.

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Could It Possibly Get Any Worse?

Fried butter.

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Van Jones Busted

And re-busted. How will he lie his way out of this one?

But, he still has the confidence of the president. Sadly, I believe that.

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Math Is Hard

Obama's going to give his FIRST speech on healthcare?

It will be the first time Obama has the full force and symbolism of the office to define the debate on health care.

Or, will it be his 28th?

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What? The US Isn't A Banana Republic?

Charles Krauthammer gets right to point of Obama's fall from grace. It was his arrogance.

Obama imagined that, as Fouad Ajami so brilliantly observed, he had won the kind of banana-republic plebiscite that grants caudillo-like authority to remake everything in one's own image.

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The Real Ted Kennedy

Heard any good Mary Jo Kopechne jokes lately? According to his good friend and former New York Times magazine editor Ed Klein, the late Ted Kennedy always enjoyed a good knee slapper on the topic of Chappaquiddick. And for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m not surprised. You probably don’t know about the “waitress sandwich” episode either. Nor do you recall when Ted Kennedy was raising money for terrorists. Or when he tried to strike a deal with the Soviet Union to undermine US foreign policy.

Since Kennedy gained his eligibility to vote in Chicago elections, our unbiased and ever vigilant mainstream news media has only told us what a great man he was, how he cared about the less fortunate. But while Ted Kennedy used his position in the Senate to tell us how we should live, he lived a life of dissolution and used his wealth, authority and surname to escape legal responsibility.

A young friend of mine had heard of Chappaquiddick but didn’t know what it meant. She had never heard of Mary Jo Kopechne. I enlightened her as I will enlighten you.

Mary Jo Kopechne was one of three young female volunteers for Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign who joined Ted Kennedy and two friends for a party at a cabin on Chappaquiddick Island. Later that night, Kennedy and Kopechne left the party for what was almost certainly a tryst. Kennedy, who had been drinking, missed a turn and drove off a bridge. Kennedy escaped the sinking car. Kopechne did not.

After abandoning Kopechne to her fate, Kennedy swam across a narrow channel and took a room at an Edgartown hotel. Later that night he complained to the desk clerk of noisy neighbors who were disrupting his sleep.

The next day he was confronted by one of his fellow partiers and forced to alert authorities. Kopechne was found later that day in a position indicating that she survived for some time until she exhausted the oxygen in her air pocket. Kennedy received a suspended sentence for leaving the scene of an accident.

When the news media did mention Chappaquiddick, it was treated as though this was his only transgression in an otherwise exemplary life. Untrue.

Until the 1990’s, the Irish Republican Army was Europe’s most dangerous terrorist group, setting off bombs in public places and committing murders. Ted Kennedy was one of the IRA’s primary enablers in this country and even helped raise money through the fake charity Noraid. Kennedy eventually condemned Noraid and claimed that up until then he was ignorant of its terrorist ties, but if so, he was the last man to learn of it.

And Kennedy didn’t confine himself to subverting Great Britain. About 15 years ago, Russian president Boris Yeltsin opened the Soviet Union’s KGB files for public inspection. The news media discovered, and immediately forgot, that in 1983 Kennedy was attempting to undermine US foreign policy. He offered to sabotage Reagan’s missile defense plans in exchange for Soviet assistance to Democrats in the 1984 general elections. I don’t think that even Alger Hiss’s treachery approaches Ted Kennedy’s. But that Kennedy name and the news media’s affection shielded him once again.

In 1985, Ted Kennedy joined Christopher Dodd (D-Connecticut) in an assault on a cocktail waitress, which came to be known as the “waitress sandwich.” In an account verified for accuracy by the victim, Carla Gaviglio, that was published in Gentleman’s Quarterly in 1990: “As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd’s lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair.”

This wretch served for decades as the conscience of the Democratic Party. The Chappaquiddick incident ended his presidential aspirations, but he never paid the slightest price for any of his other misbehaviors.

A wit once posited that, to hear people speak of the recently deceased, one might conclude that dying was a privilege reserved only for the most virtuous. Ted Kennedy’s eulogies verified that. But history should not be so kind.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Van Jones, The One Man Who Makes Glenn Beck Look Sane

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Macaulay Culkin Did Not Father Michael Jackson's Child

I'm glad that's been cleared up.

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None Dare Call It Bribery

But that's exactly what it is.

The reigning member of Congress’ top tax committee is apparently “wrangling” other politicos to get him out of his own financial and tax troubles. …

CBS 2 HD has discovered that since ethics probes began last year the 79-year-old congressman has given campaign donations to 119 members of Congress, including three of the five Democrats on the House Ethics Committee who are charged with investigating him.

Charlie’s “angels” on the committee include Congressmen Ben Chandler of Kentucky, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina and Peter Welch of Vermont. All have received donations from Rangel.

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Ted Kennedy's Regrets

Ted Kennedy felt such remorse for killing Mary Jo Kopechne that he just couldn't resist a good joke about it now and then.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy wrote in a memoir being published this month that he made terrible decisions after the 1969 car crash that killed Mary Jo Kopechne, but said he was never romantically involved with her and was haunted by that night for his entire life.

Oh yeah. I believe that. Especially after hearing this.

So far, I read nothing about him regretting his sexual assault on a cocktail waitress or this attempts to subvert US foreign policy through back channel communications with former Soviet dictator Yuri Andropov.

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The Federal Government Is Too Small?

That's what a "study" finds.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A Liberal Journalist Discovers That Democrats Aren't For The Little Guy

Especially when that little guy is a public school student.

Steven Brill’s New Yorker article on “The Rubber Room,” an account of the thousands of New York City public school teachers who are paid, in the high five figures or even six figures, to show up at windowless offices and not teach at all. Brill, longtime proprietor of the American Lawyer, has spent most of his life at the top levels of American society, superintending some very interesting reporting but, when it comes to opinion, doing little more than mouthing liberal clichés. He’s used to dealing with very smart and able people. I suspect that for years he’s accepted, without thinking about it much one way or the other, the belief that if governments spend more money on public services, ordinary people and the poor will be helped.

Brill is clearly shocked and appalled at what he sees in the Rubber Rooms in New York. His accounts of the maladjusted and utterly incompetent teachers he finds there are vivid and terrific reporting; his accounts of the rationalization of teacher union officials for this appalling system make clear, despite his clear and graceful prose, that he is enraged by what this system costs taxpayers and, even more, by what it denies children who are most in need of help. As Mickey Kaus puts it in his Twitter-length link to Brill’s article: “Everyone hates the teachers’ unions now.”

The Washington Post figures it out too.

As we've said before, vouchers aren't the answer to Washington's school troubles; we enthusiastically support public school reform and quality charter schools, too. But vouchers are an answer for some children whose options otherwise are bleak. In Washington, they also are part of a carefully designed social-science experiment that may provide useful evidence for all schools on helping low-income children learn. Why would a Democratic administration and Congress want to cut such an experiment short?

I'm hoping that the Post's question is rhetorical. After all, the answer is self-evident.

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Government Motors Backlash?

GM and Chrysler didn't do so well during the Cash-For-Clunkers scam. But Ford's sales were up.

"The Ford Motor Company, said its sales rose 17 percent last month from a year ago, marking the first time since 2006 that Ford’s sales rose in two consecutive months. Its sales rose 2.3 percent in July.....General Motors said its sales fell 20 percent from last August, and Chrysler reported a 15 percent decline."

Americans don't dig socialism.

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