Sunday, February 28, 2010

Quote Of The Week

This may be a first for me, a video quote of the week. Hat Tip to I Hate The Media for the video. A very cool site, check it out if you are not already. Watch and laugh.

Where are all of the black faces?

Keith Olbermann on the Tea Party movement.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Again, Why Is This Relevant?

I wrote about this in another case recently.

Teacher Killed at Tacoma, Wash., Elementary School

TACOMA, Wash. — A man apparently infatuated with a special education teacher he knew from college shot and killed her as she walked into her elementary school Friday, shortly before students began arriving.

The suspect was killed in a shootout with a deputy a short time later about 10 miles away, said Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer.

The man had been released on bail Monday after being arrested a week ago for violating a protective order the teacher, Jennifer Paulson, obtained in September 2008, said Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum
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Look at this one sentence buried in the middle of the article

He also sent roses and a bear to her at the school. Paulson's principal called Waits' commander in the National Guard to inform him of the harassment, she wrote.

When is the last time you read a sentence like this?

Paulson's principal called Waits' shift manager at McDonald's to inform him of the harassment, she wrote.

Or,

Paulson's principal called Waits' boss at the gas station to inform him of the harassment, she wrote.

Or maybe,

Paulson's principal called Waits' manager at his Ford plant to inform him of the harassment, she wrote.

I can only assume the answer is never. Why, because it is irrelevant where the dirtbag worked. It's irrelevant, that is, unless you are the Associated Press and you're attempting to portray the men who wear the uniform of the US military as a bunch of psychopathic killers forever driven crazy by George Bush's war in Iraq.

It is a horrible tragedy that this young lady lost her life to this son of a bitch. I feel sad for the loss of a life (a special Ed teacher) and feel very bad for her family. They are living a Hell I hope I never know.

With this said, why does the AP feel a need to push their far-left America-hating agenda while reporting on the tragedy?

Friday, February 26, 2010

How Do You Feel About This?

After Canadian Gold, Beer and Cigars on the Ice



VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The women of the Canadian hockey team politely accepted their gold medals and waved to an adoring crowd. And then the real celebration began.

More than half an hour after they beat the United States 2-0 on Thursday, the players came back from the locker room and staged a party on ice -- swigging from bottles of champagne, guzzling beer and smoking cigars.

In a sport that Canada invented, there was never an option besides gold, and with it finally in hand, the home team let loose.

Meghan Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin posed wearing goofy grins. Rebecca Johnston actually tried to drive the ice-resurfacing machine. Haley Irwin poured champagne into the mouth of Tessa Bonhomme, gold medals swinging from both their necks.

The celebration raised eyebrows at the IOC, which said it would look into the matter. Informed of the antics by The Associated Press, Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, said it was "not what we want to see."

"I don't think it's a good promotion of sport values," he said. "If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing, but not in public. We will investigate what happened."

Continue reading

Personally I don't have a problem with it. It's Canada, it's hockey, anymore questions?

I think this is a case of the IOC needing to lighten up a bit.

Finally, keep in mind this is the same IOC that tolerates communist countries effectively abusing their athletes, Muslim athletes refusing to compete with Israeli athletes, and Muslim countries blatantly discriminating against it's female athletes. They want to investigate a hockey team drinking beer?

I'm curious to hear what your thoughts are.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

See Anything To Be Concerned About Here?

At least nine Justice Department lawyers formerly represented terrorist detainees before joining the Obama administration, raising Republican concerns that there may be conflicts of interest among top officials in the department.

The disclosure in a letter sent last week by Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, which was provided to FoxNews.com, came three months after Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, asked Attorney General Eric Holder to provide information on lawyers who have represented terror suspects.


Maybe they should use the missile defense logo for the Justice Department instead?


I know I've asked before but are you feeling safe yet?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Cry For Help?

I hadn't intended to write again about Harry Reid's remark about unemployed men being more abusive but this quote was too funny to pass up.

"Reid: Jobless men = domestic abuse,"..."Is he saying we should be worried about Mrs. Reid after the November elections?"

Fred Thomson on Twitter.


Maybe we need to get counseling for the Senator and help him through his impending unemployment?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reid: 'Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested Monday that domestic violence by men has increased due to U.S. joblessness.

Reid, speaking in the midst of a Senate debate over whether to pass a $15 billion package meant to spur job creation, appeared to argue that joblessness would lead to more domestic violence.

"I met with some people while I was home dealing with domestic abuse. It has gotten out of hand," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Why? Men don't have jobs."

Reid said that the effects of joblessness on domestic violence were especially pronounced among men, because, Reid said, women tend to be less abusive.

"Women don't have jobs either, but women aren’t abusive, most of the time," he said.

"Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive," the majority leader added. "Our domestic crisis shelters in Nevada are jammed.”


I can say that I think there is merit to Reid's "joblessness causes domestic violence" theory, if I were to lose my job I would want to kick Harry Reid's ass for his domestic policies.

Is This A Good Idea Politically?

Obama and his minions are on a promotional tour claiming success from the stimulus package. He is claiming he has effectively turned around the economy and "saved" an indeterminate number of jobs (no one in the administration can seem to agree on how many, making the claim even more dubious).

Ignoring for now the ridiculousness of their claims, it this a good idea politically?

Up until now his saving grace has been to blame everything on Bush. While this has mostly been a patently indefensible position, he has been able to get the fringe media to buy into it and support his stance.

What happens now though if the economy tanks again? There are many economists that think the worst is not over yet and there is plenty of evidence that we may not be out of the woods.

Unemployment is not improving significantly and is even having months in which it worsens. Further there is a strong indication that while the unemployment rate has dipped, it is because a large part of the unemployed have stopped looking for work, which is not reflected in the official unemployment rate.

A significant proportion of the jobs "created or saved" have been temporary, government funded or actual government jobs. With decreased tax revenues to the federal government and states these jobs are not sustainable and will be lost once the current funding is exhausted, causing these people to lose their jobs.

There has been a recent report that some states have a combined $1 trillion shortfall of funding for it's retirement plans. This is money that is not going to be able to be recovered with decreased tax revenues, cutbacks in state employment decreasing the number of employees contributing to the funds, and a depressed investment market.

We have a significant number of states who have become dependent on the stimulus money for their state budgets, money that will be exhausted and will not likely be replenished. This will cause a cutback in services at the state level which translates into layoffs.

Finally, all of these factors combine for a second assault on the economy in the multiplier effect. State employees are often fairly well paid. Their salary contributes to the economy by them spending money and thus creating jobs. Same for workers in the auto industry, which will have a hard time hiring more and may even face lay offs if employment does not rebound. One well paid employee supports something like 2 other employees through their spending (I'm sorry, I've forgotten the actual multiplier).

So back to the original question, is this a good idea politically? I think Obama has blown his cover. He is now taking ownership of the economy. If he has been saying the downturn was Bush's fault and he has now fixed things, isn't he now responsible for what happens next? I realize the administration will continue to blame Bush right up until the 2012 election and there will be even some in the fringe media who will go along. The question is, will the public buy it?

What do you think?

Monday, February 22, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

FBI Investigating Pa. School Webcam Spying Allegations

PHILADELPHIA — A suburban Philadelphia school district accused of secretly switching on laptop computer webcams inside students' homes says it never used webcam images to monitor or discipline students and believes one of its administrators has been "unfairly portrayed and unjustly attacked."

The Lower Merion School District, in response to a suit filed by a student, has acknowledged that webcams were remotely activated 42 times in the past 14 months, but only to find missing, lost or stolen laptops — which the district noted would include "a loaner computer that, against regulations, might be taken off campus."

"Despite some reports to the contrary, be assured that the security-tracking software has been completely disabled," Superintendent Christopher W. McGinley said in a statement on the district's Web site late Friday. Officials vowed a comprehensive review that McGinley said should result in stronger privacy policies.

Harriton High School student Blake Robbins and his parents, Michael and Holly Robbins, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the district, its board of directors and McGinley. They accused the school of turning on the webcam in his computer while it was inside their Penn Valley home, which they allege violated wiretap laws and his right to privacy.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, alleges that Harriton vice principal Lindy Matsko on Nov. 11 cited a laptop photo in telling Blake that the school thought he was engaging in improper behavior. He and his family have told reporters that an official mistook a piece of candy for a pill and thought he was selling drugs
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I read another article about this and what supposedly happened is the assistant principle called the child into her office and showed him a picture she snapped from the webcam and accused him of "inappropriate" behavior at home. There does not appear to be any denial that this incident happened. The point of contention is over whether it was okay to do considering the concerns of the assistant principle.

This is the real kicker though:

"We believe that the administrator at Harriton has been unfairly portrayed and unjustly attacked in connection with her attempts to be supportive of a student and his family," the statement on the Lower Merion School District site said. "The district never did and never would use such tactics as a basis for disciplinary action."

So what do you think? Is this okay?

Is a lawsuit justified? Is this a "federal case" in that the FBI should be investigating? What should happen to the assistant principle?

I saw a quote from another article in which one parent expressed concern that their daughter had one of these in her bedroom? Does that make it even more of a concern?

What are your thoughts on the notion that it is okay because the assistant principle was just trying to help the family? Is there a situation in which activating the camera in a child's house would be justified?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"America already has a Democrat Party. It doesn't need two Democrat parties,"

Florida Republican Senatorial Candidate Marco Rubio at CPAC


I don't have much to add to this. Bottom line, RINO's need not apply.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Is There Anything This Administration Says That Is Not A Lie?

If you remember, I posted this a couple of days ago. This is a short excerpt from the article:

President Obama's new envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, is at the center of a controversy over remarks attributed to him defending a man who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid a terrorist group.

The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs quoted Hussain in 2004 as calling Sami al-Arian the victim of "politically motivated persecutions" after al-Arian, a university professor, was charged in 2003 with heading U.S. operations of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The United States has designated the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a foreign terrorist group as far back as 1997. At the time of al-Arian's arrest, then Attorney General John Ashcroft called it "one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world."

Al-Arian pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to aid Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

Mr Hussain claimed he was misquoted, it was his daughter that made the comments, and the White House backed him on his assertion. Further, the Washington Report edited out the comments from the online article and was not able to say who asked them to do it. It only appeared to be a coincidence that the edit was done shortly after Mr Hussain took his position in the White House.

Now, for an update.

President Obama's new Muslim envoy Rashad Hussain admitted Friday to once defending a man who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid a terrorist group -- an admission that contradicts earlier claims from the White House that the quotes had been mistakenly attributed to Hussain.

Hussain, named by Obama as an envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, said Friday his comments at the time were "ill conceived or not well formulated."


So, let's recap. (some dates approximate)

2004 - Mr Hussain made comments defending a terrorist who later pleaded guilty to terrorism.

February 2009 - Mr Hussain was appointed to a position in the White House.

February 2009 - Someone asked the Washington Review to delete the comments.

February 16, 2010 - Fox news finds out about it (no doubt as part of their campaign to "get" Obama).

February 16, 2010 - Mr Hussain and the White House insist that the comments were made by Mr Hussain's daughter.

February 16, 2010 - Editors of the Washington Report say they are unsure of who asked them to edit out the comments.

February 16, 2010 - The reporter who wrote the original article absolutely insists that she attributed the quotes correctly and that she did in fact know the difference between an older man and a younger woman.

February 19, 2010 - Mr Hussain, picking his daughter up from under the bus and brushing her off, says it was ill-conceived to make the comments he did not make.

Also, do notice that the Obama administration has a knack for posting this kind of damaging info on Friday nights.

One final question - didn't Nixon have to leave office because of the cover-up, not the crime?

Interesting Story

This is a story in which I am not sure what to think about it. I wanted to see what everyone else's thoughts were.

Army Investigates Alleged Attempt by Soldiers to Poison Food at Fort Jackson

The U.S. Army is investigating allegations that soldiers were attempting to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.

The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, told Fox News.

The Army is taking the allegations “extremely seriously,” Grey said, but so far, "there is no credible information to support the allegations."

Five suspects, detained in December, were part of an Arabic translation program called "09 Lima" and use Arabic as their first language, two sources told Fox News. Another military source said they were Muslim. It wasn't clear whether they were still being held.

Grey would not confirm or deny the sources’ information.

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Now let's be real clear up front that investigators are not finding credible evidence to support the allegations. I therefore don't really want to discuss the plot itself, there may not be one. Further it is hard to complain about not being told about it until now (my first beef until I looked at it closer) because it would be a disservice to the men to smear them and ruin their name if there was nothing to it.

There is another issue here in my opinion, trust. That is trust of the Obama administration. They have been less than truthful with us to date on terrorism.

Look no further than the Fort Hood shooting. The first public statement by the Obama Justice Department was to assure everyone it was not a terrorist attack. It was a terrorist attack and I think they knew it at the time. Their announcement was nothing more than cover for Obama to keep him from having a terrorist attack on US soil. To date they are still not classifying it as terrorism, it's just a Muslim man that hates America associating with an extremist Imam that hates America and then going out and killing Americans. In other words, not terrorism.

They refuse to call the Little Rock recruiting center shooting terrorism. The Justice Department has brought terrorism charges but Obama refuses to use the phrase itself.

More than that is the sloppiness in which they approach terrorism investigations. Fort Hood was an incredibly ridiculous investigation before and after the shooting. The panty bomber investigation was a mess before and after the incident.

So, the simple question is: do we trust him on this?

Do you feel safe?

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Chuck is not available today - it is our wedding anniversary. #21.

Have a good day and I will be back around tomorrow.

Chuck

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

White House Covering It's Tracks?

I'm posting this entire article for effect, fortunately it's not very long. Any emphasis is mine.

Obviously the idea that a member of the Obama administration is defending a terrorist is disturbing but I have chosen to skip that for now because this is becoming frighteningly routine for this White House. The concern is that they are now trying to cover his tracks.

Obama's Islamic Envoy Quoted Defending Man Charged With Aiding Terrorists

President Obama's new envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference, Rashad Hussain, is at the center of a controversy over remarks attributed to him defending a man who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to aid a terrorist group.

The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs quoted Hussain in 2004 as calling Sami al-Arian the victim of "politically motivated persecutions" after al-Arian, a university professor, was charged in 2003 with heading U.S. operations of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The United States has designated the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a foreign terrorist group as far back as 1997. At the time of al-Arian's arrest, then Attorney General John Ashcroft called it "one of the most violent terrorist organizations in the world."

Al-Arian pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to aid Palestinian Islamic Jihad and was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

The White House says the controversial remarks defending al-Arian two years earlier were made by his daughter -- not by Hussain. Both were part of a panel discussion at a Muslim Students Association conference, but the reporter covering the event told Fox News she stands by the quotes she attributed to Hussain, who was a Yale Law student and an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

The Web version of the 2004 article in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs was later edited to delete all of Hussain's comments. Editor Delinda Hanley told Fox News she believes the change was made in February 2009, though she does not recall who requested the edit.

Hanley remembered telling the group's webmaster: "Let's just take out the quotes since they have been attributed to the wrong speaker."

Hanley suggested to another media outlet that the comments attributed to Hussain were actually made by Sami al-Arian's daughter, Laila, who also attended the event. But the author of the piece, Shereen Kandil, told Fox News that she would never confuse the two people.

"If I quoted someone, it's because they said it," she said, adding that she no longer works for the magazine and was surprised to learn of the changes.

The White House also attributes the quotes to Laila al-Arian.


A White House official who talked with Hussain on Tuesday said he acknowledged attending the event to discuss civil rights in a post-9/11 world but has "no recollection" when it comes to the comments attributed to him.


So let's recap, the Washington Report attributed the comments to Mr Hussain, the author of the article insists she attributed the quotes properly, the article is edited when Mr Hussain was considered for a job in the Obama administration, the administration (none of whose members appear to have been present at the discussion) insist the quotes are attributed to the wrong person, the Washington Report deletes the quotes.

Further, they are accusing this author of confusing an older man with a younger woman.

Finally, notice they did not change the attribution of the quotes, they deleted the quotes altogether. Doesn't that seem a little odd if their concern was setting the record straight?

Anyone else have a problem with this?

This is no longer Joe Biden making ignorant comments giving Obama credit for stabilizing Iraq, this is out and out changing public record to hide the past history of one of the members of the administration.

This is not okay and it is unlikely the first or the last time. What other records are they "correcting"?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Obama Fine-Tuning Message

Obama Seeks Return to Campaign-Style Discipline

WASHINGTON -- Facing criticism that President Barack Obama isn't connecting with the American people, the administration is infusing its communications strategy with some of the ironclad discipline and outside-the-box thinking that made the Obama presidential campaign so successful.

Sensitive about talk that the president was sometimes overexposed during his first year in office, the White House now is more discriminating about how and when the president deals with media -- and about whom he talks to when he does.

Aides say there's no formal reevaluation of the administration's communications strategy as the president embarks on his second year in office. But with Obama's poll numbers flat-lining, his agenda on the ropes and Democrats increasingly worried about losing ground in November's election when control of Congress will be at stake, the White House is taking an approach to getting out the message about the president's accomplishments and goals that is at once more aggressive and more streamlined.

That includes

-- More direct rapid response to criticism. Through blog postings on the White House Web site by a small cast of Obama aides and unsolicited e-mails from press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted to the White House's vast press list, the administration seeks to more quickly and widely counter perceived misinformation. And Gibbs has finally resorted to Twitter.

-- More events at which the president speaks directly to the public without the filter of the media, including town hall meetings around the country or such events as a recent online question-and-answer session streamed on YouTube and a televised live exchange with House Republicans.

-- Carefully choreographed interactions with the press. Unlike news conferences that are unscripted and can cover many topics and put reporters in competition with the president for the spotlight, the Obama team is trying to place a premium on its media interactions.


I see this as nothing more than an arrogant mea culpa, as if he is saying to the public "I'm sorry, I did not explain myself well enough. I didn't realize how stupid you were."

Obama and his staff absolutely refuse to believe that there is a problem with their policies, they simply chalk it all up to a public that is a little slow to understand. Obama is playing the part of the patient fatherly figure and is trying to explain this all a little slower to us. Maybe he can use smaller words, maybe he can use some simple drawings.

Finally, notice the article says he is going to take a more aggressive approach. There are two schools of thought among the Democratic party and it's followers after the recent losses in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts: one side wants to rethink it's policies and try to work with Republicans, the other side wants to get more aggressive, leave the policies alone, and take the fight to the Republicans. I think one can assume, with this article and recent actions, that the White House has made it's decision.

The only thing that remains to be seen is how this plays out in November. I think we could be looking at a loss of biblical proportions for the Dems.

Monday, February 15, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

Westchase teachers learn a lesson: Say 'no' to mints in pill bottles

What two fourth-grade teachers at Westchase Elementary School apparently thought was a creative way to calm students about to take the FCAT made at least one caregiver fear the teachers were sending a different message – that taking drugs while under stress is OK.

Sandy Young walked into her grandson's fourth-grade classroom last Thursday and saw pill bottles on each students' desk. Her mind raced with questions and thoughts of disbelief.

Young said she immediately questioned Westchase Elementary fourth-grade teacher Beth Watson about the pill bottles, which were filled with pieces of small mint candy.

"She said it was nothing but some mints; it was just something special for the kids, for the FCAT to mellow them out," Young said.
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The teachers were just trying to use a creative way to get across to the students not to be stressed with the FCAT writing examination that will be administered to fourth-, eighth- and 10th-graders beginning today, Cobbe said.

"Elementary teachers do creative things to make learning fun," Cobbe said.

The teachers won't be disciplined, and it wasn't their intention to promote drug use, Cobbe said.

"I know that is not the intent of the teachers," Cobbe said. "That is not the outcome they would wish for."



What do you think? Is this okay? Is it promoting a culture of taking a pill to solve our problems? Is it just teachers being creative? What would your reaction be if it were your child?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda."

(politics) "should never get in the way of national security. But too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points, instead of coming together to keep us safe."


John Brennan -- Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism


Thank Obama this never happened during the Bush administration. How do these people say this crap with a straight face?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Oh No He Didn't

As senators, Barack Obama and Joe Biden both opposed the troop surge in Iraq -- and Biden even wanted to divide the country into three sections.

But as vice president, Biden is taking credit for success in Iraq.

"I am very optimistic about Iraq," he said. "I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration."


Read the rest of the article, I'm out of here.

Let's Beat Up On Gibbs Some More

The White House press room was a jovial place to be in the early days of President Barack Obama's presidency. But times have changed.

Back in May, POLITICO analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter — as indicated by "(Laughter)" being noted in the official transcript — occurred more than 10 times per day during press secretary Robert Gibbs's briefings.

But the laughter has been reduced by half in recent months: In the first six months of the Obama administration, briefings produced an average of 179 laughs per month. Over the past six months, the average has dropped down to 89.

Chalk it up to the close of any administration's initial honeymoon — and the Obama administration's tough second half of 2009, as it wrestled with health care and saw the late Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat filled by a Republican.

"The tone is one reason for less laughter," says American Urban Radio's April Ryan. "There are lots of serious questions begging for serious answers. Those questions do not meld with laughter and light banter."

But there's also some frustration a-brewing among press corps members.

"There definitely aren't a lot of laughs around the briefing room these days," says Washington Examiner White House correspondent Julie Mason. "Robert's little digs and evasions have lost their power to amuse — particularly since we haven't had a presser since July."

Mason also reports frustration in the ranks: "Reporters know how close the press secretary is to the president, and yet the quality of the information we get doesn't often reflect that."


Truth is, I don't think this is about Gibbs at all.

Don't get me wrong, he's an idiot.

This is about Obama. His smoke and mirrors act is wearing out. A large part of the public, in the 46% range disapproval ratings according to Real Clear Politics lately, are already there. It has taken the smitten press a little longer but they are arriving too.

Reality is the rest of the country is realizing what a lot of us have long ago, there is no there there. Obama is an empty suit. He is grossly unqualified, he has surrounded himself with people who are grossly unqualified, and it is starting to show. They have no idea what to do.

Robert Gibb's job was never to dispense information from the President, there was never any to dispense. His job is, and has been from the beginning, to distract the press and public with his clownish and buffoonish behavior.

They're not buying it anymore.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This Is How MSNBC Reported The White House's Pettiness

White House pokes fun at Sarah Palin

WASHINGTON - Even the White House's top spokesman is getting in on the act of mocking former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin for looking to talking points written on her palm during a speech to "tea party" activists.

Robert Gibbs showed the words "hope" and "change" on his hand as he started his daily briefing with reporters on Tuesday.

No condemnation, just identification. Ridiculing Palin is a natural past time and the WH is just joining in with the media.

There is hope though, read this.

Many in the room, where President Barack Obama had spoken just moments before about the need for bipartisanship, groaned at the political shot.

Source

I think the antics of the Obama administration are wearing thin with a lot of people.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Do As I Say, Not As My Idiot Press Secretary Does

"The people who sent us here expect a seriousness of purpose that transcends petty politics,"

Barrack Obama calling for bipartisanship



Robert Gibbs mocking Sarah Palin

Any questions?

Sources:


Read This, What's Wrong With It?

Anger over alphabet ends in arrest

A man is accused of holding his 4-year-old daughter's head under the water in the kitchen sink at their Yelm home Sunday night because she would not recite the alphabet, according to police and court papers.

The Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed a charge of second-degree assault of a child against Joshua Ryan Tabor, 27, on Tuesday. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 16.

According to court records:

Yelm police responded to a disturbance Sunday night after Tabor’s girlfriend reported that Tabor, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, “was irate, intoxicated and walking around the neighborhood with his Kevlar helmet threatening to break windows.”


Why do they always mention that it is a soldier?

If it is a plumber do you read that he was walking around carrying a plunger? Or a carpenter was walking around with his tool belt on? Or an RN was walking around in scrubs?

I hope the SOB gets what is coming to him for torturing this little child and I further hope he has a real good time in prison.

Why is it relevant that he is in the military though?

Monday, February 8, 2010

What Do You Think About This?

President Obama Moves Forward on Health Care, Invites Republicans to the White House for Televised Meeting

So, what do you think? Is there anything to this or is it for the cameras?

If the Republican's do this will they be letting themselves be used as props?

What about the notion that Obama does not appear to be willing to "start over" and instead is wanting to tweak what is in place?

What should the response be from the Republicans? Should they lay some ground rules before they go in?

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"We're not going to save our way out of this recession,"..."We've got to spend our way out of this recession, and I think most economists know that."

James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Majority Whip

Source

There you have it. Do notice though he did not share the voluminous list of economists who agree with him.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Just Another Typical Illinois Democrat

Illinois Dem defiant after arrest history surfaces

CHICAGO - A political newcomer who won the Democratic nomination for Illinois lieutenant governor said he has no intention of leaving the race after details emerged about his arrest for allegedly holding a knife to his former girlfriend's throat.

Scott Lee Cohen struck a defiant tone even after running mate Gov. Pat Quinn predicted he would have to leave the race. Cohen said people should wait for all facts to become known.

"There are questions, and I will provide all answers honestly and openly," he said in a statement Thursday. He did not return messages from The Associated Press.

Cohen was arrested on domestic battery charges in 2005, accused of pushing his then-girlfriend's head against a wall and of the knife incident. The police report noted abrasions on her neck and hand, but charges were dropped after she failed to appear in court.

Police records show the woman had been arrested for prostitution, the Chicago Tribune reported. Cohen said he did not know that at the time. He told WTTW-TV that he met her at a "massage therapy place" and believed she was a masseuse. Cohen denied hitting her and said their relationship was "tumultuous."


Source

Folks, this is the Democrat they could vote for in Illinois.

Is there a Democrat from Illinois that is not a thug, corrupt, have mob ties, has raided a bank, or all of the above?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

More Useful Spending From The Dems

Millions in Stimulus Spending Being Doled Out for Questionable Jobs

Federal agencies are spending stimulus money at the rate of $196 million an hour. And they will do so every hour for the next eight months until a September 30, 2010, deadline.

Look at some of the stuff you are buying:

-- $233,000 to the University of California at San Diego to study why Africans vote. Jobs created: 12, but seven of those are Africans in Africa.

-- In Nevada, $2 million in stimulus money built a new fire station, but because of budget cuts, the county can't afford to hire firefighters to work there.

-- Penn State University got $1.5 million to study plant fossils in Argentina. Of 5 jobs created, 2 belong to Argentines.

-- Researchers the State University of New York at Buffalo got $389,000 to pay 100 Buffalonians $45 each to record how much malt liquor they drink -- and how much pot smoke each day. Consumption is then reported via an automated phone hotline. Cost per job: almost $200,000.

-- The Obama administration is spending $5 billion to weatherize homes. But one Texas county spent $4 million to weatherize just 47 homes. That's $78,000 per house. Each retrofit is supposed to save homeowners $500 a year in energy costs. That means taxpayers will recoup their investment in 156 years, long after the home is probably torn down.

-- Two Arizona universities got almost $1 million dollars so 3 grad students can study how ants work. That's more than $300,000 per job.

-- Companies that raise tropical fish, shellfish, catfish, alligators and even turtles qualify for $50 million in tax money to buy fish food.

-- North Carolina public schools received $4.4 million to hire math and literacy coaches, not for students, but teachers. That's 64 people paid $70,000 each to teach teachers how to teach reading and math.


Then of course from the bribery campaign contributions department:

-- $6 million in stimulus money to a California contractor under federal investigation for overcharging San Diego for cleanup after the 2007 wildfires

-- A Denver developer received $13 million in tax credits to help build a senior housing complex despite being sued as a slumlord for running decrepit, rodent-infested apartment buildings in San Francisco.

-- Kentucky gave $24 million to a contractor on trial on for bribery.

-- An aerospace company received $15 million to monitor water quality in a Ventura County creek it was already fined for polluting.


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I don't know about anyone else but I can't wait for the "job creations" bill to come out.

Teaching The Kids The Important Stuff

North Carolina Schools May Cut Chunk Out of U.S. History Lessons

State education leaders say this may help students learn about more recent history in greater depth.

"We are certainly not trying to go away from American history," Rebecca Garland, the chief academic officer for North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, told Fox News. "What we are trying to do is figure out a way to teach it where students are connected to it, where they see the big idea, where they are able to make connections and draw relationships between parts of our history and the present day."

As the North Carolina curriculum stands now, ninth-grade students take world history, 10th-graders study civics and economics and 11th-graders take U.S. history going back to the country's founding.

Under the proposed change, the ninth-graders would take a course called global studies, focusing in part on issues such as the environment. The 10th grade still would study civics and economics, but 11th-graders would take U.S. history only from 1877 onward.


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Wouldn't you think the GW class would replace fantasy literature?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fun With Statistics

I was perusing some articles on MSNBC (don't worry, I took a shower before I wrote this) and came across a statistic from this article:

a deep recession that has cost 7.2 million jobs over the past two years.

Every source I found said the country lost 2.6 million jobs in 2008. Using just the calculator on my computer, nothing fancy here, I come up with this simple calculation:

7,200,000 - 2,600,000 = 4,600,000

So we had 2.6 million jobs lost in 2008, when Bush was President, and 4.6 million jobs lost in 2009, when Obama was President. Or, according to MSNBC, 7.2 million between them. Aren't statistic fun?

Now I know people are saying that some of these are Bush's fault because they were right after Obama took office. I say that those people can piss off. Bush had to take credit for the recession Clinton left him, Obama got the economy the moment he stepped into the White House.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Federal Government Keeping Us Safe From Terrorists

U.S. Attorney Steps Down From O'Keefe Case

The top federal prosecutor for New Orleans has removed himself from the case of four conservative activists arrested last week while allegedly trying to capture hidden camera footage in a senator's office, the Department of Justice said Monday.
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Earlier Monday, the man who first published James O'Keefe's explosive videos exposing wrongdoing at community organizer ACORN came to the filmmaker's defense, claiming he "sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney" while the prosecutor made his case to the media.

O'Keefe was "framed" by the media and the U.S. attorney's office, Andrew Breitbart, publisher of BigGovernment.com, told Fox News.

Click here to read the affidavit.

"James O'Keefe sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney, while the U.S. attorney leaked the information about his arrest, helping the media frame it as 'Watergate Junior,'" Breitbart said.

O'Keefe declined to talk about Breitbart's allegations to Fox News' Sean Hannity Monday night, adding he was cooperating with the U.S. attorney's office and was pleased with the way the U.S. attorney was handling the case.

He said details of his arrest may be brought up at another time, but not now because it is an ongoing investigation.

"The panty bomber on Christmas was given -- you know, this guy's from Al Qaeda, and he's not even an American citizen, and he's given access to an attorney right away," Breitbart said. "I believe that this was a concerted effort, this is just my opinion, to allow for the media to frame the issue to put James O'Keefe in a very bad position."

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This is the same administration that labeled conservatives terrorists yet anytime an extremist Muslim attacks the US (3 times and counting in the last year) they go to great lengths to be clear it is not a terrorist attack.

Moral of the story here: do not target ACORN folks or the Chicago mob is going to get ya.

Everybody else feeling safe?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Read This If You Have A Strong Stomach

States' Secretaries of State Are Tipping Balance of Power

And now there is a quiet, below-the-radar but major effort to target secretary of state offices in order to influence the outcome of upcoming elections.

Since 2006 the Democracy Alliance, a left leaning influence group funded by George Soros among others, has had remarkable success in targeting and claiming Secretary of State's offices in 11 of 13 critical states they targeted, including Ohio, Minnesota and Iowa.

Called the Secretary of State Project (SOSP) its aim is to target and capture the obscure, often overlooked office and implement election rules changes that give democrats a better chance of winning a plurality. Among those changes that SOSP calls "election protection," are a loosening of voter registration requirements and a lessening of efforts to prevent fraudulent voting, according to Matthew Vadum, a political analyst with the Capitol Research Center.

'The thing that is amazing is that they can get the office for as little $100,000 in campaign funding because no one pays attention to it, and they get to control election opportunities in a state. It is cheap," Vadum said.

He said SOSP is currently targeting three states in the 2010 election: California, Michigan and Minnesota. In total they count for 82 electoral votes.


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WTF???

What is happening in this country? We now have a group of liberals that literally exists to undermine our electoral process.

How can this not be getting mentioned in Congress or the Justice Department? Is the Democratic Party so corrupt that they are actually working on stealing elections?

And no horseshit about this not being the Democratic Party. George Soros is the Democratic Party now. Let us not forget who helped fund our President's campaign.

These sons of a bitches should be in jail.

Remember this?



Seems a little more important now huh?

More importantly, where the Hell is the Republican Party on this?

What Do You Think About This?

Climate Chief Knew of False Glacier Claims Before Copenhagen

The chairman of the leading climate change watchdog was informed that claims about melting Himalayan glaciers were false before the Copenhagen summit, the Times of London reports.

Rajendra Pachauri was told that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment that the glaciers would disappear by 2035 was wrong, but he waited two months to correct it. He failed to act despite learning that the claim had been refuted by several leading glaciologists.


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Then we have this:

UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article

The revelation will cause fresh embarrassment for the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which had to issue a humiliating apology earlier this month over inaccurate statements about global warming.

The IPCC's remit is to provide an authoritative assessment of scientific evidence on climate change.

In its most recent report, it stated that observed reductions in mountain ice in the Andes, Alps and Africa was being caused by global warming, citing two papers as the source of the information.

However, it can be revealed that one of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them.

The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master's degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps.

The revelations, uncovered by The Sunday Telegraph, have raised fresh questions about the quality of the information contained in the report, which was published in 2007.

It comes after officials for the panel were forced earlier this month to retract inaccurate claims in the IPCC's report about the melting of Himalayan glaciers.


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So, what do we do with this info?

More and more proof is coming in that the "scientists" in the global warming camp have been deliberately hiding data, cherry picking data to fit their model, using laughably ridiculous sources and offering the information as research, and in some cases out and out lying about the findings.

It's easy to sit at home and laugh about these idiots, to feel vindicated because we suspected this all along, to be angry.

The problem though is that this is not just a case of junk science. These claims of global warming have driven policy changes in governments. Many governments have changed their taxation, regulation, expenditures, and have set policy that effects hiring practices. In short, this isn't just about the science. It has had, and will have in the future, significant impacts on economic policies, private ownership of property, and the ability of private companies to ply their trade.

And they were lying.

What do you think should be done about this?

Is the ridicule and loss of stature in the scientific community enough?

Should there be civil penalties? Lawsuits? Should there be criminal penalties, at least in the cases in which the deception was found to be deliberate?

What about someone like Al Gore who has made a lot of money off of this ruse? Should he have to forfeit that money?

What do you think about this?