Saturday, May 30

want me to leave the tip, barry?

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama The Belasco Theatre in New York
Tonight, President Obama is getting some 'Michelle time." He's taking her to dinner and a play in Manhattan. All at great expense to the American taxpayer, of course. Drink up, Obama's.

I don't doubt that Bush and Laura got away from the White House, but it was decidedly lower-key.

Then there's this story about our elected representatives. Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, a Democrat and former impeached judged, charged the American taxpayers $24,000 last year for a Lexus Hybrid. Unbelievable. And this crap is all legal and above board.

Thursday, May 28

weasel



You'll excuse me if I don't have much respect for the weasel Mark McKinnon, (pictured above) the former Democrat, turned GOP political advisor, who resigned from the McCain/Palin campaign because he didn't want to work against Senator Barack Obama, won't you?

Now the brainiac McKinnon is saying that the Republican Party risks permanent irrelevance if we alienate affirmative action poster boy Colin Powell and filibuster Obama's empathetic Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Powell is an undeclared partisan Democrat, masquerading as a Republican. We don't know what his true views are on ANYTHING. The only things we know for sure about Powell are that (1.) he's a coward. Had he run for president in 1996 -- but he didn't, famously, because of his wife -- he very likely would have been the nation's first African American president. We also know (2.) that he voted for Barack Obama over the Republican John McCain. So, how exactly is Powell an asset to the GOP?

Sotomayor, we know is a judicial activist. She believes Americans do not have a Constitutional right to own a gun. Apparently she is unfamiliar with the 2nd Amendment. And yet, because she is a woman and Hispanic, so the thinking goes, Republicans risk future electoral relevance and political viability if they attack her qualifications? What kind of stupidity is this? It didn't hurt Democrats when they borked Miquel Estrada.

Wednesday, May 27

wow

This amazing May 12, 2009 photo of the sun and the space shuttle Atlantis just floors me.

for now

I'm surprised that the California Supreme Court let Prop 8 stand yesterday. You could tell that they really didn't want to, since they validated the some 18,000 gay marriages already in place.

Long term, Prop 8 is a goner. There will be gay marriage in California before 2012, I predict. But in the short run, I'm glad they let it stand because democracy was better served. Whatever your opinion on the issue, judicial fiat is never the best way to go. Let the voters decide.

Tuesday, May 26

day 3

North Korea is missile happy. They've got them and they are firing them. Again. Way to go Hans Brix!

This situation badly needs a re-boot.

The feckless Clinton foreign policy (and Madeleine Not-so Bright) allowed the development of these weapons in the first place.

The Bush administration allowed the dopey Democrats to drive North Korean policy and all they could muster was sending Christopher Hill to broker a deal. He didn't.

And now we have Obama, who is more than happy to to cut America's missile defense and do nothing but demand integrated approaches from the UN.

liberal activist

It makes perfect sense. Our new President, a man of questionable qualification, has selected a person of questionable qualification to serve on the nation's highest court.

Remember Miquel Estrada? Democrats borked him in 2003 because of his nationality, but now that Democrats are in the Majority, a Latina judge is suddenly okay. Identity politics, anyone?



Or, this glowing account from the Associated Press, 'It was a striking picture of diversity: a black president, a white vice president and a Hispanic nominee to the nation's highest court.' Gag.

Introducing federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor, a judge that has an 'extremely high rate' of reversal of her legal opinions. Sixty percent! Sotomayor thinks the courts should make the laws. She's an activist who will inject her personal agenda of gender, race and ethnicity and into Supreme Court decisions. Just what the country needs. Way to go, Barry.

Yes, elections have big consequences. I hope the Republicans battle and bruise this broad, figuratively speaking, of course.

Saturday, May 23

empty, meaningless leadership

Obama keeps trying to make this point, that somehow, our 'values' will prevent terrorism? Just more empty, meaningless words from the teleprompter.

No, killing terrorists, not coddling them, not providing them with Miranda rights, attorneys and court dates, or releasing them. KILLING terrorists will prevent terrorism.

And, oh yeah, the President just discovered that 'we're out of money' and 'operating in deep deficits.' He's brilliant.

Thursday, May 21

political citizenry

Photo

This British Parliament scandal is eerily reminiscent of the Congressional check kiting scandals.

Dredging moats and paying mortgages with taxpayer money? Paying for your flat with public funds, then selling it to your daughter at half price and pocketing the money? Why not?!

I think it's time for the advanced nations of the world, especially across the pond and here in America, to replace the professional political class with a new political citizen class. Let's start fresh, shall we?

nyc terror plot

Four jihadists arrested in NYC plotting to blow up synagogues. Thankfully, one guy was a federal informant.

It all started with a guy saying to another guy at mosque, 'Hey, I like your sandals.'

green, as in cash

Reading Bjorn Lomborg's brilliant op-ed about what he calls the 'Climate-Industrial Complex,' reminded me of the ages-old struggle between the corporation and the individual. And it seems to me that this current environmental hysteria is the type of watershed moment in which the activists and radicals of society are created.

In global warming we have a completely new paradigm that has been drawn up largely by Al Gore and some idiot scientists. And waiting to gain from governmental regulation, who do we have? Gore, who runs a 'green private equity firm invested in products that a climate-scared world would buy.'

All of this bullcrap will be on full display at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen this weekend. We've gotten way beyond caring about what will keep the earth green. Now, it's all about that other green... Cash, which is why the hypocrite-in-chief Gore will take a private plane to Denmark to give the keynote address.

More Lomborg:

"Naturally, many [other] CEOs are genuinely concerned about global warming. But many of the most vocal stand to profit from carbon regulations. The term used by economists for their behavior is "rent-seeking."

"The world's largest wind-turbine manufacturer, Copenhagen Climate Council member Vestas, urges governments to invest heavily in the wind market. It sponsors CNN's "Climate in Peril" segment, increasing support for policies that would increase Vestas's earnings. A fellow council member, Mr. Gore's green investment firm Generation Investment Management, warns of a significant risk to the U.S. economy unless a price is quickly placed on carbon.

"Even companies that are not heavily engaged in green business stand to gain. European energy companies made tens of billions of euros in the first years of the European Trading System when they received free carbon emission allocations."

It's survived an extremely short incubation period in terms of real scientific analysis and despite erroneous claims to the contrary, there is no 'scientific consensus' on the subject. Yet, a hyper-willing media has crammed the sinister myth of human-made climate change down the throats of our children.

Leveraging the planet's financial future for the sake of environmental regulation will benefit a few, but will, in Lomborg's words, 'dearly cost everybody else.' Amen.

the truth hurts

 Cheney's popularity has risen in recent weeks.

From CNN.com: Vice President Dick Cheney's popularity is on the rise.

Of course, the man speaks the truth. Cheney always has. And I'm glad more people are seeing in Cheney what I've always seen. But the Left still doesn't get Bush and Cheney.

Being popular is the most important thing to Liberal politicians. But to Bush and Cheney, the most important thing was protecting the country after 9/11. It wasn't politics. It wasn't a power grab. It wasn't a popularity contest. It was taking the right steps, doing what was necessary in keeping us safe.

Here's what the former Vice President said today.

Wednesday, May 20

wise & foolish

Karl Rove writes an excellent piece on Obama entitled 'Flip-Flops and Governance.' It's well worth reading.

Correctly Rove admits that the President's flip-flops on national security have been 'wise.' It's the domestic stuff that is bad.

Says Rove:
"Obama campaigned on "responsible fiscal policies," arguing in a speech on the Senate floor in 2006 that the "rising debt is a hidden domestic enemy." In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, he pledged to "go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work." Even now, he says he'll "cut the deficit . . . by half by the end of his first term in office" and is "rooting out waste and abuse" in the budget.

"However, Mr. Obama's fiscally conservative words are betrayed by his liberal actions. He offers an orgy of spending and a bacchanal of debt. His budget plans a 25% increase in the federal government's share of the GDP, a doubling of the national debt in five years, and a near tripling of it in 10 years.

"On health care, Mr. Obama's election ads decried "government-run health care" as "extreme," saying it would lead to "higher costs." Now he is promoting a plan that would result in a de facto government-run health-care system. Even the Washington Post questions it, saying, "It is difficult to imagine . . . benefits from a government-run system."

946 pages



Get this. Climate change and all that crap is bogus. So what do the Democrats do to make sure they can ram an omnibus global warming bill through Congress?

They hired a speed reader.

the corrupt party

The Campaign Spot points out that the Democrats, you know, the party that came to power in '07 charging the Republicans with running 'the culture of corruption'? Turns out Democrats lead, by a margin of 12-4, members of Congress being under investigation.

Congressional Democrats
Bishop of Georgia
Jackson of Illinois
Mollohan of West Virginia
Murtha of Pennsylvania
Rangel of New York
Linda and Loretta Sanchez, both of California
Visclosky of Indiana

Senate Democrats
Burris of Illinois,
Conrad of North Dakota,
Menendez of New Jersey

Congressional Republicans
Lewis of California
Miller of California
Murphy of Pennsylvania
Young of Alaska

Senate Republicans
Zero

And I still haven't heard any apologies from those on the Left who falsely accused former Florida GOP Congressman Mark Foley of being a 'child molester.'

a better plan

The GOP health care alternative, The Patient's Choice Act, gives Americans the same type of coverage members of Congress have while keeping control at the state level.

And since the program cuts waste and focuses on efficiency, while issuing credits to families and individuals, $5,700 and $2,300, respectively, no new taxes are needed for implementation.

Sounds like a winner. Why didn't Obama -- supposedly the smartest President ever -- think of this?

Tuesday, May 19

huh? what?

Democrats in disarray! I love it!

straw man


Norman Hsu, (above, right with Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) a prolific Democratic fundraiser, has been found guilty of violating campaign finance laws.

This slimebag raised $800,000 for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats by turning his investment clients into political straw donors. That way, he was able to skirt campaign finance limits on political donations.

Hsu was also living a lavish lifestyle while Ponzi-cheating his clients out of a reported $20 million.

Monday, May 18

cafe obama

This greenhouse-gas/environmental/climate change crap is all myth and now we have a President who wraps policy around it? National fuel economy and greenhouse-gas standards.

Requiring cars by 2016 to be fuel efficient to the tune of 39 miles to the gallon, four years ahead of schedule? Sounds great, but at what cost? Removing 177 million cars from the roads in the next 6 1/2 years? Again, maybe cool, but it sounds like more pie-in-the-sky rhetoric from our talk-out-of-both-sides-of-his-mouth President.

This will force consumers to pay an additional $1,300 more per vehicle. No small thing. Imposing this legislation is going to be a huge drag on the economy.

Obama is talking about 'reducing our reliance on foreign sources of oil.' True, energy efficient cars use less oil, but this new policy proposal transfers American reliance away from foreign oil and onto our own federal government. I'm not sure which is worse.

One thing the President is not talking about, how small cars are dangerous cars. Hmm. Wonder why?

Come to my state of California, where this stupid stuff is already law. We're not doing very well.

no mo maureen

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NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd plagiarized a blogger? Yep. She ripped off Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo.

Maybe this means Dowd will be going the way of Jayson Blair...

cheney

Bill Kristol has a new Weekly Standard column in which he declares that former Vice President Cheney is the MVP of the GOP. I completely agree. In many ways, I think Cheney has been the star of the party since 2000.

He's always been the smartest guy in the room, any room. And he continues to be. The guy commands respect.

The former Vice President rightfully called on Obama to release the classified memos that prove Bush's enhanced interrogations worked and yielded invaluable intelligence. I mean, why not? If you're going to release memos of the controversial tactics that worked for the past seven and-a-half-years, why not show what those results yielded?

We're still waiting on that, btw, Barry.

Then, the administration was set to release interrogation photographs. Cheney popped up on a Sunday talk show, presented the case as to why that was a bad idea and Bam! Obama did a 180 and decided not to release the photos.

It seems like Cheney is still running some things in DC.

shut up

Vice President Joe Biden (AP photo)
Joe Biden, a walking, talking moron, revealed the 'secret, undisclosed location' of the Vice President.

Thursday, May 14

porque?

Former VP Cheney has been rightfully critical of the Obama administration's only telling half of the story.

Releasing de-classified memos about interrogation methods WITHOUT also releasing the memos detailing the interrogation successes? That doesn't make any sense, does it?

Who is playing politics with de-classified information? Who comes off smelling better here?

'unsustainable'

Funny. Since he's responsible for most of it.

more nancy

Speaker Pelosi is now accusing the CIA of lying. How long before this dense, moronic embarrassment is forced out? (Hopefully not until after the 2010 midterms!)

Anyone can see that Steny Hoyer would be a much better Speaker. At least he's coherent.

another good call

Obama is now going to hold suspected terrorists indefinitely and without trial. Another good call by BO. He's having a pretty good week.

I (again) salute the President for coming around to reality on the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney way of thinking about what's best for the United States.

Wednesday, May 13

good job

When the President does good things and makes smart decisions, I will praise him.

#1. Obama's decision not to release interrogation photos is a good call. What really was the point of doing that anyway? To inflame anti-American opinion in certain quarters of the globe?

#2. Replacing Gen. David McKiernan with Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. McChrystal is the guy who oversaw all the secret commando operations in Iraq. He's a stud.

Way to go, Barry.

hump day round-up

Obama and the Constitution don't mix very well.

From the WSJ:
"The U.S. Constitution was established to circumscribe arbitrary government power. It would do so by establishing clear rules, equally applied to the powerful and the weak.

"Fleecing lenders to pay off politically powerful interests, or governmental threats to reputation and business from a failure to toe a political line? We might expect this behavior from a Hugo Chávez. But it would never happen here, right?

"Until Chrysler."

BO halved Chrysler's advertising budget, and he's going to tax drinkers and smokers, nationalize small banks, tax your health care benefits and curb Wall Street compensation. And where's that stimulus money?

At least one Liberal seems to be thinking clearly these days.

Tuesday, May 12

hair on fire

If Speaker Pelosi is telling the truth about what she knew with respect to waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques, why does her story keep changing?

Monday, May 11

smartest guy in the universe


I'm glad to see Darth Vader, a.k.a., Dick Cheney, out there again defending the Bush record on terrorism.

"The former vice president challenged Obama's administration to declassify two memos that he said showed the Central Intelligence Agency had profited from the interrogations to thwart acts of terrorism.

"The memos do exist. I have seen them. I had them in my files at one time. Now everything is part of the National Archives. I'm sure the agency (CIA) has copies of those materials.

"If we're going to have this debate, it ought to be a complete debate. Those memos ought to be out there for people to look at and journalists like yourself to evaluate in terms of what we were able to accomplish," he said.

"It talks specifically about different attack planning that was underway and how it was stopped. It talks about how the volume of intelligence reports that were produced from that."

"If I don't speak out, then where do we find ourselves? Then the critics have free run and there isn't anybody there on the other side to tell the truth,"

Cheney, himself, is saying the Bush administration saved 'hundreds of thousands of lives.' I'm saying they saved millions of lives, and for that, they should be commended, not reprimanded. I think this is the best way to fight for the GOP.

mean people with god complexes


Some very tasteless stuff Saturday night at the White House Correspondent's dinner.

I normally really like Wanda Sykes, but she didn't just 'take shots' at people, her attacks were red meat, over the top and outrageous. And the President thought it was funny too. Oh yeah, he did some obligatory squirming in his seat, like all Presidents do and appeared uncomfortable, but he laughed.

Liberals don't joke about wishing death and destruction on Conservatives. They really mean it.

Conservatives don't joke about wishing harm on Liberals. I don't like Al Franken and I'm disgusted by the likelihood that he might become a member of the United States Senate, but I don't write blog posts saying I hope he gets cancer. I don't advertise myself as being 'tolerant,' but I am. I'm a hell of a lot more tolerant than most Liberals.

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are two of the most despicable people in America, but I don't wish them harm. There's the key difference between Conservatives and Liberals. Generally speaking, we're a higher class of people.

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Certainly, the heavily-ignorant, uninformed Hollywood audience laughed at all this crap and ate it up. Even my imaginary girlfriend Padma Lakshmi (sigh, above) was laughing at the Rush Limbaugh/20th hijacker thing. 'Limbaugh was strung out on oxycontin so he missed out on hijacking one of the 9/11 planes.' Really?

Limbaugh doesn't need me to defend him but how unfunny is this joke? It's another Liberal attempt to marginalize someone they are afraid of. Rush bashes Obama's brains in everyday on the radio and Liberals can't stand it. Of course, Liberals being Liberals they can't merely have a debate on the merits of a particular issue. They have to slime people with whom they disagree. So, Limbaugh is now a drug addict, according to them. Classy.

Absurdity can be funny sometimes, but true comedy, the funniest stuff is always based on truth.

Case in point #1: The President brought the house down Saturday night after he said this: "Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. This is a tough holiday for Rahm. He’s not used to saying the word ‘day’ after ‘mother.’ " Obama has told this joke so many times, it's not funny anymore, but it's based on truth. Apparently, Emanuel is one foul-mouthed motherf'er.

Case in point #2: Obama joked that his 'next 100 days would be completed in 72. And on the 73rd 'he would rest.' Rings true to me. Obama's not god, but he thinks he is.

Friday, May 8

joy ride


Cutting funding for jailing illegal immigrants? Slashing the funding for a program for the families of fallen police officers?

Meanwhile, there are unlimited funds to send Air Force One over the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan for cheap, tacky publicity shots.

What's wrong with this picture?

See, Democrats take credit for caring more and being more concerned for, as they say, working families. Like the family of a fallen police officer. But when push comes to shove...

Thursday, May 7

pelosi is a liar



Nancy, doesn't it just suck when the truth comes out?

The CIA is now officially saying that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, that paragon of virtue and truth telling, was briefed about 'enhanced interrogations' after all, despite her feeble claims to the contrary.

In fact, Pelosi was one of the first two members of Congress EVER to be briefed on the Bush era interrogation techniques. Wow. Nice credibility.

Even today, Pelosi's office still denies "that waterboarding had not yet been used," at the time of her briefings from the CIA.

What an embarrassment it is that this woman remains the Speaker of the House, third in line for the presidency. She should be removed from office for the politicization of America's national security.

Under the current American "news embargo," has it ever been widely reported that waterboarding, a relatively benign exercise, is an essential part of the CIA's own training?

miss california


Okay, I'm officially calling it the 'news embargo,' an American press corps that feeds us their slanted Liberal opinion rather than presenting us with straight news reporting.

Case in point: Carrie Prejean, Miss California. I haven't blogged about the Miss USA pageant, but Prejean lost the title of Miss USA after stating her belief that gay marriage is wrong. Okay, it's her opinion and she's got every right, as an American citizen, to voice her beliefs.

Look at this headline and story from Laura Baron for NBC Los Angeles: 'Pretty Until She Opens Her Mouth.' How's that for fair and balanced reporting?

$3.4 trillion

"We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits don't matter and waste is not our problem," he said. "We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration -- or the next generation."-- President Obama, earlier today.
Yes, Bush and the GOP sucked, spending like drunken sailors, saddling our children with future debt and that was terrible, but...

It's perfectly okay now that Obama and the Democcrats want to spend $3.4 trillion more? Okay. I get it. It makes perfect sense.


And the $17 billion Obama proposes he'll save by cutting wasteful programs? Congressional Dems are already on the record as opposing the cuts. That's 'change' to believe in.

BTW, The Teleprompter ripped McCain in '08 for suggesting there were $18 billion ways to cut wasteful spending. Hmmm...

Wednesday, May 6

hot air

Girly girl Chris Matthews accepts 'science' that has been largely disproven. How much CO2 did Matthews cough up in this assault on Republican Congressman Mike Pence?

Of course Republicans lack 'passion' about global warming and the environment. We don't believe in most of it! We don't believe there is, as Al Gore says, 'widespread agreement' among scientists, because there isn't widespread agreement about global warming.

Pence is a stud, by the way. He handled Matthews with class, grace and substance.

off the track

So much for being able to 'track every dime' of the so-called stimulus bill... The website that was to track the spending won't be online for a year. Now THAT's hope and change to believe in, isn't it?

Tuesday, May 5

canada, south

A health care bill by June?

Maybe, maybe not. Whenever it finally rolls out, the Left will frame is as expanded choice for health care consumers, a supplement to private insurance. Eventually, though, the government-run program will extinguish private insurance coverage, rationing care to seniors ala~ our neighbors to the north.

jack kemp, r.i.p.

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Jack Kemp did a lot. His ideas helped Ronald Reagan become the greatest president in American history.

edwards, fair and balanced

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I'm enjoying the disgrace of John Edwards immensely. The guy who made money so dishonestly, so illegitimately, was bound to fall.

So arrogant, so haughty... and to be undone by the National Enquirer? That's got to be the funniest part of it all.

prosecute dodd

The corrupt Chris Dodd (D-Conn) wants to investigate Cheney? That's rich.

Dodd should be sitting in jail today after his part in the economic meltdown.

Sunday, May 3

the black folks

Black people like the Obama administration because it's "transparent"?

Black folks like Obama because he lived 100 days as President? Only black Americans would view this as an accomplishment.

Blacks like President Obama because he's "been busy"?

No, black people -- the true racists in America -- like Obama for one reason. Because he's (half) black.

Okay, two reasons. He's (half) black and they think he's going to give them a bunch of free stuff.

Saturday, May 2

'better conveying'

Global warming -- a term that has been largely discredited -- isn't working for the Left. So, now they are 'reframing the issue using different language.' And they formed a DC non-profit green advertising communications firm to create better 'terms' to better trick, mislead, misinform and scare people.

Says ecoAmerica president and founder, Robert Perkowitz:
“When someone thinks of global warming, they think of a politicized, polarized argument. When you say 'global warming,' a certain group of Americans think that's a code word for progressive liberals, gay marriage and other such issues."

"Remember to speak in talking points, aspirational language about shared American ideals, like freedom, prosperity, independence and self-sufficiency while avoiding jargon and details about policy, science, economics or technology."

“It's the terms we're using that are holding us back with the American people,” he added.
Polling and focus groups told ecoAmerica not to use the word 'environment' anymore. Instead, it's 'the air we breathe, the water our children drink.'

No more grim warnings, it's better to just say 'our deteriorating atmosphere.'

"Moving away from the dirty fuels of the past." No mas talking about CO2.

Cap & trade? No. Use "cap & cash back," or “pollution reduction refund.”

And "energy efficiency” is now “saving money for a more prosperous future.”

See? Wasn't that easy? Isn't advertising great?

specter & souter

"If the fundamental Republican task is to pick up seats in 2010 and replace Obama in 2012--as it must be, for the sake of the country--and if the fundamental conservative task is to present alternatives to Obama's governance, then this week's news is not all bad." -- Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard

high art


Singer Building at Night, Charles Vezin (1858-1942) Thanks, Donald.

Friday, May 1

the obama way

How does the President plan to fight terrorism and keep America safe from radical jihadists?

He's releasing terrorists. The first one, Binyam Mohammed, is already back home in England.

What will he do with the 14 high value detainees currently behind held at Guantanamo? Will they be set free to conduct more terrorist activities?
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