6/30/09

Obama backs another thug

Bill Jacobson has a good post here, about the Honduras coup:

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: "Heads They Win, Tails We Lose" Diplomacy

Think about it. Obama was more interested in not 'offending' the Islamic fundamentalist thugs who run Iran, than in expressing any measure of support for those who were rioting against the thuggery, murder, mayhem, and other crimes against the people foistered upon them by a morally corrupt government.

It would have interfered with his 'negotiations' with that criminal regime.

Now, as Jacobson points out, we have another example of Obamanian diplomacy. Obama is supporting a Chavezian thug who illegally tried to grab a third term.

Honduras defends its democracy

Here's an excerpt:

# Zelaya couldn’t get the ballots printed in Honduras since the referendum had been pronounced illegal by the country’s Supreme Court AND the electoral board. Therefore, the government couldn’t print them. No private printer was willing to break the law, either. So Zelaya had the ballots printed in Venezuela and flown in.

# The Supreme Court instructed the military (who would be the ones doing the job) NOT to distribute the ballots to the polling stations.

# Zelaya then led thousands of supporters to recover the material from an air force warehouse before it could be confiscated. His supporters broke into the military installation where the ballots were kept. (This is on a par with some politician leading a mob to break into Fort Carson.)

# Zelaya’s supporters started distributing the ballots at 15,000 voting stations across the country. This act placed him in outright defiance of the law, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court.

# When the armed forces refused to distribute the ballots, Zelaya fired the chief of the armed forces, Gen. Romeo Vásquez, and the defense minister, the head of the army and the air force resigned in protest. The country’s Supreme Court voted unanimously that Vásquez be reinstated.


There's more. Click on the link above. For more background, click here.

Remember, Zelaya is a Chavenista. Chavez is backing Zelaya:

Hugo Chavez declared that “we are not going to watch with our arms crossed the goings-on in Honduras,” and insisted “we will do what we will have to do so the sovereignty of the Honduran people will be respected.”

The Honduran peoples' "sovereignity" is being respected by the Honduran Supreme Court and the Honduran legislature.

Is there a message there? Might we expect a grab for a third term and an appointment as Dear Leader for Life on the part of The One? OK ... that's a bit far-fetched, something DinkyDau Billy might come up with under his AFDB.

But there is no denying that Obama really likes defending the thugs. There is no denying that facts, when they get in the way of Obama worship, are simply ignored by the mainstream media.

From CNN:

The military coup has provoked the condemnation of world leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and sparked clashes in the Honduran capital that have left dozens of people injured.

I think if someone mentioned my name in the same paragraph as Hugo Chavez I'd puke. But it sure does show the political leanings, does it not?

Here we have Obama supporting a 'president' who claimed power illegally. Regarding Iran, it took days for Obama to come up with some really weak 'support' for people protesting a crooked election by a morally corrupt regime.

6/29/09

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Supreme Court Reverses Sotomayor

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Supreme Court Reverses Sotomayor

The Methane Collector and the US Senate

We were sitting at the table outside The Holy Land Quickee's. We had just finished the northern loop over to Rocky Vegas and back along the south side of US 50. We were 're-hydrating'.

DinkyDau Billy came skidding up on his LiteSpeed Ghisallo. He was decked out in some kind of ...'equipment'.

He had what appeared to be a compressed air cannister on his back, a solar panel atop his AFDB - which he had taken to wearing again after the Sotomayor nomination and the Pelosi dustup over the CIA. A hose ran from a small compressor atop the canister. The other end was tucked under his cycling shorts in the back.

"Hey! Hey!" he shouted, as he came to a shuddering stop in a cloud of dust.

"Hey yourself, Billy," replied Leece, as she chugged a liter of water in decidedly unladylike fashion.

"What's that on your back?" asked Tookie, as she nibbled some chocolate-covered espresso beans.

"It's my contribution to the Climate Bill," he revealed. He gave the hose a little tug and wiggled his butt as he sat down.

"Uh...where was the other end of that hose?" I asked him.

"Well...that's my methane collector," he shared.

That didn't really answer the question, but I had an idea of where it had been.

"Tell us about that. It looks like you have been inventing again," observed Leece.

"Yeah. Yeah. Well, here's the deal. You know how the Dems and some of the more gutless Repubs passed that Climate Bill in the House?" he asked.

"Yes, we are aware of that," Leece replied, "I have heard it described as about as useful and as about as intelligent as the Congress attempting to reduce gravity by 10% so as to overcome the negative health effects of obesity and subsequent draining of Medicare benefits."

"Uh ... yeah. But here's how it works. You see, I plug this end of the hose into a biological methane source ..." he explained.

"You mean you stick it up your butt," snickered Tookie.

"Well ... yeah. In the Real World it would be on a cow or a pig or a sheep or somethin', " he went on, "and this little compressor saves the gas in this cannister, which can be emptied into a larger tank. The solar panel keeps the pump runnin'."

Livestock, especially cattle, are considered primary sources of methane, a contributor to Global Warming. There were rumors that Congress would be banning beef in an amendment to the Climate Bill, but so far that had not panned out.

"I'm gonna get aholt a Mark Youdall and Mike Bennet, and see if I can't get them to make this thing 'required by law' in the Senate version a the Climate Bill," he told us.

"You're going to ask them to add your methane collector to the senate version of the Climate Bill." It was a statement, not a question. Leece was looking at Billy with that infamous raised eyebrow.

"Well yeah. I kin sweeten the pot, too. I'll cut 'em in on the take. Ten percent goes into their campaign funds," he explained.

"Net or gross?" asked Tookie.

"Hey ... you guys are talking about bribing a couple of senators!" Leece was indignant.

"Well, yeah, but they's Democrats, so it ain't a bribe. With all the Hopin' and Changin' goin' on, I don't see how you could consider it a bribe." Billy was equally indignant.

"I can think of a few Republicans who would suck at the end of that tube, too," I said.

They all looked at me. With a look of indignation.

"What?"

"That's gross," Tookie said.

"The whole thing is gross. They're going to pass a bill that will raise utility bills and costs of production and therefore the cost of goods across the board," I explained.

"No, it won't, " argued Tookie.

"Why not?"

"Because China isn't bound by any such restrictions. China isn't bound by the Kyoto Accords. They are building dirty coal plants at an astronomical rate. They can produce goods unrestricted by Pollyanna-ish do-gooders in the US Congress. Since the biggest source of Walmart's - America's Favorite Place to Shop - goods is China, it's obvious the only businesses that will be hurt are American businesses selling goods produced in this country."

"So the onliest ones gittin' screwed is We the People," Billy opined, "since The Chinaman is exempt."

"Ah. I see," I said, "so perhaps we should sent one of these methane collectors to each of our senators and CongressClowns, since they are producing huge quantities of gas."

"And its solid by-product," Billy threw in.

"Except for John Salazar, who voted against the House version, " Leece argued.

"I wonder why?"

Indeed.

Supremes reverse Sotomayor

Court rules for white firefighters

The US Supreme Court reversed Sotomayor in the New Haven discrimination case.

Basically, the firefighters passed the test presented by the city, and should have been promoted.

But they were not. The city threw out the test and the test results because too many minorities did not score very well on the test.

Actually, the real reason was that the City of New Haven was afraid - crapping their drawers, if you really want to know - that the minorities who didn't do well on the test would sue. To avoid that, the city threw out the test. There was no demonstration that the test was in fact discriminatory toward anyone.

So the white guys sued.

Here's the deal. If the test was discriminatory - and tests can be discriminatory - then the city should have been challenged on that basis. That would have been a proper challenge. Whether or not that challenge would have been sustained is another matter.

But the city didn't have the cojones to stand that, or even risk it, so they screwed the white firefighters instead, and boy howdy were they ever surprised when those guys sued. White meat ain't supposed to be suin' over discrimination.

Can't win for losin', hey?

In the high-profile, controversial case, white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., argued they were discriminated against when the city tossed out the results of a promotion exam because too few minorities scored high enough on it.

Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the opinion in favor of Frank Ricci and his fellow firefighters who sued the city of New Haven.

"The city's action in discarding the tests violated (federal law)," the Supreme Court majority wrote Monday, adding that the city's "race-based rejection of the test results" could not be justified.

The city argued its action was prompted by concern that disgruntled black firefighters would sue. But that reasoning didn't hold sway with the court's majority.

"Fear of litigation alone cannot justify the city's reliance of race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions," the court ruled.

Predictably, the court was split "... along its familiar ideological lines. Kennedy was joined by the four conservatives on the court in issuing the majority decision."

Then we have this observation:

The court's more liberal members joined Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent which she read from the bench. "The white firefighters who scored high on New Haven's promotional exams understandably attract the court's sympathy," she said. "But they had no vested right to promotion."

Bader Ginsberg is correct. The white firefighters had no vested right to promotion. But that wasn't the argument.

The argument is this: Failing a demonstration that the test discriminated against minorities, the promotion of successful examinees should have been allowed.

No one demonstrated that the test was discriminatory. Rather, the city engaged in a discriminatory act by throwing out the results simply because the administration was afraid someone might try to argue that the test was discriminatory, via a law suit.

I have to wonder. Is Justice Ginsberg Bader's opinion based on rule of law, or on her rich experiences as a white Jewish woman? We already know the basis of Sotomayor's decision in this matter.

6/28/09

The Transformers' hidden political statement

Critics are hitting "Transformers" for racism - the gold-toothed little ghetto pimpster Transformer and his sidekick, who sound like refugees from Compton - and for sexist piggery - the little Transformer who humps the bimbo's leg.

But how many people noticed the comment about "... President Obama is being flown to a safe place" - that 'undisclosed location' somewhere deep within the continental US?

And how many people picked up on the National Security Advisor ripping a strip off the military, telling them - as the world was being pummeled by Evil Transformers - that we were going to negotiate and try to settle it diplomatically. Even though it is abundantly clear throughout the flick that there is no negotiating with those things.

Reality comes to Hollywood.

6/26/09

King Mark

Sanford held his typical public meeting with the agency chiefs, but started with apologies and likened his confession and future to the biblical plight of King David. Sanford said King David fell mightily but picked up the pieces and built from there.

First, David threw himself at God's feet and begged for mercy and forgiveness. And he was still a jerk, God's pal or not. So far I'm not seeing a lot of Psalm 51 or 103 out of this tinkerbell in South Carolina. Superficial twit. Obviously his wife has both the brains and the balls in the outfit.

Another motivational poster

Unfortunately, it's photoshopped ... but you gotta admire the sentiment:

Motivational posters

Motivational posters:




Obama's 'foreign policy'

So ... we're going to 'dialogue' with the Iranian government?

Here's how those murdering thugs 'dialogue':

Baharestan Square

Massacre in Baharestan Square

Crackdown in Baharestan Square

How accurate are these reports? Dunno. Certainly there is violence and bloodshed, with protesters against the morally corrupt Iranian government being beaten and murdered.

As for the mainstream media and their resources ... we'll have to wait for them to finish gushing and fawning over the demise of Michael Jackson, the former singer who brought new meaning to the word "bizarre", before they get back to gushing and fawning over The Obamessiah ... with Iran as an afterthought, one of those irritating little distractors.

Speaking of which, Jonah Goldbert has a good commentary on the incredible vapidity of the mainstream media:

Some quick thoughts on Michael Jackson

an excerpt:

I know that Michael Jackson wasn’t convicted of the despicable crimes he was accused of. And that’s why he never went to jail. Three cheers for the majesty of the American legal system. But in my own personal view, he wasn’t exonerated either. Nor was he absolved of his crimes because he could sing, moonwalk, or sell 10 million records. (Though many of us suspect the money and fame he made from those things is precisely what kept him out of jail).

And, while I merely think he was a pedophile, I know he was not someone responsible parents should applaud, healthy children emulate, nor society celebrate.

And while we’re at it, his relatively early death wasn’t “tragic.” He was one of the richest people in the world. He spent his money on perpetual childhood and he was perpetually with children not his own.

Meanwhile, in the last ten days, we’ve seen or heard of remarkable people who’ve given their lives for freedom in Iran. We’ve heard of innocents killed because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the last decade, America has lost thousands of heroes in noble causes and thousands of innocent bystanders who were denied the simple joys of life through no fault of their own. Those deaths are tragic, and we're hard pressed to think of more than a handful of names to put with the long line of the dead.

If anything, Michael Jackson’s life, not his death, was tragic.


Meanwhile, the Iranians have done a Michael Jackson Merge:



and of course, no post on Obama's foreign policy would be complete without Michael Ramirez:

"...it's not like you're interrogating terrorists ..."

A good OpEd on the 2nd Amendment

From the Richmond-Times Dispatch:

Armed Citizens: both left and right could use 2nd Amendment refresher

An excerpt:

Still, it's clear the Founders also embraced the notion that armed citizens might one day use force to throw off the yoke of domestic tyranny. This shouldn't really come as a shock, given that the Founders were armed revolutionaries who had done precisely that. Yet some liberals seem horrified to hear conservatives bring the point up. The clear implication seems to be that violence in the pursuit of political and social goals ought to be anathema.

AND THAT is a bit rich. Because the project of contemporary liberalism for the past several decades has been to expand the scope of coercive government power -- which is, after all, predicated on violence.

Elaborate democratic procedures can lend it legitimacy, but at day's end the defining characteristic of government is its monopoly on the justifiable initiation of force. Peaceful noncompliance is not an option. It was not an option for, e.g., Mildred and Richard Loving, who were set upon in their home by armed lawmen because they peacefully declined to observe Virginia's democratically enacted anti-miscegenation statutes. It is no more an option today.

If, for example, Washington decides that every American shall join a health-insurance program, then those who disagree cannot merely reply, like Bartleby the Scrivener, "I would prefer not to." Anyone who tries will face sanction, such as a tax penalty. If they respectfully decline to pay the penalty, then eventually men with guns will come for them. If they resist arrest, then the lawmen will be justified in using force, including deadly force, to make them comply.

Liberals are right to worry that some Americans seem to find violence in pursuit of political ends perfectly acceptable. They also might want to ask themselves where those Americans ever got that idea.

On Obamacare: The Truth comes out

From ABC:

Obama questioned about Obamacare

ABC's lovefest from the Blue Room in the White House didn't go quite as swooningly as the Chikaga Gang would have liked:

Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist and researcher at the New York University Langone Medical Center, said that elites often propose health care solutions that limit options for the general public, secure in the knowledge that if they or their loves ones get sick, they will be able to afford the best care available, even if it's not provided by
insurance.

Devinsky asked the president pointedly if he would be willing to promise that he wouldn't seek such extraordinary help for his wife or daughters if they became sick and the public plan he's proposing limited the tests or treatment they can get.

The president refused to make such a pledge, though he allowed that if "it's my family member, if it's my wife, if it's my children, if it's my grandmother, I always want them to get the very best care.


Ya, you betcha (wink). Obamacare is good enough for you and your kids ... but not for The One.

BTW ... the Clowns of Congress do not receive free health care. They buy into insurance plans like the little people. It's pretty good health insurance. You and I pay two-thirds of the premium cost for them. They pay the rest.

Insanity in Tehran

While FoxNews and CNN continue to headline Michael Jackson's demise, reports are coming out of Baghdad that the Basij and other 'authorities' rounded up protesters in Baharestan Square and fell upon them with axes, bludgeons, guns, and gas:

Unimaginable horror in Tehran

How reliable those reports are is up for question, but the Washington Post reports that there was indeed a continuing, violent clash:

Protestors in Tehran met with force near Iran's Parliament

Wapo's report says nothing of axes and 'butchering protesters like animals'. More reports continue to stream out of the country, however.

Back now to the regularly scheduled maintstream media coverage of The King of Pop.

Calling it like it is

Malkin calls 'the Sanford thing' like it is:

Bastard

6/25/09

Don't cry for me, Argentina ...



Good Lord.

What is wrong with these Republicans?

If Sanford were a Dem it wouldn't be so bad. Their politicians make no bones out of being opportunists and 'morally adrift', a delightful term that means as much or as little as you like.

OTOH, the Repubs claim to be the 'party of family values'. Hard to take them seriously with all their zipper problems. They'd do better if they didn't make gettin' to heaven a political goal.

Then this buffoon is sending these emails over the state system. Anyone that stupid really shouldn't be a governor. Speaking of which, check out his clever use of the Bible as a nice little lever to pry her legs into the open position. There is nothing like True Love, biblically sanctioned:

I wish I could wish it away, but this soul-mate feel I alluded too is real and in that regard I sure don’t want to be the person complicating your life. I looked to where I often look for advice and counsel, and in I Corinthians 13 it simply says that, “ Love is patient and kind, love is not jealous or boastful, it is not arrogant or rude, Love does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice in the wrong, but rejoices in the right, Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things”. In this regard it is action that goes well beyond the emotion of today or tomorrow and in this light I want to look for ways to show love in helping you to live a better — not more complicated life.


Like ... wowsers. Republican leadership at its very best.

6/24/09

Rich Galen on Obama's weak showing

The President's Pulpit

Rich Galen

Wednesday June 24, 2009

# After a week of golf and general dithering on Iran, President Barack Obama finally realized what most everyone else has known for the better part of a century: The world's bully pulpit belongs to the President of the United States. Not the President of France and not the German Chancellor.

# POTUS. Period.

# Obama appeared befuddled by events in Iran since the demonstrations began following a disputed ballot in which the Iranian government claimed that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been re-elected.

# Maybe he was, but the government pulled out all of its anti-freedom assets - the army, the police, and the militia - to brutalize the demonstrators.

# Ultimately the situation was brought into HD focus by the cell-phone video showing a young woman shot and dying on a Tehran street.

# All week long, Democratic strategists swarmed the cable news chat shows having to defend Obama's weak performance by saying the U.S. should not "meddle" in the internal affairs of Iran.

# For his part, the best Obama could come up with as recently as last Tuesday (three days into the demonstrations was:

"I do believe that something has happened in Iran where there is a questioning of the kinds of antagonistic postures towards the international community that have taken place in the past."

# Go ahead. Read it again. Does that sound like a strong leader; confident in his abilities, comfortable in his choices, convinced of his course?

# I. Don't. Think. So.

# In fact, that sounded to me, in the words of Col. Sherman Tecumseh Potter, like horse hockey.

# Then Obama went on to say,

"When I see violence directed at peaceful protesters, when I see peaceful dissent being suppressed, wherever that takes place, it is of concern to me, and it's of concern to the American people."

# That sounded to me like the Tom Joad speech at the end of "Grapes of Wrath," although not as well written.

# All that to say that the President got a Jethro (not Robert) Gibbs slap in the back of the head and at his press conference yesterday got into his tough-talk mode:

"The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings and imprisonments of the last few days."

# According to David Jackson, and Richard Wolf's reporting in USA Today,

"Obama denied that he had taken too long to condemn the violence, as some Republicans in Congress have charged, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., his opponent in last year's election."

# Deny though he might there is a pattern about Obama's lack of self-confidence in foreign policy which reaches back to last summer when, as Sen. Obama was vacationing in Hawaii, Russia made an incursion into Georgia. Sen. John McCain responded immediately denouncing the Russian move; Obama took a day-and-a-half to come up with a response.

# All politics aside, this is a dangerous world and there are dangerous people in control dangerous weapons all over it. President Obama might be working on burnishing his "calm-in-the-face-of-turmoil" credentials, but the bad guys, not be as sophisticated as Obama might hope, might well read that as weakness.

# I'm not suggesting we commit troops any time there's trouble abroad. I am suggesting that President Obama make better use of his bully pulpit.

# On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to all of the TV and movie references including the Tom Joad quote, plus to the Washington Post and USA Today articles. Also a Mullfoto which proves my theory about how to obtain higher gas mileage on new cars and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

Unions

In the beginning, the Union was Good.

The Union protected the Little Guy from rich exploiters who had no compunction whatsoever about sucking the life blood from employees and then discarding them like so much trash.

I believe this to be true. My grandfather was a union man up in Buffalo back before the war ... The War, if you get my drift ... and after. He was in the steel mills. I do believe that he would not have had a decent standard of living were it not for the unions.

But somewhere along the line the unions became leeches upon society. Once the workers' plight stabilized with decent pay and working conditions, the unions became self-sustaining bureaucracies. The unions became the blood-suckers.

When I worked for the Navy as a civilian aircraft metalsmith, things were great. It was a great job. It paid well. Working relationships with the military were good. Then the workforce voted to sign up with the Aerospace Workers and Machinists union. The working relationship now became something a lot more adversarial. I noticed that the union stewards were the guys who had had the reputation of being slugs out on the hangar deck. While things weren't bad, they weren't as good as they had been. It was now 'us versus them'.

Sometimes that has been, and may be, necessary. But most of the time in my observation and experience, in today's world, in this country, unionization becomes an albatross around everyone's neck.

We see that with the UAW and its unholy influence on the current plight of the Obama auto industry.

We see it in teacher's unions, too.

Witness this story from New York:

700 NYC teachers are paid to do nothing.

It is similar to the UAW 'job bank' where employees could sit around doing nothing while drawing nearly their full pay. There are some differences, of course, but the essence is the same. A lot of people are getting paid a lot of money - a lot of money by Valley standards - to do nothing. And it's money drawn from taxes, taxes on people who are working for a living.

Teachers' unions are like any other union. If you criticize them, why, you must be against education ... ... or whatever the union is involved with ... or simply against The Little Guy.

Unions - and the teachers' unions are no exception - seem to foster an atmosphere where substandard production is both acceptable and standard. Even expected.

This New York teacher's union thing is a perfect example.

6/23/09

Obama's collective toady

Be careful what you wish for, Mr. President

Even Obama is noticing that the mainstream media is his pimp:

Even President Obama thinks his relationship with the American media is reaching troubling levels of coziness for a democracy with a supposedly free press.

At last weekend's Radio and Television Correspondents' dinner in Washington he joked that during a sleepless night grappling with a problem "I rolled over and asked [NBC "Nightly News" anchorman] Brian Williams what he thought."

The bada-bing drum roll for that joke was drowned out by self-conscious laughter from an audience that began the night with a cartoon tribute to the President as a Super Hero able to leap tall buildings and zoom across the globe to defeat evil pirates.


The press thinks The One is a Super Hero.

Then we have this:

A similarly upset Phil Bronstein, editor at large of the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote a few weeks ago that the print press, notably the New York Times, has been spending too little time on actual reporting and too much time on stories such as the features "swooning" over the First Couple having a date night. "You can't blame powerful people for wanting to play the press ..." Bronstein wrote, "but you can blame the press ... for being played."

Zurawik was prompted to write about the less than adversarial coverage of the White House after ABC announced it is taking its relationship with the First Celebrity or President to another unprecedented level by handing the Obama media team an hour of prime time for a "Town Hall." The broadcast, from the White House, will focus on the President's attempt to change the American health care system. This comes on top of a Business and Media Institute study that found ABC's news coverage of the heath care issue since the inauguration featured the President and proponents of his positions on health care three times more than critics of his proposals.


and the corker:

But the magazine world's love affair with the president went from suspicion to fact earlier this month when the American Society of Magazine Editors had to create an entirely new category for it annual competition to award the best magazine cover of the year.

The new category for cover art excellence is simply called: "Best Obama."


So much for the Fourth Estate. Pimps and panders, that's what they are ... oh ... excuuuuuse me ... I gotta go read the latest swoon about Michelle's buff arms. Never mind the Americorp scandal and her role in that. That's only a few billion bux.

Iranian ice cream

Chris Muir's commentary this morning, on the Iranian 'situation':

Waffle cone

Barack Obama: Deficit-slayer

Talk about smoke, looking glasses, bovine digestive tracts, and dropping down Through the Donut Hole:

Barack Obama, deficit slayer

That's an article written by Matthew Yglesias.

You want "... the rest of the story ..."?

Check out the links in Bill Jacobson's Legal Insurrection posting on this.

Take a look at the Washington Post article, and the others, linked in Jacobson's post.

How does that sit with you?

Down the donut hole ... cluelessly

The Obama regime remains essentially clueless over more than half of the $80 billion in 'savings' for Medicare drugs it is now promising seniors.

The Obama White House cannot explain more than half of today's announced $80 billion in prescription drug savings.

A senior official said the White House estimates $30 billion in savings will be achieved through drug companies reducing by at least 50 percent the cost of brand-name prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries who fall into the so-called coverage "donut hole."

The other $50 billion in savings will come from unspecified and unknown changes to drug costs linked to Medicare and Medicaid.

The $80 billion in savings is a 10-year estimate.

"Giggles" Gibbs, the Obamanian mouthpiece, did some more of that shuckin' and jivin' that has become the hallmark of Obama's fiscal manipulations:

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday details on non-donut hole savings remain to be negotiated between the drug companies and the Senate Finance Committee.

"They're still continuing to work through some of the details on that," Gibbs said. "Some portion of this is going to go to the pharmaceutical interest -- industry, making good on the savings proposals that the president has outlined to make health care more efficient, which will impact the amount that the government pays."

But White House officials could not explain what drug companies will do to improve efficiency or how the drug companies will provide, on average, $5 billion in savings each year by giving Medicare or Medicaid lower prescription drug costs.

You see, of course, how The One does all this. He comes up with a Presidential Decree:

"We will save seniors $80 billion over 10 years."

Seniors go 'rah! rah!' and flock to the polls in support of The Savior. John Rother, of AARP, sounding more and more like Ron Gettlefinger of the UAW, says: "It's a major relief to millions of Medicare beneficiaries. In addition to the financial benefits, which are considerable, this could literally save lives because many people stop taking their medication today when they enter the 'donut hole'."

Then the details start shaking out: The Obamanians made the promise, but are clueless as to how they're going to pay for it. Obama pulls an $80 billion figure out of one bodily orifice or another, and then tries to figure out where it's coming from - though a study of any bovine digestive tract will illustrate it perfectly. Obama's 'pay as you go' scheme is based on the same concept. He comes up with all kinds of 'savings', yet really, have we heard anything about from where all those 'savings' are really going to come?

Come to think on it ... the Obama regime reads more and more like a paraphrasing of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

So who is the White Rabbit in all this?

6/22/09

Our British cousins chime in

From the Telegraph in the UK:

Obama's call for change rings hollow in Iran

"Change may be the word he made his own during the election campaign but President Barack Obama's uncertain and timid response to the Iran protests suggests he views it as a slogan with little application beyond America's shores."

"'It is important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, that the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be as great as has been advertised,' Mr Obama said loftily last week, minutes after his 'Dirty Harry' moment in which he dispatched a fly to its maker with the words: 'I got the sucker.'"

Our British colleagues do not understand. Obama is thoroughly cowed after being taken to task by PETA. Who knows what wrath he may incur from such as Code Pink for ... meddling ...in Iran.

Livin' large in The Holy Land

Goat heaven: Belly deep in alfalfa. Petramala's place, on Road 24.5, south of Road BB.


"... a revolution in progress ..."

So said freelance Iranian journalist Kayvon Biouki.

Is he correct?

He may well be. Initially this was over the Iranian elections, which as it turns out, were indeed fraudulent. Even the New York Times, chief apologists for the Obama regime, are carrying the story:

Despite the Ayatollah’s insistence of the election’s legitimacy, Iran’s most senior panel of election monitors, in the most sweeping acknowledgment that the election was flawed, said Monday that the number of votes cast in 50 cities exceeded the actual number of voters, according to a state television report.

The discrepancies could affect some three million ballots of what the government says was 40 million cast, giving the official victory to the incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


You want a real laugh? How about this, from the same article:

The authorities insisted that the discrepancies did not violate Iranian law.

So initially this was over the elections, but after the thugs in the service of The Whackjob of Tehran started bashing heads and killing people, it seems to have taken on a deeper and broader meaning and intent.

When murderous tinhorn dictators, such as Obama's pal Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, turn their thugs loose, all kinds of 'unintended consequences' can occur:

Neda Soltan has become the face of the protests. She is considered a martyr. Not a psychopathic bomb-carrying suicidal murderer, but a martyr in the name of freedom.

What's our president doing?

Not much. He keeps going on about how 'the last thing' he wants to do is turn the US into a "... foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States."

Guess what. That's already happened. It happened several days ago while Obama was standing there with that increasingly familiar 'deer in the headlights' look.

The best assessment of the Iranian situation and Obama's response to it can be found here:

Obama misses the point

It's written by Charles Krauthammer, who is hardly a cheap media hack:

Millions of Iranians take to the streets to defy a theocratic dictatorship that, among its other finer qualities, is a self-declared enemy of America and the tolerance and liberties it represents. The demonstrators are fighting on their own, but they await just a word that America is on their side.

And what do they hear from the president of the United States? Silence. Then, worse. Three days in, the president makes clear his policy: continued "dialogue" with their clerical masters.

Dialogue with a regime that is breaking heads, shooting demonstrators, expelling journalists, arresting activists. Engagement with -- which inevitably confers legitimacy upon -- leaders elected in a process that begins as a sham (only four handpicked candidates permitted out of 476) and ends in overt rigging.


and

Then, after treating this popular revolution as an inconvenience to the real business of Obama-Khamenei negotiations, the president speaks favorably of "some initial reaction from the Supreme Leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election."

"Deep concerns"?

How about this:



Great leadership we're seeing from the Orchid Office.

Let's be careful we don't upset the Ayatollah Khamenei and his nutter lapdog, Ahmadinejad.

Rich Galen goes even further, calling Obama's waffling and shuckin' and jivin' Obama's Bay of Pigs

If you aren't old enough to remember the Bay of Pigs, it's when John F. Kennedy waffled and left hundreds of Cubans to die on the beaches.

I don't think anyone seriously believes that Obama's Department of Defense should launch some kind of military action. But really, when did the United States start showing preference to thugs and religious whackjobs like Khamenei over people demanding, dying, for freedom? What US president has ever done that? Is Obama afraid to challenge the Islamofascists? Reagan had his "Mr. Gorbochev, tear down this wall!" and he was not afraid to call the Soviet thugocracy 'the evil empire'. It seems that Obama's best is trying to figure out what kind of coffee over which to morally capitulate.

When did this nation become so afraid of the Islamic world that we will put up with the Pollyannish pap coming out of our president's mouth?

6/20/09

Love is in the air ...

We have a pair of Eurasian collared doves hanging around the feeders, bullying the smaller birds, though with marginal success. The blue jays are not in the least intimidated, while the Cassin's finches - of which we have several - simply gang up on the doves. The smaller birds, sparrows and chickadees, fly around complaining incessantly.

The doves, having no sense of propriety whatsoever, were going at it, so to speak, on the power lines across the street.

There is a series of photos of this connubial bliss here:

Birding

and click on the Eurasian doves link.

Tractor square dancing

I doubt this will be much of a hit in Yuppie-ville ... but we here at Blogger Central think it's pretty cool:

Don't worry ... be happy

Here is a great editorial from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, by Bud Levin:

The real problem is simply that Americans want to be coddled

An excerpt:

Schools are political animals. They respond to what parents want. Parents want their kids to be happy. They complain when their kids are unhappy. Parents do not want to have to teach their kids. Parents don't complain when their kids are ignorant. So, school administrators make sure these kids are happy. Many of the pupils will graduate ignorant, but they will be happy.

This imploding of the U.S. system of public education gets ignored because the public naively assumes that graduation implies that a modicum of learning has taken place. The average taxpayer has no idea, nor do politicians ask, what or how much has been learned. Wouldn't it be handy to have evidence that high school graduates know more than freshmen do?

Health care is in even worse shape than education. We spend most of our health care dollars on treating problems that are mostly preventable. Consider our epidemic of early-onset diabetes, increasingly followed by high blood pressure, vascular and kidney disease, and stroke. It's no secret that this epidemic is caused by increased obesity. Consider our burgeoning arthritis problem, much of it also secondary to morbid obesity. Consider lung cancer, about 80 percent of which is caused by smoking. Obesity is preventable by a balance of diet and exercise. Smoking is preventable by, well, not smoking. Prevention requires no technology and would save a fortune in health care resources. Does it even get mentioned in the current health care debate? Nope.

Government, at all levels, is focused on keeping the population passively happy. Demanding work or behavioral change of citizens does not generate voter approval. Telling parents to read to their kids and telling citizens that they should take better care of themselves is politically suicidal. Increasingly, our citizens want government to take care of them so they don't have to take care of themselves. Thus taxpayers fork over increasing amounts for education and for health care, and get decreasing pay-offs.

THE PRIMARY VICTIMS of our systems of education and health care are the poor.

Wealthy parents are more likely to read to their kids and expect their kids to do homework. Wealthy folks also are far more likely to keep themselves physically fit. The poor get the short end of the stick. They give it to themselves, and the political class panders to that dysfunction.

6/19/09

Cassin's Finch



Photos by Leece

Taken in downtown La Junta, in front of Sportsworld, 06.18.2009.

This is a Cassin's Finch originally mis-identified as a Hepatic Tanager. We have a female here, from Hanagan's on Road 24.5 in Swink, on the day of the Blessing of the Fields. This one was initially mis-identified as a female Lark Bunting:

The Boxer Rebellion

California Democrat Barbara Boxer, in a snit of prissiness, snapped Brigadier General Mike Walsh on the butt (figuratively):

Walsh, with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, was testifying during a hearing before Boxer's Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works when he summoned the audacity to call the California senator "ma'am."

Boxer then came back with:

"You know, do me a favor," a clearly agitated Boxer said. "Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am?"

"Yes, ma'am," Walsh replied.

"It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you," she said.

"Yes, senator," he answered.

The thing is, BG Walsh was absolutely correct and following long-established protocol in referring to Boxer as "ma'am".

It is hardly disrespectful, and she was way out of line for being a snot over it. Perhaps from her high senatorial horse she cannot see that Walsh has worked long and hard to earn his title as well.

Walsh is a professional Army officer, and apparently also a gentlemen. Boxer, on the other hand, might be a senator, but what does that really mean? To me, it means she is just another political hack, and she is certainly no lady.

"Remind me again ..."

From Andrea Tantaros:

The president believes that we shouldn’t “meddle” when it comes to Iran (or anyone else for that matter). Obama doesn’t want to appear like he is directing the protests; but even so, the Iranian government has already accused America of “interventionist” statements. Remind me again why democracy promotion is such a bad thing?

President Obama: you aren’t the leader of some insignificant Caribbean territory. You are the leader of the free world.

The world expects you, like your predecessors, to lead. But the global community is quickly learning not to hold its breath. In mere months, Obama has transformed the United States of America from the world’s policeman to the world’s cheerleader. We’re now the Mr. Rogers of foreign relations. Even Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are urging Obama to toughen up.

How can someone so quick to meddle in private domestic enterprises — from insurance to banking to the auto industry — remain so hands off when it comes to our national security?

Iran needs some major meddling. The same goes for North Korea. In fact, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, North Korea is seen as a bigger threat than Iran, China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan — surpassing Iran by a more than two-to-one margin on voters’ worry list.

How to buy a president ...

... when he pretends he can't be bought:

Obama's pledge on donations faces reality

"No lobbyists allowed" (until the prez skates out the back door, then it's Katie bar the door)

The practicality of Mr. Obama’s pledge to change the ways of Washington is colliding once more with the reality of how money, influence and governance interact here. He repeatedly declared while campaigning last year that he would “not take a dime” from lobbyists or political action committees.

So to follow through with that promise, Mr. Obama is simply leaving the room.

Of course, entry into the confabulation bore a $5,000 price tag.

and, for a $30,400 donation, you too can get a genuine, spontaneous picture with your good friend Barack:

Most people gave $30,400 per couple, which included a photograph with the president.

Meanwhile, the lobbyists were pouring in the cash at the Democratic CongressClowns' little soirees and gatherings:

And this week, concerned about falling behind Republicans in raising money, Democrats sent an urgent appeal to lobbyists on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.Please note that the Friday Issues Conference is NOT subject to lobbyist restrictions, though the event is intended for personal contributions only,” a finance official from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee told lobbyists in an e-mail message. “The Issues Conference is separate from the D.S.C.C./D.C.C.C. events with President Obama.”

In other words, telling the lobbyists that no lobbyist restrictions apply. Bring your wheelbarrows full of cash.

Hope and change! Hope and change!

Throwing the ranchers under the bus ...

John Salazar has backed off, after losing his committee vote:

Salazar eases Pinon stand

Though Salazar tries to spin it, he doesn't do very well:

Given that the Army already can't expand without lots of money approved by Congress, Salazar decided there were enough restrictions in place that for now he will no longer push the legislative ban.

as he drops back and punts with the obvious.

Meanwhile, the Chieftain, also missing the point, continues to harp about restrictions in the military construction appropriations:

Salazar stand tough against Army expansion at Pinon Canyon

Well, which is it? Is Salazar 'standing tough' or is he 'easing his stand'? Is the Chieftain reporting the news or serving as an unofficial PR firm for Salazar?

The Chieftain's Roper continues to editorialize rather than report, with this observation:

Salazar has succeeded for two years running in putting a ban in the federal budget on the Army spending any funds on the expansion. He intends to repeat that ban again this year from his position on the House Appropriations Committee

That is absolutely not true. The Salazar/Musgrave amendments do not prevent the Army 'from spending any funds on the expansion'. They prevent the Army from spending any funds from the military construction appropriations on the expansion. There are a lot of appropriations bills in the Department of Defense. This is how the Army continued last year, and Keith Eastin stated it repeatedly as Salazar and his Congressional cronies and the ranchers whined about the Army violating the will of Congress. Is Roper a Salazar campaign worker, undercover at the Chieftain? He is obviously slanted against the Army and Pinon Canyon. That's fine if he's writing editorials. But he's writing 'news' articles. Allegedly.

Back to the Denver Post article:

... with several fellow Democrats jumping ship.

Still, a firm line against any expansion was running into trouble even among some Democrats, especially in a down economy and amid fears that it would make deployments of new units to Fort Carson — which can generate thousands of new jobs — less likely.


If Blackjack Saloon and Steakhouse in Trinidad doesn't need the ranchers, then why do they matter when contrasted against thousands of jobs?

Going where Obama fears to tread ...or, regime preservation

It would appear that some of our Clowns of Congress have grown a pair and are coming out in support of the Iranian moderates and political dissidents:

Bipartisan resolution to stand with Iranian dissidents

It may not seem like much. But it's like cheering from the sidelines. You may not be able to get literally into the 'game', but you can otherwise sure offer all the moral support and enthusiasm.

Think that's a lot of bull?

Then what's the point of all this rah-rah over Tiger sports?

Iranian dissidence is not a game, you say? No. It isn't. The stakes are much, much higher than any game.

Which is why it is important to show that moral support.

So far, all our Great Leader has been able to do is waffle and stumble about with that deer in the headlights look, muttering vapidities and inanities ... worse ... commenting that 'it doesn't really matter anyway':

STEVE HAYES, SENIOR WRITER, "THE WEEKLY STANDARD": We have moved, I think, from the Bush administration's policy of soft regime change to a policy now of de facto regime preservation, which I think is deeply disturbing and shameful.

The president has failed to really offer his support for the protesters at any time, and he has failed to directly question the results of the election.

Then last night in an interview, he said "Well, it doesn't really matter whether Mousavi is declared the victor or Ahmadinejad. There aren't major policy differences between the two."

I think that may have been true before the election. We don't know whether that would be true going forward.

But in any case, it was an awful thing to say, because the protestors who are on the street right now are there largely for one of two reasons — either they are supporters of Mousavi, or they think the election was fraudulent. So by him saying that, he is, in effect, saying what you are doing doesn't matter very much. And I think that is shameful.


Is Mousavi any better than Ahmadinejad? As Hayes points out, it has been hard to tell insofar as policy goes. OTOH, anyone who has listened to Mousavi cannot help but notice that he seems relatively sane and rational compared to Ahmadinejad.

Then we have this:

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: The president is also speaking in code. The Pope spoke in a code which was implicit and understood support for the forces of freedom.

The code the administration is using is implicit to support for this repressive, tyrannical regime.

We watched Gibbs say that what's going on is vigorous debate. The shooting of eight demonstrators is not debate. The knocking of heads, bloodying of demonstrators by the Revolutionary Guards is not debate. The arbitrary arrest of journalists, political opposition, and students is not debate.

And to call it a debate and to use this neutral and denatured language is disgraceful.

Beyond that, the point here is no longer elections. The reason that at least eight have died is not because they wanted a recount of hanging chads in the outer precincts of Esfahan. What they wanted is to no longer live under a tyrannical dictator, misogynistic, repressive, incompetent, and corrupt theocracy. And that's what the demonstration and the moment is all about. It's about the regime. There is an opportunity — revolution is going to happen one way or the other eventually, and this theocracy will fall. It may not happen now, but it ought to be supported, because it might happen now, and it would change the world if it did.


A final observation, from "Caleb" over on RedState:

"... one thing we’ll know from now on is that the people of Iran, like the people here in the United States, can and will demand their voices are heard, whether an oppressive or overly-expansive government wants to hear them or not. And that’s something we can and should support."

Indeed.

Time to get off the pot

The head ayatollah laid it out in straightforward terms to those Iranians who are fed up with what passes for a government in their country:

Accept the vote or else. The Iranian thought police, religious police, whatever you want to call the government's jack-booted thugs, are slavering in the wings, just waiting to beat people into submission.

All the while he was laying it out, the crowd was chanting, "Death to America"; "Death to Israel"... and whatever other death threats occupied their minds at the moment.

Obama is going to have to get off the pot and take a stand. Is he going to offer at least moral support for those who wish to rid themselves of a totalitarian religion-based government? That would be the students and the moderates. The reasoned thinkers. Or is he going to go along with the whackjobs and hope for the best?

So far he has stood there with the deer in the headlights look, uttering inanities, fiddling not while Tehran burns, but while a fire of freedom ignites. Is he going to just stand there like a great dunce?

I suspect that is exactly what he is going to do. He's way out of his league. This isn't Chikaga. He can't put the arm on a couple of ward bosses or union flacks. It isn't 'community organizing' with his corrupt pals in ACORN.

But we'll see.

6/18/09

Something to annoy everyone








Leroy and L'akeshia go to the Evermore Baptist Church to hear the preacher.

After a while the preacher asks anyone with needs to be prayed over to come forward to the front at the altar.

Leroy gets in line, and when it's his turn, the preacher asks: "Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you?"

Leroy replies: "Preacher, I needs you to pray for my hearing."

The preacher puts one finger in Leroy's ear, and he places the other hand on top of Leroy's head and prays and prays and prays.

He prays a blue streak for Leroy. After a few minutes, the preacher removes his hands, stands back and asks, "Leroy, how is your hearing now?"

Leroy says, "I don't know, Reverend, it ain't till next Wednesday."


and

An Irishman and a [insert denomination of your choice] preacher were on an airplane.The airplane took off, and the stewardess came around taking drink orders.

The Irishman, being Irish, ordered a double of Jameson's, no ice.

The stew brought it to him, and he turned to the preacher to ask, "Would you like a whiskey? It's on me!"

The preacher reacted unfavorably, shouting in fervent manner, "I WOULD RATHER A DOZEN WHORES AND HARLOTS RAVISHED ME BEFORE DEMON RUM TOUCHED THESE LIPS!"

The Irishman sat there, dumbfounded. Then, gathering his wits about him, he turned to the stew, handed her his whiskey, and said "I didn't know we had a choice!"

Obama's fall from grace

It was bound to happen, sooner or later, but even the New York Times could not prevent Obama's fall from grace. ABC hasn't been paying much attention, being much too busy setting up in the Blue Room in the White House so as to pimp Obamacare. As Chris Muir has noted over on Day by Day, at least the mainstream media and Obama have finally gotten a room.

All of you have no doubt been breathlessly following the mainstream media's coverage of Obama's fly-swatting the other day. We have been treated endlessly to the 'story' and to videos of the assassination.

PETA has finally come out of the closet on the 'issue', condemning Obama for his coldhearted action. They are sending Obama a "... Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside...".

PETA has now officially observed that Obama is not quite the Second Coming, not quite the Obamessiah:

"... 'swatting a fly on TV indicates he's not perfect,' [PETA spokesman] Friedrich said ..."

I wallow in abject disappointment at this Revelation.

Obama's Dead Fly

6/17/09

Americrooks and their cronies

Here are some details of the Americorps - "Americrooks" - scandal:

Obama's Americrooks and cronies scandal

The connections here read like a Chikaga political organizational chart. Backscratching, cronyism, siphoning off of tax dollars for personal gain ... and then labeling the whistleblower a whackjob.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn should be writing this story.

Terrorism

So while Obama prattles inconsequentially on about Iran, demonstrating a monumental cluelessness, his Department of Offense has managed to class the First Amendment as a terrorist tool:

Pentagon exam calls protests 'low-level terrorism'

Well, at least they aren't cracking Butthead and Beavis jokes about 'teabagging'. That level of brainlessness is reserved for CNN and MSNBC.

But think about it.

Obama doesn't like the idea of anyone disagreeing with his decrees. With his acting 'boldly'. With his 'I won, so screw you' concept of 'bi-partisanship'. With reporters asking him questions that aren't in the Teleprompter.

It's remarkably consistent with the Department of Homeland Security's branding of vets and conservatives as a breeding ground for rightwing extremism, as 'terrorists'.

So taking a shot at the First Amendment really isn't all that surprising. In fact, it is increasingly typical of the Obama Oval Office Chikaga-type thuggery that is the Obama administration's hallmark.

During Bush's presidency, the Defense Department was criticized for infringing on citizens’ civil rights through surveillance programs designed to protect the nation against terrorist attacks. Brick said she has seen no indication that there will be a change in policy under President Obama.

“We need to see what they do,” she said. “In a number of areas the Obama administration has not backed off and kept the Bush administration line.” [Ann Brick is an attorney with the ACLU]


Hope and change!

"It's intolerable!"

Despite Obama's inspid and vacuous Rose Garden commentary about '...it is not productive ...', and his apparent fear that The Whacko of Tehran would accuse him of 'meddling' ... guess what?

Iran accused the United States on Wednesday of "intolerable" meddling in its internal affairs, alleging for the first time that Washington has fueled a bitter postelection dispute.

I guess The Whacko wasn't listening to the Rose Garden speech.

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Why Are Iranians Using English On Protest Signs?

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Why Are Iranians Using English On Protest Signs?

Bill Jacobson over on Legal Insurrection raises a good point.

If, as some Obamanians say, there is no desire within the Iranian opposition for US or outside support ... why are their signs in English?

The Oval Office's new gulag approach

In the old Soviet Union, those who didn't toe the party line were often said to be 'mentally ill' and sent to the gulags for 'rehabilitation'.

In the Chikaga-style politics of the Obama White House, such thuggish behavior is beginning to surface.

We are referring, of course, to the summary firing of Americorp's Inspector General Gerald Walpin. In firing Walpin, Obama ignored a law requiring 30 days notice to Congress, and the detailing of the reasons for the firing.

Obama has accused Walpin of being 'disoriented' and 'confused' and 'disruptive'. Obama provided these accusations only after Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, complained that Obama had not complied with the law.

See:

Key Obama ally says president did not follow the law

But when Walpin appeared on the Laura Ingraham show yesterday, he was anything but dazed and confused; quite the contrary. In fact, Walpin has accused Obama of lying.

All of this has to do with Walpin blowing the whistle on misuse of funds by Obama supporter, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson. Johnson eventually reached a settlement with the Federal government, repaying half of nearly $850,000 in Federal grant money given to the Obama-supported St. HOPE academy project.

From USA Today:

Grassely requests details on fired Americorps IG

Well ... perhaps Obama will have his Enforcement Brigands ... uh ... Brigade ... uh ... Justice Department ... just spirit Walpin off to Bermuda or Palau, there to spend his days sunning himself on the beach at taxpayer expense.

"it is not productive ..."



Iranians protest crooked elections - Tehran AFP photo

"... it is not productive, given the history of US and Iranian relations to be seen as meddling in Iranian elections."

- Barak Obama, yesterday, in the Rose Garden.

Apparently Obama has his rose-colored glasses on, too:

"I do believe that something has happened in Iran," with Iranians more willing to question the government's "antagonistic postures" toward the world, Obama said.

"... antagonistic postures toward the world..."? That's a nice re-phrasing of threats to utterly destroy Israel. Did he get that one over a cuppa Starbuck's? How about 'antagonistic postures' toward the Iranian people?

and this little pearl:

"You've seen in Iran some initial reaction from the supreme leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election," Obama said.

Yes indeed. The Iranian police are doing a crackdown the Norks would envy. Yep. That's an 'indication', all right. Not a suprising understatement from a man whose Injustice Department hosed the Phillie voter intimidation case.

Hundreds of thousands, of Iranians have taken to the streets, protesting the crookedness of the Iranian election process.

The best we can come up with is "...it is not productive ...". Why, if Obama said anything stronger than that - anything more than a complete waffle - The Whacko of Teran might take offense.

No matter. The United States has sent its diplomatic heavy-hitter in to handle it. No, I'm not referring to Hillary. The Man of the Hour is Joltin' Joe Biden, who expressed official 'doubts' about the election.

Hillary is the one who simply discounts Chinese oppression and abuse of human rights. Hillary is the one who simply discounts Egyptian governmental oppression and abuse of human rights. Cairo, after all, is where The One made his Speech to the Universe,rewriting history a bit to suit his political requirements.

No, the real hero in all this is our beloved Veep. He has 'doubts'.

So do I. But not about Iran.

6/16/09

What's up at First Naz

All events are at the church, 10th and Topeka, unless otherwise noted.

Women of Hope ministry is offering a six week bible study led by Pastor Brian. The study addresses women in the bible, as well as examination of some of the scriptures regarding women that are often misinterpreted. The series is held at the home of Holly Lewis, 302 Vista Drive, Swink, Monday evenings at 7:00 PM.

The Women of Hope ministry is sponsoring a Rummage and Bake sale on Saturday, June 20. Proceeds go to the Ladies' Winter Gala fund. Bake sale items can be delivered on Friday between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, or Saturday morning before 7:30. The sale opens at 8:00 AM on Saturday and runs till noon.

Men's basketball is every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM, in the church gym. You do not have to be a member of the church to play. Everyone is welcome.

Northwest Nazarene University's "Covenant" will be performing in concert June 22 at 7:00 PM. This is a free event and the public is invited. There will be a teen fellowship with eats and games following the concert.

Livin' large in Bermuda

As most of us know, the Obama regime has moved some Chinese terrorists/enemy combatants/whatever Janet Napolitano calls 'em these days, to Bermuda.

Chris Muir has a rather pointed commentary about that, here:

In'shallah!

See also:

This is prison?

Their attorney, of course, maintains their complete innocence, as does the premier of Bermuda.

Despite that these fellows have hearts that are apparently as pure as the new driven snow, the United Kingdom threw something of a hissy fit. They were notified only the day before the transfer.

Janet and her accomplices didn't want to transfer them back to China, because the Chinese government does not look kindly upon them. They are ... well ... 'troublemakers', you see. Given the nature of the Chinese government, that is not necessarily a bad thing. But these guys were nabbed in Pakistan. By US forces. What were they doing in Pakistan? Establishing a non-profit to further Chinese-Paki relations? The Pakis apparently don't think so, because they sure don't want them, either.

Meanwhile, we are going to send up to 17 more to Palau. An interesting excerpt:

The US has provided Palau with budgetary assistance ever since they ratified a Compact of Free Association with the US in 1993. The assistance is designed to help their economy which posted a GDP of only $164 million in 2008, or just $8,100 per capita. In a deal that expires this year Palau received a total of $157 million over the past 15 years. The new agreement raises that to $200 million for a nation of only 21,000 people over the next 15 years.

Paulau has 21,000 people and has received $157 million over the last 15 years. They will receive $200 million over the next 15 years. That money comes out of your pocket and mine.

Otero County has a population of 20,311 according to the 2000 census.

Of the $785 billion Porculus Americanus extravaganza, how much do you think is trickling down to Otero County?

Ask your school districts how much of that Porculus Americanus money is going into our school classrooms.

Ask your city managers and mayors how much of that Porculus Americanus money is going into our infrastructure.

Ask your county commissioners how much of that Porculus Americanus money is going into our bridges and roads and other infrastructure.

So the four are languishing away in Bermuda, and the others are about to be shipped to an island paradise, on your dime - and mine - while we pay more and more fees (see that "Taxorado" thing), and while Obama and his accomplices in the Congress work quickly and boldly to shovel another trillion bux into the toilet of nationalized 'services'. That would be "Obamacare", our overhauled, more effective, and more efficient health care system.

Hope and change!

6/15/09

"Giggles" Gibbs does a waffle

Obamanian press secretary Robert "Giggles" Gibbs did a waffle job over the Dick Cheney 'wishing for an attack on America' dust up. From FoxNews:

Asked about the statement, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs ducked.

"I'm not going to get into motivations. That's not what our business is. The president's concern is keeping the American people safe," Gibbs said Monday.

The 'statement' is, of course, the Panetta comment over on The New Yorker:

According to The New Yorker, Panetta said Cheney "smells some blood in the water" on the security issue.

"It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that's dangerous politics," he said, according to the piece.

That's interesting. Gibbs has never lacked for a snarkey little shot at anyone who dares point out that the emperor's new clothes are somewhat threadbare.

But Panetta is an annointed Obama Appointee. Therefore, Gibbs and Obama are going to give it a bye. Just like Obama's Justice Department gave the thugs in the Philadelphia voter intimidation case a 'bye'.

How about Robert "No Balls" Gibbs rather than "Giggles" Gibbs?

So what about Leon Panetta? He's the head honcho over at the CIA. Is it the CIA's position that Dick Cheney really wants to see an attack on the United States?

Really?

Hope and change.

Colorado: Land of the Fee


We all know that vehicle registration fees have increased.

Apparently there is at least one Fowlerian who is a bit miffed at the idea of our General Assembly and our beloved Governor doing an end run around TABOR by assigning a 'fee' increase. That way we haven't had a 'tax increase'. Coming into Fowler you'll see the Signs of Discontent on the south side of the highway.

Taxorado. Land of the Fee.

But our Fowlerian neighbor(s) is/are wrong, you see. A 'fee increase', you see, is not the same thing as a 'tax increase'.

The governor and the General Assembly have not increased our taxes.

Yet they have their hands even deeper into our pockets.

Slow weekend

It seems like it was a slow news weekend, even though whackjobs abound:

The Iranian whackjob is 'unconcerned' about the rioting in the street over the recent elections. "Like in a sports match, you have sore losers", Amadinejad blows off the discord. Meanwhile, the head ayatollah has ordered a probe of the election. Meanwhile Amadinejad continues his threats and saber-rattling, apparently unimpressed with The Obama Speech to the Universe in Cairo.

The Norks are about to pop a third nuke.

Obama wants docs to back Obamacare. The Democrats in Congress are about to shove socialized medicine down our throats, like it or not.

We continue to act 'quickly and boldly' regarding Sotomayor. 'Quickly and boldly' means shove it down everyone's throats before anyone has time to think about it very much.

Joltin' Joe Biden, the nation's chief economist as well as Veep, says 'everyone guessed wrong' about unemployment:

Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday that "everyone guessed wrong" on the impact of the economic stimulus, but he defended the administration's spending designed to combat rising joblessness.

Biden said inaccuracies in unemployment predictions shouldn't undercut the White House's support of the $787 billion economic revival plan that has not met the expectations of President Obama's team. Instead, the vice president urged skeptics to look at teachers who kept their classroom assignments and police officers who kept their beats because of financial assistance from Washington.

"The bottom line is that jobs are being created that would not have been there before," Biden said.

Biden now admits that Obama and his entourage have been using the WAG theory of economics - "Wild Assed Guess" - but that we shouldn't hold this against them. In fact, we skeptics, we naysayers, we ...negative ... people should look 'at teachers who kept their classroom assignments - apparently because of Porculus Americanus - and cops who kept their beats - apparently because of Porculus Americanus.

Take it on faith that it was Porculus Americanus that has created, out of the nebulous econosphere, "jobs that would not have been there before".

Is it just me, or is Joe Biden really ... out there?

The Florida Serial Cat Murderer has been nabbed

And "Hot Rod" Blagojevich has opened in The Second City with ... Rod Blagojevich: Superstar ...

6/12/09

The Famous Foto

Here's that famous foto that has been floating about the 'net since The One's and The Missus One's visit to France.

You know, the visit where all the snubs and snit fits took place. During the observance of the Normandy invasion. You know. Like, D-Day.

That's France's First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Next to her is Michelle Obama.

Rich Galen posted the pic on his column with an invitation to Create a Catchy Caption.

He says the kindest caption was along the lines of "I'm glad she's not looking at me". Me too. Most of the captions included various renditions of - as Galen put it - "the 'B' word."

I can only imagine.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, I'd say Franco-American relationships are pretty low right now.

6/11/09

This evening's storm

Some photos:

Storm 06.11.2009

This is off Leece's new website, Writing Places. It's been up for ... a day. Obviously, it's an on-going effort.

"Enemy of the State"

Many leftie bloggers and other sources are pinging off the walls over the shootings at the Holocaust museum.

They are using the shootings to justify the Department of Homeland Security's hotly contested report over what they defined as 'right-wing extremists'.

Even some of the talking heads over on FoxNews are going alpha sierra over this.

The are being countered, somewhat, by Colonel Ralph Peters, who serves as a 'consultant' or 'advisor' over on FN from time-to-time:

“Neil, I gotta say something. On Fox News of all places in the last hour I heard that this tragic incident at the Holocaust Museum somehow validates the disgraceful report from the Department of Homeland Security warning about a terror threat from our returning veterans from Iraq or Afghanistan. Neil, this guy served in World War Two. He’s been out of the military 64 years. He wasn’t career military, he was a career nut. Ten million Americans served in World War Two, of the millions who survived are you going to put them on a terrorist watch list? It had nothing to do with the Department of Homeland Security report.”

The point that they are missing is that Brunn was in fact a Nazi, a white supremacist, a right wing extremist, a whackjob, a seriously ill man. He is hardly representative of America's veterans or the GOP or any one of the 48 million people who did not vote for Obama, and who have difficultly accepting the Democratic Party's line of socialist horse manure.

Interestingly, you don't see these lefties taking "Reverend" Wright to task over his racist, hate-filled spewing about Jews ... which occurred on the same day as the Holocaust museum incident.

Why is that? Is it because Wright is a left-wing extremist?

Why aren't they asking questions, demanding answers to real issues, like the Obama Justice Department's flushing of the Philadelphia voter intimidation case?

I guess I remain, as defined by the Obama Department of Homeland Security ... and "Enemy of the State".

6/10/09

The Wright Whackjob

The "Reverend" Wright is at it again, spewing his racist hate:

"Them Jews won't let me speak to Obama"

"Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office," Wright said, according to Virginia's Daily Press. "They will not let him ... talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is."

Calling a spade a spade ... there was a time, when in this context, that could be considered a racist comment all by itself. But only if a white man said it. When it comes from hate-mongering black man who has the nerve to call himself a "Christian" minister, it's nothing more than just a sad little whine.

See? The "Reverend" Wright is not the only fellow who can call a spade a spade.

Biden the Babbling Buffoon

Ok, so a day or so ago Biden, the train-ridin' Everyman, stuck his hoof in his mouth again, this time over the Hudson River Tunnel project:

"Look, this is designed, this totally new tunnel, is designed to provide for automobile traffic," Biden said, according to The Record of Bergen County. "It's something, as you know, up your way, that's been in the works and people have been clamoring for for a long time."

The problem is, the tunnel is for trains, not cars.

Now, he's done it again, this time by telling various national law enforcement groups that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor "has your back."

Then Obama's Right Hand Man babbled on:

He then repeatedly said, "She gets it," and sought to assure the law enforcement groups that she would be on their side.

Boy howdy. That's just what we need. A justice on the Supreme Court who is 'on law enforcement's side'.

I'd rather have a justice who thought the Constitution came first. Rich Latina experiences notwithstanding.