You better Hope Obama leaves you with some Change by the time he gets done…
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Now we all CLEARLY see that all of this, all of the “stimulus”, all of the “green” carney hack scams, the entire Obama regime and the Marxist cabal running this country is about looting as much cash as possible from the Treasury. That’s it. Dump half a billion into a fake Potemkin Plant, let the executives skim about 10% of that off the top, of which a certain percentage goes right back to the Obama regime through campaign contributions, bring in other cronies as “investors” and then subordinate the government loan BEHIND the crony “investors”, and finally BK the whole thing in 12 months and sell off the equipment and assets to even more cronies for 10 cents on the dollar. –Anne Barnhardt on Solyndra
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As a result, the press gave the great American republic an untried, unknown and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as President. Under Obama, America’s foreign policies are a mixture of confusion and costly impotence. It is increasingly bypassed or derided; the great approach to the Muslim world, symbolized by the Cairo speech, is in tatters. Its debt and deficits are a weight on the entire global economy. And the office of presidency is less and less a symbol of strength.
To the degree the press neglected its function as watchdog and turned cupbearer to a styrofoam demigod, it is a partner in the flaws and failures of what is turning out to be one of the most miserable performances in the modern history of the American presidency.
Detroit’s fall can be traced to the race riots of 1943, though many decades of prosperity and achievement still lay ahead. The rise and fall of Detroit is history on an epic scale: Favored by fortune at first, then plowed under its wheel, the city has had a lot of bad luck. But as Oscar Wilde lamented as he languished in Reading Gaol near the end of his life: “I must say to myself that I ruined myself, and that nobody great or small can be ruined except by his own hand . . . Terrible as was what the world did to me, what I did to myself was far more terrible still.”
Houston had suffered race riots, too, during World War I, but fortune would smile on it for most of the 20th century. And when oil prices collapsed in the mid-1980s, sending the city into a depression, it bounced back as if suspended from a bungee cord — even though the oil bust lasted nearly two decades. What Houston did for itself is not merely a model for any city facing the danger of sudden economic decline: The policies that Houston and Texas have followed are proof of concept for the conservative vision of government, which is, essentially, to keep the government off the people’s backs and let a free society find its own way to prosperity.
Detroit, conversely, is proof of concept for the liberal vision of government, which seeks to solve every problem through government, to shape economic development through government, to redress grievances through government, to attain social justice through government, and, finally, to insinuate government into every aspect of our lives. The problems Detroit faced in the latter half of the 20th century would have been enormously challenging no matter what policies it embraced. But it embraced the worst ones and so plunged recklessly down the slope of decline.
Each city has offered a nearly pure exposition of a particular philosophy of government and a vivid demonstration of the results. In the degree of collusion between business and government, in the power of labor unions, in the method of economic development, in the burden of taxation and regulation, in the tolerance for diversity — in all these ways and more, the two cities stand as diametric opposites in the choices a society can make.
Few investment legends have weathered more than Richard Russell. Born in the Great Depression, Russell knows what it’s like to live in hard times. And in this new normal he has some survival tips.
“So to recap: massive government subsidies created 1,100 “green jobs” that never would’ve existed but for those massive government subsidies. And when those fake jobs disappeared because the subsidized employer company couldn’t compete in the market, the workers blamed China (instead of what’s easily one of the worst business plans ever drafted) in order to receive… wait for it… more government subsidies.
- Gee, I wonder why SAT scores keep dropping, federal education spending keeps increasing, and teachers’ union bosses keep buying bigger BMWs?
Despite the overwhelming evidence that charter schools level the educational playing field for both white and black students, Obama and the Democrat Party leadership have crushed and suppressed school choice programs like that in Washington, DC. Thanks to the all-powerful Democrat constituency — teachers’ unions like the AFT and the NEA — freeing kids from the slavery of failed public school systems is forbidden.
The Wall Street Journal points out the hypocrisy in stark terms: “President Obama and his Education Secretary have repeatedly promised to support “what works,” regardless of ideology. But the teachers’ unions adamantly oppose school vouchers, which provably work and work well. Ergo, Messrs. Obama and Duncan decided to kill a D.C. school voucher program that worked fabulously. Instead, they have forced poor kids back into the failed public schools that Messrs. Obama and Duncan would never deign to send their own children. What a disgrace.”
- George Will: Our floundering ‘federal family’
In societies governed by persuasion, politics is mostly talk, so liberals’ impoverishment of their vocabulary matters. Having damaged liberalism’s reputation, they call themselves progressives. Having made the federal government’s pretensions absurd, they have resurrected a supposed synonym for the government, the “federal family.” Having made federal spending suspect, they advocate “investments” — for “job creation,” a euphemism for stimulus, another word they have made toxic.
Barack Obama, a pitilessly rhetorical president, continues to grab the nation by its lapels, demanding its attention, and is paying the price: The nation is no longer listening. This matters because ominous portents are multiplying.
as Pete Seeger once told the New York Times, “I like to say I’m more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.”
Just as long as it’s the right village, somewhere far out of sight, where the low-income housing won’t clash with the namesake of the location where half a million high-income hippies had their ultimate moment of nostalgie de la boue.
Photo of the Day: Separated at Birth?
LOLOLOLOLOLOL! Report card of the day
Letter to the Editor of the Day- Readers’ Views: Objection from a former sailor
Video of the Day-Bill Whittle: What We Did Right
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Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. -John Maynard Keynes
You have been hearing alot about the contrasting economic theories of Friedrich Hayek and John Maynard Keynes over the past few years though most do not know who these men were and what their theories are. I will be the first to admit that books about economic theory make for ‘dry as a popcorn fart’ reading. These two video are really good at encapsulating their theories in an entertaining and memorable fashion.
- “Fear the Boom and Bust” a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem
- Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two
Japan and the softly glowing world…
Since the worker was an employee of a subcontractor, who, in turn, was operating under a different subcontractor at the plant, and understanding full well Tepco’s nature to understate bad news, it’s no surprise that the company has swept the incident under the rug without providing hardly any information to the public. Here is what’s being disclosed:
- The worker was a male, in his 40′s
- He was engaged in “radiation control” work starting in “early August”
- Tepco was informed on August 16 from a subcontractor that a worker had died
- “Acute Leukemia” is the diagnosis provided
There are three basic types of acute leukemia, but Tepco did not get into specifics. If what they are saying is true, then this guy came down with all the symptoms of either acute lymphocytic leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia or acute mylogenous leukemia during his very brief 3 week tenure at Daiichi and died during the early onset of the disease. Reports have not indicated that he had a preexisting condition with the cancer. Freak coincidence?
California Cows are Happy GLOWING Cows… Both cesium-134 and cesium-137 increase in latest San Francisco Bay Area milk sample (CHART)
…The euro cannot survive in its present form, it’s going to have to be reformed dramatically. We are I think at an hour to midnight in the way that we look at this issue…
European banks as a whole are grossly under-capitalized… In 2008, governments could intervene to sort out the problems of banks. In 2011, banks have problems, but so too do governments… We’ve now got the interplay between banks that are not properly capitalized and sovereign debt problems that have arisen partly because we’ve socialized or accepted responsibility for the banks’ liabilities.
At some point in the very near future, the world will be forced to acknowledge the failed progressive-socialist policies of centrally-planned “fairness”, unlimited welfare, open immigration policies and heavy unionization.
It’s unfortunate that the lesson will be learned — once again — by the world’s poorest souls who were led down the same catastrophic, Statist path by liberals, who have never gotten a single policy right, ever.
Think Ron Paul is the only person asking questions about the actual gold supposedly backing the currency in circulation. Think again: the “ask your central banker where his gold is” tour just went global after the Dutch the Dutch Socialists Party (SP)’s spokesman for financial affairs, Mr. Ewout Irrgang, asked the Dutch Secretary of the Treasury 10 detailed questions about the gold supposedly held by the Dutch Central Bank. Questions vary from: where is the gold? why are gold and gold receivables one line item? how much gold is loaned out? As Dutch website Vrijspreker.nl points out, “This is potentially a big breakthrough for global awareness on how central banks hide crucial info from the public and the disastrous effects central banks have on society.” Is Belgium next to ask the same question in a vain attempt to understand just how much of its gold is permanently “lent out“? And after Belgium, everyone else with a central bank perhaps?
Did everyone’s favorite pathologically lying Prime Minister finally get the long overdue bad news? After yesterday Bloomberg released the following succinct statement… “Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will meet with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Washington on Sept. 20, according to an e-mailed statement from the premier’s office in Athens. On the same day, Papandreou will also meet with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, according to the statement. Papandreou will visit New York and Washington from Sept. 18 through to Sept. 23, and will speak at the United Nations General Assembly, the email said.” BBC News now follows it up with…. “Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has cancelled a visit to the US because of the seriousness of the country’s debt crisis, Greek media reported, quoting government sources. State TV said he decided to return home after consultations with Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos. Mr Papandreou planned to attend the UN General Assembly and IMF meetings. The decision comes a day after eurozone ministers delayed a decision over debt-ridden Greece’s next bailout loan.” Having acted like a petulant child most of his political career, did G-Pap just pull the final act and “retaliate” at the IMF and the US for snubbing him in the only way he knows – by refusing to grant Timmy G and Lagarde an audience? In the meantime, Europe believes it is ready to cut the cord with Greece…
This is just a guess, but when almost 10% of Germans want the pirates to be in charge, you may have a political problem on your hands.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. Obama and Geithner want more bailouts, which will simply encourage more profligacy. And the President even endorsed more harmonization of economic policy, which will exacerbate the problems in Europe by leading to higher taxes, more spending, and additional regulation.
But you have to give Obama and Geithner credit. They support the same bad policies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Obama, however, is not fully consistent in his beliefs. During a visit to Africa, he said, “No business wants to invest in a place where government skims 20 percent off the top.” But I guess bigger government is okay in Europe, where the burden of government is already 50 percent of economic output.
But there’s plenty wrong with Geithner’s claims that we can keep playing this game on an indefinite forward basis and never have to pay the check engendered by doing so. That has never worked over time because it mathematically cannot, and yet our government refuses to accept and acknowledge that fact.
It appears that Europe is starting to “get it.” They’ve come to the conclusion that nations cannot run deficits on a perpetual basis that exceed economic growth. The “3%” rule appears reasonable assuming that economic growth can reach 3%, and it probably can over material periods of time. While a better rule is “0%”, simply because the natural evolution of all economies is a mild deflation (due to productivity improvements) this is certainly better than our situation today – or theirs. Such a rule would limit the United States to a $450 billion deficit inclusive of financing costs, which means that functionally our operating deficit limit would be about $200 billion today, dwindling toward zero the longer we kept it up.
Greece, for its part, appears to know the gig is up too. Papandreou has apparently decided not to meet with the IMF and Geithner this weekend, choosing instead to return to Greece.
The pyramid that has sustained the “rally” in risk-asset prices over the last two years appears to be about to have its legs cut out from under it. A couple of weeks ago I said that I expected you’d have one more chance to get out of the market if you were stuck long risk assets.
That opportunity may in fact be about to expire.
Moody’s Continues Review Of Italy’s Aa2 Ratings For Possible Downgrade, To Conclude Review Within Next Month
Does anyone really think austerity measures are going to help Spain reach its deficit ceiling targets by 2013?
Is the plan then to suck Spain dry before it defaults?
More than likely “sucking Spain dry” will be the end result of delusional bailout attempts rather than the plan. From the point of view of Spain, it loses regardless.
“On a wider level, there’s some irony in the fact that the UK and the EU are squabbling over euro-denominated transactions. Who even knows which countries will still be using the euro by the time the year is out? Exactly what kind of euro will be cleared in clearing houses come Christmas?”
Someone explain to me why we are in the EU. I am sure there is a reason, but bugger me if I can remember now. Old age creeping in
The war on the young is led “by cadres of elderly men, content to manage decline” and exacerbated by younger generations, who don’t seem to know what’s going on or understand the gravity of the financial situation that will hit them in the future.
One lie is that there is a historically and ethnically distinct Palestinian people, but that lie is so well established that it is beyond argument now. Even if Palestinian nationalism was a fiction created in the last few decades as a tool against Israel, that horse has left the gate. Nonetheless, it is worth pointing out the historical truth as a defense to the war to delegitimize Israel and portray Jews as occupiers.
But it is not too late to deal with the second lie which is unfolding, that Palestinians want a state as part of a solution to their war with Israel. In fact they want a state as a stepping stone to the destruction of Israel. It’s just a tactical move, because everything else has failed.
The tenth anniversary of 9/11 has been marked by a fresh outbreak in Britain of the political equivalent of auto-immune disease: treating the mortal enemies of the west as the victims of the west, while treating the west’s defenders as its mortal enemies.
One thing al Qaeda got right about Britain and Europe (but not about the patriotic heartlands of the US) was that they no longer had the will to fight and die for their beliefs because they no longer knew what they were.
Surely, however, even al Qaeda could not have envisaged quite how stunningly incapable the western intelligentsia and political class would be of grasping the difference between civilisation and its would-be destroyers, and how comprehensively they would therefore play into the Islamists’ hands – even now, ten years on.
Not that it’s anything to brag about.
Cheer up, Ka-daffy. Bleak as things look, you still have friends — which is more than we can say for the Moonbat Messiah if he’s losing even supporters like White House visitor Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panthers, on the behalf of which Obama’s “Justice” Department reduced itself to a farce.
Can Libya’s fledgling government get along, or will internal rivalries and tensions tear it apart?
All that terrorism was a sign that some Arabs are very unhappy. For decades, the powers-that-be refused to acknowledge why the kids were pissed off. Thanks to all those suicide bombs and breathless news reports, the family secret was out there for the entire world to see. No, not the al Qaeda “the West is making war on Islam,” canard, but an earlier al Qaeda call to overthrow the corrupt leaders of the Arab countries. Al Qaeda has to come up with the “war on Islam” angle to justify September 11, 2001, and earlier attacks. But the root cause is bad leadership at home.
The Palestinians have used terrorism against each other, as well as the Israelis, and it has not worked. The Arab states that donate so much money to the Palestinians have noted that, as well as the fact that Palestinians supported Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and the threat to keep going (had not the American led coalition promptly shown up.) Palestinians continue to support al Qaeda, which is still at war with the Arab nations Palestinians depend on for payroll money.
So when the king of Saudi Arabia tells the assembled Arab leadership that they are the problem, you can take that as a sign of progress. But real progress it ain’t. Arab leaders are victims of their own success. Their rule is based on corruption and police state tactics. Think East Europe before 1989. Big difference is that, although the populations of East Europe then, and the Arab world now, were both fed up with their leaders and governments, the Arabs were not willing to make as painless a switch as the East Europeans did in the 1990s. That’s because the East Europeans had two choices; communism or democracy. The Arabs have three; despotism, democracy or Islamic dictatorship.
Syria’s another country destined to become an Islamist-ruled hellhole once Assad falls.
The Islamic Winter is in full swing.
It doesn’t occur to liberals that there are problems for which solutions might not exist; the notion that cultures and countries may suffer from tragic flaws does not enter into consideration, because if that were true, there would be no need for liberals. That is why Friedman, the bellwether of liberal opinion, sounds stupider than anyone else when he describes Israel as “alone and adrift at sea.” If only Netanyahu had offered his own peace plan, complains Friedman…to Hamas? A news analysis in the Times meanwhile reports the Obama administration’s consternation that every pillar of its foreign policy is crumbling at once.
If the Obama administration and the New York Times are pulling their hair out over the disintegration of Arab society, consider how Tayyip Erdogan must feel. His economic boom is about to come to a crashing end, and his country is doomed demographically to split up when Kurds outnumber Turks not long from now, as I argued here recently. And his ambitions for Turkish hegemony in the Muslim world have run directly into an existential crisis that is long past solution. That would make anyone crazy. Don’t think of the Turkish leader as an outpatient who lost his meds. In the spirit of political correctness, we might call him “existentially challenged. ”
It would be easy to overestimate just how dangerous Erdogan might become. The estimable David Warren calls him “the man who could trigger a world war.” That seems alarmist. Whom is Erdogan going to fight? Any military provocation would lead to a further collapse of the Turkish currency, and a deep setback for the Turkish economy
Don’t they know Obama has god-like healing powers?
Want to know the real reason behind Turkey catching a case of “I can’t believe it’s not Jihad” syndrome? Well, here it is! Gas find prospect increasing tension in eastern Med
At least 15 protesters were killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday, when gunfire broke out at one of the biggest demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in recent months, a Reuters witness said.
Only idiots, the MSM and Kumbayah singing liberals (but I repeat myself) bought into this one… Hopes of early freedom for American hikers jailed in Iran dashed as release judge ‘on holiday’
I wonder if they will be surprised when no Jews take them up on their offer?
On top of a raging insurgency and devastating seasonal floods, Pakistan is reeling from a particularly acute outbreak of dengue fever that has left local authorities scrambling to contain the epidemic.
Walter Russell Mead: Is Pakistan At War With the United States?
Yes, we will be the laughing stock of the world, seen jumping head first off a cliff into a shark infested sea, as we will have no way back, because we were sold a tax that has nothing to do with climate change, instead introduced purely for egotistic governance.
Women in a strife-torn village who wanted to bring peace and prosperity threatened to withhold sex if their men kept fighting. And obviously, they won!
Stock up on incandescent light bulbs while you still have the chance… China Puts Squeeze on Rare Earth Metals Resulting in Compact Flourescent Bulb Prices to Skyrocket
By closing or nationalizing dozens of the producers of rare earth metals — which are used in energy-efficient bulbs and many other green-energy products — China has sent the price of compact fluorescent bulbs soaring in the United States.
Bing West’s Wall Street Journal column on the Medal of Honor awarded to then Marine Corporal (now Sergeant) Dakota Meyer provides context and detail lacking in most of the news accounts occasioned by yesterday’s White House ceremony. Sergeant Meyer was awarded the Medal for his day-long heroics during a September 2009 ambush in Afghanistan rescuing a group “abandoned by their chain of command,” according to West.
Obama’s allies and Holder’s DOJ protected race warriors… New Black Panther President Tells Harlem Audience: Gird Your Loins, This Is War Against Capitalist Bloodsucker America
Obama seen nodding in approval.
I posted on this about a month ago as a ‘heads up’… “Day of Rage:” Alinskyites call for pointless mass sleepover on Wall Street
What do they want? They’re not really sure.
When do they want it? For a couple of months, or until the weather gets too cold, anyway.
A bunch of adrift Alinskyites and disorganized organizers from a group called “Adbusters” are converging in New York City for some reason or other. They’re bringing tents, sleeping bags, yoga instructors, face paint — and at some point, they’ll get around to deciding what their “one demand” is:
On Saturday thousands of us will occupy Wall Street. We will wave our signs, unfurl our banners, beat our drums, chant our slogans … and then we’ll get down to business and hold several people’s assemblies to decide what our “one demand” will be.
I find this particularly funny considering that some of the richest people in the world like George Soros, Teresa Heinz-Kerry, Ted Turner, Wendy Rockefeller, John R. MacArthur, Peter Lewis, et al use their “greedy, ill gotten billions” to fund every radical leftist, Islamofascist and enviroterrorist organization in America. Don’t believe me? Take a tour through the sewer over at Discover the Networks… ‘We won’t put up with their greed any more’: Demonstrators try to take over Wall Street in protest against corruption and budget cuts
They wanted to turn New York’s financial district into an ‘American Tahrir Square’ by protesting against what they claim is the financial greed and corruption of the richest people in the U.S. More than 1,000 gathered in New York for the protest, but they were thwarted by police who put Wall Street on lockdown after learning about the plans through social media.
I dutifully sent my operatives out to cover what were to be three of the largest Day of Rage protests — in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles — so humanity would have a full record of this pivotal moment in history.
Really, I should have learned my lesson by now: The bigger the build-up to a protest, and the more grandiose the promises, the louder the sound of the bellyflop onto the dustbin of irrelevancy.
In other words: “Day of Rage” was a massive FAIL.
This photo essay includes photos from all three protest sites (NY, SF and LA) integrated together, to give you the feel of the fizzled revolution as a whole.
Obama Takes Class Warfare To The Next Level With The “Buffet Rule” And A New “Millionaire Tax”: Is A Market Selloff Imminent?
Of course he’s the one who determines what’s “fair.”
Thomas Sowell: You Can’t Tax the Rich
In other words, the genuinely rich are likely to be the least harmed by high tax rates in the top brackets. People who are looking for jobs are likely to be the most harmed, because they cannot equally easily transfer themselves overseas to take the jobs that are being created there by American investments that are fleeing high tax rates at home.
Small businesses — hardware stores, gas stations, restaurants — are likewise unable to transfer themselves overseas. So they are far more likely to be unable to escape the higher tax rates that are supposedly being imposed on “millionaires and billionaires,” as President Obama calls them. Moreover, small businesses are what create most of the new jobs.
Why then are so many politicians, journalists, and others so gung-ho to raise tax rates on the rich?
Aside from sheer ignorance of history and economics, class-warfare politics pays off in votes for politicians who can depict their opponents as defenders of the rich and themselves as champions of the working people. It is a great political game that has paid off repeatedly in local, state, and federal elections.
We’re handing out trillions in ‘stimulus’ to Obama’s union thugs, race warriors, wackademics to study Lesbianism in Birds, radical leftists, ‘community organizers’ and to prop up the bankrupt bleu states that they feed off of like leeches, billions to buy car companies to keep the union leeches fat and happy feeding on those corpses, billions in loans and tax credits to Obama’s biggest bundlers, Hollywood studios and his crony capitalist buddies but Obama and the Democrats want military retirees to ‘pay their fair share’ by losing their benefits… Retiree Benefits for the Military Could Face Cuts
But within military circles, and among many members of Congress, the benefits are considered untouchable. Veterans groups and military leaders argue that the system helps retain capable commissioned and noncommissioned officers.
And having volunteered to put their lives at risk, those people deserve higher-quality benefits, supporters argue. The typical beneficiary, they add, is not a general but a retired noncommissioned officer, with an average pension of about $26,000 a year.
“The whole reason military people are willing to pursue a career is because after 20, 30 years of extraordinary sacrifice, there is a package commensurate with that sacrifice upon leaving service,” said Steven P. Strobridge, a retired Air Force colonel who is the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America, which is lobbying against changes to the benefits.
Michael Barone: Obama acts as shop steward in chief
The Obama White House won’t comment on the Boeing case, just as Obama himself had no comment when Teamsters President Jim Hoffa, introducing him at a Labor Day rally in Detroit, said of Tea Party backers, “Let’s take these son of a bitches out.”
The president’s eloquent and apparently heartfelt pleas for civility voiced after the Tucson shootings apparently don’t apply to union leaders.
Obama’s partiality to unions is apparently rooted in a conviction that we would be better off if every employee were represented by a union.
The marketplace says otherwise. Private-sector unionism has produced the General Motors and Chrysler bankruptcies, while states with strong public-sector unions, according to a Harvard study, have to pay higher interest rates to borrow money.
In a new study at Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, we discovered why the Obama administration is so interested in helping out the states. States with a bluish hue—that is, states with legislatures that are heavily Democratic and have a highly unionized public-sector work force—must pay interest rates that are often an extra half a percentage point higher than states with a reddish coloring.
Specifically, a 20 percentage-point increment in either the Democratic share of the state legislature or a comparable increase in the share of the public work force that is unionized drives up interest rates by nearly a half a percentage point on a five-year security note. That amount is nontrivial. In Obama’s home state of Illinois, it is costing governments over $700 million annually.
And because this costs these states’ more than they can afford (at acceptable rates of taxation), they need a new revenue source, one that doesn’t vote in the state… and that source is you, of course.
Only one thing can correct these states’ bad prioritization of values: Having to face their own voters, confronting voters with the choice of ever-more-generous pay and benefits for public employee unions or massive tax hikes.
ACORN and other radical left-wing groups would be eligible for up to $15 billion in federal funding if President Obama’s new economic stimulus package becomes law.
Now that public polling shows Americans are realizing that economic stimulus programs don’t work, the Obama administration is calling the latest round of futile stimulus a “jobs bill.” In a sense it really is a jobs bill: a jobs bill for Saul Alinsky-inspired community organizers.
The draft legislation, which had not yet been introduced in Congress at press time, makes ACORN, Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America (NACA), and a phalanx of leftist groups that regularly feed at the public trough eligible for funding.
What do you think? Will any of these 14 tax hikes help create jobs?
Obviously the fact that Buffett’s effective tax rate is low is because he lives mainly off of dividends which are taxed at only 15% makes no difference. Millions of middle-class retired Americans also live off of dividends, will all of them fall under Obama’s new “Buffett rule”?
Shortly after the $830 billion stimulus bill was enacted in 2009, President Obama boasted that it included the “largest new investment since President Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System,” and said it would “help states create a 21st century infrastructure” and “fuel growth in an industry that’s been hard hit.”
Now, nearly 2 1/2 years later, Obama wants another $50 billion as part of his American Jobs Act to create jobs and fix “our crumbling infrastructure.” But he still seems to buy into several myths about the nation’s infrastructure.
But only if you love him.
Republicans must be laughing their asses off right now. For a brief moment it looked as if maybe, just maybe, Obama had put them in a tough spot: either support a jobs bill their base hated or else look like mindless obstructionists on the single issue most important to the American public. But now? All they have to do is lay low and let Democrats do the dirty work of undermining the bill for them. It’s a pretty sweet deal. Sometimes politics is just too easy.
There are also Democrats, some of them senators up for election in 2012, who oppose the bill simply for its mental connection to the stimulus bill, which laid at least part of the foundation for the Republican takeover of the House in 2010.“I have serious questions about the level of spending that President Obama proposed,” said Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat from West Virginia, in a statement issued right after Mr. Obama spoke to a joint session of Congress last week.
A campaign strategy of me against the evil obstructionist Republicans only works if you have the support of your own party. The message being given to President Obama right now is that the members of his party are not willing to sacrifice them selves for the greater glory of Dear Leader again. Many of the Democrat Senators elected in 2006 ran as conservative Democrats. They, to date, have governed as Socialists, and their constituency is hopping mad. They ignored the voters during the tumultuous town hall meetings of 2009, and they saw the effect of that bit of genius played out during the elections of 2010. This bunch of Senators did not have to face voters in 2010, but they watched 7 of 16 lose their seats, What New York 9 told them, and told them loudly, is that Americans have had enough of the great experiment with Communism to start this decade. The Senatorial Democrats have just removed the only strategy President Obama had with which to campaign on. His soaring rhetoric, as of now have become the death gasp rattlings of the bad guys in monster movies. He has greatly damaged the Democrat Party for years to come. It will be decades hopefully, before anyone falls for the fiscally conservative Democrat ploy again.
“My worry is that even after all of this, much of the talk in Washington right now is basically about more of the same. More initiatives that seem to have more to do with the next election than the next generation. . .initiatives that seem to be more about micromanaging economic decisions than liberating them. I think the American people are worried about this too. I can tell you the American people — private-sector job creators in particular — are rattled by what they’ve seen out of this town over the last few years.
“My worry is that for American job creators, all the uncertainty is turning to fear that this toxic environment for job creation is a permanent state. Job creators in America are essentially on strike. The problem is not confusion about the policies. . .the problem is the policies.”
That is a pretty powerful statement — “The problem is not confusion about the policies. . .the problem is the policies” — from the man who is 2 heartbeats from the presidency, and also a very encouraging statement because it shows that someone is Washington has the fortitude and willingness to do what needs to be done — NOTHING. And I have been saying since January 2008. I opposed the Bush stimulus, TARP and the automotive bailouts — all under Bush. We would have been done with this recession if not for those meddling economists.
Economists like to think of themselves as PhDs, doctors. The first thing a doctor is supposed to do is to do no harm. I trust Doctor Boehner will keep that in mind.
As you all know, massive omnibus spending packages are inevitable, hide-the-pork monstrosities. The conservative Republican Study Committee is gearing up to offer an alternative to hold the spending line. Via Roll Call:
House conservatives are gearing up for a fight with Democrats and their own leadership over the size of the upcoming continuing resolution, even as Republican leaders soften their rhetoric regarding President Barack Obama.
Conservatives, unhappy that last month’s debt limit deal included significantly higher budget levels than those included in Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget, are demanding the CR — and a subsequent omnibus spending measure — stick to Ryan’s numbers rather than those agreed to in the debt deal.
But Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and other leaders are in no mood for another budget battle, and the Appropriations Committee is expected to produce a CR that runs through November that meets the budget levels set in the debt deal.
I know people who have always bought GM vehicles who refuse to buy them now because of the bailouts and are putting their money where their mouths are. One of them is driving around a spiffy new Ford pickup truck that replaced his old Chevy one-he had always bought Chevy before but would not even consider buying another now that it is “Government Motors”. Sister Mary Penguin just bought a Honda to replace their old Chevy sedan, too… Wow: New Ford ad blasts bailouts — and perhaps more
Sitting and looking sincere and serious, Chris says: “I wasn’t going to buy another car that was bailed out by our government. I was going to buy from a manufacturer that’s standing on their own: win, lose, or draw. That’s what America is about is taking the chance to succeed and understanding when you fail that you gotta’ pick yourself up and go back to work. Ford is that company for me.”
It’s brilliant in terms of distancing Ford from the anger taxpayers (and potential buyers) feel over the bailouts of Ford rivals GM and Chrysler. After all, taxpayers will end up losing about $14 billion for their trouble, and a lot of investors got screwed in the politically-manipulated bankruptcy proceedings for both companies. Any competitive edge helps, of course, and this is a natural argument — so much so that it’s curious that Ford hasn’t really pressed that point until now.
But it also feels like something more than just a sales pitch, too. The statement that America is about taking risks and enduring failure rather than expecting government to bail everyone out sounds more like a big thumb in the eye of the Obama administration, whose latest jobs bill keeps extending unemployment benefits, and which continues to propose spending billions on subsidies for businesses that can’t succeed on their own — like Solyndra.
Your tax dollars at work…Gee, when was the last time anyone who isn’t a Wall Steet Bankster, government ‘worker’ or union thug (but I repeat myself) saw a bonus? GM, UAW agree on profit-sharing in new contract
A recent Reuters’ article points out that the auto industry is relying on fleets to support sales of plug-in vehicles like the Chevy Volt. In a nutshell, this means that government agencies (along with cronies at GE) will use taxpayer funds to purchase Chevy Volts that have been widely rejected by retail consumers. All to support a vehicle that was developed using billions of dollars of that same taxpayer money. Not even the most naïve, green energy supporting apologist for the Volt can legitimately debate that the car is not profitable for General Motors. Former car czar, Steven Rattner, admitted that the vehicle had “commercial clay feet” and would not be profitable for GM in the foreseeable future. Yet this is not stopping the continued wastefulness of our government’s taxpayer subsidized support for the vehicle as well as for a future Cadillac version of the car.
Olive Garden is another place I will not patronize because they are whores to the Obama regime. I can get better Italian food at real Italian restaurants or make it myself… A fun fact about Michelle Obama’s chummy fries police
In a normal, free-market environment, of course, business executives take their cue from customers — not from the East Wing.
But this is no normal, free-market environment.
And, I might add, Darden Restaurants is no normal restaurant chain.
At a time when most food service providers are struggling under the weight of increased taxes, health care mandates, and regulations, Darden Restaurants just happens to be one of the few and fortunate businesses to obtain one of those coveted Obamacare waivers.
Remember? I do. Flashback November 2010:
In early October, the Obama administration announced it had granted waivers not only to McDonald’s, but also to several other firms and labor unions.
Now comes word that Torquemada HHS Secretay Kathleen Sebelius has approved a whopping 111 waivers for businesses of all sizes, along with more unions and other providers of health insurance. The escapees include employers of many low-wage and part-time workers whose health insurance plans would otherwise be dropped, including Darden Restaurants — the parent company of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chains, which employ some 34,000 people.
Much like windmills, Obama’s energy plans for the country turn on “green” energy like LED lighting.
What possibly could go wrong (other than the credits creating jobs in China)?
Israeli researchers have found that pervasive use of LED and other “white light” has serious negative health consequences:
Exposure to the light of white LED bulbs suppresses melatonin five times more than exposure to the light of high-pressure sodium bulbs that emit an orange-yellow light, according to a new international study – that includes University of Haifa Prof. Abraham Haim.
Melatonin is a compound that adjusts our biological clock and is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-cancerous properties.
Your ‘surprisingly unexpected’ economic news of the day:
Great, just great…. The American Taxpayer has bailed out the stupid banks who gave half million dollar home loans to welfare queens and illegal aliens, the idiots on Wall Street, ‘green is the new red’ energy companies with major shareholders who just so happen to be big donors to Obama’s campaigns, corrupt (and violent) public and private sector union leeches and the spendthrift socialistic bleu states and moribund companies that are their major employers in the US and now we get to do the whole thing over by BAILING OUT EUROPE?!?!?! Screw ‘em all… US taxpayers could be on hook for Europe bailout
“Our concern is that innocent American taxpayers will pay for yet another bailout — this time to one or several countries whose spending and debt choices led them to financial calamity,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and seven other Republican senators wrote in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in June.
The source of the senators’ concern is an emergency provision, approved by the Group of 20 industrialized nations in 2009, granting the IMF broad powers to expand its lending authority. That could leave American taxpayers on the hook for any IMF loans that later go bad.
In July, Geithner sought to reassure the senators that won’t happen.
For the White House, the policy calendar is dictated above all by the political necessities of the 2012 election. Mr. Obama will take his chances on 2013 if he can cajole the private economy to create enough new jobs over the next year to win re-election, even if those jobs and growth are temporary. Business owners and workers who would prefer to prosper beyond Election Day aren’t likely to share Mr. Obama’s enthusiasm once they see the great tax cliff approaching.
Look out below.
Once upon a time, there were a bunch of banks that said “Hey, forget balance sheets. If they have collateral give them a loan.” For a while it was good money. As long as they got payments, it was OK. So there were more loans, which in turn bid up the value of the collateral. Then the worm turned, because what goes up must come down. When collateral values collapsed, so did lending. It got real hard to keep up with the loan payments. Banks started looking like they came straight out of Goodfellas.
This isn’t an American story at all. All of these types of issues are about debt resolution. It has happened for centuries, probably further back in history. You know the story, but perhaps there are some details here that may open eyes. Like why you heard about Japanese CEOs committing suicide. Often it was because to keep their businesses running, they had to pledge all their personal possessions for a loan. The insurance benefit was all that was left for their families when their businesses went bankrupt. This collateral value collapse implies banking crisis implies real problems for a lot of voters. Anywhere this happens, it is a political crisis, and governments have to step in. This is where the story goes from bad to worse.
This is a long article but well worth reading. I always maintained that we would have been better off if President Obama had done nothing at all and let the natural genius of the capitalist system soar itself out. By now the unemployment rate would probably have been no more than 7% (still a bit too high for my blood), and we would have probably been out of the recession by the Spring of 2010.
“The fundamental problem,” Brook says, is with the philosophical belief our society has that governments can solve problems and more rules and regulations are the answer to our economic ailments.
Barring “real structural change” to our economic underpinnings toward self-reliance and true laissez-faire capitalism, “we can buy time, but we can’t change the outcome,” Brook says.
One of the key rulings that will increase the rate of foreclosures comes from the 9th Circuit Court. Please see 9th Circuit Court Ruling Legitimizes MERS for details.
Addendum: Pulatie pinged me with this comment
Calvo v HSBC
This case in California just clarified that there is no need for any Assignment of the Deed of Trust to be recorded prior to foreclosure.
Statute CCC 2932.5 is put to rest.
It essentially nails the coffin lid closed on foreclosure defenses that attorneys have been using, when combined with the 9th Circuit ruling and Gomes v Countrywide.
Some Empirical Results. I kid you not. This is someone who clearly sees the stock market as a transmission mechanism from Fed policy to the rest of the economy. In other words, if Bernanke wants to juice the stock market, then he must do something to surprise the market. ‘Operation Twist’ is already baked in, which means he has to do that and a lot more to generate the positive surprise he clearly desires (this is exactly what he did on August 9th with the mid-2013 on- hold commitment). It seems that Bernanke, if he wants the market to rally, is going to have to come out with a surprise next Wednesday.” In other words, stocks are now pricing in not just OT 2, and a reduction in the IOER, but also an LSAP of a few hundred billion. There is, however, naturally a flipside, to Bernanke’s priced in announcement: “If he doesn’t, then expect a big selloff.” In everything, mind you, stocks, bonds, and certainly precious metals. And, of course, vice versa.
It’s the kind of stuff we’re seeing across the country at the state level and it’s about time the wave hit the federal government. If Chris Christie can do this kind of thing in New Jersey there’s no reason, other than the fact that the current President is the pocket of the unions, not to do it at the federal level.
I’m also leery of quick fixes that don’t address the real big ticket items like Medicare and Social Security but Johnson makes it clear his proposals are just a start. This is simply a set of proposal that shouldn’t need a Super Committee to enact. It also shows you can get to the magic $1.4 trillion without gutting defense.
But hey, since we’re so deep in the Doom, we could use these ideas PLUS whatever the Gang of 12 comes up with AND real entitlement reform.
Only after the recent S&P downgrade of America’s AAA credit rating did the impossible become thinkable to some MSM analysts, though a considerable portion of the day-trading herd continue to roll onward, while the time bomb strapped to the ass end of their financial house is ticking away. China, being the second largest holder of U.S. debt next to the Fed, and the number one holder of dollars within their forex reserves, has always been the key to gauging the progression of the global economic collapse now in progress. If you want to know what’s going to happen tomorrow, watch what China does today.
Joblessness rose last week to its highest level in two months. I suppose rising unemployment is news to some people. The diehards. The bitter clingers. The people who believe the government can buy prosperity. The rest of us know better. We expected bad economic news. We realized that any hope for a recovery over the next year or two died on August 1 when President Obama did not stop the downgrade of America’s credit rating from AAA. Childishly, he pushed the federal government’s borrowing to the limit. He now wants to blame Republicans for the disaster that followed.
What a fool. His partisanship alone is responsible for that downgrade.The people see this. His job approval numbers continue sinking. Very few people support his jobs plan. Only 33% of Americans like his handling of the economy. 61% do not according to a Bloomberg News Poll.
So what do we have? The same liberal economists continue to push this crappy jobs bill upon us. The $787 billion stimulus backfired and actually increased unemployment.
Now these bozos are surprised to see how bad the bad news is from this cataclysmic failure.
The UMichigan read for consumer confidence came slightly better than uber-depressionary, printing at 57.8, on expectations of 57, and better than the apocalyptic 55.7 from August. To put the number in perspective, it is the second lowest since February 2009. To algorithms all that will matter, however, is that it is rising. What they will completely ignore is that consumer expectations, or the outlook for the future, just dropped yet again, from 47.4 to 47, the lowest print since May of 1980! More troubling to the Fed is the read on inflation expectations, which after declining for months, rose in both 1 year (from 3.5% to 3.7%) and 5 year (from 2.9% to 3.0%) expectations.
What’s a six-letter word that describes what you get when you combine spiking jobless claims and rising inflation? Answer: M-I-S-E-R-Y. And as new reports show, Obama is dishing out heaping portions of it.
It’s also interesting information in light of the president’s repeated calls for an extension of unemployment insurance benefits. While these numbers analyze waste at the state level, the federal government made at least $125 billion in improper payments through a variety of duplicative programs and it seems reasonable to assume waste occurs at the federal level of the unemployment insurance program, as well. All question of incentive aside — and of at what point an increase or extension of unemployment benefits actually contributes to the unemployment problem, it seems the president could at least acknowledge it makes little sense to call for more taxpayer dollars to be dumped into the UI program until administrators manage to lower the percentage of improper payments
They are getting the Hope and Change™ they voted for… More Young Adults Are Poor, Live With Their Parents
In addition to adult kids sticking around longer, in recent years there has also been a rise in multi-generational homes where extended families of kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and/or cousins live under the same roof. A 2010 survey had it that 16.1% of Americans lived in multi-generational households, compared to 12.1% of the population in 1980. (For that matter, last year also witnessed an increase (8% more) of children living with their grandparents.)
The phenomena of the boomeranger—an adult child who had been living on his own, but was forced to move back in with his parents—spread widely soon after the recession hit. In late 2009, 13% of parents with grown children said at least one adult son or daughter had moved back in with them over the prior year. This wasn’t particularly surprising: At the time, only 46% of Americans ages 16 to 24 had jobs, the lowest level since the government started tracking such data in the post-World War II era.
For the most part, parents have been willing to help their kids out financially throughout these tough times. In a survey conducted this past spring (cited by personal finance expert Liz Weston), 6 in 10 parents said they’ve provided financial assistance—helping with insurance, transportation, and living expenses, giving them spending money, covering credit card debt, etc.—to adult children who are no longer students.
The reports call calling into question the president’s leadership and financial savvy at a time where the president is most vulnerable on those topics, with poll numbers on his handling of the economy hitting record lows.
According to reports Friday, Geithner ignored a March 2009 order that asked the Treasury Department to consider dissolving Citigroup, one of the nation’s largest financial services companies. Citigroup was among the worst hit by the financial crisis in 2008, and needed billions in bailout money to stay afloat.
Many have criticized the Obama administration — and Geithner, the former president of the New York Federal Reserve, specifically — of being too focused on helping the banking industry after the recession. Critics on both the left and right argued that the government should not have bailed out banks that submarined the economy after issuing bad mortgages.
They’re being too kind. Obama is much worse than Carter.
The American health care debate needs to focus on one inescapable fact: unless we make major, deep changes in the way health care is delivered in this country, there is no way we can pay for the health care we want and need as the population goes up, gets older — and as new, expensive treatments continue to appear.
Ultimately we must either ration health care (death panels and all) or restructure it top to bottom so that it is able to deliver the same or, preferably, much higher levels of care much less expensively. Proponents of a single payer health care system (basically, the kind many European countries and Canada have where the government collects premiums for everyone, sets prices, and pays bills) argue that it is cheaper than our current hybrid (and grossly inefficient and excessively) pricey system.
I agree with the single payer crowd there, but a single payer system only really makes sense under two conditions. The first, as the Spanish are discovering in a very unpleasant way, is that single payer only works if the single payer has plenty of money. If you count on the government to cover your health care, and the cost of health care bankrupts your government so that the health care system goes down as well, it’s hard to call that a success.
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy (except for the UN, of course):
If the EPA decides to try this new tact to quash American energy production and mining of natural resources, then it would from this point forward be able to wholly dispense with any need to rely on scientific facts to determine the viability of the culling of our own natural resources, those resources that made this country great. The EPA would have the precedent to shut down the use of any land merely because it deems it should be done.
Talk about the end of private property rights and the destruction of our energy and mining industries!
In effect, Cleaver is saying that the CBC has dealt differently with this president precisely because he’s black. How is that OK? Either we envision a world in which we are judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin or we don’t. What do Cleaver and the other members of the CBC dream of?
It’s nice, at least, that Cleaver doesn’t want in any way to contribute to a climate of hate. But, then, what would you expect from the founder of another Congressional caucus — the nine-member “Civility Caucus”? Certainly, you wouldn’t expect him to sit idly by as members of the CBC told Tea Party members to go to hell or referred to Tea Partiers as “the real enemy.”
Oh, wait. Cleaver did do that. It took Andre Carson’s outrageous remarks and Allen West’s threat to leave the CBC to spark any hate-mitigating reaction from Cleaver at all — and, even then, he was in no hurry to disavow Carson’s vitriol. Eventually, though, Cleaver met privately with West and convinced him to stay. But with his comments today in “The Miami Herald,” Cleaver again implicitly endorses the identity politics that so inform CBC members’ approach to the issues, in effect arguing it’s OK and even encouraged for CBC members and others to hold Obama to a different standard just because of the president’s race. Seems to me like such a backward approach for the chairman of the CBC to take.
Founded in 1971 by 13 civil-rights leaders as “the conscience of the Congress,” the caucus has strayed far from its original mission. Now boasting 42 politicians — including some of the most radical and unethical in Congress — it chiefly serves its own interests.
Its lavish annual gala is an unseemly shakedown of corporate donors unwittingly funding a war chest for Marxist causes. While the living conditions of average African-Americans worsen, this elite black power club has empowered and enriched its own.
The group has become an embarrassment not just to the black community and the civil-rights legacy it deigns to uphold, but the Democratic Party from which it draws almost all of its members. It should be disbanded. Here’s a bill of indictment..
As noted earlier, the US House passed a bill that, if it became law, would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board’s actions against Boeing and keep that board from taking similar action against other companies. Eight Democrats crossed party lines to vote in favor of the bill. But seven Republicans went the other way, and voted against it. These Republicans voted with the Big Labor-dominated NLRB, against a company’s right to relocate without government interference.
This is just the next step by the left to force American families to pay for their junk science.
As part of his warmed-over jobs plan, President Obama is repackaging “Buy American” stimulus subsidies to help hard-hit homegrown businesses. At the same time, however, Congress is pushing to expand a fraud-riddled investor program that puts U.S. citizenship for sale to the highest foreign business bidders.
Call it the Buy America Cash-for-Visas plan.
Under Richard Nixon, John Mitchell was as corrupt as they come. But that was all for protecting political power. The Holder Justice Department is equally as corrupt, but in worse ways even than Mitchell. Holder’s team is out for raw political power unmoored from the law, of course — but also for hard-leftist ideological ends that undermine the entire tradition of American jurisprudence and legal practice. They are a menace, and they must be stopped.
And you wonder why the national SAT scores are on the decline?
Obamascandal #1-Gunwalker/Fast & Furious/Castaway/Grenadewalker: The Scandal with a Body Count…
You think Fast and Furious was some rogue operation gone wrong? You think it was bungled somehow by local agents?
According to documents that have piled up on the investigating committee’s desk, Kenneth Melson, then acting director of the ATF (and now safely parachuted out of harm’s way), actually watched a live video feed as a straw buyer bought semiautomatic weapons at an Arizona gun store.
The evidence that knowledge and authority of Fast and Furious went all the way to the top may be unparalleled in the history of Washington, D.C., scandals. Barely more than a year ago, people at the top were crowing about how much they knew.
There is no logic behind it if the intent is law enforcement. Remember what it amounted to – the United States government legally purchased firearms in the United States and then illegally transferred the weapons to criminal gangs. My view has been it was an effort to re-start gun control: send the guns down there, wait until hundreds of Mexicans are killed by them, then instruct the MSM to issue breathless, heart-rending reports about how American gun dealers are fueling violence south of the border (none of us were ever supposed to find out about “Gunwalker”…we only did because after a Border Patrol agent was murdered with one of the guns, some whistle blowers stepped forward).
If it isn’t rank stupidity, then it is a wicked plan to get something that should not be had – whether its gun control, more Democrat voters or an attempt to overload the welfare system in a Cloward-Piven strategy is unknown…what we need to do is unravel the scheme and see where the evidence leads.
In the fall of 2009, ATF agents installed a secret phone line and hidden cameras in a ceiling panel and wall at Andre Howard’s Lone Wolf gun store.
They gave him one basic instruction: Sell guns to every illegal purchaser who walks through the door.
For 15 months, Howard did as he was told. To customers with phony IDs or wads of cash he normally would have turned away, he sold pistols, rifles and semi-automatics. He was assured by the ATF that they would follow the guns and that the surveillance would lead the agents to the violent Mexican drug cartels on the Southwest border.
When Howard heard nothing about any arrests, he questioned the agents. Keep selling, they told him. So hundreds of thousands of dollars more in weapons, including .50-caliber sniper rifles, walked out the front door of his store in a Glendale, Ariz., strip mall.
He was making a lot of money, but he also feared somebody was going to get hurt.
“Every passing week, I worried about something like that,” he said. “I felt horrible and sick.”
That last bit references this local report (via Town Hall)- “U. S. Border Patrol agents seized six assault rifles, one rocket launcher, a grenade launcher, and three packages of what appeared to be C-4 explosives Tuesday near the Rio Grande.” – complete with helpful picture, just in case you were wondering whether they might have just seized an artist’s portable carrying case, or something. Mind you, this particular seized contraband may not have had anything to do with Operation Fast and Furious (certainly you can’t buy fully-loaded rocket launchers in gun stores. At least, I hope) – but is it safe to bet that way? After all, the ‘grenade components’ thing refers to this story about an American citizen smuggling grenade parts into Mexico; in case you were wondering, yeah, the ATF knew about him and let him go. Last year**. The .50 caliber sniper rifle story? Here you go.
The whole mess, in a nutshell? Here and here and here and here and here: bottom line is, the US government massively screwed up by deliberately letting guns get run into Mexico – and into the waiting, eager hands of Mexican narco-terrorists. The Mexican government is fuming: it’s their citizens getting shot, and the Ugly Americans didn’t clear any of this with them. Gun rights organizations are fuming, too: they have suspicions about the ultimate goal of the Obama administration here, and there’s admittedly evidence that can be reasonably seen as backing them up on that. And the center-right is fuming most of all: and that’s because in a just universe, starting Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder would be spending his working hours sitting at a House Government Oversight table hooked up to a polygraph machine and describing his activities, day by day.
To which I can only say what I have to say: these things take time, and Grassley/Issa aren’t going anywhere. And they know who has to answer to this, in the end.
Reuters carried a report yesterday about the discovery of a black bag along the Rio Grande in Texas, which had some interesting contents:
Agents discovered the weapons on Tuesday on a quiet stretch of the Rio Grande near Fronton, a small community about 210 miles south of San Antonio. No arrests have been made.
“These deadly weapons could have had a devastating impact on communities on both sides of the border and to our agents and other law enforcement officers,” Rosendo Hinojosa, head of the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande valley, said in a statement.
Inside the black bag were a rocket launcher, grenade launcher, six assault rifles, 20 ammunition magazines for various weapons and three packages of what appeared to be C-4 plastic explosive, the statement said.
I wonder if any of this stuff is being checked against the list of Fast and Furious serial numbers. Hopefully that’s standard operating procedure at this point. There are still hundreds of Fast and Furious weapons unaccounted for, after all.
How can a White House that knew such purchases were taking place likewise claim it knew nothing about the gun-walking aspect of the Fast and Furious operation?
For now there’s no answer, but answers need to be pursued, because this operation is rife with coverups and questions that could sink even the most popular President, much less Obama.
Someone in the administration lied, and people died: lots and lots of people, among them a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose family is being denied closure. Therefore, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Issa has “formally asked the Obama administration to turn over copies of ‘all records’ dealing with exchanges between White House officials and the ATF on Fast and Furious.”
Let’s hope Issa gets to the bottom of this mess before a Fast and Furious weapon makes it to a town near you.
Did Solyndra Actually Get a Second Loan of $469 Million, Bringing the Full Loan Package To Over A Billion?
So $535 million on February 2, then this second request of $469 million on September 11 (both in 2009), this second request apparently always part of the plan.
Summing up, either:
1. Obama did extend this loan guarantee to Solyndra, in which case, whoa.
2. Obama did not extend this loan guarantee to Solyndra, even though apparently the plan was always to get a full billion plus in loan guarantees, in which case, it seems likely that a full analysis of the company’s riskiness caused the OMB or DoE (or whoever) to finally say “No,” in which case –
not as big a whoa but still a whoait’s an even bigger whoa, as it proves the administration caused this half-billion-plus loss due to their own pure-political-optics demand that the application be passed in time for a photo op.
If the second application was declined, due to the analysts having more time to properly vet the company, that proves that Obama’s political pressure caused the loss of over a half billion taxpayer dollars.
Which is it?
No one’s saying.
I find that very interesting.
On the Energy Policy Act, the administration’s malfeasance is significant, but secondary. That’s because the act is not a penal statute. It tells the cabinet officials how to structure these “innovative technology” loans, but it provides no remedy if Congress’s directives are ignored.
The criminal law, by contrast, is not content to assume the good faith of government officials. It targets anyone — from low-level swindlers to top elective officeholders — who attempts to influence the issuance of government loans by making false statements; who engages in schemes to defraud the United States; or who conspires “to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof, in any manner or for any purpose.” The penalties are steep: Fraud in connection with government loans, for example, can be punished by up to 30 years in the slammer.
Although Solyndra was a private company, moreover, it was using its government loans as a springboard to go public. When the sale of securities is involved, federal law criminalizes fraudulent schemes, false statements of material fact, and statements that omit any “material fact necessary in order to make the statements made . . . not misleading.” And we’re not just talking about statements made in required SEC filings. Any statement made to deceive the market can be actionable. In 2003, for example, the Justice Department famously charged Martha Stewart with securities fraud. Among other allegations, prosecutors cited public statements she had made in press releases and at a conference for securities analysts — statements in which she withheld damaging information in an effort to inflate the value of her corporation and its stock.
That’s exactly what President Obama did on May 26, 2010, with his Solyndra friends about to launch their initial public offering of stock. The solar-panel company’s California factory was selected as the fitting site for a presidential speech on the virtues of confiscating taxpayer billions to prop up pie-in-the-sky clean-energy businesses.
This is not a new kind of politics. It’s the old kind. The Chicago kind.
And now the Tribune Washington Bureau has reported that the U.S. Department of Energy employee who helped monitor the Solyndra loan guarantee was one of Obama’s top fundraisers.
Fundraising? Contracts? Imagine that.
Steve Spinner was the Obama administration official in charge of handing out billions and billions of tax dollars to “green” energy deals. According to the Tribune story, Spinner the other day invited Obama’s national political finance committee to a meeting in Chicago.
The name of the Obama fundraising initiative?
“Technology for Obama.”
The idea of the Obama fundraisers getting together, talking “green,” and perhaps offering taxpayer loan guarantees to insider businesses in the interest of helping the environment — it all seems rather fresh.
Like a mountain meadow.
BLAME BOOOOOSH!!!111!! is the last refuge of the Democrat/Leftist/MSM scoundrels… Solyndra pressured Bush WH for approval in January 2009
Apparently, the Bush administration officials involved caught a whiff of desperation and decided to back away. Too bad Obama administration officials didn’t make the same choice.
Rep. Paul Ryan on Solyndra: “There Are Billions of More of This Exact Kind of Spending” In the Stimulus (Video)
One clue that would have tipped anybody but a clueless green off to the problems with Solyndra early on: many of the “private” backers of the company weren’t in it for the money, either. Philanthropically motivated green venture funds were backing a company that attracted little interest from hard nosed, bean counting for-profit types.
In any case, this is the story line the administration is left with, even if the allegations linking the administration’s interest in the project with a big campaign donor fade away: Overzealous and amateurish green bureaucrats wrecked a green start up in their haste to throw money at it, spending stimulus funds to kill what might otherwise have been viable jobs.
Solyndra: one of the most beautiful words in the English language — to the GOP.
Testify: In 2009, Solyndra CEO Said Obama and Steven Chu Were Personally “Instrumental” In Securing Half-Billion In Loans for SCOAMF Boondoggle
“The leadership and actions of President Barack Obama, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the U.S. Congress were instrumental in concluding this offer for a loan guarantee,” said Solyndra CEO and founder, Dr. Chris Gronet. “The DOE Loan Guarantee Program funding will enable Solyndra to achieve the economies of scale needed to deliver solar electricity at prices that are competitive with utility rates. This expansion is really about creating new jobs while meaningfully impacting global warming.”
New theory of combating the deadly scourge of global warming: If we just destroy wealth, it will necessarily help reduce man-made global warming, because less economic activity means less carbon dioxide — less travel, less production, less manufacture, less food, less everything. Probably fewer people, too.
So… hooray, I guess?
It has now been confirmed that White House officials sat in on the Solyndra meetings this past year before the company went under. The White House monitored the huge loans. And before the loan guarantees were granted officials knew the company would fail.
That’s not all they ignored, either. According to e-mails obtained by the AP, one White House official who helped plan Obama’s big photo op at the plant earlier this year dismissed a news story about Solyndra’s financial troubles with, “Seems B.S.” A few months earlier, the same chump ignored the alarm bells being rung by accounting firms and instead accepted at face value Solyndra’s assurances that they were doing well, writing, “Fantastic to hear that business is doing well — keep up the good work! We’re cheering for you.”
Everyone knew the company was toast. Except the people in charge of your money.
Solyndra Employee: You Wonder Where All the Money Went Commenter chaz706 in the comments section hits the nail on the head with the following:
What other people don’t realize was that the loan itself was rigged to become a wealth transfer. Normally, when a company goes bankrupt, bond holders and creditors get their money first… then investors…
The loan detail was made so that George Kaiser would get any money left over first [remember, he's an investor]… then tax payers [the primary creditors].
In short, Solyndra declares bankruptcy and Mr Kaiser gets his money while we get shafted.. Naked wealth transfer.
Anywhere the Obama regime goes you will find Goldman Sachs lurking around somewhere. Another Popular Name Emerges In The Solyndra Scandal
Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Solyndra in connection with this loan guarantee application.
Anywhere you look… Goldman has already been there.
Consider the source when reading this. It is not surprising that the Chicago Tribune tries (very lamely) to BLAME BOOOSH!!!11!! for this, after all that is The Official Obama Regime and Democratic Party Line™ for everything. What IS surprising is that they mention this story at all. Why? Because this whole Solyndra mess is a fine example of The Chicago Way™ of corrupt crony politics and ‘pay to play’ under decades of Democratic party rule. It is ‘business as usual’ for Chicago… The Solyndra saga
The whole question is whether this project was “shovel ready” or indeed ready for anything but the circular file. It’s true that we should be ready to accept projects with a lower multiplier if it moves the money quickly, but we should aim to avoid projects which simply incinerate hundreds of millions of dollars.
I would far rather we’d simply put this cash in citizen hands and had them save it–in the process, cleaning up household balance sheets and letting us return to stable growth more quickly–than that we’d poured it into a solar cell process which apparently required permanently high prices of a mineral commodity in order to break even. I know Keynes suggested that we could pay people to dig holes and fill them up again, but honestly, I think we can do better than that.
When it rains, it pours. And there ain’t a big enough umbrella for all President Obama’s cronies and fixers to crowd under these days.
While the Solyndra BGB (big green boondoggle) continues to blow up on Capitol Hill, the White House faces another pay-for-play backlash — this time from his own left flank.
The liberal Daily Beast reports on a broadband project backed by a frequent Obama White House visitor and donor that has Pentagon officials concerned over potential military GPS interference. The Obama FCC took the lead in intervening on the donor, billionaire hedge fund manster Philip Falcone’s, behalf and granting his company called “LightSquared” one of those coveted Obama waivers from existing law. Then Obama officials reportedly pressured a general to alter his testimony about the company’s impact on military satellite transmissions.
Both the Solyndra and LightSquared scandals are part of a larger, emerging narrative about the Obama administration’s decision to pick business winners and losers. Like the solar scandal, LightSquared is part of an Obama industrial policy to reshape America’s business landscape in the Democrats’ own political image. In this case, Obama’s dream was universal wireless broadband for all Americans.
In the Solyndra scandal, the White House pressured the U.S. Department of Energy to provide a half-billion dollar grant to a financially questionable solar energy company in pursuit of the president’s agenda for “green” technology.
In this LightSquared scandal, General William Shelton was asked by the Office of Management and Budget — an arm of the White House — to change his testimony. Even more damaging, OMB shared the general’s testimony with LightSquared.
Last night the company, LightSquared, spammed a bunch of reporters and bloggers (including me) on Twitter with a statement from the company’s CEO that was “correcting the record“.
It is, as the kids say, FAIL.
Special interests are trying to distract attention from the facts.
For eight years, LightSquared has navigated the regulatory process to win approvals to build America’s first privately funded coast-to-coast wireless broadband service. LightSquared’s plan to invest billions of dollars to use its frequencies for an integrated ground-space network has been supported by both Republican and Democratic regulators — Michael Powell and Kevin Martin, FCC Chairmen appointed by President Bush, and Julius Genachowski, the FCC Chairman appointed by President Obama. In fact, the regulatory approvals that paved our way came in the mid-2000’s, during the Bush administration under Powell and Martin.
Ah yes, “special interests” and blame Bush. There’s more but it’s all along those lines. The statement address the telecom industry and their supposed objections to LightSquared’s product. All very interesting but….not actually related to the explosive charge made by General Shelton, head of Space Command that the administration shared his proposed testimony with the company and that he was asked to soft sell his concerns that LightSquared’s network would incapacitate the military’s GPS which they rely on for just about every aspect of their operations.
Obama in the Bunker
His arrogance is nauseating.
Barack Obama told supporters this week that “odds are” I’ll get re-elected.
Obama made the remarks in front of 50 supporters at a fundraiser just two days after democrats lost NY9 for the first time in a century.
The difference, however, is that one in four Americans who approved of him back in January 2009 no longer do. That is a staggering loss of popular support – to put it in real terms, we’re talking about 58 million people who were once with Obama but no longer are today – and it makes this jobs bill strategy a waste of time. It is not going to move the needle appreciably: the people who still support him might be calling/writing/Tweeting, but he needs to convert some of the skeptical back to the faith, and doing the same-old, same-old is just not going to cut it.
So why is he even bothering with this circus show?
I can think of a few reasons, none of them flattering. Either he and his team don’t realize that the bottom has dropped out, so they don’t know that they need to change strategies, or they do realize it but haven’t come up with any alternatives.
My money is on the former – he and his team haven’t figured it out yet. Truman went hyper-partisan against the Republicans in 1948 because he believed that, deep down, the country was still way more Democratic than Republican (and he was right about that). Obama is behaving this way because he believes that, deep down, there are still way more Obama supporters than opponents.
Mr. President, America’s just not that into you. Really. Your appeals to what remains of your cult of personality increasingly make you look like Sally Field’s character in Soapdish, running out to some mall in New Jersey for an ego boost from gullible fans while the ratings dwindle. People will start to talk.
A glaring omission from these excerpts was any indication of the importance of Valerie Jarrett – the senior adviser to Barack Obama who has been described as “Obama’s brain”, and who apparently played a critical role in removing Rahm Emanuel from his position as White House Chief of Staff, as well as later doing the same to both David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs.
Normally former staff are hesitant to potentially politically harm a sitting president who is actively seeking a second term. Such revelations are most often not revealed until after that president has left the White House. The fact this book is coming out now, and apparently enjoyed significant on-the-record access from a number of former Obama administration members, points to a Democratic Party increasingly hostile to its own leader.
If you had read Hillbuzz’s accounts of Obama’ life in Chicago this would come as no surprise… Obama’s hostility not confined to women in the White House
Try to imagine Margaret Thatcher, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Condoleeza Rice, Liz Cheney, or even Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann complaining that the boys didn’t give them a turn to speak at a meeting.
But Romer, Dunn, and company were skipped over and talked over, and according to the rules of political correctness, that’s a foul. The women apparently couldn’t hold their own at meetings, or were perceived as having little of value to offer, and consequently felt “outgunned,” “outmaneuvered,” “sidelined,” “ignored,” and “left out.” Somehow, these good liberal men forgot to pay proper obeisance to the wimmen in the room, giving them the chopped-liver treatment instead. Oh, the humanity.
Moe Lane saw it coming: QotD, I TOLD YOU Obama Was A Male Chauvinist Pig edition.
I told people back in 2008 that then-Senator Obama didn’t like to hire women; didn’t like to promote women; and definitely didn’t like to pay women more than 82 cents to the male-equivalent dollar.
You mean these guys are hypocrites? Yeah, and condescending, too…
Consequently, towards the end of July 2011, IRUSA or Islamic Relief USA, “a faith-based disaster relief and development organization, celebrated the inauguration of its Summer Food Service Program … at the An Nur School in Lanham, Maryland.” The White House announced that IRUSA “ha[d] a collaborative partnership with the USDA’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and that IRUSA ha[d] pledged to host 50 sites as part of a Michelle Obama initiative.”
So while an FBI “agent confirmed that at least three operatives of the Egypt-based Brotherhood — whose credo is ‘Jihad is our way and death in the cause of Allah is our dream’ — have penetrated the Obama administration,” the First Lady is now dealing with an organization that boasts of such people as Yaser Haddara who is a member of the IRUSA board since 2006 and its chairman until May 2011.
According to the IRUSA’s own site, “Dr. Haddara was one of the developers and lead trainers for the Student Leadership Training Program that was jointly sponsored by the Muslim American Society and the Muslim Association of Canada. Dr. Haddara has been actively involved in several community organizations including the Islamic Society at Stanford University, the Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area, the Islamic Society of North America (Western Region), the Muslim American Society, and the Muslim Association of Canada.”
The page simultaneously gives off a fascistic vibe while simultaneously reinforcing the idea that Obama is hyper-sensitive about being criticized. So, all in all, it’s not very well executed and quite naturally, it has become a laughingstock. So, with that in mind, here are the 10 funniest tweets about the #AttackWatch website from Twitter.
I put these stories here because apparently Bloomberg is living in the bunker with his Dou-che…
If a president’s programs, dealings, morals and ethics — no matter what they are — are automatically in the best interest of America, why bother ever having elections?
Well, he doesn’t blame Obama, of course, because Mike Bloomberg is a No Labels kind of guy, so he can’t blame anyone specifically. But I’ll blame Obama since these potential rioters are out of work because of him. Bloomberg, of course, kisses Obama’s ass.
Prediction: By the middle of next year you’ll see these attached to Obama’s remaining 2008 supporters to keep them from running away from his 2012 campaign.
2012: The Fork in the Road…
Let us put this in perspective. If one fifth of his supporters stay home next year, that would turn his 53%-47% victory in 2008 into a 47%-53% loss in 2012.
LOLOLOLOL! Now Obama is ‘too white’ for leftards! Saturday Night Card Game (“…what I got was the white guy…”)
Some prominent white liberals, in this case Bill Maher and Michael Moore, are pretty quick to portray conservatives and particularly Tea Partiers as racist.
But in fact, it is these white liberals who harbor negative stereotypes about blacks. They just don’t see the stereotypes as negative, but rather, in some way “cool” and “hip.”
And when it comes to Obama, what they got apparently isn’t black enough for them (see video at link)
Maher and Moore apparently want Shaft, and anything less is just a white guy.
Victor David Hanson:
Perhaps strangest of all, there is now a collective “Been there, done that” any time Barack Obama walks up to the podium to give yet another teleprompted speech. The speeches still are well delivered; he still has a way with the mannerisms and cadences. But even his critics pray for his sake that he does not come out with yet another embarrassing “Let me be perfectly clear,” “Make no mistake about it,” or “Let’s be honest” — as he goes back to bashing either the tired Bush bogeyman or yet another strawman Satanic reactionary who, if not for Barack Obama, supposedly would expose children to mercury, neglect roads and bridges, and finally dissolve government altogether. We have all heard ad nauseam that an eight-month-old Republican-controlled Congress has stopped Obama’s legislative agenda for three years.
In truth, Obama is out of arrows. His quiver is bare, because he came into office as a rhetorical president without much experience or any ideas other than growing even bigger a tired big government. And now the public realizes that both the speeches and the big spending do not work. The result is that we collectively know what the president cannot any longer say — and it proves far greater than what he can say. He is well past the point of Jerry Ford’s WIN buttons or Jimmy Carter’s fist-pounding malaise speech.
A mostly moderate-to-conservative public has concluded that it does not like the new liberal agenda. After three years, it believes that the big government/big borrowing medicine made the inherited illness far worse. Voters may or may not like Obama, but they surely do not like what he is still trying to do.
In response, the Left needs a sacrificial lamb. So it has nonsensically turned with a fury on Obama as if he were culpable for pushing through the Left’s own agenda. If Democrats do not blame the public’s anger on their once-beloved messenger, then they are left only with their message itself. And that is something they simply cannot accept.
Equaling 112 electoral votes in 2012.
Progressive claim that requiring ID’s to vote is racist. The left claims it discriminates against minorities. Well one minority group doesn’t mind voter ID laws. A majority of Hispanics support voter ID laws. This comes as no surprise to any rational thinking person. Who would oppose showing an ID to vote?
In an appearance on this weekend’s syndicated “Inside Washington” program, Krauthammer offered that as a possible reason for the electoral loss. “There’s another dynamic here, which is interesting,” Krauthammer said. “When the Republicans lost a special election a few months ago in Buffalo – New York 26, the theme was – it was a strong one, it was right after the release of the Paul Ryan plan, the Democrats ran hard on ‘Medi-scare’ and succeeded. And Republicans who did not admit that were whistling in the wind. What’s interesting is here we are later in the game, and they tried it again in New York-9, and it did not work, in part, I think, it is because Obama at least gave indications in the debt debate that he might trim Medicare or Social Security.”
Clinton Cargo Cult! Unfortunately for them she has spent too much time in the Obamakennel and she is infested with Obamafleas and Obamaticks. Those “3am phone calls’ she talked about in 2008 she slept right through those as Secretary of State. If she really wanted to run as President again she should have either not taken the Secretary of State position or she should have quit at least two years ago…
- Bloomberg poll sparks more useless pining for ‘President Hillary’
- Is James Carville Setting Up Hillary’s Run?
We may not want it to happen, but Hillary may run. The fact that she is saying she won’t make you wonder. Look at her new hairdo. She is trying to look young again, and I doubt it’s for some man.
And let’s hope that it’s not true. I don’t care what the polls or Dick Cheney say: Hillary “It Takes a Village” as President? Expect to lose your child to the state right after birth if that happens. That is what she wants. She said so in her book.
The Clinton gang is back. And they think we have forgotten: They are wrong.
The Republican National Committee raised over $8 million in August, the highest amount the group has raised in an August of a non-election year and reportedly more than $2 million more than their Democratic counterparts.
But what is CNN not telling you? That August included the president’s big birthday fundraising efforts — and the DNC played it up for all it was worth. So much so, that Senate Democrats complained Obama was sucking all the air out of the room. Even so, Teh Won couldn’t beat the RNC during his own birth month. And to think the closest thing the RNC had to a big theme was, “Trying to suck slightly less than the DNC.” That’s not exactly setting the bar very high, especially with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz still in charge.
Makes you wonder if there’s a bus headed Debbie’s way.
Pelosi Says Losing Weiner’s Seat Was a Good Thing: “Because Democrats Will Buckle Down” No, Nancy, what it will do is start a civil war within the party which will do one of two things. (In fact the civil war has already begun)
- The moderate/conservative ‘American’ wing of the party will take back control of the party and toss the radical leftists out.
- The most likely of outcomes is that the radical leftists will prevail and any and all who aren’t flaming radical left Marxists and Maoists like yourself will finally give up on the Democratic Party and head for the door. When that happens the Democratic Party will go the way of the Dinosaurs and become a fossil in the ash heap of history.
I’m of Irish descent, so Henry Waxman probably thinks I started voting Republican because the GOP was offering free whiskey — just as he believes Jewish voters are trending right to keep their money
Yeah, we get the picture: Waxman looks at your bank account and thinks, “My precious!”
“In my entire political career, I’ve never seen anything this irresponsible,” he added.
If they think this is irresponsible, who knows what they think about the burgeoning Solyndra scandal. Meanwhile, much like anyone else trying to investigate the most corrupt administration ever, they’re running into obstacles.
Cardoza said there’s a growing sense the administration is stone-walling.
“They’re giving us the same speech they’d given us months before,” he said. “We’ve seen this dog-and-pony show before. It’s nothing new. … That’s the frustration.
Most transparent presidency ever!
“The Democrats did opposition research polling in the district and they found out to their shock that I’m very popular in this district. I have a very supportive audience in this district, which stunned them. It’s Orthodox, it’s Israel, blue-collar, it’s made up of Democrats that are your father and grandfather’s Democrats, not this current crop of leftist Marxist socialists or what have you,” Limbaugh said. “So that’s why they tried to tar Turner with Jerry Springer. But it wasn’t gonna work no matter what they tried because this was about Obama.”
Seemingly most of the desperate Democrat ads against Turner were calling his a “tea party extremist,” and that obviously didn’t help any. Oh well, back to the drawing board to think up more smears as we head into 2012.
Meanwhile, beaten and battered New York Democrats are pointing fingers every which direction. Here’s a hint: Point them at Obama. He’s why you lost the seat.
How bad are things for Obama? Now a hapless loser like David Weprin is taking potshots at him. We’re about to see a full-fledged insurrection in the Democratic Party. Sit back and watch them devour themselves.
Too bad for her that her campaign treasurer stole all her campaign money… What? California’s Dianne Feinstein in poll trouble too?
Oh, no! Another Democratic senator in possible election trouble for 2012.
And from California already?
A new Field Poll just released this morning brings news that California’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein is — how can we put this in a liberal kind of way? — approved by 41% of voters who want to see her reelected next year.
Unfortunately for her, more voters (fully 44%) disapprove of her continued employment in the U.S. Senate after 2012.
In blue California that makes for about a magnitude 5.2 quake.
Granted, it’s nearly impossible to remove these entrenched Democrat senators in California, although Boxer did sweat it out a bit against Carly Fiorina last year. But keep in mind while Feinstein’s numbers are pretty weak, Obama is also under 50% in the state. If he’s facing trouble in the state come next November, a very strong possibility, Feinstein could be vulnerable.
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump dined with Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday night in New York City. The following day, Trump praised presidential candidate “Jim” Perry and said he was “impressed with him.”
Trump, who toyed with running in the Republican primary earlier this year, also said that he would run as an independent candidate for president if Republicans chose “the wrong candidate” and if the country’s economic situation did not improve.
Michele Bachmann served in the Minnesota Senate from 2001 to 2006, as Ben Howe notes. She had five children growing up in Minnesota who would have had to been inoculated for Hep-B in order to attend school after the passage of the 1993 act that mandated the vaccination. There is absolutely no record of Bachmann raising any kind of objection to innocent Minnesota children, including her own, being required to be inoculated for a disease that primarily gets transmitted through sex, IV drug use, or tattoo parlors. Suddenly, though, she’s so horrified about mandated vaccination for sexually-transmitted diseases that she not only can’t stop talking about it, she feels compelled to pass along every anecdote she hears without bothering to check whether it has any factual basis at all.
Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure American voters don’t think Government Needle is the biggest issue in their lives at the moment.
Bachmann isn’t the only one guilty of derailing the debate. Mitt Romney decided to attack Perry over his “Ponzi scheme” rhetoric on Social Security, not too long after saying that the operation of the Social Security fund was akin to a criminal enterprise. Did this fight highlight some dramatic difference in approach to Social Security reform? Not really; there’s more daylight in film noir than there is between the arguments for Social Security reform from the Republican field. Like Bachmann, he’s continuing to frighten people by attacking the idea of entitlement reform, while promising to, er, reform entitlements.
It’s September ’11 not ’12 or even January of ’12 so this isn’t panic, it’s…noteworthy. The big thing is the decline in support coinciding with Mitt’s Social Security attacks. Look, I don’t like them either but like baseball, there’s no crying in politics. What Mitt’s doing is no different than what Obama will if he gets the chance.
As Ace talked about yesterday, I’m in the ‘deal not closed’ camp when it comes to Perry. I want to like him, want to support him full bore but he has to do better. Yes, he gives a good speech but we’ve seen that movie before. No, he’s not Obama but he’s got show it. I hear a lot of people tell me how great Perry is and I’m ready to believe it but…I have to see it for myself.
The so-called “debates” aren’t a great forum but it’s all we have. If he can’t put away Romney and Bachmann…then I have concerns. I’d really like to see him in some other settings like a town hall and something like the SC event Jim DeMint hosted. I want to see him pushed not to deliver a comeback but to explain his positions a level or two deep when challenged. I want to know he’s got enough wonk in him to get the job done and not just skate by on his larger than life persona.
In sum, when measured by resume, regionalism and ideology, Rick Perry would seem to be the candidate most acceptable to the GOP primary electorate. The major caveat, as has been the case throughout this cycle, is a possible late entry by fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin (though that possibility dwindles by the day). Her weakness among Republicans would not make her a lock for the nomination, but she would be a factor and could split the conservative opposition to Romney. However, as the campaign stands today, regardless of the momentary odds at Intrade narrowly favoring Romney, the most likely GOP nominee is the Governor of Texas.
Perry To Hold Press Conference This Week With Israeli MK Danny Danon Ahead Of UN Statehood Vote, May Endorse His Plan To Annex West Bank…
Whatever one thinks of Perry, his pro-Israel credentials are rock solid.
Well this won’t help Mitt any but it really is not a surprise.
Listen, I have been pissed ever since the Democrats killed an attempt to reform Social Security under the Bush administration. They managed to scare all the blue hair AARP members into pressuring congress to drop the issue, much to the detriment of future generations. Because of AARP’s lobbying against Social Security reform and for the monstrosity called Obamacare I will never be a member. 10 years ago it was proposed to allow younger folks to invest in alternate investment options and to take that amount from the garnishment currently being taken by the federal government to pay for this Ponzi scheme. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO CHANGE FOR CURRENT BENEFICIARIES. The Dems of course ran out their attack ads of senior citizens eating cat food and the reform effort died.
We have a national problem with irresponsible people scaring the poorly informed about vaccines. The complaints about the Food and Drug Administration are usually about how long it takes to get a drug approved. They may be slow, but they do take care.
Let’s deal with some plain ordinary facts. According to the Center for Disease Control, a study that covered 83% of the U.S. population estimated that about 24,900 HPV-associated cancers occur each year. More than 17,300 HPV-associated cancers occur yearly in women and almost 7,600 occur yearly in men. These numbers may under-represent the actual number of cancers diagnosed during this time period. Not everyone who gets the virus gets cancer, but there is no way to get rid of the virus.
The vaccines are mostly effective (not perfect) but definitely don’t cause retardation, which is caused by a birth defect — not acquired suddenly at age 12. Whooping-cough is making a return because of scared parents refusing vaccinations for their children. California reported the highest number of cases of whooping-cough in 55 years. Vaccinations don’t cause autism either. For those who have been alarmed, there is plenty of information available at the Center for Disease Control website, or consult your doctor.
You know when you’ve gone too far and too fringe?
“We are pretty pissed off about it,” says one confidant. “She messed up, making it harder for other candidates to speak up. Taking on Perry on this front, with serious arguments, could have been a long and very successful line of attack. She went a step too far and embarrassed the field. She polluted the issue.”
Eh, she’s an idiot in the first place.
And so is Ron Paul, who cites Al Qaeda as a credible source as to why the kill us (because we’re attacking them; it’s our fault, you see), but ignores Al Qaeda saying the attacks are motivated by the ultimate goal of a World Caliphate and complete Submission to Islam the world over.
Funny how he only takes Al Qaeda at their word in some cases. Conveniently enough, like the left, he credits their statements when they support his peace-at-any-cost philosophy, but ignores their statements — won’t even acknowledge them — when those statements suggest that merely giving Israel to the terrorists will not buy them off.
“I Think She Can Get Away With That In Congress. I Don’t Think That You Can As President.” Bachmann has long had a problem with confusing statements that would be politically helpful to her as statements that are, in fact, actually accurate.
University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Art Caplan is so confident that Michele Bachmann’s claim that a young girl was made mentally retarded by injections of the Gardasil vaccine against human papilloma virus is false that he is offering to donate $10,000 to the charity of Bachmann’s choice if she can produce such a patient.
Caplan, who has made the offer via Twitter, to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, on the radio stations WTVN and WOR, also proposes that Bachmann should donate $10,000 to the charity of his choice if such a patient can be produced. He says her campaign hasn’t responded. He writes:
If she can produce a case in one week starting today verified by three medical experts that she and I pick of a woman who became ‘retarded’ (her words) due to HPV vaccine I will donate that to a charity of her choice.
Meanwhile, Bachman has taken somewhere north of $140,000 from pharmaceutical companies. Those donors include Abbott Labs, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Eli Lilly and Bayer. Yet, not a dollar of all that pharma money, from such a wide range of the world’s largest drugmakers, came from Merck. Might Bachmann be going after Merck on behalf of that company’s competitors who also happen to be Bachmann donors?
But really, if Bachmann is carrying water, it’s likely not for her pharmaceutical patrons, but her insurance ones. Over the years, Bachmann has taken in huge donations from the insurance industry, including big names such as Allstate, American Family, Aetna and AFLAC, as well as umbrella organizations like the National Association of Health Underwriters and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. There are also several professional insurance association and agent PACs. In the 2009-10 cycle, “insurance” was the largest single industry donor to the Congresswoman. Of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, Bachmann ranked eighth in total fundraising receipts from insurers.
Now, if Bachmann likes a good follow-the-money insinuation, she might like the hypothetical that she is only going after Perry’s Gardasil decision because, as a covered treatment, such an order would cost insurers for every injection (a full vaccination requires three shots, and they cost about $120 each). Perry worked to secure about $40 million from the state to match about that same amount from the feds to cover the uninsured and those on state health assistance.
It should also be noted that while selflessly defending innocent little girls from the needle-rape of sex-predator-doctors wielding jabs of Liquid Whore, she also is now fundraising off of her brave stance.
She’s not backing off her previous claim that some woman “cried hysterically” to her and told her that her 10-12 year old daughter (that’s the age Gardasil is recommended for) got the shot and became “mentally retarded.” She deflects, now, saying she’s not a “doctor or scientist,” so she cannot evaluate this claim. (She can only fundraise off it, it seems.)
Fox aired this interview earlier today, with two friends of Heather Burcham. She died at the age of 31 due to cervical cancer, but in her last months she became an advocate for Gardasil, the 100% effective HPV vaccine. Gov. Rick Perry and Heather Burcham became friends in her dying months. Though he was governor at the time, Perry made time to check in on Burcham and visited her away from the glare of the press.
Watch the interview with Burcham’s friends, and decide for yourself if anything that Michele Bachmann has said about Perry, crony capitalism and Gardasil makes any sense.
Look for the Union Label/Whackademia/The Badger Rebellion:
It’s fairly surprising that the approval of labor unions has dropped to its lowest point during the Obama presidency. But why? My suspicion is that Democrat control of the White House and both sides of Capitol Hill has given us an unprecedented view of the reality of organized labor. It’s not that Obama and his party have necessarily strengthened the unions, although events such as the NLRB interference in Boeing’s business has given some hope to unions, but the Democrats seem to have given the unions license to show their colors. Union thuggery has become an everyday event, and videos and stories of the disgusting behavior of union members are rampant.
So, let’s look at this new, true face of organized labor.
Apparently, all the unionized supermarket workers in California don’t want to pay their fair share
The “Big Three” Southern California grocery chains are bracing for a strike and possible shut down after the union representing grocery workers canceled their contract with the stores.
About 62,000 workers in the United Food and Commercial Workers union at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons could walk off the job as soon as Sunday night.
The union’s qualms are health-care centric.
The union is asking for the companies to shoulder more of the costs.
You know what the companies are shouldering now? Pretty much all of it. The workers have no paycheck deductions at this time. None. Zip. Zero.
In the current offer from the companies, workers would have to pay $9 a week for solo coverage and $23 per week for a family, union and company officials told the Los Angeles Times.
The Badger Rebellion might be spreading into The Wolverine Rebellion… Mich. House Moves to Ban Union Dues Deducted from Teachers’ Paychecks
There is little doubt that this is a practice that should be eliminated everywhere. After all, it is not a very American practice! In fact, it goes against the sort of American principles that foster personal responsibility and fairness.
Not only should government union members be responsible for paying their own dues but taxpayers should not have to foot the bill to help union members pay their dues.
Let us hope that Michigan’s union controlled Democrats will not be able to stop the elimination of these auto deductions in the Wolverine State.
Those who can’t do teach, those who can’t teach administrate… Where Universities Can Be Cut
Canada has spent fortunes on education, schools, and universities during the last few decades, as has the U.S. and other Western countries. So how is it that 50% of its population are virtually “illiterate?” And how is it that 19-year-olds can get into some of the better universities and not know either how to study or be motivated?
It is not difficult to provide answers. At one time attendance at high schools and universities was based on the idea of “selection.” That selection was based on the enforcement of strict standards, rather than wishy-washy, feel-good, high-grades to satisfy the education bureaucrats’ statistical criteria of “competence.” With little exception, such selection, be it at the school or university level, has gone with the wind.
No matter how good and dedicated teachers might be, if students are mediocre and below, they will remain so. You can change class sizes, or waste billions on computers, but neither will change the distribution of talents. Brilliant students will benefit from access to the subsidized technology, and they will do brilliantly even if their teachers are mediocre. Above average students situated in class with brilliant student will perhaps raise their own performance.
In Other News…
In their campaign to impose their fascistic cult on the rest of the world, Muslims have committed 17,751 documented terror attacks since 9/11. How many more will it take before the moonbats in charge stop treating this menace as if it were somehow on a par with Christianity?
The Chainsaw Rebellion!
- Opening engagement of the Chainsaw Rebellion: Otero County Tree Party defies feds, cuts trees, and . . . nothing happens.
Otero County NM Sheriff Benny House told the Feds he’d arrest them if they interfered with the Chainsaw Rebellion.
What took place this weekend in the rural New Mexico town of Cloudcroft could become the model for all who want to cut the red tape. Hundreds of people were at what is being called the “Otero County Tree Party” in support of realigning the federal government and putting them back where they belong.
Ten years ago, the New Mexico State Legislature passed SB1, which was signed into law by then-governor Gary Johnson. The legislature overwhelmingly voted for it, believing that it was a necessity borne out of “Uncontrollable, but preventable wildfires, and unresponsive federal agencies.” The Forest Service’s (USFS) inaction to reduce or remove the fuel buildup put “the lives and property of the citizens of New Mexico” at risk
- Details of how the Feds blinked in Otero. “Monday morning it looked like they wanted to throw us in jail and file injunctions.”
Rardin said commissioners and Pearce were going to go ahead with the tree-cutting plan on Saturday regardless if the agreement was in place or not.
The economic downturn has left many families across the nation unable to afford burials.
As funeral costs rise and the economy continues to founder, many communities are seeing a rise in unclaimed bodies and funerals for indigent people.
The trend has been seen “everywhere,” says Jacqueline Byers, director of research and outreach for the National Association of Counties.
“The reality is, it’s gotten worse,” she says.
Great. We’re leaving bodies hanging around unburied, which means they’ll easily be able to escape and spread the zombie virus, which is usually contained within the caskets. Of course, it makes it easier for them to show up to vote Democrat.
Unions and Democrats hardest hit… In Indiana: Pass Go and Collect Your Voucher
Will the arrival of school choice in the Hoosier State shatter the government’s education monopoly?
More than 1.85 billion barrels have been produced in North Dakota over the past 60 years, state records show. Officials estimate that at least twice that amount remains untapped in the Bakken shale and the Three Forks formation below it. North Dakota is the nation’s No.4 oil producer, on pace to surpass California and Alaska, where production has been declining.
North Dakota’s oil patch is pumping about 100,000 more barrels of crude daily than a year ago at this time and about double the production in 2008. State and industry officials estimate the state could hit 700,000 barrels daily by 2015.“
one guy even slung an AR. Of course Larry Pratt and Bob Wright are in the middle of the resistance. Bob reports the cops were “VERY, VERY polite.” With at least 80 armed citizens in the room that was probably a good idea.
Quick! Someone notify Dr. Bachman!
- California schools to turn away children without whooping cough vaccine
- California’s “Suicide by Liberalism” Continues
It is just amazing, isn’t it? Its sort of like they know they are dying out, but they just want to do as much damage as they can before they go. California teeters on the edge of bankruptcy, but someone in the legislature found time to draft and pass a bill requiring something that no one other than a tiny minority of anti-family fanatics cares about.
The criminals and ganasta’s of L.A. love this bill and hope Gov. Moonbeam signs it soon because, after all, if guns are outlawed then only outlaws will have guns… Gun control bill in Gov. Brown’s hands
You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me. Uh – how is this constitutional in the slightest? The first Amendment Of The Constitution states:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
What part of not prohibiting the free exercise thereof do these people not get? This is exactly the nanny-state absurdity that liberal ideology is attempting to foist on us all, through legislative fiat if possible, judicial fiat if necessary. Fortunately, the couple now has an attorney, Dean Broyles of the Western Center for Law & Policy,and is not taking this lying down:
Broyles confirmed the county official followed through on his threat. The pastor and his wife received a written warning ordering the couple to “cease/stop religious assembly on parcel or obtain a major use permit.”
Broyles also explained to WND that oppressive governments, such as communist China or Nazi Germany, worked to repress home fellowships, labeling them the “underground church” or “subversive groups,” legally compelling Christians to meet only in sanctioned, government-controlled “official” churches.
I’m trying to give the benefit of a doubt here and say that this official is just some fringe kook that will at some point be rebuffed by his or her superior and hopefully fired, never to work in the public sector again fro such blatant stupidity. Unfortunately, it is far more likely that more of this is coming down the pike, uprooting the very principles the founding fathers put in place for a good reason. WND is pretty good at following up on such stories. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for a quick resolution…
‘Do we want to be the next victimized minority group, or do we want to be the next successful immigrant group?’
The problem is who would want to live in Detroit? Chart of the Day: You Can Buy 2 Detroit Homes for About the Same as One Average-Priced New Car
Have you ever thought about getting your food out of a trash can? Don’t laugh. Dumpster diving has become a hot new trend in America. In fact, dumpster divers even have a trendy new name. They call themselves “freegans”, and as the economy crumbles their numbers are multiplying. Many freegans consider dumpster diving to be a great way to save money on groceries. Others do it because they want to live more simply. Freegans that are concerned about the environment view dumpster diving as a great way to “recycle” and other politically-minded freegans consider dumpster diving to be a form of political protest. But whatever you want to call it, the reality is that thousands upon thousands of Americans will break out their boots, rubber gloves and flashlights and will be jumping into dumpsters looking for food once again tonight.
Shelby County Environmental Court judge Larry Potter upheld the citation, ordering Guerrero to get rid of the “debris and personal property” stored outside his home and trim overgrown vegetation — including cutting down his 7-foot-tall sunflower plants.
“He said it’s considered a neighborhood nuisance,” says Guerrero, who is a member of the GrowMemphis board. “I asked him to define nuisance for me, and he said basically if it generates a complaint, it’s a neighborhood nuisance.”
Guerrero’s home is certainly unique: eggplant, tomato, and pepper plants grow in the front yard; the backyard is lined with rows of wooden worm bins; barrels for collecting and storing rainwater are stationed next to his backdoor; his garage is stocked with equipment for making biodiesel and soap; and behind his garage are beehives quietly humming with industry. Elsewhere, passionflowers, butterflies, elderberry bushes, and sunflowers fill out the garden.
..During the two week trial, Mejia and Santana both indicated they would have opted for an abortion had they known the severity of the physical disabilities of their son.
Well this is going to over great with the kid in a few years when he learns to use a search engine. Most kids have issues with their parents not allowing them to sty up past a certain hour. This one will know that mom and dad wanted him dismembered and sued because they didn’t. Good grief.
I kid you not that came out of of the mouth of a pro-abortion activist who attempted (and failed) to shut down a pro-life talk at Georgia State University. Watch the action and note what the one white woman (funny that the “trust black women” chant was carried out by mostly white women, and even funnier when they yell it at a black woman) say at the 2:14 mark (see video at link)
“It struck me as odd,” state parole officer Kevin Devlin testified yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court about the campaign sticker plastered on the back of parolee Corliss’ white Plymouth Acclaim.
“He’s a guy from Somerville, so I was surprised he was supporting Obama,” Devlin said.
“I made a joke about it. He said it was on the car when they bought it.”
How far has Obama fallen that even his murderous supporters pretend to have nothing to do with him?
When they feel they have sufficiently mainstreamed homosexual depravity, it will be time for progressives to focus attention on the next item on their cultural agenda. No child will be safe from it.
America contains lots of cultures and subcultures.
In Yankeeland, men never seem to want to retire. It’s a point of masculine pride in a part of the country where work and masculine pride and vigor have traditionally been equated.
Our tradition has always been a little suspicious of, and uncomfortable with, leisure. Perhaps “ambivalent” is the right word. People with Yankeeland roots tend to find some work to do when they find spare time on their hands. Idleness is a sin, and “relaxation” is not in the lexicon. I am not saying that this is right or wrong – it’s just a cultural thing hereabouts.
Furthermore, Yankee women tend not to like having an idle guy around her domain.
If Google has its way, you’ll soon be buying goods and fares with just your smartphone.
MSM Circus and Celebutard Side Show:
George Will Breaks Down the Obama Hype on ‘This Week’: “There Is No Evidence The Man Has Rhetorical Powers He Is Relying On” (Video)
Wow, the libs on the panel are already talking about Hillary Clinton for president.
What is next? “Artwork” from the taxpayer funded NEA portraying Obama and his Unicorn on the cross? Hallelujah!… NPR Compares Obama to the Christ
Your tax dollars at work…
NPR is now comparing President Downgrade to Jesus.
The news of the company’s second-round attempt was carried at L.A Observed on September 15 (HT Flopping Aces). Daly and Gillum did the Obama administration a huge undeserved favor by failing to tell readers that Solyndra wanted another $469 million (that’s not a typo) in Round 2 — and yes, that is a mark against Team Obama, because the company wouldn’t have bothered to apply if it didn’t think it had a chance of getting approved.
Readers should also take issue with the AP pair’s characterization of the Solyndra saga as an administration “embarrassment.” Sorry folks; given the campaign contributions, White House visits, and lobbying involved, this has all the characteristics of a sc-, sc-, sc- … scandal.
Nowhere in the AP report does anyone who has done the digging during the past two weeks while the Essential Global News Network hoped the story would go away get any credit.
Here is what the AP’s “Statement of News Values and Principles” says about giving credit:
An AP staffer who reports and writes a story must use original content, language and phrasing. We do not plagiarize, meaning that we do not take the work of others and pass it off as our own.
Also, the AP often has the right to use material from its members and subscribers; we sometimes take the work of newspapers, broadcasters and other outlets, rewrite it and transmit it without credit.
They’ll argue that they’re in a gray area, but when you’re nine days to two weeks behind everybody else, I would suggest that going to the regulatory files others have already combed through and making it appear as if you’re the first to have discovered what you’re reporting — as indicated in the bolded phrases and statements in the excerpt above — deliberately misleads readers, listeners and viewers of AP content into believing that the wire service did the heavy lifting. Shame on Daly, Gillum, and AP for failing to give any credit where credit is due, thereby in my view perpetrating a clear deception.
Part 2 (found here) looks at the AP report’s deceiving description of campaign contributions by Solyndra’s private investors.
The biggest scandal to rock the White House since Bill Clinton needed a refresher on the definition of the word “the” has gone fully mainstream after Jon Stewart dedicated his segment last night to “That Custom Tailored Obama Scandal You Ordered.” His summary: “Fox News call your doctor, because the erection you currently have is going to last longer than 4 hours.” Spot on. One thing is missing, however: someone should advise Jon that the missing link, Goldman Sachs, is also, and quite naturally, involved.
Obama being mocked almost as much as Sarah Palin. The end is near
You might think, Big deal. Isn’t Dennis Miller already against Obama?
Sure, but on policy. He has always before said “He’s a good man, he means well in his heart,” or that sort of thing.
Now he’s decided he doesn’t like him on a personal level, because, as he says, “Obama doesn’t like me, and half the country.”
The Jimmy Hoffa remarks are what did it for him.
Now readers are thinking, Donald, most of these are mild rebukes of the president. They just want to change his policies and style. But that is the same as what the Tea Party was doing two years ago when Janeane Garofalo labeled the party as white power activists. She had no proof. In fact — irony alert — her stereotyping was in itself racist and she did so to promote a political agenda. So now, 28 months later, she can eat her words. Raw.
Sorry, Bill, wrong religion.
Although most of “The Rogue” is dated, petty and easily available to anyone with Internet access, Mr. McGinniss used his time in Alaska to chase caustic, unsubstantiated gossip about the Palins, often from unnamed sources like “one resident” and “a friend.”
And these stories need not be consistent. “The Rogue” suggests that Todd Palin and the young Sarah Heath took drugs. It also says that she lacked boyfriends and was a racist. And it includes this: “A friend says, ‘Sarah and her sisters had a fetish for black guys for a while.’ ” Mr. McGinniss did in 2011 make a phone call to the former N.B.A. basketball player Glen Rice, who is black, and prompted him to acknowledge having fond memories of Sarah Heath. While Mr. Rice avoids specifics and uses the words “respectful” and “a sweetheart,” Mr. McGinniss eggs him on with the kind of flagrantly leading question he seems to have habitually asked. In Mr. Rice’s case: “So you never had the feeling she felt bad about having sex with a black guy?”
If even The NY Times is disgusted with Joe McGinniss, then Palin will emerge stronger from this book.
More to come, I’m sure.
LOLOLOL! Suckers! Disappointed Hollywood Giving Obama Cold Shoulder
At this point in the previous presidential election cycle, Barack Obama was a Hollywood heartthrob. The entertainment industry’s ardent Democratic activists couldn’t dig deep enough into their wallets to finance his ambitious run for the Oval Office.
Today, the industry remains with the president, but the disenchantment is increasingly palpable, and even devoted Democrats are approaching his re-election campaign with all the enthusiasm of a studio contractually obligated to finance a dubious sequel.
Obama certainly is raising major money in Hollywood — $2.53 million during the first six months of 2011, with two more events scheduled for Sept. 26. As Andy Spahn, one of Obama’s chief showbiz fund-raisers, points out, “We’ve sold out every event.” Doing so, however, has required deft organization and more than a little arm-twisting. Another Obama fund-raiser described the process as “tough, tough, tough.” Four years ago, candidate Obama’s mere presence guaranteed a turn-away crowd
Personally I hope Hollyweird keeps this up. The last thing any of us need are anymore arrogant, ignorant and stupid Yankees, Californicators and other Bleu State refugees moving down south. Hollywood’s Mississippi remains a brutal backwater
Wouldn’t this just be typical of Obama – once again unconstitutionally bypassing Congress. But then again, this is Howard Dean, a man who’s elevator doesn’t go up to the top:
Speaking during a panel put together by Cornel West and Tavis Smiley in New York City, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean talks about President Obama’s record:
“Most people don’t know that. But the fact is I actually for the first time in July of 2009 read an entire presidential executive order, which is over 50 pages of legally gobbledygook which requires the government of the United States to comply with Kyoto. Luckily the Republicans never – I guess most of them can’t read that far anyway. And it’s an extraordinary thing.”
This is a collection of all of the posts related to Al Gore’s “24 hours of climate reality” aka the Gore-a-thon. My sincere thanks to cartoonist Josh for making it possible. Click each cartoon to go to the full story commentary.
In the beginning there was Gore, and a skeptical polar bear.
Global Warming alarmists don’t like AL Gore’s 24 hour special on Climate change. They view it as alarmist and to messianic.
The Sock Drawer:
Find out where your surname is from and what regions it is most prevalent. You may be surprised by what you find out: World Family Names
Welcome to Oktoberfest!
But be warned this isn’t just a bunch of party tents with lots of decent beer. No, by deciding to travel to this famous Volksfest, you’ve agreed to have the entire concept called Germany crunched into your skull by a sadomasochistic Bavarian mistress. She’s a pagan goddess with a lion at her heel, and in your hazy drunkenness she’ll indoctrinate you with all the wrong stereotypes about this country.
She’ll strap you down, peel back your eyelids and show you a heady mix of beer, breasts, leather, meat, and Bavarian bourgeois superiority. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll even slap a dark green felt hat on you and take you on a whirlwind tour of the region’s prized “laptops and Lederhosen” economy as you belt down another Maß. And then she will release you to stagger home, hung-over, sweaty, full of misinformation, but most likely happy and content.
This week, owners of more 50 amphibious vehicles brought their World War 2-era military transporters, jeeps and vintage-style cars to Switzerlands St Blaise for their annual European gathering.
The once prolific breeder has nearly vanished from Rhode Island and New Hampshire and exists in only negligible populations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and New York.
In 1978, Mother clipped a shirt to the line and didn’t hear the conversation, because in 1978 the conversation didn’t happen. She just held open the patio door, and put the boy out there to find the summer in the business end of a garden hose.