Monday, November 30, 2009
"I’m not the Commander-in-Chief, but there’s one thing I could surmise about war: you don’t win by letting the enemy know your plans before you implement them.
But Barack Obama’s presidency is all about show and to give himself that right look, he’ll tell the world (and the Taliban) how he plans on winning it and he’s using our soldiers as his props.
This man who dithered for days about four Somali pirates in a lifeboat has dithered for months over a very clear-cut operational decision. That’s right, – this doesn’t even rise to the level of strategy. Our strategy should be pretty clear – crush al Qaeda. Eliminate the Taliban if necessary so that Afghanistan does not revert to the 18th Century again.
You won’t see that Tuesday night. Instead you’ll see a grandiose exercise in narcissism. Stagecraft is mandatory so he’ll broadcast from our Military Academy at West Point, likely using a color-coordinated selection of cadets as a backdrop.
This is the clear difference between progressives and conservatives. At least Bill Clinton was honest when he wrote (as a youth) he “loathed” the military. Obama may not loathe them, but he’ll use them and those overseas waiting for him to make up his mind."
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I heard a sportscaster say that Tiger may very well be the recipient of some very negative press from the mainstream media. A few years ago there was a movement to have Tiger use his "blackness" to speak for that brand of minority. Tiger, to his credit, avoided being 'used' by Bill Clinton at Shea Stadium to honor Jackie Robinson. Mr. Woods was asked to speak at an Obama function as part of the inaugural festivities for Obama. He did give a talk but he honored members of our Armed Forces and thereby avoided racial controversy. He was castigated in the press for missing an opportunity to shine the light on the plight of Blacks in the country. Just as Michael Jordan sells shoes Tiger Woods sells Buicks or did, anyway. It's called economic common sense.
If Tiger and Elin are having problems I feel badly for both of them but to quote our Democrat friends from the late 1990's in protecting Billy Bob Clinton, "What's the big deal? It's only about sex".
Saturday, November 28, 2009
"The American people consistently tell Congress and the administration they want the excessive spending to stop, government health care not to happen, listen to us, and corruption to be ferreted out. What we have received in return is proposed higher taxes, more corruption, we know better than you, and more spending. There is little doubt these people simply do not listen and could care less about listening to the voters.
We now see out in the open the corruption exhibited by elected officials. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) sold her vote for the Senate health care bill for $300 million and bragged about it. She was asked if she was given $100 million for her state and her vote. She responded she was given $300 million and was proud of it. That particular vote was needed in order for the bill to proceed to debate by the full senate. Many Democratic senators are saying although they voted to continue with the bill, they will not vote for the current bill unless it is changed to their position.
The way I interpret that is, since Sen. Landrieu got such a great deal, the leadership must give me a similar deal for my vote. What makes this even more amazing is the number of people involved with politics who state this is the norm and it shows how deals are truly cut in congress and the White House. It looks more like the mafia to me. Are we such fools as to think bills should be for the general welfare of the nation and not the few or special?
It reminds me of the old joke about prostitution: A man asks a woman if she would go to bed with him for a million dollars and she says yes. He then asks if she would go to bed with him for $20 and she replies, "What do you think I am, a whore?" He replies, we have already determined that, now we are haggling over the price. If the shoe fits, wear it.
Last week we learned a whistle blower released thousands of e-mails from The Climate Research Unit and the Hadley Center concerning climate change (Global Warming.) These are two of the major units pushing the theory and convincing millions that man is causing the earth to warm and man must do drastic things to change it. Several of the key individuals in this area such as Phil Jones and Michael Mann are exposed in these e-mails. Manipulating data, preventing responses to Freedom of Information inquiries, and blackballing anyone with views that do not agree with the premise of warming are all described. DUH!! These show it is all a huge hoax and yet our media has said nothing while our president announced he will attend the summit in Copenhagen concerning the issue of global warming early next month and push for agreement to reduce a threat that does not exist. Our House of Representatives recently passed the Cap and Trade Bill that is based primarily of the theory of global warming and will do irreparable harm to our economy. This is another "crisis" we must deal with immediately so say those who support it. I am tired of all these crises that will not allow us to ponder and debate before we act.
We now have the Russians, French, Chinese and Germans lecturing us about spending and how to run a country. While that is happening, the North Koreans, Iranians and Venezuelans are lecturing us about other topics. The entire time, our president tours the world bowing and apologizing for the country because it is not perfect. What is wrong with this picture?
We remain the most innovative and productive nation in the history of the world, but the current administration and congress are working diligently to insure the USA of the future will merely be just another nation in a world of nations. Listen to what the leaders of these organizations are saying and it leaves little doubt they believe we are just one of many and not a special country.
If they are successful, we will become just another nation among many, but I do not believe that and millions of other Americans also do not believe it. We are special because of our freedom and drive and we will not allow that to be taken from us by an elite few who are totally out of touch with the true America and its people."
Donald J. Myers, a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a regular columnist for Hernando Today. He lives in Spring Hill and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Then, for reasons known only to Freud, I thought of my boyhood hero. He was(is) Henry Aaron. I was a baseball fanatic when I was a youngster and he played for the Milwaukee Braves. This adulation began in 1956 and I'll always remember the thrill of watching him take his position in right field. He loped when he ran. Critics sometimes accused him of loafing while chasing after a ball. Not my guy! No way! And, oh, how he could hit that ball. For me his home runs were more majestic, more beautiful and longer than anyone before or after. He wasn't big; 5'11" and 170 pounds soaking wet but with a flick of his wrists the ball would rocket out of the stadium. It was so wonderful to watch him perform.
I shook his hand once, sort of. I was at County Stadium in Milwaukee and it was 1957. This eleven year old was as excited as one could be. Prior to a game with the St. Louis Cardinals the fans were allowed to go onto the field and take pictures of the players from both teams. A rope separated us as we strolled down the line. I was shaking hands and snapping photos of baseball legends; Warren Spahn, Lou Burdette and Stan "The Man" Musial but all the while, out of the corner of my eye, I kept looking at my hero as I edged closer to him. Finally, the big moment, and as I took his picture the bulb fell from my camera. As I reached to the ground to pick it up and while fumbling for the flashbulb I put my hand up and out and gave Henry Aaron a "dead fish". The words I wanted to say got caught in my throat, my heart was pounding and tears welled. I couldn't have been more embarrassed if my pants had fallen to the ground and caught on fire. I don't remember much about the ballgame. In my mind, until I was forty, I figured Mr. Aaron when thinking of that day would say, "Man, what a stupid kid". But I got over it. I even, with my fiance's permission, invited him to our 1969 wedding. He didn't come and he didn't send a gift but that's okay. Everyone should have a magical hero. The good memories they leave transcend time.
Senate Republicans have just released an outstanding chart highlighting the accounting games that Democrats are playing with the costs of their proposed health-care overhaul. The Democrats assert that their Senate bill would cost $848 billion over ten years. But Congressional Budget Office projections show that only 1 percent of those costs would kick in prior to the fifth year of what the Democrats are calling the "first 10 years." In the bill's true first 10 years (2014 to 2023) -- that is, in the first 10 years in which it would be operational to any meaningful extent -- the CBO projects that the bill would cost $1.8 trillion. But it gets even worse. The CBO doesn't say that the bill's total costs from 2010 to 2019 (99 percent of which would come from 2014-onward) would be $848 billion -- or that its total costs in its real first 10 years (2014 to 2023) would be $1.8 trillion. Rather, it says that these would be the gross costs of the bill's "expansions in insurance coverage." The CBO shows that there are many other costs in the bill as well, including spending related to the CLASS Act, risk-adjustment payments, funding for the government-run "public option" (not a cent of which is included in the figure for "expansions in insurance coverage"), and other new federal spending.The Senate Republicans' chart demonstrates that the total for all of these costs -- based on CBO projections for the bill's true first 10 years -- is $2.5 trillion. And costs would only skyrocket from there, as the chart's trajectory suggests. In the 5 years to follow (2024-28), spending on "expansions in insurance coverage" alone would be $1.7 trillion, making the bill's total costs in its real first 15 years well over $4 trillion -- based on CBO projections. The key in all of this, of course, is that the Democrats want everyone to use a "10 year" tally that doesn't remotely represent what Americans would be on the hook for in terms of real 10-year costs. As the Senate GOP chart demonstrates, the bill's true costs in its first 10 years would be about three times what President Obama, Senator Reid, and their allies are disingenuously claiming. No wonder Robert Samuelson wrote last week in the Washington Post: "The disconnect between what President Obama says and what he's doing is so glaring that most people could not abide it. The president, his advisers and allies have no trouble. But reconciling blatantly contradictory objectives requires them to engage in willful self-deception, public dishonesty, or both."
Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God. This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration's commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.
On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season.
I can hardly wait to hear the Kwanza message. It'll be a doozey.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The event, which happens every five years, began with the decapitation of thousands of buffalo, killed in honour of Gadhimai, a Hindu goddess of power.
With up to a million worshippers on the roads near the festival grounds, this year's fair seems more popular than ever, despite vocal protests from animals rights groups who have called for it to be banned. "It is the traditional way, " explained 45-year old Manoj Shah, a Nepali driver who has been attending the event since he was six, "If we want anything, and we come here with an offering to the goddess, within five years all our dreams will be fulfilled."
There is no better example of how this government hates, yes hates, our folks in uniform . The horrific aspect of the situation is there will be groups of people who will insist and write that a court martial for these Seals is more than appropriate. Politicians on the Left, the media, members of Academia and Leftist Commies will demand the heads of these guys to show the world how humane and caring we are. It makes me want to puke on every 60's Liberal slob who still professes loyalty to Timothy Leary, H Rap Brown, George McGovern and, yes, Bill Clinton and his blind followers.
Citizens, we have two choices: either get the job done with these terrorists or get our guy's out of harms way. My kids are too old to be in the Armed Forces but were they of age there is no way I would allow them to be put in this loser scenario. The people currently in power pay lip service to our guys; "Support The Troops" and all that jazz. Obama is going to announce an increase in troops to Afghanistan. Big deal! He could care less about our protectors and our country. Obama and the people in charge are traitors to our most important citizens; those young men and women who put themselves on the front lines. Think I'm wrong? Then why the hell are three fellows being court martialed over a bloody lip?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
—Ace of SpadesHQ
Long story short: Obama and his political masterminds Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have constructed, of their own volition, a massive wedge issue in which either the moderates will be offended, and so they'll lose, or their liberal base will be offended, and so they'll lose.
There is a price to pay with independents if a strong health care bill is passed. Democrats lead 37-30 with them in general on the generic ballot, but they say they’ll vote 44-37 for the GOP if a bill with a public option makes it through.
The lose-lose proposition, I think, helps the bill a little, because Democrats might take the position that If I'm going to be voted out of office anyway, I'm going to need the support of those liberal advocacy groups and George Soros to give me a nice job after I lose this one.
Hmmm! Health care, Gitmo, terrorist trial in NYC, Afghanistan, corruption in office, marxist czars, increased taxes, 46% approval rating, debt of trillions of dollars, humiliating foreign policy and the beat goes on and on........
As his buddy, Reverend Wright said, "the chickens are coming home to roost"
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
A press release from filmmaker and marine biologist, Randy Olson, suggests that the media may not be able to bury the brewing global warming collusion scandal. Writes Olson:
An enormous event took place this week in the issue of global warming. A group of climate skeptics hacked a research center in the U.K. and stole years worth of emails of climate scientists talking candidly about how to deal with skeptics.
Olson, who is promoting his new movie, Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy, reports, "They're calling it "Climategate" already. The climate science world is ablaze with the issue. The war between the scientists and the skeptics just got turned up several notches."
What makes Olson's release interesting is that he is not necessarily among the skeptics. A Harvard Ph.D., he also produced, Flock of Dodos, a satiric look at the Intelligent Design movement. To its credit, Sizzle, like Dodos, allows the skeptics to make their case, but Olson's sympathies are with the scientific community.
Olson cites a New York Times article by "my buddy Andy Revkin." Revkin quotes Patrick J. Michaels, a climatologist and prominent skeptic who appears in Sizzle. Says Michaels of the scandal, "This isn't a smoking gun, it's a mushroom cloud." Michaels is among those attacked in the purloined emails.
Olson, who helped me with the Hollywood end of my book, What's The Matter With California, is open-minded enough to enjoy the controversy. I cannot imagine he has much company in his part of the world.
In an attempt to illustrate the real world consequences of reform's taxes, Senate Republicans are pointing out a provision that would tax the makers of swine flu vaccines and drugs. The provision raises $2.3 billion annually from drug makers who sell their products through government programs.
“When everybody is coming together to fight a possible pandemic the last thing the government should be doing is taxing the people who manufacture the vaccines and the drugs to treat H1N1 flu,” said a Senate Republican leadership aide.
Sherry Johnston was sentenced Friday in Palmer, northeast of Anchorage. She pleaded guilty in August to one count of possession with intent to deliver the painkiller OxyContin. Five other felony counts were dropped in the deal, which called for a five-year prison sentence with two years suspended.
The 43-year-old Johnston is the mother of Levi Johnston. He and 18-year-old Bristol Palin were engaged but called off the wedding after their son, Tripp, was born in December.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that Sherry Johnston will serve her sentence at Alaska's only female prison.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
His “reaching out Muslims” speech in Cairo last June has been followed by action, the latest being this past week's swearing-in of a Muslim rights advocate to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, shortly after the Fort Hood massacre. HSAC members are involved in expertise on national security.
The new member is Syrian-born Karee Shora, who was the national executive director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination (ADC), which previously has called on the United States to stop providing Israel with weapons because of alleged “atrocities” against Arabs. Her background for her new security post is having been a legal counsel and advocate for Muslim civil rights.
She also has been a frequent guest on the pro-Hamas al-Jazeera satellite network.
Shora, who has been described as a “devout Muslim, joins another devout member of the faith, Arif Alikhan, who was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development in the Department of Homeland Security. His qualifications for the job were listed as having been in charge of public safety in Los Angeles during his term of deputy mayor. One of his actions was to remove the plan that tracked Muslims in the city who were suspected of terrorist activities.
Americans have been jolted by several lethal attacks and confrontations with Muslims over the past year, including a plot to attack synagogues and down U.S. military aircraft, the manufacture of bombs, an alleged attempt to explode a Texas skyscraper, a plot to blow up malls in Boston, and last month’s Fort Hood massacre by a Muslim psychiatrist who was an officer in the army.
A desire to avoid the appearance of labeling all Muslims as terrorists lunged out from the shadows last month after President Obama faced criticism for not taking seriously the threat of Muslim terrorism within American society as well as in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Several months ago, President Obama appointed Dalia Mogahed, a “devout Muslim,” to his Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She quickly came under fire for appearing in a telephone interview on a London-based Muslim television station, whose host is a member of an extreme Islamic group.
She said was unaware of the affiliations of her host, whose program included questions and comments favoring the implementation of Islamic Law (“sharia”).
Mogahed explained that she did not hang up the phone in the middle of the interview because "I assumed that very few people would watch this show but that doing something more dramatic would bring more attention."
In the current issue of Newsweek, columnist Jacob Weisberg, citing former Secretary of State Colin Powell, wrote that “Obama's [Muslim] heritage feeds a broader suspicion that he is too casual about the threat from America's Islamist enemies.”
The journalist added, “With the massacre in Texas, Obama now confronts something that George W. Bush did not face in the years after September 11—not just a major act of domestic terrorism, but one struck from inside our security apparatus…. America does not face a threat from the perversion of faith in general. We face a threat from the perversion of one faith in particular.”
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
In a meeting with the press in China, President Obama said that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would be "convicted" and had "the death penalty applied to him" . . . and then said he wasn't "pre-judging" the case. He made the second statement after it was pointed out to him — by NBC's Chuck Todd — that the first statement would be taken as the president's interfering in the trial process. Obama said that wasn't his intention. I'm sure it wasn't — he's trying to contain the political damage caused by his decision — but that won't matter. He has given the defense its first motion that the executive branch, indeed the president himself, is tainting the jury pool. Nice work
[Quoting Obama:] "It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession," he said.
Anyone else notice Obama has a habit of saying I, like in his speeches, when speaking of good things but uses WE when speaking of bad things?
'Everything is better since I was elected but WE need to stop spending so much money."
"My administration will save us from the depths of despair but WE need to do more."
Who the hell signs the checks anyway? Hello
BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama gave his sternest warning yet about the need to contain rising U.S. deficits, saying on Wednesday that if government debt were to pile up too much, it could lead to a double-dip recession. In the Sixties if a guy said or continually did something stupid we'd call him a "Dip Stick". "Double dip and Dip Stick might be intechangeable terms when referring to this uniqe economic gibberish.
Personally, I wish these clowns would get their act together. I don't know whether to buy more gold or bury my money in the back yard.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Honest to God, I sincerely believe Obama has a plan for us to become beholden to a New World Order with himself as the President of the World. Think I'm nuts? Well, you scoffed 14 months ago when I called him a Socialist.
Monday, November 16, 2009
The Postal Service reported a loss of $3.8 billion last year, despite a reduction of 40,000 full-time positions and other cost-cutting measures.
The loss was $1 billion more than the year before despite job cuts and other efforts designed to save billions of dollars, postal officials said Monday.
There's one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.
There's no 86th congressional district in Arizona either, but the government's recovery.gov Web site says $34 million in stimulus money has been spent there.
Recovery.gov: Where Are Stimulus Dollars Going?
In fact, Recovery.gov lists hundreds of millions spent and hundreds of jobs created in congressional districts that don't exist.
In Oklahoma, for example, the site lists more than $19 million in spending -- and 15 jobs created -- in congressional districts that don't exist. In Iowa, it shows $10.6 million spent – and 39 jobs created -- in non-existent districts
Thomson, Illinois is farm country. The men don bib overalls and Felco Feed caps. They wear boots, not the sissy kind one would find in Greenwich Village, but boots that due Midwest work; in the fields and on the farm. The women are down home and cook for their husbands. They take the kids to school, pick them up afterward and make sure they go to church on Sunday. The highlight of their week is supporting the local high school football team and stopping in to a pub for beer, brats and pizza to talk over the game.
Durbin, Quinn and Daley tell us that the transfer of Guantanamo inmates will bring jobs to an economic stricken area.
Common sense needs to prevail. These criminals aren't your South Chicago variety inmate. They aren't white collar criminals from downstate Illinois(downstate Illinois is anyplace outside metropolitan Chicago.) They squat when they eat and their eating utensils are used mostly for slitting the throats of their enemies. The men and women of Thomson do not have the training nor the aptitude to corral and control the type of scum who will be inhabiting their area. Trained guards with experience in dealing with Muslim fanatics will need to be hired and they will move into the landscape from outside Thompson. If Obama had brains he'd hire Blackwater to do the job. Our guys in Cuba were under scrutiny for supposedly mishandling the Qua ran. What the hell is going to happen when some naive local, trying to be nice, offers one of these losers a ham sandwich?
In addition, there's going to be a huge red flag planted in the area. If you don't think it'll be a focal point for retribution from Al Quaeda against the locals or guards then that person needs to have a talk with me about being really, really stupid.
Do the people want to jeopardize the lives of their children, friends, relatives and selves for a few jobs? Do they or should they want to take the chance? Do they want to trust elected officials who live 150 miles away, minimum?
How much would anyone relish having these people, towel heads if you will,(is that politically incorrect?) in their community? Not that many, I presume.
Once again, I refer to The American Thinker, one of my very favorite sites to give you a better insight on Soros and the snake that he is in the world.
The Campaign for a New American Policy on Iran was a group formed under the auspices of The National Iranian American Council (NAIC), a controversial group that has been accused of acting illegally as a lobby for the Iranian regime, to promote engagement with Iran, derail sanction efforts in Congress, and prevent any military actions against the mullahs.The New American Policy on Iran was headed by Patrick Disney, who was being paid by anti-Israel advocate George Soros through his Open Society Policy Center. The Campaign for A New American Policy on Iran included as members not just Trita Parsi, the head of NIAC, but also Morton Halperin, Soros's major domo over at his Open Society Institute.The Open Society Policy Center served as a host for one of the planning meetings of the Campaign. But there are other connections between Soros, the NIAC and its Campaign. Various other employees of the Open Society Institute participated in meetings of the campaign, including Mike Amitay and Anthony Wilson, and also Anthony Richter.
But there is one more meeting at the Open Society Policy Center that merits some attention. On March 18,2009, the Campaign met again. This meeting explored the idea of promoting a "send Hillary to Iran" campaign. One of the groups associated with the Campaign contracted with Tom Matzzie to design a grassroots campaign to promote engagement with Iran. Who is Tom Matzzie?
He is the former Washington Director for MoveOn.org, one of the subsidiaries of Soros, Inc.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
".I cannot describe the anger when I saw this. Americans bow to no one except Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Our a**-kissing, Muslim, Marxist “great leader of the NWO,“a legend in his own mind, bowing to Emperor Akihito [son of Hirohito] of Japan, a nation that caused our entry into WWII.
For what purpose? First the Saudi King, now this? What’s next? Praying at the tombs of Stalin and Mao?This is a grave affront to anyone who has ever served, and every GI, and Marine, Sailor and Airman who died fighting the Japanese in the Pacific in WWII.Once again, this “Prince John” usurper has disgraced the honor of The United States of America and brought us low!Quit making excuses for this man America and recognize for who and what he and his Administration stand
Friday, November 13, 2009
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed collected the first of his 72 virgins: Barack Obama.
This child — this spoiled brat who has been handed everything — who has never held a job — who has been told all his life how wonderful he is — who accepts no responsibility at all for anything — who blames others for all his problems — whose only accomplishment in life is not being George Bush — got rolled.
President Obama’s decision to try KSM as if he were a purse-snatcher bares once and for all shows how shallow our president is. He is ignorant of history and of legal precedent. He would rather draw down the U.S. security forces to protect KSM so that KSM can have the world stage in New York City than trust his own military to try the man. The same military justice system that covers those soldiers he praised a few days ago should be good enough for this scum sucker, KSM.
From a correspondent in Washington who has no voice but must scream:
Kos is trying to claim that critics of President Obama’s plan to ship terrorists to New York City for trial are scared. I wonder if that includes Democrats like Sen. Barbara Mikulski and Majority Leader Harry Reid?
Kos fails to tell you about the disruptions that took place during the trial for terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui in Alexandria, VA:
The 450-inmate jail was locked down every time Moussaoui was moved to the back of the nearby courthouse in a heavily armed convoy. Traffic was stopped as snipers watched from rooftops.
Imagine the security that will be needed for these terrorist trials in one of the most famous cities in the world.
Then there’s also the risks to national security these trials would bring. Last month in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey noted that Osama bin Laden learned quite a bit from the trial of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman in 1995.
In a statement, Sen. Jon Kyl said, “Past trials of terrorists have proven that our civilian courts are not the appropriate venue to handle international terrorism trials. As a result of the trial of Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the ‘Blind Sheik,’ al Qaeda obtained valuable information about U.S. intelligence sources and methods, thereby making the job of fighting terrorists tougher. Military tribunals –- which have been used by Presidents dating back to George Washington -– are the most appropriate, and secure, forum to try those who commit acts of war against the United States.”
I encourage you to push back on this typically childish Kos smear.
My final comment: Obama is a coward. A man would have held a press conference and announced it and defended his stand. He is in Asia instead. The media vetted Joe the Plumber better than the man who is now president. The result is feeble attempts to bully critics, a refusal to acknowledge the loyal opposition and a dithering foreign policy.
"My wife and I moved to Minnesota from Ohio two years ago. Since I am concerned about our country and the stimulus package passed by Congress, I contacted U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, citing why I felt it was a serious boondoggle. Oberstar assured me that since he was co-author of the bill, it was going to bring massive employment while not allowing unemployment to rise above
8 percent and while fighting off this horrid recession.
Well, to date, unemployment is nearing 10 percent and only North Dakota has seen a plus rise in employment. Once again, the Democrats make false promises that have zero chance of success. Oberstar is a plague upon this country. If he had any consideration for the people of his district he’d take his ill-gotten pension and get out of the way."
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Pelosicare is for the peons and knaves…Democratic leaders turned away 11 votes that would have required Congress to enroll in Pelosicare.CNS news reported:
More than 200 amendments were rejected by the House Rules Committee ahead of Saturday’s vote on the Democrats’ health care bill, including 11 that would have required members of Congress and other government officials to be enrolled in the same federal insurance plan proposed for the American people.
Critics of the health care bill said they offered the 11 amendments – including some that would require the president, vice president, and Supreme Court justices to give up their Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) to enroll in the ‘public option’ or Medicaid – to showcase the problems with the massive legislation.
“If Congress forces our constituents into a public option plan over time, then members of Congress should be expected to do the same,” Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Calif.) told CNSNews.com.
The House Rules Committee attempt was the second time McKeon had tried to amend the Democrats’ health plan to include legislators in the public option.
“Democrats voted down a similar amendment, 21-18, in the Ways and Means Committee during the July markup of HR 3200,” McKeon said. “It became apparent then that Democrats are afraid of being put on a government-run health care program, but that fear does not extend to the welfare of their own constituents.”
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Anyway, it's been just super fun to watch Evie as she voraciously reads one book after another. She'll knock 'em dead when she goes to kindergarten next year. Her front teeth on top, both of them are gone, as well as the two on the bottom. And she wonders why she can't whistle. We also got to see and play with her brother, Tommy. He's an exact clone of his dad i.e. big blue eyes, laughs a lot and is handsomely cute. Tommy was born two years ago last August. We played a game called pick up the chips. I'd say, "Tommy, pick up eight chips" and darned if he didn't. Picking up just two chips, for my grandson, was kid stuff.
So the moral of these stories is this. If you want to brag on your grandkids they'd better have plenty of ammo to bring to the party. Otherwise, don't show up.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
As Washington reels from the news of 10.2 percent unemployment, the Center for Responsive Politics is out with a new report describing the wealth of members of Congress.
Among the highlights: Two-hundred-and-thirty-seven members of Congress are millionaires. That’s 44 percent of the body – compared to about 1 percent of Americans overall.
CRP says California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest lawmaker on Capitol Hill, with a net worth estimated at about $251 million. Next in line: Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), worth about $244.7 million; Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), worth about $214.5 million; Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), worth about $209.7 million; and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), worth about $208.8 million.
All told, at least seven lawmakers have net worths greater than $100 million, according to the Center’s 2008 figures.
Dan Riehl checks the President's schedule and learns that Obama's not going to Fort Hood, but rather to Camp David for the weekend. In an update, Dan notes that his predecessor is more sensitive to the situation.
Fox Reports GWB and Laura spent a few hours at Fort Hood, no photo ops. Now that's a CIC.
Are you kidding me? Camp frickin' David? What, does he have a tee time close by? For heaven's sakes, he's the CIC. And he's taking the weekend off? This guy simply doesn't care. Unbelievable via Fox.
11:25AM THE PRESIDENT addresses the House Democratic Caucus - Cannon House Office Building
2:30PM THE PRESIDENT makes a statement to the press on Health Care - Rose Garden
2:45PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart The White House en route Camp David - South Lawn
That Dancing with the Indians conference must have really worn the poor guy out so much he can't spare time to comfort the survivors of the jihadi Major's massacre.
Friday, November 6, 2009
"What is our current unemployment"?
"Sorry! The answer is incorrect. If you add in the number of people who have given up looking for a job the correct answer is, 17.5%.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I've always believed that President Obama will take credit for saving 2 million jobs as long as there are 2 million jobs left in the United States. But his jobs report apparently goes beyong this, the Associated Press reports, taking credit for saving jobs that really don't exist.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's economic recovery program saved 935 jobs at the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, an impressive success story for the stimulus plan. Trouble is, only 508 people work there.
The Georgia nonprofit's inflated job count is among persisting errors in the government's latest effort to measure the effect of the $787 billion stimulus plan despite White House promises last week that the new data would undergo an "extensive review" to root out errors discovered in an earlier report.
The over-estimates of jobs "created and saved" are actually far more extensive than that -- in one small segment of the Department of Health and Human Services, AP found that the count of "jobs saved" was inflated by more than 50 percent, or about 9,000.
But the biggest problem with Obama's numbers is conceptual. Let's say that government spends $100 million on orange traffic cones, causing their manufacturers to hire 500 new people. If that $100 million hadn't been borrowed from investors and banks that buy up treasuries, could it not have gone toward a new start-up business that develops drugs or the next i-Phone? Could it not have put several credit-worthy borrowers into new homes?
Obama's job numbers, even if they are scrubbed of their many obvious inaccuracies, can never account for these hidden costs of government deficit spending.
For Ohioans and all folks east to the Atlantic Ocean, Bismarck is a six hour drive by car from the Twin Cities. Hardly seems fair!
PSA: The high temperature for Duluth today is 29F. Don't you feel better already.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
If I happened to be an owner paying some guy on skates a million dollars a year and he breaks a bone I'd throttle him.
I also notice that the team stars never get in fights and the opponents don't go after them, either. This must make the 'designated' fighters feel like losers or, at the very least, somewhat expendable.
Doug Hoffman didn't stand a chance in this election. Now, if he were Robert Redford type he would have won with 99% of the vote. Guys vote for good looking guys because their jealous. Women vote the same to fulfill a life long dream; be a love slave to an Adonis.
Voting is a simple thing. If you want to win don't look like a geek.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
As the vice president knows, I have always advocated an all-of-the-above approach to American energy independence. Among other things, my alternative energy goal for Alaska sits at 50 percent because Alaska reached more than 20 percent during my term in office. The Obama-Biden administration, on the other hand, recently announced a renewable goal of only 25 percent. However, domestic drilling should remain a top priority in order to meet America’s consumption and security needs.
The vice president’s extreme opposition to domestic energy development goes all the way back to 1973 when he opposed the Alaska pipeline bill. As Ann Coulter pointed out, “Biden cast one of only five votes against the pipeline that has produced more than 15 billion barrels of oil, supplied nearly 20 percent of this nation’s oil, created tens of thousands of jobs, added hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and reduced money transfers to the nation’s enemies by about the same amount.”
This nonsensical opposition to American domestic energy development continues to this day. Apparently the Obama-Biden administration only approves of offshore drilling in Brazil, where it will provide security and jobs for Brazilians. This election is about American security and American jobs.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Columbus has a beautiful downtown. Our major league hockey sports venue was selected the best in all the country. Across the street the Cleveland Indians AAA farm team plays. They were terrible last year but we led the country in attendance for minor league teams. Our city is a safe place to walk at night. It has beautiful restaurants, theaters and shops. My wife and I view Columbus and it's surrounding suburbs as the best kept secret in the United States. If gambling becomes a reality we'll see the same old same old; corruption, drugs, prostitution, loss of income for families who need the money and every other garbage negative that goes with crap tables and one armed bandits. And the reason for a pro vote? It's to create jobs and keep gambling money in the state. I've gone through this before when we were citizens of Iowa located on the Mississippi River. Guess what? The cities of Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa are still blighted. There was a significant increase in crime and the money made off gambling went to who knows. One of my co-workers took her lunch hour to stop in at the nearby gaming house every weekday. Smacks of something bigger, doesn't it? Maybe an addiction?
Gambling, it's a no win situation.
He's willing to give government control over American businesses (e.g., the bank takeovers and Government Motors).
His administration, while on record as opposing the Fairness Doctrine, is aggressively exploring a backdoor regulatory scheme that would have precisely the same practical effect as the Fairness Doctrine: it would impose government restrictions on content, rather than allowing the market (that means us, the consumers) to control content.
His FCC wants to control the internet, a humming beehive of free speech (much of it critical of Obama).
As his loud battles with Rush Limbaugh and Fox News illustrate, he desires a single-party press, not a free one.
He believes that now that he is in power, the opposition should shut up and "get out of the way," a notion that runs directly counter to the First Amendment.
Although he's mostly erased the record that once existed in cyberspace, his dream is to create a civilian national security force, subordinate to the administration, which would be larger than the American military. The military, please note, is controlled by the Constitution and has traditionally existed separate from, but subordinate to, the rest of the American government.
He wants to take away the right to bear arms. He'll pay lip service to supporting the Second Amendment, but his fundamental goal is to use government to remove arms from individuals.
In a stunning blow to the freedom of born alive infants, he is one of a handful of politicians nationwide who believes it is appropriate to leave such infants to die alone and untended. With few exceptions, even those whose politics are entirely colored by a pro-choice viewpoint couldn't swallow this approach.
Without money, people have no choices. The more money the government siphons to itself, the fewer choices we as individuals have. Although he dresses it as fairness (it's "fair" for the "lucky" to pay substantially more), Obama believes that it's government's role to "spread the wealth." That may be "fair," but it's not consistent with liberty, hard work, and individual choices."
I think the Thinker is on target.
As 60 Minutes reported last week, Medicare fraud is rampant and has now replaced the cocaine (ahem) business as the major criminal activity in South Florida. Both 60 Minutes and the Washington Post report that Medicare fraud now costs American taxpayers roughly $60 billion a year. That may sound like a lot of money, but surely it pales next to the extraordinary profits of private insurance companies, right?
Well, let's see.... Last year, the profits of the ten largest insurance companies in America were just over $8 billion -- combined. No single insurance company made even five percent of what Medicare reportedly loses in fraud.
While we're making comparisons, in its real first ten years (2014-23), the Senate Finance Committee bill would cost $1.7 trillion. At the rate of last year's profits, the combined ten-year profits of America's ten largest insurance companies would be $83 billion -- five percent of the costs of the Senate Finance Committee bill. Eighty-three billion dollars may not buy you much in comparison with BaucusCare, but -- on the bright side -- that ten-year tally is somewhat more than what Medicare loses each year in fraud.
So, the next time someone alleges that government-run health care is cheaper because of "lower administrative costs" -- a truly preposterous claim on its surface -- these numbers would be good ones to have at the ready: $60 billion in annual Medicare fraud, $8 billion in combined annual profits for America's ten largest insurance companies.