Wednesday, May 26

liberalism run amok

HOLY WAR: A protester last night interrupts a Community Board 1 meeting, where the proposed site for a mosque two blocks from Ground Zero won overwhelming support, in a 29-1 vote.

The Gulf oil spill.  Look what happens when the environmentalists get their way.  Hello? Drilling in deep water is way more risky than shallow water.  Meanwhile, The Left is still obsessed with Bush.  But Obama has waited 37 days to provide the aide that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has requested.

The White House reportedly offered Congressman Joe Sestak a job if he decided not to run for the US Senate. Oops. That's grounds for impeachment, Barack.

How can there be credible financial 'reform' without fixing Fannie and Freddie? It's ridiculous.

Speaking of inanity, it's gotten so silly that gaffe machine VP Joe Biden is now cracking jokes about Richard Blumenthal's phony military record.

A mosque near the World Trade Center? How offensive is that? You know, tolerance only works only works if it's a one way street. (Above, the Community Board 1 meeting in lower Manhattan, yesterday.)

Obama sure takes a lot of vacations. This time he's shamefully skipping Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington, something no President has ever done during a time of war, just to go home to Chicago.  This should definitely improve his popularity among the branches.

Oh, and war between North Korea and South Korea could break out at any time. Hooray for diplomacy!

Monday, May 24

death panels?


Have you ever noticed that when Obamacare apologists attempt to go after the critics of Obamacare they almost always try to point to what they regard are the most outlandish and ludicrous charges critics have leveled against our newest entitlement program? Rarely do they bother addressing the most legitimate and glaring critiques of Obamacare such as its budget gimmickry, that it won't lower health care premiums, and that it is not budget neutral, just to name a few. The standard defense for Obamacare by its apologists is always some variation of, "Well, there's been a lot of misinformation going around about healthcare reform such as Sarah Palin's charge that there are death panels." That these charges are designed to "Scare Granny", we are told. How ludicrous that any one would think that about Obamacare, they imagine we should respond.

Sarah Palin has been held up as the poster girl for ridiculous criticism of Obamacare time and time again so it must be amazingly frustrating for Palin bashers to have to concede that on this issue of death panels Sarah Palin is actually correct! Yes, you will not find entities in Obamacare that literally go by the name of death panels in the legislation, but is it really enough to discredit the death panels charge simply because that specific terminology is not used? Surely not.

In Britain's system of socialized medicine there is a panel called NICE, a panel of experts who make determination as to what medicines and treatments are appropriate to administer based upon various criteria of prospective patients, such as age and other considerations.

From the Boston Herald,

"Nowhere are the deficiencies of government health-care management more clear than in Britain’s creation of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, established in 1999 by Prime Minister Tony Blair. NICE’s mandate: Save money by spending health dollars more efficiently. Using complex formulas, NICE has targeted high-end surgical procedures, medical devices and, especially, drugs."

Obama recently nominated Dr. Donald Berwick for the position of Head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"...Last June, Berwick said NICE has 'developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn.'”

Couple this with the fact that medicare under Obamacare will feature panels of experts modeled after NICE and we arrive at the inescapable conclusion that Palin bashers will probably never admit: that Obamacare does indeed include "death panels". Call them what you want, but in Medicare administration under Obamacare there will be panels of experts making life and death determinations for its victims, er... patients.

Score another win for Palin over her detractors.

Monday, May 17

marry me, miss oklahoma

'honest & refreshing'

Wednesday, May 12

filibuster city


Elena Kagan: The Government can unconstitutionally restrict free speech.

spelling doom?

Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is an ethically lapsed creep. I'm glad he lost to West Virginia state senator Mike Oliverio on Tuesday and I hope the majority of the dishonest, demagogue Democrats are ejected from office this November.

Oliverio essentially won by promising voters he wouldn't vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

in the red

Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) thinks reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is "too complicated?"

So that's the excuse for continuing to fund them, to the tune of $8.4 billion and $10.6 billion, respectively?

I understand it's 'politically inconvenient' for the Democrats to reform Fannie & Freddie, especially since the Democrats run and profit from Fannie & Freddie. 

The idea that the financial reform bill making its way through Congress fails to fix Fannie & Freddie is ridiculous.  And these are elected politicians pretending to represent you and me?

Get the government OUT of the mortgage business, and get the Democrats the hell out of government.

25 minutes

David Cameron meets the Queen as Gordon Brown quits as Prime Minister
I had no idea becoming the Prime Minister of Great Britain was so easy.

QUEEN: "Will you form the new administration?"

DAVID CAMERON: "Yes."

And that was that.  I wonder what else they talked about for 24 minutes?

Monday, May 10

elena kagan

“I first spoke with Justice Marshall in the summer of 1986, a few months after I had applied to him for a clerkship position. (It seems odd to call him Justice Marshall in these pages. My co-clerks and I called him ‘Judge’ or ‘Boss’ to his face, ‘TM’ behind his back; he called me, to my face and I imagine also behind my back, ‘Shorty.’) …
"In Justice Marshall's view, constitutional interpretation demanded, above all else, one thing from the courts: it demanded that the courts show a special solicitude for the despised and disadvantaged. It was the role of the courts, in interpreting the Constitution, to protect the people who went unprotected by every other organ of government -- to safeguard the interests of people who had no other champion.”

Wednesday, May 5

oil largesse: fact & fiction

No politician has gotten more money from oil giant (and current bad behaving big evil corporation) BP than President Obama.

From Politico:
"During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records."
Meantime, as the Democrats continue to demagogue the Gulf oil spill, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is outspoken about the facts on the ground and the water.
"Eighty percent of the oil slick, as it's called and appropriately -- 80 percent is literally just sheen or film right on top of -- on top of the water. That is not toxic. It's not particularly damaging. I mean, we don't want it to come ashore in Mississippi, but it's manageable. It's a manageable problem.
"And I do think a lot of people in the country are being led to believe that this is already some gigantic catastrophe. Well, that's not the case."

Monday, May 3

love her


Finally, a qualified African American for Congress.  Of course, she's a Republican.

Nobody speaks more articulately about how Liberal policies have harmed the black community than Star Parker.

She's beautiful inside and out.

why democrats shouldn't be president


What an embarrassing failure.  After all the bashing Bush took for his supposed mishandling of Katrina, the incompetent, inept Obama administration has done nothing about the Gulf Coast oil spill, despite their weak attempts at spin.

Had the federal government 'followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.'

Day One? The President only finally made it to Louisiana on Sunday, (officially Day 10) a day after he ate strawberries and yucked it up @ the White House Correspondence Dinner. (above)

Now the Gulf Coast has a major environmental disaster on it's hands.  How loud would the press be screaming right now if Bush was still President?

Sunday, May 2

too big to fail

The Census computer system that manages the door to door count "has remained buggy and prone to crash" just the numbers crunching was scheduled to begin.
The bureau's Paper Based Operations Control System did not function reliably in tests and, despite hardware and software upgrades, "may not be able to perform as needed under full operational loads," the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report. 
"So far, it is not as stable as it needs to be," GAO Strategic Issues Director Robert Goldenkoff said before the start of a congressional hearing on the census.
They can't even count.  How exactly will our giant, inept, slow government manage the health care of 306 million Americans?
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