1/31/09

Corruption, Democrat style

"Hey! Hey! Howzit doon?" hollered DinkyDau Billy, as we walked into the Holy Land Quickee's.

"Pretty good, Billy," replied Leece, "how are you?"

"I'm gittin' ready to cash in on the New Prosperity," he informed us.

"New Prosperity? Capitalized?" Tookie asked.

"Well, not 'capitalized' in the economic or fiscal sense, but yes," said Billy.

"I don't understand," I told him.

"Well...we are able now to put more and more munny into bailouts with the Democrats in power," Billy advised.

"How so?" asked Leece.

"Well...every time Our President nominates someone to a high-ranking post, there is an influx of back taxes or previously 'undiscovered' taxable income, and so the tax coffers are filling to overflowing," he explained.

We ruminated over that one for awhile.

"I see your point, Billy," agreed Leece. Tookie nodded sagely.

Meanwhile, John Hinderaker does a much better job of explaining this offshoot of The New Morality here:

Corruption, Democrat style

Here is something else to consider:

Former Sen. Tom Daschle, picked by President Barack Obama to lead the administration's health reform efforts, recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in unpaid taxes and $11,964 in interest, according to a Senate document obtained by The Associated Press.

The White House acknowledged Friday that "some tax issues" had emerged in connection with the nomination, but a spokesman said the president is confident the former Senate Democratic leader will be confirmed as the new health secretary.

Daschle filed amended tax returns for 2005, 2006 and 2007 to reflect additional income for consulting work, the use of a car service and reductions in charitable contribution deductions. He filed the returns after the announcement that Obama intended to nominate him to head the Health and Human Services Department.


Remember when we were talking about recipients of farm subsidies here in Otero County receiving subsidies amounting to more than the adjusted gross income of the average Colorado worker?

Daschle owes back taxes - just the taxes, mind you - amounting to more than twice the AGI of the average Coloradan. And remember the Global Crossing fiasco? Turns out Daschle is in cahoots with the weasels who were behind that one, too:

The principal issues that Daschle is now rectifying with the IRS stem from his relationship with InterMedia Advisors of Englewood, Colo. Daschle is a limited partner and chairman of that firm's executive advisory board, and is also an independent consultant to InterMedia Advisors LLP of New York City.

InterMedia Advisors was founded by Leo Hindery, who, as we noted here, was once the CEO of Global Crossing, a company that enriched a number of prominent Democrats, including Terry McAuliffe, but also turned into one of the biggest bankruptcies in the history of American business, in which creditors and innocent investors lost many millions of dollars. Hindery subsequently ran for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, served on the Board of Advisors of left-wing Democracy Radio, and was awarded the "Oates-Shrum Leadership Award of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund." In his spare time, he's been funneling cash to Daschle.

Is Tom Daschle a crook, or is it fairer to think of him as a low-level tool of various big-time crooks who play the Washington game by the corrupt rules of the Democratic Party? Either way, it is hard to think of a worse person to put in charge of "reforming" the nation's health care system.

Still, there is always a silver lining. One good thing about electing a Democrat as President is that, as he nominates fellow Democrats to senior positions in the Executive Branch, millions of dollars in unpaid tax liabilities come to light and are belatedly paid to the IRS, with interest. It is, perhaps, the most tangible advantage of electing Democrats to office.


Boy howdy, but serving the people and the nation is profitable business, is it not?

New sheriff in town...

From Gary Varvel:


The Democrats' new morality

President Obama is hitting us with yet another example of Hope and Change, with yet another example of the 'New Morality' of his Democratic Party.

Former senator Tom Daschle, is President Obama's nominee to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Daschle recently filed amended tax returns reporting $128,203 in unpaid taxes and $11,964 in interest.

He didn't do that until after he was nominated and it became likely that he would be 'outed'.

"The president has confidence that Sen. Daschle is the right person to lead the fight for health care reform," White House spokesman Bill Burton said. "In preparation for his nomination, Sen. Daschle and his accountant identified some tax issues and fixed them. They filed amended return with the IRS and made payments with interest."


Just like Tim Geithner, the new Secretary of the Treasury, who was also bagged over 'tax issues'. We don't call it 'tax evasion' now. We call it having 'tax issues'.

Despite this chicanery, Obama remains certain that Daschle will be confirmed.

Harry Reid also is certain that Daschle will be confirmed:

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, also predicted Daschle would be confirmed. "He has a long and distinguished career and record in public service and is the best person to help reform health care in this country," Manley said in a statement. "Senator Reid looks forward to a swift hearing and is confident Daschle will be confirmed."


And I too am sure that he will be confirmed.

It's the New Morality of the Democratic Party.

It's the foundation of President Obama's "Hope and Change" mantra:

"I HOPE I don't get caught, but just to make sure, let me CHANGE my tax returns."

1/30/09

Maggie on socialism

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."

-Margaret Thatcher

"Yes we can!"

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.”

- Barack Obama, May, 2008

From Ed Morrisey:

Did the Times even note the hypocrisy, or at the very least the incongruity, in its report on Obama’s White House? Not at all.

Many people in America, especially where I live, would like to heat their homes to a comfort level where sweaters and coats become unnecessary. However, Obama and the Democrats want to impose ruinous taxes and penalties on energy production and fuel that produces carbon dioxide — a naturally-occurring element — and make that choice economically unbearable for us. In fact, candidate Obama spoke directly to that end in May of this year:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

Well, apparently some of us can, and those lucky few do call themselves “leaders”. The rest of us call them hypocrites as we fetch another sweater.

Yep. Apparently some of us can.

"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche."

Or Wagyu.

Turn up the heat, please.

Helping the economy in the Philippines

It's supposed to be an economic stimulus bill to kick start the United States' economy, right?

A 'stimulus' is something that happens now, with immediate results...or pretty close to immediate, right?

Then why is there nearly $200 million in the Senate version of the bill for lump sum payments to Filipino vets of World War II?

How does that help the US economy?

It's a pet project of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, a Democrat.

Senate bill allots millions to Filipino veterans

There is good argument that these vets are due such payments; they were promised this, but Congress - of course it was Congress - reneged shortly after the war.

But this is supposed to be a stimulus bill, not something that every Democrat can hang his pet projects on...this is exactly what happened to the last piece of garbage that our elected officials rushed through.

They aren't stopping to think or ask questions, and they are hoping we won't, either.

Wagyu very much

Chris Muir comments on the White House Wagyu over on Day-by-Day:

Day-by-Day

The dialog:

President Obama: "My $800 billion economic stimulus bill - over 5% goes to the economy! 5%! And not one Republican would sign it! Not one! I even let them eat Wagyu steaks!"

Presidential sycophant ("Rahmbo" Emanuel? Dave "It's not a crap sandwich" Axelrod?): "Sir, Republicans are clueless."

Yeah.

While Otero Countians line up for food stamps, the Big Dogs of the US Congress lined up at the White House to genuflect, guzzle fine liquor, and snuffle even finer steaks.

While Otero Countians put on another sweater or another pair of socks to keep the winter chill away, and turn down the thermostat another notch, President Obama is working in his shirtsleeves in "The Orchid Office".

Who's clueless?

Sounds a lot like those auto execs and their private jets, doesn't it? Sounds a lot like John Thain and his $35,000 toilet and million dollar office remodel, doesn't it?

Who's clueless?

1/29/09

Support fades for 'stimulus bill'

A poll run today indicates that support for the so-called 'stimulus bill' has dropped to 45%:

Economic Stimulus

Americans are skeptical that an economic stimulus plan from the federal government will help the nation’s economy. This is perhaps due to the fact that most people think that the elected officials in Washington working on the plan are part of the economic problem as opposed to the solution.

Less than half (45 percent) of Americans think “Barack Obama’s proposed $825 billion dollar economic recovery plan” will help the economy. Twenty-nine percent think the plan will not make a difference, while 18 percent think it will hurt the economy. Democrats (63 percent) are much more likely than independents (43 percent) or Republicans (22 percent) to think the recovery plan will help.


Charles Krauthammer made some very salient points this afternoon when he noted that the thing is loaded with Democratic Party pork, a 'wishlist' of over 40 years of spending programs that have nothing to do with an economic 'stimulus'.

He also noted that President Obama is not the author; this is not, despite what the mainstream media says, a "White House" stimulus package. This is a Pelosi project. It has her fingerprints all over it.

From the Wall Street Journal:

A 40-year wish list

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before."

So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart. The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation is being sold as an economic "stimulus," but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm's point much better. This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.


We've looked it over, and even we can't quite believe it. There's $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn't turned a profit in 40 years; $2 billion for child-care subsidies; $50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global-warming research and another $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects. There's even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons.

You see...opposition to this obscenity really has nothing to do with being 'obstructionist' or 'partisan'. Quite the contrary. It has to do with accepting the responsibility that comes with citizenship in this country, and standing against ill-advised, self-serving, wasteful, poorly thought out political horrors such as this...if any real thought went into it, other than "let's get everything we can".

The Congressional Budget Office reports than much of the funding in this porkfest won't even hit the streets, the economy, for at least a couple of years.

How can that be a 'stimulus', with a delay like that?

Meanwhile, the President and the rest of the cast of Animal Farm...oooops...the senior members of our Congress...are snuffling $100 steaks and swilling the best booze the taxpayer can buy.

Check the front page of Thursday's Tribune-Democrat. There is a story there about how food stamp applications are on the rise in Otero County.

Thank you, Mr. President. Enjoy your steak.

Meanwhile, here it is again: the closing paragraphs of "Animal Farm":

"Gentlemen," concluded Napoleon, "I will give you the same toast as before, but in a different form. Fill your glasses to the brim. Gentlemen, here is my toast: To the prosperity of The Manor Farm! "

There was the same hearty cheering as before, and the mugs were emptied to the dregs. But as the animals outside gazed at the scene, it seemed to them that some strange thing was happening. What was it that had altered in the faces of the pigs? Clover's old dim eyes flitted from one face to another. Some of them had five chins, some had four, some had three. But what was it that seemed to be melting and changing? Then, the applause having come to an end, the company took up their cards and continued the game that had been interrupted, and the animals crept silently away.

But they had not gone twenty yards when they stopped short. An uproar of voices was coming from the farmhouse. They rushed back and looked through the window again. Yes, a violent quarrel was in progress. There were shoutings, bangings on the table, sharp suspicious glances, furious denials. The source of the trouble appeared to be that Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington had each played an ace of spades simultaneously.

Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

The multiplication of wealth

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

- the late Adrian Rogers, pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis

The president is 'outraged' - but enjoys his Wagyu nonetheless

Obama calls Wall Street bonuses 'outrageous'

Ya think?

It appears that President Obama, like his Democratic colleagues in the House and the Senate, remains essentially clueless about the skulduggery going on in the companies into which they want to shovel even more billions. Where has the man been these past months? On the other hand, I find it difficult to believe that anyone could be that completely obtuse and oblivious. The presidential 'outrage' over bonuses does, however, distract from the increasing public outrage over the lard bucket that is the president's so-called 'stimulus' bill.

And here's this gem:

The chairman of the Senate banking committee [Senator Chris Dodd]claimed Thursday that he would "look at every possible legal means" to recover billions in bonuses to Wall Street executives, after President Obama called the bonuses plain "outrageous."

How about someone - perhaps even President Obama, since he professes to be so 'outraged' - recovering millions from Dodd, who took those millions in campaign funds from those CEO's:

Sen. Chris Dodd took millions from now-failing finance firms he oversees

In an investigative story by Matthew Kaufman and Jesse A. Hamilton, the newspaper reveals that although Dodd was a presidential also-ran in terms of votes, in terms of cash money he ranks among the top five receivers of donations from the nation's now-troubled financial sector.

"During the past 20 years," the Courant reports, "PACs and employees of finance-related firms have contributed more than $13 million to Dodd's election efforts, including nearly $6 million in the past two years."

That's $250,000 per month from people who expect legislative protection. That kinda money oughta cover the electric bills, anyway.


Tell that one to Grandma Goodcookie, who is shivering in her house while the president enjoys his 'Orchid Room'.

While that is going on, the Big Celebration last night by the President and his Democratic cronies took on overtones of Marie Antoinette's "let 'em eat cake'.

Washington's elite gathered at the White House for a bit of self-congratulatory gluttony last evening, enjoying the best booze and Wagyu steak.

Wagyu steak goes for about a hundred bux a steak. Yup.

I know kids here in The Smile Hi City who think a load of refried beans rolled up in a corn tortilla is a good dinner. I have seen people here in The Smile Hi City eating dog food out of the can.

Meanwhile, President Obama. Nancy Pelosi, and a select group of Democrats and Republicans got together to snuffle at the trough, downing Wagyu and some great cocktails.

Drinks are on the White House

From the closing paragraphs of George Orwell's "Animal Farm":

"Gentlemen," concluded Napoleon, "I will give you the same toast as before, but in a different form. Fill your glasses to the brim. Gentlemen, here is my toast: To the prosperity of The Manor Farm! "

There was the same hearty cheering as before, and the mugs were emptied to the dregs. But as the animals outside gazed at the scene, it seemed to them that some strange thing was happening. What was it that had altered in the faces of the pigs? Clover's old dim eyes flitted from one face to another. Some of them had five chins, some had four, some had three. But what was it that seemed to be melting and changing? Then, the applause having come to an end, the company took up their cards and continued the game that had been interrupted, and the animals crept silently away.

But they had not gone twenty yards when they stopped short. An uproar of voices was coming from the farmhouse. They rushed back and looked through the window again. Yes, a violent quarrel was in progress. There were shoutings, bangings on the table, sharp suspicious glances, furious denials. The source of the trouble appeared to be that Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington had each played an ace of spades simultaneously.

Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

Smoot-Hawley

Remember "Smoot-Hawley"?

That was the action that executed a number of tariffs on foreign trade, back in the Thirties. It was supposed to encourage a "Buy American" attitude.

What really happened was that it resulted in a number of punitive tariffs against American goods. Good argument can be made that Smoot-Hawley actually contributed to a much longer recovery time from the Great Depression.

Both the House Porkfest Bill and the one in the Senate have a number of "Buy American" provisions. The one in the Senate is actually more restrictive than the House version.

These provisions violate a number of existing trade agreements.

What do you think will happen to American companies, many of which have a global market, if we enter into a "Buy American" mode with the porkfest dollars? So we may be using American steel in these 'infrastructure' projects, for example, but what happens when foreign countries retaliate?

From WaPo:

'Buy American' rider sparks trade debate

The stimulus bill passed by the House last night contains a controversial provision that would mostly bar foreign steel and iron from the infrastructure projects laid out by the $819 billion economic package.

A Senate version, yet to be acted upon, goes further, requiring, with few exceptions, that all stimulus-funded projects use only American-made equipment and goods.

Proponents of expanding the “Buy American” provisions enacted during the Great Depression, including steel and iron manufacturers and labor unions, argue that it is the only way to ensure that the stimulus creates jobs at home and not overseas.

Opponents, including some of the biggest blue-chip names in American industry, say it amounts to a declaration of war against free trade. That, they say, could spark retaliation from abroad against U.S. companies and exacerbate the global financial crisis.


Interestingly, Smoot and Hawley were both Republicans.

"Do as I say...not as I do..."

More hypocrisy from President Obama, this time as he advises DeeCee residents to toughen up:

The suburban schools systems and many private schools in the region were closed today and the District public schools opted for a delayed opening because of the sleet and freezing rain that made some roads and many sidewalks treacherous.

“Because of what? Because of some ice?” Obama said to laughter around the table. He said Sasha, his 7-year-old, pointed out that in Chicago, not only is school never canceled for snow, “you’d go outside for recess. You wouldn’t even stay indoors.”

He concluded by saying: “We’re going to have to apply some flinty Chicago toughness to this town. I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.”


At the same time, we have this:

The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”


Doesn't really sound like a Big Deal, does it?

But consider the number of people right around here in The Holy Land and in The Smile Hi City who are having a real hard time paying the heating bills.

While President Obama is running around in his 'Orchid Room', running up the heating bills at your expense and mine...how about Grannie Goodcookie up the street,who is wearing three pairs of socks and a couple of sweaters, trying to stretch her limited resources?

It's a question of leadership, you see. Setting an example. It's the same mindset as we see when CEO's fly their private jets in to ask for handouts.

Putting lipstick on a stimulus plan

That's Michael Ramirez' political cartoon for January 29. You can see it here:

Michael Ramirez

1/28/09

The honeymoon is fading fast...

This just in from Campbell Brown, over on...of all places, CNN, the Obama PR firm:

Obama's hypocrisy showing

Excerpts:

Unfortunately, we are again asking the president to explain why exactly he announced, with great fanfare, new ethics rules if he had no intention of abiding by them.

The Obama administration is yet again asking for a waiver to its very own rules about hiring lobbyists.

This time, it is the new treasury secretary, Tim Geithner. He wants a former lobbyist for Goldman Sachs to be his top aide at the Treasury Department.

My view is simple: Mr. President, if you want to hire former lobbyists because you think they are the best people to do the job, then hire former lobbyists. Just don't hold a big news conference first to tell us how your administration is going to be so different from previous administrations in that you won't be hiring lobbyists.


Meanwhile, this is what President Obama's so-called 'stimulus package' is going to bring us:

The House passed its version of the bill Wednesday evening, and a host of oddball recipients from ATV riders to TV viewers preparing for the digital conversion stand to benefit.

But critics question why such narrowly tailored add-ons -- which have little, if any, prospect of creating large numbers of new jobs -- are in an emergency bill aimed at stimulating the economy and creating jobs.

"The stimulus bill delivers on a lot of promises that Democrats have made over the past decade to special interest groups," said William Beach, director of the Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis. "This is their time to kind of bring home the bacon."

Among the funding measures included in the proposal are $25 million for new ATV trails; $400 million for the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global warming research; $335 million for the Centers for Disease Control to combat sexually-transmitted diseases; and $650 million coupons to subsidize TV viewers for digital television conversion.


Our city council should be making a grab for the gold ring. Why, we could be fully funding The Front Porch, so people on AMTRAK know where they are, and we should be seeing about getting an ATV trail all the way around the city and down by the river, you know, for tourism or somesuch.

Think of the jobs that would create. Primary jobs. Putting up signs. Laying out the trail. Setting up an "ATV Trail Administrator". You betcha (wink).

"...an abomination..."

I heard one today that kind of took me aback a bit:

"Women pastors are an abomination!"

Yep.

I don't know why it took me aback; it's the attitude of a good many "Christians".

a⋅bom⋅i⋅na⋅tion
   /əˌbɒməˈneɪʃən/ uh-bom-uh-ney-shuhn]
–noun
1. anything abominable; anything greatly disliked or abhorred.
2. intense aversion or loathing; detestation: He regarded lying with abomination.
3. a vile, shameful, or detestable action, condition, habit, etc.: Spitting in public is an abomination.


I wonder how that fits in with John 13:34.

Of course, if you take Titus 2 literally, and without any exegetical examination whatsoever, then it probably makes sense to you, as much as anything else these people come up with as "Christian" attitudes and behaviors.

"Eenie meenie...chili beanie...the spirits are about to speak..."

Or..."Hot Rod" Blagojevich will attend the impeachment trial on the morrow, there to give what will undoubtedly be a disjointed and irrational speech in which he blames the Illinois ledge for his woes.

The word is that he will then resign, rather than be known as the only Illinois governor to be removed from office.

One can only hope that gives him a measure of solace as he languishes in his cell.

“Stimulus Plan Offers Road to Retooling Social Policy”

Memo to Republicans: Don’t Cave on the Stimulus

By Andrea Tantaros
Republican Political Commentator/FOXNews.com Contributor

House and Senate Republicans should back away from the bloated, pork filled spending bill that Democrats are masking as a stimulus. New computers for State Department bureaucrats? Food stamps? $335 million to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (someone please tell me how preventing STDs is going to revive the economy)?

The New York Times, likely in jubilation, reveals exactly what many opponents have been arguing (and fearing) for a long time in a front page headline today: “Stimulus Plan Offers Road to Retooling Social Policy.” With expanded entitlements and experiments in socialized medicine — don’t forget the family planning money that was recently stripped — the bill is the largest, liberal spending boon this nation has ever seen.

We were thrown out of the White House because we acted like Democrats. It’s time to stand up, stand strong, and return to our principles of low taxes for everyone, private sector growth, and long term job creation through incentives that aren’t handouts for a select few.

The key to a successful stimulus is one that puts money directly into the hands of the people, not borderline bankrupt states and the bureaucrats who run them to pay off debt. Besides creating a lobbyist feeding frenzy, the bill does little to create long term jobs. It might create short term work, but that is what we saw with the New Deal, and that is why it failed. While new roads are nice, you can’t rebuild a road five times.

While it’s true the bill doesn’t contain earmarks — as Obama likes to boast — the money gets directly funneled to the states and the bureaucrats decide how to best spend it (with the help of overzealous and overpaid lobbyists). This makes it extremely challenging for the American people to maintain oversight, something we desperately need. The Democrats have perpetrated a fraud: there is nothing that remotely resembles change in this excessive, leftist boondoggle.

Almost as troubling as the contents of the package and how it will be spent is the speed at which the left is attempting to jam it down the throats of the American people. “It’s urgent,” they howl. What’s urgent is the need for Democrats to ram this thing through so Republicans have little time to publicly oppose it. Whenever the opposition starts obstructing, the media gets involved and constituents begin to pay attention, giving the opposition — and their arguments — traction. The bill was written in the House under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi, with zero Republican input. I caution Republicans: do not fall for Obama’s eleventh hour plea to get on board. You might appreciate his overtures to you but his motives are transparent. To Obama GOP support is only ideal so Democrats aren’t solely to blame when voters see that almost $1 trillion of their taxpayer money was used to lavishly reward our new president’s supporters and advance a liberal agenda instead of helping struggling businesses and families.

The crux of our problem is a credit crisis. This bill does absolutely nothing to fix that. And though what’s about to happen on Capitol Hill is frightening, it presents an opportunity for the GOP. We were thrown out of the White House because we acted like Democrats. It’s time to stand up, stand strong, and return to our principles of low taxes for everyone, private sector growth, and long term job creation through incentives that aren’t handouts for a select few. There is no better time than now.

Absurdities

It is often said that the measure of a man's intellect is in how much he agrees with you. If that is true, then Roland S. Martin is a down-home genius:

Focus on first 100 days is absurd

The problem with so much emphasis being placed on the first 100 days is that a premium is placed on speed as opposed to thoughtfulness.

Take the president's stimulus package.

We are looking at spending $900 billion, and Congress is proceeding so fast that I doubt most of the members have actually read the entire bill. We know from history that moving with lightning speed leads to all kinds of problems later on.

The Patriot Act was rushed through, and we didn't find out about some of the weird provisions until after it was already signed into law. Oops! Sorry, too late.

The same with the bailout of the banking industry. We didn't discover until after it was too late that there weren't enough provisions focused on accountability of the funds, as well as mandates to ensure banks didn't sit on the cash to buy other banks but instead used it to open up the credit lines.

These measures are too doggone important for us to act like we're watching the movie "The Fast and the Furious."


Mr. Martin is right on the money. As the headless chickens in the Congress have shown us, they are pretty much clueless about what they are doing. The first so-called 'bailout' has turned into a fiscal fiasco, with both parties complicit in what has to be the biggest vaudeville show since the Keystone Kops were running amok.

Our elected officials can't tell you with any certainty what is going on. Campbell Brown has a short bit on that right here:

Bailout more of a mystery every day

And as we speak, the Clowns of Congress are taking the first - and probably only -vote on the 'stimulus' package.

Well...at least Nancy Pelosi's pitch for population control as an economic measure seems to be out of the equation:

1/27/09

A trillion dollars worth of boondoggle

Here is a searchable (by page) copy of the Generational Theft Act of 2009, also known as "President Obama's stimulus package".

Here's more, from The Heritage Foundation:



Average spending for all family groups in the United States is similar to that of families with children. On average, families annually spend:

* $2,330 on apparel and services,
* $3,595 on health care,
* $4,322 on food at home, and
* $11,657 annually on shelter.

If all families were asked to equally shoulder the burden of the $825 billion “stimulus” package, it would be like asking them to take on an amount of debt equivalent to what they spend on food, clothing, and health care — or most of what they spend on shelter — for an entire year.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on a letter from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf to Budget Committee Ranking Republican Paul Ryan (R-WI), in which he noted that the federal government’s interest costs related to the legislation would amount to $347 billion between 2009 and 2019, bringing the total of the congressional Democrats’ massive spending bill to more than $1.1 trillion:

“It’s official: the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the congressional Democrats’ legislation is the trillion dollar spending bill that we all feared it would be. It would be irresponsible to pass this massive debt onto our children and grandchildren, and Republicans will continue fighting for their interests – and the interests of all taxpayers. President Obama began this process with the hope of producing a bipartisan plan to create jobs. What congressional Democrats have put on the table is a wasteful and unfocused package that will create plenty of government programs and projects – but not nearly enough new, good-paying jobs. The American people deserve better than the one trillion dollar spending bill that the House will vote on tomorrow, and Republicans will continue reaching out to President Obama to craft a plan that reduces wasteful spending and helps create jobs through fast-acting tax relief for middle-class families and small businesses.”

Second thoughts?

Jack McCafferty, the cranky old gasbag who keeps the young cutie anchors entertained over on CNN, has written a commentary about President Obama:

Second thoughts?

In his commentary, Jack is right on the money on most everything he says. There are, however, a couple of points where he is not.

While Jack and I generally agree regarding our perceptions of Rush Limbaugh, Brother Rush is being unfairly set upon over that "I hope he fails" comment. That comment must be taken in context, examining the comments that Limbaugh made immediately before that "fails" thing. Limbaugh is not expressing a hope that President Obama fail as the nation's president. Nor is he expressing a hope that the nation fail. What he is expressing is a hope that the President's socialist agenda fails, and in that, I join Brother Rush. The nationalization of the banking industry came up again this week, with Nancy Pelosi dancing around that like a hip hopper on MTV. We have a new "N" word, and it has nothing to do with race. Do we really want to nationalize the banks, the auto industry, and who knows what else, like some Third World dump? Do we really want to lay another $850 billion bailout, laden with lard, on our children and grandchildren? Do we really want to continue to bail out incompetent, immoral, and downright stupid CEO's and union meisters so they can go out and buy new luxury jets and keep up the greens on their country club?

And as Brother Jack himself writes:

The stimulus package is not going to be a walk in the park either. Republicans are yelling it's too costly and doesn't stimulate enough. And they might have point. It's at $825 billion now and could go higher. Hundreds of millions for condoms and other contraceptives doesn't belong in there either, unless it's for what's about to happen to the American taxpayer.

That's what Limbaugh hopes fails, and so do I.

Then Brother Jack lays the 'failing' of our country at the feet of the 'right wingnuts' policies of the last eight years. C'mon, Jack. You're supposed to be a journalist. Do your homework. This mess started back in the Jimmy Carter days and continued on with the Clintonistas, and most recently with the rape of Fannie Mae by...Democrats. The Republicans certainly have their fingers in this pie, but get real, dude.

1/26/09

"Your call, Blue Dogs..."

Curiosity compels me to ask...

OK...we are in the throes of a recession. We have CongressCritters flitting about like chickens with their heads cut off. We have others dashing to and fro shrieking - in a manner of speaking, "The sky is falling!" and urging an immediate vote on President Obama's $850 billion dollar porkfest, even as we deal with the chaos created by the last 'ramming home' committed by our duly elected officials.

While this is going on, President Obama has reversed the "Mexico City" policy, first set in place during the Reagan years, left in place by George I, reversed by Clinton, and reinstated by George II. By way of explanation, from Wikipedia: The policy required non-governmental organizations to "agree as a condition of their receipt of Federal funds that they would "neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations". The policy had exceptions for abortions done in response to rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions.

Curiosity compels me to ask...if we are in such dire economic straits, why is our new president requiring We the Taxpayers to pay for overseas abortions? Not only that, but why does President Obama's nominee to be the next Deputy Secretary of State, one James Steinberg, seem to believe that We the Taxpayers have a Constitutional obligation to do so? Steinberg wrote that the freshly reversed Mexico City policy, which bars taxpayer funding of abortions overseas, "is an unnecessary restriction that, if applied to organizations based in this country, would be an unconstitutional limitation on free speech."

Steinberg's statement is in direct contravention of the United States Supreme Court in Rust v. Sullivan, one of those pesky little precedent-setters from back in 1991:

The Government has no constitutional duty to subsidize an activity merely because it is constitutionally protected, and may validly choose to allocate public funds for medical services relating to childbirth but not to abortion.


While you are puzzling over that one, let me ask this as well:

In his inauguration speech, Mr. Obama took to task "those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents" . I am sure that many Americans were pleased to hear our new president address terrorists and their murderous actions. But I have to agree with Gerald Warner of TimesOnline.com (London), who observes: "[This] comes ill from a man whose flagship legislation, the Freedom of Choice Act, will impose abortion, including partial-birth abortion, on every state in the Union. It seems the era of Hope is to be inaugurated with a slaughter of the innocents.

That is an interesting expression of "hope and change", don't you think?

Another pack of lies from New Life Church

Disgraced pastor Haggard facing new sex allegations

It seems that Haggard, once considered a paragon of Christian 'virtue', was getting air starts from yet another fellow back when he was involved with the male hooker and shoving meth up his snoot. Allegedly.

A megachurch paid a 20-year-old man to keep silent about a sexual relationship he had with disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard, a senior church pastor said.

Rev. Ted Haggard was fired from New Life Church after allegations about a prostitute and drug use arose in 2006.

Haggard, who was fired amid allegations that he used drugs and patronized a male prostitute in 2006, had a sexual relationship with a second man -- a 20-year-old volunteer at his megachurch, the Rev. Brady Boyd, a senior pastor at the church, said Monday.


Huh. That's on a par with a Catholic priest diddling the altar boys. Well...maybe not. This guy was an adult. So all we really had was Haggard thundering from the pulpit about homosexuals and sexual immorality, while having his little gay trysts on the side - allegedly.

Consenting adults. Other than the hypocrisy of it, which is normal for most Christian churches, who really cares?

But here's an interesting twist:

Brady Boyd (let's not bother with that honorarium, 'Reverend' for reasons we shall soon see) insists that this payoff was for 'healing' both the young man and the church:

The church agreed to pay the man in exchange for his pledges not to talk publicly about the relationship, Boyd said, referring to a settlement reached by the man's lawyer and the church's insurance company. Under the settlement, the church provided the man money to pay his college tuition, moving expenses and counseling, Boyd said.

"This was compassionate assistance. It was to help him move forward, not a settlement to keep him quiet," said Boyd, senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Brady speaketh with forked tongue. First, he says the church agreed to pay the man in exchange for pledges not to talk pubicly about the 'relationship'. Then, he says it wasn't that at all. It was for 'healing'. Gosh. It just makes me want to break out into "All is well with my soul".

But it gets even more simperingly self-serving:

In the last three weeks, Boyd said, the young man told him that he was considering going public with his story because Haggard was portraying himself as a victim in an upcoming HBO documentary called "The Trial of Ted Haggard," which is scheduled to air Thursday.

"I counseled him it wasn't going to help him or the church's healing. Plus it was in violation of the agreement we signed with them," Boyd said.


Hey Brady. We don't call that 'healing'. We call that 'covering your sorry ass'. That '...plus it was in violation of the agreement 'we' signed with them' kind of puts your most reverend 'counseling' in the toilet.

I guess all your Christian counselling for Reverend Ted didn't take, hey, Brady? He's about to put the screws to you and the church with his 'victimhood' on HBO.

Dominus vobiscum, you singularly pathetic excuse for a pastor.

CitiGroup buys a new jet

Citigroup, the outfit run into the ground by incompetent, greedy, immoral bloodsucking leeches disguised as their CEO and senior staff, and which We the Taxpayer just bailed out to the tune of $45 billion, is buying a new, $50 million corporate jet:

Beleaguered Citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet -- only this time, it's the taxpayers who are getting screwed.

Even though the bank's stock is as cheap as a gallon of gas and it's burning through a $45 billion taxpayer-funded rescue, the Citigroup's execs pushed through the purchase of a new Dassault Falcon 7X, according to a source familiar with the deal.

The French-made luxury jet seats up to 12 in a plush interior with leather seats, sofas and a customizable entertainment center, according to Dassault's sales literature. It can cruise 5,950 miles before refueling and has a top speed of 559 mph.

There are just nine of these top-of-the-line models in the United States, with Dassault's European factory churning out three to four 7Xs a month.

Citigroup decided to get its new wings two years ago, when the financial-services giant was flush with cash, but it still intends to take possession of the jet this year despite its current woes, the source said.


There is more, here:

Just plane despicable

Here is a corker:

"Why should I help you when what you write will be used to the detriment of our company?" replied Bill McNamee, head of CitiFlight Inc., the subsidiary that manages Citigroup's corporate fleet, when asked to comment about the new 7X.

McNamee didn't want to answer the reporter's questions, because the article the reporter wrote about the greedy stupidity of McNamee and his fellow dolts in Brooks Brothers suits 'would hurt the company'.

No, McNamee, you idiot. It isn't the story that hurts your company. It's your stupidity that hurts your company.

I have a suggestion for McNamee: Bill, try an "Obama staredown" next time a reporter comes sniffing around.

So as McNamee and the rest of the high-ranking slugs over at CitiCorp prepare to be flown about the world in luxurious comfort on the taxpayer's dime, our CongressCreatures are 'crafting' that $850 billion fiscal abortion our new president is calling a 'stimulus package'. And if you don't like it, stand in line for your Chikaga homie staredown.

Welcome to 'Chikaga-on-the-Potomac'. Hey Rahm! Rahm Emanuel! When do I get my dead fish package?

"The Plunderers' March":

Ruben Navarrette, Jr. hits one out of the park

It would appear that at least some of the mainstream media might be starting to ask the question about the Emperor's New Clothes. Last week we had Campbell Brown going on about William Lynn, the Obamanian nominee for the number two spot in the Department of Defense.Lynn has extensive connections with defense contractors as a lobbyist, and as a senior executive with Raytheon. His appointment makes a mockery of President Obama's pre-election promises of 'hope and change'.

But Navarrette takes it further than just one nominee. He actually dares to pull an Oliver and ask for more...one can only wonder if he will receive one of those icy Chikaga homie staredowns that is apparently supposed to intimidate The Fourth Estate. So far it has not worked on the bloggers, and it is not likely to work on the mainstream media, at least some of them, as the honeymoon begins to end.

Senators, do your jobs

Some excerpts:

When George W. Bush was president, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid often complained that the executive branch had usurped the power of the legislative branch, and insisted that Congress needed to preserve its oversight authority over the president's decisions.

Now, even before President Obama took office, many senators, including most of the Democrats, willingly surrendered oversight of Cabinet nominations by lobbing softballs at nominees and ignoring serious ethical questions.


and

...the nominee to head the Treasury Department didn't pay his taxes. Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee voted 18-5 to recommend Obama's nomination of Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary and send the nomination to the full Senate, where he is expected to be confirmed.

This despite the fact that Geithner, currently president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, failed to pay $34,000 in self-employment taxes on income when he was working for the International Monetary Fund. Only a pair of Republican senators -- Jon Kyl of Arizona and Jim Bunning of Kentucky -- even bothered to question Geithner on the tax issue.


and

Or the fact that the nominee to head the State Department has a spouse with an extensive web of international business dealings. The full Senate has now accepted the nomination of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State.

This despite the fact that Bill Clinton has raised more than $500 million for the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Presidential Library -- much of it from abroad, raising the possibility that foreign governments or individuals who want to influence U.S. foreign policy would simply cut a check to the former president.


and

Or the fact that the nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security seems to have taken all sides of the immigration issue. Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Obama's nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security, signed a bill to punish employers of illegal immigrants and then later lobbied for a ballot initiative that watered it down. She opposed a border wall but supported the deployment of national guard troops on the border.

and on Attorney General nominee Eric Holder:

To prove his independence, Holder brought up Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban boy who was taken from his Miami, Florida, relatives by federal agents at the point of a gun in 2000. Holder insisted the "rescue" proved the Justice Department wasn't doing then-Vice President Al Gore any favors since the operation was so unpopular with the Cuban-American community that the it helped cost him Florida in the presidential election.

I remember it differently. Gore was having a terrible time with the issue, flip-flopping back and forth between whether Gonzales should stay with his relatives or be returned to his father in Cuba. The raid was a mission of mercy -- not for Gonzales but for Gore.


Unfortunately, Navarrette also thinks all of these people should be appointed. I'm not sure why; he doesn't go into his reasoning. The tax question alone has shot down nominees from both parties in the past. Why is it different now? Is accepting tax evasion part of the 'hope and change' mantra?

What Navarrette does successfully point out is the spineless, gutless, moral ineptitude of the United States Congress. These are the clowns who are right on the edge of shoveling another $850 billion into the slobbering maws of the likes of ACORN, the voter fraud specialists, and all the other larded love handles of the Congressional favorites.

No white males?

Here's another one you won't find on CNN, as they continue their breathless reportage on Michelle Obama's fashion statements or what President Obama had for lunch, and other vital issues of the day:

Stimulus shouldn't aid only white male construction workers

An excerpt:

A rather astounding statement was made a few weeks ago by an economic adviser to Barack Obama that went completely ignored by America's press: "I am concerned, as I'm sure many of you are, that these jobs [hopefully being created by government spending] not simply go to high skilled people who are already professionals or to white male construction workers."

Such was uttered by Robert Reich, the former Clinton Administration Secretary of Labor, during a January 7 House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting attended by high-ranking Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


This is from Obamanian economic advisor Robert Reich as he goes on about 'no white men working on infrastructure':

Official Federal government racism sponsored by Obama economic advisor Robert Reich

Where is this fellow's head? What is he talking about? Why has not his commentary been questioned?

Could it have something to do with the fact that President Obama simply doesn't answer questions he doesn't like?

I'm waiting for the first Presidential staredown from the lecturn.

1/25/09

"And on the fifth day, subpoenas were served to Obama's senior staff..."

From Doug Ross:

And on the fifth day, subpoenas were served to Obama's senior staff

see also:

Top Obama aides subject of Blagojevich subpoenas

Sweeping federal subpoenas of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration include requests for records involving David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisers to President Barack Obama.

Among 43 subpoenas released by the Blagojevich administration Friday, one from Dec. 8 seeks notes, calendars, correspondence and any other data that relate to Axelrod, Jarrett and 32 other people and organizations.

The article carefully carries this caveat:

Prosecutors have said Obama is not implicated in the case, and none of his advisers has been accused of wrongdoing. Aides to the president did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The mainstream media, caught up in gushing over the new administration and more interested in commenting on fashion, the President's 'glistening' pecs, and the fact that he has figured out the location of the gym in the White House, has not seen fit to hit on this one. Not yet.

Ross also notes:

Let's recap, shall we? In the first week, Obama has not cut taxes -- the only proven way to revive the economy -- despite promising to do so for "95% of working Americans" (which was almost certainly a lie, but let's wait and see); signed an order to close Gitmo, certain to make America less safe; and promoted abortion on a global scale.

Oh, and most of his senior staff was served with subpoenas.

I can hardly wait for week two.

Nor can I. You gotta laugh. It's the only way to avoid sobbing.

"Hot Rod" throws down the gauntlet...

And he has plunked it right square in front of none other than President Barack Obama, formerly of the Chikaga/Illinois political machine.

From John Kass:

As the stakes sharpen, Blago bares his fangs
Even as the Illinois Senate prepared to drive a stake into Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political heart at his preordained impeachment trial beginning Monday, the governor rose from his coffin to demonstrate he's neither dead nor cuckoo, and so was transformed.

Once he was Gov. Dead Meat, quoting English poets, one foot in the grave. But in a media blitz on Friday, he was born again, this time as Gov. Nosferatu, the political walking dead, still quite dead but animated and of clear mind, posing a threat to the other political bloodsuckers in our state.

Gov. Nosferatu called attention to the plans of his fellow Democrats to slam through an income tax increase once they remove him, and a move by the road builders for another tax. And he went so far as to pressure President Barack Obama by demanding he be allowed to call the president's political operatives as witnesses, which the legislature has denied him as per the request of U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald, so as not to damage the pending criminal case against the governor.


and

All day Friday, he was speaking to three audiences at once:

•The public, arguing he was not being treated fairly;

•The media, including the Chicago Tribune, which he is accused of threatening, asking them to champion his cause;

•And the politicians, dropping enough hints about the road builders and so on to let them know he's now dangerous and about to go nuclear.

These are not the calculations of a madman, but a governor hinting at the corruption of his fellows, and for this they call him cuckoo.


"What the legislature is trying to do is thwart the will of the people and not give me the right to call witnesses," the governor said, insisting he would not appear at the Senate impeachment proceedings, presenting himself as some innocent cowboy in a Hollywood Western who was accused of being a horse thief. "Under these rules, I'm not getting a fair trial. They're just hanging me."

the best part:

It was the governor's loud demand to call the president's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, as a witness that made the real news. Gov. Nosferatu's criminal defense attorney was Edward Genson, whose job it was to hold the governor's hand and keep him quiet, just as Genson kept Larry Warner, the corrupt pal of former Gov. George Ryan, quiet.

But Nosferatu's demands about Emanuel forced Genson to fire himself from the case.

Emanuel had been the U.S. representative of the 5th Congressional District. The previous congressman was Blagojevich. The district is dominated by western suburban towns with long mob histories. It is politically dominated by Genson's good friend and Blagojevich's former shadow governor, state Sen. James DeLeo (D-How You Doin'?).

Surely, President Obama would not appreciate his chief of staff publicly reminding America about those earthy political allies.



(The 'cuckoo' comment is in reference to Chikaga mayor Richie Daley telling the world the other day that "Hot Rod" is 'cuckoo'. It takes one to know one).






Speaking of Yurrup:The blooding of Barack Obama

Here's another European note, this one from the TimesOnline,over in London, on the blooding of Barack Obama:

“Missiles fired from suspected US drones killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan today, the first such strikes since Barack Obama became president and a clear sign that the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush has not changed.

Security officials said the strikes, which saw up to five missiles slam into houses in separate villages, killed seven “foreigners” - a term that usually means al-Qaeda - but locals also said that three children lost their lives.”


Congratulations, Mr. President. You've struck your first blow for freedom and the safety of the homeland.

One can only wonder why we see no screams of outrage from Huffington Post and Daily Kos, and the rest of the left-wing antiwar...shoot, how about the right-wing antiwar...activist types. Are there any picketers out in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

Is it OK to kill kids now? Is it OK if it's a left-handed trigger pull? Or is it just the "New Morality" of the Democratic Party.

Obama orders Predator strikes in Pakistan

1/24/09

Furrows

We were all sitting on the rail, on the Holy Land's bridge over the Arkansas. We were slurping fudgesicles and watching the sun going down over the mountains. It was starting to get chilly and the fudgies weren't helping.

"So have you noticed the green starting to show, in some of the fields between Walmart and The Holy Land?" asked Tookie.

"Yeah. Yeah. I noticed that when I pedaled by the other day. It looks good. Spring's just around the corner," DinkyDau Billy noted.

"Spring? It's the middle of January. Have you lost your mind?" Tookie was very direct.

DinkyDau Billy is very sensitive to references about his mental state. Though he has gotten away from wearing an AFDB, he is well aware that he is slightly out of step with most people. 'DinkyDau' is, after all, an Americanization of 'dien cai dau', Vietnamese for 'sick in the head'. I kind of expected him to snap his shower cap a little over Toot Sweet's comment.

But he didn't.

"I wuz thinkin' what a shame it will be to pave all of that over with cement," he said.

"Cement?"

"Yeah. Yeah. There was somethin' about the State Engineer's office is wunnerin' why they can't pave them furrows," Billy told us.

"Uh...are you sure they weren't talking about irrigation ditches?" Leece asked.

"They said 'furrows'," Billy said, disagreeably.

"They also want to know why farmers have to plant five alfalfa crops a year," Tookie snickered.

"Plant alfalfa?" I was puzzled. "I thought alfalfa was one of those things that just keeps on ticking. Like a Timex watch.

"Ummm...well, yer just a townfolk, so it ain't none a yer bidness anyway," Billy pointed out.

And with that, we just sat there and watched the sun drop behind the mountains.

"Maybe the State Engineer's Office thinks they's growin alfafa sprouts, you know, for like, Whole Foods or summa them health food stores?" Billy surmised.

We kept watching the sunset.

"...this will end in tears..."

That from Gerald Warner's article, "Barack Obama inauguration: this Emperor has no clothes; it will all end in tears", published today in the London Telegraph.

Some excerpts:

This will end in tears. The Obama hysteria is not merely embarrassing to witness, it is itself contributory to the scale of the disaster that is coming. What we are experiencing, in the deepening days of a global depression, is the desperate suspension of disbelief by people of intelligence - la trahison des clercs - in a pathetic effort to hypnotise themselves into the delusion that it will be all right on the night. It will not be all right.

"Obama hysteria". He sure got that right. CNN, with a few exceptions, is reading more like Cosmopolitan these days. While FoxNews was reporting that President Obama was getting to work on his first full day in office, CNN was reporting that the Obamas were 'snuggling and dancing'. Other articles went on about 'darling shoes' and a 'lovely dress'. Gushing here and gushing there. Yadda yadda yadda.

In the days since the inauguration, we have been treated to a Congress that is pathetically willing to accept the thinnest, most implausible excuses for tax evasion on the part of an Obama nominee. The same transgressions that torpedoed nominees from both parties in the past have been almost completely - there were a few 'No' votes - ignored by members of both parties.

We have been treated to the nomination of a defense lobbyist and defense contractor senior executive who has his hand in more tax-payer funded pies than Little Jack Horner, despite a continued campaign mantra about such dealings. We have been treated to the same kind of 'relationship' as what had the Left in a foaming-at-the-mouth frenzy over Dick Cheney and Halliburton...yet it is just fine now.

Why?

We have witnessed two of the most embarrassing senatorial appointment fiascos that I can remember in American politics, and my memory goes back to the Eisenhower years.

Where is the 'hope and change'?

Another excerpt, this one very, very good:

To anyone who kept his head, the string of Christmas cracker mottoes booming through the public address system on Washington's National Mall can only excite scepticism. It is crucial to recall the reality that lies behind the rhetoric. Denouncing "those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents" comes ill from a man whose flagship legislation, the Freedom of Choice Act, will impose abortion, including partial-birth abortion, on every state in the Union. It seems the era of Hope is to be inaugurated with a slaughter of the innocents.


Huh. A little tax evasion and a little of that incestuous cronyism rather pale beside that one, don't they. But wait. There's more:

It is questionable whether the present political system can survive the coming crisis. Whatever the solution, teenage swooning sentimentality over a celebrity cult has no part in it. The most powerful nation on earth is confronting its worst economic crisis under the leadership of its most extremely liberal politician, who has virtually no experience of federal politics. That is not an opportunity but a catastrophe.

These are frank, even ungracious, words: they have the one merit that, unlike almost everything else written today about Obama, they will not require to be eaten in the future.


It would appear that not everyone in Europe is swooning with delight. The same goes for here at home.

Today, President Obama told Americans to 'quit listening to Rush Limbaugh'. In the broad sense, I would say that's fairly good advice. If Huffington Post and Daily Kos represent the moonbats of the Left, Limbaugh and Coulter represent the right wingnuts.

"You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done," he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

One White House official confirmed the comment but said he was simply trying to make a larger point about bipartisan efforts.

"There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats," the official said. "We shouldn't let partisan politics derail what are very important things that need to get done."


You know, it's one thing for me, or any other blogger, or anyone writing an editorial to take a jab at Limbaugh and Coulter. But when the President of the United States does it, it merely adds credence to the image that is building...keep your mouth shut and your opinions to yoursef unless they agree with Obama's. Don't ask questions the President doesn't like...or he'll give you the Presidential Stare-down, which is just another form of homie-on-the-streets intimidation. Here's another one:

While discussing the stimulus package with top lawmakers in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Obama shot down a critic with a simple message.

"I won," he said, according to aides who were briefed on the meeting. "I will trump you on that."

The response was to the objection by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to the president's proposal to increase benefits for low-income workers who don't owe federal income taxes.


Yes, Mr. Obama, you won. But with only a week in question, even the star-struck MainStream Media over on CNN is starting to take another look, and even your own party is starting to dig in at least some of its heels. Keep up the insolent arrogance, and see what it gets you.

Obama's version of "hope and change"

Campbell Brown, over on CNN, has this to say about Obamanian Ethics:

President Obama: "The executive order on ethics I will sign shortly represents a clean break from business as usual. As of today, lobbyists will be subject to stricter limits than under any other administration in history. If you are a lobbyist entering my administration, you will not be able to work on matters you lobbied on, or in the agencies you lobbied during the previous two years. When you leave government, you will not be able to lobby my administration for as long as I am president."

That's what he said two days ago. But as we first told you Thursday, and sadly we are learning more about this Friday, President Obama already wants an exception to his own rule.

You see, what happened is, there is this former lobbyist for a big defense contractor called Raytheon. His name is William Lynn.

President Obama wants him to be deputy defense secretary. So, the Obama administration wants a waiver to its own rule.

That basically means they are saying, we will mostly put tough new restrictions on lobbyists, except when we won't.

Really? Is this how it is going to be?


Obama breaks his own rules

"Obamanian Ethics". It doesn't have quite the same ring to it as...oh..."Nicomachean Ethics", now, does it.

1/23/09

Ringofish

There's fresh Ringofish over at La Junta Food Market. Right out of the fryer. Still steaming.

Great stuff. If you haven't tried it, you really should.

Partisan nay-saying?

From the Colorado Senate News:

Reports show 'torrent of free money' won't fix economy, budget in short term

First, you gotta love that term, "free money". How many times have I heard that before? It's most common with grants. "It's free money!"

That's beyond oxymoronic. It's oxyidiotic.

It's money that is coming out of someone's pocket, in this case, yours and mine, and your children's, and your grandchildren's.

According to the other report, by the Colorado General Assembly's own Legislative Council office, the one-time-only federal dollars in the federal stimulus package would create about half the number of jobs that Gov. Bill Ritter promised in his State of the State speech. Moreover, the new federal spending only would generate nominal increases in state sales and income tax revenue.

and

"In the middle of a deepening recession, we shouldn't kid ourselves about the impact of any intervention by Washington," [Penry] said. "It will cost a lot, and these reports suggest it will only help a little in the short term."

and

Penry said that, taken together, the congressional and legislative reports have implications both for the legislature's efforts to bridge a more-than-$600 million budget deficit as well as for attempts by lawmakers to craft a bipartisan transportation plan.

"We have to move forward on both of those priorities, and we cannot wait for a ship that isn't going to come in--or will be a rowboat by the time it gets here," he said.


Penry is a Republican. It would be easy to say that this is just some of that old-fashioned partisan foot-dragging and nay-saying. But there is an increasing number of Democrats who are having some real misgivings about this next big bailout/'stimulus'/giveaway/handout.

Stare downs redux

Recently, President Obama took a spin (no pun intended) through the press room, just to see what it was like. While he was there, one of the reporters asked the president about his nominee for Deputy Secretary of Defense, William Lynn. The Deputy SecDef is the number two Big Dog in DoD.

The president got testy with the reporter, becoming agitated over the question and staring the reporter down, refusing to answer it.

From a media account of the confrontation:

"I came down here to visit. I didn't come down here -- this is what happens. I can't end up visiting you guys and shaking hands if I am going to grilled every time I come down here," the president said. Pressed further by the Politico reporter about his Pentagon nominee, Obama turned more serious, putting his hand on the reporter's shoulder and staring him in the eye.

One question constitutes a 'grilling'? How does a 'stare down' of a reporter go to 'transparency'? In any case, the president did take questions, though of a far less controversial nature. We will all undoubtedly be thrilled to know that the president has found the gym in the White House, and he has not yet played basketball on the White House court, it being too cold.

The president's nomination of William Lynn, however, is one that really should be examined, and it would appear that members of the President's own party are perfectly willing to do the examining. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) cited the president's own new ethics rules, and the nomination is directly counter to the president's campaign promises about lobbyists. Senator Claire McCaskill, (D-MO) observed, "It's an incestuous business, what's going on in terms of the defense contractors and the Pentagon and the highest levels of our military", adding that Lynn is "an example of it." (CNN)

But Lynn is far more than a lobbyist, though he has been one of those. Lynn was a senior vice president at Raytheon, "...which has billions of dollars in Defense Department contracts. It is is the maker of the Army's Patriot missile system and the Navy's Tomahawk missile and is developing a global positioning satellite communication system for the Air Force."(CNN)

Anyone who has worked around DoD electronics systems is well familiar with the far-reaching Raytheon tentacles. Not only do they produce major weapons systems, but they are suppliers of a great many bits and pieces used in the maintenance and repair of systems from other vendors.

To say that Lynn can 'recuse' himself from anything related to the relationship between Raytheon, Raytheon's subcontractors, and DoD is like saying that Obama, in a spirit of post-partisanship, can recuse himself from anything having to do with the Democratic party.

Shades of Cheney/Halliburton.

Hope and change. Oooo-rah.

Stare downs in the press room

Irritated Obama 'Stares Down' Reporter During Press Corps Visit

Excerpt:

WASHINGTON -- President Obama paid a surprise visit to members of the White House press corps Thursday evening when he walked through their working area of the West Wing, but he quickly became agitated when he was confronted with a question by one of the journalists.

According to reports, when the Politico's Jonathan Martin asked the president about his nominee for deputy secretary of defense, William Lynn, Obama refused to answer, saying he was not there to take questions.

"I came down here to visit. I didn't come down here -- this is what happens. I can't end up visiting you guys and shaking hands if I am going to grilled every time I come down here," the president said.

Pressed further by the Politico reporter about his Pentagon nominee, Obama turned more serious, putting his hand on the reporter's shoulder and staring him in the eye.


Being asked a single question is being 'grilled'? Isn't it more due to the nature of the nominee? Another one of those "New Morality" nominees? Broken campaign promises? Very embarrassing, that.

Obama was willing to field lighter questions, though.

Yes, he's discovered the gym in the White House residence. No, he hasn't played basketball yet on the outdoor White House court because it's been too cold.


Back during the campaign when reporters asked questions the Obamanians didn't like, the reporters found themselves banned from the airplane, the reporters whose papers had then just recently endorsed McCain.

What's up now? Tossed out of the White House press room?

As "West Wing" president Jed Bartlet was fond of saying..."What's next?"

How about loyalty oaths for the press corps?

1/22/09

John Thain

Remember John Thain?

Until today, he was a Big Dog at Bank of America. Before BofA bought Merrill Lynch, he was ML's CEO.

While at Merrill Lynch, he spent over a million bux redecorating his office, including $87,000 for a rug, and $35,000 for a toilet. He used the Obama's decorator for the project. One can only be thankful that Congress has set a much lower limit on how much can be spent on redecorating the White House.

John Thain's $87,000 rug

The company lost over $40 billion in 2008, while Thain was at the helm, yet they managed to pay out millions in bonuses just before BofA took over.

The whole bailout for this one company was on the order of $143 billion.

Thain was insisting on his $10 million bonus. He felt that if it were not for him, the company would have lost even more money.

Wow. The standard for merit pay is..."I didn't do as much damage as I could have."

Today Thain got the axe.

That's unfortunate. If he could have just hung on for a bit longer, there'd be another $850 billion floating around out there.

Taxes in Camelot

An interesting story is coming to light over in the New York Times:

ALBANY - Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate, a person close to Gov. David A. Paterson said on Thursday, in an account at odds with Ms. Kennedy’s own description of her reasons for withdrawing.

So she pulled the plug because of the nanny tax?

I wonder why? The Democrats would have had no problems at all swearing her in. Tax evasion seems to be gaining ground as a prerequisite for holding office with the Dems in charge.

There's more:

There have been numerous conflicting explanations for Kennedy's decision, and the Times story includes comments from a Kennedy aide that suggest any tax or housekeeper issues may not have been significant enough to derail Kennedy's bid.

Well of course not. Tax evasion is insignificant to these people.

Here is the NYT article:

Snags for Kennedy said to be taxes

"Whore for the far right"

Sistah Michelle is taking the usual heat from the foaming-at-the-mouth moonbat crowd over at Huffington Post:

Whore for the far right

The best part is the You Tube clip of Democratic Party operative Donna Brazile gushing over President Obama's blue fleece blanket as though it were the Shroud of Turin. Note the talking head asking her if it's a felony or a misdemeanor (Brazile lifted the blanket; it wasn't given to her). Brazile says it's neither, as we have a black president, so it's free.

Yep.

We have a black president, so it's free.

There's some kind of a message there.

I wonder how much of a handout I'll get.

"I am disappointed that we are even voting on this..."

So said Mike Enzi, a Republican senator from Wyoming, on the approval of SecTreas nominee Timothy Geithner by the Senate Finance Committee.

"I am disappointed that we are even voting on this," said Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo. "In previous years, nominees who made less serious errors in their taxes than this nominee have been forced to withdraw."

That is certainly true.

Then we have this comment by a Democrat:

One committee member, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., a former tax commissioner, said in normal times, Geithner's failure to pay his taxes would have led Conrad to oppose the nomination.

"But these are not normal times," Conrad said. He said the economy's not "out of the woods" and touted Geithner's extensive experience at a time when the country needs a treasury secretary imminently.


That's more of that New Morality on the part of the Democrats. "Situational morality"' "situational ethics", whatever you want to call it.

It's also more of that Chicken Little thinking. Boy howdy but they sure do want to shove that $850 billion handout down our throats, and the more shortcuts they can take, the better.

But here's something to consider: There is a great deal of pressure to 'get things moving'. So do we want someone who is light on the skids ethically and morally, overseeing our national finances and tax agency? Wouldn't we want someone who is not so much in the bathtub with Hank "The Eunuch" Paulson, and who is able to read the tax handouts given to him by his employer? Someone who isn't quite so..."Oh! I got caught! I'm sorry! I apologize! Let me fix it now that you have bagged me!"

Sigh.

Hope and Change.

When will we see it?

Senate panel approves Geithner

Insults at the Inauguration?

It would appear that I am not the only one who picked up on Lowry's racial insult in his so-called 'benediction'.

Here is an article by Tommy de Seno:

Insults at the inauguration?

And as much as I dislike Rush Limbaugh, he's being unreasonably bashed over on CNN this morning, with that "I hope he fails" statement.

Limbaugh preceded his comment by stating that he is against the "...absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible...from the banking business to the to the mortgage industry and the automobile business and the healthcare...I don't want the government in charge of these things..."

Then Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News comes in and pretty much tells us that we are expected to "...get rid of the partisanship and the polarization..."

In other words, accept the socialization of America.

In other words, it is as de Seno writes in his article:

The words “we have chosen” harkens back to the election contest. Obama believes those of us who did not vote for (choose) him mark our choices with “fear, conflict and discord” (I guess that’s why we cling to our guns and religion, right?).

“On this day, we come to proclaim an end to…worn out dogmas…”

So if my “dogma” differs from his (it does) this is apparently my “end.” How very post-partisan of you, Mr. President!


There is a vast difference in wishing that the nation fails - which is most emphatically not what Limbaugh said, much as CNN talking head Rick Sanchez would like to believe - and there is a vast difference in wishing that President Obama fails as our President - which is not what Limbaugh said, though it is what Sanchez is implying - and saying that one wishes that poorly conceived, socialistic, fiscally insane policies fail to be implemented.

In this matter, I must agree with Limbaugh, though as usual, Limbaugh has managed to garble and gargle his words.

Here is the video:

The crazed poodle

Imagine being attacked by a crazed poodle, a poodle suffering from depression, a poodle taking antidepressants, one given to snapping its shower cap and giving in to the voices in its head...

That's what happened to Jacques Chirac recently:

The crazed poodle

Former French President Jacques Chirac was rushed to a hospital after being mauled by his pet dog who is being treated for depression, in a dramatic incident that rattled his wife Bernadette.


Perhaps Mrs. Chirac should be kissing the poodle's nose with greater frequency.

1/21/09

Conspiracies

Having exposed the conspiracy behind Flight 1549, we MoveOn now to the Truth behind the Kennedy assassination:

Proof of the conspiracy

Government handouts

As any reader of the T-D and Blogger Central knows, ranchers and farmers have thrown hissy fits every time I write something they don't like about either Pinon Canyon or farm subsidies or cheap grazing bennies on public-owned lands. Various letter writers have touted themselves as hard-workin' Sons of the Soil, fully enfranchised under the Constitution - which they are fond of quoting when it serves them - while intimating that public employees really ought to keep their mouths shut, since we don't know what is like to work for anything that matters. Some of it may have to do with the fact that our forebears weren't here to steal the land from the Indians, but that's conjecture on my part. But when your great granddaddy played poker with T.T. Woodruff and the rest of the boys, well, you tend to view anyone who hasn't lived here at least fifty years as some kind of Johnny-come-lately interloper. But enough on that...here are some interesting bits of information:

$4.15 million
was paid out here in Otero County in commodity program payments for program years 2003-2005. Commodity program payments are a government handout.

Nationally, USDA attributes 66% of crop subsidy benefits to 10% of the beneficiaries of those programs. Crop subsidies are a government handout.

The average adjusted gross income in Colorado was $55,014 in 2004. There were 192 beneficiaries in Colorado that received more than the statewide adjusted gross income from USDA programs in 2003; 745 in 2004; and 806 in 2005.

Yes. There were 806 ranchers/farmers who made more off government handouts than the 'average' Coloradan received in wages or salary.

And looking at those figures, we have an increase in the snufflers at the public trough, statewide, over the last few years. Isn't it interesting that we have farmers and ranchers who are receiving more in subsidies - money taken from you and me and handed out to the farmers and ranchers by the likes of Ken and John Salazar - than what the average Coloradan makes all year? These guys are making more off government handouts than you or I...and even if we are sucking-at-the-public-tit local government employees, like the street crews, the electric crews, the cops, the firefighters, the parks and recs people...we still do some work for those salaries. We must, since the lights are on, the water is running, the streets are reasonably well paved, the fires get put out, the ambulances run, and the cops are busy meeting their ticket quotas by shaking down John Q. Public for speeding...OK...not really on that last, but that's what ticket recipients usually think.

There were 1,248 children under age 18 in Otero County, Colorado below the poverty level in 2004 according to the Census Bureau.

So according to the US Census Bureau, we have something on the order of 1200 kids living in poverty, while we have farmers and ranchers pulling down mo' munny in government handouts...and lambasting anyone who doesn't agree with that.

Here are the top 20 recipients of commodity subsidies in Otero County, for program year2006:

Individual subsidy recipients, Otero County

Browse around in that database. It's really interesting.

What's more interesting is the rationale you'll hear to justify it.

Even more interesting:

68 percent of all farmers and ranchers do not collect government subsidy payments in Colorado, according to USDA.

[Nationally] Among subsidy recipients, ten percent collected 67 percent of all subsidies amounting to $2.10 billion over 12 years.

Recipients in the top 10% averaged $40,484 in annual payments between 1995 and 2006.

What does that mean?

It means that the little guy, on the family farm, is not the prime recipient of this government largesse, money that is being taken from your pocket and mine and given away by the Federal government. So when our elected officials, our Senators and Congresscritters, start going on about how the Farm Bill's subsidy programs help 'the little guy', the 'family farm', they speak with a forked tongue. Did you know that a married 'farming' couple can pull down $1.5 million and still qualify for those government handouts? George Bush wanted to reduce that level to help make sure the subsidies had a better chance of really going to the little guy, but the Brothers Salazar and their pals killed that...and then stood right there and made Bush look like the bad guy.

It's the Brothers Salazar who have had their hands in your pockets.

And now, President Obama, with his $850 billion 'stimulus' package that the Congressional Budget Office says is so much smoke and mirrors, wants to grope you a bit, too.

America...Land of the Fee.

The Pueblo Chieftain...

...has once again shown itself to be a repository of emotional pap, a PR organ for the Democratic party, rather than a serious news source.

In the front page article by Jennifer Loven, we find a number of editorial comments in what is supposed to be a news article. At least it is presented as a news article.

Here is one:

"...a dispirited nation..."

"Dispirited"? Speak for yourself, Jennifer. Maybe you are feeling beaten, lost, dispirited, but none of the people I know would describe themselves as "dispirited". "Angry", perhaps. "Enthused", perhaps, over the start of a new regime, even one tainted by the dark criminality of Chicago politics. "Worried" fits almost everyone. But "dispirited"? Not a chance.

Here is another:

"...a nation founded by slaveholders..."

Get a grip, Jennifer. There were in fact slaveholders involved in the founding process, some very prominently. But there were a great many who were not slaveholders, and who abhorred slavery, and whose children and grandchildren would later die in the war that led to the end of slavery.

"...repeated the inaugural oath ‘‘to preserve, protect and defend’’ a Constitution that originally defined blacks as three-fifths of a person." This one is an intellectual non-sequitur if ever there was one.

Here is a good one:

"He placed blame for the recent economic collapse not just on greed and irresponsibility ‘‘on the part of some’’ but also on the inability or unwillingness of everyone to move the country beyond an industrial-based economy - what he called ‘‘our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.’’ "

We are supposed to move beyond an industrial-based economy? Did Obama say that, or is it something Loven pulled out of her nether regions? On precisely what would Loven base our economy? Growing figs and dates for export to the Middle East?

How about this:

"Not only heavily policed and barricaded Washington but much of the country virtually halted in its tracks - even, albeit briefly, inside the casinos of Las Vegas."

Las Vegas is the barometer of social, economic, and political activity in this country?

"Even though Obama didn’t give the topic of race, his or others, much treatment in either his campaign nor his inaugural..."

Nonsense. Lowry's "benediction":

“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right,” Lowery said.

Those white people. If they would only embrace what is right, everything would just fall into place. Lowry sounds like a spinoff from Big Bill Broonzy.

And as almost a footnote:

Obama’s team overlooked known problems in the backgrounds of two Cabinet nominees - Bill Richardson for Commerce and Timothy Geithner for Treasury. They also flubbed the introduction to Congress of Leon Panetta as CIA director. Obama also was tripped up by controversy surrounding the appointment of his successor in the Senate.

Let's not forget Transportation Secretary nominee Robert LaHood's well-formed connections with disgraced, indicted, charged, and arrested Illinois transportation big shot William Cellini.