Friday, July 31, 2009

Thomas Sowell and Race-Baiting

Not just race-baiters, but also his thoughts on the president's cognizant dishonesty.
Gee, does this make Sowell a racial profiler?

Many people hoped that the election of a black President of the United States would mark our entering a "post-racial" era, when we could finally put some ugly aspects of our history behind us.

That is quite understandable. But it takes two to tango. Those of us who want to see racism on its way out need to realize that others benefit greatly from crying racism. They benefit politically, financially, and socially.

Barack Obama has been allied with such people for decades. He found it expedient to appeal to a wider electorate as a post-racial candidate, just as he has found it expedient to say a lot of other popular things-- about campaign finance, about transparency in government, about not rushing legislation through Congress without having it first posted on the Internet long enough to be studied-- all of which turned to be the direct opposite of what he actually did after getting elected.

Those who were shocked at President Obama's cheap shot at the Cambridge police for being "stupid" in arresting Henry Louis Gates must have been among those who let their wishes prevail over the obvious implications of Obama's 20 years of association with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Anyone who can believe that Obama did not understand what the racist rants of Jeremiah Wright meant can believe anything.

With race-- as with campaign finance, transparency and the rest-- Barack Obama knows what the public wants to hear and that is what he has said. But his policies as president have been the opposite of his rhetoric, with race as with other issues.

As a state senator in Illinois, Obama pushed the "racial profiling" issue, so it is hardly surprising that he jumped to the conclusion that a policeman was racial profiling when in fact the cop was investigating a report received from a neighbor that someone seemed to be breaking into the house that Professor Gates was renting in Cambridge.

For those who are interested in facts-- and these obviously do not include President Obama-- there has been a serious study of racial profiling in a book titled "Are Cops Racist?" by Heather Mac Donald. Her analysis of the data shows how this issue has long been distorted beyond recognition by politics.

The racial profiling issue is a great vote-getter. And if it polarizes the society, that is a price that politicians are willing to pay in order to get votes. Academics who run black studies departments, as Professor Henry Louis Gates does, likewise have a vested interest in racial paranoia.

For "community organizers" as well, racial resentments are a stock in trade. President Obama's background as a community organizer has received far too little attention, though it should have been a high-alert warning that this was no post-racial figure.

What does a community organizer do? What he does not do is organize a community. What he organizes are the resentments and paranoia within a community, directing those feelings against other communities, from whom either benefits or revenge are to be gotten, using whatever rhetoric or tactics will accomplish that purpose.

To think that someone who has spent years promoting grievance and polarization was going to bring us all together as president is a triumph of wishful thinking over reality.

Not only Barack Obama's past, but his present, tell the same story. His appointment of an attorney general who called America "a nation of cowards" for not dialoguing about race was a foretaste of what to expect from Eric Holder.

The way Attorney General Holder has refused to prosecute young black thugs who gathered at a voting site with menacing clubs, in blatant violation of federal laws against intimidating voters, speaks louder than any words from him or his president.

President Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court is, like Obama himself, someone with a background of years of affiliation with an organization dedicated to promoting racial resentments and a sense of racial entitlement.

An 18th century philosopher said, "When I speak I put on a mask. When I act I am forced to take it off." Barack Obama's mask slipped for a moment last week but he quickly recovered, with the help of the media. But we should never forget what we saw.

Of Course..

The guy has been gone for six months, but the Democrats still find a use for bashing him. Incredible!

Roseanne Should Be Banned from All Human Contact

This piece of trash doesn't deserve to be given any coverage. What a piece of garbage!
I only do it to let you know how despicable she really is.

She (along with her disgusting buddy, Sandra Bernhardt) really needs to go away, permanently

Former Ambassador Says the Time is Drawing Near

Things may go BOOM in the night before the summer is out.
And everyone is talking about a misunderstanding in Massachusetts. Do you think our attention should be on more important matters?

Now This Woman is REALLY Sick of the President

This is Literally Criminal

Why aren't these people being arrested? If you ask me, this is a bigger story and a much bigger deal than "Gates-gate." These people are crooks!
Sometimes I really can't believe where our attention lies and how our rage is totally misplaced.

Mmm, Beer

Was this all really necessary in the first place? Isn't it really much ado about nothing? Aren't we tired of this already and every stupid incident like it?
But, with that having been said, why wasn't she invited for a beer, too?

Why do I get the feeling that this is just a photo op for the president? Yeah, yeah. He's trying to do this, he's trying to do that, but really, this will all go away soon and no one will really care all that much about it in another week. Didn't President Obama blow his his "title" of the "great uniter" when he opined on this in the first place?

Does this remind anyone else of the Duke non-rape case? You know, convicting someone before all the facts are in, in yet another quick to label someone a racist case?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

ABC Buries Democrat IDs in NJ Corruption Story

Surprise, surprise!
Who says there's a liberal slant in the MSM? From conservative authors being described as just that and liberal authors being described as...well, just authors to this latest Democrat scandal (that will get hardly any coverage of course) when did having a (D) after your name entitle you to not only anonymity, but immunity from the press?

CBS Details Obama Summer Vacation Plans

Let's hear it for my 1000th post. Yay for me. It took me just over three years, but I got there.

Anyway, CBS in all their ridiculous wisdom has decided to let the public at large and possibly nutbags in particular know where the President of the United States, and his family no less, are spending their summer vacation. Nevermind that Obama has been in office for just over six months and is already on vacation (I only bring this up because George W. Bush was attacked mercilessly for vacationing at all while issues of "extreme importance" were going on-although he really never was on "vacation," the president never really is; but the comparison is rather ironic) but why would CBS, or any other news agency for that matter, tell the public where the president is going to be in advance?

Isn't this reminiscent of when the media, by the boatloads, were awaiting the landing of Marines prior to the war in Kosovo, 60 Minutes' stories on where terrorists "could strike" America's weak points, how the CIA could tell where Osama bin Laden was due to the type of rocks that were behind him in his videos or even the ill-fated parade route of John F. Kennedy?

What are they thinking?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Public Swiftly Souring on Obamacare

From HotAir and Rassmussen, it seems a healthy majority of people distrust the president and Congress' plan for universal healthcare, based on projected costs and quality of life. Yet 76% of Democrats still support it and wish to rush it through.

The President's Six-Month Report Card

The accomplishments (or lack there of) of President Barack Obama, according to Big Hollywood's Frank DeMartini.

There were some very good points in there. But, a couple of sentences stood out in particular and they were this,
"The Taliban grows stronger and stronger each day. Maybe we need a Bush like surge in order to finally end the quagmire there?"
How come no one in the Senate or media is calling it a quagmire? Where are the Iraq or Vietnam comparisons? I don't expect a rush to political suicide from the Democrats in a call to bring the troops home, since it's their war now, but seriously.

And Boxer, in her return correspondence to DeMartini, keeps perpetuating the lie of " 45 million Americans are without health insurance," Anything to sell an agenda, I suppose.

I don't know if I'd go so far as to give the president an "F" because I did agree with some of Obama's decisions, such as putting the kibosh on the credit card companies and keeping the U.S. out of the so-called racism conference in Iran. And as of this writing, the president's pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor is soon to be confirmed and that has to be viewed as an accomplishment no matter what your opinion of her. However with all the "failures" DeMartini mentions, especially with Obama's, so far, failing economic and foreign policies, I would have to give him a D- at best.

The Return of Bucky

Just a little "Get Fuzzy" interlude for fun.

Did I mention that this cat cracks me up?

Has Anybody Else Heard About This?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

President Apologizes to Cambridge Police

He's right. He shouldn't have gotten involved.

Palin's Farewell Speech

Part 1

Here's former Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin's farewell speech from a few days ago. I know, I'm late.

Part 2

Ok, haters. Let it fly.

Let This Be the End of It

The guy is an American for God's sake!! I know a recent post may have had conflicting questions, but like I said, anybody who thinks the president isn't an American citizen is bonkers, man.

The Audacity of Unawareness

Another amusing email sent my way. I think it's quite a good funny. Especially the last line:

Barack Obama, through his spokesman, claimed that he was unaware of the tax day tea parties. Granted, the Main Stream Media has done a good job in suppressing any sort of coverage ahead of time (and the little coverage they did provide was derisive at best).
But, how out of touch is the Community Organizer in Chief, really?

This much:

- He was unaware that he was attending a church (for 20 years) with a racist pastor who hates America .

- He was unaware that he was family friends with, and started his political career in the living room of, a domestic terrorist.

- He was unaware that he had invested in two speculative companies backed by some of his top donors right after taking office in 2005..

- He was unaware that his own aunt was living in the US illegally.

- He was unaware that his own brother lives on pennies a day in a hut in Kenya .

- He was unaware of the AIG bonuses that he and his administration approved and signed into a bill.

- He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of Commerce was under investigation in a bribery scandal.

- He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services was a tax cheat.

- He was unaware that the man he nominated to be his Secretary of the Treasury was a tax cheat.

- He was unaware that the man he nominated to be the U.S. Trade Representative was a tax cheat.

- He was unaware that the woman he nominated to be his Chief Performance Officer was a tax cheat.

- He was unaware that the man he nominated to be #2 at the Environmental Protection Agency was under investigation for mismanaging $25 million in EPA grants.

For the love of God,
there are people in comas that are more aware of world affairs than this guy!!!!!!!!!!

Does GOP Face Extinction Risk?

Is the Republican Party doomed to go the way of the Federalist Party of old? Pollster master, John Zogby seems to think so.

Fiscal Follies of Obama's 100 Days


Day 1 -- January 20: In his Inaugural address, President Obama makes a noteworthy commitment to the American taxpayer: “And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.”

Day 7 -- January 26: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is sworn in by Obama despite having owed more than $40,000 in back taxes and interest.

Day 10 -- January 30: After a long career working and voting FOR tax increases and working and voting AGAINST tax cuts, Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee Tom Daschle is first reported to have paid over $100,000 in back taxes.

“Make no mistake: Tax cheaters cheat us all. And the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.” (Sen. Tom Daschle speaking on the Senate floor on May 7, 1998)

Day 14 -- February 2: In order to ensure “What happens in Chicago, stays in Chicago” by preventing corruption and kickbacks arising from the “stimulus” bill, ATR asks each Member of Congress planning to vote for the bill to sign a statement promising that they, their family, and the members of their staff will not personally benefit from the bill. All refuse.

Day 15 -- February 3: Tom Daschle withdraws his nomination due to tax problems.

Chief Performance Officer-designate Nancy Killefer withdraws her nomination due to tax problems.

Day 16 -- February 4: On the sixteenth day of his presidency, Obama breaks one of the central promises of his campaign by singing into law a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on tobacco, a hike of 61 cents per pack, which took effect on April 1. Obama promised repeatedly on the campaign trail that he would never raise any form of taxes on those making less than $250,000 per year, for example:

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes (September 12, 2008, Dover, NH)
[Transcript] [Video clip]

"No one making less than $250,000 under Barack Obama's plan will see one single penny of their tax raised," Joe Biden said, "whether it's their capital gains tax, their income tax, investment tax, any tax."(Joe Biden, Oct. 3, 2008, Vice Presidential Debate, St. Louis, MO)
[Transcript] [Video Clip]

The tax increase falls squarely on the shoulders of the middle- and low-income Americans Obama said he would not raise taxes on: 55 percent of smokers are “working poor”, one in four smokers live below the poverty line, and on average, smokers, whose median income is a little more than $36,000 make about 30 percent less than non-smokers.

Day 21 -- February 9: Calling for a massive government spending program under the guise of “stimulus” Obama holds his first press conference and fails to provide a single historical example where a government increased spending which led to increased jobs, income, and wealth on any sustainable basis.

Obama also has the audacity to claim the “stimulus” plan is free of pet projects and earmarks:

“What it does not contain, however, is a single pet project, not a single earmark, and it has been stripped of the projects members of both parties found most objectionable.”

Responding to a reporter’s question as to what specific metric the American people should use to determine whether Obama’s programs are working, Obama replies:

“I think my initial measure of success is creating or saving 4 million jobs.”

(How, exactly, does one measure a “saved” job? See March 4 for details)

Obama promises that the next day “Tim Geithner will be announcing some very clear and specific plans for how we are going to start loosening up credit once again.”

Day 22 -- February 10: Instead of offering specifics in his testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, Geithner issues vague statements and echoes FDR’s economically paralyzing “bold, persistent experimentation” philosophy:

“We will have to adapt our program as conditions change. We will have to try things we’ve never tried before. We will make mistakes. We will go through periods in which things get worse and progress is uneven or interrupted.”

The Dow falls 380 points.

Day 23 – February 11: Obama speaks to employees of heavy-machinery manufacturer Caterpillar, claiming that the “stimulus” bill would allow the company to hire back many of the employees it had previously laid off.

Day 24 -- February 12: The day after Obama tells Caterpillar workers the stimulus will save their jobs, the company’s CEO James Owen states “The honest reality is we're probably going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.”

Sometime around 10:00 PM: The “Stimulus” conference report is completed behind closed doors. Less than sixteen hours pass before the bill is taken up by the House.

Day 25 -- Friday, February 13:

2:24 PM: With not a single Member voting for the bill having claimed to have actually read it, the House passes the conference report for H.R.1, the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”.

5:29 PM: With not a single Member voting for the bill having claimed to have actually read it, the Senate passes the conference report for H.R. 1.

Day 29 -- February 17: Obama signs the “Stimulus” bill and violates his transparency pledge to the American people that he will allow legislation to be posted online for five full days before signing it.

“No more secrecy. … when there's a bill that ends up on my desk as president, you, the American voter, will have five days to look online and find out what it is before I sign it, so that you know what your government's doing.”
(June 22, 2007. Manchester, New Hampshire)
[Transcript] [Video]

The below is copied directly from the Ethics section of

Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.

Obama also breaks his spending promise:

“So we’re going to have to make some investments but we’ve also got to make spending cuts, and what I’ve proposed -- you’ll hear Senator McCain say ‘he’s proposing a whole bunch of new spending’ -- but, actually, I’m cutting more than I’m spending. So that it will be a net spending cut.” (Oct. 7, 2008. Second Presidential Debate, Nashville, TN)
[Transcript] [Video]

Day 36 -- February 24: Obama makes his first address to a joint session of Congress and claims he doesn’t believe in “bigger government”:

“As soon as I took office, I asked this Congress to send me a recovery plan by President’s Day that would put people back to work and put money in their pockets, not because I believe in bigger government -- I don't -- not because I'm not mindful of the massive debt we've inherited -- I am.”

Obama again has the audacity to claim the “stimulus” bill contained no earmarks:

“Now, I'm proud that we passed a recovery plan free of earmarks, and I want to pass a budget next year that ensures that each dollar we spend reflects only our most important national priorities.”

Day 38 -- February 26: Obama releaseshis budget outline which raises taxes on individuals, employers both large and small, and shareholders -- while eliminating several energy tax credits.

The budget also calls for a “cap and trade” regime, making an absolute mockery of Obama’s central campaign promise not to raise any form of taxes on those making less than $250,000 per year.

Obama also shatters his campaign promise to enact net spending cuts during his administration:

“So we’re going to have to make some investments but we’ve also got to make spending cuts, and what I’ve proposed -- you’ll hear Senator McCain say ‘he’s proposing a whole bunch of new spending’ -- but, actually, I’m cutting more than I’m spending. So that it will be a net spending cut.” (Oct. 7, 2008. Second Presidential Debate, Nashville, TN)
[Transcript] [Video]

(The Obama FY 2009 budget increases federal spending to 28.5% of GDP, a post World War II high.)

Day 41 -- March 1: The Obama administration foreshadows another broken promise when Peter Orszag, appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, claims the 8,000 earmarks in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 are “last year’s business. We just need to move on.” The statement by Orszag in not consistent with Obama’s campaign promise made in the first presidential debate:

“And, absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” (Sept. 26, 2008. First Presidential Debate, Oxford, Miss.)

Day 43 -- March 3: Obama compares the stock market to a political daily tracking poll:

"The stock market is sort of like a tracking poll in politics. It bobs up and down day-to-day," Obama said. "And if you spend all your time worrying about that, then you're probably going to get the long-term strategy wrong."

Day 44 -- March 4: While testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, Secretary Geithner is challenged by committee chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as to the invention by the Obama administration of a new metric – “creating or saving” jobs – the very same metric Obama claimed on Feb. 9 is the most important measure of success:

SEN: MAX BAUCUS: "You created a situation where you cannot be wrong. If the economy loses 2 million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would've lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs," Baucus said. "You've given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct."
CNN visits the site of the first “stimulus” dollars to hit the ground: An $8.5 million bridge near the town of Tuscumbia, Missouri – population 223.

Day 45 -- March 5: Testifying before the House Budget Committee, Secretary Geithner concedes Obama’s budget raises taxes on small businesses, but focuses on a meaningless metric: The percentage of small businesses affected rather than the fact that two-thirds of small business profits will be subject to higher taxation.

Day 46 – March 6: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate rose from 7.6% to 8.1%, and the economy shed 651,000 jobs in the month of February.

Day 51 -- March 11: Obama signs HR 1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, a $410 billion piece of legislation containing over 8,000 earmarks. By signing the bill, Obama breaks at least three of his most important campaign promises:

  1. Transparency -- Obama promised to post passed legislation online for five full days before signing it. Obama signed the Omnibus spending bill less than a day after he received it from Congress.

“When there is a bill that ends up on my desk as President, you, the American voter, will have five days to look online and find out what it is before I sign it.
(June 22, 2007. Manchester, New Hampshire)
[Transcript] [Video]

  1. Overall spending – Obama promised to enact net spending cuts as President. The Omnibus bill is more than 8 percent higher than 2008 spending levels.

“So we’re going to have to make some investments but we’ve also got to make spending cuts, and what I’ve proposed -- you’ll hear Senator McCain say ‘he’s proposing a whole bunch of new spending’ --but, actually, I’m cutting more than I’m spending. So that it will be a net spending cut.”
(Oct. 7, 2008. Second Presidential Debate, Nashville, TN)
[Transcript] [Video]

  1. Wasteful spending – Obama promised to “go line by line” to make sure taxpayer money was not wasted. Among the questionable spending in the Omnibus bill is an earmark which sticks taxpayers with a $200,000 tab for a tattoo removal program in California.

“And, absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” (Sept. 26, 2008. First Presidential Debate, Oxford, Miss.)

Day 52 -- March 12: While testifying before the Senate Budget Committee, Treasury Secretary Geithner acknowledges tax increases “hurt growth” – then proceeded to duck questions as to whether President Obama’s planned tax hikes would go into effect in 2011 regardless of the condition of the economy:

SEN. MIKE CRAPO, R-Idaho: “You say that the tax increases will only happen when the economy has recovered. I understand that a lot of economists are saying we are going to be recovered by 2011. Frankly I think there are economists who are saying maybe our recovery will not be so strong by then. My question to you is, are these tax increases contingent on a recovery or are they going to happen regardless of what happens in 2011?”

SEC. GEITHNER: “Senator, I think it is a very important question. I think, again, we need to lay out an ambitious path for bringing those deficits down, commit to achieving that with a mix of measures on the resource side and the spending side to do the best possible job of leaving our economy stronger, and that’s what the President’s budget tries to do. Now of course we are going to have to watch how the economy evolves and I want to underscore that one of the mistakes governments have made over time in dealing with economic crises is putting the brakes on too quickly or in ways that hurt growth just as it’s starting to take hold. We just want to be careful not to do that.”

SEN. CRAPO: “So are you saying if we don’t see the more rosy picture in 2011 that we may not see the Administration suggest that we move to enact tax increases?”

SEC. GEITHNER: “I’m just saying that recovery requires that we keep stimulus sustained until growth is in place but we have to do it in a fiscally responsible way.”

Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board (RAT Board) cautions that it would be at least a year before, the website that is supposed to be tracking “stimulus” spending, will be running properly. He also points out that there will be waste and fraud:

“I'm afraid that there may be a naive impression that given the amount of transparency and accountability called for by this act, no or little fraud will occur. My 38 years of federal enforcement experience tells me that some level of waste and fraud is unfortunately inevitable."

Day 57 -- March 17: The Providence Journal reports that the city of Pawtucket in Rhode Island will be using $550,000 in federal “stimulus” money to build a skateboarding park and renovate tennis and basketball courts at a local high school.

Caterpillar announces it is laying off 2,454 employees.

Day 58 -- March 18: Obama extols Treasury Secretary Geithner: “Nobody's working harder than this guy. You know, he is making all the right moves in terms of playing a bad hand. I have complete confidence in Tim Geithner and my entire economic team.”

Day 60 -- March 20: The Congressional Budget Office (CBO)releases a report on the cost of Obama’s budget. According to the report:

Day 64 -- March 24: During the second press conference of his presidency, Obama tells the nation his budget moves “from an era of borrow-and-spend to one where we save and invest.”

Obama also falsely claims his budget “will provide a tax cut to 95 percent of all working families that will appear in people’s paychecks by April 1.”

In reality, it is impossible to cut taxes for “95 percent of working families.”

According to IRS data, one-third of all income tax filers do not have an income tax liability. About 15 percent of all working families do not even have a FICA tax liability, and these numbers are before taking into effect all the new refundable tax credits in the Obama budget. For these “working families,” all Obama’s budget will do is cut them the equivalent of a welfare check.

Day 66 -- March 26: An Associated Press story reports that the Obama Administration’s claims to “save and create” jobs through the “stimulus” package cannot be substantiated. ATR says “We told you so.”

Day 70 -- March 30: Obama signs the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, a bill containing numerous earmarks, including $3.5 million to celebrate the 450th Anniversary of St Augustine, Florida in 2015.

Day 71 -- March 31: The White House discloses that Kathleen Sebelius, its second nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, had to pay $7,040 in back taxes.

Onvia, a Seattle-based company launches While the administration is looking to lower expectations regarding, already contains much more useful information that the administration’s site which primarily boasts spin and propaganda

The GAO releases a report on TARP underscoring the lack of transparency and accountability in the program.

Day 72 -- April 1: On April Fool’s Day, Obama’s first broken promise goes into effect: His promise not to raise any form of taxes on those making less than $250,000 per year. Signed into law back on Feb. 4, on just the sixteenth day of his presidency, the 156 percent –61 cents per pack -- cigarette tax increase falls largely on the shoulders of middle and low-income Americans.

“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.” (Barack Obama, September 12, 2008, Dover, NH)
[Transcript] [Video clip]

"No one making less than $250,000 under Barack Obama's plan will see one single penny of their tax raised, whether it's their capital gains tax, their income tax, investment tax, any tax."(Joe Biden, Oct. 3, 2008, Vice Presidential Debate, St. Louis, MO)
[Transcript] [Video Clip]

Asked about the tax increase/broken promise, White House spokesman Reid H. Cherlin said "The president's position throughout the campaign was that he would not raise income or payroll taxes on families making less than $250,000, and that's a promise he has kept.”

Day 73 -- April 2: The House and Senate pass the Obama budget outline

Day 74 -- April 3: Day 74 -- April 3: A Wall Street Journal story notes that CBO’s budget estimate from March also quietly revised the cost of TARP up from $189 billion in January to $356 billion.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate rose from 8.1% to 8.5%, and the economy shed 663,000 jobs in the month of March.

Day 75 -- April 4: Responding to questioning as to why Obama has not met his promise to post legislation online for five full days before signing it into law, senior advisor David Axelrod answered Have we achieved everything we want to achieve yet? No. We’ve actually been a little preoccupied. We’re trying to deal with some major challenges here.”

Day 78 -- April 7: Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security releases a report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”

Day 85 -- April 14: Asked about the tax day tea parties being held the following day, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said I don't know if the President is aware of the events.”

Day 86 -- April 15: At least 578,000 Americans attend at least 540 tax day tea parties across the country.

On this day in 1990, Leona Helmsley is ordered to report to prison for not paying her taxes.

On this day in 2009, Tim Geithner is Treasury Secretary and runs the IRS.

Day 88 -- April 17: Despite her tax problems, Kathleen Sebelius wins Senate Committee approval.

Day 90 -- April 19: Obama senior advisor David Axelrod, appearing on the CBS Sunday morning show Face the Nation, describes the taxpayer tea parties as “unhealthy”.

Day 91 -- April 20: Obama insults taxpayers by calling for a mere $100 million in spending cuts from the federal budget within 90 days.

  • $100 million represents .003% (three one thousandths of a percent) of Obama’s FY 2010 budget.
  • $100 million is what the federal government spends every 13 minutes.
  • As Harvard Economist Greg Mankiw points out, cutting $100 million from the federal budget is the equivalent of a family spending $100,000 per year cutting a $3 latte from the annual budget.

Attempting to defend the paltry amount of proposed cuts, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs tells reporters: “I'm not making jokes about it. I'm being completely sincere that only in Washington, D.C. is $100 million not a lot of money. It is where I'm from. It is where I grew up. And I think it is for hundreds of millions of Americans.”

Day 93 -- April 22: Happy Earth Day? Obama sends three cabinet officers to Congress to testify in favor of the energy provisions in his budget, threatening Americans with a $10,000 tax hike per year on every American family once fully phased in. A GAO report warns of a lack of accountability and oversight for “stimulus” spending, and points out the slow pace of spending in spite of Vice President Joe Biden’s assertion that “stimulative spending is ahead of schedule.”

That is all. Let the excuses and silly comparisons of Bush begin.

H/T to Centennial Insitute

Obama's '47 Million Uninsured' Claim Is False

Just like when he promised that "95% of Americans will receive tax cuts," even though not even close to 95% of Americans even pay taxes, President Obama is taking liberties with numbers again.

From NewsMax:

President Barack Obama claimed during his press conference [last week] that there are 47 million Americans without health insurance.

A simple check with the U.S. Census Bureau would have told him otherwise.

Obama said: "This is not just about the 47 million Americans who have no health insurance."

That assertion conflicts with data in the Census Bureau report "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007." The report was issued in August 2008 and contains the most up-to-date official data on the number of uninsured in the U.S.

The report discloses that there were 45.65 million people in the U.S. who did not have health insurance in 2007.

However, it also reveals that there were 9.73 million foreigners — foreign-born non-citizens who were in the country in 2007 — included in that number. So the number of uninsured Americans was actually 35.92 million.

And of those, "there were also 9.1 million people making more than $75,000 per year who did not choose to purchase health insurance," CNSNews stated in a report based on the Census Bureau data.

That brings the number of Americans who lack health insurance presumably for financial reasons down less than 27 million.

The Census Bureau report also shows that the number of people without insurance actually went down in 2007 compared to the previous year — from 47 million to 45.65 million — while the number with insurance rose from 249.8 million to 253.4 million.

The next Census Bureau report disclosing health insurance data, with 2008 numbers, is scheduled to be released in August, and could figure in the healthcare reform debate.

Birthers are Besmirched, 9/11 Truthers are Given Credibility by NYT

Here's one for fun:

When all the nutbags, who have since been ordained as "9/11 Truthers" by the media and bloggers,were calling for congressional investigations and the impeachment of President Bush, they were taken semi-seriously by a lot of the MSM and especially left-wing, anti-Bush radio hosts. Now there are the same whack-jobs (this time, a few right-wing radio and television hosts; but even still lefties) that are claiming that President Obama is not an American citizen.

Now of course, this is a bunch of crap, but how come the "paper of record," the New York Times bashes these "Birthers," yet gave even one sentence of credibility to the "Truthers?" It's all nonsense, and there's not a scrap of real, hard evidence proving either of them. So why the discrepancy? Well, we actually do know the answer as to why the same newspaper that allowed a digusting full-page ad by eviscerating Gen. David Petraeus, who told our enemies about secret prisons, who led the charge on the lies and hate of President Bush and are constantly apologizing for the follies and dishonesty of President Obama is all of a sudden striking down any type of conspiracy theorists related to anything to do with B.O.
Because it's B.O, that's why.

Oh, and they're blaming Rush Limbaugh of course. Not CNN's Lou Dobbs, Not Michael Savage, but Rush Limbaugh...again.

And although, like I said these people are completely nuts, I have to agree with Dobbs when he asks, "Why doesn't President Obama just produce his birth certificate? Wouldn't this all go away real quick like?
Actually while he's at it, I'd like to see...

  • Actual long-form birth certificate (NOT an easily-forged electronic copy of a short-form document that is not even officially accepted in Hawaii)
  • Passport files
  • University of Chicago Law School scholarly articles
  • Harvard Law Review articles
  • Harvard Law School records
  • Columbia University records
  • Columbia University senior thesis, "Soviet Nuclear Disarmament"
  • Occidental College records, including financial aid that he may have received
  • Punahou School records, where Mr. Obama attended from the fifth grade until he finished high school
  • Noelani Elementary School records, where Barack Obama attended kindergarten (according to the Hawaii Department of Education, students must submit a birth certificate to register -- but parents may bring a passport or student visa if the child is from a foreign country)
  • Complete files and schedules of his years as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004
  • Obama's client list from during his time in private practice with the Chicago law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Gallard
  • Illinois State Bar Association records
  • Baptism records
  • Obama/Dunham marriage license
  • Obama/Dunham divorce documents
  • Soetoro/Dunham marriage license
  • Soetero/Dunham Adoption records

Hey, I'm just askin'. Is it any wonder that his
legal team has been paid over one million dollars so far, to stop anyone from seeing any of his actual identification documents?

Obama: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

After a mini-vacation since Friday, I'm back with a doozie. It appears President Obama (then senator-elect Obama) is showing a bit more hypocrisy in this long-forgotten, but newly found interview with former Air America personality, Randi Rhodes. In it he chastises former president, George W. Bush about rushing legislation through Congress without anybody really reading them.

BARACK OBAMA: ...When you rush these budgets that are a foot high and nobody has any idea what's in them and nobody has read them.

RANDI RHODES: 14 pounds it was!

BARACK OBAMA: Yeah. And it gets rushed through without any clear deliberation or debate then these kinds of things happen. And I think that this is in some ways what happened to the Patriot Act. I mean you remember that there was no real debate about that. It was so quick after 9/11 that it was introduced that people felt very intimidated by the administration.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Food for Thought


via email:

The actress Natasha Richardson died after falling skiing in Canada . It took eight hours to drive her to a hospital. If Canada had our healthcare she might be alive today. In the United States , we have medical evacuation helicopters that would have gotten her to the hospital in 30 minutes.

In England anyone over 59 cannot receive heart repairs or stents or bypass because it is not covered as being too expensive and not needed.

Obama wants to have a healthcare system just like Canada's and England's.

If Obama's plans in other areas don't scare you, this should. Please do not let Obama sign senior death warrants.

Most of you know by now that the Senate version (at least) of the "stimulus" Bill includes provisions for extensive rationing of health care for senior citizens. The author of this part of the bill, former senator and tax evader, Tom Daschle was credited today by Bloomberg with the following statement:

Bloomberg: Daschle says "health-care reform will not be pain free. Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that
come with age instead of treating them."

If this does not sufficiently raise your ire, just remember that our esteemed Senators and Congressmen have their own healthcare plan that is first dollar or very low co-pay which they are guaranteed the remainder of their lives and are not subject to this new law if it passes.

No Apologies Needed

At a time when the president and other politicians tend to apologize for America`s prior actions, here`s a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about the U.S.A.

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.
Rusk responded "does that include those who are buried here?
DeGuale did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop

When in England , at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.
He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?'
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?'

You could have heard a pin drop.

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?'
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, 'Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said, 'The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France !"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

Frankly, I'm tired of hearing people apologize for America !
Are you?

A Hero Dies

You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965,

LZ X-ray, Vietnam. Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out.

Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away and you'll never see them again.

As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter..!! You look up to see an un-armed Huey!! But.... it doesn't seem real because no Medi-Vac markings are on it. Ed Freeman is coming for you..!! He's not Medi-Vac so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the Doctors and Nurses.

And, he kept coming back..!! 13 more times..!!

He took about 30 of you and your buddies out who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient,Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID

May God Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch

about some white-gloved entertainer's passing..!!

Shame on the American Media..!!

The Violent Left

This is waaay to good not to share.
Part 1 by Mike McNally
Part 2 by John Hawkins

Obamacare in a Nutshell

Obama Makes His Case on Health Care

President Barack Obama made his case Wednesday night, pleading with the American people in a televised news conference that the health care of millions of Americans that either don't have coverage now, or may not have coverage in the future is "not a game."

He was adamant that health care reforms will not "weigh down" the deficit any further than it is, although Congressional Budget Office head, Douglas Elmendorf, says different; noting that there are a multitude of provisions yet to be added, a good case is made by the Huffington Post's Sam Stein that the Iraq War was twice the cost of health care during the Bush administration, although that is no longer the case.
However, the New York Times, of all outlets, chastised Obama for "claiming credit for not spending money that, under the policy he inherited from Mr. Bush, would never have been spent in the first place." Yes folks, this is from the New York Times. I couldn't believe it either.

The president then went on to seemingly play the race card when the subject of an incident with Henry Louis Gates Jr, an "esteemed scholar" of African-American history at Harvard. Gates was, for some reason, arrested for disorderly conduct at his home after he had already had shown his driver's license to police, after they had been called for a break and enter, after gates had to force his way into his own home.

Now there's no doubt Gates has a case here, but what does that have to do with the president's health care reform?
"...I think we know separate and apart from this incident is there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by police disproportionately. That's just a fact," Obama said.
Even if that is true, why would the president of the United States take this opportunity, in a press conference presumably dealing with health care, to talk about racial tension? Didn't he deal with this in his "race speech" back in March? Again, a case could be (and I'm sure will be) made by Gates, but why did the president bring it up now? He tried to "joke" about the incident when he said, what would happen if police had confronted him inside the White House, and arrested him for disorderly conduct.
"I guess this is my house now, so it probably wouldn't happen," he said. "Here I'd get shot."

This reminds me of the First Lady, Michelle Obama's remark that the president, while in the primaries, "could be shot at a gas station for being a black man."
It reminds me of the white people that were shot and killed at a gas station by Washington sniper, John Allen Muhammad and his minor accomplice back in 2002. Is my bringing up that little factoid off colour and/or racist? If it is, so is the president's "joke," I'm afraid.

Another point is, President Obama didn't really answer questions satisfactorily by reporters when asked. It seemed to me he hemmed and hawed his way through question period. It seems to me that the president may not be fully comfortable with his own numbers. A growing number of Americans, including Congressional Democrats aren't either.

UPDATE: I may have spoken to soon. I should have known better to comment before having all the facts. It appears the police in the Gates matter acted accordingly. And President Obama should be ashamed for commenting on a matter without knowing all the facts (as I did) and without hesitation blaming the police and saying they acted "stupidly." Aside from the bad grammar, the president is a Harvard educated man and is supposed to be the "great uniter." With statements like this, he is more like the "great divider" and is setting back race relations 40 years with that statement. There will be more to this story to be sure.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Israeli Warships on the March

I don't know if they should be this close right now. Even I would say they may be stirring the pot, but they have to keep tabs and send a message that they won't be intimidated.

Maybe It's Gore's Rage That is Causing "Climate Change"

I want to to see him speak on this.
In his hometown, no less.

Facism Reigns Supreme in Concord, NC

Although there are kiosks selling pro Obama items in this Concord, NC mall, one selling anti-Obama items will not be allowed to sell anything after July. This is after one patron to the mall found it "offensive," "bigoted" and "racist" and wrote a letter to the editor of the Charlotte Observer.

Reports say there are bumper stickers and the like that "appear" to condone Confederacy, racism, sexism and slavery. And while (other than the Confederacy items) those cannot be condoned, there is something to be said about freedom of speech and ideas. There are websites that sell pro-conservative T-shirts, are those to be outlawed as well? Items such as these that mocked President Bush were never attacked. If people don't like them or don't agree with them, they simply won't sell and the propreiter will have to change his stock if they want to stay in business. If they do sell in a free market society, who has the right to close it down? If someone were to find offense with a pro-Obama kiosk, would anybody listen, much less take action? We all know the tired answer to that. It just shows where the bias and hypocrisy lies.

Undue Influence on Congressional Budget?

President Obama met with Congressional Budget Office head, Doug Elmendorf yesterday. I don't know what was said, but we do know what was discussed. Is the president strong-arming Elmendorf because the CBO head is doing his job? Isn't that what he's supposed to do, to keep Congressional spending in check?

Where's the conspiracy charges and rage from the MSM? Wasn't Dick Cheney thrown to the wolves when he met with the CIA? Wouldn't Bush had been charged as anti-constitutional criminal? And as of this wrting, why is FOX News the only agency reporting on this?
Sam Theodosopoulos of NewsBusters has a take on the MSM hypocrisy as does Jay Ambrose of the San Francisco Examiner.

More and more Americans are now turning against the president on this. It's quite obvious this is why he doesn't want to wait till after the August Congressional recess. Is he even listening to the people?

ABC NEWS' Z. Byron Wolf also reports.

And I'm glad to see that day after day more and more Democrats (some conservative Dems always have) href=" standing up to their boss,

Make a Run for the Border...for Free Health Care

Gotta get those illegals covered! The Dems need that generational vote after amnesty, you know. After all, that one party system is a priority.

Jindal on How to Make Health Care Bipartisan

Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on how to better the costs of Health Care. He just may have something. Will the president and Congress look at it? Don't hold your breath.

British Airways Deals with Racism

This was sent to me via email:

Johannesburg, South Africa & London ..
A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man.
Very disturbed by this, she called the air hostess.
'You obviously do not see it then?' she asked. 'You placed me next to a black man. I did not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.'

'Be calm please,' the hostess replied.
'Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available.'
The hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later.
'Madam,just as I thought, there are no other available seats in Economy Class.
I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also
no seat in Business Class. All the same, we still have one place in First Class..'

Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued.
'It is not usual for our company to permit someone from Economy Class to sit in First Class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting.'

She turned to the black guy, and said, 'Therefore, Sir, if
you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits
you in First Class.'

At that moment, the other passengers, who'd been shocked by what they had just witnessed, stood up and applauded.

This is a true story.

WELL DONE, British Airways

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Jindal Schools CNN's Roberts

Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal on an appearance on CNN's American Morning took the high road while dealing with a condescending and factually mistaken, John Roberts when the host gave misleading statistics about Jindal’s performance as governor.

From NewsBusters...

Why do today's journalist do this? And yes, FOX News included. Of course, FOX is vastly outnumbered by the sheer number of left-leaning news outlets. You have to remember, other than talk radio, conservative-themed news and entertaiment shows are pretty non-existant. Of course that's the fault of conservatives, themselves.

Regardless, I think Jindal showed Roberts that not only is he well-educated, but he kind of took the Reagan route by just smiling and showing his stuff.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Ten Commandments According to Obama

I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.)

II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, unless it is my face carved on Mt. Rushmore.

III. Thou shalt not utter my middle name in vain (or in public). Only I can say Barack Hussein Obama.

IV. Remember tax day, April 15th, to keep it holy.

V. Honor thy father and thy mother until they are too old and sick to care for. They will cost our public-funded health-care system too much money.

VI. Thou shalt not kill, unless you have an unwanted, unborn baby. For it would be an abomination to punish your daughter with a baby.

VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery if you are conservative or a Republican. Liberals and Democrats are hereby forgiven for all of their infidelity and immorality, but the careers of conservatives will be forever destroyed.

VIII. Thou shalt not steal, until you've been elected to public office. Only then is it acceptable to take money from hard-working, successful citizens and give it to those who do not work, illegal immigrants, or those who do not have the motivation to better their own lives.

IX. Thou shalt not discriminate against thy neighbor unless they are conservative, Caucasian, or Christian.

X. Thou shalt not covet because it is simply unnecessary. I will place such a heavy tax burden on those that have achieved the American Dream that, by the end of my term as President, nobody will have any wealth or material goods left for you to covet.

C'mon. Even you lefties out there have to find this funny. I laughed at Family Guy and American Dad when they poked fun at Bush. Have a sense of humor.

Thousands Take to the Streets in Iran in Defiance of Tyranny

The Iranian people want freedom, especially the young that easily see through President Ahmedinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his mullahs.

I and many others have been saying this for the last few years. It has been quite obvious to everyone, I would think. The youth of Iran want freedom. They want their discotheques, they want their unregulated internet, among a host of other freedoms and privileges we in the West have and probably take for granted. One thing's for sure, it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

Ahmadinejad Threatens West Yet Again

Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has once again threatened the West, which includes Israel (who are preparing for such an eventuality) who he calls the "global arrogance," by saying, " ...I have told the enemies ... that this nation ... will strike you in the face so hard you will lose your way home."

How can anybody think this guy is not a real threat? Even if he doesn't have, or will not get nuclear weapons (which is just a matter of a short amount of time) just his demeanour and pose should be enough to take him as such. President Obama has said he will not stand by and allow or tolerate Iran to secure these weapons of mass destruction. Let's hope so. This crackpot is not fooling around. Now, it may all be just political posturing, but with all that Iran has been (allegedly) involved in (such as supplying IEDs to Iraqi and Afghani insurgents, the 1979 hostage crisis, taking British sailors hostage and a plethora of threats and admonishments toward the west, especially the U.S.) how can the West not consider him a threatening, looming enemy? He is not a nice guy, regardless of what Mike Wallace may have you believe.

Walter Cronkite Dies

This man was the best. Now I feel kind of bad chastising him awhile back. But he was "The Most Trusted Man in America," a consummate professional and simply the best. There are none like him left and I doubt very highly we will see his kind again.

Of course, I wasn't around for his coverage of the moon landing (did you see the pride on his face and excitement as he rubbed his hands together? Watch it on the tribute video below) or his historic announcement of the death of President Kennedy (as his his voice cracked when he did, I believe the only time he wavered in his stoic professional career) as well as the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.

President Lyndon Johnson knew he had lost the support of the American people over the Vietnam War when after a Cronkite report from the field, when he stated, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost America."

It would be nice if today's "journalists" had Cronkite's integrity, class and professionalism. You just know he had to be shuddering at today's bias and the inserting of opinion into the news. As the article says, this man personified television journalism.

Rest in peace, Walter. God's speed. You will be missed.
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