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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Obama grandstanded, letting Iran get away with murder

Wall Street Journal must-read found here:
President Obama wants a unified front against Iran, and to that end he stood together with Nicolas Sarkozy and Gordon Brown in Pittsburgh on Friday morning to reveal the news about Tehran's secret facility to build bomb-grade fuel. But now we hear that the French and British leaders were quietly seething on stage, annoyed by America's handling of the announcement.

Both countries wanted to confront Iran a day earlier at the United Nations. Mr. Obama was, after all, chairing a Security Council session devoted to nonproliferation. The latest evidence of Iran's illegal moves toward acquiring a nuclear weapon was in hand. With the world's leaders gathered in New York, the timing and venue would be a dramatic way to rally international opinion.

President Sarkozy in particular pushed hard. He had been "frustrated" for months about Mr. Obama's reluctance to confront Iran, a senior French government official told us, and saw an opportunity to change momentum. But the Administration told the French that it didn't want to "spoil the image of success" for Mr. Obama's debut at the U.N. and his homily calling for a world without nuclear weapons, according to the Paris daily Le Monde. So the Iran bombshell was pushed back a day to Pittsburgh, where the G-20 were meeting to discuss economic policy.

Iran, France and our foolish prince

The inimitable Jack Kelly has the story:
Iran has been put on notice before. At the G8 meeting in Italy in July, Mr. Obama and other leaders set a "firm deadline" of Sep. 10 for the Iranians to make a serious offer to negotiate about their nuclear program. When the mullahs blew him off, Mr. Obama quietly extended the deadline until December.

December could be too late. "Tehran soon could have humankind's most frightening weapon if substantial diplomatic progress is not made in the coming days," Rep. Howard Berman (D-Cal), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Saturday (9/26).

If severe economic sanctions are not imposed immediately, in months if not in weeks, only a military strike will b e able to prevent an Iranian bomb.

But after sternly lecturing Iran on its international obligations Friday, President Obama didn't call for sanctions. He called for more negotiations. And then, as the Iranians were spitting in his eye with the missile test, he jetted off to Copenhagen to lobby to have the 2016 Olympics held in Chicago.

No wonder Nicolas Sarkozy holds him in contempt.

A real eye opener about frauds and global warming

Monday, September 28, 2009

Me, me, me

Says it perfectly
I can recall no other major American speech in which the narcissism of a leader has been quite so pronounced. It might be compared to Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s “I shall return” -- which made it sound like MacArthur intended to reconquer the Philippines single-handedly. But MacArthur, at least, imagined himself as embodying his country, not transcending it. He did not assert that while the Japanese invasion was certainly excessive, America had been guilty of provocations of its own -- and now, in the MacArthur era, things would be finally different.

Lots & lotsa oil

Check it out here:
Energy: An amazing number of oil finds have been made this year, including the biggest in California in 35 years. If the world is running out of oil, why do we keep finding more of it?

The mantra of the anti-drilling crowd has been that oil companies like to sit on their leases and the oil in the ground, hoping to drive up the price. They should use the leases they have or lose them, these critics say. They also like to add that the world is running out of oil so it doesn't matter anyway.

India laments our presidency

I wonder how many other countries feel the same way. England? France? Poland? Honduras?
Given the intensely and admirably egalitarian nature of the United States presidential election process, it has always been a theoretical possibility that the country will send to the White House a person inexperienced in global affairs and unequal to the international situation before him. Often this has not been the case, and incumbents have risen to the job. Sixty years ago, Harry S Truman had limited first-hand knowledge of great power bargaining but turned out to be farsighted enough to anticipate the Cold War. Mr Obama is the antithesis of this phenomenon. He is completely out of his depth and will probably leave behind a dangerous and unsure legacy. India could have done without this neophyte.

Net neutrality

So why the push for “Net Neutrality”? Most of the support from the private sector is from large internet content companies which used to be truly capitalist and essentially libertarian in behavior, companies like Amazon, eBay, and particularly Google. As they add more high-bandwidth content, such as movies and music, they want to prevent ISPs from being able to charge them for using such a high percentage of available bandwidth. Instead, under the guise of “neutrality”, they’re trying to use government to prevent the owners of Internet infrastructure from being able to rationally set prices for the use of that infrastructure. In other words, they are trying to steal the ISPs property rights. Is it any wonder that almost all of Google’s political contributions go to Democrats?

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Teaching is turning into glorified babysitting

Increase the school day by THREE hours from 7:30 to 5:00 at night? Sure. Why not. Be sure to read the last paragraph to discern the real motive behind this agenda. It's "social justice," not education, we are talking about here. The other issue that is NOT mentioned in this article is the number of kids who do not have fathers in the home. Could this be glorified babysitting, paying professional teachers loads of money to "watch" kids whose parents aren't willing to take on the tough work of doing it themselves? Just askin'.
Disadvantaged kids, on the whole, make no progress in the summer, Alexander said. Some studies suggest they actually fall back. Wealthier kids have parents who read to them, have strong language skills and go to great lengths to give them learning opportunities such as computers, summer camp, vacations, music lessons, or playing on sports teams.

"If your parents are high school dropouts with low literacy levels and reading for pleasure is not hard-wired, it's hard to be a good role model for your children, even if you really want to be," Alexander said.

Extra time is not cheap. The Massachusetts program costs an extra $1,300 per student, or 12 percent to 15 percent more than regular per-student spending, said Jennifer Davis, a founder of the program. It received more than $17.5 million from the state Legislature last year.

School that posted fawning Obama video also

Ran a fake terror drill with "Christians" being the terrorists. Apparently this school is no stranger to left wing activism among children:
The drill, aimed at testing the reactions of faculty and first responders during a simulated attack, included an imaginary scenario that has some Christians up in arms.

During the simulation, two mock gunmen from a fake right-wing fundamentalist group called the "New Crusaders" — a group that does not believe in the separation of church and state — stormed the school. The idea was that they were angry that one of their daughters was expelled for praying before class.

Nobody from the school, including from the superintendent's office or the police department, was willing to talk about the drill on camera, but the township issued a statement saying the chosen scenario was never intended to offend any group and was meant to be generic in nature.

ACORN leaders milked system

Why is this not surprising? Numerous ridiculous expenditures, money pouring in from corrupt political campaigns and the government....
Former ACORN bigwig Dale Rathke racked up a $157,000 American Express bill that he couldn't repay around the time he was caught embezzling from the group founded by his brother Wade, The Post has learned.

Rathke was a big spender with multiple credit cards who rang up purchases at luxury shops, traveled by limo and frequented five-star hotels and restaurants, court papers show.

American Express filed a claim against Rathke in 2003 in Louisiana civil district court.

Among the court papers is a partial credit history that indicates Rathke had several different cards from different companies. He used them to shop at places like Gucci and Neiman Marcus, where he spent $1,003 and $1,742 respectively on July 6, 2000.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Keeping your doctor

Read about it at Hot Air:
This flowchart may seem daunting at first, but think of it this way. Could you get a tax return process into a single page and have the font be anything above microscopic? Of course not. Just suck it up, you taxpaying weenies — and don’t forget to hire H&R Block to represent you in the health-care process.

An amazingly consistent smile

Follow the link to get the details on where this was photographed. This is NOT a trick.

Please offer fashion advice

SOMEONE offer this woman fashion advice concerning the appropriateness of wearing a strappy dress to the G20 summit. This was almost as bad a faux pas as her wearing the skimpy flower number to the posthumous award ceremony:

Death panels by proxy

So you squeeze the doctors who provide the Medicare, reducing their payments so that they, by nature, reduce the level of care the patients receive. This is in the Senate bill on health care. Read about it in the Washington Times.
Yes, there are death panels. Its members won't even know whose deaths they are causing. But under the health care bill sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, death panels will indeed exist - oh so cleverly disguised as accountants.

The offending provision is on Pages 80-81 of the unamended Baucus bill, hidden amid a lot of similar legislative mumbo-jumbo about Medicare payments to doctors. The key sentence: "Beginning in 2015, payment would be reduced by five percent if an aggregation of the physician's resource use is at or above the 90th percentile of national utilization." Translated into plain English, it means that in any year in which a particular doctor's average per-patient Medicare costs are in the top 10 percent in the nation, the feds will cut the doctor's payments by 5 percent.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Michelle says he is a "lazy fool"

Not kidding. Read about it here:
Michelle even described her husband's election to the Senate in their home state of Illinois as a 'costly waste of time' - when he could be earning 'real money' at a major law firm. At the time, she insisted, they were 'as poor as church mice', and she was 'one very unhappy mouse'.

That wasn't all. Michelle was also fed up with her husband's personal habits, including his chain-smoking, his snoring in bed, and being 'clueless' when it came to running the house.

He was, his wife maintains, not just 'a fool' but 'a lazy fool'.

Swine flu vaccine concerns

This is an article from August which states the concerns of neurologists over the new swine flu vaccine and the 25 deaths associated with the last round of swine flu vaccines in the 70's. As much as they have pumped up the scare around the h1n1 virus, we haven't been hearing much about the vaccine, except that it isn't "ready" yet. Read about it here:
A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter.

The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins.

It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine.

GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal.

The letter, sent to about 600 neurologists on July 29, is the first sign that there is concern at the highest levels that the vaccine itself could cause serious complications.

Don't resent it if you work hard and your $$ go to someone else

You're greedy. That's all. You want to keep your stuff when other people want it. How fair is that?
( - By 2012, nearly $1 trillion from the top 30 percent of American families will be redistributed among the bottom 70 percent if Obama’s proposals on taxes, health care, and climate change become law, according to the Tax Foundation.

“Even if none of Obama’s policies becomes law, the extent of income redistribution is remarkable,” Scott Hodge, president of the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, said. “The top-earning 40 percent of families will transfer $826 billion to the bottom 60 percent in 2012.”

Under the Obama plan, 70 percent of American families as a group -- those earning less than $109,460 -- will receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes, Hodge said.

More fallout on the Obama jungen video

Yeah, that's what we're calling it. Not "Hitler jungen," but "Obama jungen." This is the video where the kids are signing praise to Dear Leader Obama. Apparently Google is cooking the books on the number of views of the video. Read about it here:
News aggregator is currently linking to a YouTube video of a government schoolteacher instructing young students to praise Obama in song. While this is shocking, there is an even bigger story here. Consider this: the video's "views" counter listed only 363 views as of 1:04 p.m. EST on Sept. 24.

But at the same time it had

What's wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Obama's gestures:
Hillsdale College Professor Paul Rahe writes to comment on the Obama administration's announced abandoment last week of the so-called Third Site of missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. Claremont Institute President Brian Kennedy addressed the subject in the Wall Street Journal Asia column "Obama's strategic confusion." Kennedy writes: "The cancellation of the Third Site demonstrates the Obama administration's complete confusion over strategic defense." Professor Rahe argues that it also suggests Obama's peculiar animus against friends of the United States, if not the United States itself:

Ugh. It's unbearable

Washington Times article:
Then there is the catalogue of Mr. Obama's embarrassing moments on the world stage, a list which includes: giving England's Queen Elizabeth II an iPod with his speeches on it; giving British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a collection of DVDs that were not formatted to the European standard (by contrast, Mr. Brown gave Mr. Obama an ornamental desk-pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, among other historically significant gifts); calling "Austrian" a language; bowing to the Saudi king; releasing a photo of a conference call with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which the president was showing the soles of his shoes to the camera (an Arab insult); saying "let me be absolutely clear.
Israel is a strong friend of Israel's"; saying the United States was "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world"; suggesting Arabic translators be shifted from Iraq to Afghanistan where Arabic is not a native language; sending a letter to French President Jacques Chirac when Nicolas Sarkozy was the president of France; holding a town-hall meeting in France and not calling on a single French citizen; and referring to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when he meant Cinco de Mayo. Also of note was Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton giving Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov a "reset" button with the Russian word for "overcharge."

More contradictions

His own government entities contradict his every point. Then he contradicts HIMSELF.

Passing a bill that hasn't been written yet

That's the next bizarre step in Congressional leadership. Just pass it, then write it:
Senate staffers, the true veterans, are cynical and truly difficult to shock simply because they’ve seen it all — personal and political implosions, outrages, bad behavior and the worst motivations.

But this, this shocked even the veterans.

What is this? I call it: Vaporbill.

As you may know, in the great dot com internet bubble, vaporware was software that was sold, but that did not exist yet.

Vaporbill is a bill that has no legislative language but that is brought up before the Senate and cloture is invoked on a 100% blank bill.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


To hear world leaders and others addressing the United Nations Summit on Climate Change, the threat could not be more real and the need more urgent to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

But in stark contrast to the earnest statements is the carbon footprint associated with their gathering.

It happens every autumn: midtown Manhattan becomes the motorcade capital of the world. Each foreign leader in town has a convoy of vehicles. Some of them, like President Obama's motorcade, are 20-to-30 vehicles in length. It's so long - it seems that when the front of it reaches the U.N., the back end is still back at his hotel.

Obama plays while Georgia drowns

Yeah, goes on 5 talk shows, on Letterman and plays all around town while George drowns. New Orleans, anyone?
It's over four years since Hurricane Katrina and the left is still whining about George W. Bush and FEMA.

Yet as
Just a Grunt noted this morning, parts of Georgia have been hit by massive flooding with at least six people killed by surging water.

Barack Obama showed his deep concern for the citizens of Georgia by cracking some lame jokes with the gap-toothed moron last night and
playing basketball today.

Massive tax on health care coming

Dick Morris and the CBO take a whack at it:
The elderly were the first group to turn against President Obama’s health-care pro posals, alienated by the plans to cut $500 billion cut from Medicare. The young and the uninsured may be the next to jump ship — out of worry over about the huge premiums they’d have to pay.

Requiring everyone to buy insurance will impose a massive tax on all who now are uninsured. The Congressional Budget Office projects that it would force the middle-income uninsured to pay on average more than 15 percent of their income.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Another day, another, um, lie

Two different stories from two people. Using Al Gore's old trick of utilizing personal trials to your advantage, regardless of the truth;
In her speech, Mrs. Obama also told the story of how her daughter Sasha would not stop crying when she was 4 months old. A doctor’s visit revealed she might have meningitis; she ultimately did not, but the illness produced a scare.
Obviously a good thing the kid didn't have meningitis.

However, as an sharp-eyed Just a Grunt alerted me to, just last Thursday, Mrs. Obama's husband told a completely different story. Pay attention at the 2:40 mark.

Tucson schools promote race based discipline

It seems there is no depth too low that the left is willing to sink. In this "post-racial" world, we don't consider race anymore, do we. Or not.
The board is calling for a two-tiered form of student discipline. One for Black and Hispanic students; one for everyone else.

With the goal of creating a "restorative school culture and climate" that conveys a "sense of belonging to all students," the board is insisting that its schools reduce its suspensions and/or expulsions of minority students to the point that the data reflect "no ethnic/racial disparities."

From the section of the 52-page plan titled "Restorative School Culture and Climate," subhead, "Discipline":

"School data that show disparities in suspension/expulsion rates will be examined in detail for root causes. Special attention will be dedicated to data regarding African-American and Hispanic students."

The board approved creating an "Equity Team" that will oversee the plan to ensure "a commitment to social justice for all students."

The happy-face edu-speak notwithstanding, what the Tucson Unified School District board of governors has approved this summer is a race-based system of discipline.

Military waiting for Obama to read report submitted in August

Of course, the report stated that we are being overwhelmed in Afghanistan and may LOSE if we do not have more supplemental troops. Concern that Obama is not making any decisions. Just supporting the Marxists. From WaPo and NRO:
But Obama's deliberative pace — he has held only one meeting of his top national security advisers to discuss McChrystal's report so far — is a source of growing consternation within the military. "Either accept the assessment or correct it, or let's have a discussion," one Pentagon official said. "Will you read it and tell us what you think?" Within the military, this official said, "there is a frustration. A significant frustration. A serious frustration."

The military thinks the White House might want to throw McChrystal under the bus; the White House thinks the military is pushing Obama too hard on troop levels. The next few weeks will be a fraught period for civil-military relations.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obama stripping weapons from our defense

He's going to get us killed. Or some of us anyway. Then he'll blame Bush for creating all the disturbance...a climate of aggression.
Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country's arsenal, the Guardian can reveal.

Obama has rejected the Pentagon's first draft of the "nuclear posture review" as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, according to European officials.

Those options include:

• Reconfiguring the US nuclear force to allow for an arsenal measured in hundreds rather than thousands of deployed strategic warheads.

Breibart strikes again?

Keep watching. Read the speculation here:
Andrew Breitbart, a driving force behind the recent revelations of ACORN’s utter lawlessness, is promising a “blockbuster” from “left field” next week. Speculation is rampant: what will it be?

Keep reading and it may just become obvious.

Let’s start with Ace, who notes:

Liberals aren't accustomed to dissent

Michael Barone:

In the past few weeks, we have seen textbook examples of how MSM has ignored news stories that reflected badly on the administration for which it has such warm feelings. It ignored the videos in which White House "green jobs czar" proclaimed himself a "communist" and the "truther" petition he signed charging that George W. Bush may have allowed the Sept. 11 attacks.

It ignored the videos released on Andrew Breitbart's showing Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now employees offering to help a supposed pimp and prostitute evade taxes and employ 13- to 15-year-old prostitutes. It downplayed last spring's Tea Parties -- locally organized demonstrations against big government that attracted about a million people nationwide -- and downplayed the Tea Party throng at the Capitol and on the Mall on Sept. 12.

Peh. Right

He hasn't been following it. Yet he told them he'd ask them before he made any major decisions in the White House.
STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?

OBAMA: You know, if -- frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.

OBAMA: You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're not committing to -- to cut off the federal funding?

OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to.

Why won't the administration investigate ACORN?

Well, we all know the answer to that. For a pretty comprehensive look at ACORN's nefarious activities, check out this NY Post article:
*ACORN is rooted in extreme far-left activism that wants to shut down the US government by overwhelming it with demands for welfare benefits and other forms of assistance.

"They don't like the American system of government, and would love for it to be overthrown," said ACORN expert Matthew Vadum, a senior editor at the conservative Capital Research Center in D.C.

"The whole goal is to transform America into a socialist country, or some form of socialist democracy. This group is dangerous."

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Madeline Albright: ambassador to the world

Well, they're running all around the world dissing their home country. Where would Albright be, if not for this country? Would she have received a fee in excess of $40,000 for talking crap like this about any other country?
Madeleine Albright said during the meeting that America no longer had the intention of being the first nation of the world. [SNIP]

The former US Secretary of State surprised the audience with her speech. She particularly said that democracy was not the perfect system. “It can be contradictory, corrupt and may have security problems,” Albright said.

America has been having hard times recently, Albright said.

Time magazine schemes

Of course, they didn't know that the photographer of Glenn Beck would purposely try to make him look bad, as she did with John McCain last year. Or did they? It doesn't help that she brags about it:
As we noted yesterday when news broke aboutTime Magazine’s cover story on Glenn Beck, the image used is from a photo shoot last year by Jill Greenberg.

It’s an interesting choice. Greenberg is known for her liberal views – and she’s being very upfront about her use of this opportunity to take revenge on those who attacked her.

Greenberg brought up the cover on Twitter (she goes by the ironic handle @JillManipulator). Here’s her comment:

exactly a year after my right wing attack, i am retouching one of my attackers for a magazine cover. leaving blemishes of course.