Thursday, December 31, 2009
Nine Big Stories the Mainstream Media Missed in 2009
We all know this is true but it's still amazing to see them all in one place.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Barrack Obama, Dec 29, 2009
This can clearly interpreted as "it's Bush's fault", Obama's answer to anything that has gone wrong for the last 11 months. Believe me, a lot has gone wrong in the last 11 months.
Let's look at the facts though.
-The federal government had intelligence about the Fort Hood shooter, almost the entire amount collected under Obama's watch, and they did nothing. 13 people died and 30 people were wounded.
-The federal government knew that the underwear bomber was a threat and yet he was not placed on the do not fly list. By the grace of God only was no one injured or killed.
-George Bush went 7 and half years without a terrorist attack.
It sounds to me like the Bush administration had an intelligence network set-up. The difference is, they knew how to use it.
Obama is right about one thing though, it is George Bush's fault. For leaving office and letting us suffer under this goofball and his inept staff.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Since the story of Townshend sex offender past broke nationally a week ago, which has been a subject of debate and argument, only one question matters.
Was Pete Townshend a registered sex offender in the UK from 2003 to 2008? Answer: Yes.
Well that’s that then. Sorry Pete. This precludes you from not only playing at the Super Bowl, it also stops you from entering the United States to begin with.
Since the NFL decided to hire Pete Townshend for the upcoming Super Bowl event all hell has broken loose. Child AbuseWatch, the international child prevention group, have been trying for some time to bring attention to Townshend’s sex offender status. Most notably was the Kennedy Center Awards event last year when they wrote to the organizers protesting the honoring of someone with sex offender history.
Most recently they have asked the NFL to drop Townshend from the Super Bowl. In a way they are doing the NFL a favor. How? When the family values groups get hold of this they’re going to rip the NFL and their sponsors apart. It could indeed prove to be an incredibly expensive mistake on the NFL’s part to not read more than Townshend publicists take on Pete’s past when they were planning the half time show.
Another national advocacy group, Protect Our Children, headed by Kevin Gillick has taken the NFL protest a step further; two steps actually. They have made a lot of noise with the Immigration and Naturalization Department and ICE begging to ask how a registered sex offender, with criminal record, has been given free reign to enter the US.
U.S. immigration law says authorities will deny entrance to “Aliens convicted of, and those who admit having committed a crime involving moral turpitude (or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such a crime).” Townshend admitted to having broken the law in his search for child pornography. ‘How he has been given access to the U.S. remains a mystery or perhaps it’s another demonstration of celebrity privilege,’ Mr. Gillick said.
The second aspect of Protect Our Children’s campaign has a definitely more local sting in its tail. A letter has been sent to Florida Attorney General McCullom, demanding that Townshend comply with Florida law, specifically Florida Statute 775.21, which applies to anyone with a sex offender background.
They have asked that Townshend be taken into custody upon his reentry into Florida so that the provisions of FS775.21 may be applied – Sexual Offenders and Predators (see link below). This would include the requirement to register with local police and provide fingerprint, mug-shot and D.N.A. samples as required by law.
For my part, I say good for these people. We have enough sex offenders here already without importing them.
In my mind this is nothing more than just another celebrity getting away with whatever they want because of who they are. (Pun intended).
We have Roman Polanski thinking that since he hasn't been caught raping a thirteen year old girl in over 30 years he should be absolved.
Leave Pete Townshend where he is, Florida's children have been preyed on enough recently.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Report: Iranian forces, demonstrators clash
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian security forces beat protesters in central Tehran on Saturday, a sign of mounting tensions ahead of planned opposition rallies to mark a religious festival and the death of a dissident cleric a week ago, a reformist Web site said.
The Rah-e-Sabz site said forces, including the elite Revolutionary Guard and the paramilitary Basijis, used tear gas and pepper spray in an attempt to disperse demonstrators, and broke the windows of cars that were honking horns in protest.
It said protests occurred in at least three areas: Imam Hossein Square, Pol-e-Choobi and Ferdowsi Square.
The report could not be independently confirmed because the Iranian government has banned foreign media from covering opposition protests.
So this is today's question:
What, if anything, should Obama do about the protests?
Should he ignore them as none of our business?
Should he give clandestine assistance to the opposition in hopes of them overthrowing the ruling government?
Should he openly offer assistance in an outright attempt to overthrow the government?
Finally, using a more cynical approach, should he use the threat of assisting the opposition as a bargaining chip in the ongoing attempt to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons?
What do you think about this?
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Jim Toomey, public information officer for Sonoma County, California
This was in response to a complaint from an atheist about an angel at the top of a Christmas tree in the county recorder's office.
At what point are we going to stop letting one individual like this dictate what the majority wants?
I can even go with banning prayer at county meetings, this is an overt endorsement of religion, but an angel on a Christmas tree?
We need to stop this insanity.
Friday, December 25, 2009
I of course was feeling sorry for myself and feeling bad for the kids the other day when a thought occurred to me - there are men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan and everywhere else the military sends them to protect us here at home.
So this year let's remember the young men and women who don't get to come home for Christmas, the ones who never will again, and, most importantly, those at home spending Christmas without them.
Merry Christmas everyone from the Chuckthinks family
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
PARIS (AFP) – Man's best friend could be one of the environment's worst enemies, according to a new study which says the carbon pawprint of a pet dog is more than double that of a gas-guzzling sports utility vehicle.
But the revelation in the book "Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living" by New Zealanders Robert and Brenda Vale has angered pet owners who feel they are being singled out as troublemakers.
The Vales, specialists in sustainable living at Victoria University of Wellington, analysed popular brands of pet food and calculated that a medium-sized dog eats around 164 kilos (360 pounds) of meat and 95 kilos of cereal a year.
Combine the land required to generate its food and a "medium" sized dog has an annual footprint of 0.84 hectares (2.07 acres) -- around twice the 0.41 hectares required by a 4x4 driving 10,000 kilometres (6,200 miles) a year, including energy to build the car.
To confirm the results, the New Scientist magazine asked John Barrett at the Stockholm Environment Institute in York, Britain, to calculate eco-pawprints based on his own data. The results were essentially the same.
"Owning a dog really is quite an extravagance, mainly because of the carbon footprint of meat," Barrett said.
Other animals aren't much better for the environment, the Vales say.
Cats have an eco-footprint of about 0.15 hectares, slightly less than driving a Volkswagen Golf for a year, while two hamsters equates to a plasma television and even the humble goldfish burns energy equivalent to two mobile telephones.
They would really not like me, we have 3 cats, a goldfish, and an SUV.
Basically though, this is just one more example of how silly global warming, and the entire ideology of the left for that matter, has gotten.
Finally, I'm not much of an animal person but this is just sick "Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living". Just more insanity from the left.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
By: David Freddoso
Online Opinion Editor
10/29/09 5:11 PM EDT
For those following the extremely entertaining career of first term Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., a seasoned Republican campaigner sends along the following:
Central Floridians today announced the launch of MyCongressmanIsNuts.com as a more appropriate alternative to CongressmanwithGuts.com. MyCongressmanisNuts.com was formed due to outrage and embarrassment within Central Florida over Alan Grayson’s liberal positions and childish approach in Washington, D.C.
Alan Grayson’s recent self indulgent behavior has paralyzed his ability to serve as an advocate for the citizens of Central Florida. He has alienated every Republican, as well as reasonable Democrats, by proclaiming Republicans wish for the sick to “die quickly,” and referring our health care system as a “Holocaust.” Grayson called a female governmental official, with whom he disagreed, a “whore” on a national radio program. Further he referred to Republicans as “knuckle dragging, knee dragging, Neanderthals.”
I just heard about this yesterday on Fox News.
The site is funny, check it out.
Seems the good Congressman is really pissed and is asking Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute the author of this site for...something.
Evidently his one big beef is that she is not a constituent of his and is therefore committing fraud because she calls him "my Congressman".
As of right now there is no indication that he disputes her contention that he is nuts.
So the question is if the author of this website gets prosecuted (probably not likely) will Grayson be tried for calling Linda Robertson, an adviser to the Federal Reserve Chairman, a whore and be forced to prove she is? Don't hold your breath.
Finally, why is it that Democratic Congressmen and Senators have such a problem with women?
Monday, December 21, 2009
The discussion was about the Copenhagen conference and which countries would sign on to making cuts.
One of the threads of conversation was about Kyoto and the notion that developing countries like China and India would have been exempted.
There is a push now by large industrial countries to not give China and India these exemptions, make them follow the same rules as everyone else.
My belief all along has been that they should. In fact, this has been one of my biggest hang-ups about the Kyoto Protocol (one of many).
The comment made though is that China and India may believe that all of these industrial countries used carbon-emitting practices to build their industrial base and now want China and India to play by different rules in their development.
I found this a curious way to look at it.
Forgetting all other things about China and India, unfair pricing, unlevel playing field such as lower wages, etc, do they have a point?
Are the developed countries being arrogant in making these countries play by different rules or are these environmental rules a good way to level the playing field?
What do you think?
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Senator Charles Schumer (D, NY)
This was directed at a flight attendant who had the gall to ask him to follow the rules that rest of the common passengers were expected to follow.
There are 2 issues here.
First is the absolute arrogance of Congressional members.
He simply did not seem to think the rules applied to him. He was a United States Senator. Didn't the flight attendant know he was busy destroying the country?
This is not the first time we have seen this. More than that, it appears to happen more with the "out for the common man" Democrats.
The second issue is the way he demeaned this woman. It is amazing how often we see this from Democrats considering their strong stance on protecting women's rights.
In my opinion, liberals are far more disrespectful of women than conservatives.
Look at their history.
As much as conservatives despise Hillary Clinton, she saw a new low of vitriol when she was attacked by fellow Dems when she ran for President.
Her husband, Slick Willie, is possibly the most disrespectful President we have ever had in regards to women.
Look at how the left ridicules a woman who wants to stay home and raise her children. She's a simpleton, likely less intelligent, and nothing more than a tool for her husband to use.
Look at how the left treated the women that Bill Clinton was sexually harassing.
Then of course, we have Sarah Palin. I don't need to go there for the readers of this blog, we all know the Hell she was put through.
I think this one word spoke volumes not only for liberals but for Congressional members everywhere.
Friday, December 18, 2009
With just days remaining to prove that they can meet a self-imposed Christmas deadline and pass President Barack Obama's signature initiative through the Senate, Democrats seeking a rendezvous with history instead detoured to an intraparty brawl.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was poised to release the latest version of the Senate legislation as early as Friday, but it was unclear what kind of reception he'd get. Labor leaders said the bill was soft on the insurance industry, and former party chairman Howard Dean said he'd vote against it if he were a senator.
All eyes were on the only known Democratic holdout, moderate Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, whose primary concern is that abortion funding restrictions in the bill were too lax. Nelson indicated Thursday he still was not happy but would keep talking with Reid, who needs 60 votes to push through Republican opposition.
Liberals are furious over the compromises Reid had to make to keep the bill alive. Gone is a government insurance plan modeled on Medicare. So is the fallback, the option of allowing aging baby boomers to buy into Medicare. The major benefits of the bill won't start for three or four years, and then they'll be delivered through private insurance companies.
The AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, and the Service Employees International Union both expressed deep disappointment. The Senate bill includes a tax on high-cost insurance plans that unions fear will hurt their members.
This is the nightmare that won't end for Democrats.
The one saving grace they thought they had was that if they could not pass health care reform, they could dump the blame on Republicans.
Problem is they are their own worst enemy, and worse, it's a public fight.
Health care could be the final nail in their 2010 mid term election coffin.
The economy and deficit were going to be killers so I think a lot of the swing or right of center seats they hold were already gone.
With the health care debate though, there may not be a win salvageable.
They are publicly embarrassing themselves with the steady string of concessions and bribes for votes.
Now the bill they pass will be so devoid of far left causes they may lose their base. They will likely wind up with a bill that will not have either tax-payer funded abortions or a public option, the dual Holy Grails for the left.
There was great hope on the left that their time had finally come with both the most liberal President ever and the most far left Congressional leadership, at least in modern times.
This group can't pass abortion funding. They can't push through a takeover of health insurance. We will stay in Iraq for the foreseeable future. We are sending more troops to Afghanistan. We haven't taxed the rich into poverty yet. The Homeland Security Director is even starting to use the word terrorism again.
Imagine the disappointment.
The Dems could go to the polls next year with conservatives fired up, independents having lost any trust in both them and Obama, and the left being disappointed and deflated.
2010 may be a rough year for Dems.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Blizzard Dumps Snow on Copenhagen as Leaders Battle Warming
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- World leaders flying into Copenhagen today to discuss a solution to global warming will first face freezing weather as a blizzard dumped 10 centimeters (4 inches) of snow on the Danish capital overnight.
“Temperatures will stay low at least the next three days,” Henning Gisseloe, an official at Denmark’s Meteorological Institute, said today by telephone, forecasting more snow in coming days. “There’s a good chance of a white Christmas.”
Delegates from 193 countries have been in Copenhagen since Dec. 7 to discuss how to fund global greenhouse gas emission cuts. U.S. President Barack Obama will arrive before the summit is scheduled to end tomorrow.
Denmark has a maritime climate and milder winters than its Scandinavian neighbors. It hasn’t had a white Christmas for 14 years, under the DMI’s definition, and only had seven last century. Temperatures today fell as low as minus 4 Celsius (25 Fahrenheit).
I have nothing to add, this speaks for itself.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This is great. Tough hockey player, bloodied and bruised, taking time out to sing "itsy bitsy spider" to his daughter.
This reminds of a man who had a child in the same school as my boys when they were younger. My boys, when they were small, went to an inner city school. There was a real problem with parental involvement at this school. It was sad.
We had a man who was a young parent, I'm guessing maybe 20 years old? He always dressed in hip-hop clothes, had multiple tattoos, had multiple piercings, etc. He was the kind of guy that you would look at and automatically assume "loser".
This man was at the school every day when it let out picking up his son. He was not only there, he was "there". Him and his son would walk off talking animatedly about what the kid did in school, looking at his son's school work as they walked away. You could tell he was proud of his son and conveyed it to him.
My wife and I would talk about this and were always impressed with him.
He very well may have been a loser. He may still be. In my mind though, he appeared to be more of a parent than most other parents in the school.
I think the moral here is, as in the commercial, do not judge a book by it's cover.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Rod Blagojevich's lawyers want the FBI to give up details of interviews conducted last year of President Obama, his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, White House adviser Valerie Jarrett and others as part of the investigation into the former governor
I'm not a lawyer, I'm human, but I think this is a stroke of genius on the part of the Blago legal team.
This forces the FBI (read White House) to decide how badly they want Blago. Do they want him bad enough to release these transcripts and at the very least embarrass Obama and team? The worst case scenario here is that Emanuel or someone else in the WH could be implicated.
In my mind Emanuel is up to his rear in this episode and he really does not want the transcripts released.
My suspicion is that if a judge rules in favor of the defense and orders the transcripts released Blago will all of a sudden get a sweetheart plea deal and be spared prison time.
Monday, December 14, 2009
GRAND RAPIDS -- When Thomas Pauli froze to death early this year next to a car in an auto salvage yard, his friends were outraged that state law prevented the convicted sex offender from taking shelter at local missions.
Now, in the aftermath of the 52-year-old's death amid frigid temperatures, a move is under way to clarify a law that prohibits registered sex offenders from residing anywhere within 1,000 feet of a school or day care.
"No one, regardless of what they have done, deserves death on the street like that," said Miriam Aukerman, a Legal Aid of Western Michigan attorney taking up the legal battle on behalf of area homeless advocates.
Among the local agencies supporting the effort are: Mel Trotter and Degage ministries, the Servants Center, Salvation Army, Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness, Guiding Light Mission and Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Aukerman recently asked Michigan State Police Director Peter Munoz, whose agency oversees the state's Sex Offender Registry, to look at whether shelters should be considered the "residence" of a homeless person. Munoz declined to rule, saying the state police primarily only keeps the computerized database of offenders.
Aukerman now plans to ask a court to issue a decision.
I know where these missions are, they are mostly all within a 2 - 3 block radius of Catholic Central High School.
So what are your thoughts? What is the greater good here? Do we protect the children at the risk of letting a man freeze to death? Is there another solution? Is this more the result of a failed legal system that lets dangerous men back out on the street?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Soon-to-be-former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
This comment spoke volumes on so many levels.
It shows the idiocy and sheer panic of Harry Reid.
It shows the hypocrisy of the left - the opposition to slavery was from the Democratic party, the Republicans freed the slaves in the form of Abraham Lincoln.
He then compounded the idiocy with this:
"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today."
He appeared to be referencing filibusters by Strom Thurmond in 1957, when he was a Democrat. To make this statement even more idiotic, 80% of the lawmakers opposing civil rights were Democrats.
As to hypocrisy, it also shows the willingness of the left (the party determined to stomp out racism wherever it is) to use racist statements whenever they suit their cause.
Finally it is further indictment of the media in this country that a member of the Senate feels comfortable enough making a statement as idiotic as this without any repercussions for the inaccuracy of the statement.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
The co-founder of the group that placed a bounty on the head of Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue has a rich criminal history covering everything from bombings to pot smuggling, a detail that a chamber official says raises serious security concerns for Donohue and others.
Velvet Revolution, a network of dozens of mostly liberal groups that formed in 2004, started an ad campaign this month offering $200,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Donohue, whose business group has put up roadblocks to several planks of the Obama administration's domestic agenda.
The group, which is fishing for whistleblowers from Donohue's past, started the campaign in response to the chamber's opposition to climate change legislation and health care reform.
But a chamber representative said Thursday that the criminal history of the group's co-founder, Brett Kimberlin, raises red flags. The representative said that history "tends to discredit" the Velvet Revolution and that the chamber might be compelled to increase its own security in response to the ad campaign.
The only question that remains is how did this man get away from the Obama administration? One would think his criminal background would make him suitable for a czar position. The only thing I can guess is maybe he has paid his taxes?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
A branch of the University of Minnesota may require all education students at the school to understand and accept that they are either privileged or oppressed and that they be well-versed in issues like "white privilege," "institutional racism” and the "myth of meritocracy in the United States."
Understand what this means: they are teaching the teachers to teach far left ideals to our children. Anyone that says we are not trying to indoctrinate kids in public schools is full of it.
Not enough? Look at this.
Kids to Meet Marx in School – Care of Hollywood and The History Channel
Enter Howard Zinn – an author, professor and American historian – who, with the help of Hollywood and the History Channel, intends to change the way our pre-K through high school children learn American history. His current curriculum suggestions, like introducing three-year-olds to the lynching of African-Americans, or quizzing seven-year-olds on which Presidents owned slaves, should be a red flag to parents.
It's often the little noticed sentences that catch your eye:
Perhaps due to their one-sided perspective of America’s past, Zinn’s history books have largely been limited to colleges and universities, until now.
So we have Universities training future teachers to push far left ideals, with the assistance of this writer, and then him taking his ideals to the History channel. Nice. This will give the new teachers audio-visual aides in the indoctrination of our children.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This record-breaking object, known as JKCS041, is observed as it was when the Universe was just one quarter of its current age. X-rays from Chandra are displayed here as the diffuse blue region, while the individual galaxies in the cluster are seen in white in the Very Large Telescope's optical data, embedded in the X-ray emission.
To put this in perspective, the light we see from this galaxy was produced 10.5 billion years ago. Or, at the speed of light, it traveled 61,724,248,005,000,000,000,000 miles in that time.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota, MyFoxTwinCities.com. reported
What is it with liberal men attacking women?
"Al Pieda" Targets Ann Coulter
Two men throw a cream pie at Ann Coulter
POLICE: BUSH BASHER SMASHES DISABLED TEEN
A man heckling First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna outside the 92nd Street Y was arrested after he punched a wheelchair-bound girl whose parents has told him to shut up, authorities said yesterday. German Talis, 22, was shouting obscenities at the Bushes, who were leaving the building Tuesday, when he crossed paths with Wendy and John Lovetro and their daughter Maureen, 18, who has cerebral palsy.
Michelle Malkin Attacked at DNC; “Kill Michelle Malkin”
Michelle Malkin was attacked by protesters and conspiracy nut Alex Jones during the “Shake Your Money Maker” event while Recreate68 attempted to levitate the Denver Mint. Another protester began shouting “Kill Michelle Malkin.”
(Click on link for video)
So, I ask again - are all liberal men sissies? Do they only pick on women?
Finally, can anyone give me a link to a story of a conservative man doing the same thing?
Monday, December 7, 2009
The question this week is what do you think about the fact that the e-mails were hacked? They belonged to someone else and were stolen from them.
It is hard to argue that this is not theft.
The question is, is it justified? When is hacking justified? Is it okay to do it for the greater good?
So, is the person that did this a whistleblower or hacker?
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Deal Hudson, publisher of InsideCatholic.com
This was in response to an advertising campaign by PETA using a picture of former Playboy model Joanna Krupa posing nude with a large crucifix covering strategic parts of her body.
This is dead on. Let her take the picture with a Koran covering her crotch and there would be Hell to pay. More importantly we would have the little darlings out burning buildings and killing innocent people so that we will once and for all get it that they are a peace loving religion.
I'm getting sick to death of this bullshit.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. in defense of making the death tax permanent.
Rich people are not so because they worked hard or risked their capital, they are rich because their wealth was fostered by the US.
Since the nation fostered that wealth, "it is fair and it is just" to take that money from them for people who have not worked as hard. In fact, they have an "obligation" to give the money back.
Finally, you have to love this:
Majority Democrats argued that a permanent tax rate makes it easier for families and small business owners to do estate planning, noting that fewer than 1 percent of all estates are subject to the tax.
See, it's not punitive. They are trying to help people.
Welcome to the Socialists States of America.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
ABC didn't cover it. CBS didn't either. And NBC apparently wouldn't go near it.
The network news broadcasts have ignored a growing scandal over evidence of a potential climate cover-up — and now they've even been scooped by the fake news at Comedy Central.
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" produced its "reporting" on Climate-gate Tuesday night, when Stewart quipped, “Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. Oh, oh, the irony!”
Stewart described leaked e-mails from Britain's University of East Anglia, including one referring to a researcher's "trick" to "hide the decline" in some temperature readings in recent decades.
"It's just scientist-speak for using a standard statistical technique — recalibrating data – in order to trick you," Stewart said sarcastically.
Nearly two weeks since news broke of the e-mail scandal, climate change skeptics have gloated; a leading climate scientist has resigned; at least one U.S. lawmaker has called for an investigation, and countless prominent news outlets have deemed the story worthy of major reporting.
I thought this was particularly funny:
“Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. Oh, oh, the irony!”
The article goes on to mention this posting from the Media Research Center
12 Days, 3 Networks and No Mention of ClimateGate Scandal
It’s been nearly two weeks since a scandal shook many people’s faith in the scientists behind global warming alarmism. The scandal forced the University of East Anglia (UK) to divulge that it threw away raw temperature data and prompted the temporary resignation of Phil Jones of the university’s Climate Research Unit.
Despite that resignation and calls by a U.S. senator to investigate the matter, ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news programming has remained silent – not mentioning a word about the scandal since it broke on Nov. 20, even as world leaders including President Barack Obama prepare to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark next week to promote a pact to reduce greenhouse gases.
Can the fringe media get anymore embarrassing? They have now been scooped by Jon Stewart.
Who's the joke now?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
By a wide margin, Americans consider Rush Limbaugh the nation's most influential conservative voice.
Those are the results of a poll conducted by "60 Minutes" and Vanity Fair magazine and issued Sunday. The radio host was picked by 26 percent of those who responded, followed by Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck at 11 percent. Actual politicians - former Vice President Dick Cheney and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin - were the choice of 10 percent each.
This is the kicker:
The random national telephone sample of 855 adults was conducted by CBS News from Nov. 6-8. The margin for error is plus or minus three percentage points.
Keep in mind this is a CBS poll, but back to that in a minute.
Why would you poll all Americans to find out who the most influential conservative is? Wouldn't you maybe poll conservatives only? Why would anyone else have any insight, or any business for that matter, in determining who the most influential conservative is?
Now, as I said, this is done by CBS. To say their polls can have a little liberal bias is beyond ridiculous, they have a lot of liberal bias.
So we have a poll that is likely slanted to the left asking this question. Any guesses as to why? Could this perhaps be done solely to attempt to embarrass the right and push CBS' far left agenda.?
Naw, they're a news organization. They would have better standards than this. Right?
Monday, November 30, 2009
Conservative activists in the Republican Party are pushing a proposal to deny funding to GOP candidates who fail what is being called a purity test, a move that is being met with skepticism by some Republican commentators.
The proposal, being pushed by 10 Republican National Committee members, calls for money to be withheld from candidates who disagree with more than two of 10 conservative principles.
The RNC will debate the idea at its winter meeting in January.
Among the principles on the test are support of limited government, market-based health care reform, legal immigration, gun rights and military-recommended troop surges in Iraq and Afghanistan. The list also requires opposing Obama's domestic policies, including his $787 billion stimulus bill, climate change legislation and his signature health care reform plan.
So what do you think about this?
Is this a chance to retake the GOP from the RINO's or is it a risky move that will keep Republicans from getting elected.?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Read the article to put this in perspective. This man was writing a blog about how damaging the infamous global warming e-mails are to the GW cause.
If you read his post, linked above, you will appreciate the incredible irony here. He is putting forth the opinion that people who do not prey at the altar of the Goracle commit "fabrication, fraud, and deceit" while talking about e-mails that show that people who are pushing the GW fantasy are committing, well, fabrication, fraud, and deceit.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Schwarzenegger Will Refile Tax Information to Clear IRS Lien
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will refile tax information to clear an IRS lien for nearly $80,000 after a celebrity Web site posted an IRS document showing Schwarzenegger owed the money, his spokesman said Friday.
The Web site TMZ.com posted a "notice of federal tax lien" filed in May with the Los Angeles County Recorder's Office. The document showed Schwarzenegger owes $39,047 in taxes, fines or penalties from 2004 and $40,016 from 2005.
Schwarzenegger's spokesman, Aaron McLear, said a representative of the governor contacted the IRS Friday and determined there was a "paperwork tracking discrepancy."
"The governor had not been notified of any discrepancy or of the lien until today," McLear said in a statement. "The governor is resubmitting certain information to the IRS and we fully expect that the matter will be resolved and the lien expunged without any penalty assessed upon the governor."
He said the issue is "completely unrelated to the payment of taxes, which the governor has paid in full and on time."
The tax code referenced on the lien indicates it may be for failing to file correct returns. IRS spokesman Dean Patterson said the agency cannot comment on individual cases.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I will not be around much for the next couple of days.
I am spending today with my ER family.
Friday I am off and Brenda, the kids, and me will have our Thanksgiving then.
Actually my wife and kids are real sports with my schedule. For years they have had to work around my non-traditional schedule on holidays and weekends and they are real good about it.
We have always taken the approach that Thanksgiving (or Christmas, etc) are not the day itself but the togetherness. We do observe Christmas on Christmas Day but we also set aside a day either before or after to have our together time and observe the holiday as a family. This, I think is the real spirit of the holidays.
Anyways, I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time with your family.
I want to send a special wish to our friend AOW who is getting to spend Thanksgiving at home with her husband after his 10 week hospital stay. I hope this is a special day for you both.
Finally, let us all keep our friend Z in our thoughts today. Z lost her husband recently and this will be a rough time for her. Know we are thinking of you Z.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We have talked here and at other blogs about the upcoming 9/11 terrorists trials in NYC. The question today is how will this effect the Obama Presidency?
I think we can dispense with any pretense that Obama did this for the noble goal of seeking justice. The men have already admitted their guilt, a military tribunal would have been the logical choice. So there is political calculation here, Obama sees himself gaining something from this. Will he?
The obvious first determinant is whether the men are convicted.
If the men are convicted, Obama may get a little credit for this. I say a little not out of spite but in recognition of the fact that the men have already said they committed the crimes. While a conviction may bring some relief to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11, as far as suspense goes it will be anti-climactic.
If they are not convicted there could be Hell to pay for Obama for the very same reason, they have said they committed the crimes.
The worse case scenario here is that they are acquitted and a judge orders their release.
As I said yesterday there is strong speculation that if the men are acquitted the government will detain them immediately and hold them indefinitely as enemy combatants and I believe they will do this.
As I posted Monday though, a lot of this depends on the judge that hears the case. What if we get an activist judge who decides to take a stand against the US national security policies of the past and order the men released?
Obama's support would be down to the few far, far left radicals that think the US is an evil empire.
In a best case scenario of acquittal, the men will be taken into custody and Obama will come out of it looking like a complete and total fool, allowing guilty men game the US justice system and beat it. His support will not be much more than the above case because he will look like the inept man he is.
This brings us to a conviction. This is till a trap for Obama in my mind.
The most likely outcome here is that the terrorists, through their attorney, will be given a platform to attack the US war on terror, the arrogance of the US, and the brave struggle of the freedom fighters against the tyranny of an evil empire.
I have heard the comment on Fox News that the judge will likely keep a tight rein on the terrorists during the trial and there will not be cameras in the courtroom for them to perform to. This very well may be true but the real drama will be outside the courtroom.
We will have the defense attorney putting the US policy of combating terrorism on trial. He will discuss waterboarding, the fact that his clients were not afforded rights guaranteed by the Constitution, the fact that they have been detained in supposed horrid conditions at Gitmo.
None of these items are even remotely factual but when has a defense attorney been bound by the facts?
So again Obama has egg on his face because he is letting men who are known to be guilty game the US justice system for their propaganda.
So, how does Obama do after all of this? What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We have talked about this before and will talk about it again. Mostly because it is important. The 9/11 terror trials upcoming in NY defy logic.
These men are going to be virtually impossible to prosecute in a civilian court. The men were not read their Miranda rights, as combatants are not. They were not given the same access to a lawyer during their entire stay as American citizens are afforded. (They have them now on our dime). We have likely not allowed them access to the embassy staff of their respective country as custom dictates for foreign prisoners, largely because many of them are not of a single country due to the nature of their crimes.
They will make it a show trial. Their lawyer has already said the defendants will plead not-guilty even though they have admitted to their crimes, so they can "explain" why they attacked us 9/11. These men have already offered to plead guilty and be martyred but will not now that they have a chance to speak out.
Their lawyer will have access to some confidential information. The information that the government does manage to keep away from them will in turn contribute to the difficulty that the prosecution will already be facing because it will limit what evidence can be presented.
Finally, we have already had a case of a terrorist defense lawyer aiding and abetting terrorists. If you think this is all mindless ranting, read this article about Lynne Stewart and how the federal courts can be real low key about punishing terrorists like her.
So with all of this, what is really going on here?
Obama and his staff are idiots but they are not stupid. They are all lawyers, they know the law well enough to know that these issues are real.
Further, there is strong speculation that if these men are acquitted they will immediately be detained and held indefinitely as enemy combatants as they are now. I think this is likely to happen. I don't think Obama is stupid enough to let these men walk out of a courthouse in NYC free men, it would destroy him and his party.
So what gives? Why the farce that they are playing out right now?
Is it as some of us suspect nothing more than a way to play the Bush card to distract people while he sneaks through health care and/or cap and trade, etc, etc?
Is he that cynical about our country that he is willing to screw us to show we are tolerant of those who have taken so many of our lives? Is this just another feather in his "President of the World" crown?
What are your thoughts?
Monday, November 23, 2009
The conversation was about trying the 9/11 terrorists in NYC. The comment was (paraphrasing) "it depends on which judge hears the case". It was in reaction to a discussion on what is going to happen during the trial as far as the discovery process. Will the prosecutions case be damaged by an inability to release sensitive material? Will the terrorists get a hold of information that we do not want them to? Will the whole discovery process cause a mistrial?
So this is the question - what are your thoughts on the statement "it depends on which judge hears the case"?
We all have stories of activist judges allowing horrible criminals off because of a twisted interpretation of the US Constitution. Child rapists have gone free. Drug dealers.
Will we get a far left judge who wants to make a statement about the US war on terror? Will the terrorists fire their lawyer to get their hands on the info themselves as some have suggested? Will a judge allow them to get the info?
We have cases in the past in which defense lawyers have passed secrets on to terrorists. Will this happen again if an activist judge decides they have a right to classified secrets?
What are your thoughts?
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Does this last sentence sum up the Obama Presidency to date or what? Keep the Muslims happy so they don't attack.
Friday, November 20, 2009
‘Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution, dangerous work’
The effects of climate change have driven women in communities in coastal areas in poor countries like the Philippines into dangerous work, and sometimes even the flesh trade, a United Nations official said.
Suneeta Mukherjee, country representative of the United Nations Food Population Fund (UNFPA), said women in the Philippines are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the country.
“Climate change could reduce income from farming and fishing, possibly driving some women into sex work and thereby increase HIV infection," Mukherjee said during the Wednesday launch of the UNFPA annual State of World Population Report in Pasay City.
In the Philippines, small brothels usually pop up near the coastal areas where many women perform sexual services for transient seafarers. Often, these prostitutes are ferried to bigger ships by their pimps.
Based on the UNFPA report, there are 92 million Filipinos in the country as of 2009 and that number is expected to balloon to more than 146 million in the next 40 years.
Of the 92 million Filipinos, about 60 percent are living in coastal areas and depend on the seas for livelihood, said former Environment secretary Dr. Angel Alcala.
Alcala said that “we have already exceeded the carrying capacity of our marine environment."
But as the sea’s resources are depleted due to overpopulation and overfishing, fishermen start losing their livelihood and women are forced to share the traditional role of the man in providing for the family.
Alacala, who also heads the Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management in Siliman University, said some women often pick out shellfish by the coastlines, which exposed to storm surges.
Women who can no longer endure this work often go out to find other jobs, while some are tempted to go into prostitution, Alcala added.
In an interview with the Inter Press News Agency, Marita Rodriguez of the Centre for Empowerment and Resource Development, Inc. said women are taking the brunt of climate change.
"Aside from their household chores and participation in fishing activity, they have to find additional sources of income like working as domestic helpers in affluent families," she said.
The UNFPA noted that the temperature in the earth’s surface has risen 0.74 degrees Celsius in the past 100 years. The 10 warmest years globally since 1880 have also been recorded in the last 13 years.
“Slower population growth, for example, would help build social resilience to climate change’s impacts and would contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gas-emissions in the future," the UNFPA report said.
The UNFPA suggested five measures to mitigate climate change and overpopulation:
Bring a better understanding of population dynamics, gender and reproductive health to climate change and environmental discussions at all levels;
Fully fund family planning services and contraceptive supplies within the framework of reproductive health and rights, and assure that low income is no barrier to access;
Prioritize research and date collection to improve the understanding of gender and population dynamics in climate change mitigation and adaptation;
Improve sex-disaggregation of date related to migration flows that are influenced by environmental factors and prepare now for increases in population movements resulting from climate change; and
Integrate gender considerations into global efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
First, there is nothing to back up their assertion that women will turn to prostitution because of climate change.
More importantly, there is nothing in the article to back up the notion that climate change is even causing any effect in the Philippines.
Finally where did "family planning" (read abortion) come into this?
This report is nothing but a far left propaganda piece. The argument, to be kind, is torturous. The list of actions at the end is nothing more than far leftist rantings by the United Nations.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
President Obama brushed off criticism over his administration's inaccurate reporting on job creation Wednesday, telling Fox News the accounting is an "inexact science" and that any errors are a "side issue" when compared with the goal of turning the economy around. He said job growth is his No.1 responsibility.
So Obama could not repeat the "1 million jobs saved or created" nonsense enough. Now that it has been thoroughly debunked the issue of it being untrue is a "side issue".
Move along, nothing to see here.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
When I wrote my first post on March 28th, 2008 I wasn't sure how long I would do it for. I started it for the fun of it and as therapy. I can be a little high strung about politics (not to shock anyone) and my wife is not a huge fan of politics. The site therefore was an outlet for me to get out my pent-up frustrations.
As it turns out I enjoy it very much. I have met a lot of very good people while doing this, made some friends, and even met a few idiots. The idiots I appreciate because they are an example of why we do this, to hold off the insidious creep of leftism. The friends I have found invaluable.
Thank all of you for visiting all of these times.
When the former Republican vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor wrote her autobiography, the AP found a copy before its release date and assigned 11 people to fact check all 432 pages.
They must do this for other political books, right?
Reviewing books and holding public figures accountable is at the core of good journalism, but the treatment Palin's book received appears to be something new for the AP. The organization did not review for accuracy recent books by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, then-Sen. Joe Biden, either book by Barack Obama released before he was president or autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton. The AP did more traditional news stories on those books.
The attraction to Palin doesn't appear to be partisan, since AP didn't fact-check recent political tomes by Republicans Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama’s outgoing communications director, Anita Dunn, renewed her attacks against Fox News as she praised the “investigative journalism” of Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and said MSNBC isn’t a biased cable news network.
She criticized Fox for using edited footage of a rally to make it appear that opposition to the president’s health-care plan was bigger than it was.
“The people who exposed this: Jon Stewart of the Daily Show on Comedy Central,” Dunn said yesterday at the Bloomberg Washington Summit. “That’s where you are getting fact-checking and investigative journalism these days.”
This woman is an absolute raving lunatic. I don't think she is being fired or has resigned, I think the mental health authorities have caught up with her again and are putting her safely back in an institution.
Monday, November 16, 2009
The Obama administration, in deciding to try alleged Sept. 11 conspirators in a New York courtroom, has said it is setting its sights on convictions, but some critics say a civilian trial -- instead of a military tribunal -- could end up targeting the Bush administration and its anti-terror policies.
So what are your thoughts on this?
Is this a legitimate desire to give the terrorists justice?
Is this another way for the left to "get" Bush?
Is it another incident of Obama using the Bush card to get out of trouble on botching health care and pretty much everything else he has done?
Will it work?
Who would wind up paying the price, Bush or Obama?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
John Conklin state Board of Elections, New York
This is in response to news that the election in the New York 23rd Congressional district is tightening.
Am I the only one alarmed at the cavalier attitude towards the electoral process on display here?
We are at the point in this country where election results simply cannot be trusted any more.
ACORN, the Senate election last year in Minnesota, constant stories about dead people voting, stories of Democratic operatives going into nursing homes and "helping" the elderly vote.
We have quietly turned into a banana republic.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
President Obama on Saturday urged Congress to hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead.
Obama wants Congress to hold off on investigating the latest terrorist attack on US soil. He wants to "go slow".
First, hasn't the intelligence community and the Justice Department already been investigating this man? Before the shooting? We are supposed to let them investigate now without any oversight? Seems what Congress is investigating is not the shooting but the fact that it should have been prevented.
Second, I'm not a professional investigator but don't you want to do it as soon as possible so the evidence is still fresh?
Unless of course you don't want to find out what happened. Maybe Obama is a little concerned of what they will find in the investigation.
One thing that has not been talked about so far in this case is that this is a new chapter for Obama. While there is some evidence the intelligence community was looking at Hasan as far back as December, the majority of the time line that has come out so far is that the botched intelligence happened almost entirely on Obama's watch.
I said earlier Congress will try to blame this on Bush, and I still believe it. Problem is, sometimes the facts get in the way.
This could be the first thing Obama has to take full and total responsibility for. This may be the first thing he and his administration cannot hide behind Bush on
We need to listen to him though, he has everything covered:
Obama already had ordered a review of all intelligence related to Hasan and whether the information was properly shared and acted upon within government agencies. Several members of Congress, particularly Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, have also called for a full examination of what agencies knew about Hasan's contacts with a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen and others of concern to the U.S.
See, he's going to investigate himself. We'll find the truth out, no need to worry.
Friday, November 13, 2009
GOP Chairman Ends Abortion Insurance for Employees
WASHINGTON -- A chagrined GOP Chairman Michael Steele has told Republican National Committee staff to immediately stop providing RNC employees with insurance for elective abortions -- an option that Republicans strongly oppose as Democrats try to pass a health care overhaul bill.
"Money from our loyal donors should not be used for this purpose," Steele said in a statement late Thursday after learning of the abortion coverage from a news report. "I don't know why this policy existed in the past, but it will not exist under my administration. Consider this issue settled."
There's not much more to add to this. What in God's name is the RNC doing providing abortion coverage? Anybody still wonder why they are having trouble with conservatives?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all intelligence related to Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, and whether the information was properly shared and acted upon within government agencies.
The review will be overseen by John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. The first results are due to the White House by Nov. 30.
Obama also ordered the preservation of the intelligence. Members of Congress, particularly Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, have called for a full examination of what agencies knew about Hasan's contacts with a radical imam and others of concern to the U.S., and what they did with the information.
The FBI confirmed this week that the U.S. government knew about 10 to 20 e-mails between Hasan and a radical imam beginning in December 2008.
So, let's see. The e-mails started surfacing in December. Anybody have a guess as to who's fault this whole Fort Hood mess will be?
Personally I wish they would just save us the money investigating it and type of the report right now, they already know the results of the investigation - it's Bush's fault.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Remember all who have served and sacrificed for our Freedom.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Is this a coincidence, my imagination, or something else?
The AARP has been pretty solidly behind the helath refrorm bill even though a lot of it's members, and a large part of the demographics that make up it's membership, have been solidly against it. They have lost members over their support.
So what gives? Does this health care bill have something in it that benefits the AARP financially?
I realize that the AARP is a non-profit and therefore they are not making money but the leadership of non-profits have always had an interest in the organizations remaining healthy. An interest that goes beyond simple idealism. Non-profits that stay financially lucrative can pay it's leadership better, it can be a way to ensure job security, and it can provide more perks for it's leadership.
The leadership of non-profits do not get to outwardly share in the rewards of a successful organization through stocks but they are able to get their money through the means I said above, salary, perks, retirement benefits, etc.
So what do you think? Coincidence the AARP is supporting a health bill that it's members do not at the same time that they sell insurance?
Homeland chief warns against anti-Muslim backlash
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. Homeland Security secretary says she is working to prevent a possible wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.
Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday's rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The shootings left 13 people dead and 29 wounded.
Napolitano was in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for talks with security officials and a meeting with women university students in Abu Dhabi.
Ignoring the fact that we just had an attack by a Muslim against American interests in the US which looks a lot like terrorism, where is the evidence that we have a significant problem with anti-Muslim attacks in the US?
Another good question to ask is why is she in the United Arab Emirates when we just had a terrorist attack here in the United States last Thursday? Meeting with UAE security officials. Shouldn't she be here doing her job? Meeting with US security officials?
In my mind, her going to a foreign country, a Muslim country at that, after a terrorist attack at a US military base by what appears to be a Muslim extremist and promising to defend Muslims borders on sedition.
Of course, I'm just a paranoid, far-right, ultra-conservative just out to get Obama. There's nothing to worry about here in the United States. The government is working to protect us. Were safe.
British spies help prevent al Qaeda-inspired attack on New York subway
Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda
Lieberman Suggests Army Shooter Was 'Home-Grown Terrorist'
Some predicted trouble from Fort Hood's Maj. Hasan
Intelligence Officials Deny Sitting on Information About Fort Hood Shooter
Radical Imam Praises Alleged Fort Hood Shooter, Urges Muslims to 'Follow in Footsteps'
U.S. Knew of Suspect’s Tie to Radical Cleric
Hasan e-mails to cleric didn't result in inquiry
I Have this update after I posted:
Despite ban, Holder to speak to CAIR-linked group
Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to give a keynote speech next week to a Michigan group which includes the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations even though the FBI has formally severed contacts with the controversial Muslim civil rights organization
An FBI spokeswoman confirmed that the FBI’s Special Agent-in-Charge in Detroit, Andy Arena, will serve as co-chair for the Nov. 19 dinner.
I don't get it. I almost have to believe our government has made a conscious decision to side with the terrorists over the United States.
Monday, November 9, 2009
New York-Based Radical Muslim Hails Fort Hood Massacre
NEW YORK — A New York City bicycle cabbie who mocked the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl and posted a prayer on the Web calling for the murder of Jews is now sending a "Get Well Soon" message to the suspected Fort Hood gunman, the New York Post reported.
Yousef al-Khattab, 41, a radical Muslim in the borough of Queens who runs RevolutionMuslim.com, claims on the site that the soldiers massacred at the Texas base deserved to be massacred, and he insists the victims are in "eternal hellfire." As for the suspected gunman — Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan — Al-Khattab hails him as a hero.
"An officer and a gentleman was injured while partaking in a pre-emptive attack," al-Khattab wrote on the site. "Get well soon Major Nidal. We love you."
Al-Khattab, a Jewish-born New Jersey native formerly named Joseph Cohen, converted to Islam in 2004. Known by the FBI for posting radical messages online, al-Khattab claims that the 13 murdered and 38 wounded soldiers at Fort Hood were "terrorists" who deserved to die.
"These people are soldiers in a volunteer army," al-Khattab told the Post. "They expect to see combat. They know the danger."
"Rest assured the slain terrorists at Ft. Hood are in the eternal hellfire," al-Khattab writes online.
On Oct. 7, al-Khattab posted a message on the Web calling on Allah to carry out "wrath on the Jewish occupiers of Palestine & their supporters."
"Please throw liquid drain cleaner in their faces," he wrote. " … burn their flammable sukkos while they sleep … Ya Allah (Oh God) answer my duaa (prayer)." ("Sukkos" refers to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, during which Jews build and eat their meals in outdoor huts known as "sukkahs," which represent the huts the Jews lived in during their exodus from Egypt.)
Al Khattab insists that his hatred is protected by the First Amendment. "If it was a threat, I'd be in jail," the 41-year-old al-Khattab told FoxNews.com in October.
Hasan — a radical Muslim — reportedly shouted "Allahu akbar," or "God is great" in Arabic, before unloading more than 100 rounds at soldiers preparing to ship off to Iraq and Afghanistan.
So, where is our government? Do we have another massacre brewing with this nutjob? Will we be reading sometime down the road that the man that shot up the mall in Anywhere, USA was under suspicion by the FBI but they never acted?
What about his claim to free speech? What are the limits to this freedom? Are there any?
What are your thoughts?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
David Plouffe, former Obama campaign manager
This was an indictment of Fox News and their dastardly habit of reporting the truth about the Obama administration.
This was the preceding sentence in his statement:
“The fact that they’re out there reporting that health care is going to cost a trillion-and-a-half dollars, the president is at war with the CIA, the president must not be serious about terrorism – they’re just out there,”
You have to love when the left gives us this kind of insight into the bias of the fringe media.
What Mr Plouffe is admitting, without saying so, is that Fox is reporting what other networks will not. What is most telling about these types of statements is that the person making them never seems to back themselves up with why Fox is wrong.
For instance, read the second quote above again. Which of these things Fox is reporting, according to Mr Plouffe, are actually false?
One could argue about how much health care reform is going to cost but they could not argue with any credibility at all that it will cost less than a trillion dollars.
President Obama, his staff, and key members of Congress are at war with the CIA.
Finally, has anyone reading this post seen any indication yet that Obama is serious about terrorism?
So Obama apologists like Mr Plouffe simply say Fox is wrong, they're anti-Obama, or, to borrow his phraseology, they are "out there". No reason as to why, no proof that Fox is wrong, no explanation, just 'they're wrong'
Why do they do this? Because they can. These types of statements are allowed to stand in the fringe media without any proof.
Truth doesn't matter to them. Neither the truth about Fox New's supposed bias or the truth about the Obama administration.
Friday, November 6, 2009
I sat listening, stunned, while he talked about the Indian Affairs conference he had been attending all day. I watched as he greeted people in the audience.
I waited for mention of the shooting. As it turns out, I had to wait 3 minutes. This is how long it took him to mention the fact that 12 people had died and around 30 had been wounded.
This blog says it much better than I can.
Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting
President Obama didn't wait long after Tuesday's devastating elections to give critics another reason to question his leadership, but this time the subject matter was more grim than a pair of governorships.
After news broke out of the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas, the nation watched in horror as the toll of dead and injured climbed. The White House was notified immediately and by late afternoon, word went out that the president would speak about the incident prior to a previously scheduled appearance. At about 5 p.m., cable stations went to the president. The situation called for not only his trademark eloquence, but also grace and perspective.
But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal of Honor winner." Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?
Anyone at home aware of the major news story of the previous hours had to have been stunned. An incident like this requires a scrapping of the early light banter. The president should apologize for the tone of his remarks, explain what has happened, express sympathy for those slain and appeal for calm and patience until all the facts are in. That's the least that should occur.
Continue reading, it's worth it
Quite frankly I did not hear most of Obama's remarks about the shooting, I turned the Son of a Bitch off. This is why I do not watch his press conferences.
He is absolutely inept, narcissistic, and callous.
I believe that in time people are going to look back at the Bush presidency as one of class. For all of the yucking it up about his mangled speech and hick expressions, he makes Obama look small and petty in comparison.
Finally, I believe this country cannot wait until 2012 to rid themselves of him. We need to retake Congress in 2010 and impeach him. I almost think I would rather take my chances with his idiot sidekick Joe Biden.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The article is a good read and makes the point that as of right now, the Senate version will make these people with cancer or diabetes wait 6 months before they get insurance. The obvious hope here is that they will be dead and therefore not need the insurance anymore.
I digress though, that is not the point of this post. This part of the article caught my eye.
Now, concerns are being raised about the design of the high-risk pools. In addition to the six-month wait, there's a more fundamental issue -- whether $5 billion set aside for the three-year program is enough. The money would be used to help people in poor health pay premiums.
It may be easier to fix the waiting period than the financing.
Both the House and the Senate Finance bills set aside $5 billion for the pools.
"It doesn't seem like it's near enough money," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was a top domestic policy adviser for McCain. The McCain campaign ultimately concluded it could take as much as $20 billion a year to properly run risk pools, he said. The White House says McCain's proposal was more elaborate and not directly comparable to Obama's.
(sidebar: note the last sentence. The WH acts as if the bills in Congress do not have Obama's input, he will weigh in once they have a finished project. This gives him political cover in case they prove unpopular. Does this last sentence seem a little contradictory to that notion?)
So there is the question. Is Congress running a shell game on us?
This is not the first time we have heard people, from analysts to pundits to the CBO question whether Congress is properly funding the health care overhaul.
Is this how they are keeping costs down? Keeping the reform "budget neutral"? By underfunding it?
Is there a plan to push these bills through with tepid public support because they will not destroy our economy and then come in later and pass supplemental bills to fund them? Traditionally supplemental funding bills can be tacked onto more palatable legislation such as funding the military and the added cost of the supplemental doesn't get as much public attention. Further, it is hard for a Congressional member to vote against such a bill because they then get accused of not supporting the troops, or whatever the bills intent is.
Then we have this:
If the Democrats' risk pool starts running out of money, the government may have to start a waiting list, raise premiums or take other unpopular measures. Congress could be asked for a bailout.
So there you have it. We will have a choice between paying more for the coverage, rationing, or, of course, increased funding.
There is a limit to how much they can raise premiums, especially on the poor or those who are chronically ill and cannot work.
As far as rationing, I believe it will already happen but again there is a limit to this. The public is only going to hear so many stories of people dying on waiting lists before there is push-back. Americans are not used to a European style health care system and will not take well to long waiting lists. Americans are simply too inpatient. We complain if we wait too long in line for fast food. Let these same people wait 6 months for an MRI or wait a year for a hip replacement.
There is only one logical alternative left, increased funding.
Finally, we have this
Health Care Reform Assumes Millions Would Pay Fine Rather Than Get Coverage
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in its study last week that the House health care bill would bring in $167 billion over 10 years in penalties from those who don't get coverage.
The health care reform bill awaiting debate in the House assumes millions of workers and employers would rather pay $167 billion in fines than purchase or provide adequate coverage, according to a recent analysis, raising questions about whether the plan does enough to make insurance affordable.
Though the bill is estimated to expand coverage from the current 83 percent to 96 percent of legal U.S. residents, the windfall of projected penalty payments also exposes a potential contradiction in reform. A significant part of the plan to expand coverage relies financially on fines from the uninsured.
Watch the shells and see if you can keep track of the peanut.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
MADISON, Wis. (Reuters) - A year after his historic election, President Barack Obama sought to remind Americans on Wednesday the biggest problems he is grappling with -- from the economy to the war in Afghanistan -- are the legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.
With his approval ratings down from once-lofty levels and Tuesday's Democratic election losses raising questions about his political clout, Obama held no special ceremony to mark the anniversary of his election as America's first black president.
He instead traveled to Wisconsin to appear before a friendly audience in a school gymnasium and promote education as a pillar of his economic recovery efforts.
Obama was elected on a promise of sweeping change after eight years under Bush, but many Americans are increasingly expressing impatience that his pledge has yet to bear fruit.
He used the preamble of his speech to insist his administration had indeed had important successes and also to remind Americans of the litany of daunting challenges he inherited when he took office in January.
The only question here is if this man is ever going to grow and take some responsibility for his actions? I personally think this plays a large factor in why his poll numbers are going south. Constantly playing the Bush card makes him look weak and small.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I will not speak much to the basic premise of the article, that any GOP wins in the off year elections tomorrow do not mean much. You can read the article for yourself (it is worth going just to see how ridiculous it is) and because Z did a wonderful job. Stop by her site and read her take on it.
One thing caught my eye though when I was reading it. (emphasis mine)
Fiery talk show hosts like Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have become the angry white face of the party...
Tell me the last time you have read an article in which Al Sharpton was referred to as the angry black face of the left.
How the Hell does the fringe media and the rest of the left continue getting away with this overt racism?