Tuesday, March 31

$7,000


No way. HHS Secretary-designate Kathleen Sebelius is a tax cheat, too?

Do any Democratic politicians actually pay their taxes?

The Obama administration employs a small cadre of scumbag, slimeball tax cheats, all of whom should be in jail. Where are the ethical standards?

Oh, screw it! 'Hope'! 'Change'! 'Hope'! 'Change'! 'Hope'! 'Change'!

h.r. 1664


Barney Frank, the House Financial Services Chairman, is going to use H.R. 1664, the "Pay for Performance Act of 2009" -- a newly approved measure -- to "impose government controls on the pay of all employees -- not just top executives -- of companies that have received a capital investment from the U.S. government."

H.R. 1664 also gives the tax cheating Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner the power to determine the salaries of hundreds of thousands of American corporate employees and what is "reasonable" or "excessive."

Alan Grayson (D-FL), the moron who wrote this un-American bill said:
"This bill will show which Republicans are so much on the take from the financial services industry that they're willing to actually bless compensation that has no bearing on performance and is excessive and unreasonable," Grayson said. "We'll find out who are the people who understand that the public's money needs to be protected, and who are the people who simply want to suck up to their patrons on Wall Street."
Will this bill also show which Democrats are on the take from the financial services industry? Democrats like Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and President Obama? Yes, this most definitely is "the change we need."

the rush limbaugh challenge

Andrew Klaven suggests something novel. To all the Rush Limbaugh haters out there -- Liberals, Moderates, you know who you are -- why don't you try listening to his show before 'bashing him'?

Good idea. Liberals should take Klavan's challenge. That way, they can honestly lay claim to being tolerant and open minded.

Monday, March 30

crazy spain

Lawyer Gonzalo Boye works in his office in Madrid Monday March 30, 2009. Boye,
I'm on my cell phone again... But remind me to tell you about Spanish 'human rights' lawyer Gonzalo Boye, pictured above, when I can properly source the information.

Boye maintains that six former Bush administration officials -- Alberto Gonzales, Doug Feith, John Yoo, David Addington, Bill Haynes and Jay Bybee -- violated international law by confining prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

But, interestingly enough, what the above link from the NYT fails to mention is that Boye himself served ten years in prison for collaborating with the Spanish terror group ETA. At that time, Boye reportedly was a member of the Chilean terror group MIR.

This 'human rights' lawyer enabled terrorist activity? And now he -- amazingly -- wants former Bush administration officials tried for alleged war crimes?

Sounds like par-for-the-course for our friends in socialist Spain, doesn't it?

a thought or two

I'm sitting here watching the news...General Motors bailout...stock market down 250 today...And I realize none of this stuff would be happening if McCain were President now.

Had McCain won, the Dow would have skyrocketed to new heights the day after the election. Out of relief.

Bailouts? Yeah. Probably. Somewhat. But I think the Old Jackass would have told GM to stick it. I don't think he would believe that it was in the presidential perview to hire & fire corporate executives.

Instead, the market has been declining out of fear and uncertainty over uncertainty of the Magic Negro. And rightfully so.

And how ironic. All of these GM employees -- certainly Obama voters -- now face the very real notion of their company going bankrupt. And if that happens, Whoops! A sucky Pension insured by the government? And definitely no more gold-plated benefits.

Speaking of benefits...Chris Dodd, is head of the Senate Banking Committee. And AIG made contributions to Dodd's re-election campaign BECAUSE he was going to BECOME the chair of the Banking Committee.

What if the Chairs of the various committees were unknown to the public? That would eliminate the lobbying problems right there. Of course, open government advocates would shoot my idea down and there would be no accountability, but you get my point, don't you?

liberal racism is okay


Note to Angie Harmon: Disagreeing with Obama doesn't make you a racist. Said she:
"Here's my problem with this, I'm just going to come out and say it. If I have anything to say against Obama it's not because I'm a racist, it's because I don't like what he's doing as President."
The Jackson's and the Sharpton's of the world would love to spin disagreement as racism. But we don't do racism here, just like we don't do class warfare. And we expose hypocrisy, double standards and racism.

Remember two years ago when Liberals wondered whether Obama was 'authentic' enough, since he's only half black? Some said he wasn't 'authentic' like Sharpton or Snoop Dog. Talk about racism. Liberals can be racists all day long and it's considered a nuanced position.

gm & dc


Did Obama realize he contradicted himself all over the place today with remarks about the firing of Rick Wagoner?

First, "Let me be clear: the United States government has no interest or intention of running GM."

Then, "The United States government will stand behind your warrantee."

(Editor's note: I like this picture. I used to do that same thing as a kid when a stranger would approach me. As in, 'No, no, no. Go away.')

stay classy


Another slug is set to join the administration, former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus. (above)

Mabus, Obama's nominee for Navy Secretary, secretly taped his wife during a confession with their family priest.

Oh, yeah. The priest was in on the plot. What a bunch of classy people.

what we have

The President is now in the business of firing corporate CEO's.

The out-of-control, tax-cheating Treasury Secretary who says "the great risk is that we do too little rather than too much.

An out-of-control environmental lobby setting our thermostats and preventing us from buying plasma televisions and dark colored cars.

We've got a bunch of trouble on our hands. Happy Monday.

Friday, March 27

suicide pork


Is building a 'suicide fence' on the Y-Bridge in Akron, Ohio stimulating to the economy? (Pictured, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic with the 'stimulus' plan.)

Thursday, March 26

a big achievement

People talk about Presidential achievements, like reforming welfare, a strong economy, foreign aid.

President Bush liberated Iraq. And 60% of Iraqi's are optimistic for their future. Some 94% of Iraqi's say their lives are going well. Amazing stuff. Thank you, Jeff Jacoby for writing about it.
"Even now, with a stubbornness born of partisan hostility or political ideology, there are those who cannot bring themselves to utter the words "victory" and "Iraq" in the same sentence. But six years after the war began, it is ending in victory. As in every war, the price of that victory was higher than we would have wished. The price of defeat would have been far higher."
Yes, the Democrats were wrong about Iraq. They voted for it but then turned against it when it became unpopular. The Democrats are wrong about almost everything, including the way out of the current economic crisis. I don't trust the Democrats and I don't believe anything they say.

bayh, carper & lincoln

Moderate Democrats Evan Bayh, Tom Carper and Blanche Lincoln have created a working group in the Senate.
"Nearly half of the U.S. electorate calls itself moderate, and more than half of the rest identify themselves as conservative. That means Democrats could capture every liberal vote and half of the moderates and still lose at the polls."
Even Democrats acknowledge that America remains a center-right country. Obama and his ilk are the true Minority. BO is President because the GOP failed to properly express itself. BO is President because he promised to cut taxes for 95% of Americans. BO is President because he campaigned partially as a Conservative.

Bayh, Carper and Lincoln see the writting on the wall. So much for the supposed 'irrelevant' Republican Party, huh? Now all we have to do is nominate electable candidates, candidates who can effectively communicate Conservative policies, and we'll win.

in the crapper


I suspect that our Lefty friend Chris, an all-around good guy and regular contributor to this blog, won't be too happy about BO's favorable/unfavorable numbers.

In fact, Obama's poll numbers are now lower than Bush at a similar period in 2001. I wonder why the MSM isn't reporting that?

chip & ed

I'd like to recognize CBS News' Chip Reid and CNN's Ed Henry, better journalists than I once believed them to be.

Both of these guys are Liberal Democrats. The tone of their reporting, their heavy-handed treatment of Republicans versus their kid-glove treatment of Democrats has never escaped my attention.

But they both asked good, tough and fair questions of President Obama on Tuesday night. And they've been roundly criticized for it.

Chip Reid:

“At both of your town hall meetings in California last week, you said, quote, 'I didn't run for president to pass on our problems to the next generation.' But under your budget, the debt will increase $7 trillion over the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office says $9.3 trillion. And today on Capitol Hill, some Republicans called your budget, with all the spending on health care, education and environment, the most irresponsible budget in American history.

“Isn't that kind of debt exactly what you were talking about when you said 'passing on our problems to the next generation'?”

If Bush and the GOP were big spenders, what does that make Obama and the Democrats?

Ed Henry:
"You spoke again at the top about your anger about AIG. You've been saying that for days now. But why is it that it seems Andrew Cuomo seems to be in New York getting more actual action on it? And when you and Secretary Geithner first learned about this 10 days, two weeks ago, you didn't go public immediately with that that outrage -- you waited a few days, and then you went public after you realized Secretary Geithner really had no legal avenue to stop it.

"And more broadly -- I just want to follow up on Chip and Jake -- you've been very critical of President Bush doubling the national debt. And to be fair, it's not just Republicans hitting you -- Democrat Kent Conrad, as you know, said, "When I look at this budget, I see the debt doubling again." You keep saying that you've inherited a big fiscal mess. Do you worry, though, that your daughters -- not to mention the next President -- will be inheriting an even bigger fiscal mess if the spending goes out of control?"
Obama said 'he likes to know what he's talking about.' I don't think so. If true, that would be a first for the guy who claimed last year that he had 'visited all 57 states.' No, Obama's 'outrage' about AIG came only after he and Axelrod had devised Administration talking points after receiving the latest polling and focus group information.

'systemtic risk regulator'


Sweeping new changes to the financial system? You betcha. Starting with government limiting the risk that American corporations can take, thereby limiting their profits. That should kill the economy.

From WaPo:
"The Obama administration's plan, described by several sources, would extend federal regulation for the first time to all trading in financial derivatives and to companies including large hedge funds and major insurers such as AIG. The administration also will seek to impose uniform standards on all large financial firms, including banks, an unprecedented step that would place significant limits on the scope and risk of their activities."
It's all about Big Government, baby. Democrats worship at the B.G. altar because they think you and I are too stupid to live our own lives. But they conveniently forget -- or are too dense to understand -- that B.G. is what caused all of this in the first place. B.G. meddling in home ownership, in the credit markets. Over-regulation brought us here.

Obama also wants companies to base employee pay on long term performance, 'curtailing big paydays for short-term victories.' That should kill the economy.

Killing capitalism is a severe, hyper-overreaction to last year's financial crisis. Way to go, Democrats. Bring on 2010!

Tuesday, March 24

reading a speech


Instead of his usual teleprompter tonight, President Obama used a giant television in the back of the East Room from which to read his opening remarks.

Hey, don't all great orators do that?

mincing, slicing & dicing

It's kind of a big deal when your hometown newspaper calls you 'a lying weasel,' don't you think?

From the New Haven Register:
"We’re not going to mince words. Chris Dodd is a lying weasel. It is hard enough to swallow that the senator had no idea that he got preferential treatment on his home mortgages that saved him thousands of dollars. Or that, simply out of friendship, a wealthy New York man, who was later convicted in a huge stock swindle, picked up much of the cost of a condo Dodd bought in Washington; or that the stock swindler’s business partner out of a love of Ireland did the same for Dodd when the senator bought a waterfront house in Ireland.

"Dodd claims he was unaware of the AIG bonuses when he changed the language of his amendment to allow them. Dodd, however, is more than familiar with AIG. Its Financial Products unit, which helped drive AIG to the brink of bankruptcy, has headquarters in Wilton, CT. As a member and now chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over AIG’s industry, Dodd has received more campaign money, $281,038, from AIG than any other member of Congress."
Of course, Chris Dodd lied about the AIG bonuses. So did the President. So did Turbo Tax Geithner. So did Reid and Pelosi and Frank and the entire rotten lot of them. Any Democrat who know expresses phony outrage about AIG is lying.

This is about incompetence and mismanagment and the Democrats are covering their butts, trying to have it both ways.

Monday, March 23

marketing

Dow +497 today based on the plan to shed toxic assets.

Whatever. I love it. Go BO!

punchdrunk

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) says we’re going to have to go back and rework this whole thing, and that’s going to be done this week in the Budget Committee.”

'This thing,' is the Obama budget. BO's deficit projections come in $2.3 trillion short of the numbers released last Friday by the Congressional Budget Office. Ooops! His bad. So much for having 'the judgment to lead' crap. Can he balance a checkbook?

From MSNBC:
"The new Congressional Budget Office figures that emerged Friday offered a far more dire outlook for Obama's budget than the new administration predicted just last month — a deficit $2.3 trillion worse. It's a prospect even the president's own budget director called unsustainable."
Nice going, Barry. You're so freaking 'brilliant.'

terrible shrinkage

More on Michael Wolf's "Barack Obama Is a Terrible Bore."
"Sheesh, the guy is Jimmy Carter.

"The guy (Obama) just doesn't know what to say. He can’t connect. Emotions are here, he’s over there. He can’t get the words to match the situation.

"You can see the fundamental mistake he's making. Having been so successfully elected, he’s acting like people actually want to hear what he thinks. He’s the great earnest bore at the dinner party. Instead of singing for his supper, he’s just talking—and going on at length. The real job of making people part of the story you’re telling, of having them hang on your every word, of getting the tone and detail right, the hard job of holding a conversation, he ain’t doing.

"He’s cold; he’s prickly; he’s uncomfortable; he’s not funny; and he’s getting awfully tedious.

"It’s instructive and humorous to remember that Carter ran a brilliant campaign that succeeded largely because his voice was new. Simple, direct, basic, human. And then, of course, he turned into a sad-sack twit.

"This guy is leaden and this show is in trouble."
Wolf, part II "Meet the Incredible Shrinking President."
"The president’s brilliant opportunity was to be utterly new and apart and therefore in a position to say the unexpected and the original and offer a counter logic and counter proposal. But he got scared, or suckered, or came face-to-face with the fact that he, too, has no idea which end is up. Compounding the problem, he then went and hired the same old people who caused the problem.

"The morons in Washington, along with the big swinging dicks on Wall Street, have consistently demonstrated how in-over-their-heads they are. It’s the rank distrust of everybody involved that has most of all undermined basic confidence. The Obama people, in quite an amazingly short time, have made themselves indistinguishable from everybody involved.

"The president is sinking into this swamp. Disappearing before our eyes."
Obama is the empty suit I always told you he was. Now it's time for our guys to stand up. Stand up, Republicans. It's time for you to (God help us) lead! Stand up, Boehner, stand up, Cantor, stand up, McConnell. Stand up, Pence, stand up, Ryan, stand up, Flake.

diversionary tactics

Did you see the ACORN idiots protesting outside the homes of AIG executives over the weekend? At the behest of the White House, camera crews in tow, the community activists that elected Obama continued to expand the bogus spectacle of the bogus $165 million bonus story.

By now, everybody knows that Obama, Pelosi, Frank, Reid, Dodd and all of the other lying scumbag Democrats put the $165 mil into Obama's stimulus bill -- the very same stimulus bill that nobody bothered to read before voting on it. And now these bastards have illegally and unconstitutionally passed a House bill that will tax 90% of the bonus money given to the afforementioned AIG executives.

The always brilliant Debra Saunders suggests Congress should 'overtax' itself. A great idea.

These AIG executives, by the way, had nothing to do with the collapse of the American economy last September. These are new executives are have been busy making AIG profitable. They deserve to be rewarded, not tarred and feathered in the public square.

This extreme over-reaction because some 30 ACORN people go to Connecticut, but Conservative tea parties are happening all over the country, drawing huge crowds of people, 4,000 people showed up in Orlando -- and it draws a yawn from the MSM.

These are diversionary tactics designed to take our attention off of the matter at hand, off of our new President and his incompetent administration. Obama doesn't have a clue about what he's doing, which is why he's campaigning instead of working. Even Michael Wolf is calling Obama 'a bore and a Carter clone.' Just like the rest of us have been doing for...what? A year?

Does anybody miss President Bush yet? (A sea of hands go up.)

Sunday, March 22

ron silver

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I've been meaning to post about the great actor, the incredible human being Ron Silver. He died of esophageal cancer recently at age 62, as my Dad did back in '97 at age 61.

Esophageal cancer is an ugly, brutal cancer. I've seen it first hand and so my heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends and colleagues.

Aaron Sorkin, Hollywood writer extraordinaire and ardent Liberal, said this about Silver:

"You always wanted to be standing next to Ron between takes. He was either going to make you feel good about the work you were doing, or he was going to make you laugh–but usually both. He was always what we called a “generous actor”–someone who’s there for the piece and not for himself.

"On his last day of work on The West Wing, he conveyed to me the courtesy that’s common in that situation: “I’d love to work with you again,” he said. I replied, “I’d love that too.” And, of course, I meant it. It won’t happen now, after Ron lost his long battle with cancer–one of the few battles he ever lost. And television, the movies and the theater all have one less great and generous actor."

Great words for a great man, indeed. An actor who bravely went against the grain in supporting former President Bush, he referred to himself, a lifelong Democrat, as a '9/11 Republican.'

Saturday, March 21

something stinks

What's this? Obama will seek additional oversight on executive pay at all banks and Wall Street firms? The Federal Reserve with a 'broad new role'?

Oh, that should send the stock market tumbling Monday morning... Of course, they are 'still debating the details.' Democrats talk and talk and talk... Idiots.

Something stinks. It's gotta be BO.

4th

The over-the-top biased news operation known as CNN -- their ratings are in the crapper. Good news for the Republic and objective truth tellers everywhere.

The non-compelling Liberal hacks from Atlanta are now coming in at fourth place behind Fox News, MSNBC and even their own pathetic Headline News.

Nice going, Campbell Brown, Candy Crowley, Suzanne Malveaux, Anderson Cooper, Larry King, Wolf, Begala, Carville, Rick Sanchez, John Roberts, Democrats all.

'the accidental guerilla'

David Ignatius writes cleverly about what we should be doing in Afghanistan via counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen via the departed Bush Administration.

As I mentioned the other day, there's a political and a security situation happening at the same time. Kilcullen argues that adding a "large scale escalation now" -- as Obama advocated as a candidate -- would be "the height of folly." Uncertainty requires patience. Use the 17,000 extra already-approved troops now and wait until the presidential election in August.

Kilcullen, by the way, is the guy that said back in 2003 that President Bush's invasion of Iraq was "an extremely serious stategic error." US military power creates "a backlash that fuels more violence," and thus the title of his new book, "The Accidental Guerilla."

I don't disagree. I supported Bush throughout his presidency because I believed he was doing courageous things to protect America and in promoting democracy and peace around the world. I still think Bush did things the best way he could and with the tools he had at his disposal, but had we done some things a bit differently... Of course, hindsight is always 20/20. It's easy to criticize now.

Anyway, look at how Kilcullen describes things. [And, remember, to their great credit, the Bush people brought Kilcullen in as a trusted advisor to advise McCain and Obama.] Radicalization happens in four stages:

"Infection," establishing a presence.
"Contagion," using territory as a beachead.
"Intervention," by invading forces.
"Rejection," as the natives protect against foreign forces.

This is what we saw in Iraq early on. Let's hope that Obama, now that he's President, listens to this guy. Kilcullen is said to be advising BO that negotiating with these 'accidental guerillas' and getting them out of the action is the best way to proceed. We chase down the real bad guys and prevent them from infecting the local populous.'

Make a lot of sense, doesn't it?

Friday, March 20

2010

Rasmussen, has the GOP leading the Democrats 41%-39%, on the generic ballot. Good news.

An NPR poll has the Democrats and Republicans tied after the Dems held a double digit lead, 51%-40% in October, '06.

If things continue as they are, the public will take their frustrations out on the Democrats, just like they did in '94. [But, of course, that means the Republicans have to lead again.]

tonga

An undersea volcano erupts off the coast of Tonga, tossing clouds ...Spectators watch as an undersea volcano erupts off the coast ...Smoke is seen after an underwater volcano erupted in Hunga Ha'apai, ...An aerial photo taken on March 19, 2009, of ash rising into ...
An undersea volcano off the coast of the island Tonga exploded, spewing ash, steam and smoke. There are a cluster of some 36 undersea volcanoes in this area, all part of the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' 'arc of earthquake and volcanic zones stretching from Chile in South America through Alaska and down through Vanuatu to Tonga.'

brackets, bowling & organic gardens


I question the seriousness of Obama. [He sure seems to have a lot of free time on his hands lately.]

With the financial mess that the Democrats they themselves created still a major concern, the dustup over the Chris-Dodd-Tim-Geithner-Treasury-approved-AIG bonuses blowing up and a spiraling out of control military and political situation in Afghanistan, does he really have the time to waste?

I happen to think going on The Tonight Show lowers the stature of the office of the President. No offense to Jay Leno, whom I've met and is a great guy. It's just why did Obama have to be the first sitting President to go on the show? Has the presidency suddenly become pop culture?

Why did the Leader of the Free World then feel the need to insult and demean mentally retarded children? Is his ego really that fragile? He bowls a meager 129 and he has to say, "It's like the Special Olympics or something." Where the hell is the teleprompter? [I hope they plant some brainfood blueberries in the new White House organic garden.]

We live in a truly backwards, bizarre world. Obama is lauded for his elegance and grace while Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who knowingly and willingly gave birth to her Down's Syndrome baby, gets tagged with labels like stupid and unqualifed.

Wednesday, March 18

idiots rule

The air conditioner in my car isn't working -- a leaky hose is leaking freon. A new hose + labor is $500.

I asked the guy if we could tape the hose. A quick, cost effective fix. No, it's illegal. Some B.S. about the ozone layer.

Freaking stupid out-of-control, run amok, Liberalism really pisses me off. I have to spend money I don't have because some moronic Liberal believes in something that doesn't even exist.

You think BO will give me a bailout?

Saturday, March 14

michael steele

Steele
What is the big deal about RNC Chairman Michael Steele's abortion comments?

"The choice issue cuts two ways. You can choose life, or you can choose abortion. You know, my mother chose life. So, you know, I think the power of the argument of choice boils down to stating a case for one or the other."
Exactly. Plus, he thinks Roe v. Wade was 'wrongly decided,' and he favors states' rights. Bingo.


I read Steele's entire GQ interview and there wasn't a single thing he said that I disagreed with. What the hell are Star Parker, Tony Perkins and Mike Huckabee so upset about?

We Republicans have quite a reputation for 'eating our young,' and now Parker, Perkins and Huckabee are hurting the very cause they claim to support with their criticism of Steele, the de-facto leader of our Party.

If we hope ever to rebuild the GOP and compete with the Democrats in inner city America, the type of energy and street cred Steele brings to the table is invaluable.

Friday, March 13

democrats are lying cowards

One of the great legacies of President Bush is the Iraqi democracy currently on full display for the world to see.

There's not a better example of said democracy than the trial and sentencing of the guy who threw his shoes at Bush just a few short months ago.

Guilty and sentenced to three years in prison? Notice he wasn't executed on the spot, or shortly thereafter in an anonymous alley.

Viva Bush!

great defender

I'm glad to see that a cadre of former staffers to President George W. Bush are now out defending their boss. It's only fitting that one of the best Presidents in modern history (and one of the most unfairly maligned) has incredibly smart, competent people defending him now.

The great irony, of course, is that the former administration now apparently sees the value of clear, concise and effective communication to get across their ideas about a variety of subjects.

Nobody has been a greater defender of our 43rd President than me, but one wonders how different things might currently be if Bush had allowed his team to aggressively beat back the lies and illegitimate assertions of the MSM and the far Left kooks, instead of basically sitting on their hands for eight years.

Thursday, March 12

obama admits he lied


"It's not as bad as we think." -- President Barack Obama, on the economy.

Really? What a relief. Although, I got a financial statement here that says I lost $50,000 last month. That's pretty bad.

I thought the financial situation in America was the worst since the Great Depression? I thought we were entering another Great Depression? That was the reason for TARP, right, Barry?

This new line -- 'It's not as bad as we think' -- must be what the latest polls and focus groups are telling the White House and Mr. Image Maker-in-chief David Axelrod to say. Otherwise, they wouldn't be saying it. And they just can't hide the fact anymore that retail sales went up a surprise 1.8 percent gain in January and remained steady in February.

I'm glad Obama and the White House are admitting they lied and tried to inflate the severity of the financial crunch so they could exploit it as a political issue.

And I'm glad to hear things aren't as bad as Obama and his ilk have been telling us since last September. Maybe they'll shelve plans for TARP II.

Perhaps they know they've over-reached with their ridiculous rhetoric. Maybe they're finally responding to the Democratic establishment's hand-wringing over Obama's dicey and disjointed first 50 days.

In the words of Newsweek's Howard Fineman, "In ways both large and small, what's left of the American establishment is taking his (Obama's) measure and, with surprising swiftness, they are finding him lacking."

To which I say, welcome to the crowd. The rest of the country is finally catching up to where many of us have been all along. Obama -- "Mr. fifty-seven states" -- has always been 'lacking.'

norm

Former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.
Someone hacked into Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman's campaign website and gained access to the financial data of some 50,000 donors? I wonder who possibly could have been behind such an attack?

Hmmm. Let me think... I don't know, nutball Liberals? With the recounting/election stealing effort still in full bloom, I put nothing past the Franken people. They are the type of people who crawl out from under rocks. They are the slimiest of the slimy, the lowest of the low, complete human garbage who specialize in dirty tricks. This is Democratic modus operandi.

Now, this hinders and undercuts Coleman's ability to raise money, an all-too new convenient reality for the Franken campaign, which is scheduled to rest its case today in this ongoing election legal challenge. Would you give your credit card number to a firewall-less campaign website? Doubtful.

I really feel sorry for Coleman and his team, who clearly have been overwhelmed and outmanuevered by the Democrats in this entire farce.

And then there is the not so small matter of a possible violation of Minnesota state law which requires immedidate notification of stolen, or possibly stolen, credit card data.

Apparently, the Coleman campaign failed to notify the 50,000 donors of last week's hacking incident. Not good. I'd be tempted to excuse this failure because they've been working overtime since November 3, trying to prevent the Democrats from stealing an election.

59 out of 100

Economists who participated in a Wall Street Journal forecasting survery are giving President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim "Turbo Tax" Geithner an F+ on their stewardship of the economy -- 59 points out of a possible 100.

David Ignatius, a Democrat, writes today of Obama and his inexperienced, mediocre Cabinet:
"Obama has stacked his administration with politicians and ex-government officials. You might think that with the greatest financial crisis of his lifetime, the president would want a few business leaders with experience managing large organizations in crisis. But no."
No, I didn't think Obama would make wise choices. In fact, I was a broken record last year during the campaign telling you how inexperienced, ill-equipped and ill-prepared Obama was (and is) to be president. Not only is Obama a lightweight, but he selected career lightweights to join his administration.

So much for having the "judgement to lead."

Wednesday, March 11

'culprit'

Frank: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's point man in Washington.
Barney Frank, the person most responsible for the America's economic meltdown (along with the idiotic Christopher Dodd) is calling for the prosecution of corporate executives.

Investor's Business Daily rightly calls this 'chutzpah,' especially given Frank's oversight over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Especially given his role in determining the least aggressive regulator to game the system to ensure that unqualified people would continue to get unqualified mortgages.

Frank's been opposing Fannie and Freddie reform since 1992. In 2000, he said reform was unnecessary because 'there was no federal liability whatsoever.' In 2002, same thing.

The NYT reported that President Bush advocated "the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago." But it didn't pass. If it had where might we find ourselves today?

Said Frank again:
"Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not facing any kind of financial crisis," Frank, then the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, said. "The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."
If there ever was a public official more culpable in wrongdoing -- and there have been many of them in my lifetime -- I can't think of a more deserving person than Barney Frank to be severely punished for his utter and complete disregard of the public interest all in the name of partisan politics. At minimum, he should be censured, embarrassed, humiliated, ridiculed and run out of town.

Will the brain dead citizens of Massachusetts ever wake up and elect responsible representatives?

earmarks

Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., reacts to the crowd after he arrived ...
Talk about earmarks. Look at all the federal money being spent in Massachusetts to cement the legacy of one of the smallest men in the history of American politics, Ted Kennedy.

This Yahoo news report suggests that one out of every five dollars of the $126 million being sent to Massachusetts is for 'legacy preservation of the Kennedy's.'

>$5.8 million for a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate.
>$22 million to expand facilities at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum.
>$5 million more for a new gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

All of this from President Obama, who pledged the end of earmarks. The Magic Negro signed this $410 billion federal spending package even after describing it as 'imperfect.' Said he: "It must signal an end to the old way of doing business."

'generally exaggerated'

A new Gallup poll says 41% of Americans -- a record high -- now believe that the stupid Al Gore-Global-Warming-Climate-Change hysteria is 'exaggerated.'

Good news, but that means that 57% of the respondents are still uninformed twits.

polls & focus groups


I've been meaning to post about the NYT piece on Obama imagemaker David Axelrod, he of the four suit wardrobe and the tacky, unpolished casual loafers. (see above)

My father taught me that you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear, so I'm going out on limb here and calling Axelrod a slob. But I digress.

It surprised me how quickly this Times piece by Jeff Zeleny got to the White House's dependence and reliance on polling and focus groups -- second paragraph.

But it did not surprise me that Axelod is quick to knock down any assertion that he is 'Rove-like,' even though he has an office in the West Wing, just like Rove did. He hosts weekly strategy sessions at his home, like Rove did, although he fails to cook for his people the way Rove cooked for his guys. He takes the low road and orders pizza.

I'm not saying that Rove and company didn't use polls and focus groups. They did, just not to the extent that Clinton did back in the '90s and the way Obama is using them now. Bush never needed a poll or a focus group to tell him what he believed. Quite frankly, we can all agree that W. never cared about being popular.

Good presidents don't.

'reflex cynicism'

The natives are restless. Camille Paglia thinks President Obama is surrounded by 'flacks, fixers and goons' that aren't serving him particularly well.
"Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama's first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection."
Howard Fineman posits about the growing mumbling that Obama 'doesn't have what it takes.'
"He (Magic Negro) is by temperament judicious, even judicial. He'd have made a fine judge. But we don't need a judge. We need a blunt-spoken coach."
Notice there's no acknowledgment of the 'hope and change' mantra? The completely phony premise on which Obama was elected was meaningless but that's what people voted for. Now that the bloom has come off the Obama rose and people are having buyer's remorse.

Obama the candidate appealed to a wide swath of the electorate, but Obama the man has no experience to be president. The only achivement in his life is having gotten elected President, but now that he's in the White House his many deficits have suddenly become just all-too obvious to the casual observer.

Tuesday, March 10

'upset speaker'


Nancy Pelosi is exactly the type of diva I've always imagined her to be, demanding military planes be made available for her, her entourage and her family at all times.

While it's certainly true the Speaker of the House has every right to secure travel on an Air Force plane due to her position, it's also true that she's abusing the privilege, going 'above and beyond what other members of Congress are doing,' at great expense to the American taxpayers.

So says Judicial Watch.

+379

I love it. Make me rich, Barry!
I'll switch political parties.
I'll vote for you in '12 and I'll donate to your campaign.
I'll change the name of my blog.
I'll become your 'friend' on Facebook and I'll 'follow' you on Twitter.
I'll take the Bush/Cheney '04 bumper sticker off my car.
I'll order your inaugural dvd.
I'll stop calling you 'Magic Negro.'
I'll even try to like Joe Biden.

Just keep the Dow rocking onward and upward. I'll be your best buddy.

Monday, March 9

playing politics

It would be nice if the American people were informed and did their homework about the stem cells. If people knew what was going on, the Democrats couldn't "play politics" with the issue and the MSM couldn't get away with demagoguery.

Bush advocated the use of adult stem cells. Adult stem cells are more useful than embryonic stem cells because they work with a patient's immune system. Rejection isn't a problem. Has this been widely reported?

Here's President Obama, regarding his decision to abolish limitations on stem cell research:
"Our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values.

"It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda - and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology."

Did Bush 'distort' or 'conceal' science? To the contrary, Bush was the first President to fund stem cell research. Bush never played politics with science but Obama certainly is.

The NYT claims that Senate Republicans are "playing politics" by Jon Kyl's attempt at blocking Gaza aid money from being diverted to Hamas? It is "playing politics" by David Vitter's attempt at preventing an automatic cost-of-living raise lawmakers give themselves?

According to Times' writer David Herszenhorn, it is. Meanwhile, absolutely zero press coverage when the Democrats trample Congressional procedure or change the debate rules or stifle the ability of the Republicans to introduce new legislation.

That's not "playing politics," apparently.

the great pretender

This is the image I have of President Obama. He tells real -- not imagined -- lies. Just look at his budget. He claims that he is not doing what he is doing. Like President Reagan, Barry is very much an actor. Unlike Reagan, Obama lacks discipline and principles.

Newsweek's Robert Samuelson discovered that if -- God forbid -- all goes according to the DNC plan, Obama will leave office in 2016 with a $637 billion deficit, equal to 3.2 percent of GDP, which would match Reagan's final deficit of 3.1 percent of GDP, a record savaged by the Left for the past two decades.

While claiming to be 'responsible' for this and for that, Obama's nothing of the sort. On national defense, the most sacrosant task of the federal government, funding falls from 20 percent to 14 percent. That is irresponsible.

From Samuelson:
"If Obama were "responsible," he would conduct a candid conversation about the role of government. Who deserves support and why? How big can government grow before higher taxes and deficits harm economic growth? Although Obama claims to be doing this, he hasn't confronted entitlement psychology -- the belief that government benefits once conferred should never be revoked."
How is it 'responsible' to talk down the American economy? Millions of people have lost (and continue to lose) their life's savings due to Obama's double talk. He speaks with too little confidence and too much uncertainty and Wall Street has responded accordingly. It's tanked. Down 23.75% since March 5.

Obama claims to be 'bipartisan,' but, instead he "clings to to dubious, partisan policies (mortgage cramdown, union check-off) that arouse fierce opposition."

'Glaring contradictions,' as Samuelson describes them, are the order of the day for a nascent administration in over its head on the matter of governing and addressing the big problems largely created by the Left.

The stock market misses President Bush and so do I. (I'm even feeling a bit nostalgic for Bill Clinton.)

Saturday, March 7

warrantless wiretapping

[Review & Outlook]
President Obama is best known for his soaring campaign rhetoric. The lowering of the oceans, the hope, the change, blah, blah. He also was quite searing in his criticism of Bush's warrantless wiretapping, but now...

From the WSJ:
"We are relearning that the "Imperial Presidency" is only imperial when the President is a Republican. Democrats who spent years denouncing George Bush for "spying on Americans" and "illegal wiretaps" are now conspicuously silent. Yet these same liberals are going ballistic about the Bush-era legal memos released this week. Cognitive dissonance is the polite explanation.

"By the way, those Bush documents are Office of Legal Counsel memos, not policy directives. They were written in the immediate aftermath of a major terrorist attack, when more seemed possible, and it would have been irresponsible not to explore the outer limits of Presidential war powers in the event of a worst-case scenario. Based on what we are learning so far about Mr. Obama's policies, his Administration would do the same."
In fact, Obama is arguing that judges lack the authority to enforce rulings in matters of national security, which is a far more aggressive position on Executive authority than Bush ever took, saying that "court-forced disclosure of the surveillance programs would cause "exceptional harm to national security" by exposing intelligence sources and methods."

Amen, brother Barry. That's what we've been saying for the past eight years.

Friday, March 6

'dishonest, gimmicky'

From Michael Boskin:
"The illusion that Barack Obama will lead from the economic center has quickly come to an end. Instead of combining the best policies of past Democratic presidents -- John Kennedy on taxes, Bill Clinton on welfare reform and a balanced budget, for instance -- President Obama is returning to Jimmy Carter's higher taxes and Mr. Clinton's draconian defense drawdown.

"Obama's $3.6 trillion budget blueprint, by his own admission, redefines the role of government in our economy and society. The budget more than doubles the national debt held by the public, adding more to the debt than all previous presidents -- from George Washington to George W. Bush -- combined. It reduces defense spending to a level not sustained since the dangerous days before World War II, while increasing nondefense spending (relative to GDP) to the highest level in U.S. history. And it would raise taxes to historically high levels (again, relative to GDP). And all of this before addressing the impending explosion in Social Security and Medicare costs."
From Charles Krauthammer:
"Forget the pork. Forget the waste. Forget the 8,570 earmarks in a bill supported by a president who poses as the scourge of earmarks. Forget the "$2 trillion dollars in savings" that "we have already identified," $1.6 trillion of which President Obama's budget director later admits is the "savings" of not continuing the surge in Iraq until 2019 -- 11 years after George Bush ended it, and eight years after even Bush would have had us out of Iraq completely.

"Forget all of this. This is run-of-the-mill budget trickery. True, Obama's tricks come festooned with strings of zeros tacked onto the end. But that's a matter of scale, not principle.
"All presidents do that. But few undertake the kind of brazen deception at the heart of Obama's radically transformative economic plan, a rhetorical sleight of hand so smoothly offered that few noticed."

It's about the credit bubble. Nothing more, nothing less. Any politician who fails to address the credit bubble is just blowing smoke, completely disinterested and disconnected from reality as to the source of America's real economic problems.

Thursday, March 5

with a net

Barack Obama is reflected in the teleprompter as he campaigns at the Seagate Convention.
From the Politico, no less.
"President Barack Obama doesn’t go anywhere without his TelePrompter.

"The textbook-sized panes of glass holding the president’s prepared remarks follow him wherever he speaks.

"Resting on top of a tall, narrow pole, they flank his podium during speeches in the White House’s stately parlors. They stood next to him on the floor of a manufacturing plant in Indiana as he pitched his economic stimulus plan. They traveled to the Department of Transportation this week and were in the Capitol Rotunda last month when he paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln in six-minute prepared remarks.

"Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter is unusual — not only because he is famous for his oratory, but because no other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small."
Really? The articulate messiah? Really? He can't even introduce a new Cabinet appointment with the teleprompter. How pathetic is this?

More. Because it's fun.
"Just how much of a crutch the teleprompter has become for Obama was on sharp display during his latest commerce secretary announcement. The president spoke from a teleprompter in the ornate Indian Treaty Room for a few minutes. Then Gov. Gary Locke stepped to the podium and pulled out a piece of paper for reference.

"The president’s teleprompter also elicited some uncomfortable laughter after he announced Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his choice for Health and Human Services secretary. “Kathy,” Obama said, turning the podium over to Sebelius, who waited at the microphone for an awkward few seconds while the teleprompters were lowered to the floor and the television cameras rolled."
The greatest orator ever is afraid to speak contemporaneously? How pathetic.

Obama is the biggest phony I've ever seen. Worse than the phony Clinton. Worse than the phony Carter. Those guys, regardless of policy differences I had with them, at least were men of substance. Men who had ideas. Men who could, at least, deliver a speech.

good to know


Our tax cheating Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner blames American oil companies for global warming?

Nice. This is the smartest guy in the room? A guy who believes in something that doesn't even exist?

This is the guy who is going to save the economy?

Between Geithner and the idiotic policies of our new President... No wonder the market continues to tank.

Tuesday, March 3

high dive

[Review & Outlook]
From WSJ:
"President Obama's policies have become part of the economy's problem."
That's being quite kind. In fact, on January 2, 2009, with Bush still in office, the Dow finished at 9034. It began tumbling right after Obama's victory. Look at the graph above. On November 1 the Dow was at 9,500 but it went into free fall after that, erasing 1,000 points in two days.

There is not other reasonable conclusion. The dive the Dow has taken is entirely in reaction to the election of a tax and spend Liberal Democrat.

To date, the Dow is down 25%. There's nobody to blame but Obama and the fools who voted for him.

how it goes

http://www.topnews.in/files/Dmitry%20Medvedev_1.jpg
Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian President, says any linkage between the long planned American missile shield in Europe and Iran is "not productive."

I don't enjoy the Russians telling America how things are going to be. Do you? I don't recall Bush ever taking orders from Putin. It was always the other way around.

tax cheat


Obama's choice for US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the former Dallas mayor, owes the IRS $10,000. Would I get away with being a tax cheat? Uh, no.

Kirk, now exposed, has finally agreed to pay his back taxes. He's 'agreed' to pay his taxes? Do I have the option of paying for my taxes? No, I do not. Does the IRS care if I agree with them?

This is incredible, beyond incredible, the double standard applied to Democrats. What do you think the media reaction would have been if Rumsfeld, Rice, Paulson and Gonzalez had owed back taxes?

stir it up


I'll admit that it sounds chilling to hear things like "First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully," but much less so when you trust a President and his team.

President Bush had my complete trust because he earned it. He never leaked or released national security secrets. In fact, Bush's methods, whether you agreed with them or not, protected the nation.

President Obama does not have my trust and this transparent attempt at 'transparency' is a big reason. How does this release of previously secret national security memos help the United States? What purpose does it serve? What good does it do, besides satisfy the nutty Left?

The truth of it is that Bush wasn't breaking the law. He didn't lie. But the press said he did and they said he was. Obama is weakening the law. Obama is lying. But the press won't report that he is and they won't report that he did.

Things are all screwed up. They hated the guy who kept us safe for eight years but they love the guy who continues to do everything within his power to get us all gased, nuked or killed in the next four.

From my perspective, this is yet another signal that Obama is weak and ineffectual. He's inviting terrorism back to our shores. I fear that America is going to have to suffer another collossal attack at the hands of radical Muslims to reminded of the realistic nature of the threats.

More than anything else, the election of 2008 was the official pronoucment that America, led by the slim Obama majority, has lost the nerve to fight, the nerve to protect ourselves after only eight years. How pathetic.

Monday, March 2

don't shoot us, please


As scary as the Democrats are on economic policy -- taxing and spending us into socialism -- their foreign policies are even scarier.

Case in point: Obama reportedly has told Russia that if they assist the United States with Iran, America's missile shield in Europe will be "unnecessary."

Democrats want to take away America's ability to protect defend and protect herself from an incoming missile attack. A sobering thought. This is beyond naive. It's dangerous and unwise. Are they crazy? Are they stupid? No, they are just wrong. And dangerous and naive.

I suppose this is what Obama is talking about when he mentions hope and change. Apparently he is going to hope that our enemies don't shoot missiles at us and inexorably change our lives and the future of the United States.

told you so

I think CNBC's Larry Kudlow gets it absolutely right. "There is a growing sense of buyers remorse" about Obama. I hate to say it, but... those of us on the Right warned you about Barry. We told you so.
"He (Obama) is declaring war on investors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, large corporations, and private-equity and venture-capital funds.

"That is the meaning of his anti-growth tax-hike proposals, which make absolutely no sense at all — either for this recession or from the standpoint of expanding our economy’s long-run potential to grow.

"Study after study over the past several decades has shown how countries that spend more produce less, while nations that tax less produce more. Obama is doing it wrong on both counts.

"And as far as middle-class tax cuts are concerned, Obama’s cap-and-trade program will be a huge across-the-board tax increase on blue-collar workers, including unionized workers. Industrial production is plunging, but new carbon taxes will prevent production from ever recovering. While the country wants more fuel and power, cap-and-trade will deliver less.

"The tax hikes will generate lower growth and fewer revenues."
That's right. Higher taxes generate fewer revenues. How long have I been telling you these things? How long have the Republicans been saying these things?

There's nothing 'hopeful' or 'changing' about Obama. He's spent the better part of two months talking down the economy with great success. Today, the Dow is sub-7,000 for the first time since '97. He is a New Deal/Great Society tax and spend Liberal Democrat, which is why I voted for McCain.
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